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Littwin: The Arbery-killing trial is not a do-over for Kyle Rittenhouse, even though it feels that way

Update 11:55 am: The jury wasted little time in finding all three defendants in the vigilante shooting of Ahmaud Arbery guilty of murder. The man who pulled the trigger, Travis McMichael, was guilty on all nine counts. Greg McMichael was found guilty on eight counts and William Roddy Bryan Jr. guilty on six. They all […]

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SunLit interview: “The Holly” author Julian Rubinstein reflects on the story and its challenges

Julian Rubinstein is an award-winning journalist, author and producer. His new non-fiction book, “The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood,” was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May 2021. Julian’s first non-fiction book, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best […]

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Silverman: Let’s not hide from the racism in our history. We can learn from it.

The truth about Colorado and America’s racial history is out there, especially in three recent well-researched books by talented authors. Recommended for your summer reading is “Grant,” “Forget the Alamo,” and “The Holly.” Two hundred years ago, the border between Mexico and the United States traversed Colorado and extended to parts of Kansas, Wyoming and […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, News

“Everything is still the same”: A year after protests, young Coloradans don’t think anyone is listening anymore

Melissa Boateng is still scared. It’s a quiet fear, not one expressed through echoes of rally chants and parades of protesters, but one that follows her from her Denver home out into her community. This time last year, Boateng, now 18, had recently led a youth-centered Black Lives Matter protest that drew a crowd of […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd

By Amy Forliti, Stephen Groves, Tammy Webber and Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination […]

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Colorado judge resigns after state Supreme Court censure over multiple reports of racial bias

By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press A Colorado judge will resign after being censured for repeatedly saying a racial slur in a conversation with a Black employee, expressing her views on racial justice while on the bench as well as using court employees to work on personal business. The Colorado Supreme Court issued the censure for […]

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Black, Hispanic people disadvantaged in Denver courts, study of felony cases shows

A study of decisions made by the Denver district attorney’s office has said Black and Hispanic people charged with felonies in Denver face “a persistent set of disadvantages” compared with their white peers. The study found that white people facing drug charges were more likely than Black or Hispanic people to be referred to drug […]