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  • Your guide to a Colorado summer

    Summer is here! And Colorado is a summer playground for natives, residents and visitors from around the world. The state, with its hot Springs, fine dining and endless adventures, appeals to all five senses in so many ways. Smell. Hear. Taste. Feel. See. Indulge in all that Colorado has to offer! This section is meant to to serve as a...

  • Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated 30-year-old guidelines to make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination and illegal. "Despite much progress,...

  • School officials try healthier cafeteria options

    BOSTON (AP) — Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students. "I have my work cut out for me," said Sara...

  • The Country Life: 4-H extends beyond rural

    Our kids, Ryan and Hope, grew up in the city, but they've always had a love for the land and for animals; a variety of critters - dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens - were part of their childhood. Still, I sometimes wonder how different their lives might have been if they had grown up in the country. Would their love of...

  • Families host present-free birthday parties

    GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — The youngster didn't unwrap a pile of trinkets and dolls for her birthday. Instead, guests at Kathleene Thomas' birthday party brought canned food to donate to the Interchurch Food Pantry. At a party for a 5-year-old in Greenwood, parents asked guests not to spend money on action figures and toy cars. Instead,...

  • 4-year-old girl found Sunday night wandering in Colorado Springs is identified

    The 4-year-old girl found walking around alone Sunday night has been identified but remains in Department of Human Services custody. Colorado Springs police found the girl on the 3900 block of Regency Drive near Broadmoor Valley Road around 11 p.m. She was clothed, in good health and seemed to be well-nourished, but could not name her parents...

  • Baby steps: Capturing beauty in the glow of an expectant mom

    I don't know whose idea it was to create the camera. It is a powerful tool, capturing images that move us, but, as a memory, it is too detailed. In my mind's eye, I am quite the specimen: handsome, charming, winning smile, no lumps. The camera's infallible brain spoils this notion. But for capturing the glow of an expecting mother, you'll...

  • Hints from Heloise: Soda box doesn't go over easy

    Dear readers: Here is this week's "Sound Off," about the position of UPC codes: "My Sound Off is about soft-drink companies. Why can't they put the UPC code on the same side as the opening to pick up the boxes of cans? It would be so much easier and more convenient for consumers to place the boxes in their cart without having to turn the...

  • 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...

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