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Valerie Richardson

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

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Male Columbia student sues school over 'mattress girl' case

The Columbia University student targeted by a mattress-carrying protester filed a lawsuit Thursday against the school, arguing that it failed to shield him from harassment even though police and campus authorities refused to pursue rape charges against him. Published April 23, 2015

FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a gas and oil well pad near Mead, Colo. The University of Colorado's governing Board of Regents could vote Thursday April 16, 2015 on whether to stop investing in coal, oil and gas. The regents are expected to discuss a proposal from a student-led group called Fossil Free CU. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

University of Colorado rejects fossil-fuel divestment calls

The fossil-fuel divestment movement, fresh off its biggest victory to date at Syracuse University, took a step backward Thursday as the University of Colorado Board of Regents rejected calls to sell off its holdings in oil, natural gas and coal. Published April 16, 2015