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State and local laws push more registered sex offenders into low-income Colorado communities

The laws requiring the names of convicted sex offenders nationwide to be catalogued, and available to the public, bear the names of children sexually assaulted and murdered by predators who had committed sex offenses before. The goal was to prevent the same from happening to other children. The Jacob Wetterling Act. Megan’s Law. The Adam […]

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Protecting kids from porn? Assaulting free speech? Library critics take aim at public databases.

It’s a strange time to be a librarian in Colorado. Long accustomed to having their workplaces written off as musty-smelling anachronisms, a growing number of librarians lately find themselves under scrutiny, or attack. Across the state, and beyond, librarians have been accused of purposely peddling online porn to kids. And at the Colorado Capitol this […]

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Death of boy, 7, found in Denver storage unit, could spark new rules about following up on kids at risk who are pulled from school

Caden McWilliams’ body lay hidden in a storage unit for as long as seven months, and no one was looking for him. The fact no one reported the 7-year-old missing has prompted child advocates to call for a system of follow-up when a child who has been the subject of an abuse or neglect investigation […]

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Nurses do. Lawyers do. But Colorado doctors don’t have to take continuing education courses

To renew their licenses in Colorado, attorneys must prove they’ve taken continuing education courses. So do accountants, physician’s assistants, teachers, and anyone who sells life insurance or real estate. Physicians do not. Colorado is one of only four states that does not require any continuing medical education for physicians. Not only does Colorado not require […]

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For some, home schooling is not about learning. It’s about hiding child abuse.

When an ambulance carried a blind, autistic boy from the Longmont home where his parents held him a virtual prisoner and nearly starved him for years, neighbors told reporters they couldn’t imagine how such abuse could have gone undetected for so long. Years earlier in Lakewood, as a little-boy face grinned from television screens and […]