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Austin Eubanks, Columbine school shooting survivor who became advocate for fighting addiction, found dead

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Colorado man who survived the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died. Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg said Saturday that 37-year-old Austin Eubanks died overnight at his Steamboat Springs home. There were no signs of foul play. A Monday autopsy was planned to determine […]

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Nicolais: Sadly, the STEM School shooting will become just another statistic

Wracked by emotion, students attending the STEM school vigil plead, “What happened at STEM is awful, but it’s not a statistic.” Tragically, awfully, in the long-term another set of statistics is exactly what STEM will become. Students were right to condemn the immediate, mechanical call for gun control at their vigil. Politicians and special interest […]

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Six big takeaways from The Colorado Sun’s forum with Gov. Jared Polis and top state lawmakers

Gov. Jared Polis and four top state lawmakers gathered at a forum hosted by The Colorado Sun on Monday evening to talk about the 2019 legislative session. But they also dove into current events, including last week’s deadly shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the resignation Sunday of state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. The […]

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Jared Polis is learning early on about one of the hardest parts of being governor: serving as the state’s chief mourner

Gov. Jared Polis was in his office finishing up an interview with a local radio station last week when news out of Highlands Ranch broke: there had been a school shooting. That set in motion a series of decisions for Colorado’s new chief executive. Should he head to the scene and risk getting in the […]

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Opinion: We are ill. The STEM school shooting leaves us all with difficult work to do

I am a Colorado documentary filmmaker. Earlier this year, I was commissioned to help make a Rocky Mountain PBS film about the long-term health impacts of gun violence survivors. During production, I interviewed Tom Mauser. Tom’s son Daniel was one of the children shot and killed at Columbine High School. During our long interview, Tom […]

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Deadly attack on STEM School — by two suspected shooters — is rare among school shootings

The shootings at the STEM School at Highlands Ranch stood out in one important respect from other school shootings, according to experts who study the psychology of mass shooters. Two suspects are accused of acting in coordination on Tuesday. The vast majority of school shootings are committed by a lone gunman. Only two team shooters […]

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Florida teen “infatuated” with Columbine was already dead when Colorado school closures, massive manhunt were launched

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press A Florida teenager obsessed with the Columbine school shooting had already died by suicide by the time authorities launched a manhunt for her after learning that she had traveled to Colorado just days before the 20th anniversary of the massacre, a coroner’s report said Wednesday. An autopsy summary by the […]