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

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Police take cover after two officers were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)

Ferguson residents launch recall against mayor amid unrest

Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, launched a recall effort Friday afternoon against Mayor James Knowles III, the most prominent public figure remaining in the strife-ridden community after a recent rash of resignations. Published March 14, 2015

Paramedics were called to the scene early Thursday to take two police officers to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. They were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station during a protest.

Ferguson protesters set back by gunfire on 2 police officers

Activists offered their support to the two police officers shot Thursday in Ferguson but acknowledged that the gunfire delivered a setback to the movement as questions surfaced over whether nonstop protests helped provoke the incident. Published March 12, 2015

A police officer walks toward the Ferguson Police Department Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two officers were shot in front of the police department early Thursday as demonstrators gathered after the police chief resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report alleging bias in the police force and local courts. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Police detain three in Ferguson police shooting 'ambush'

Police brought in for questioning three people Thursday in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers at a midnight protest rally in Ferguson, an incident the police chief described as an "ambush." Published March 12, 2015

Ferguson Mo., Mayor James W. Knowles reads a statement, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Ferguson. The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ferguson mayor vows to hold biased police accountable

The mayor of Ferguson said city officials will hold accountable anyone involved in the targeting of the minority community for tickets and arrests revealed in last week’s Justice Department report. Published March 8, 2015

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, told National Journal this week that he may have been guilty of overreach even as he defended his probe into the funding sources of seven professors, now known as the "Grijalva Seven." (Associated Press)

Democrats on 'witch hunt' for doomsday-denying climate scientists

Democrats may be flustered after a week of being accused of engineering an anti-science "witch hunt," but they aren't backing down from their investigations into the financial backing of climate change researchers who challenge the movement's doomsday scenarios. Published March 5, 2015