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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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FILE - In this July 4, 2014 file photo, a man crosses a flooded Highway 64 as wind pushes water over the road as Hurricane Arthur passes through Nags Head, N.C. This year's Atlantic hurricane season has so far had the fewest number of storms since 1983, with only five named storms forming so far in the region: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly and Edouard. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) **FILE**

Forecast sees milder-than-average hurricane season

Those who dispute the theory that global warming is producing more extreme weather events received a boost Wednesday with the release of a federal forecast indicating another milder-than-average hurricane season. Published May 27, 2015

Pamela Geller, co-founder and President of Stop Islamization of America, is shown during the American Freedom Defense Initiative program at the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. (Gregory Castillo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Pamela Geller takes heat over shooting at Muhammad drawing contest

Pamela Geller and other hosts of the "draw Muhammad" contest were lucky to emerge unscathed after two Muslim gunmen attacked the event Sunday, but they haven't escaped the wrath of critics who insist the organizers share the blame for what happened. Published May 4, 2015

Students walk to and from classes on the campus of the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Monday April 20, 2015. The University of Colorado is open to the public on this 4/20 marijuana holiday for the first time in three years. The university has blocked public access in recent years in an effort to snuff mass smokeouts to mark the unofficial marijuana celebration. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Swarthmore College rejects divesting from fossil fuel

Swarthmore College has dealt a blow to the climate-change movement by rejecting calls to divest from fossil fuels, an unexpected move given the college's status as a birthplace of the college divestment drive. Published May 3, 2015