Homes in a neighborhood in Dacono, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The small community north of Denver was devastated by the suicide of 13-year-old Von Mercado. Teens in the town said video and a photo of the boy's death were shared via Snapchat, leading police on a months' long search to track them down. The tragedy resulted in a new state law. (Chris Schneider, Special to The Colorado Sun)

A Snapchat video of a 13-year-old boy’s suicide roiled a Colorado town — and left police chasing social media ghosts

Multiple middle-schoolers in the small community of Dacono reported watching a video of Von Mercado's death — that then vanished from their phones — frustrating officials and leading to a new state law.

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To test or not to test? Colorado educators and advocates divided on CMAS in a pandemic

Federal and state law require standardized tests — in Colorado, that’s CMAS for students in third through eighth grade

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$5 million bond for man accused of killing 12-year-old Greeley girl in 1984

Prosecutors said that there was enough circumstantial evidence to charge Steve Pankey, 69, with the killing of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews

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Colorado student, scientist named Time Magazine’s “Kid of the Year”

Gitanjali Rao, a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch who lives in the city of Lone Tree, was selected from more than 5,000 nominees