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  • Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

      NEW YORK — Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral, making the rounds on the social network recently because it claims the...

  • Venetucci Farms raises vegetables, animals and Junior Farmhands

    On a Friday morning, 12 kids are doing their chores. They don't make beds or tidy rooms as you might expect, but rather feed goats, collect fresh eggs and pester chickens under the hot morning sun. It's the last day of this summer's Venetucci Farm's educational program Junior Farmhands, and the group is showing off their knowledge. "What...

  • Kids raise over $20,000 at county fair for family hit by tragedy

    KEENESBURG — Children competing at the county fair in Keenesburg have raised over $20,000 for the family that lost a father and son in an apparent murder-suicide last week. KMGH-TV (http://bit.ly/1sNKaY7) reports that 10 children voluntarily donated a portion of the sale of their 4H project animals to the Kilker family at the South East Weld...

  • Anti-marijuana campaign aimed at Colorado teens starting

    DENVER — A campaign to discourage Colorado youths from using marijuana titled "Don't Be a Lab Rat" will use human-sized rat cages and television and movie-theater ads. The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/QGTPpQ ) that the goal of the campaign is to tell teens about the uncertainty surrounding the effects of pot, instead of focusing on...

  • Royal Gorge and Park to close as final repairs are made before holiday weekend reopening

    CAÑON CITY - The Royal Gorge and Park will close to the public starting Monday as final repairs and construction begin. The attraction is tentatively set to reopen again at the end of the month. Ram Kumar and his wife just finished a tour of the park and gorge Saturday and had checked out the view from the former site of the firehouse,...

  • Back to school list: New year, challenges

    It seems like summer has just gotten underway and already, youngsters are having to wake up early, grab their backpacks and head out the door to school. Classes resumed in one area district on Friday, and more districts open this week. In a few weeks, students in all 17 Pikes Peak region public school districts will be cracking the books...

  • Zoo visitors, reviewers agree: Cheyenne Mountain among the nation's best

    Paula Stewart was just starting her first trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Wednesday afternoon, but she was already pleased with her visit. She watched giraffes slurp lettuce from the hands of children, enjoyed the zoo’s “natural feel” and admired the views of the surrounding area. Stewart said she likes the zoos in Tampa Bay, Fla. and...

  • Respect outdoors and earn badges

    Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a statewide nonprofit, have launched #YourCO Digital Badge Program. The program is designed to recognize and reward those who have shown respect for Colorado’s natural resources. Specific badges are given to people who participate in the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado project or perform their own...

  • Blog: Hillside Community Center plans event offering free food, backpacks, health care exams

    A free upcoming event aims to connect families in need with services across the city. The Hillside Community Center will host a community day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Fountain Park, which is next to the center at 925 S. Institute St. More than 30 organizations will be on hand, offering information about resources for...

  • WWII bomber flight signals approach of Colorado Springs air show

    Takeoff was something akin to being tossed around inside a malicious drying machine: hot, violent and deafeningly loud. But the WWII B-25 bomber was not designed for comfort. It was designed to deliver devastating blows to the enemy while taking a beating itself. More than 70 years after the plane first took to the skies, the design of the...

  • Colorado Springs-area police, deputies joining annual National Night Out tonight

    The Colorado Springs Police Department, along with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, will join dozens of communities across the country in celebrating the 31st Annual National Night Out tonight. The annual event is aimed at promoting crime and drug prevention through community solidarity. Colorado Springs police officers, along with El...

  • Subaru recalls 5 models for air bag problem

    DETROIT — Subaru is recalling an undetermined number of vehicles because of air bag problems that have affected much of the global auto industry. The recall covers the 2003-2005 Baja, Legacy and Outback and the 2004-2005 Impreza, as well as the 2005 Saab 9-2X made by Subaru. It only affects vehicles in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and...

  • 5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

    DORSET, Minn. — Robert "Bobby" Tufts may have lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of his tiny northern Minnesota tourist town, but the 5-year-old isn't taking it too hard. After helping raise money for local charities and declaring ice cream the top of the food pyramid, it was just time to move on, he said. "It was fun, but...

  • Pets, kids hardwired to take shelter when thunder signals that storms are coming

    In an early scene in the 1982 movie "Poltergeist," the father character (played by Craig T. Nelson) comforts his son, Robbie, during a storm by having the boy count aloud the seconds between lightning and thunder. If the interval between each flash-and-boom set gets longer, dad explains and then demonstrates, it means the storm is on its way...

  • A Colorado Springs native travels the nation with free ice cream and a message to love the planet

    Caleb Kruse has always loved to explore. It all started in the woods behind his home in the Black Forest, and has continued into his adult life in many forms - from hiking in the mountains to traveling the world. Now, as a 22-year-old college graduate, he's trying to share that message, and he's doing it in an ice cream truck. Kruse, his...

  • Colorado's birthday celebrated by stepping back in history

    To celebrate the 138th birthday of their state, Coloradans could take a step back in time. The History Colorado Center opened its doors Friday with free admission, like many other museums around the state, and provided a day full of performances, food and hands-on activities. Families could learn how to weave a blanket, mine for gold, lasso...

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