On Twitter, Trump decries obstruction probe related to “phony” Russia story

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to offer his first comments on news that he is being examined for possible obstruction of justice – an investigation he dismissed as part of the “phony” accusations of collusion between his campaign and Russia last year. “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story,” Trump said in a tweet shortly before 7 a.m. “Nice,” he added. An hour later, Trump fired off another tweet, saying: “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!” He did not name the “bad …

Free Summer Outdoor Movies in Denver

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Summer has always meant great blockbuster movies. But when you live in Colorado summer might look more like a classic film under the stars! This summer my kids and I purchased a projector so we could watch movies in our back yard. We invite the neighbors over. But, when we are feeling festive and we want to get out there and be among other people – there are lots of choices for us! June 16: Secret Life of Pets at Stapleton at Dark June 17: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Quebec Place at Fairmount June 21: Goonies at Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton June 23: The Secret Life of Pets at Westminster High School Stadium June 24: Sing at …

Phil Mickelson withdraws from U.S. Open

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ERIN, Wis. — Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the U.S. Open, realizing there was no chance to get from his daughter’s high school graduation in California to make his tee time in Wisconsin. This is the first time Mickelson has missed the U.S. Open since he failed to qualify in 1993. Mickelson had been holding out hope that with the potential of storms over Wisconsin, there might be a four-hour delay that would allow him to watch his daughter graduate and zoom across the country in his private jet. Related Articles June 14, 2017 Love all around: Davis Love IV makes pro debut at U.S. Open June 14, 2017 Dustin Johnson hopes timing is right for another U.S. Open title …

Aspen, RFTA considers spending $7.5 million on electric buses, charging stations

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The city of Aspen and RFTA want to spend more than $7.5 million on eight electric buses and a plan to ask area elected officials to chip in at a public meeting today. The two agencies have been discussing and researching the feasibility of starting an electric bus pilot program for the past 18 months, according to a memo from Dan Blankenship, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO. On Monday, members of the Aspen City Council approved contributing $1 million to the effort, Blankenship said. Today, Blankenship plans to ask the Elected Officials Transportation Committee, made up to members of the council, the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners and the Snowmass Village Town Council, to add another $500,000 to purchase the …

What Little Girls Need From Their Fathers

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This excellent article by psychoanalyst Joyce McFadden explores the important role fathers play in supporting their daughters’ healthy sexual development at all ages. McFadden asserts that fathers have major influence in “three hugely important facets of how she’ll see herself in the world throughout her life,” specifically, in “her level of personal confidence, her body comfort and pride, and [her] expectations for the way she should be treated by boys and men.” McFadden acknowledges that this can be a challenging topic for many fathers: “Even though fathers only want the best for their daughters, when asked to contemplate the idea that they should play an active role in guiding their daughters as they transition from little girl, to girl, to …

Colorado forges its own path with standardized tests, stop giving PARCC English and math tests

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Colorado will begin shifting away from standardized tests developed as part of a controversial multi-state effort and toward tests developed mostly by Colorado educators. The move, one consequence of a contract announced Wednesday by the state education department, will end Colorado’s membership in PARCC, one of two multi-state testing collectives that were supposed to allow for easy comparison across states but have fallen short of that promise. However, Colorado will likely keep using some PARCC questions in the math and English tests given to students in grades three through eight, said Joyce Zurkowski, the Colorado Department of Education’s executive director of assessment. Doing so would ensure the state could track student academic growth data and continue rating schools without pause. …