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  • Dear Amy: Manipulative mother tests notion of normalcy

    Dear Amy: My mother is very manipulative and controlling. Her moods swing at the drop of a hat and she can be very cruel (i.e. making fun of my 10-year-old niece when she started crying for her parents), to the point that none of her grandchildren want to be with her. I'm a single mom. She is constantly criticizing me and my parenting, to...

  • Colorado Springs mother will die in student debt default

    At 40 years old, Tara Raskie knows she'll be buried with her student loan debt. A Colorado Springs single mom with daughters who are 19 and 17, Raskie owes $87,000 in federal student loan debt and $7,000 in Colorado student loan debt. For her state debt, a 25 percent garnishment is automatically taken from her retail job paycheck. She's on a...

  • Senator finds colleges and universities failing on sexual assaults

    Colleges and universities across the nation are violating federal law by failing to investigate sexual assaults on campus, according to a report released Wednesday by Sen. Claire McCaskill. The report draws on a national survey that collected responses from more than 300 colleges and universities — and uncovered major lapses in staff...

  • Side Streets: A special night at the zoo

    Clad in a ballcap and fashionable tennis shoes, Vivianna Stewart breezed from the giraffe exhibit to the meerkats and then to the elephant enclosure, pausing between text messages on her phone to admire the animals before moving on to the next exhibit. In many ways, Vivianna was like any 13-year-old on an outing with her brothers and her...

  • Enter to win four tickets to the Renaissance Festival

    Calling all lords and ladies: enter now for your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to the 2014 Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colo. Visit the PETacular Facebook page and sign up with your email address and zip code. It's that easy! While you're there, invite your friends and share your pet adventures. This contest is...

  • Choosing a Quality Caregiver for your Child

    Choosing a quality caregiver for your child can be a daunting experience. Research continues to remind us that young children’s healthy development depends on safe and positive experiences during the first five years of life—both at home and in their child care setting.

  • Girl of the West a time-honored tradition for Pikes Peak Rodeo

    There's a bit of explaining to do here. Don't call them rodeo queens. They are Girls of the West - ambassadors for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo that runs through Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. Kate Watson, 22, has the title. Rachael Braaten is Watson's aide this year and automatically will hold the title next year. The...

  • Free program set for 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

    The Space Foundation Discovery Center will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing on Thursday. A free Apollo 11 Fireside Chat at 5:30 p.m. will feature former astronaut Bruce McCandless and two other former NASA employees. They will speak about the importance of the Apollo program and its impact on future manned space...

  • Colorado Springs entrepreneur mothers two kids and a growing baby-products business

    Whether in the form of hot coffee or cold Dr Pepper, caffeine keeps Heather Sonnenberg moving forward. It provides the Colorado Springs entrepreneur with a jolt in the morning, when her two young boys rise not long after the sun. It comes in handy in the afternoon, as she sews her products while the kids play nearby. And it keeps her awake...


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