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  • Survey looks at homeless people and their needs in the Colorado Springs area

    Trudging through a muddy field, Andrew Phelps and a cadre of outreach workers approached a trash-strewn camp where it appeared that two people were living in a tent. They came bearing socks, candy and a simple request: Can we count you? About 100 people fanned out across El Paso County for the annual Point-In-Time survey - a census of the...

  • NAACP president delivers impassioned sermon at Fountain church

    Although Cornell William Brooks came to Colorado Springs to address a population shaken by a potential hate crime, the NAACP president took some time off on Sunday to be a minister, and encouraged his temporary flock to put aside their fears and anger. Brooks delivered an impassioned sermon to hundreds of people on Sunday at the New Jerusalem...

  • More families opt to celebrate life with unique, personal services

    Ruth Solazzi was born June 15, 1920. She was a dedicated teacher and opera singer who earned a master's degree in music in the early 1940s, at a time when only about 6 percent of females pursued higher education. She raised four children, was grandmother to nine and took pride in the lush garden she kept at her Colorado Springs home after the...

  • Here's the faith in the 'American Sniper' you won't see in the film

    Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family. But God doesn't make a central appearance in the film "American Sniper," which opened nationwide last Friday. The film offers a few similarities to "Unbroken,"...

  • National NAACP leader visits Colorado Springs to urge action in wake of bombing attempt

    Just weeks after a makeshift bomb exploded outside the NAACP offices in Colorado Springs, the national leader of the organization came to the city to call for persistence in the face of injustice. Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the national branch of the NAACP, passionately told hundreds of people at a regional conference not to...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Jan. 25, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "Brief History of Music" - 3 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $10, $5 for children; pikespeakringers.com. SATURDAY AND FEB. 1 "Legends" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 7 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1, First Christian Church, 16 E....

  • National NAACP president begins three-day Colorado Springs trip Friday on heels of bombing

    NAACP president Cornell William Brooks will deliver a Sunday sermon at a Colorado Springs-area church following two days of meetings and gatherings with the community, according to the NAACP's Colorado-Wyoming-Montana State Conference. Brooks, an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the sermon at New...

  • Side Streets: Bambi Venetucci was an extraordinary woman and half of an amazing love story

    On a cold, gray day on Halloween eve in 2002, I watched as Bambi Venetucci comforted her husband, legendary pumpkin farmer Nick Venetucci. He was sitting at their kitchen table at the family farm in Security, quietly crying as he confronted the end of their traditional pumpkin giveaway. The great drought of 2002 had ruined Venetucci's pumpkin...

  • Why does Islam ban images of the Prophet Muhammad?

    This month, 10 employees of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly, and two police officers were murdered by a band of masked gunmen who shouted "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," as they opened fire on the publication's Paris newsroom. Among the dead were four cartoonists who provided the weekly with numerous cartoons depicting images of the...

  • Violence fuels debate among Muslims over interpreting faith

    fter gunmen in Paris killed 12 people, Saudi Arabia's top body of Muslim clerics quickly condemned the attack and said it could have no acceptable justification. It was a signal from some of the Islamic world's stricter voices that cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were not a reason to kill...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Jan. 18, 2015

    Music/Drama SUNDAY Taylor Memorial Concert Series - With solo organ recital by Deke Polifka, 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.; gssepiscopal.org. SATURDAY AND JAN. 25 "Brief History of Music" - Pikes Peak Ringer, 7 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.; 3 p.m. Jan. 25, Immanuel Lutheran...

  • Second Colorado Springs-area Catholic church vandalized in recent weeks

    Religious figures outside another local Catholic church have been vandalized, the second desecration in six weeks. Four characters from the Nativity scene outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Manitou Springs, including the baby Jesus, were broken in pieces between Jan. 4 and Thursday, said the Rev. Ronald Raab, pastor of the Tri-Community,...

  • Colorado Springs LGBT center closes after nearly 40 years

    The Colorado Springs Pride Center, a go-to resource for the region's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, announced its closure Monday after years of overwhelming debt and management issues. In bowing to years of financial discord, the center ended a 37-year run of offering assistance, advocacy and support programs for thousands...

  • Jesus might have been tried here: Archaeologists uncover Herod's palace

    JERUSALEM - The site where Jesus might have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, is now open to the public for the first time. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the spot is within easy walking distance of the Christian Quarter and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where tradition holds Jesus was buried. Discovered under an abandoned prison...

  • Thou shall declutter: Professional organizers help people struggling with stuff

    The millions of Americans who resolved to organize and declutter their lives this new year might need more than good intentions to transform their troubled relationships with stuff, say local professional organizers. Linda Reinberger has been helping clients "create calm out of chaos" for seven years. Her work with hard-core hoarders led to...

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