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64 lawsuits in two months: Are recent ADA suits “drive-by” litigation or a tool to help the disabled?

A gubernatorial appointee who chairs the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council has filed dozens of lawsuits against small businesses over the past two months claiming they violate federal disability laws.

The 64 lawsuits filed so far by Mellisa Umphenour of Arvada are nearly identical in content and scope to scores of others filed in U.S. District Court last year in Colorado – and thousands of others filed in federal courts nationwide the past few years. Umphenour filed the suits on behalf of her 11-year-old son, who is disabled.

Black History Month features firefighters exhibit, Denver Fire Department calls for diversity

The Denver Fire Department has come a long way in moving past segregation and racial injustice, so in honor of Black History Month, the Denver Firefighters Museum is highlighting black firefighters.

The exhibit “A History of Black Firefighters in the Denver Fire Department” features the story of Station No. 3, an all-black fire station founded with about 12 firefighters in 1894 in the predominantly black community of Five Points. The museum at 1326 Tremont Place also spotlights the few black firefighters who helped pave the way for future generations.


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