Is the New Homeless Solutions Center Really a Solution?

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Britt Chester
A proposed homeless shelter that will sleep nearly fifty people faces stiff opposition in the Athmar neighborhood. Dubbed the "Solutions Center," the shelter would provide short-term housing for individuals dealing with mental-health issues and chemical dependency. But residents aren't happy about its proposed location, which is near a neighborhood park that's getting a $5.5 million renovation.

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Denver Rescue Mission Community Center Okayed Over Neighborhood Association Challenge

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A photo from the Denver Rescue Mission Facebook page.
The Denver Rescue Mission will soon resume construction on its 11,000-square-foot community center after the Denver Board of Adjustment for Zoning confirmed the city's approval of the project this morning.

Construction of the new facility had been stalled after the Ballpark Neighborhood Association filed an appeal that the board heard at last month's meeting.

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Denver Rescue Mission v. Neighborhood Association: Will Community Center Be OK'd?

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Courtesy of Denver Rescue Mission
Tomorrow, the Denver Board of Adjustment for Zoning will announce whether or not construction on the Denver Rescue Mission's new community center can move forward as planned. The Ballpark Neighborhood Association had appealed the city's okay for the construction of a 11,800 square-foot facility behind DRM's current Lawrence Street Shelter at the intersection of Lawrence Street and Park Avenue West, and argued its case before the zoning board last month.

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Sleep Out For Homeless Youth Gives Boulder a Feel for Life on the Streets

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Courtesy of Attention Homes
Attention Homes supporters bundle up at last year's Sleep Out.
Tonight, more than a hundred people will sleep on the lawn of the First United Methodist Church of Boulder in temperatures that could dip below zero again. The Sleep Out for Homeless Youth fundraiser, now in its third year, is expected to raise $100,000 for Attention Homes, a homeless youth shelter.

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Will juvenile lifers get a reprieve? Inside Colorado Supreme Court hearing

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This week, Colorado Supreme Court justices heard arguments from lawyers representing three juvenile offenders currently serving mandatory life without parole -- a sentence now considered unconstitutional. The Supreme Court's decision in one of these cases could affect how Colorado treats its juvenile offenders going forward.

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Say 'ello to Ello, which could be the first private social network

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Paul Budnitz.
All you find on the website are the words "Simple, beautiful & ad-free," along with a box where you can add your e-mail, requesting an invite. The concept behind the site is Ello, a planned private social network that could be the next Facebook -- make that the anti-Facebook. And it's the brainchild of a few Denver area creatives: Paul Budnitz, a filmmaker who's the founder of Budnitz Bicycles and Kidrobot, along with Todd Berger and Lucien Fohr, the principles of Boulder-based graphic design firm Berger & Fohr. Other than that, there hasn't been a lot of information available about Ello, beyond the fact that it will be advertising-free...and its name might be inspired by the Cockney pronunciation of "hello."

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Photos: Remembrance rally for Marvin Booker, who died in Denver jail

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Supporters and family members rallied in front of the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center yesterday afternoon in remembrance of 56-year old Marvin Booker, who was killed by Denver sheriff deputies in July 2010. The rally came a day after the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals released its opinion on Booker's case. The three-judge appeals panel rejected arguments made by the deputies' attorneys, who sought immunity for their clients -- a move that Darold Kilmer, who represents Booker's family, sees as a huge step forward.

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Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks: All bets are on!

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Denver Zoo
All bets are on as the Mile High City anxiously awaits today's Super Bowl, when the Denver Broncos will face off against the Seattle Seahawks. Everyone from the mayors of the team's home cities to local zoos to Seattle and Denver firefighters have placed wagers on the game -- but not without some controversy. New Mexicans are mad that Mayor Michael Hancock wagered green chile -- which they consider one of their own state's claims to fame. And the Seattle Art Museum had to renege on the original terms of its bet, after angering a Native American tribe.


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Ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads

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A few months back, we shared our top ten driving tips non-Colorado natives forget at start of their second winter here. But with a major storm hitting the area, and the likelihood that folks without much experience behind the wheel in winter conditions will be visiting the Broncos' hometown to watch the Super Bowl, we turned to the experts: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Below, see ten pieces of advice for before and during your drive, ordered and photo-illustrated by us and featuring NHTSA text. Count down the selections below.

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Top Latest Word post of 2013: Annie's gets first recreational pot license anywhere

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Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013 -- and at last, we've reached No. 1. Read it as originally published.

November 19, 2013: Central City is used to making history. The Rush to the Rockies got its start in May 1859, when John Gregory made the first gold discovery on Clear Creek. The town sprang up right above that find and grew so fast that it almost became the state capitol; today it's home to the historic Teller House, Victorian buildings and casinos made possible by Colorado voters.

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