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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

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In this still image taken from video provided by Fox 31 Denver,  students gather just outside of Arapahoe High School as police respond to reports of a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Colorado division of emergency management spokeswoman Micki Trost said her director went to the school and their weren't any more immediate details. (AP Photo/KDVR) MANDATORY CREDIT

Sheriff: Colo. school shooter kills self, wounds two

A student armed with a shotgun and looking for a staff member burst Friday into suburban Arapahoe High School, where he shot and injured two students before turning the gun on himself. Published December 13, 2013

The German-built zeppelin flies over the Golden Gate Bridge, arriving in San Francisco on Oct. 25 to begin aerial tours of the Bay Area. The airship is the first of its kind to fly in the United States in more than 70 years. (Associated Press)

Californians turn against unions after spending clashes, strikes: poll

In one of the nation’s bluest states, public opinion is souring on California’s power labor unions amid heated debate over funding for public pensions, a rash of municipal bankruptcies and a recent public-transportation strike, according to a poll released Friday. Published December 13, 2013

Fracking fallout: Colleges ditch fossil-fuel stock

Like most other college campuses, the University of California at Berkeley has all the ingredients for a pitched battle over the school's financial ties to the fossil-fuel industry. Published December 11, 2013

Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago on Thursday. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities were part of push to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. The effort produced a backlash. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Fast-food protests spur backlash

The labor movement's latest fast-food protest drew a "delicious backlash" Thursday from the burger-loving opposition. Published December 5, 2013

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality

A cultural tug of war is brewing between conservatives and liberals over the message of "The Hunger Games." Are the popular teen novels and films a leftist call for the downtrodden to rise up against the rich? Or an Orwellian take on the dangers of Big Government? Published December 4, 2013

Gay couple's complaint against Colo. baker gets hearing

A bakery owner who refused to prepare a wedding cake for a gay couple heads to court Wednesday in a case closely watched for its implications on religious freedom in a society that increasingly embraces same-sex marriage. Published December 3, 2013

**FILE** Madelaine O'Neal, a freshman from St. Louis, Mo., studies outside the book store at the University of Colorado in Boulder on Oct. 1, 2008. (Associated Press)

Easy for you to say: Campus considers dorm names 'Houusoo' and 'Nowoo3'

Unusual campus names are a venerable college tradition — think Harvard's Wigglesworth Hall or USC's Argue Plaza — but nothing quite compares to those under review at the University of Colorado Boulder, where a commission has recommended renaming renovated dormitories "Houusoo Hall" and "Nowoo3 Hall" after two Arapaho Indian chiefs. Published November 29, 2013

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is receiving one-sided advice from staff at the Fish and Wildlife Service over the issue of whether to place the Gunnison sage grouse on the endangered-species list. (associated press photographs)

Colorado governor grouses about grouse bias

An example of the tension between Western Democrats and the Obama administration surfaced Monday when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a rural audience that Washington bureaucrats are pushing a "slanted version" of the sage-grouse issue to political decision-makers. Published November 25, 2013

**FILE** Three young girls walk past the Med Stop marijuana dispensary in Denver, located across from Del Pueblo Elementary School, on Jan. 12, 2012. (Associated Press)

Feds raid Colorado medical marijuana operations

Federal authorities descended without warning Thursday morning on multiple Colorado medical marijuana operations, seizing plants and executing search warrants at shops as part of what was described as an ongoing investigation. Published November 21, 2013

A San Francisco Police Officer with a Batkid sign on his bike waits for the arrival of Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. San Francisco turned into Gotham City on Friday, as city officials helped fulfill Scott's wish to be "Batkid." Scott, a leukemia patient from Tulelake in far Northern California, was called into service on Friday morning by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to help fight crime, The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation says. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Veteran cops challenge San Francisco's gun limit laws

Gun rights advocates are challenging a newly signed San Francisco law that bans ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds and gives owners 90 days to hand them over to police. Published November 20, 2013

Jindal claims victory in fight with administration over La. voucher plan

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is claiming victory after the Obama administration Justice Department backed off on its legal push to end the state's groundbreaking school voucher program, which has allowed thousands of poor children to attend the state's best schools. Published November 19, 2013