1. BUZZ KILL
Dr. J's Hash Infusion is one of the largest producers of marijuana-infused edibles in Colorado, but many of the company's products contain only a minute fraction of the THC promised on Dr. J's labels, according to independent tests organized by The Denver Post. "I would be in shock (if those tests were accurate)," said Dr. J's CEO Tom Sterlacci. The evolving marijuana industry is still finding its way in Colorado, and one of the evolving aspects is the testing — or lack thereof — of products.
2. QUESTION OF RIGHTS
Cities across Colorado are joining others throughout the country in passing regulations that outlaw behaviors deemed inappropriate. Officials say they need to protect public spaces for the enjoyment of everyone. But critics say the ordinances trample on civil rights, target certain classes of people and may be illegal.
3. FOR WHOM 36 TOLLS
Colorado's controversial plunge into public-private partnerships to oversee and collect tolls from local highways comes as credit agencies and other states are struggling with the arrangement, mostly because America's driving boom could be over. But, Colorado officials insist they've built in safeguards for taxpayers in case traffic revenue doesn't meet expectations.
4. WEATHER ROLLERCOASTER CONTINUES
Temperatures are expected to soar above seasonal averages on Sunday in Denver, but a chance for snow has moved into the forecast. Here's how warm it will get today, and when to expect snow again in Denver.
5. MOM KNOWS BEST?
If there's a theme of the 2014 Colorado General Assembly, surely it's moms. From apple pies for lawmakers to stroller-dotted rallies, here's how moms are making their voices heard this year at the state Capitol like never before. In other news from the Capitol, as the second half of the Colorado legislature gets under way, here are the top priorities for lawmakers.
6. FROM BLACK EYE TO APPLE OF THEIR EYE
After a shaky start for the EAGLE-NET project that aims to bring Colorado's schools out of the "dark ages" in terms of high-speed Internet access and capacity, the Denver Rotary Club, the project's chief benefactor, envisions a bright future.
7. DENVER'S "PENICILLIN GIRL" DIES
A Denver woman whose breakthrough treatment with penicillin during World War II led to modern medical practices on a bone disease died two days before her 83rd birthday on March 1. Genean Hixon, better known in the 1940s as the "Penicillin Girl," was one of the first American civilians to be treated with what The Denver Post called the "mysterious miracle drug."
8. CATCHING ON
Sitting in front of his locker inside the Rockies' clubhouse at spring training, Wilin Rosario braced for the question he has heard so many times before. That basic question, of course, is what must the power-hitting, 25-year-old catcher do to become better defensively? In other Rockies news, reliever Boone Logan saw his first spring action Saturday, after signing a big contract with the Rockies this offseason.
9. SAFETY FIRST
If the Broncos want to better match up with the Seahawks the next time they meet (at Seattle in a date to be determined in the 2014 season), they may want to address the lopsided mismatch at the safety position, writes reporter Mike Klis. Speaking of free agency, could the Broncos be in danger of losing left guard Zane Beadles to another team? And, Klis opines that Eric Decker is worth the big bucks he's sure to command this offseason. And finally, here's why columnist Benjamin Hochman thinks Von Miller is not captain material.
10. ROUGH DAY FOR THE AVS
Not only did the Colorado Avalanche lose 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center, they also lost center Paul Stastny to a back injury in his first shift of the game. Columnist Woody Paige says move over Detroit Redwings, the Avs have a new archrival. On the bright side, Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon is already looking like a great one after already breaking a Wayne Gretzky record. Reporter Adrian Dater opines that MacKinnon and Roy are looking like easy choices for the NHL's award season.
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