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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Cyclist Seriously Injured in Auto Accident Near Evans and Grape That Closed Intersection

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A photo from the scene tweeted by 9News' Taunia Hottman. An additional image and more below.
As more cyclists commute to work on two wheels rather than four, the chances for car-versus-bike accidents increase -- and a serious one took place this morning. A cyclist was badly hurt in a crash that closed an intersection just east of Interstate 25 as Monday morning rush hour was revving up. Details below.

See also: Cycling: Top Twelve Intersections for Bike-Vehicle Crashes in Denver

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Photos: Three Arrests in Fast-Food Worker Protests for Higher Wages, Union Rights

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A protester blocks traffic prior to his arrest, as seen in an image supplied by event organizers. Details and additional photos below.
Yesterday, a protest by fast-food workers in Denver -- part of a nationwide campaign demanding higher wages and union rights -- led to three arrests but plenty of publicity for a cause that seems to be gaining momentum even as it generates controversy. Continue for more pics and details about the issues at the heart of the event.

See also: Videos: Police Brutality Protests by Occupy Denver, Anonymous End in Six Arrests

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Abigayle Wietharn, Fourteen, Found Safe After Disappearing Under "Suspicious Circumstances"

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Abigayle Wietharn. A larger image and more below.
Update: Abigayle Wietharn, a fourteen-year-old from Olathe who disappeared on September 1 under what the Colorado Bureau of Investigation described as "suspicious circumstances," has been found safe with two boys whose names appear in our original post below -- and those circumstances apparently weren't so suspicious after all. Always nice to pass along some good news. See our previous coverage below.

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Medicare Fraud Case Claims Optum Put Patients in Hospice Care Who Weren't Terminal

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A screen capture from Optum Palliative Care's website. More photos below.
The U.S. Justice Department has decided to join in a federal lawsuit filed by two Colorado whistleblowers; it alleges that a national palliative care provider improperly billed Medicare millions of dollars for hospice services provided to patients who weren't terminally ill. The suit against Optum Palliative and Hospice Care claims that the company offered hefty bonuses to employees who kept the numbers of patients up and fired those who attempted to weed out patients who weren't eligible for hospice benefits.

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

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.

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

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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Ethan Abbott, Farming Activist: Anti-GMO Political Prisoner or Combustible Harasser?

Photo by Ambrose Cruz courtesy of March Against Monsanto Facebook/Occupy Denver Facebook
A 2013 March Against Monsanto that Ethan Abbott helped to organize.
Even his supporters admit that Ethan Abbott, the embattled natural farming activist who's been feuding with county authorities on several fronts, has a bit of a temper. But Abbott, 38, who was sentenced yesterday to ninety days in jail and eighteen months of probation in Weld County Court over a 2012 altercation with a neighbor, says that there's more to the case than his orneriness -- that, in effect, he's the one being harassed and set up by influential people with ties to factory farming and fracking.

It's an attitude that the judge who sentenced him finds disturbing. "Mr. Abbott doesn't deal with conflict well," Judge John Briggs told the assembled at Abbott's tense sentencing hearing. "The way that Mr. Abbott perceives things and reacts is not always consistent with reality."

See also: "Denver's March Against Monsanto One of Ten Largest Worldwide, Organizer Says"

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

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Photos from the Williams Village Facebook page. More images below.
Tragedy struck the University of Colorado Boulder community on just the second day of the new school year: A male student was found dead in Stearns West, a dorm that's part of the large and iconic Williams Village complex.

Although there's no indication that a crime led to the student's passing, little information has been released about him thus far. But that hasn't prevented an outpouring of shock and grief among members of the campus community.

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