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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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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

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Tom Tuning, right, greets homeless men who wait for the opening of the St. Francis Center's day shelter, where Tuning works, in downtown Denver. Homeless people in Colorado would have a right to seek civil remedies if they're harassed by authorities while resting in public with a bill getting its first hearing at the state Legislature Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

'Right to rest' Colorado bill seeks to ban 'discrimination' against homeless

Homeless people would have a right to sleep in public places — and sue for damages if it's denied — under a “right to rest” bill under consideration in the Colorado legislature. Also known as the Homeless Bill of Rights, the Colorado legislation would give people “experiencing homelessness” the right to rest and eat or accept food in public spaces where food is not prohibited, as well as occupy a legally parked vehicle, “without discrimination.” Published April 15, 2015

Oases: Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown is instituting statewide mandatory water reductions on residents. Republicans are striking back, saying such draconian policies will not save the Golden State from its drought. (Associated Press)

Liberals blamed for California drought

For California Gov. Jerry Brown to crack down on shower-taking and toilet-flushing to save precious quarts of water as millions of gallons flow into the Pacific Ocean doesn't make a lot of sense to Travis Allen. Published April 13, 2015