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This buzz kills

Synthetic marijuana, a potent substitute for cannabis, is turning up in Boulder County

By Matt Cortina

Synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as spice, is a combination of herbs and chemicals that are supposed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It is marketed as fake weed or incense and labeled as “not for human consumption.” Typically it is sold in foil packages with names like “Black Mamba,” “Legal Weed,” “K2,” or “Scooby Snax.

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Local humanitarian group gives Boulder City Council action plan for helping homeless

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Boulder Rights Watch has submitted recommendations to Boulder City Council that it believes will greatly help the city’s homeless community.

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Alone on the moon

A Beatles fan retells an out-of-this-world experience with the boys from Liverpool 50 years after their Red Rocks concert

By Elizabeth Miller

Chet Carman was a 17-year-old teenager from Colorado Springs, shuttling between separated parents and an older brother. In 1964, he found a style worth embracing as his own in a magazine and music to go with it on the radio waves. And as result, he found himself, as unlikely as it seems, not just watching the Beatles on their first U.S. tour from a dozen or so rows back at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, but whisked away to Dallas to see them again a month later and even spend time with them at their hotel and backstage.

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New report tells us what we already know

Boulder’s cost of housing is sparking final exodus of dwindling middle class

By Matt Cortina

This just in: Boulder is expensive. But the concentration of our wealth (about half of Boulder households make $75,000 or more annually) and the rate at which our wealth is growing is on a collision course with the dwindling number of affordable houses and rentals.

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Ebola anxiety

Are fears of an American outbreak justified?

By Matt Cortina

Perhaps more widespread than the outbreak of the Ebola virus is the outbreak of Ebola virus paranoia. With more than a thousand people dead, evacuations of infected foreigners to the U.S. and Europe, and an escalating number of new infections in west Africa, it’s hard to blame folks for getting a little antsy.

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Citizens lash out at Polis

By Matt Cortina

Representative Jared Polis (D-Boulder) and Governor John Hickenlooper agreed to drop two ballot initiatives that would have given communities more control over fracking in their towns and would have required oil and gas wells to be set at least 2,000 feet away from occupied structures.

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Market share chemical warfare

By Caitlin Rockett

Little did the couple know they would lose their entire grape crop that year. That year they joined a growing group of farmers across the nation losing crops to herbicidal drift from nearby (or not so nearby) conventional farms growing genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops.

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Library 2.0

The library debuts its new tech lab and 3D printer

By Maalikah Hartley

This week, the Boulder Public Library is making a bold stride forward into what libraries can be when it unveils the final piece of its recently remodeled teen space, “The Foundry,” or Makerspace, an on-site tech lab outfitted with video and audio...

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Fracking ban court decision pushes conversation toward constitutional rights

National attention drawn to Colorado’s oil and gas preemption laws

By Elizabeth Miller

The lawsuit to defend Longmont’s voter approved fracking ban is moving on from the district court, where a judge issued a summary judgment against it, but a stay against fracking in Longmont while the case is appealed to a higher court.

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Oil Boom, part II

How and why railroads keep oil train information from communities

By Matt Cortina

And so this brief part II to “Oil Boom” will take a look at why railroads are not required to tell citizens about oil trains, why this information needs to be a secret at all and how railroads are now working to enact soft oil transportation standards in order to save billions in revenue.

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