Mid-Morning Headlines: In Defense of Pepper-Spraying Children, the Last Barnes Dance, and More

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April 6 2011, 9:53 AM

Cleaning Up? It appears Loveland will be the big winner in the competition for the NASA-sponsored Aerospace and Clean Energy (or ACE) tech park (Reporter-Herald). At least, that's what Loveland officials are saying; the Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology says its "only narrowed its focus to" the city's Agilent campus (Coloradoan). Several Boulder County communities are bummed (Camera).

Dancin' in the Streets: The Barnes Dance. The Denver Shuffle. Call it what you may: After next month, pedestrians won't be dancing, shuffling, or making any other kinds of moves across the city's diagonal crosswalks (Denver Post and Westword). And, drivers, take note: The street sweepers are back, and the price for disregarding them has doubled (9News).

Spray Control: As local tweeters expressed dismay over news of Lakewood police pepper-spraying a second-grade boy (Westword), a Jefferson County Schools superintendent and a child behavioral expert backed the officers' handling of the allegedly violent 8-year-old (9News). 

Pot Shots: Medical marijuana was up for a vote in several cities yesterday, with Lafayette passing regulations (Daily Camera) and voters in Castle Rock and Grand Junction opposing dispensaries (Gazette). Denver mayoral candidate Chris Romer is passing on the puff bucks (Westword), and the state is investigating more than 90 dispensaries across Colorado to ensure they're properly certifying their grows (Camera).