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Former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex, who issued 1st same-sex marriage licenses, dies

BOULDER — Clela Rorex, a former Colorado county clerk considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement for being the first public official to issue a same-sex marriage license in 1975, has died. She was 78. Rorex died Sunday of complications from recent surgery at a hospice care facility in Longmont, the Daily Camera reported. […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Silverman: Former Denver District Attorney Norm Early was a fierce advocate for victims’ rights

When Norm Early entered a room, people took notice.  Norm was tall, with broad shoulders, a powerful chest and solid arms. Norm’s full head of hair framed a handsome, mustachioed face that lit up any venue when he smiled, which happened frequently. Rooms reverberated with Norm’s infectious booming laugh, now silenced forever at age 76. […]

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Ricardo Martinez remembered as “a warrior” for justice in Denver schools

For three decades, Ricardo Martinez, co-founder of the advocacy group Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, helped parents and students fight racism in Denver Public Schools. Last week, Denver lost the humble and fierce organizer. He died of a stroke and its complications, according to a written remembrance shared by his family. “At his core, he was […]

Posted inColoradans, Crime and Courts, News

The alleged killer thought no one would miss him. But the “reading man” has been missed — and now memorialized.

An imaginary south wind has bent an iron-work tree over a curved metal chair and riffled the pages of a sheet-metal book titled, “And You Also.” That was a signature comment of Warren Barnes, a gentle, homeless 69-year-old who was a downtown fixture known as “the reading man” because he so often sat along this […]

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Steve Knopper: Jim Sheeler was a fierce friend, who helped his besties turn down the volume on “You Suck FM”

“I know!” was maybe the most frequent phrase I remember Jim Sheeler, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who died last weekend at 53, saying to me during our 30-year friendship. One time, I told him the story about a Pepsi Center full of Jimmy Buffett fans booing me because I refused to return the volley of […]