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Welcome Lars!

Please join us in welcoming Lars Gesing on board as our editorial intern. Lars is 26 years old, from Hamburg, Germany, where he also received his undergraduate degree in journalism.

Now a second-year master’s student at CU-Boulder, he graduates in May.

Fascinated by international politics & affairs, he describes himself as the kid who would pull an all-nighter to watch coverage of U.S. elections even when he had to go to school the next day.

Earls’ remodeled restaurant wows with décor and food

FIVE FOODIE RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN KEEP
The Colorado Statesman

If you haven’t been to Earls Kitchen and Bar in the past few months, it might be time for a visit. After a full renovation and menu revamp, the delightful restaurant — which Earls’ staff admits was “dated” — has caught up with Denver’s fast-moving dining scene.

Should terminally ill patients be able to end their own lives?

POLICY OUTREACH SPECIALIST WITH ADVOCACY DENVER


An interview with Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins

Construction defects legislation could be hot button issue (again) as local entities also become involved

The Colorado Statesman

The most important investment most Coloradans make — buying a home — may once again take center stage this month, when a divided Colorado General Assembly starts its 2015 session on Jan. 7.

The General Assembly has failed twice in the last two sessions to pass reforms to the construction defects law, with one effort dying in the House (2013) and the other, Senate Bill 14-220, in the Senate.

Effort to sell beer, wine in grocery stores may bypass legislature and instead seek ballot approval in 2016

The Colorado Statesman

Supporters of the effort to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer are turning away from the General Assembly and on to voters.

For four years, beginning in 2009, the Legislature tried but failed to pass laws allowing grocery and/or convenience stores to sell full-strength beer or wine. The push from grocery store owners came after the Legislature lifted a ban on Sunday sales for liquor stores in 2008.

HUDSON: SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS ISN’T EASY

Forum on race, justice is just the beginning

Contributing Columnist

At 3 p.m. on the Friday afternoon before the final weekend leading up to Christmas you couldn’t help but wonder how many Denver residents would be willing to show up for a discussion of race, justice and police brutality. The answer turned out to be that a lot of people found the time to fight traffic, parking and a balky, Internet reservation system to claim 150 seats at the Colorado History Museum.

WILLIAMS: POLICE REFORM REQUIRES A MORE HOLISTIC APPROACH

Remove prosecutors from grand jury proceedings of police misconduct, brutality

GUEST COLUMNIST

As the nation is gripped in the passion of a fresh new justice movement lashing out against the atrocities of police brutality, there is a grand opportunity for Colorado to take a stand and make a difference.

SMITH: THE HECK WITH MARCO RUBIO’S ATTACKS ON OBAMA

End of Cuban embargo is good policy for U.S.

GUEST COLUMNIST

Congratulations to President Obama for being the first president to stand up and reject the counterproductive and long outdated Cuban embargo. And to heck with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and others for their attacks on him. How can they justify an embargo that was first imposed on October 19, 1960, extended on February 7, 1962 and has, in effect, kept the Castro brothers in power longer than the terms of our last seven presidents? How would the Castros ever have maintained power if they hadn’t had the United States to blame for their decades of economic mismanagement and brutality?