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  • Head Start still making a difference after 50 years

    Casey Massengill doesn't know what she would have done without Head Start, a federally funded preschool program for low-income parents that is observing its 50th anniversary. The wife of a soldier stationed at Fort Carson and mom of two young boys, Massengill noticed her oldest son, Emery, didn't seem to be talking like other kids his age. "I...

  • How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

    For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online give members of the class of 2015 more tools than ever to help chart their next...

  • Host families sought for foreign exchange students

    World Heritage Student Exchange Programs, a nonprofit organization under the sponsorship of ASSE International, is looking for American families to host high school students from European, Asian, former Soviet, Middle Eastern and African countries. The exchange students speak English, are intelligent and eager to learn about the United States...

  • Peek into the heads of 10 local kids at Youth Documentary Academy screening

    While many kids were playing their summer days away, a dozen teens spent seven weeks making documentary films at the inaugural Youth Documentary Academy. Bailey Francisco was one of them. The 17-year old senior at Fountain-Fort Carson High School produced and directed a 14-minute film about his father, an Army solder who suffered from...

  • Halloween marijuana-candy scare baseless so far

    DENVER — Police in Colorado have warned parents to look out for pot-laced Halloween candy. But parents don't seem too worried. A Denver-based testing company offered 1,000 free kits to parents wanting to screen their trick-or-treaters' haul for marijuana's psychoactive chemical. Only 45 parents took CB Scientific up on the offer. There have...

  • 5 places for trick-or-treating in Pikes Peak region

    As ghouls and goblins roam the streets Friday night, there also are other places besides homes to take youngsters trick-or-treating on Halloween. Here are a few ideas to keep your princesses and pirates smiling like a jack-o-lantern. - Mall-Oween at The Citadel mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 5-7 p.m., free trick-or-treating throughout the...

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomes new arrival

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed its newest resident Wednesday when Hadiah, an 18-year-old Bornean orangutan, gave birth just before midnight. The baby, whose sex is not known, is the second for parents Hadiah and 20-year-old Tujoh. Fewer than 10 orangutans are born each year at Association of Zoos and Aquariums member institutions, said the...

  • Tips to check your cat for obesity, keep it trim and sleek

    Fat cats are those guys who are rolling in dough. But if you have a fat feline who's been rolling in too much tuna, it could be a health problem. How do you know if your cat is obese? Sometimes it's not easy, especially with the naturally big guys. An average cat weighs between 7 pounds and 11 pounds. Ask your veterinarian what the right...

  • Tips for kids, adults for safe and fun Halloween

    Halloween is less than a week away and parties are already in full swing. Here are seven tips from AAA for trick-or-treaters and adults to have a safe and fun time. Trick-or-Treaters and Parents 1. Look for light, bright and reflective costumes that make trick-or-treaters easy to see. Add reflective tape to costumes, treat buckets and bags...

  • Moving the Future: How to avoid weight gain this holiday season

    Halloween is just around the corner - and those bite-sized candy bars and other sweet treats are so tempting, and they're everywhere! But that is child's play compared to the real monsters that await: Thanksgiving. Holiday parties. Look around; some of us gained 5 pounds just reading that. We go through a year of ups and downs. Then comes...

  • Video Game Review - 'Sunset Overdrive'

    Title: Sunset Overdrive Format: Xbox One Price: $59.99 Publisher: Microsoft Studios Developer: Insomniac Games ESRB Rating: M (Mature, 17+) The Grade: B+ What is it? The year is 2027 and you live in the American metropolis of Sunset City. The action begins with a massive party where an evil mega-corporation, Fizzco, debuts its new...

  • Test scores: Most students in Pikes Peak region, Colorado not on track in social studies, science

    Local elementary and middle school students nearly parallel state averages in science and social studies knowledge and how on track they are to graduate ready for college or the job market, according to standardized test results the Colorado Department of Education released Monday. The scores from the new Colorado Measures of Academic...

  • Xbox One gets a limited time holiday price drop

    Looking to give its latest console a sales bump this holiday, Microsoft today announced a limited-time promotional offer on its Xbox One console. Starting this Sunday (Nov. 2) and running until Jan. 3, 2015, the Xbox One will be available for $349. The special pricing of $50 off the system applies to any Xbox One console, including special...

  • Map: Most Googled Halloween costume for Colorado

    The most trending Halloween costume in Colorado is Medusa of Greek mythology. Not sure why or how, but hey, at least we aren’t trying to be a banana for Halloween.  Right, Minnesota? SumoCoupon posted some spooky data from Google search and this is the map produced via Huffington Post. I can’t remember a recent movie with Medusa. Uma...

  • Scary ending: Gazette readers provide creative endings to Halloween story

    This month, The Gazette asked writers in grades 1 through 8 to dream (or, nightmare) up endings to an unfinished spooky story written by reporter Stephanie Earls. More than 70 young scribblers took up the challenge, wrapping up our ghostly Halloween tale with conclusions that were sweet, chilling and, overall, wildly creative, with hamsters and...

  • Community comes together to bring high-speed Internet to remote Colorado mountain town

    There's no gas station in the remote mountain town of Guffey, about 60 miles west of Colorado Springs, but there is a post office with 420 boxes, a library, a school, an auto repair shop, three restaurants and now, high-speed Internet for all. "It's huge," said resident Kim McAlear. Life hasn't exactly been stuck in the Stone Age, but some...

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