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Denver spent $14.5 million to settle lawsuits against police and sheriff in just 3 years

This week’s approval of a $1 million settlement with the parents of Jessica Hernandez was just the latest in a string of payouts on large legal claims involving the Denver police and sheriff’s departments — a sum that has hit $14.5 million in the last three years.

Baby orca! Last killer whale born at SeaWorld

By JENNIFER KAY, The Associated Press

MIAMI — The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio, Texas, just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following animal rights protests and declining ticket sales.

The Orlando-based company said the orca — the last in a generation of whales bred in confinement — was born Wednesday afternoon. SeaWorld did not immediately name the calf because the park’s veterinarians had not yet determined whether it was male or female.

Activism, lawsuits could delay or derail the massive I-70 expansion in Denver — but are they long shots?

Dozens of committed activists and other opponents of the $1.2 billion expansion of Interstate 70 through northeast Denver lost a big challenge against the project last week, but don’t count them out — not yet.


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