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    Aurora Innovation is partly based in Pittsburgh. Reported by bizjournals 19 hours ago.

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    A suspect wanted on an attempted murder charge out of Federal Heights fired a shot at Aurora police officers in an exchange of gunfire on Monday night, police officials said. Reported by Denver Post 13 hours ago.

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    Canadian Marijuana Stocks Top Old Market Favorites
    We know that Canadian marijuana stocks are popular, but in a testament to just how much they've taken over the scene, we're seeing some of the top Canadian pot stocks overtake blue-chip companies in terms of trading volume. *Canopy Growth Corp *(OTCMKTS:TWMJF, TSE:WEED) and *Aurora Cannabis Inc *(OTCMKTS:ACBFF, TSE:ACB) were the fourth and fifth most-traded stocks on the S&P/TSX Composite Index over the past three months. The only companies with more trades? Banks.

    These two Canadian marijuana stocks saw more than $500.0-million trades in a day altogether, once again speaking to just how.

    The post Canadian Marijuana Stocks See Spike in Trading Volume appeared first on Profit Confidential. Reported by Profit Confidential 2 hours ago.

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    Amateur Canadian Astronomers Discover New Aurora by Accident - It's called STEVE and it's much different than the northern lights. A paper published in Science Advances in March documents a new aurora discovery named STEVE that was made by amateur Canadian astronomers.

    The post Amateur Canadian Astronomers Discover New Aurora by Accident appeared first on Adventure Sports Network. Reported by GrindTV 4 hours ago.

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    Two University of Colorado Cancer Center studies published in Clinical Cancer Research define genetic changes that allow ALK+ and ROS1+ cancers to resist treatment, and demonstrate the ability to detect these changes in patients using circulating tumor DNA.

    AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) April 11, 2018

    Targeted treatments have revolutionized care for lung cancer patients whose tumors harbor ALK or ROS1 alterations. Basically, cancers may use these genetic changes to drive their growth, but also become dependent on the action of these altered genes for their survival. Targeted treatments like crizotinib block the actions of ALK and ROS1, thus killing cancers that depend on them. However, when doctors target ALK or ROS1, cancers often evolve new ways to survive. After a period of success, targeted treatments against ALK+ and ROS1+ lung cancers often fail.

    A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published today in the journal Clinical Cancer Research provides an in-depth look at how these ALK+ and ROS1+ cancers evolve to resist treatment. A second study demonstrates the ability to identify these changes in patient blood samples, perhaps easing the ability to monitor patients for these changes that provide early evidence that treatment is failing.

    Unfortunately, the first study shows there is no single or even a dominant way that ALK+ and ROS1+ lung cancers change in response to targeted treatments.

    “If there were only one change that follows these treatments, we would know that when treatment fails, we should switch to another, defined treatment,” says Robert C. Doebele, MD, PhD, director of the CU Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Research Initiative. “However, rather than providing a path of action, this study throws down a challenge: There’s a lot of stuff we’re not looking for or don’t even know how to look for, but might be treatable if we knew how to look for it.”

    Doebele worked with CU postdoctoral fellow Caroline McCoach, MD (now an assistant professor of medical oncology at University of California at San Francisco), to examine tumor samples of 12 ROS1+ patients and 43 ALK+ patients that had evolved to resist targeted treatment. As expected, a percentage of these samples showed genetic changes somewhat similar to the original causes – ALK and ROS1 are both “kinases” that can control the expression of other genes. In one of the 12 ROS1+ samples and 15 of the 43 ALK+ samples, new kinases had been altered to allow treatment resistance.

    In the researchers’ opinion, these are encouraging cases because, “these kinase mutations are the easiest to detect and, conceptually, the easiest to treat,” Doebele says. This ease of detection and possibility to treat kinase mutations with drugs similar to those that already treat ALK+ and ROS1+ lung cancers have led researchers to focus on these changes.

    “But we found a lot of stuff besides kinase mutations,” he says. “What we’re trying to say is that resistance happens in a lot of different ways and we need to be thinking about all the genetic and non-genetic changes that can occur.”

    For example, one ROS1+ cell line had no identifiable genetic changes. Genetically, the cancer should have remained sensitive to treatments targeting ROS1. But functional analysis showed that the known breast cancer driver, HER2, was creating drug resistance in this cell line.

    “On one hand, the panoply of resistance mechanisms that can occur is incredibly frustrating. You’re taking a small population of patients and further subdividing them into many other resistance mechanisms. How do we attack that, respond to that resistance when every patient is a little different?” Doebele says. “But on the other hand, though we are learning that resistance is really complex, the more we look and the better our tests are at capturing different types of alterations, the more we are able to target these resistance mechanisms. That’s incredibly exciting.”

    A second paper, published as a companion to the first, shows that once resistance mechanisms are defined, doctors may be able to test lung cancer patients for these changes by sifting blood samples for DNA signatures released by cancers.

    “Basically, we show that circulating tumor DNA or ctDNA can show us what’s driving the cancer at any given point,” Doebele says. “In theory, this strategy gives us an alternate method to spot these changes without having to do a biopsy.”

    In addition to being less invasive, the use of ctDNA to monitor a cancer’s genetics saves time. “Due to the time it takes to schedule a biopsy and then the two weeks it takes to run a tumor test, using ctDNA instead can save patients a week or more.” Knowing when a mechanism of drug resistance has evolved can ensure that patients have the opportunity to explore new treatment options as soon as possible.

    Testing ctDNA in blood also allows researchers to take an overall sample of cancer genetics, rather than being limited to a snapshot of genetics from a single site of biopsy, “possibly giving us a broader picture of what’s going on,” Doebele says. However, this and other studies show that ctDNA has somewhat reduced sensitivity compared with biopsy and, “we may miss things,” Doebele says, implying that analysis of ctDNA may be an appropriate strategy to monitor tumor evolution in addition to but not instead of biopsy.

    The current paper used the ctDNA test Guardant360 to explore blood samples of 88 ALK+ lung cancer patients, showing the partner genes that “fused” with ALK to cause cancer (including EML4, STRN and others). Thirty-one of these patients were tested again at the time their cancer progressed after ALK-targeted treatment. In 16 of these blood samples, researchers found that the ctDNA test was able to identify ALK resistance mechanisms.

    “There’s been a huge focus on kinase mutations,” Doebele says. “But not everything is driven by a simple mutation. A focus on broader testing and on new methods of broad testing will help us widen our net to catch these other changes that are driving resistance to ALK and ROS1 targeted treatments.” Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    Chapter and council leaders of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) are preparing to gather Wednesday, April 18, for the association’s largest annual grassroots advocacy event: Storming the Hill.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (PRWEB) April 11, 2018

    Chapter and council leaders of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) are preparing to gather Wednesday, April 18, for the association’s largest annual grassroots advocacy event: Storming the Hill. Divided into teams to visit their states’ legislative delegations on Capitol Hill during the day-long event, they will set out to engage nearly all 535 senators and representatives regarding two important legislative priorities:

    1) Ending reduced pay for Chapter 61 retirees. Chapter 61 retirees have been medically retired prior to reaching a 20-year service career with a disability rating of 30 percent or greater. The term “Chapter 61” comes from the corresponding chapter in Title 10 U.S. Code that covers disability retirements.

    MOAA’s position is that all eligible servicemembers should receive both retirement and disability compensation, which is not the case for Chapter 61 retirees. MOAA supports legislation currently introduced in Congress, in particular H.R. 333, introduced by Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), which addresses both the Chapter 61 issue and MOAA’s wider legislative priority regarding concurrent receipt.

    “MOAA's long-held position is that career servicemembers earn retired pay by service alone, and those unfortunate enough to suffer a service-caused disability in the process should have any VA disability compensation added to — not subtracted from — military retired pay,” says Col. Mike Barron, USA (Ret), director of currently serving/retired affairs, MOAA Government Relations.

    MOAA’s website has more information about its position on Chapter 61 retiree pay.

    2) Maintaining military pay and benefits in order to recruit and retain an all-volunteer force. MOAA supports maintaining the military pay and benefits essential to recruiting and retaining the high-quality all-volunteer force necessary to meet the nation’s security and warfighting requirements now and in the future. The president’s proposed 2.6-percent pay raise, as aligned with the Employment Cost Index (ECI), is the largest in nine years, but still just keeps pace with private-sector wage growth for this upcoming fiscal year, leaving the military behind civilian wage growth by, coincidentally, the same margin — 2.6 percent. The only way to close this cumulative gap is to raise military pay above the ECI, as Congress did between 2000 and 2010.

    “The move to an all-volunteer force has been successful beyond measure,” says Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret), vice president of MOAA Government Relations. “Despite unyielding demands on our men and women from all quarters of our country and beyond, our nation’s military remains peerless. We will continue to try and educate the few who believe our all-volunteer force is overpaid and can afford to bear some of the costs of readiness and other programs.”

    MOAA’s website has more information about its position on military pay.

    Media inquiries
    Follow MOAA’s online coverage of Storming the Hill 2018, including news updates, photos, videos, and more. For live updates on the day’s events, follow MOAA on Instagram at @MOAAStorms or on Facebook. Supporters of the event — on the ground and at home — will address tweets @Military Officer and @MOAAStorms, using the hashtag #WhyIStorm and #MOAAStorms.

    MOAA members from all 50 states will participate. To contact a member from your state or hometown, please contact Alan English at


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    About MOAA:
    Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest military officers’ association with more than 350,000 members from every branch of uniformed service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers. For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    Well-funded Aurora plants its flag in new Lawrenceville building by RIDC, joining Uber Advanced Technologies Group and Argo AI to bolster the autonomous vehicle industry in city's Robotics Row. Reported by bizjournals 2 hours ago.

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    Orion Span is planning to launch a luxury space hotel in 2022. Although this timescale sounds a bit unrealistic, the company mentions that 4 months worth of bookings were sold out in just 3 days after they started accepting reservations. 

    Staying at the Aurora Station is expected to cost you $9.5 million for a 12-day trip. Read more...

    More about Space, Mashable Video, Vacation, Aurora, and Hotel Reported by Mashable 3 hours ago.

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    The cutest HVAC vent blockage of all time -- a 10-day old Cane Corso puppy -- has been cleared and safely returned to his mom's paws thanks to Aurora police and fire crews. Reported by Denver Post 1 hour ago.

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    Award Recognizes Laura Dechant as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference

    AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) April 14, 2018

    American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association named Laura Dechant, a nurse with Swedish Medical Center, as a Colorado Health Care Star Award winner. This award recognizes Dechant as an exceptional health care professional.

    Colorado Health Care Stars is a statewide health care professional award recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge industry professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.

    Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HCA’s HealthONE, is an acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, caring for more than 200,000 patients annually. It is an eight-time winner of the NRC Health Consumer Choice Award.

    Laura Dechant exemplifies the care received by patients at Swedish Medical Center from the more than 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,400 physicians. Dechant serves as the Director of Orthopedics.

    According to Brian Thomas, Vice President, Orthopedics at Swedish Medical Center, Dechant “has dedicated her life to not only improving the lives of her patients, but more importantly, helping to develop the next generation of nurses. You would be hard pressed to find an individual that is as committed as Laura to building an army of extraordinary nurses with the skills and compassion needed to care for our future patients. Laura is building a legacy that will go on to impact millions of lives through her efforts to build the next generation of great nurses.”

    Thomas adds how Dechant has earned the respect of her almost 50-person team through her dedication and support: “Laura is in early and stays late - not because it is required of her position, but rather, because she is committed to her team and her staff and wants to be sure they have the support they need to be the best nurses in our hospital.”

    “Committed health care professionals like Laura have an immense positive impact on Colorado healthcare and inspiring future generations of nurses,” says Michael Rickart, Vice President of Partner Engagement for American Sentinel University. He adds that “we are honored to recognize her as a Colorado Health Care Star.”

    Nominate the Next Colorado Health Care Stars Winner
    Nominate an exceptional clinical professional. Complete the nomination submission form at

    Each month the Colorado Hospital Association draws from the pool of nominees and chooses an individual who will be featured the following month on the Colorado Hospital Association Career Center website, receive a $100 Visa gift card courtesy of American Sentinel University and be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a monetary scholarship toward an accredited health care certificate or degree at American Sentinel University.

    Learn more about American Sentinel University’s online degree programs at or call 866.922.5696.

    About American Sentinel University
    American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, M.S. Information Systems Management, and M.S. Business Intelligence and Analytics). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

    For required student consumer information, please visit

    About the Colorado Hospital Association
    The Colorado Hospital Association represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. The Colorado Hospital Association partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide. Reported by PRWeb 15 hours ago.

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    A woman is dead after succumbing to a gunshot wound early Saturday morning in Aurora, police said. Reported by Denver Post 7 hours ago.

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    The Art-n-Transit program has been sprucing up the areas Coloradans use to come and go for more than 20 years, but the investment along Aurora's R-line light trail track that opened in 2017 is considered "astounding" by RTD's standards. In addition to the $610,000 commitment RTD put toward the transit public art, the city ponied up $894,000 toward the project. Reported by Denver Post 10 hours ago.

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    Pathways Bioscience releases PB125™ into the US market. PB125™ is a new dietary supplement formulated to rebalance cell protection mechanisms and was developed by utilizing Pathways Bioscience’s Nrf2.0™ technology.

    AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) April 16, 2018

    Pathways Bioscience LLC, a bioscience company focused on discovering and developing dietary supplements and pharmaceutical products that act on gene transcription pathways, announced today that it has launched its PB125™ dietary supplement product for sale in the US market. PB125™ activates the Nuclear Factor, Erythroid 2-Like-2 (NFE2L2, also known as Nrf2) transcription factor pathway, which regulates the expression of a large group of cell protective and anti-inflammatory genes.

    “We are thrilled to make our next generation Nrf2 activating dietary supplement PB125™ available to US consumers,” said President and CEO of Pathways Bioscience, Brooks M Hybertson, PhD. “We have worked hard in our laboratory over the past few years to develop our Nrf2.0™ Technology and we have utilized that new knowledge to create our PB125™ dietary supplement.”

    Pathways Bioscience was launched in 2014 to pursue R&D on ways to support healthy aging by influencing transcription factors and gene expression and to develop new products based on their work. They have already hit several important milestones based on their work on the Nrf2 pathway. In 2017 another one of their Nrf2-activating formulations that they developed using Nrf2.0™ Technology, PB123™, was licensed and launched into the market in Mexico by their partner Activz Global, LLC. Also in 2017, Pathways Bioscience was the recipient of two SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants from the US National Institutes of Health to develop approaches to improving health outcomes by influencing Nrf2 activation and Nrf2-dependent gene expression.

    The scientific leader of Pathways Bioscience, Dr. Joe M McCord had this to say, “We have learned a great deal about the Nrf2 transcription factor pathway in the past few years, much more than we knew ten years ago. This new information about the steps in the activation of Nrf2 and enhanced expression of cell-protective genes led us to decide to develop PB125™ as a new, next-generation, Nrf2-activating dietary supplement to support healthy aging.”

    About Pathways Bioscience
    Pathways Bioscience LLC is a bioscience company focused on discovering and developing new agents, both small molecule drugs and dietary supplements, that influence gene expression pathways and exert beneficial effects, with particular emphasis on the Nrf2 transcription factor, known as the master regulator of cell protection mechanisms. These activities are based on the concept that the best way to improve healthspan and overcome the health and wellness problems associated with aging is to support the body’s own defense mechanisms that allow it to protect and rebalance itself. The company's headquarters are in Aurora, Colorado. For further information regarding Pathways Bioscience, LLC, please visit the Company’s Website at Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    A daily roundup of business awards, deals, openings and more. Reported by bizjournals 9 hours ago.

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    Campaign cash continued to flow into Colorado’s 6th Congressional District in the first three months of 2018, with U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, raising roughly $464,000 to the nearly $365,000 netted by Democratic challenger Jason Crow, according to federal records. Reported by Denver Post 8 hours ago.

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    Featuring An Incredible Lineup of Female Blockchain Experts from NYIAX, Borsetta, The Global ICO Association, ShapeShift AG and Global Women in Blockchain

    GOLDEN, Colo. (PRWEB) April 17, 2018

    Global Blockchain Summit, the premiere event featuring all things blockchain, hyperledger, distributed ledger, ethereum and fintech, converges upon Aurora, CO this April 19th-20th at The Summit Conference and Event Center, just a short drive from downtown Denver.

    The featured event at the Summit is the ‘Women In Blockchain’ panel, which places the event’s focal point on diversity, equality, and women who are leading in this growing space. The panel will feature female prominent blockchain and distributed ledger experts from all over the globe. Speakers include:

    ** Carolina Abenante, Founder of NYIAX
    ** Pamela Norton, Founder and CEO of Borsetta
    ** Youngsook Park, Co-Chair of the Global ICO Association
    ** Emily ShapeShift, CMO of ShapeShift AG
    ** Nina Nichols, Founder of Global Women in Blockchain
    ** Lindsey Galloway, CMO, Rebel AI
    ** Kristen Ragusin, Founder, Jai Bolo Project

    The 2018 Global Blockchain Summit is sponsored in part by Savvy Technologies, Esprezzo, Dash, Decent, Husch Blackwell, Colorado Blockchain Capital and many more. Media partners include BTC Media, the first dedicated media outlet for digital currency and publisher of Bitcoin Magazine, and, and Cast Influence's InfluenceNow Podcast, the official podcast of the Summit.

    Summit Details:
    Thursday April 19, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018
    The Summit Conference and Event Center
    411 Sable Blvd. N. Aurora, CO 80011
    Google Map

    Panel Details:
    Friday, April 20th, 10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
    The ‘Women In Blockchain’ Panel will be in Genesis Room at The Summit Conference and Event Center.

    Tickets to Global Blockchain Summit are $799 for both days and $499 for one day. Students and government officials can purchase two day passes for $499 total.

    Attendance is limited to 400 people. To register with a $50 discount, visit and use code PR. For sponsorship information, please contact

    About Global Blockchain Summit
    Global Blockchain Summit is a gathering of experts from every corner of the world to share knowledge and insights about blockchain, the advanced technology that is changing how the world interacts in the global economy. Taking a deeper dive- beyond cryptocurrencies and ICOs, distributed ledger technology supports initiatives that enable people to have more direct control over their identity, assets, accounts, and online interactions. The Global Blockchain Summit is a conference that aims to encourage meaningful interactions between speakers, experts, participants, and entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @gblockchain1. Reported by PRWeb 9 hours ago.

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    RLPSA event will cover investigating sexual harassment claims, tackling the opioid epidemic, how employees steal from restaurants and more

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) April 17, 2018

    The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) will host a free, one-day workshop specifically for restaurants and the food industry Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.    The agenda features leading experts on investigating sexual harassment, tackling the opioid epidemic, the latest scams in employee theft, and more vital topics to restaurant and food operations.

    Other valuable sessions include:
    “DoorDash, GrubHub, UberEats…Oh My! Are you thinking of the legal ramifications for both internal drivers and third-party delivery companies?” presented by David Donna, Hospitality Lawyer, Donna Law Firm

    “Outsmart Crime: A Panel Discussion” by Basia Pietrawska, Vice President, Crime Intelligence Analysis, CAP Index and Detective Michael A. Thrapp, Aurora Police Department, FAST/FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets and Nathan Bandaries, Lead District Asset Protection Manager / Organized Retail Crime Manager, Denver Division of Albertsons Companies

    “Guarding Against the Viral YouTube Moment” Jeff Sweetin, EVP of Operations for ATHOS Group and former law enforcement officer with a career spanning more than 30 years, including serving as the Director of Training and the Special Agent in Charge at Quantico for the DEA in Washington, D.C.

    “He Said, She Said: How to Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims” by Wayne Hoover, CFI, Owner, Vice President of CFI Programming, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

    “Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: Actionable Strategies for Protecting Your Restaurant”
    William Warren, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge, Denver Division and John Partridge, DEA Office of Diversion Control

    “Burning Down the House: Employee Edition. Protecting Your Business, Brand, People, and Profits” presented by Kevin Milner, Director of Audits for Envysion and Certified Internal Auditor with more than 15 years of audit and loss prevention experience at marquee chains like Einstein Bros. Bagels

    This workshop is free to all restaurants across the country through the generous support of our sponsors: Amphion, InstaKey, Guardian, Envysion, CAP Index, Stanley Security, ATHOS Group and Off Duty Services.

    Seating is limited so register today by emailing your name, title, and restaurant to Executive Director Amber Bradley at

    About the Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association
    The Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) is the nation’s only trade association dedicated to loss prevention, security, and risk management professionals in the restaurant and food service industry. As a member-run organization, the mission of RLPSA is to provide a conduit for knowledge on the hottest industry trends, and to connect a network of peers who understand the unique challenges of the job and collaborate to drive the next generation of solutions.             
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    Zack Golditch was shot during the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012. Although, he did not let the incident deter him from following his dream of playing football.

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    For so much of his career at Colorado State, OT Zack Golditch wanted to be known playing football. Instead, he became known as a victim of the Aurora theater shooting.

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    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago police have released video clips and photos of a March shootout that wounded two officers and killed a 36-year-old man. Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli says the department released the images Tuesday “to be as transparent as possible during an open and complicated investigation.” Santiago Calderon of Aurora died […] Reported by Seattle Times 1 day ago.

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    For so much of his career at Colorado State, OT Zack Golditch wanted to be known playing football. Instead, he became known as a victim of the Aurora theater shooting.

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    Police arrested Shaun Davis on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the death of a woman who showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds. Reported by Denver Post 14 hours ago.

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    Fig Factor Foundation board members, participants travel to Aurora, West Chicago and Berwyn

    AURORA, Ill. (PRWEB) April 19, 2018

    Embarking on an inspirational journey, several young Hispanic girls and women and board members of the nonprofit Fig Factor Foundation traveled to Aurora, West Chicago and Berwyn to witness local officials and dignitaries proclaim Young Latina Day on April 11.

    The foundation’s mission is to provide educational leadership platforms, mentorship and meaningful and empowering activities to Latinas ages 12 to 25. Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO of JJR Marketing, formed the foundation in 2014.

    The first stop was at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s (IMSA) IN2 Innovation Hub where Christian Gutierrez, director of Latino affairs from the office of the Governor, Bruce Rauner, presented to Camacho-Ruiz a certificate of excellence to honor and recognize the foundation’s work in the Hispanic community. Overcome with emotion, she shared this award with the board members.

    “What an incredible honor,” she said. “This certificate is about all of us—the work, the love and the countless hours to get to this moment. To create the foundation, we needed the creativity, innovation inspiration and hard work. Today, we see the physical manifestation and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing that we could make an impact in the lives of young Latinas. If we take the time to say to a young Latina that ‘I believe in you’, we will see her potential go through the roof.”

    One of those Latinas was Berenice Diaz, a 2016 foundation graduate. Through the foundation’s six-month program, Diaz connected with her mentor Fig Factor Foundation Vice-President Luz-Marie Caro who helped her realize her dream of becoming a stand-up comedian and actress. Diaz, formerly of Prospect Heights, moved to California to attend school and launch her career and hopes someday to be a mentor.

    “Before I joined the program, I would think negative thoughts, I wasn’t motivated and I would be down on myself,” Diaz said. “In the program, I met my mentor Luz-Marie. During those six months, I would meet her once a month with two other girls. We would make vision boards and talk about our lives and goals. Those experiences motivated me because I had a vision and a goal.”

    The next destination was the Mexican Cultural Center-DuPage in West Chicago, a nonprofit organization which promotes cultural, ethnic and civic activities to educate the city’s Mexican community and its residents. Fernando Ramirez, the center’s director, and West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda welcomed the group as they toured the museum.

    The final visit was to Berwyn Police Department where the group met with the city’s first Hispanic Alderman Alicia Ruiz of the 6th Ward. Ruiz also hosted a question and answer session with a panel of three local successful Berwyn Hispanic businesswomen who came from the political, nonprofit and beauty spa professions.

    Board member Ximena Atristain Abigurra was very appreciative of all the efforts that made this special day possible.

    “The greatest thing is that each of us is unique and has a special talent when combined made for an amazing event,” she said.

    Camacho-Ruiz thanks the following businesses for their support of this event. The silver sponsors were State Farm Brian Pool Agency, Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Nexus Employment Solutions Plus, Inc., Corporate Connection Consultants, Quality Logo Products and Ramos Tax and Services. Bronze sponsors were The Granite & Marble Depot, C.B. Colin Landscapes, Ponce Reyna Insurance, Marsal Avila Law Group and Tax Time Services. Marketing partners were Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, IN2 Innovation Hub, JJR Marketing and Mexican Cultural Center-DuPage.

    For more information about the Fig Factor Foundation, visit

    About Fig Factor Foundation:
    The Fig Factor Foundation’s mission is to become a powerful catalyst for Latinas aged 12 – 25 to pursue their dreams by providing educational leadership platforms, mentorship and powerful experiences through a context of sisterhood. It was founded in September 2014, after six months of hard work to assemble the team, the program, build infrastructure and raise initial funding. Their positive impact was immediately felt at smaller local events and provided the impetus to grow. The foundation’s goal is to implement the program nationwide before expanding globally. Learn more about the foundation at Reported by PRWeb 7 hours ago.

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    Less than two years after Coloradans approved a significant hike in the state’s minimum wage, legislators took their first steps Wednesday in trying to raise salaries for low-wage state residents again, advancing a bill that would allow local governments to enact base wages higher than the levels mandated throughout the state. House Bill 1368, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Jessie Danielson of Wheat Ridge and Jovan Melton of Aurora, faces an uncertain future after the House Local Government Committee… Reported by bizjournals 1 hour ago.