Give these kids extra credit in civics: Students 4 Justice, a group of Denver-area high school students affiliated with the Colorado Progressive Coalition, takes on issues ranging from Nike's use of foreign labor to profiling in the Cole community to a shortage of federally subsidized lunches at West High. Along the way, they rate high marks for their eloquence and enthusiasm.


Smile! You're on not-so-candid camera. In the wake of several controversial Denver Police Department actions, including the shooting of Ismael Mena, Denver activists took the Neighborhood Watch concept a few steps further and banded together as Denver CopWatch, a citizens' watchdog group that keeps an eye on the Denver Police Department. Founded by activists Stephen and Vicki Nash, the group has taken its cause to the streets -- including some of the town's meanest -- where members inform teens, the homeless and assorted hangers-on of their rights. Since CopWatch acquired a camera, it's started capturing cops on film, issuing quarterly reports and coming up with enough evidence that the ACLU has picked up a dozen cases documented by the citizen snoops.
Smile! You're on not-so-candid camera. In the wake of several controversial Denver Police Department actions, including the shooting of Ismael Mena, Denver activists took the Neighborhood Watch concept a few steps further and banded together as Denver CopWatch, a citizens' watchdog group that keeps an eye on the Denver Police Department. Founded by activists Stephen and Vicki Nash, the group has taken its cause to the streets -- including some of the town's meanest -- where members inform teens, the homeless and assorted hangers-on of their rights. Since CopWatch acquired a camera, it's started capturing cops on film, issuing quarterly reports and coming up with enough evidence that the ACLU has picked up a dozen cases documented by the citizen snoops.


Best Reference to the Three Little Pigs in a Legal Ruling

U.S. District Judge John Kane

Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane is erudite, wise (he's taken a controversial, and eminently reasonable, stance opposing the War on Drugs) and witty. In a recent bankruptcy ruling, he noted that the appellant "presents a version of the three little pigs who outsmarted the big bad wolf, and despite all his huffing and puffing kept a house and sold it for a profit." The judgment concluded:

Alas the tale is done

Truth be told, no one won

This court has simply tried to resort

That which is to what was before

(The defendant) paid the price

For what the deeds of trust thrice

Deviously sought to take away

And such is the fate of claims made of hay.

Best Reference to the Three Little Pigs in a Legal Ruling

U.S. District Judge John Kane

Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane is erudite, wise (he's taken a controversial, and eminently reasonable, stance opposing the War on Drugs) and witty. In a recent bankruptcy ruling, he noted that the appellant "presents a version of the three little pigs who outsmarted the big bad wolf, and despite all his huffing and puffing kept a house and sold it for a profit." The judgment concluded:

Alas the tale is done

Truth be told, no one won

This court has simply tried to resort

That which is to what was before

(The defendant) paid the price

For what the deeds of trust thrice

Deviously sought to take away

And such is the fate of claims made of hay.


At this high-security prison, the guards encourage inmates to share needles. That's because these prisoners, some of the most difficult-to-supervise men housed at Limon -- are learning to knit as part of a therapy and rehabilitation program. Convicts have to earn their way into the program, now in its tenth year, with good behavior. The results of their labors, created on both needles and knitting machines, are sold at cost to nonprofit groups around the state that help homeless and poor children.
At this high-security prison, the guards encourage inmates to share needles. That's because these prisoners, some of the most difficult-to-supervise men housed at Limon -- are learning to knit as part of a therapy and rehabilitation program. Convicts have to earn their way into the program, now in its tenth year, with good behavior. The results of their labors, created on both needles and knitting machines, are sold at cost to nonprofit groups around the state that help homeless and poor children.


This year, following the lead of legal eagles in other states, lawyer Jim Scarboro brought together attorneys and law students to form the Colorado Innocence Project, a volunteer effort that will look into selected prisoners' cases to determine if the evidence merits a court challenge.
This year, following the lead of legal eagles in other states, lawyer Jim Scarboro brought together attorneys and law students to form the Colorado Innocence Project, a volunteer effort that will look into selected prisoners' cases to determine if the evidence merits a court challenge.
It doesn't get any more achingly small-town suburban than the City of Lone Tree's 2002 calendar. Norman Rockwell's stuff would look positively raunchy next to this wholesome piece of work, produced by the City of Lone Tree (founded in 1995) and Mike's Cameras, which held a photo contest to select the pictures. Each month features one of the winning photos and a brief biography of the winner. May, for instance, boasts a picture of flag-waving local kids dressed in red, white and blue and standing around or sitting in a patriotic sleigh; the shot was taken by Sue Foels. It looks like Lone Tree is going to have a positively great year.

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