“This Town Ran An Illegal Debtor’s Prison For Years. Now It Has To Pay Back The People It Jailed.”


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Colorado Springs will pay back destitute people it illegally jailed because they couldn’t pay court fines, the city announced Thursday.

The city will also discontinue its debtor’s prison policy, which violated both the U.S. Constitution and a 2014 state law in Colorado. The system usually targeted non-jailable offenses like jaywalking, violating park curfews, or drinking in public. MORE

“Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)”


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Published on Jul 10, 2013

Ruth Etting (Nov.23,1896 – Sept.24,1978) was an American singing star of the 1930s, who had over sixty hit recordings.

Her signature tunes were “Shine On Harvest Moon“, “Ten Cents a Dance” and “Love Me or Leave Me“, and her other popular recordings included “Button Up Your Overcoat“, “Mean to Me”, “Exactly like you”, and “Shaking the Blues Away”.

Rising to fame in the twenties and early thirties, Ruth Etting was renowned for her great beauty, her gorgeous voice and her tragic life. She starred on Broadway, made movies in Hollywood, married a mobster, had numerous hit-records, fell in love and was known as America’s Sweetheart of Song.

Born in David City, Nebraska, Ruth left home at seventeen for Chicago and art school. She got a job designing costumes at a night club called the Marigold Gardens and when the tenor got sick, she was pulled into the show since she was the only one who could sing low enough. That led to dancing in the chorus line and eventually featured solos. Her career in costume design and art was soon forgotten.

The blond hair and blue eyes and stunning voice all led to her being dubbed the Sweetheart of Columbia Records, America’s Radio Sweetheart, and finally America’s Sweetheart of Song. She began to experiment with tempo and phrasing during this period in her career. Her trademark was to change the tempo – alternating between normal tempo, half-time and double-time to create and maintain interest.

Ruth Etting made her first record in 1926 and her last in 1937. Completely lacking in the performer’s ego, she called her early recordings corny and kept none of her original 78’s. In 1955 her story was made into a movie, ultimately nominated for six Academy Awards and winning the Award for Best Story.

Ruth Etting died on September 24 1978, in Colorado Springs.

Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me (1929)

“Transgender 6-year-old wins civil rights case to use girls’ bathroom”


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By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer, NBC News

Brennan Linsley / AP file With her face reflected in a mirror, Coy Mathis, left, a transgender girl, plays with her sister, Auri, 2, center, at their home in Fountain, Colo., on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Coy's parents are suing the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 after she was denied access to a girl's bathroom at her elementary school.
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With her face reflected in a mirror, Coy Mathis, left, a transgender girl, plays with her sister, Auri, 2, center, at their home in Fountain, Colo., on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Coy’s parents are suing the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 after she was denied access to a girl’s bathroom at her elementary school.

A transgender 6-year-old who identifies as a female should be allowed to use the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school even though she was born a male, the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled on Sunday

In a decision being hailed as a major victory by advocates for transgender Americans, the division concluded that the Fountain-Fort Carson School District created an unnecessarily hostile situation for Coy Mathis when it made the female bathroom off limits.

By not allowing Coy to use the girls’ restroom, the school “creates an environment rife with harassment,” Steven Chavez, the division director, wrote in the decision.

The school district, about 15 miles south of Colorado Springs, Colo., also showed “a lack of understanding of the complexity of transgender issues” by referring to Coy as a male or using quotes around “her” throughout the litigation, Chavez wrote.

The school district could not be reached for comment on the ruling Sunday.

Coy was born a male, but began at an early age to identify as a girl through toys and dress and started calling herself a girl between the ages of 4 and 6, according to the summary of the division’s ruling.

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