Best from the weekend: Stories you may have missed

By: The Gazette
July 28, 2014 Updated: July 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm
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Angela Ricketts holds a picture of her husband Col. Darrin Ricketts and Colin Powell, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, inside her Colorado Springs home Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Ricketts has just written the book "No Man's War" about being a wife while having a husband deployed in the Army. Ricketts' husband has been deployed eight times since they were married. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Here are top stories and photos from the weekend.

Colorado Springs woman writes of life at the homefront in new memoir, 'No Man's War                                                  For Angela Ricketts, the life-changing epiphany came in the middle of the night on Nov. 21, 2010. She woke up with pain in her back and shoulders. It's just a panic attack, she thought as sweat rolled down her neck. The pain got uglier, and she started thinking about going to the emergency room on post.
PPRTA to spend $12 million on area known as No Man's Land
The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority will start a major road project in 2016 on a stretch of highway that has been neglected, deemed blighted and been nicknamed No Man's Land.
The authority will spend $12 million on sidewalks, gutters, a center turn lane, bicycle lanes and drainage on Colorado Avenue from 31st Street to the city limits of Manitou Springs.
Gazette Exclusive: Manitou Springs recreational marijuana shop to open on Thursday
Recreational marijuana sales will begin in Manitou Springs on Thursday. Bill Conkling made the announcement late Friday, saying that the "long process" is finally coming to an end. The first recreational pot licensee in El Paso County and the owner of Maggie's Farm medical marijuana centers has been a part of the process to bring the industry to Manitou for more than a year.
Side Streets: Longtime tuner works on 15,000th piano as he nears end of accidental career
All these years later, George King vividly recalls the exact moment he knew he had become a piano tuner. It was 1963 and he was a young apprentice trying to learn the craft from a relative.
Photo galleries:
-The National Association of Rocketry's Annual Meet
-Saturday's Color in Motion 5k
-Top photos from the week, July 27

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