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How Legalized Weed Is Affecting the Booze Biz

The Guardian analyzes the impact in Colorado

(Newser) - So alcohol and marijuana aren't exactly at odds after all. Eighteen months since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana sales, alcohol sales there continue to grow—despite initial fears that weed would drive away booze buyers, the Guardian reports. "We’ve just seen phenomenal growth" at Mr B’s Wine... More »

Theater Victim's Grandpa: Court Should Go After Juror

Friends and family of victims describe grief, heartbreak in court

(Newser) - The grandfather of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Aurora theater shooting says the holdout juror who spared James Holmes' life may have intended to do so all along. During testimony yesterday, Robert Sullivan suggested the juror had "a moral purpose ... to save (Holmes) from the death sentence" but... More »

Toxic Water Still Leaking Into Colorado River

Other abandoned mines are now the issue, officials say

(Newser) - The wastewater spill into Colorado's Animas River isn't just more severe than the Environmental Protection Agency initially estimated: It's steadily getting worse in terms of volume, even a week after the initial incident . Between 500 and 700 gallons of metal-laced water is still spilling from the abandoned... More »

EPA: Wastewater Spill 3 Times Worse Than We Thought

Officials now say 3M gallons of Colo. mine wastewater spilled into Animas River

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency says a wastewater spill from an abandoned mine in southwestern Colorado into the Animas River is much larger than originally estimated. The agency said the amount of heavy-metal-laced water that leaked from the Gold King Mine into the river, turning the water a mucky orange and... More »

A Colorado River Now Looks Like This

EPA accidentally spilled 1 million gallons of mine waste into Animas

(Newser) - Colorado's Animas River isn't always bright orange, but that's how it looks today after the EPA accidentally spilled a million gallons of mine waste into a tributary. Officials in San Juan County say state officials and the EPA were actually trying to access contaminated water at Gold... More »

Newlyweds' Hike Ends in Tragedy

Kathleen Bartlett killed by lightning strike 6 days after wedding

(Newser) - On July 11, Kathleen Bartlett and Ryan Pocius were married. Six days later, Pocius became a widower. Tragedy struck during a Friday afternoon hike on Mount Yale in Colorado. The Denver Post reports the couple were at 12,400 feet, just above the tree line and about 2,000 feet... More »

'80s Can't Buy Me Love Star Dies at 43

Amanda Peterson found dead in Colorado of unknown causes

(Newser) - Amanda Peterson, who starred as cheerleader Cindy Mancini in the 1987 rom-com Can't Buy Me Love, has been found dead in her apartment in Greeley, Colo. She was 43. While the official cause of death isn't known, Peterson's dad tells TMZ "she had some illness and... More »

Why Teen Pregnancy Is Plummeting in Colorado

Study offering free IUDs, implants shows dramatic results

(Newser) - Science continues to back up an American Academy of Pediatrics policy change recommending teenage girls use long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Over six years, Colorado offered women free IUDs and implants as part of "one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control,"... More »

9 Treated for Burns in Fireworks Misfire

Show in Colorado has a gaffe

(Newser) - The first big fireworks fail of the holiday is out of Avon, Colorado, where an accident during a show last night left nine people with minor burns. It happened about 17 minutes into the festivities, when a shell apparently exploded in its tube instead of soaring into the sky, reports... More »

Colo. Court: Dish Can Fire Worker for Pot Use at Home

Even though marijuana is legal in that state, and even if it's medicinal

(Newser) - A Colorado quadriplegic who lost his Dish Network job for using marijuana outside of work for medical reasons lost his case in the state's highest court today. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-0 that businesses can fire employees who violate their drug policies, even if that drug use is... More »

Curious Guy Shoots Own Foot

Colorado man wanted to know what it felt like

(Newser) - Being incredibly stupid is not a crime in Colorado—but reckless endangerment is, and a man named Adam Hirtle was charged with it after telling cops he shot himself in the foot to find out what it felt like. A police spokesman tells the Denver Post that when officers went... More »

Dark Knight Shooter's Diary Finally Opened

Sane or insane? Both sides say diary helps case

(Newser) - Was James Holmes in the grip of madness when he massacred 12 moviegoers in 2012, or had he coldly planned the rampage for months? Both sides in the Dark Knight shooter's trial say the gunman's diary helps their case, and on Tuesday, prosecutors entered it into evidence and... More »

Lake's Goldfish Invasion Comes to Unexpected End

No need to drain or zap Colorado lake thanks to hungry birds

(Newser) - Biologists worried about a goldfish infestation at a Colorado lake discovered a bunch of well-fed pelicans where the problem used to be. Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel went to Boulder's 12-acre Teller Lake No. 5 this week for a fish survey and found just four live goldfish and a... More »

Cops: Mom Gave Teen Pot Brownie, He Jumped

Colorado woman charged after Austin Essig leaped out 3rd-story window

(Newser) - It wasn't a pretty sight outside a Colorado apartment complex on April 14 after 19-year-old Austin Essig jumped out of a third-story window. "I had to hold him down," a resident tells CBS Denver . "He was all covered in glass and blood and everything." Essig... More »

Colorado Man Cited for Executing Computer

He put 8 bullets into misbehaving Dell

(Newser) - A Colorado Springs man who saw the "blue screen of death" on his computer one too many times decided to take it out back and put it out of its misery. Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits after he put eight bullets into... More »

Colorado Lake Overrun With Thousands of Pet Goldfish

Well, the first few were pets; now they're invasive

(Newser) - Keeping a few goldfish alive in a bowl can seem tough enough. Boulder is facing a very different problem. A press release put out by Colorado Parks and Wildlife explains that goldfish have multiplied into the thousands in the 12-acre Teller Lake #5. ABC News reports that they may now... More »

Woman Whose Baby Was Cut From Womb Leaves Hospital

Michelle Wilkins is in a safe place, family says

(Newser) - The Colorado woman who survived the horror of having her baby cut out of her womb by an attacker with a kitchen knife is out of the hospital and on the "long journey towards recovery and spiritual reconciliation," her family says. Relatives say Michelle Wilkins, 26, is now... More »

Cops: Baby Taken From Mom's Womb in Grisly Stabbing

Victim who responded to Craigslist ad for baby clothes was 7 months pregnant

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman who showed up at a Longmont, Colo., home yesterday to purchase baby clothes she saw advertised on Craigslist was stabbed and beaten, allegedly by the 34-year-old woman who lived there—who police say then reportedly "removed" the unborn child from the mother's womb, the Longmont ... More »

Why 'Mile-High City' Is So High Up

It has to do with water from millions of years ago

(Newser) - What makes the High Plains so darned high? Well, geologists say, maybe the Earth just got lighter and floated up like a plank of wood for millions of years. In the journal Geology , experts say water beneath the Western US may have infiltrated an area of the continental plate and... More »

Ex Arrested After 'My Wife Is a Cheater' House Explodes

William Lindauer stood unresponsive as house burned: neighbor

(Newser) - A Colorado house with "My wife is a cheater" scrawled twice on it exploded early yesterday in what was perhaps unsurprisingly deemed to be arson. Possibly even less surprising: who was arrested in connection with the incident. William Eugene Lindauer III, 31, a resident of the home who was... More »

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