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As we read about the latest bank settlement with the federal government, it may seem that $7 billion is a hefty fine to be paid by Citigroup. Apparently it’s not. Citigroup’s shares were up 3 percent after the settlement, so someone must think it’s a good deal. Some may argue any settlement is better than… Continue Reading Who should be culpable for Citigroup’s bad dealings?

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Contributions to Pikes Peak United Way increased slightly in the fiscal year that ended June 30, said President and CEO Jason Wood. Last year, the nonprofit collected around $5.5 million, he said. This year there is an additional $200,000 in the contribution baskets. “We saw a better level of giving, from corporations to individuals,” Wood… Continue Reading United Way collects more this year

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Pawn shops look to shed sketchy image

“I was thereto buy a pistol, she was there to hock her ring. The broker in that pawn shop deals in almost anything. He’ll pay you for your misery or he’ll sell you someone’s pain, and that twinkle in his greedy eyes says you’ll also be his game.” Conway Twitty sang those “Saturday Night Special”… Continue Reading Pawn shops look to shed sketchy image

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Concours offers TLC for Euro car owners

Upon first impression, Concours Cars in Old Colorado City may come across more as a museum than a fine European auto shop. A walk through the company’s facilities along the 2400 block of West Cucharras Street is a veritable trek through time: from the streets of post-war France in a black ’55 Citroen Traction Avant,… Continue Reading Concours offers TLC for Euro car owners

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Today, resale is the new retail

In Colorado Springs, a person can purchase virtually any item, new or used. Standard new and used items — cars and homes — are for sale throughout town. Then there are other things, items like tires you wouldn’t normally see sold used. Even on Craigslist. Several cunning business owners in Colorado Springs have made “resale… Continue Reading Today, resale is the new retail

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It looks as if residents of El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and Green Mountain Falls will have the opportunity of voting to tax themselves (I mean, “fee” themselves) to fund regional stormwater needs. Colorado Springs City Council obligingly approved the proposed intergovernmental agreement earlier this week, and other jurisdictions are expected to… Continue Reading Stormwater leaders gear up for ballot campaign

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Week after week, we hear assurances that important announcements are coming, perhaps soon, in regard to City for Champions. Just a guess, but that probably would not include anything newsworthy in regard to the proposed multipurpose Colorado Sports and Event Center, commonly known as the downtown stadium. In truth, it’s an indoor-outdoor complex adjacent to… Continue Reading Downtown complex could go back to baseball

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Council kills fee waiver for downtown developers

Colorado Springs City Council voted down a resolution Tuesday that would have waived fees for downtown residential development in an attempt to support urban infill projects. Councilors voted 5-4 to kill the proposed amendment to a 1973 ordinance pertaining to fees for the creation of new parks and schools throughout the city. The amendment —… Continue Reading Council kills fee waiver for downtown developers

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Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

Uber Technologies and Lyft, both San Francisco-based giants in the ride-sharing industry, have expanded to Colorado Springs over the past several months. Ride-share businesses allow consumers to hail rides from everyday people who use their personal vehicles in exchange for fares. The connection is made via a smartphone app and the costs rival, and often… Continue Reading Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

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In & Out Gyros was robbed three times, allegedly by the same person, in just two weeks. It’s hardly in a remote area, with a prominent location at 36 E. Bijou St., but the mom-and-pop Mediterranean deli has had a hard time seeing its place secure. “The cops don’t make me feel very safe, given… Continue Reading Crime still an issue downtown as CSPD moves in

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