In Colorado Springs, city council is beginning to look at the process to replace departing city manager Penelope Culbreth-Grath (KKTV). The city is also holding public meetings regarding the possibility of more budget cuts to public safety services (KRDO). The council has decided some community centers facing closure will remain open (KRDO). The Colorado Springs Business Journal reports that city officials are working on a proposal to lure Google to the area for a pilot program that would install a city-wide network of high speed broadband.

Pueblo Community College is looking to expand its Fremont campus (KRDO).

The Pueblo Chieftain reports the number of cattle in southeastern Colorado is growing, and that a workshop in Alamosa plans to discuss ways to use alternative energy on residential property.

 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · With the death of a Northern White Rhino in San Diego’s zoo this week, researchers are working to see if they can save the species. They’d better hurry — only five remain.
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · The Islamic State is not believed to be in the Gaza Strip. But a flyer in its name was recently sent around the territory. Both Israel and Hamas are trying to use it to their advantage.
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are revamping the Ebola suit. They’ve come up with a design that’s safer, cooler and easier to take off than the space suits currently in use in West Africa.
 

Arts & Life

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · Louis Zamperini was an Olympian before he enlisted in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Jolie says he told her to “make a film that reminds people that they have greatness inside themselves.”
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · As an African-American Annie arrives on movie screens, critic Bob Mondello looks at other cross-cultural reinventions, from Pearl Bailey’s Dolly to the Americanization of ‘Carmen’ as ‘Carmen Jones.’
 

December 17, 2014 | NPR · In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and ’30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.
 

Music

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December 17, 2014 | WXPN · Hailu Mergia, a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who lives in the U.S., will get you anywhere you need to go in our nation’s capital.
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · The World Cafe host’s favorite albums from this year abide by his mantra: they put good songs first, and present them simply and authentically.
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · The results are in! St. Vincent’s self-titled album was by far the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2014. On this week’s show, we count down the Top 25.
 

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