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    Under the InfluenceUnder the Influence: Politics gives sports meaning

    Last week, my co-workers sat around a computer Googling wars in Yugoslavia. We wanted to know if we could, in good conscience, root for Croatia in the World Cup final. Full Story
    Under the Influence: A seat at the grown-ups' table
    When I was 13, my family visited Quebec, and I had my first proper glass of wine at dinner. We were sitting down to an extravagant lobster dinner in a huge square in Montreal when, without asking, the waiter set down wine glasses for my parents, me, and my 10-year-old sister. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Date-rating app would be rad
    I've got an idea for an app. Or maybe a widget? I'm not really sure. Among the many things I am clueless about, modern technology is almost as lost to me as dating. Full Story

    Under the Influence: The best part about camping
    And just like that, the snow is melted and camping season is upon us. Camping. Has there ever been a more polarizing leisure activity? Full Story

    Under the Influence: Monarchy's mystique
    I never had any Cinderella fantasies. I was never very into princesses, the Disney or real-life versions. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Grad school is exciting until it's not
    "You sound really passionate about what you're doing with your life," a guest at a dinner party recently said to me, voice dripping with sarcasm. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Accidental vegan
    A few weeks ago, I accidentally became a vegan. I guess it can't really be called an "accident" because I consciously clicked on the Facebook ad for a vegan meal delivery service, typed my credit card number and my address, and selected my meal plan. Full Story

    Under the Influence: A social-causes lubricant
    What do you do when you drink a bunch of wine? Order too much food? Call your ex? Buy a bunch of shit on Amazon? Full Story

    Under the Influence: A taste of retirement
    When my parents announced they were going to spend a year in Mexico, I was thrilled. Then they announced they were going to spend that year in Cabo San Lucas, and I was confused. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Dripping with guilt and whiskey
    I'm from a big Irish family. One of those third-generation, Irish-Catholic families where everyone is dripping with equal parts guilt and whiskey. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Keep the conversation going
    Why this one? I wonder. Why was this the shooting that motivated so many to action? Full Story

    Under the Influence: Olympic drama brings tears, cheers, day dreams
    How do you watch the Olympics? Mostly I watch through the tears. I cry at the mom commercials. I cry when someone wins. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Freedom from speech
    The State of the Union is Tuesday. Anyone else exhausted already? As far back as I can remember, I have never missed a State of the Union address. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Hope and mimosas for the new year
    Happy New Year! I forgot to write this column. I never forget, of course. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Europe ranked by Christmas spirit
    When I lived in London, my roommates and I put a lot of effort into Christmas. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Dick pics and sea sponges
    In the era of #metoo, a common theme has emerged in conversations with my friends, both male and female. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Peace, quiet and wine-fueled decisions
    When I first moved into my own apartment, I was nervous. I had lived with my family and then a rotating cast of roommates for my entire life, so I had never really been alone. Full Story

    Under the Influence: Let's make Election Day a reason to party
    Happy Election Day, America! Election night parties have been one of my favorite things ever since I was a small child. Full Story

    Under the Influence: The weight of stress
    I lost 3 pounds last week without trying. In fact, I was specifically not trying. Full Story

    Under the Influence: A rush of invincibility
    A few years ago, I spent the day in the mountains with my boyfriend and his friends, shooting guns. Full Story

    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

     
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    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

     
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    (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)
    Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

    The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story