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Choosing Mayer’s successor
The committee choosing a replacement for Commissioner Tom Mayer should search for fresh points of view when making their pick.
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‘Cotton Candy’ attacks
LONGMONT — Makayla Harris’ dinosaur changes color, depending on what color cotton candy he eats.
The dinosaur — appropriately named “Cotton Candy” — even uses cotton candy as a weapon, said Makayla, 10, who will be in fifth grade at Erie Elementary School in the fall.

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The Queens of Swing
LONGMONT — Janice Garliech and her daughter, Laura Worth, sat in folding camping chairs in Garden Acres Park on Thursday for the 16-and-under Louisville Slugger Independence Day softball tournament.
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FasTracks may run on diesel
LONGMONT — If the biggest factor is cost, Regional Transportation District officials are recommending that diesel trains be used to provide commuter rail service between Denver and Longmont.
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Riding smooth again on South Main Street
LONGMONT — Save for a few minor tweaks, the eight-month South Main Street reconstruction is finished.
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No breaks from fun
LONGMONT — The summer break from school is well under way, but kids still have plenty of time to take advantage of the many summer activities offered by the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA, the Longmont Library and the city of Longmont.
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Homeless kids flying under the radar?
LONGMONT — They’re too old to qualify for school and government aid but too young and inexperienced to live safely on their own.
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Employers: There go our workers
DENVER — Colorado farmers and others squeezed by a labor shortage will be pinched even more by the death of President Bush’s immigration proposal in the Senate, business leaders said Thursday.
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4th CD races get a tad clearer
Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak says she’ll settle for three Democrats vying to challenge Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave for her 4th Congressional District seat in 2008, at least for now.
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Berthoud backs new district for library
BERTHOUD — The Berthoud Public Library took another step toward becoming an entity separate from the town.
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Frustrating finish
FIRESTONE — When Kelly Jacques finally turned in her scorecard Thursday afternoon after completing the first round of the Colorado Women’s Open, she was more frustrated with herself than she could remember in a long time.
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Party continues for Rocks’ foes
HOUSTON — Craig Biggio collected his 3,000th hit, and Carlos Lee made sure he could celebrate it in style.
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Bright futures abound
NEW YORK — The Portland Trail Blazers got Greg Oden and felt like they won a championship.
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It’s quite a night for CSU’s Smith
Like a lot of NBA fans, Jason Smith hung out at a sports bar Thursday night to check out the TV and watch the league’s draft.
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Making ‘character’ cool
LONGMONT — It’s taken discipline, character and perseverance for Lonnie Labriola to finally get his company’s first product to market. Ironically, those are the qualities his company teaches in its instructional DVDs.
“Backyard Drills — Football Edition” is a 61/2-hour, two-DVD set that is finally on the market after five years of struggle. The DVD set is geared toward parents who want to teach their kids the fundamentals of football — and life.

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Salvaging history
More than 70 years after the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean, Denverite Mary Penrose was humbled by the ship’s artifacts, on display at a Halifax, Nova Scotia, museum.
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By dramatizing snakebite first aid in so many of its old Westerns, Hollywood misinformed audiences for decades.
In classic scenes, the poisonous snake coiled itself and struck, leaving the cowboy to frantically try sucking out the venom, cutting flesh surrounding the fang marks or tightening a tourniquet above the wound.
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MILWAUKEE — Grape-Nuts in New England. Blue Moon in Wisconsin. Red bean in Hawaii. Date in Palm Springs.
Vanilla and chocolate may rule America’s collective palate when it comes to ice cream, but regional — some would say unusual — variations nevertheless thrive throughout the country.
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