Dwayne Kelly killing ruled a Make My Day case, no charges filed

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Update: Last month, we told you about a fatal shooting that killed Dwayne Kelly, 52, on the 1600 block of Yates; see our previous coverage below. At the time, the Denver police intimated that the incident may have been a Make My Day case, in which a homeowner fired in defense of his property, and that's proven to be the case. The Denver DA's office has decided not to prosecute the homeowner, a legal gun owner who says he found Kelly stealing stuff from his place, then shot when the intruder tried to take his weapon. See our previous coverage below.

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Washington Park alcohol ban pushed to address "belligerent drunken behavior"

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Washington Park is without question one of Denver's favorite parks. But is this status endangered by the bad behavior associated with alcohol?

That's among the assertions made in a letter by Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt, who's calling for a ban on alcohol in the park.

Continue for more information, including some push-back from a prominent Wash Park organization.

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Marijuana edible contributed to Levy Thamba's fatal fall, coroner says

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In a highly unusual move, the Denver coroner's office has listed marijuana intoxication as a contributing factor in a death -- the fatal fall of college student Levy Thamba from a hotel balcony last month.

Thamba consumed a marijuana edible before he died.

A coroner's office spokeswoman says the facts of the case explain why the decision to include information about marijuana was made.

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Video: Roy Hanthorn slays fellow Colorado fugitive Rhiannon VanTassell, kills himself

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Rhiannon VanTassell's mom recently shared a Facebook plea in which she asked her Colorado Springs-based daughter to return home rather than remain on the run with Roy Hanthorn, a fugitive she'd allegedly chosen over her own child.

A subsequent post suggested a happy ending might be in the offing. But unfortunately, things didn't work out that way. Yesterday, Hanthorn allegedly ended a police chase in Tulsa, Oklahoma by killing VanTassell and then himself. See photos, video and details below.

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Colorado gun-control laws go on trial: Here's why more than fifty sheriffs say they're illegal

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Today marks the beginning of what's expected to be a two-week trial pertaining to a suit filed by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and more than fifty of his colleagues against gun-control laws passed last year. Included among them are a ban of all magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds and a requirement for universal background checks on gun purchases. What are the sheriffs' arguments? The Independence Institute's Dave Kopel, who helped assemble the complaint (it's on view below), spelled out his main concerns in a wide-ranging interview.

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More than 42,000 Denver kids signed up for MY Denver Card and free access to pools, libraries

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Though Mayor Michael Hancock has come under fire for some of his Denver Department of Parks and Recreation initiatives, including the now-canceled City Loop project in City Park, the mayor's office is celebrating an important parks-and-rec-related victory this week: More than 42,000 school-age children have enrolled in the MY Denver Card program, which gives kids ages five to eighteen free access to all city recreation centers, outdoor pools and public libraries. The year-old program exceeded its goal of registering 25,000 children in its first twelve months, according to the mayor's office.

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Photos and video: Denver Zoo hand-raising twin clouded leopard cubs born this month

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This is why the Internet was invented: To post effing adorable photos of baby kitt-ehs or, in this case, two tiny clouded leopard cubs born at the Denver Zoo earlier this month. The unnamed cubs -- one male and one female -- were born to mom Lisu and dad Taji on March 14. But first-time mother Lisu, who was hand-raised as a cub, didn't quite possess the instincts to rear her young, so zookeepers stepped in to provide the babies with food and medicine every three hours. Continue reading to see more heart-melting photos and a video of the cubs napping in an incubator.

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Millions served: Pie chart gives fresh look at who's in U.S. jails and prisons

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Reporters generally do a lousy job of analyzing the incarceration rate in the United States -- which, despite recent sentencing reforms, remains the highest in the world, with more citizens per capita behind bars than in Cuba, Rwanda or Russia. That's why a recent report by the Prison Policy Initiative, featuring a nifty pie chart that parses out the distinct systems of confinement in the U.S., is such a welcome tool -- it locks down who's locked up in our jails, prisons, juvenile and immigration detention facilities and more, giving a startling snapshot of Fortress America.

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Colorado Children's Campaign releases 2014 Kids Count report

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This morning the Colorado Children's Campaign released its annual report, "Kids Count," at the State Capitol. According to the report, more Colorado children were living in poverty in 2012 than during the worst of the Great Depression. And despite the economic recovery, "one in six Colorado children still lives in poverty, years after the recession officially ended," says Chris Watney, president and CEO of the Colorado Children's Campaign. According to Watney, this state has the second-fastest growing rate of child poverty in the nation.

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Gabrial Adams, serving life, found dead in prison for mentally ill

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Gabrial Adams, a 38-year-old inmate serving life without parole for his role in a headline-grabbing double-murder committed when he was a teenager, was found dead in his cell on March 9. Although autopsy results have not yet been released and the Colorado Department of Corrections is offering little information about the death, Adams -- who had a history of suicide attempts -- reportedly hanged himself in the San Carlos Correctional Facility in Pueblo, which houses many of the prison system's most severely mentally ill inmates.

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