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"The Ripple Effect"​

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Photos and reporting by Aimee Heckel.

One thousand brown eyes stare.

The eyes are hollow with desperation beyond anger or sadness or happiness. They're waiting - for death or for a shot at a life outside the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in western Uganda.

So they stare.


The Final Chapter​


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What hurts so much isn’t just the loss. Doctors said she only had a 20 percent chance of surviving five years, and she gave her loved ones three years — each its own miracle — to say goodbye.

What hurts the most is the hope.

Despite the mourning — nearly 800 readers across the globe have blanketed her blog with tears, not to mention the hundreds of loved ones across Boulder — Deandra Trevino Salem’s story is not a sad one. It is a love story. Until her last breath.

Why Do People Want To Hang From Hooks Piercing Their Skin?

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The first thing I ask Lisa Marteau is: "Why?"

Why would people want to hang from hooks pierced through their skin?

The reasons are different for each person who participates in this activity known as body suspension, and the Boulder woman is careful not to make generalizations. She tiptoes around her words. She does not want to misrepresent the community -- to further distort society's misconceptions and opinions about this unusual hobby.

It's unusual enough that she let me watch her do it.


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Evil Cheesey: One of Boulder’s most colorful and notorious citizens

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Terry Chesebro is not exactly a hero.

But he is a legend.

He sits in a room in a locked behavioral psychiatric unit, while the remaining fragments of his memory crumble into hollow blackness. With the few remaining cognitive slivers, he plans his escape.

He must ride again.


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