Denver

5:00am

Mon August 25, 2014
Energy

Solar For The 99 Percent

Volunteers Ken Weisbrod, right, and Abdourazak Yonis measure a roof for a Grid Alternatives solar installation.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

In southwest Denver, just blocks off a stretch of West Evans Avenue liberally dotted with auto repair shops and paint stores, a ladder stretches up the side of a small, one-story tan house. Workers atop the roof wield tape measures and oil crayons, calling off numbers and making marks outlining a setup for solar panels.

The house belongs to Erika Caraveo, a short, soft-spoken woman who offers child care services as her main means of income. Normally, Caraveo couldn't afford the cost of a solar installation.

"I'm the only one paying the bills. I'm a single mom," she said.

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3:14am

Mon August 25, 2014
Politics

On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide?

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:23 am

Voters crowd into their polling place Aug. 15 at Keonepoko Elementary School in Pahoa, Hawaii.
Marco Garcia AP

A federal appeals court in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments Aug. 25 in a dispute over whether Kansas and Arizona can require voters using a federal registration form to show proof of citizenship.

It's the first of several significant cases this fall that could determine who gets to vote, and how, in at least six states. The outcomes could also answer a much broader question: Who gets to decide?

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6:04pm

Sat August 23, 2014
Climate

Stark Data And A Remedy For Denver's Urban Heat

Concrete from streets and buildings create higher heat levels downtown.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Wikimedia Commons

It’s common knowledge that city dwellers experience higher temperatures than their neighboring rural counterparts. Climate change exacerbates the situation. For residents in the Denver Metro area, temperatures are rising faster than most cities.

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2:43pm

Fri August 22, 2014
Men In America

In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:09 pm

The Colorado Rush, a gay rugby team in Denver, at practice. "I've always thought of myself as ... the rugby player that happens to be gay," says Skyler Meyer. "I never want to be the gay man who happens to play rugby."
Luke Runyon KUNC

Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

Life as a gay man in the U.S. has changed in the past decade — the law and cultural attitudes toward homosexuality have shifted. And those greater social and legal freedoms have also changed how some gay men choose to express their masculinity — and their femininity.

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1:52am

Fri August 15, 2014
StoryCorps

After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male'

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:33 am

Alex Landau and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, on a visit to StoryCorps.
StoryCorps

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains graphic descriptions and offensive language.

Alex Landau, who is African-American, was adopted by a white couple as a child and grew up in largely white, middle-class suburbs of Denver.

Still, "we never talked about race growing up," Landau tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, on a visit to StoryCorps. "I just don't think that was ever a conversation."

"I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn't matter," Hathaway says. "I had to learn the really hard way when they almost killed you."

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