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Cops Shot Dog After Wanted Teen Ordered It to Attack, Denver Police Say

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Photos from the scene courtesy of 7News. Additional images, plus a video and more below.
"Many tears were shed tonight...."

Those are the first words in an account from photographer Riley Ralmuto about an incident that took place near 9th and Sheridan last night: Denver police officers shot the dog of a wanted teen after cops say he ordered it to attack. Continue for the rest of Ralmuto's piece, plus additional images, a video and more below.

See also: Two dogs killed by cops in Commerce City, site of two earlier officer-shoots-dog incidents

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Colorado Will Hold Its First Vanity-Plate Auction

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ACME License Plate Maker

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in our August 14, 2014, print edition. On August 15, an agency representing the auction said the details had changed and sent us the following note. "Earlier this week, we switched up the format of the auction: the live event is postponed until January, and we will run an online auction of 13 exclusive plates from August 21-September 2. (Those plates are listed below.) 5280, GOLFER and BRONCO will be available at the live auction in January. 2FAST4U, DREAMER, FAITH, FLYFISH, HIOSLVR, JALISCO, MICKEY, SMILE, SPARKY, SPOILED, SUPRMAN, SWEET, WOLF."

You may not be able to get a vanity license plate in Colorado that reads 420, or one that says 69ME, but you might get lucky if 13 is your lucky number. It certainly could be for the state. On August 21, Colorado will auction off those spooky digits on a vanity license plate, along with BRONCO, GOLFER and 5280, as part of its very first Colorado Plates Auction, which will be held at the History Colorado Center and online.

After that, the state's License Plate Auction Group will continue to auction off valuable and high-demand plates by theme. In a few months, for instance, it will offer Halloween-related words, such as ZOMBIE and FANTASM, as well as the terms that have been the most requested by motorists, including FLYFISH, SWEEET and SPOILED.

See also: Top twenty rejected Colorado vanity license plates, sex fiend edition

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Ryan Ronquillo Shooting Deemed Justified, But Family Says Police Murdered Him

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A family photo of Ryan Ronquillo. Additional images, plus a video and more below.
Last month, we told you about the police killing at a Denver funeral home of Ryan Ronquillo, a suspected car thief who was slated to attend the viewing of a deceased friend.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has now released a decision letter -- see it below -- declaring the shoot justified. This stands in stark contrast to the reaction from attendees at a weekend fundraiser and impromptu march, including Ronquillo's sister, who can be seen on a video shared here saying the police murdered her brother and declaring the cops to be "fucking Nazis."

See also: Denver Cops Say Man They Killed at Funeral Home Rammed Cruisers, Injured Officer

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Robin Williams, R.I.P.: Remembering the Man Who Brought Ork to Boulder

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Robin Williams and Pam Dawber outside 1619 Pine Street in Boulder. More photos and a video below.
Long before the JonBenet Ramsey house began its reign as the best known residence in Boulder (for tragic reasons), the home most visitors wanted to drive past was the one at 1619 Pine Street, which appeared in the credit sequence and most episodes of Mork and Mindy, the iconic '70s/'80s sitcom nominally set in Boulder, which made actor Robin Williams a star.

So when news broke yesterday that Williams was dead at 63 after apparently taking his own life, it was only natural that people would gather at the residence to pay their respects to one of the acting world's most complicated and surreal funnymen. Photos, a video and more below.

See also: Photos: Take a Tour of the JonBenet Ramsey House, Back on the Market -- Again

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Videos: TripAdvisor's Top Ten U.S. Zoos -- and the Two From Colorado on The List

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Denver Zoo Facebook
TripAdvisor.com has come up with a list of the top ten zoos in the country according to the vacation-loving folks who leave reviews on the site -- and two from Colorado made the cut.

Which ones? And where did they land? Continue reading for videos from the top ten zoos.

See also: Effing Adorableness Alert! Denver Zoo Welcomes New Malayan Tapir Baby, Baku

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Ten Cities With the Greatest Growth in Poor Neighborhoods -- Including One in Colorado

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Photos and more below.
The toll the tough economy has taken on American cities is the subject of a new Brookings Institution report. Included is a list of the ten communities showing the largest increase of neighborhoods with 20 percent poverty rates or above from 2000 to 2012 -- and unfortunately, one prominent Colorado place makes the cut.

We've put together a breakdown for all ten cities, complete with photos and statistics -- and we've supplemented the Colorado listing with additional graphics. See them below.

See also: Pro-Homeless Rally Decries $1.8 Million for New Cops in Ballpark Neighborhood, 16th Street Mall

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Man Dies After Crashing Car Into Lake at Clement Park Near Columbine High

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A photo tweeted from the scene by CBS4's Lane Lyon. More images and an interactive graphic below.
The nation's television viewers know Clement Park as the stretch of greenery over which hundreds of Columbine High School students fled in the wake of the 1999 attack there. But for residents of the area (including yours truly), Clement today is a center for recreational activity in addition to reflection, with multiple playgrounds, a skate park, fields for soccer and football and a lake that offers fishing and a lovely walking/biking path.

Today, however, it's the scene of a rescue turned into a recovery operation: A man who drove his car into the lake has been confirmed dead.

See also: Columbine and the struggle for perspective ten years later

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"Take the iPads Off the Tortoises:" Petition Stokes Controversy Over Museum Exhibit

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Photo by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
A cropped version of an exhibit-promoting photo made available by the Aspen Art Museum.
"Moving Ghost Town Tortoises," a new exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum, hasn't even launched yet. It's slated to debut on Saturday amid the unveiling of a new building at the facility. But it's making national and international headlines thanks to a petition claiming animal abuse as a result of the presentation's most unique aspect: iPads strapped to the backs of three African tortoises. Photos, details and more below.

See also: Photos: More of Denver's Best Street Art as Chosen by a Graffiti-Scene Veteran

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Fracking Compromise: Savvy Solution or Sellout?

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There's plenty of back-patting going on today in the smoke-free back rooms where politics thrives like spores in agar, after an eleventh-hour deal was forged by Governor John Hickenlooper, Representative Jared Polis and others to remove four initiatives dealing with oil and gas development from the November ballot. The move short-circuits what promised to be a costly and ugly campaign, with plenty of heated rhetoric and exaggerated claims on both sides. But the relief among industry interests hailing this "balanced" compromise is more than matched by the bitterness of grassroots anti-fracking groups, howling that Polis and the "Fracker in Chief" are giving us the business -- again.

See also: "Single Fracking Waste Well Blamed for Hundreds of Low-Level Quakes"

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Vito Marzano Wins First Battle Against Gay Bear Bar He Says Is Biased Against Effeminate Men

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A photo from Vito Marzano's Facebook page. More images plus videos and an original document below.
When does a dress code enter into the realm of discrimination? That's among the questions addressed in a ruling by the Colorado Division of Civil Rights on a complaint from Vito Marzano, who says Denver Wrangler, a gay club that reportedly caters to the bear subculture, exhibited bias by refusing to let him enter while dressed in drag.

In a letter on view below, regulator Steven Chavez finds evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Denver Wrangler and orders the opposing parties to begin mediation -- a determination that thrills Marzano and others who've taken part in a boycott campaign against the venue. Continue for details, photos, videos and the original document.

See also: Masterpiece Cakeshop: Civil Rights Commission Finds Bakery Discriminated Against Gay Couple

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