Denver Post Ramping Up TV Production Amid Sale Speculation

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Molly Hughes. A video and more below.
The announcement that the Denver Post is for sale hasn't brought every new initiative at the paper to a grinding halt. In a memo to staffers yesterday, Post editor Greg Moore and news director Kevin Dale revealed the hiring of former CBS4 anchor Molly Hughes as director of Denver Post TV -- a move signaling the ambition to significantly ramp up video production. But that won't quiet speculation about possible suitors for the Post, with those mentioned thus far qualifying as the usual suspects.

See also: Denver Post Officially for Sale

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Non-Citizen Drivers License Story Prompts Brutal Immigration Comments

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More images and a video below.
If you were wondering why immigration reform has been so difficult to achieve, the response to a recent story on CBS4 should quell your questions. The story, about a snafu that resulted in 524 non-citizens, "including some illegal immigrants," receiving improperly marked drivers licenses has resulted in an explosion of comments on both the station's website and Facebook page -- and almost all of them are virulently negative toward the concept of giving such people more opportunities for citizenship.

See also: Photos: Immigration Activists Deliver Valentines to ICE Detainees

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Denver Post Officially for Sale

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John Paton. Additional images and more below.
Over recent months, there have been rumors aplenty that the Denver Post and other newspaper properties under the Digital First Media banner would soon be put up for sale -- a prospect supported by members of the Denver Newspaper Guild, who published an open letter earlier this week that essentially advertised for a new, local owner.

We're guessing that the timing is coincidental -- but the Post has just confirmed that the broadsheet and other DFM papers are now available for purchase.

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Denver Newspaper Guild Advertises for New, Local Denver Post Owner

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Denver Newspaper Guild treasurer Robert Lindgren with members Tyler Gaylord, Shanta Farrington and Loryn Cesario in a DNG photo from a union summit held earlier this summer.
For months, rumors have circulated that the Denver Post and other newspapers in the Digital First Media chain might be put up for sale by Alden Global Capital, DFM's majority owner.

Thus far, that hasn't happened -- but many members of the Denver Newspaper Guild, which represents the majority of Post employees, clearly wish it would. The Guild, as part of a national action, has issued an open letter asking for a local benefactor to step up and buy the paper rather than allowing it to slowly deteriorate under the auspices of a purely profit-driven hedge fund. Get details and read the letter below.

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Photos: King Soopers, Kroger Stores Targeted for Gun Policies by Moms Group

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In May, we told you about Chipotle stores announcing a no-guns policy after being targeted by a petition from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The organization has had similar success with a number of other national chains. But Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado, is resisting a petition about its policy -- a decision that's garnering more attention, as witnessed by a lengthy feature this morning on NPR. Hear it, see photos and the petition and get additional details below.

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

Categories: Marijuana, Media

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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

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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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