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Review: Rian Johnson blows “Star Wars” wide open in “The Last Jedi”

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The Last Jedi makes clear that the Star Wars universe, much like our own world, is an increasingly fractured and confusing place.

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Jimmy Kimmel holds his baby son, post-heart surgery, in emotional health-care monologue

"Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn't," Kimmel joked. "It's unbelievable."

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Denver’s $44 million, 5-story recreation center has an opening date

Central Denver's new Carla Madison Recreation Center will open to the public Jan. 8, the Department of Parks and Recreation said Monday.

Sunday, Dec 10

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Rich Swann, WWE pro wrestler, arrested and charged with battery of wife

Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment.

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Son of famed Colorado concert promoter ready to etch his own name in Red Rocks history on New Year’s Eve

As the son of famed concert promoter Barry Fey, the venue is practically etched into the 26-year-old's DNA.

Boulder toy robot maker Sphero builds on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and lives to tell the tale of its BB-9e droid

The Denver Post

Sphero's ability to update its toys long after a customer buys one is just one way that the company shares its passion for robotics with a growing audience. The other way is that it gets to make toys that make people smile and give…

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Breathtaker alpine coaster at Snowmass set to open Sunday

Along with Buttermilk opening and more terrain available this weekend at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, the new Breathtaker alpine coaster at Elk Camp will open Sunday, officials announced Friday.

Some great gifts for the jazz lover in your life

Seeking out holiday gifts to impress the discerning music lover in your life? Here are some suggestions, all loaded with lovely music.

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Starbucks’ Christmas Tree Frappuccino tastes like broken promises and Thin Mints

You thought Starbucks was waging a war on Christmas when, in 2011, the company's holiday cups featured nutcrackers that bore a coincidental resemblance to the Guy Fawkes mask, at the time a symbol of Occupy Wall Street. You thought…

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Wagging tails celebrate return of off-leash dog park to Barnum Park Saturday

There were dogs of all sorts running about. Little chihuahuas and Shih Tzus mixed with large Labradors and German Shepherds. A person threw a Frisbee and three pups took off in pursuit. Separately, a cocker spaniel kept her eyes trained on…

Saturday, Dec 9

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Jury sides with San Diego in Comic Con trademark battle

A jury on Friday sided with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over rights to use the phrase "comic con."

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Bill Barwick, a deep-voiced, singing cowboy, longtime Coloradan, dies at 71

Bill Barwick, who used his smooth, low, signature voice to croon cowboy songs, pitch products and speak on behalf of the Alpine Search and Rescue Team, died last month in Albuquerque. He was 71.

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From high art to Disney-esque, menorahs of all kinds light the way during Hanukkah

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Menorahs come in all sizes and shapes, and are made of a variety of materials and range in tone from somber to silly.

He kept his Star Wars legacy a secret in Boulder for decades. At 85, the sci-fi pioneer is ready to step out.

Cantwell designed and constructed the prototypes for all the spaceships for Star Wars in 1974 and 1975, including the very first X-Wing Fighter, Y-Wing Fighter, Death Star and the original Millennium Falcon.

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In-N-Out watch: It could be three years before Colorado’s first location opens

The California-based burger chain is building a distribution center, administrative office and restaurant in Colorado Springs' Victory Ridge development

Backcountry guru’s new guidebook carves out accessible uphill skiing routes

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Lou Dawson's latest guidebook aimed at skiers who don't need extreme slopes for extreme enjoyment.

As Snowmass turns 50, a look back at the ski bums who started it all

Snowmass is turning 50, and you're invited to party like it's '67. But first, a look at the people behind the resort's singular history.

Friday, Dec 8

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Breckenridge is ready to reclaim the world record for longest ski shot — but it needs your old skis first

It's an unofficial record, but Breckenridge is serious about reclaiming the world's longest ski shot title.

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New A&E show details income potential behind short-term vacation rentals

The Denver Post

A new television series called “Vacation Rental Potential,” a partnership between short-term rental titan HomeAway and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment airing on the A&E Network, focuses on renting vacation homes. The second episode…

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What happened in “Top Chef” Colorado Episode 1 (spoiler alert!)

Who won? Who was eliminated? What local spots were featured? We break it all down.

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“Wonder Wheel”: Coney Island love triangle makes for monotonous melodrama

Woody Allen's 1950s-set "Wonder Wheel" is not a great movie, but you'll have to admit it does try to warn you.

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Vail Resorts announces $52 million face-lift at Whistler

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Vail Resorts President Rob Katz used the company's quarterly earnings report to announce that Whistler Blackcomb resort will be a big part of next year's capital improvement plan.

Pantone picks deep purple “Ultra Violet” as color of year

What we have here in 2017 is a heap of chaos and disruption. What we need in 2018? The Pantone Color Institute thinks whatever that might be will come in the deep purple hue of "Ultra Violet," its color of the year revealed Thursday.

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Teen sentenced to youth corrections for murder of Denver chef

The Denver Post

An Englewood teenager was sentenced Thursday to seven years in Department of Corrections’ youth offender system for the shooting death of a Denver chef.

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Regional review: “The Encore” a heartwarming tale of determination

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“The Encore” is the story of Tillemann-Dick’s rise to operatic heights and her struggle to beat the disease that threatens to kill her.

Regional books: “Shortfall,” “Amazing Kolb Brothers” and more

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In a chance conversation with her father some 20 years ago, Alice Echols discovered that her grandfather had been a notorious cad.

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$1 Long Island Ice Teas and other free and cheap things to do around Denver, Dec. 8-14

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Known as the Dollar L.I.T., the discounted adult beverage is available every day this month.

Grubhub just released the list of Denver’s most popular orders, and they’re pretty weird

Grubhub, the food delivery platform that picks up and drops off from more than 900 Denver area restaurants, analyzed our orders thus far in the year to answer the very important question: What do Denverites eat more than the rest of the…

Thursday, Dec 7

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Ultreia, Rioja chef’s new ham-obsessed restaurant, opens this week

Jennifer Jasinski's new restaurant should get attention for its tapas menu, but it will probably be best known for the ham.

Sing-along: Holiday choral events across Front Range get you in the spirit

The Denver Post

The sacred roots of choral music seem to reach deepest during the holidays.