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Avs Star Semyon Varlamov: Ex-Girlfriend's Suit Claims Abuse in "Drunken Animal Rage"

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Evgeniya Vavrinyuk during a sit-down with 7News last year. Additional photos, two videos and two documents below.
Last October, Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested for allegedly abusing Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, his girlfriend, only to have the case dismissed a couple of months later. Now, Vavrinyuk has filed a civil suit against Varlamov, claiming years of horrific abuse in Russia and beyond leading up to the Denver incident. Continue for the disturbing details, plus photos, videos and two original documents filled with strong accusations against the Avs star.

See also: Semyon Varlamov's Girlfriend: Avs Goalie Was Laughing When He Beat Me

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Rachel Maddow on Cory Gardner and Condoms, Bob Beauprez's IUD = Abortion Claim

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An image from last night's Rachel Maddow broadcast. More photos and three videos below.
When Rachel Maddow teased her appearance in Denver this week, she cited a governor's race that was "off the hook," yet she made little mention of the contest in the actual Tuesday night broadcast from the Viewhouse Ballpark. Last night, however, we found out what this allusion meant via a lengthy takedown (on view below) of Republican candidate Bob Beauprez for portraying IUDs as the equivalent of internal abortion clinics when the facts are very different. And then there's the matter of senatorial hopeful Cory Gardner and condoms....

See also: Videos: Rachel Maddow in Denver Takes on Fox News, Mark Udall's Dourness and Pot

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Marvel Characters Suit: Walt Disney Company Faces Colorado Firm Asking for Billions

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Stan Lee as seen in a Geekscape TV interview earlier this year.
As any comic-book fan knows, superheroes that seem dead can later come back to life -- and something similar has happened with a superhero-centric lawsuit filed by Colorado-based Stan Lee Media, Incorporated (SLMI). The complaint seemingly died last year, but an appeal revived it, leading to a hearing held in Denver yesterday. Continue for background, details and the original suit below.

See also: Spider-Man, X-Men Property of Colorado Company? Inside Stan Lee Media Lawsuit, published October 2012

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Pot Lies Being Used to Justify Police Shootings of Young Black and Brown Men, Advocate Says

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A photo of Michael Brown, who was killed in a Ferguson, Missouri police shooting. More images below.
As we've reported, prominent addiction specialist and Project SAM principal Dr. Christian Thurstone stirred controversy via a blog post implying that marijuana contributed to -- and perhaps even caused -- the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer caused weeks of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Thurstone subsequently removed the post but didn't rescind his thesis, and that infuriates marijuana advocate Wanda James. She feels misinformation like that spread by Thurstone is being used to justify police shootings of "young black and brown men." Details below.

See also: Marijuana: Mayor Michael Hancock's Treatment of Pot Industry "Beyond Insulting," Activist Says

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Videos: Rachel Maddow in Denver Takes on Fox News, Mark Udall's Dourness and Pot

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An MSNBC photo of Rachel Maddow in Denver. Two videos and more below.
In our preview of Rachel Maddow's broadcast from Denver last night, we noted that she'd touted the show at the Viewhouse Ballpark by noting that the race for Colorado's governor was "off the hook." In the end, though, she spent little time talking about this contest during the highly entertaining program, focusing instead on more Fox News scaremongering, the Democratic party's supposed "secret sauce" and, inevitably, recreational pot. Details, three videos and more below.

See also: Rachel Maddow Broadcasting From Denver About Guv Race That's "Off the Hook"

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Charles Farrar: Petition Calls for Freeing Man Doing 145 Years in Recanted Sex-Abuse Case

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Charles Farrar, Sterling Correctional Facility, 2011.
Twelve years ago, based almost entirely on the testimony of a troubled adolescent girl with a long history of telling preposterous stories, an Arapahoe County jury found Charles Farrar guilty of a horrible crime. That testimony was recanted not long after the trial, but Farrar is still in prison, serving a sentence of 145 years to life for a series of sexual assaults that his alleged victim says never happened.

That's the short version of the noirish, nightmarish but all-too-real journey through the legal system of Farrar, whose case was explored in detail in my 2011 feature "Beyond Belief." It's a bizarre story that enraged and puzzled many Westword readers and left some wondering how they could express their support for Farrar's efforts to get his conviction overturned -- a question for which a Minnesota woman who's never actually met Farrar now has an answer.

See also: Charles Farrar: Last-Gasp Appeal of Sex-Abuse Case Claims Prosecution Misconduct

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Anti-Pot Doc Pulls Michael Brown Shooting and Weed Post, Says Intentions Were Misstated

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Dr. Christian Thurstone's Twitter profile pic. More images below.
Last week, we told you about the Twitter spat that erupted after Dr. Christian Thurstone, an addiction specialist who's also a major player in Project SAM, a national organization fighting to prevent greater access to cannabis, shared a blog post in which he implied that marijuana contributed to -- and perhaps even caused -- the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer caused weeks of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Now, Thurstone has pulled the controversial post and put in its place an item insisting that his intentions had been "misstated and mischaracterized."

See also: Anti-Pot Doctor Implies Weed Contributed to Death of Cop-Shooting Victim Michael Brown

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Niyakko Rush: Can You Help Make Refugee Soccer Team's Dream for Wheels Come True?

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The Niyakko Rush in brand-new uniforms, as seen on their Facebook page.
This week's cover story, "A Sporting Chance," traces the rise of the Niyakko Rush, a grassroots youth soccer club made up primarily of refugees living in a single apartment house in Aurora. Many of the players have come from countries ravaged by political and military upheaval, including Myanmar, Somalia and Nepal -- Niyakko is a Burmese word for "brother" -- and their journeys to the United States have been long and arduous, involving dangerous border crossings and years in makeshift relocation camps.

But it's a trip that can be measured in minutes that the group is primarily concerned about these days. Without reliable motorized transportation, Niyakko's scheduled games have been somewhat limited this past summer (they've been known to jog a mile to their practice field) and could well dwindle further in the coming bad weather.

See also: These Young Refugees Know All About Winning and Losing -- They Just Want to Play


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Marijuana: Denver Cops Slammed on Facebook for Halloween Pot-Edibles Warnings

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A cropped image from the Denver Police Department Facebook page. More photos plus two videos below.
Last month, we shared Denver Police Department concerns about trick-or-treaters possibly being slipped marijuana edibles on Halloween. Literally hundreds of readers ripped such fears as unreasonable and reactionary. But rather than backing down, the DPD upped the ante with a video on the alleged threat, plus a Facebook campaign rolled out over the past couple of weeks. Thus far, the majority of those who've responded to the department on Facebook have been more upset by what they see as fear-mongering than by the prospect of kids being dosed without their knowledge.

See also: Denver Police Video Advises Parents Worried Trick-or-Treaters Will Be Given Pot Edibles

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Anti-Pot Doctor Implies Weed Contributed to Death of Cop-Shooting Victim Michael Brown

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Michael Brown.
Did marijuana contribute to -- and perhaps even cause -- the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer caused weeks of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri? That's the implication of a blog post by Dr. Christian Thurstone, an addiction specialist who's also a major player in Project SAM, a national organization fighting to prevent greater access to cannabis.

Project SAM has already distanced itself from Thurstone's post after initially hyping it, following a Twitter spat with marijuana reformers. Meanwhile, Thurstone's position echoes previous suggestions by Christine Tatum, his wife and co-blogger, that pot may have played a role in the Boston Marathon bombing and the Columbine and Aurora theater shootings.

See also: Christine Tatum: Anti-Pot Jihadist's Questions About Westword, THC Tie to Terrorism, Murder

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