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  • Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' toys after outcry

    NEW YORK — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse...

  • The Survival Doctor: Hand-washing helps stop spread of disease

    It's quite frustrating when the best advice we get on how to avoid the latest scary virus going around is "wash your hands." Argh! That's all? No herb, vitamin, tonic or miracle drug we can take and poof, we're protected? Sorry, no such luck. True, we do have immunizations against many viruses. Immune boosters? I'll have more on that later....

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'Alien: Isolation'

    Title: Alien: Isolation Format: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $49.99-$59.99 Publisher: Sega Developer: The Creative Assembly ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: B –   Alien: Isolation Haiku Review Poop your pants scary Hide or die in gnarly way   Hide, move slowly, hide What’s it all about:...

  • Denver Comic Con 2015 tickets on sale now

    Tickets for the May 23-25, 2014 Denver Comic Con are on sale to the general public today. Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura from the 1966 “Star Trek” series, and Lindsay Wagner, who played Jamie Sommers from “The Bionic Woman” are two of the first celebrities signed up to attend.  “This year DCC is on Memorial Day weekend, so...

  • Assessment advocate stands by benefits of Common Core testing

    The mounting resistance to the national standardized testing movement she leads doesn't faze Laura Slover. The former high school English teacher has heard it all, and she doesn't buy it. "Assessment is a very important part of teaching. The set of tools being developed are very high-quality. We've been very focused on transparency," she said...

  • Soldiers promote physical fitness, community at Pinon Valley elementary

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment were "Running With the Wolves" this month to help Piñon Valley Elementary School acquire new equipment and technology and to promote physical fitness. The squadron commander, Lt. Col. Steven Barry, and 16 of his soldiers spent an afternoon at the grade school running nine physical fitness lanes...

  • Library 21c debuts video production studio in Colorado Springs

    Library 21c debuted its Center for Public Media on Saturday in hopes of helping future filmmakers, video producers, musicians and more produce their own high-quality videos. Staffers at Library 21c unveiled a studio with video cameras, lights and editing programs. They will offer classes on studio sound, directing, producing and editing....

  • Children have a blast launching rockets and building things at the PPLD Mini Maker Faire

    Nine-year-old Noah Schneiderman had a plan when he stepped up to the compressed air machine Saturday and prepared to launch his paper rocket. Of the hundreds of children who had gone before him, only a couple of dozen pumped the compressor hard enough to get their rocket to stick in the ceiling of Library 21c for the Mini Maker Faire. Noah had...

  • Easy Halloween decorations can last into late fall

    Halloween isn't just for kids anymore - it's become a real treat for grown-ups, too. The holiday has become one of America's favorites, and folks are ready and willing to spend money on it. "It's changed a lot," said Laurie Baker, customer experience manager at Michaels. "It seems like it's more of a holiday people are recognizing. Our...

  • 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' has gone Gold, hard drive specs announced

    Earlier today Microsoft announced details on the upcoming “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” for Xbox One. The game has gone Gold, which means copies are being created on discs for distribution.  A couple of other tidbits of info were gleaned from a letter to Halo fans written by Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries. The release date for the...

  • Explore at city-wide Colorado Springs Science Festival

    If Steve Rothstein has his way, a giant science museum will spring up near downtown within the next five years. In the meantime, the president of the Colorado Springs Science Center busies himself with presenting the center's fifth annual Colorado Springs Science Festival, a nine-day, citywide conglomeration of science and technology-related...

  • A few more weeks are left for students to enter the Radon Poster Contest

    Colorado students have until Oct. 31 to enter this year's national Radon Poster Contest, designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform people of the danger of radon in their homes. Children ages 9-14 enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense or home school are eligible to submit entries. Members of a...

  • Kids and their parents will find laughs in Alexander's 'Very Bad Day'

    Starring Ed Oxenbould, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne; directed by Miguel Arteta; 81 minutes; PG for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language Whatever else children take from Judith Viorst's delightful "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day," the sly subtext of...

  • Comics, toys to fill tables at Springs con

    Grab your light saber - the Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con is back. The biannual show, now in its fifth cycle, offers would-be Jedis and Vulcans a chance to congregate and hawk their wares. The most recent local con, in April, drew 2,000 patrons. This fall's con will host more than 100 tables filled with toys, memorabilia and comic books....

  • MAP: Bedtimes in Colorado

    I’m getting sleepy typing this. According to a cool bedtime map by the blog, Jawbone, Coloradans go to bed pretty early compared to other parts of the country and get around 7.5 hours of sleep a night. Hey, I’ll take it. Most of Colorado goes to bed around 10:45, Denver and nearby counties go to sleep around 11 p.m. Colorado Springs falls...

  • Tough Talks: Don't wait until a crisis to discuss sensitive subjects with aging parents

    Mary Troublefield saw the first, subtle signs in her grandfather almost 20 years ago, when he was driving her cross-country. "I was 19, and he was in his 70s. I called my mom afterward and said something like 'He just doesn't have that reaction time like he should,'" said Troublefield. Several years would pass before Troublefield was...

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