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Chris Outcalt

Colorado’s Ongoing Fight to End HIV

Thanks to significant medical advancements, those diagnosed with HIV can expect to live relatively normal lives. But with a recent surge in local rates of other sexually transmitted diseases and an uptick in new HIV cases, has clinical success created a sense of apathy among Coloradans?

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The Long and Winding Case of Homaidan al-Turki

In 2006, a Saudi Arabian man living in Colorado named Homaidan al-Turki, whom federal authorities had long suspected of having ties to terrorism, was sentenced to life in prison on multiple counts of unlawful sexual contact. To this day, al-Turki has maintained that he’s innocent and was instead the target of post-9/11 anti-Muslim sentiment. What if he’s right?

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Climate Change: A Matter Of Degree

Think it’s been hot lately? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Average annual temperatures in Colorado are set to rise 2.5 to five degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2050. If that sounds like a modest increase, think again. We’re here to explain exactly how climate change could alter Colorado as you know it.

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The 25 Best Places To Live in Denver Right Now

Looking for a new place to call home? We crunched the numbers—and made a few judgment calls—to come up with our second annual list of the Mile High City’s most livable neighborhoods.

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New Life for Juvenile Lifers

How a U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect Giselle Gutierrez-Ruiz and more than 40 others in Colorado serving mandatory life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles. 

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Still Life

Giselle Gutierrez-Ruiz has spent nearly two decades locked up in a Colorado prison. Three and a half years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his sentence is unconstitutional. Why hasn’t his case been given a second look?

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Rhapsody In Red

The inside story of Devotchka’s annual performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

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The Precious Ordinary

When a young writer reached out to Kent Haruf, Colorado’s most celebrated novelist generously offered his time—despite having recently learned he had a fatal illness. In his final months, the author spoke to Chris Outcalt about reading, writing, and the meaning of life.

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