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Lawsuit: Woman, 97, Froze to Death in View of Facility's Security Cameras

Her body wasn't found until more than 5 hours after she wandered outside, lawsuit says

(Newser) - The family of Mary Jo Staub paid $1,500 extra for heightened care for the 97-year-old at an assisted living facility in Colorado, a lawsuit states. But despite a warning to staff from one of her daughters that she was confused and hallucinating, she froze to death in full view...

Methamphetamine Contamination Forces Colorado Library to Close
Another Colorado Library
Shuts Due to Meth Levels
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Another Colorado Library Shuts Due to Meth Levels

Contamination found mostly in public restrooms

(Newser) - For the second time in a month, a Colorado library has been forced to close due to meth contamination. This time it was in the Denver suburb of Englewood, the AP reports. Contamination in the city library's restrooms was found to exceed state thresholds last week, and the library...

Stranger Gives Child Piano Prodigy a Stunning Gift

Bill Magnusson hopes to see Jude Kofie reach his full potential: 'He's Mozart level'

(Newser) - Eleven-year-old Jude Kofie stunned his parents when he sat down at the family's electric keyboard about a year ago and started playing fabulously, despite having no instruction. The boy living with autism in Aurora, Colorado, seemed to have a gift, as professional piano tuner Bill Magnusson recognized when he...

'Violent' Avalanche Kills University President's Son

Andy Feinstein says he dug himself out, sought help before Nick's body was found in Colorado

(Newser) - A New Year's Eve avalanche fully buried the president of the University of Northern Colorado and his 22-year-old son, and the latter died. UNCO President Andy Feinstein says he and his son, Nick, were skiing in the backcountry beyond the boundaries of Breckenridge Ski Resort on Saturday when both...

'Real-Life Body-Snatching Case' Reaches Its Conclusion

Megan Hess sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to mail fraud

(Newser) - Prosecutors said what victims perceived as Megan Hess' lack of remorse would be considered at her January sentencing, and it apparently was. The former Colorado funeral home operator faced up to 20 years after pleading guilty in July to a count of mail fraud tied to a scheme in which...

Woman Dies After Rideshare Driver Leaves Her on Interstate

Woman was struck on busy road in Colorado

(Newser) - A woman is dead following a hit-and-run on I-25 in Thornton, Colorado, a Denver suburb. The suspected driver is now under arrest, but as CBS News reports, many people—at least on social media—are "focusing their anger on the rideshare driver" who left the victim and her friends...

A Year Before Club Q Shooting, Suspect's Bomb Threat Case Was Dropped

The AP delves into what happened with accused mass shooter's 2021 case

(Newser) - The Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter had charges dropped in a 2021 bomb threat case after family members who were terrorized in the incident refused to cooperate, according to the district attorney and court documents unsealed Thursday. The charges were dropped despite authorities finding a “tub” full of bomb-making...

Club Q Suspect Slammed With 305 Criminal Counts

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faces murder, hate crime charges after Colorado Springs shooting

(Newser) - The suspect accused of entering a Colorado gay nightclub clad in body armor and opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle, killing five people and wounding at least 17 others, was charged by prosecutors Tuesday with 305 criminal counts, including hate crimes and murder. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, sat upright in...

Bovine Mystery Stumps in Colorado: 'We're Scratching Our Heads'

State wildlife officials don't know why dozens of cows, calves near Meeker have died since October

(Newser) - Cattle are dying by the dozens in a tiny corner of Colorado, and it's left local wildlife authorities flummoxed. The Guardian reports that, over the past two months, about 40 cows and calves have expired near the northwest town of Meeker, with a rancher there first reporting the deaths...

These Are the Best, Worst States for Jobs

Washington tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - After a tumultuous couple of years marred by the pandemic, the job market is looking up, with many employers eagerly seeking new workers for their payrolls. Conditions for the job hunt are better in some states than in others, and WalletHub is here to break it all down. The site...

Another Club Q Hero Speaks Out
A 2nd Club Q
Hero Speaks Out

A 2nd Club Q Hero Speaks Out

Thomas James, a Navy petty officer, helped subdue the alleged shooter

(Newser) - The world is hearing from another Club Q hero for the first time. One of the patrons who helped Army veteran Richard Fierro subdue the suspect accused of killing five in a mass shooting at the LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado released a statement Sunday, CNN reports. Thomas James, a US...

Suspect in Club Shooting Changed His Name
Suspect in Club Shooting
Is Nonbinary: Lawyers
UPDATED

Suspect in Club Shooting Is Nonbinary: Lawyers

Anderson Lee Aldrich was Nicholas Brink until changing their name at 15

(Newser) - The suspect in the Club Q shooting is nonbinary, according to their lawyer. In filing several motions Tuesday, public defenders Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman added a footnote stating Anderson Lee Aldrich is "nonbinary" and uses "they/them pronouns," reports the Denver Post . They are referred to as...

Club Q Hero: 'I Just Went Into Combat Mode'

Boyfriend of Army veteran Richard Fierro's daughter was killed in the shooting

(Newser) - The man who subdued the alleged Club Q shooter Saturday night, beating him with his own gun , is telling his story. Richard M. Fierro had gone to the gay nightclub with his wife, his daughter, her longtime boyfriend, and two family friends to watch his 22-year-old daughter's best friend...

In Gay Nightclub Shooting, Critics Say Red Flag Laws Were Ignored

Suspect allegedly threatened his mother with a bomb last year, but nothing was done

(Newser) - A year and a half before he was arrested in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five people dead, Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked him into surrendering,...

Name Change Approved for Mountain With Link to Massacre

Colorado's Mount Evans could soon become Mount Blue Sky

(Newser) - A Colorado state panel recommended Thursday that Mount Evans, a prominent peak near Denver, be renamed Mount Blue Sky at the request of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board voted unanimously for the change. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will weigh in on the recommendation before...

Boebert Declares Victory Ahead of Recount
Boebert's Rival Concedes
in Tight Colorado Race
UPDATED

Boebert's Rival Concedes in Tight Colorado Race

It still appears headed to automatic recount, but both he and the congresswoman say it's over

(Newser) - The Democratic challenger who ended up in a surprisingly tight race with Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado has conceded, reports the Hill . Adam Frisch said Friday that while the race appears headed for an automatic recount, "the likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is...

Boebert's Race Nears Recount
Boebert's House Race
Is Nation's Closest
election 2022

Boebert's House Race Is Nation's Closest

Final votes will be counted Friday, county clerks say

(Newser) - Election officials in the Colorado counties still counting votes in the Rep. Lauren Boebert-Adam Frisch congressional race say they'll finish Friday. Boebert was 551 votes ahead at 5pm Thursday, the Colorado Sun reports, putting the election on track for a mandatory recount. Recounts are triggered when the margin between...

Lauren Boebert Now Leads by 1K Votes
Lauren Boebert
Now Leads by 1K Votes
election 2022

Lauren Boebert Now Leads by 1K Votes

House race in Colorado still too close to call

(Newser) - After briefly trailing Democratic challenger Adam Frisch by 64 votes , Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is back in the lead in her race for re-election to the House. As of midnight Friday, with 99% of the vote counted, she was ahead by 1,122 votes. Boebert, a Trump ally, represents...

Murder of JonBenet Ramsey to Get a Fresh Look

Colorado Bureau of Investigation team to take up the cold case in 2023

(Newser) - The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will take a fresh look at the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey next year. The CBI's Cold Case Review Team—a group of "investigative, analytical, and forensic experts from across the state" who meet two to four times a year—will take up...

Survey: Gig Drivers in Denver Average $5.49 an Hour

Pay comes in well under minimum wage, but companies contest the calculations

(Newser) - The income of gig drivers in the Denver area is running well below minimum wage, a survey has found. Two advocacy groups, Colorado Jobs with Justice and Gig Workers Rising, queried hundreds of drivers for such platforms as Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash from last November through January, the Guardian reports....

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