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Colorado Springs’ traffic division won a small victory in court Wednesday when a judge lifted an injunction stalling road work in the historic Old North End, but it’s unclear if the battle is finished. Proposed changes to the historic neighborhood have been met with controversy over the years. That tradition held true in January when Kathleen Krager, city traffic engineer, announced her division wants to lower speed limits on some streets, narrow others, install bike lanes and eliminate crosswalks for Colorado College students.

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​Ear piercing businesses in Colorado Springs can get ready for a boom as the Air Force embraces bling in its new uniform updates. The regulations, announced this month, allow women to sport diamonds and pearls on their lobes while in uniform and for the first time allows men to sport earrings with their civilian attire.

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Temperatures for the end of the work week and into the weekend in Colorado Springs will be hot, with the National Weather Service predicting a near-record high Thursday. It's expected to reach 95 degrees in Colorado Springs, two degrees short of the record 97 degrees set in 2005, according to the weather service in Pueblo.

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A man assaulted an officer and a convenience store clerk and crashed into a patrol car after a robbery in downtown Colorado Springs Wednesday evening, police said. Colorado Springs police say the man targeted a 7-Eleven along East Platte Avenue near Acacia Park and Palmer High School at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, assaulting the clerk and stealing an unknown amount of money. Police said when they arrived at the store, 28-year-old Terry Forston was driving away in his vehicle.

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The Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent are arguing in court that the autopsy reports for El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick and suspected car thief Manuel Zetina should be open to the public under the Colorado Open Records Act. Flick and Zetina were killed in a shootout Feb. 5 at the Murray Hills Apartments in Colorado Springs. El Paso County Coroner Robert Bux has resisted releasing the autopsy records in the Flick case and other deaths, including cyclist Tim Watkins.

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A Colorado Springs man was sentenced to prison Monday after pleading guilty to neglect in the malnutrition death of his 6-week-old son Zayden Ostrander,  who was starved until skin hung from his 5-pound frame like an oversize suit. John Lee Ostrander was ordered to serve 32 years behind bars – the maximum available under a plea agreement to child abuse.

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Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton recommended the government enlist help from ranchers and farmers to better protect federal lands during a congressional hearing this week. Congress is considering legislation that would open hundreds of thousands of additional acres of federal land to grazing by livestock. Much of western Colorado is federally administered public land.