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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyJanuary 9, 20182min2160

Denver has drawn fire for its ban on homeless camping, or urban camping, since the policy first went on the city books. The city’s policy includes law enforcement sweeps that force the homeless to pack up and move elsewhere.

However, those sweeps or police contacts waned slightly in 2017, Westword found.

As Westword’s Chris Walker notes:

There were 4,647 individual “contacts” in 2017 — interactions that include, at a minimum, law enforcement telling someone violating the ban to pack their belongings and move to another location. That’s down slightly from the 5,055 contacts in 2016, though still significantly higher than the 972 made in 2013, the first full year the ban was enforced.

There were also fewer written warnings issued in 2017: 46 versus 154 in 2016. Only one written warning was issued in both 2013 and 2014.

Denver officials argue the homeless are safer off the streets and in a city shelter while opponents like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) say the ban criminalizes homelessness. Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins and other larger cities also ban urban camping and/or panhandling.

Over the spring, the latest stab at a Colorado “Right to Rest” bill, to outlaw urban camping bans, died in a legislative committee. State lawmakers argued if the bill became law, it would open cities up to mass litigation and drain money that could be used for parks, schools and other public needs.


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Tim NevilleTim NevilleDecember 14, 20176min4930

It is a matter of record and an uncontested fact that the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood did not refuse to serve the two gay customers who entered his bakery in 2012.  He gladly opened his doors and sold any displayed baked goods to all customers, including birthday cakes and special occasion creations. He did not care and did not inquire about any customer’s sexual identity, race or religious faith.


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Associated PressAssociated PressDecember 8, 201714min2200

FARGO, North Dakota — Maria Modi's journey from South Sudan to a new life in Fargo included a stop at a refugee camp in Cairo. She and her seven siblings know what it is like to be hungry. "My mother and father work 12-hour shifts and still sometimes we don't get enough food at home to last us a week," said Modi, a Fargo North High School senior who plans to study music and theater in college next year.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightMarch 30, 201713min123

… Thirty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … Daniel Schorr, a nationally known CBS and cable newsman, spoke to several hundred attendees on March 27 at the B.H.M. Synagogue in Denver during a speech entitled “A Jew In Journalism.” During the talk, Schorr honed in on the timely news of Jonathan Pollard and the surrounding controversy regarding his alleged leaking of state secrets. Pollard "is what you get when you go off the rails,” Schorr said.


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Steve PeoplesSteve PeoplesMarch 20, 20177min1630

Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor group — under the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide — to coordinate protests among more than 120,000 activists already involved with anti-Trump Meetup groups.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 10, 20174min145

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will co-host a public forum Saturday, Feb. 11, to help tell immigrants and other community members about what the city can and will do in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions regarding immigration. In a statement released the same day Trump announced a ban on immigration from several mostly Muslim nations, Hancock said it was unfortunate Trump took the action, after Denver and other cities across the country, "have continually looked to and asked for Washington to act on comprehensive immigration reform." "Instead, communities and families will now be penalized for the federal government’s failure to act," Hancock said. "The executive orders signed today put our economic security as a nation at risk, and I am deeply disappointed. We are a proud nation of immigrants and Denver’s number one priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone who lives in our city. That is why we will not support taking unlawful or unconstitutional actions on behalf of our federal law enforcement, while continuing to comply with federal immigration laws."


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Jared WrightJared WrightSeptember 20, 20165min1421

We live in a country run by people who tell us that if a man puts on a dress and says he's a woman we are supposed to take him at his word. But, if a man goes on a murderous rampage in the name of Allah, and ISIS claims responsibility, we shouldn't draw conclusions. The weak and ridiculous position in which we find ourselves did not happen on its own. Americans selected this band of leftist fools who have zero aptitude for dealing with terrorism. A quote from King Solomon, the wisest earthly leader to ever grace the planet, comes to mind: