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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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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Top Latest Word posts of 2013, No. 2: You know you're NOT from Colorado when....

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Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013. This one came in at No. 2. Read it as originally published.

October 22, 2013: Over the years, we've had a lot of fun collecting "You know you're from Colorado when" punchlines.

But then we wondered: What would happen if we turned that concept on its head and answered the question, "How you know when someone is NOT from Colorado?"

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Top Latest Word posts of 2013, No. 3: Driving tips for non-natives in second winter

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Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013. This one came in at No. 3. Read it as originally published.

November 21, 2013: In February, we listed the ten scariest out-of-state license plates to see in a snowstorm. But just because a car has green-and-white mountain tags doesn't mean the driver has had them for years -- and many people who've moved here and survived their first Colorado winter tend to forget the lessons that helped them avoid nasty crashes between year one and year two.

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Top Latest Word posts of 2013, No. 4: Alex Landau reacts when beating cops aren't charged

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Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013. This one came in at No. 4. Read it as originally published.

April 11, 2013: Last week, Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez announced that there would be no charges against the three Denver police officers who nearly beat college student Alex Landau to death in 2009.

Earlier this week, we spoke with Landau's lawyer, who was troubled by evidence he fears Martinez ignored.

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Top Latest Word Posts of 2013, No. 5: Teacher Carly McKinney revealed as Carly CrunkBear

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Editor's note: We're counting down the most popular Latest Word posts of 2013. This one came in at No. 5. Read it as originally published.

January 29, 2013: Carly McKinney, 23, is a first-year math teacher at Overland High Schools, but her calculations related to a now-yanked Twitter account posted under the name CarlyCrunkBear don't add up. She reportedly considered it a parody account, but administrators at the Cherry Creek School District don't appear to find the flirty photos and drug references terribly amusing.

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