A new website offers state rankings of public schools as letter grades (Denver Post).

In Colorado Springs, three area school district earn the state’s top accreditation honors (Gazette). The Business Journal starts a three-part series on downtown rejuvenation*. Postal workers plan a rally today to show the effects of possible cuts (KKTV, KXRM). A homeless program is in danger of losing funding (KOAA). Police confirm the city’s 30th homicide (KOAA). And, in case you missed it, the task force for branding the city plans to scrap the “Live it Up!” slogan (CSBJ).

Officials say a new snow fence on Hwy. 160 between LaVeta and Walsenburg is effective (LaJunta Tribune-Democrat).

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AL.com/Landov
March 5, 2015 | NPR · The “Greatest Show on Earth” has been under pressure for years from animal rights advocates over its use of Asian elephants in its 5,000 annual shows.
 

AP
March 5, 2015 | NPR · Dozens of news organizations, including NPR, appealed after a judge issued the gag order in a criminal case involving ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
 

AP
March 5, 2015 | NPR · Bills concerning health care exchanges are pending in at least 16 states. The measures are split pretty evenly between ones that seek to bolster the exchanges and those that would impede or bar them.
 

Arts & Life

ABC
March 5, 2015 | NPR · It’s hard to predict where the complex American Crime might be headed, but it’s led by terrific performances and it’s tearing into some interesting issues.
 

March 5, 2015 | NPR · Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But creativity can take a big hit without a change of scenery.
 

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March 5, 2015 | NPR · The Devil in the White City author Erik Larson turns his attention to the sinking of the liner Lusitania almost 100 years ago — a turning point that helped bring the United States into World War I.
 

Music

KCRW
March 5, 2015 | KCRW · Deacon, known for his frenetic live sets, performs some of his most accessible material to date.
 

Courtesy of the artist
March 5, 2015 | NPR · Los Angeles songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez and his band smile their way through one of the sweetest songs we’ve heard in a while.
 

Courtesy of the artist
March 5, 2015 | NPR · This week, Alt.Latino plays songs sung in indigenous Latin American languages: Mapuche, Tzotzil, Guarani, Quechua and Tz’utujil from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico.
 

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