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  • Springs Girl Scout has the recipe for great meals from the food bank

    Madeline McWhorter knows that a trip to the local food bank may not conjure images of spicy tomato-braised chicken or baked spaghetti pie. And that needed to change. Calling upon her culinary creativity, McWhorter, 18, created a cookbook requiring only ingredients commonly found at food banks. A Girl Scout since about kindergarten,...

  • Transparency in public schools topic of panel discussion

    Transparency in public schools will be the topic of a panel discussion Sept. 29 in Golden. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Jeffco Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 2, 15200 W. 6th Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and Chalkbeat Colorado will present, "Transparency 101: How to exercise your rights to...

  • Teen drinking a timeless problem

    Two teens died, one was injured and a fourth faces charges of vehicular homicide. All were drinking before a Monument-area crash in the early morning hours on Labor Day. Last month, three teens were taken unconscious to hospitals from house parties in Fountain, and several adults were arrested on suspicion of supplying booze for the parties....

  • To Do Today calendar Sept. 15, 2014

    Events Margaret Kasahara - Between the Lines Exhibit - 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., regular admission applies; csfineartscenter.org. From Job Loss to Job Search - 2 p.m., Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road West, free. Registration required: ppwfc.org. "GMO OMG" - Documentary film that explores the...

  • State teams with nonprofit to provide backpacks with supplies for 1,680 Colorado students

    When a student is homeless, owning a backpack for books can be beyond reach. With that in mind, the Colorado Department of Education and Feed the Children provided 1,680 backpacks for kids in need. Feed the Children, an international nonprofit organization, also provided pallets of school supplies, books, personal care items and snacks to...

  • Officials: Children playing with lighter burn Colorado Springs home

    A house fire that injured a woman and killed a pet snake Wednesday was caused by two children playing with fire in the home, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said Friday. Firefighters responded to a home at 921 Bennett Ave. just after 1 p.m. and reported heavy smoke and fire on the second floor. A man who climbed from a window onto the...

  • FOOD PLAY: A new book invites kids and parents to make whimsical candy treats

    If you heard it once, you probably heard it a thousand times: Don't play with your food. Crafter Jodi Levine defies that mom maxim with her new book, "Candy Aisle Crafts," (Penguin Random House, 112 pages, $31.97), a glossy, easy-to-follow book on transforming standard candy-
aisle fare into whimsical treats. Best of all, it's designed to be...

  • 911 system adds automated message to discourage hang-ups

    Emergency call takers are hoping that a new automated message on the Colorado Springs 911 system will keep callers on the line when they do not receive an immediate response. The message, implemented Thursday, will play after 10 seconds of ringing and will let people know that they've dialed the right number. It will also discourage them from...

  • 'We're right in the middle of it:' Virus sickens Colorado Springs-area children

    Nearly 125 children have been seen at Children's Hospital in Colorado Springs in the past five weeks for respiratory issues amid a rare virus outbreak that has sickened hundreds of children in more than 
10 states. Word of the virus hitting children in the Pikes Peak region came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the...

  • Blog: Comic Art Fest on Saturday

    Comic Art Fest 2014 runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Arts Alley just west of Escape Velocity Comics & Graphic Novels, 19 E. Bijou St. It's the fourth annual Comic Art Fest, a cdelebration of comic book art hosted by Escape Velocity. This year's special guest is artist Kenneth Rocafort, whose work can currently be seen in DC's...

  • 'What if.' brings imagination to life in Colorado Springs

    A crowd of young children and parents gathered around as a robot prepared to launch a large blue ball. Kids yelped in the background as the ball launched toward them and others in the crowd while some who walked were covered in colored powder. They were just part of the hundreds of people scattered around downtown near the Colorado Springs...

  • Video Game Haiku Review - 'Dance Central Spotlight'

    Title: Dance Central Spotlight Format: Xbox One Price: $9.99 Developer: Harmonix
 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
 The Grade: A – Dance Central Spotlight Haiku Review Get back in the groove   Dance like Bacon in Footloose  Close the game room blinds What’s it all about: The “Dance Central” franchise is a long running...

  • Dutch Bros. event raises $13k for Baby Luna

    An Aug. 26 fundraiser by Dutch Bros. Coffee in Colorado Springs brought in $13,000 for a Springs family whose daughter was born with a severe heart defect. On "Love for Luna Day," all four Dutch Bros. locations in the Springs donated $2 from the sale of every drink to Jessica DePoy and Dan Morris, longtime customers whose daughter Luna was...

  • Survey ranks Colorado Springs among top cities in which to retire

    Colorado Springs is no stranger to superlatives. A top city for pet owners, veterans and weekend getaways, to name a few, the city last week earned another feather: 11th Best City to Retire, based on a survey by personal finance website WalletHub. For the list, the company looked at "retirement-friendly" socioeconomic data for the 150 largest...

  • Baby Steps: New arrival provides inspiration to be fitter

    When my wife reached for her pregnancy cravings, I reached for the proteins and fats. I ate a lot and hit the weights. I gained muscle, but I can't say I am the leanest I've ever been. As a teenager, I used to eat jars of peanut butter and drink gallons of milk after football practice to gain weight. It doesn't work the same way after your...

  • Why some homes become teen central

    Start with amenities such as a monster TV or fire pit, add a never-
ending supply of munchies and a relaxed attitude toward your kids bringing home a friend - or five - and you might find that your place has become THE place where the tweens and teens want to be. A hangout house is often the first spot kids think to gather to work on a school...

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