Noah's Ark replica in Kentucky follows a flood of plans in Colorado

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A rendering of the Ark Encounter under construction.
Marijuana may have taken center stage last weekend, as thousands of pot-positive people smoked up for the annual 4/20 "holiday." But a couple of other holidays were celebrated as well: namely Passover and Easter. And as a result, there was a flood of news about a calling even higher than legalized weed, as the organizers of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky -- which "brings the pages of the Bible to life" -- said they have raised enough money to create a 510-foot-long replica of Noah's Ark.

Creation Museum president Ken Ham told USA Today and other news outlets that the ark, which will cost about $25 million, will be the largest timber-frame structure in the United States and the centerpiece of an 800-acre "Ark Encounter" park that could open by 2016. But the announcement leaves Colorado high and dry.

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Photos: High Times 2014 Cannabis Cup winners -- and William Breathes's take

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Four years into High Times throwing the Cannabis Cup in Denver, and it finally feels like the event has hit its full, madhouse-crazy stride -- thanks in large part to a venue change from the cramped, maze-like confines of Exdo to the wide-open, somewhat-dingy-but-perfect-for-throwing-a-wild-party confines of the Denver Mart.

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Ludlow Massacre 100 years later: A guide to upcoming events, Memorial video

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April 20th marked the hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, one of the darkest and most neglected episodes in Colorado history. This week's cover story explores the events that led up to this deadly conflict between striking coal miners and state troops, as well as the impact the tragedy had on Colorado politics and the American labor movement. Readings, concerts and other observances have been unfolding across the state, much of it under the auspices of the Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission -- and the doings aren't over yet.

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Denver on 4/20 weekend: 130 arrests or citations, 22 jailed

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A photo from our 2014 People of the Cannabis Cup slide show.
Update below: Last week, Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson told us that officers would have a greater presence at the annual 4/20 event at Civic Center Park due both to the still-unsolved shooting that took place at last year's rally and laws against public consumption of marijuana. However, he pledged that officers would act with "discretion" during enforcement actions.

How'd they do? Well, social media hasn't exploded with anger at the cops despite what appears to be a larger number of arrests and citations than in recent years: 130 over the course of the weekend. More details below.

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Update: Cop Michael Ryan cited in apparent prostitute blowjob incident, delay explained

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Michael Ryan.
Update: Yesterday morning, we wrote about the decision not to immediately cite Denver Police Department Detective Michael Ryan after Lakewood police officers found him in a compromising position with a prostitute; see our previous coverage below. Toward day's end, Ryan did indeed receive a summons for the incident. Why the delay? Lakewood Police Department spokesman Steve Davis believes that "the complexity of what was going on was probably the biggest reason."

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Alison Michelle Ernst, Hillary Clinton shoe thrower: Misinfo in ties to James Holmes case

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Last week, Alison Michelle Ernst hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton while the latter spoke at an event in Las Vegas. Afterward, the press found a tie between Ernst and the case against Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, and it's legit. However, major outlets such as the Associated Press are reporting that Ernst filed bizarre motions in the matter, with one claiming that Holmes had invaded her brain. That's wrong, and we bet the misinformation thrills the real man behind the document: Jonathan Lee Riches. Here's the twisted story.

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Washington Park alcohol ban meeting: Freedom and responsibility versus urine and vomit

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Over a hundred residents of Washington Park and beyond made their way to the Denver Baha'i Center last night to debate whether or not the park should put a temporary ban on alcoholic beverages -- specifically 3.2 beer, the only liquor allowed there.

The crowd seemed evenly divided, with half of those in attendance agreeing that a ban should be put in place to solve some of the problems in the park and surrounding areas, while the other half argued that the ban wasn't the right fix.

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Pamela Phillips, ex-Aspen socialite, convicted in car-bomb death of her ex-husband

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Aspen socialites and crime aren't usually synonymous -- but two recent high-profile cases are exceptions.

We recently reported about the shocking murder of Nancy Pfister, whose parents founded the Buttermilk ski area. And now, Pamela Phillips, a high roller who called Aspen home as recently as 2008, has been convicted in Arizona of hiring a man to kill her ex-husband, Gary Triano, using a car bomb.

Continue for photos, videos and the lurid details.

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Here's how Bradley Justice got paid $25,000 for yelling "F*ck you, copper!"

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Attorney David Lane is well known for defending speech, even when it's rude. Note his 2010 advocacy on behalf of a bar owner who faced the prospect of losing his liquor license for singing "Fuck the condo people" to the tune of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." The latest example: Lane recently helped win a $25,000 settlement for Bradley Justice over the actions that followed his shout of "Fuck you, copper!" at a Colorado State Patrol trooper. Learn about what Lane calls the "pursuit of Justice" below.

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Videos: Police brutality protests by Occupy Denver, Anonymous end in six arrests

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Although many in the public perceive Occupy Denver to be a thing of the past, the organization remains quite busy, staging regular protests that recently were dubbed "reprehensible" by the Denver Post.

More evidence of ongoing activity: This weekend, a downtown march featuring OD and Anonymous resulted in a dust-up with Denver cops that ended with the arrest of six demonstrators and claims of police brutality -- the subject of the march in the first place.

Get details and see photos and videos below.

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