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Grand County will appeal YMCA tax case

Local News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:13pm
The Grand County Board of Commissioners has moved to file an appeal in a recent decision to grant Snow Mountain Ranch a full property tax exemption for religious use. The board moved at their Aug. 12 meeting to allow Grand County Attorney Anthony “Jack” DiCola to move forward filing appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals. DiCola had recommended that Grand County Commissioners appeal the decision from the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals to grant religious use tax exemptions to YMCA of the Rockies, which owns Snow Mountain Ranch. “With taxes, we just want to get it right,” DiCola told …

Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

NPR Books - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 1:33pm

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, spent six years researching America's nuclear weapons. In Command and Control, he details explosions, false attack alerts and accidentally dropped bombs.

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Book News: Petitions, Orwell And The Amazon-Hachette Fight

NPR Books - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:49am

Also, an interview with Ursula Le Guin; notable books coming out this week.

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WWII POWs Build A Deathly Railway In 'The Narrow Road'

NPR Books - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 5:39am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Richard Flanagan, author of the new book The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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'Blackboard' Chalks A Nostalgic Portrait Of School Days

NPR Books - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 5:03am

Lewis Buzbee's account of his idyllic youth in the California public school system is relentlessly positive, though bracketed with criticism of current school policy and a firm call for more funding.

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Albert Camus' Poker-Faced 'Stranger' Became A Much Needed Friend

NPR Books - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 5:03am

At age 14, author Aaron Gwyn was lonely and angry. His dad was dead. His mom was addicted to pills. Then he discovered The Stranger, a novel of absurdity and detachment. Somehow, it helped him deal.

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Sept. 11 Changed Everything: Following 3 Women In The National Guard

NPR Books - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 3:28am

In spring 2001, Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton signed up for the National Guard expecting just a few days of drills each month. Soldier Girls tells the stories of their deployments.

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A Beautiful Book, Whether Or Not It Makes You 'Happy'

NPR Books - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 5:03pm

Eleanor Davis' gorgeous new How to Be Happy doesn't actually tell you how to be happy; rather, it dramatizes the promise of happiness, and the funny and tragic effects that follow on from it.

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'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

NPR Books - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:12pm

Author Elizabeth Green argues that effective teaching is a craft, not a skill teachers have naturally. She says teachers need more mentorship — not just more mandates.

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Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

NPR Books - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 6:49am

The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well, filled with plays, poetry, novels and political tracts.

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Lev Grossman: A 'Magician' Grows Up

NPR Books - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:03am

NPR's Petra Mayer sees the sights at San Diego Comic-Con with Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman — and discusses what happens when wizardly kids have to face an adult world, without mentors.

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In 'Dirty Work,' A Doctor Turns To Fiction To Talk About Abortion

NPR Books - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:02am

Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. She says writing Dirty Work — about an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions — made her more sensitive to all sides of the debate.

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Muftic: GOP immigration votes an election-year gift

Local News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:21am
GOP House votes on immigration bills last Friday were a gift to Democrats, ensuring high Hispanic support for Democrats for years to come. In Colorado statewide races, the Hispanic vote is significant. More than 485,000 Hispanics, 12 percent of the electorate, are registered to vote. In 2012, President Obama got 75 percent of their vote. Several other battleground states also have large numbers of Hispanic (or Latino) voters, and they could determine the balance in the U.S. Senate. Two Colorado Republican congressmen bucked their party and voted no on the Republican bill. The impact is to deprive Democrats of some …

‘Bulletproof Vest,’ by Maria Venegas

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:31am
From Mexico to Chicago, from past to present, Maria Venegas confronts her gun-toting father’s violent legacy.

‘Remember Me Like This,’ by Bret Anthony Johnston

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:25am
In Bret Anthony Johnston’s debut novel, the rescue of a missing boy is only the beginning of his family’s healing process.

‘The Novel,’ by Michael Schmidt

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:25am
Michael Schmidt surveys 700 years of the novel, from Austen to Zola.

‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel,’ by Anya Ulinich

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:25am
The heroine of Anya Ulinich’s graphic novel goes on a campaign to rectify her woeful romantic inexperience.

‘Soldier Girls,’ by Helen Thorpe

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:24am
Following three women to Afghanistan and back home.

‘The Rush,’ by Edward Dolnick

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:22am
For tens of thousands of Americans who journeyed west, the gold rush offered a chance for a better life.

‘Lucky Us,’ by Amy Bloom

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 9:22am
Two sisters from Ohio reinvent themselves in 1940s America.

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