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Panelists shared many viewpoints but few agreements during a forum Thursday about how to create a vibrant local economy. The forum was part of the third annual Limited Government Week forum. Some panelists gave impassioned arguments for increased incentives, while others said government incentives are not cost-effective and seldom work. One panelist said the key to attracting… Continue Reading Economic forum: long on views, short on solutions

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Losing wealth, finding God?

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Contrary to media reports, the Pew Research Center’s April polls show that while many people might be praying for their 401(k)’s to turn around, the falling stock market has not sent Americans rushing to church. Thirty-nine percent of Americans reported attending weekly religious services in a February survey. That number was no different than two years ago, when… Continue Reading Losing wealth, finding God?

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging schools and daycare centers to take precautions to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.

Two people in Colorado – both in the Denver area – have been confirmed to have the flu. More than 300 schools and daycares nationwide have been closed because of the flu.

Employees of daycares and schools should watch for signs and symptoms of flu: a fever higher than 100 degrees, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and body aches, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.

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During April, El Paso County recorded 539 foreclosure starts — Notices of Election and Demand — according to Public Trustee Tom Mowle. “This is probably the highest monthly total ever recorded in this county, breaking last March’s record total of 488 by 10 percent,” he said in a statement issued today, adding that the department doesn’t have monthly… Continue Reading Foreclosures still up for April but stabilizing

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Mediterranean cafe opens doors in Manitou

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Veteran New York entrepreneurs Jimmy Sabry and Michael Ezzat have opened a Mediterranean-style café in Manitou Springs. The Nile Café, 954 Manitou Ave., offers Mediterranean food, coffee and desserts. Sabry and Ezzat also plan to offer hookah for nighttime customers. The pair plans a grand opening on May 1. Customers can expect breakfast, lunch and… Continue Reading Mediterranean cafe opens doors in Manitou

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Renovated USAFA housing ready for move-in

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The first 123 homes at the United States Air Force Academy have been renovated. They’re all part of a multi-phase, five-neighborhood privatization program that will affect five neighborhoods. The first phase includes 257 units. Forest City Military Communities and Hunt Building Company won the contract to build and manage the housing areas last year. Both… Continue Reading Renovated USAFA housing ready for move-in

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Colorado Springs is celebrating the seasonal opening of the Uncle Wilber Fountain downtown in Acacia Park with much hoopla, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23. Opening day festivities are free and include live entertainment, Josh & John’s ice cream, grilled food and Uncle Wilber merchandise. Manitou Art Theatre will present The Incredible Circuit… Continue Reading Spring has sprung — and with it — the Uncle Wilber Fountain

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Today is the last day that the DASH, the free downtown shuttle, will be running, and it doesn’t look like it will come back any time soon. City Council decided Monday that city coffers could offer no assistance to save shuttle. Funding for DASH, the downtown area shuttle which runs regular routes on Tejon Street between… Continue Reading Downtown shuttle ends today

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The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation will partner with Toffler Associates – owned by author Alan Toffler who wrote “Future Shock” – to host the second annual Space Business Forum on June 4 at the Hilton New York Hotel. The event, a follow up to the record-breaking Colorado Springs Space Symposium that attracted 8,000 attendees at… Continue Reading Space Foundation, Toffler launch private sector space forum

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The American Lung Association has given El Paso County an F for its ground level ozone and an A for its air-particulate pollution levels. The grades are part of the association’s annual State of the Air report. Ground level ozone is formed when nitrogen oxides combine with volatile organic compounds in the presence of heat… Continue Reading El Paso County air quality: F for ozone, A for air particulate

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