Megan Verlee http://nhpr.org en Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints' http://nhpr.org/post/pastor-leads-new-brand-church-sinners-and-saints It's Sunday evening, and services are just getting underway at the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Nearly 200 worshipers sit in circles of plastic chairs around a simple altar table. Together they follow traditional Christian rites. They sit. They stand. They sing.<p>The congregation here resembles the crowd at a downtown bookshop — hipsters and college professors, gay couples and Democratic grandmas. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:42:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 40689 at http://nhpr.org Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints' Student Opens Fire At Colo. High School, Wounds 2, Kills Self http://nhpr.org/post/student-opens-fire-colo-high-school-wounds-2-kills-self A student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a Colorado high school, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday. Police said the shooter injured two fellow students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., before killing himself. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 40116 at http://nhpr.org Gangs Scrutinized After Colo. Correction Chief's Murder http://nhpr.org/post/gangs-scrutinized-after-colo-correction-chiefs-murder Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Investigators have identified a suspect in the murder of the state prison's director. The suspect is member of a whites-only prison gang. Now, the probe is not over but it is raising new questions about extremist organizations inside the prison system.<p>Here's Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee.<p>MEGAN VERLEE, BYLINE: Colorado's Corrections Chief Tom Clements was shot answering his front door last month. The main suspect in the killing, Evan Ebel, died in a shootout with Texas authorities days later. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 26014 at http://nhpr.org Gun Control An Emotional Issue For Citizens, Lawmakers In Colorado http://nhpr.org/post/gun-control-emotional-issue-citizens-lawmakers-colorado Colorado's Legislature is poised to pass sweeping gun reform. The House passed bills that limit high-capacity magazines and require background checks on private gun sales. The bills will now be debated in the Senate, which promises bills of its own. Colorado has experienced two of the worst mass shootings in the nation, the latest in July 2012. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 22252 at http://nhpr.org Aurora, Colo., Tries To Capitalize On Its Ethnic Riches http://nhpr.org/post/aurora-colo-tries-capitalize-its-ethnic-riches Aurora, Colo., became a familiar name this summer, in the wake of a mass shooting at a local movie theater.<p>But there's much more to this Denver suburb than the recent tragedy. Just ask Ethiopian immigrant Fekade Balcha. Balcha's apartment, on Aurora's north side, sits in a dense neighborhood of squat brick apartment buildings and tiny homes.<p>"You see, in our apartment, there are Russians, Mexicans, Africans," Balcha says. "From Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria, and something like that."<p>Aurora is a real mixing bowl of a city, with more than 90 languages spoken in the public schools. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:29:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 13766 at http://nhpr.org Aurora, Colo., Tries To Capitalize On Its Ethnic Riches Missy Franklin A Reason For Aurora, Colo., To Cheer http://nhpr.org/post/missy-franklin-reason-aurora-colo-cheer Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Aurora, Colorado is still coming to grips with the shooting last month that killed 12 people and injured dozens. But this week the city has something to celebrate, Olympic swimming sensation Missy Franklin. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:39:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 10021 at http://nhpr.org Residents Struggle With Tragedy's 'Stain' On Aurora http://nhpr.org/post/residents-struggle-tragedys-stain-aurora As investigators dig deeper into Friday's mass shootings at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora, residents also are trying to piece together what happened and what it means for their city.<p>Aurora is Colorado's third-largest city, but it's probably not one many people had heard of before now.<p>Sitting in a cafe, life-long resident Joseph Nguyen says it's unfair his city will now be associated with the tragic attack that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.<p>"I mean it's definitely a stain onto our city," he says, "but there's nothing specific about this incident that says Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:24:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 9271 at http://nhpr.org Residents Struggle With Tragedy's 'Stain' On Aurora In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In http://nhpr.org/post/fairplay-colo-burro-racing-packs-em <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz7EDScdakA</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:29:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 9043 at http://nhpr.org In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In Colorado Using Half Of U.S. Wildfire Fighting Resources http://nhpr.org/post/colorado-using-half-us-wildfire-fighting-resources A massive wildfire near Colorado Springs is threatening thousands of homes and the nearby Air Force Academy. Fire management officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for more than 30,000 homes. New students are set to arrive at the Air Force Academy on Thursday. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:16:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 7743 at http://nhpr.org Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones http://nhpr.org/post/braille-under-siege-blind-turn-smartphones Like a lot of smartphone users, Rolando Terrazas, 19, uses his iPhone for email, text messages and finding a decent coffee shop. But Terrazas' phone also sometimes serves as his eyes: When he waves a bill under its camera, for instance, the phone tells him how much it's worth.<p>Terrazas is blind, and having an app to tell bills apart can be a big help. For one thing, it means he doesn't have to trust clerks to give him correct change. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:47:00 +0000 Megan Verlee 1874 at http://nhpr.org Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones