Photos: Union Station grand (re)opening celebration

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All photos by Ken Hamblin
Union Station held its grand re-opening celebration this Saturday, offering free tours, music and water-fountain fun while residents explored the results of the $54 million renovation that turned the century-old station into a revived transportation hub. Photographer Ken Hamblin was there, and sent back photos of the celebration.

See also: The inside scoop on DIA's public art

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Rocky Flats museum exhibit honors nuclear workers -- and reveals their double lives

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The Rocky Flats Institute and Museum and the Cold War Patriots opened a new exhibit in the museum's temporary location in Olde Town Arvada just in time for today's National Day of Remembrance honoring this country's nuclear workers. I Remember Rocky: Rocky Flats History Retold, 1951-1959 focuses on the first decade of the former nuclear weapons plant, and opens a window on a highly secret world of Denver-area nuclear workers. Says museum director Connie Bogaard: "Many workers were essentially living a double life -- one at the plant, and one outside of it as part of the community."

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Photos: Top ten things we've learned so far about the 2013 Denver Broncos

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As the Denver Broncos get ready to face the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, there's no mistaking the fact that the team |(and QB Peyton Manning in particular) are off to one of the hottest starts in NFL history. They've scored 179 points over four wins (or 44.8 points per game), the most since the NFL merged with the AFL in 1970. On top of that, Manning has thrown for sixteen touchdowns, better than any quarterback through the first four games of a season -- ever. But beyond stats, what have we learned about this year's Broncos squad? Count down our top ten below.

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GIFs: Broncos tailgaters do their best touchdown dances

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The Denver Broncos brought home their first win of the regular season against the Pittsburg Steelers on Sunday thanks to Peyton Manning and his priceless arm (actually, it's insured). But, the Broncos just wouldn't be the same without rowdy fans and their own touchdown celebrations. Westword ventured through the pre-game parking lots to find out how Denver fans and their rivals get down when their team scores.

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Photos: Missy Franklin dances at Olympic-sized welcome home ceremony

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On Saturday, Colorada welcomed back Missy Franklin and home-state Olympians at a Centennial Center Park event. As Governor John Hickenlooper noted, Colorado athletes won nine of 104 U.S. medals at the Olympics this year. By his math, that's 8.65 percent of the total, though Coloradans only make up 2 percent of the population. So "we outperformed the market substantially," he said. Get details and see photos of Franklin and fellow Olympians below.

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Photos: Smoky scenes from 4/20 marijuana smoke-out in Civic Center Park

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You've read pot critic William Breathes's take on 4/20 in Civic Center Park this past Friday. Now see photos from the scene there -- cops, advocates, MMJ patients and those just looking for a free toke. Check out the full slide show with many more photos here: "4/20 in Denver" (slide show).

All photos by Brandon Marshall for Westword.

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Colorado Queer Youth Summit led entirely by its target demographic this year

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that there are few things more uncomfortable than a high school dance -- unless maybe it's an assembly. But that's what the Colorado Queer Youth Summit, an annual conference that gathers more than 200 LGBTQ youth ages twelve to 24, occasionally felt like to its teen attendees.

So this year, they took it over.

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Over the Weekend: Ghostbustin' rides, SALT the Bistro, Nathaniel Rateliff & Christkindl Market

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A lot more than turkey went down over the holiday weekend -- and our slideshow page and Show and Tell, Cafe Society and Backbeat Online blogs have the highlights.

Look below for previews of posts about the Rocky Mountain Rod & Custom Show, Nathaniel Rateliff live, SALT the Bistro in Boulder and the Christkindl Market.

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Over the Weekend: Sting sings, Thanksgiving on a stick, skiers shred, Williams & Graham bows

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Did you spend your whole weekend cleaning the house? Silly you! Plenty of other Denverites were enjoying the sort of stuff captured by Westword reporters and photogs on our slideshow page and Backbeat Online, Cafe Society and Show and Tell blogs. Check out highlights below pertaining to Sting, skiing, Williams & Graham and Thanksgiving on a stick!

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Over the Weekend: Tech N9NE raps, clothes swap, Boulder Cafe serves, lumberjacks party

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Another jam-packed weekend -- and Westworders were there to bring you all the action, courtesy of our Cafe Society, Backbeat Online and Show and Tell blogs, plus our slideshow page.

Look below to check out samples featuring Tech N9NE, a clothes swap, Boulder Cafe's happy hour and a lumberjack party that was busting out all over.

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