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.

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Photos: Planet Bluegrass before, during and after the worst flood in Colorado's history

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The stage at Planet Bluegrass.
Last fall, the largest flood (by total rainfall) in Colorado's history led the federal government to declare a state of emergency in fourteen counties. None were hit harder than Boulder County, where the two swollen branches of St. Vrain Creek decimated Lyons, driving thousands of people from their homes and causing millions of dollars' worth of damage.

This week's cover story explains how the town's incredibly fertile music scene was impacted by the flood. That scene centers on Planet Bluegrass, an organization that operates Telluride Bluegrass and hosts two other festivals on its property in Lyons. That property is situated on the creek and was buried in several feet of water and debris. This weekend, after $1 million and months of construction, the ranch will re-open for its annual RockyGrass festival. Here's what it looked like during previous festivals and throughout the flood and recovery process.

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Photos: See why this year's Colorado Springs PrideFest was the city's biggest ever

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Against the backdrop of court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans comes another indication of change in Colorado: The PrideFest celebration in Colorado Springs was reportedly the city's largest by a very wide margin; police estimate 50,000 attendees this weekend, as opposed to 35,000 last year. To get a sense of the event, check out the following images, culled from KXRM-TV coverage.

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Photos: 20 hot weather looks if fashion laws were suspended Purge: Anarchy-style (NSFW)

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Last year, we experienced a scorching heat wave right around the time The Purge became a surprise hit. Which got us thinking: What would people wear if all fashion laws were suspended for twelve hours, just as other laws are in the movie?

A year later, the sequel Purge: Anarchy has just hit theaters -- and it's inspired us to create a sequel, too, culled from our Westword slide show archive. Look below to see twenty more hot weather looks if fashion laws were suspended, but be warned: Many of them are NSFW.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers suit up and strip down for ride and pool party

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Photo by Scott Lentz. More pics below.
Summer's here and the time was right for the latest Denver Cruiser Ride theme, "Suits & Swim Suits" -- a perfect excuse to suit up and strip down.

This time around, the Cruisers not only took it to the streets, but also to a pool party and volleyball game. Photographer Scott Lentz was on hand to capture the fun. Check out a sampling of his shots below.

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Graffiti photo flashback: The reign of the TKO crew's KOZE

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There have been a lot of changes in Denver's street-art scene over the past five years, as evidenced by the photos collected in our slide show "Tagging Up Denver."

Originally published in tandem with Jared Jacang Maher's 2009 feature "The Writing's on the Wall," about the arrest and conviction of Timothy Barajas, aka KOZE, the leader of Denver's TKO crew, the photos are a vivid reminder of the way things used to be. Check out the images below, complete with original 2009 cutlines. To read Maher's feature, click here.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers light up their lives -- and get lit

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Click to see the complete Denver Cruisers Light Up the Night slide show.
This week's Denver Cruiser Ride cycled through the theme "You Light Up My Life," but there were no Debby Boone sightings. Instead, the images that filled photographer Brandon Marshall's lens involved Denverites having a great time on a summer night -- and enjoying the occasional libation. Check out a sampling of the pics below and click to see the complete Denver Cruisers Light Up the Night slide show.

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Photos: Behind the scenes at Aurora's first-ever Teen Citizen Police Academy

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Courtesy Aurora Police Department Facebook page. More photos below.
The Aurora Police Department Facebook page regularly posts interesting photo collections, including galleries starring badass APD cops from the '70s and '80s. But the latest pics are fresh: They offer a behind-the-scenes look at the APD's first-ever Teen Citizen Police Academy.

Look below to see photos from the page, as well as information about the academy, which was successful enough that future classes look to be a very real possibility.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers' People of Walmart ride puts on a smiley face

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Photo by Marissa Shevins. More pics below.
For their latest ride, the Denver Cruisers took inspiration from the People of Walmart website -- and plenty of participants got into the discount spirit. Our Marissa Shevins was on hand to capture all the craziness. Check out a sampling of her shots below.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers take a lot of it off for "Overcoats and Underwear" ride

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Photo by Marissa Shevins. Click to see the complete "Denver Cruisers' Overcoats and Underwear ride" slide show.
Judging by photos taken by our Marissa Shevins, there was more underwear than overcoats at "Overcoats and Underwear," the latest Denver Cruisers ride. But in even greater supply was a good time.

Look below to see a sampling of Shevins's shots and click to see the complete "Denver Cruisers' Overcoats and Underwear ride" slide show.

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