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Wilson: Denver’s homelessness policies reveal civic cruelty beneath shiny facade

It’s embarrassing, Denver. Our clean streets and microbreweries come at a price. Go to the right places in this town, and our civic dysfunction glares at you from beneath blankets and makeshift tents.   What is the point of our progressive reputation when our “progress” leaves countless unhoused neighbors visibly stranded in our rising economic tide? […]

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Denver and other cities are looking to take cops out of mental health-related 911 rescues

By LJ Dawson, Kaiser Health News Every day that Janet van der Laak drives between car dealerships in her sales job, she keeps size 12 shoes, some clothes and a packed lunch — a PB&J sandwich, fruit and a granola bar — beside her in case she sees her 27-year-old son on the streets. “’Jito, […]

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Guard at Colorado women’s prison arrested by Denver police in attempted pimping case

A guard at a Colorado prison for women has been arrested on suspicion of attempted pimping involving a woman who previously served time at the facility, authorities said Friday. Joshua Hensley, 38, was arrested Wednesday and is also accused of patronizing a prostitute. Investigators believe he was trying to coerce at least two women to […]

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Denver authorities might be instructed to look the other way on magic mushrooms, but they remain illegal

The Denver vote directing police to de-prioritize arresting people for psilocybin mushrooms forges new legal ground because getting caught with even a small amount of psychedelic mushrooms can lead to felony charges. Possession of marijuana was a petty offense — the lowest of all crimes — when Mile High voters decriminalized weed in 2005. And […]

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Thousands of usable iPhones trashed by one Colorado firm because well-meaning donors forgot to turn off “Find my iPhone”

In neatly sorted stacks and bins in a warehouse in Lafayette, 3,378 smartphones and tablets are waiting to be trashed. They are all used, all donated in the past three weeks, and most are in fine working condition. There are even four Apple iPhone Xs. But this batch of iPhones and iPads won’t join the […]

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Man exonerated in rape case will receive nearly $2 million after Colorado attorney general drops compensation challenge

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said Thursday he will not oppose Clarence Moses-EL’s claim for compensation after spending 28 years in prison for a crime that he was acquitted of in 2015, opening the door for Moses-EL to receive almost $2 million from the state. Weiser, a Democrat who took office in January, had earlier […]