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St. Louis faith leaders leading service in midst of unrest

ST. LOUIS – Faith leaders in St. Louis are reaching out to try to help the area heal in the midst of racial unrest that has surfaced for the second time in three years after fatal police shootings....

DATE: Sept. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Berkeley braces for visit by right-wing speaker Ben Shapiro

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – The University of California, Berkeley will seal off large parts of its campus like a fortress with a closed perimeter and a “very large” visible police presence Thursday,...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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ACLU: Colorado’s branch of the watchdog organization is in Durango’s grill again

What is it with the American Civil Liberties Union? The organization, or at least its Denver-based Colorado branch, seems to have it out for Durango. The latest notice to the city from the group...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Activists gain resolve from civil rights vets post-election

ALBUQUERQUE – It became clear to Javier Benavidez that Donald Trump would win the presidency around 2 a.m. after polls closed on Election Day. The Albuquerque activist had helped organize two...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Homeless seek legal protection from cities’ laws

SARASOTA, Fla. – David Cross had been such a fixture at Five Points Park, a patch of green in the prospering heart of this city, that residents dubbed the homeless man “the mayor.” But that was...

DATE: June 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Durango businesses hit with ADA lawsuits

A Florida man has filed dozens of lawsuits against small businesses across Colorado, including several in Durango, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Santiago Abreu is a...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango women applaud $20 bill redesign

Area women who nominated role models and favorite female historical figures were happy Wednesday with the choice of Harriet Tubman for the front of the to-be-redesigned $20 bill. “I let out an...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Counterrally planned to confront Confederate flag ride

A counterprotest is planned to “confront and stop” a Confederate flag ride from Durango to Pagosa Springs. A local group called Rocky Mountain Confederate Conservation plans to meet at 1:30 p.m....

DATE: March 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Niece of MLK applies civil rights message to unborn in Durango speech

A niece of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke Saturday night in Durango at an anti-abortion group’s annual banquet. In an interview before the banquet, Alveda King said her and...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez police likely to face lawsuit in Make My Day case

A Denver attorney has confirmed that a civil lawsuit is likely against the Cortez Police Department in connection to a 2014 Make My Day criminal trial. In a 1,154-word letter dated Jan. 12,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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March, rally, songs mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Fort Lewis College

A newly discovered speech by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. aired Monday on Fort Lewis College’s radio station, KDUR-FM, as more than 100 students marched on campus in honor of the assassinated civil...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Poll: Online surveillance is OK for most

WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans say they support warrantless government surveillance of the Internet communications of U.S. citizens, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World