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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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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Thu April 23, 2015

New USGS Induced Quake Map Highlights Several Colorado Energy Regions

Following the May 31, 2014 quake near Greeley, scientists from CU-Boulder placed seismometers like this in Weld County to look for more earth movement.
Jim Hill KUNC

In May of 2014 there was an earthquake in Greeley. This rarely happens, and scientists quickly started monitoring the area. A few quakes later, regulators ended up shutting down a wastewater injection well that took water from nearby drilling operations.

Human-caused earthquakes are not new, but they've become more common, as oil and gas production has ramped up across the U.S., bringing wastewater disposal wells along with it. While most disposal wells don't cause earthquakes, the lubrication they cause can lead to tremors in unexpected places – like the one in Greeley.

A new publication [.pdf] and map produced by the U.S. Geological Survey shows just where that increase in activity is.

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Thu April 23, 2015

Beef Industry Not Sold On E. coli Vaccine

Research technician, Bradley Boyd, tags a steer that just arrived at the University of Nebraska Lincoln feedlot near Mead, Neb.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Thousands of people get sick every year from E. coli bacteria in their food. While the beef industry has gone to great lengths to limit illnesses in meat, the industry has been slow to adopt an E. coli vaccine that could keep people from getting sick.

Ground beef has a track record of causing some serious outbreaks of food illness, like E. Coli O157 H:7. The problem is, when cows carry E. coli bacteria in their gut it’s totally harmless, but if the bacteria gets on your meat and then you undercook it, you could easily end up in the hospital.

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Wed April 22, 2015

Current, Former Colorado Govs. Make A Pitch For School Testing

Gov. John Hickenlooper joined by former Democratic Governor Roy Romer and Republican Governor Bill Owens. They spoke about the importance of standardized tests in schools as the legislature debates the issue.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Two former governors, Roy Romer and Bill Owens, joined current Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state capitol to urge lawmakers not to go too far in reducing the numbers of standardized assessments school children take. This comes as legislators are debating several bills to lower the number of exams.

Republican Bill Owens said it's important to have standards and test against those standards to see if students are learning what they should, and to evaluate schools and teachers.

"Our friends from the left and the right for differing reasons, don't want to test, don't want to measure, don't want to have accountability," said Owens. "This is stunning to me."

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