Carol McGraw

Education Reporter

  • Fast facts from "America After 3 p.m." report on kids after school

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    What do kids do after school? Nationally, one in five kids are unsupervised. The After School Alliance Report this month released its "America After 3 p.m." report, which surveyed 30,000 families across the country. The alliance works with community gorups and government to provide...

  • Students' computer skills gain importance with new Colorado testing program

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    The irascible goat in the purple jumpsuit is teaching the class how to keyboard. He tells everyone to put their fingers on the "home row" and exclaims "Let's rock and roll." Ashlyn Cortez, 8, positions her fingers perfectly on the keyboard and carefully types what she sees on the...

  • Donations pour in for Deja, the dog who needs surgery

    Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Brady was on a mission. The golden retriever walked into Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab last month with an envelope clutched between his teeth. It was a donation from Brady's owners to help pay for surgery for Deja Boogie Ann Davis, a therapy dog. Deja suffers from severe...

  • East German dissident now in Colorado Springs watched wall come down from the west

    Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    In the tense times leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Trixi Skinner had to stay with her East German neighbors when her parents were sometimes jailed for participating in anti-communist freedom protests. "They were on the streets demonstrating. I was about 11 and my...

  • Colorado Springs residents recall childhood marked by reunification of Germany

    Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    They met eight months ago amid the breads and raisin-apple strudel in the kitchen of Wimberger's Old World Bakery in Colorado Springs. It was a serendipitous moment for the bakery employees - Claudia Hage, 31, and Stephanie Morris, 34. They say their new friendship would never have...

  • CC professor recalls jubilation as Iron Curtain disintegrated

    Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    The week the Berlin Wall cracked open, John Gould was in Prague on vacation from his teaching job at the American School in Paris. He was at the West German Embassy and then train station when he witnessed the jubilation of the first wave of liberated East Germans, who fled through...

  • Tips to check your cat for obesity, keep it trim and sleek

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Fat cats are those guys who are rolling in dough. But if you have a fat feline who's been rolling in too much tuna, it could be a health problem. How do you know if your cat is obese? Sometimes it's not easy, especially with the naturally big guys. An average cat weighs between 7...

  • Dumb Friends League offers free pet adoptions on Veterans Day

    Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Military service women and men can get a free pet on Tuesday thanks to the Dumb Friends League of Denver. The Veterans Day adoption special "is a way to give back to those who have served and continue to serve our country," officials said in an email Thursday. "Our veterans are...

  • Hazardous waste facility doubles as ballot drop-off site

    Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    It's the ultimate in patriotic multi-tasking. Turn in your election ballot and do your civic duty by getting rid of household hazardous waste at the same time. That's what people have been doing at the polling center at the county Hazardous Waste Facility. Some voters might think...

  • Stormwater measure causes issues for Black Forest voters

    Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Blame it on the Stormwater ballot question 1B, which is awash in verbiage. The wording fills two pages on the touch-screen voting machines, which has confused a few people. They get a computer message telling them they haven't voted on that question. To, they have to follow the...