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: Fox News Tells Tourists to Trade Their Extra Pot for a Rockies Jersey

Categories: Marijuana, Media

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A video and more below.
Given Fox News' conservative slant, it's no surprise that most of the network's coverage about Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana sales has been largely or wholly negative. Take Bill O'Reilly correspondent Jesse Watters's report about 4/20 in Denver, which sought laughs by characterizing attendees as clueless burdens on society.

It's surprising, then, to see Fox News essentially hyping marijuana tourism to Colorado in a new post with an unexpectedly positive tone. Get details below.

See also: Video: Bill O'Reilly's 4/20 Report Portrays All Pot Smokers as Apathetic Morons

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Top Twenty Twitter Reactions to the Colorado Purge Hoax

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One of the images circulating through new and old media. Additional pics and more below.
Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to the surprise horror hit from last year, arrived in theaters last month, and at this point, it's pretty much run its course. But rumors of a real-life Colorado Purge beginning at 6:30 p.m. on September 6 -- during which, presumably, laws would be suspended for twelve hours, making all crimes legal -- are heating up, with old-school media outlets reporting about what is clearly a ham-handed social-media hoax. But the Twitter reactions are mighty entertaining anyhow. Count down our photo-illustrated top twenty favorite Twitter reactions below.

See also: Photos: 20 hot weather looks if fashion laws were suspended Purge: Anarchy-style (NSFW)

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

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A cage that's part of the "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign. More photos plus videos below.
Mike Sukle, the advertising agency pro who worked with Colorado officials to develop a new anti-pot campaign, had a significant challenge on his hands. He wanted to warn teens away from marijuana use without engaging in the sort of hyperbole they'd likely reject. Hence, "Don't Be a Lab Rat," which presents controversial facts and then asks viewers the equivalent of "Wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry?"

Continue for more details from Sukle, plus additional photos and videos.

See also: Videos: "Drive High, Get a DUI" Campaign Uses a (Mostly) Lighter Touch to Fight Stoned Driving

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A superfan's letter to Michael Floorwax

Categories: Media

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Michael Floorwax with longtime radio partner Rick Lewis.
Earlier this year, Michael Floorwax vanished from his longtime gig co-hosting the morning show on 103.5 The Fox with partner Rick Lewis. The only explanation offered to date comes from Greg Foster, vice president/programming for the Denver branch of Clear Channel, the Fox's owner: "Floorwax is currently taking a personal leave of absence. For privacy reasons, we will not comment further."

More than six months later, we continue to regularly receive inquiries and notes about Floorwax -- but the one below stands out for the author's sincere affection and concern for the funnyman and his call for other fans to pull for him. Read it below.

See also: Michael Floorwax: Why has the longtime 103.5 The Fox jock been off the air?

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Tom Nalen, Les Shapiro, Charles Johnson out after Best of Denver curse hits ESPN Radio

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A look at Tom Nalen's Ring of Fame induction intro. More photos below.
The Best of Denver curse strikes again.

Back in March, we named ESPN's The Locker Room, co-starring Nate Kreckman and Broncos Ring of Famer Tom Nalen, Denver's top radio sports show in our 2014 Best of Denver issue. But as with Gloria Neal, who was given her walking papers at AM-760 shortly after we dubbed her 2014's Best Radio Talk-Show Host, Nalen's out at ESPN Denver (although apparently by his choice), as are two other noteworthy personalities, Les Shapiro and Charles "CJ" Johnson -- and other changes are on the way at the station beginning Monday, July 28.

See also: Gloria Neal's firing marks impending death of progressive AM-760

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Denver Post editor Greg Moore on three major staff departures, paper's future

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Photo by J. Knight
A file photo of Denver Post editor Greg Moore at the 2009 press conference announcing the closure of the Rocky Mountain News.
Of late, the Denver Post has been making news in addition to covering it thanks to significant layoffs at parent company Digital First Media, damaging revelations from an ex-DFM staffer and continuing rumors that the Post is on the block.

The Post recently laid off two employees, too -- and now comes word that three major staffers made the decision to leave in quick succession. We asked Post editor Greg Moore to discuss the latest changes and the future of the paper. Here's what he told us.

See also: Denver Post lays off two amid continuing sale rumors

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Hickenlooper leading Beauprez by 6 percent in one poll, behind him by 1 percent in another

Categories: Media, Politics

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John Hickenlooper on his inauguration day.
Those who feel political polls conducted long before an election frequently have very little news value can point to two new pieces of evidence to bolster their argument.

Yesterday, media organizations ballyhooed a poll showing that Governor John Hickenlooper leads Republican challenger Bob Beauprez by a surprisingly large 6 percent margin. Today, they're doing the same in regard to a survey showing Beauprez ahead by 1 percent.

See also: Ex-NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg implies Pueblo and Colorado Springs don't have roads

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Balls, nuts and testicles hang together on 7News Facebook page

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A photo by Tom and Holley Luft shared in 7News coverage. Another image and a video below.
Yesterday, we posted about the evolving language standards among mainstream media outlets, epitomized by 9News using "fart" on its home page and in a headline of a story that didn't otherwise include the word.

The phenomenon is even more pronounced on the social media sites of such outlets. Example? Today on its Facebook page, 7News is hyping a story about a Piranha-like fish caught in a Michigan lake with a little help from not one, not two but three terms for male sex glands.

See also: "Fart" now a headline word for 9News, mainstream media?

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"Fart" now a headline word for 9News, mainstream media?

Categories: Media

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The images above, from 9News' home page, represent breaking news in at least one obvious way. But there's also significance to the headline beyond the story itself -- an Associated Press report about an English study claiming that passing gas may be beneficial for health "in small doses." The banner offers more proof that the word "fart" is becoming more and more accepted by mainstream news organizations.

See also: The Denver Post's giggle-worthy fart story.

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