Robin Kniech on Condo Construction, Revisions to City's Affordable Housing Ordinance

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Last year, we told you about the dearth of condo construction in the Denver metro area. Some say the reason that developers are steering clear of building condos is that most projects end up as the subject of costly construction-defect lawsuits. One of the local policy makers concerned about this issue is Denver Councilwoman Robin Kniech, who spearheaded a recent push to revise the city's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to encourage developers to build more affordable units.

Does she think the revised ordinance will result in more condos in Denver?

See also: Has condo development hit a wall in Denver?

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George Graham ID'd as CU Boulder Student Found Dead, Cause of Death Unclear

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George Graham in a Facebook photo. More images below.
On Tuesday, as we've reported, a CU Boulder student died at Stearns West, part of the Williams Village dormitory complex. That student has now been identified as George Graham, 21, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. Here's what we've learned thus far about a promising young man who lost his life much too soon.

See also: CU Boulder Student's Death Casts a Pall on Start of New School Year

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Washington Park: Bubble Soccer Game Shutdown, Volleyball Player's Lawsuit

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Video below.
This past Sunday, Angela Hudson showed up at Washington Park with eight giant inflatable bubbles. Her plan, she says, was to host a casual game of bubble soccer, in which players play soccer whilst encased in plastic bubbles. (Video below!) Even though the Facebook invitation had been forwarded to 800 people, Hudson was expecting a small group; in fact, she says, just eight of her friends showed up.

But they didn't get to play. As Hudson was blowing up the last bubble, she was approached by two park rangers. According to her, one of them said, "We're shutting you down."

See also: What you can and can't do in Washington Park starting Memorial Day weekend

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Denver Cop Stephanie Southard: Report Calls On-Duty Sex Claims Improbable, Painful

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Stephanie Southard. Additional photos and more below.
As we noted in today's post about the Denver Police Department's body-camera program announcement, at least eight Denver cops have gotten into trouble in 2014. However, one member of that group -- Officer Stephanie Southard -- appears to be off the hook. Unless her case is appealed, she'll be reinstated after a hearing officer with the Denver Civil Service Commission decided that the claims of on-duty sex made by a former DPD lover are improbable because of his shifting stories, as well as descriptions of sexual acts that sound painful. More photos, a video and the complete report below.

See also: Mark Beluscak, Busted for Child Abuse, Is the Latest Denver Police Officer in Trouble

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Videos: Denver's Body Camera Program Touted on Rachel Maddow Show

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Police Chief Robert White as seen in a body-camera video -- one of several clips on view below.
The City of Denver is working overtime to reverse the negative publicity generated of late by local law-enforcement agencies. Last week, draft reforms were released in regard to the Denver Sheriff Department. And now, the Denver Police Department, which has seen at least eight officers get into trouble this year alone, has rolled out a carefully managed PR campaign about a body-camera pilot program that included an appearance by Police Chief Robert White on last night's edition of Rachel Maddow's MSNBC program. Videos, photos and additional details below.

See also: Denver Sheriff Department Draft Reforms Release Tries to Stem Tide of Negative PR

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Marijuana Backer Lauds Boulder for Rejecting "Racist" Anti-Pot Cages, Asks Hick to Apologize

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A "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign cage. Additional images and more below.
Earlier this month, we told you about "Don't Be a Lab Rat," a new campaign aimed at dissuading teens from smoking pot. The multi-media effort, backed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, includes oversized rat cages intended to be displayed in public places throughout the state.

Now, however, the City of Boulder has rejected the displays, and that cheers one cannabis-industry representative, who calls the cages racist and thinks Governor John Hickenlooper should apologize for the campaign. Additional photos and videos below.

See also: Anti-Pot "Don't Be a Lab Rat" Campaign Uses Disputed Facts That Might Be True

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David Ludewig Shooting: No Charges Against Security Guard for Killing Man With Airsoft Gun

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David Ludewig in a photo from cousin Johnny Secrest's Facebook page. More photos and a video below.
Earlier this month, we told you about the death of David Ludewig, who was shot and killed by a security guard after allegedly pointing an Airsoft gun at him.

17th Judicial District DA Dave Young has now announced that he will not be filing criminal charges against the guard, Gustav Ruppel -- a move that prompted Ludewig's cousin, who was with him at the time of the shooting, to lash out at the media. Continue for details, photos, a video and Young's complete decision letter.

See also: David Ludewig Killed by Security Guard After Leak-Taking Roust Led to Pointing Airsoft Gun

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Santiago Adame-Melchor and Anahit Conejo-Galicoa: Nebraska Cops Find 99 Pounds of Pot

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Santiago Adame-Melchor in a photo from his Facebook page. More images below.
Over the past several years, we've told you about alleged marijuana profiling -- drivers of cars with Colorado plates being pulled over by troopers in other states for what are often extremely minor infractions as an excuse to search for cannabis.

A lot of these stops come to nothing -- but every once in a while, cops hit the jackpot, as it were. Take this week's arrest of Aurora's Santiago Adame-Melchor and Anahit Conejo-Galicoa, who were allegedly caught with 99-plus pounds of weed.

See also: Marijuana Profiling in Nebraska Leads to Two-Hour Search of Colorado Dad, Kids

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Kristine Kirk Murder: Family Puts Focus on Victim and Kids, Not Pot Edibles Controversy

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A family photo of Kristine Kirk. Additional images, a video and more below.
The April 14 murder of Kris Kirk immediately caused a media furor. For one thing, she had been on the phone with a 911 operator for an extended period of time when her husband, Richard Kirk, allegedly shot her to death. For another, a warrant revealed that Richard has consumed a marijuana edible prior to pulling the trigger, leading to heavy hype over pot candy. (See update below.)

Through it all, Kirk's family has remained silent. But now, they've spoken out, as well as releasing a moving statement that ignores the cannabis edibles debate to focus on Kris and the loves of her life -- the three sons she left behind. See the complete statement, new photos and more below.

See also: Warrant: Richard Kirk may have been on pain meds, pot edible when he killed his wife (50)

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John Hickenlooper: Would He Commute Nathan Dunlap's Death Penalty If He Loses?

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John Hickenlooper during the 2013 press conference when he announced his decision about Nathan Dunlap. Additional photos plus audio clips and more below.
In June 2013, a month after Governor John Hickenlooper granted Chuck E. Cheese killer Nathan Dunlap a reprieve from execution but didn't commute his sentence, a poll showed that Colorado voters disagreed with his decision by a three-to-one margin. Since then, the furor has faded -- but the issue is primed to move front-and-center in Hickenlooper's reelection bid against Republican hopeful Bob Beauprez thanks to a newly released audio recording (hear it below) in which Hick speculates about granting clemency to Dunlap should he lose.

Will the election come down to voters picking who's most likely to kill Dunlap? And how much ugliness will emerge along the way? Continue to get a sense of the possibilities, featuring responses from those on both sides of the controversy.

See also: John Hickenlooper Gives Nathan Dunlap Reprieve From Death Penalty but Doesn't Grant Clemency

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