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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Valerie Richardson

East High School students march in a protest against the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision, along a busy street in front of the state Capitol in Denver, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014. Authorities said four Denver police officers were hit by a car while watching the high school students protest.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Four Denver cops on bikes struck by car during Ferguson protest

Four Denver police officers were injured after being struck by a car during a Wednesday morning demonstration by high school students who walked out to protest the grand jury's decision last week in Ferguson, Missouri. Published December 3, 2014

A pro-hunting group is up in arms after obtaining emails that it says indicate that a federal official withheld critical data on lead blood levels in the California condor until after gun control advocates in the California state legislature used the iconic bird's plight to help push through a law last year to ban lead ammunition. (Associated Press)

Obama's feds hid key data to get Calif. lead ammo ban passed in backdoor gun control move

A pro-hunting group is up in arms after obtaining emails that it says indicate that a federal official withheld critical data on lead blood levels in the California condor until after gun control advocates in the California state legislature used the iconic bird's plight to help push through a law last year to ban lead ammunition. Published December 2, 2014

The campus and foothills are seen in the background during a news conference at the University of Colorado's football stadium in Boulder, Colorado. (Associated Press)

Men invoking anti-discrimination Title IX to fight sex assault charges

Women have for years invoked Title IX in fighting campus discrimination, most famously in matters related to women's sports teams and their funding and facilities. But now men are arguing that bias cuts both ways. In fact, the same Title IX law that federal officials and universities are citing in doubling down on what critics describe as a "rape culture" on campus is increasingly being cited by male students who contend they have been unjustly punished, even railroaded, based on their sex. Published December 1, 2014

Officer Trevis Austin shot and killed Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old man who was under the influence of drugs. A Mobile County grand jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense.

White teen killed by black cop in Alabama mirrors Ferguson

A two-year-old case involving the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old white man by a black police officer is gaining attention on social media in the wake of this week's protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Published November 27, 2014

People hold hands in a prayer for peace at the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

In Ferguson, young activists emerge as movement leaders

Behind the headlines highlighting the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the New Black Panther Party in the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting, there's a group of local organizers who have emerged as the more effective voices of the movement. Published November 24, 2014

The Colorado Supreme Court tossed out a suit from the Freedom From Religion challenging Colorado's honorary Day of Prayer.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash) ** FILE **

Atheist group loses lawsuit to ban Colorado Day of Prayer

The Colorado Supreme Court threw out a legal challenge to the governor's honorary Day of Prayer proclamations Monday, ruling that members of an anti-religion group lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. Published November 24, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (left) meets with Rev. Starsky Wilson (center) and Rich McClure (right) after swearing the two men in as co-chairs of the 16-member Ferguson Commission in St. Louis Tuesday. The independent commission has been created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Associated Press)

Nixon swears in Ferguson Commission ahead of jury verdict

Tensions remained high Tuesday in Missouri as police, protesters and policymakers prepared for unrest in anticipation of the grand jury's verdict in the August shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. Published November 18, 2014