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  • 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...

  • Choking game death has spurred Calhan mother's outreach

    Space monkey, blackout, gasp, airplaning, California high, funky chicken, purple hazing, scarf game. Martha Garnett, a Calhan mother, didn't know about the choking game or any of those slang words associated with it, until her 15-year-old daughter Kimi died. Now, she wants to warn about the potentially horrific consequences of the risky...

  • 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...

  • Kids delight in Space Foundation's Mars exhibit

    Despite their scientific endeavor, the vocabulary of the children involved was limited Saturday. "Cool." "Wow." "Woah." Those words were music to Brian Douglass' ears as he showed a half-dozen elementary schoolers the basics of Mars exploration at The Space Foundation off Garden of the Gods Road. "I love to come out here and teach about...

  • Marco's Pizza hosts Sunday fundraiser for Colorado Springs boy

    Marco's Pizza in Briargate will host a kid-friendly benefit event as well as donate a portion of all sales Sunday to the family of 4-year-old Logan Swearingen, a Colorado Springs boy who is fighting two major childhood diseases. Born with cystic fibrosis, a chronic illness that causes fluid buildup in the lungs and other organs, Logan was...

  • More than 100 experiences to explore at Colorado Springs 'What If' festival

    reative collaboration is the key to the "What If ... Festival of Innovation and Imagination." The fifth annual Imagination Celebration event will spread out over six city blocks around the Pikes Peak Center and Pioneers Museum on Saturday. Last year, more than 25,000 people attended. This year will be similar in scope, with about 100...

  • Children, adults can 'Explore Mars' on Saturday at Space Foundation Center

    The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, is offering a special day of "Exploring Mars," on Saturday, as part of its monthly "Star Days" series. Kids and adults can drive a rover on a simulated Martian terrain, play Minecraft Mission To Mars in a simulations lab and watch "The Air of Mars: Exploring...

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