Mon April 27, 2015

Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:44 am

An artist's sketch of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, from an April 2013 court appearance.
Bill Robles/Reuters /Landov

It's been nearly three years since 12 people were killed in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight premier of the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre, but there are two key questions: Was he insane and should he be put to death?

When the gunman stormed the theater and began firing into the crowd, Tom Teves says his son Alex made a split-second decision to shield his girlfriend.

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Fri April 24, 2015

'The Mafia Only Kills In Summer,' A Coming Of Age Tale To The Beat Of Organized Crime

courtesy Distrib Films

We Americans love stories about the Mafia, or at least movie versions of Italian crime organizations. Many of us admire Clemenza's mix of cold killer and adorable family man in The Godfather. You don't have to look any farther than the often quoted line, "Leave the gun; take the canoli." There's real denial of what it shows about Clemenza and most everyone else in the film.

Films made in Italy, like The Mafia Only Kills in Summer, have a different attitude toward the Mafia.

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Fri April 24, 2015


Fri April 24, 2015

The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:27 am

Pastor David Ned, 64, shared this and another experience with StoryCorps, last fall.

During the 1970s the Louisiana neighborhood Pastor David Ned lived in was a rough one.

"I had a little dog, a little white German Shepherd, and I was living in an apartment," he said to Darius Clark Monroe during a visit to StoryCorps last fall. The two men met while Monroe was working on a documentary, Evolution of a Criminal, about a robbery he committed in his teens. Ned was a customer in the bank during the robbery.

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Thu April 23, 2015

Long Time Fan Or First Time Rocker? Your Guide To The 2015 FoCoMX

Jason Downing (shown here at the 2013 Fort Collins Music eXperiment) will perform a solo kid-friendly show in addition to a performance with his band, Musketeer Gripweed, at the 2015 festival.
Jason Levine Reel Motion Media

Looking at the list of bands playing the Fort Collins Music eXperiment and feeling a bit, well, overwhelmed?

That's not surprising given the 250-plus acts, 24 venues, and 14 genres that make up the 2015 FoCoMX experience. Whether you're new to the festival or a longtime fan, it's easy to find yourself adrift in a sea of music. Here are five options to work into your FoCoMX experience, whether this is your first time or your fifth.

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