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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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The Springs an ‘art destination’

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The June issue of American Style magazine ranked Colorado Springs 17th among the top 25 mid-sized U.S. cities that are art destinations. The rankings are based on a readers’ poll, and Colorado Springs beat out destinations such as Providence (18th), Honolulu, (20th), and Tampa (25). Other Colorado cities in the rankings included Denver (13th among… Continue Reading The Springs an ‘art destination’

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Luke Travins doesn’t much like the proposed public improvement fee that Mayor Lionel Rivera has been peddling to downtown establishments during the last several weeks.

The voluntary 1 percent fee, which bars and restaurants would collect from patrons to help finance the U.S. Olympic Committee’s new headquarters building, has serious structural problems, said Travins, who is part-owner and regional manager of Concept Restaurants, which owns Jose Muldoon’s, MacKenzie’s Chophouse and The Ritz Grill in downtown.

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A proposal to phase out the state’s 133-year-old business personal property tax has died at the hands of its sponsor.The Senate assigned the bill to its Appropriations Committee yesterday, something supporters thought would end the measure. But, the committee gutted the bill leaving it a vague representation of its former self. So, the bill’s sponsor,… Continue Reading Business Personal Property Tax bill dies, study takes its place

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A bill that would require drivers to use handsfree phone devices while talking on cell phones is headed to the Senate for a vote.The Senate Appropriations Committee approved House Bill 1094 with a 6-4 vote today. State corrections and transportation workers were excluded so the state won’t have to spend an estimated $83,000 to outfit… Continue Reading Handsfree cell phone bill now awaiting Senate vote

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Sen. Arlen Specter switching from GOP to Dems

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter disclosed plans Tuesday to switch parties, a move intended to boost his chances of winning re-election next year that will also push Democrats closer to a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.”I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans,” Specter said in a statement posted… Continue Reading Sen. Arlen Specter switching from GOP to Dems

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. will need to raise more capital if they can’t convince regulators that “stress test” results were mistaken, according to two people familiar with the matter.The banks are hard at work preparing their appeals, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because everyone involved… Continue Reading BofA, Citigroup need more capital after stress test

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