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Visit One News Page for Aurora news from around the world, aggregated from leading sources including newswires, newspapers and broadcast media. Search millions of archived news headlines. This feed provides the Aurora news headlines.
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    A top executive for one of the largest marijuana growers dishes on what could be in store. Reported by Motley Fool 4 hours ago.

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Colorado man who worked as an Alaska master hunting guide has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $35,000 for hunting violations. Alaska State Troopers say Thomas Shankster of Aurora pleaded guilty Monday in Aniak (ANN-ee-ak) to two counts of aiding in the commission of a violation and […] Reported by Seattle Times 23 hours ago.

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    The city of Aurora will streamline how fees are calculated for new building construction projects starting June 13. Reported by Denver Post 17 hours ago.

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    A lawyer from Myanmar who has worked to promote the rights of the country's persecuted Rohingya minority has been awarded the $1.1-million Aurora Prize for humanitarianism. Reported by 20 hours ago.

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    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who masterminded a scheme that fraudulently sought nearly $2.2 million in federal tax refunds has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Jaquon Mucsarney of Aurora earlier pleaded guilty to fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced Monday in Denver. Prosecutors say between January 2011 and January 2016 […] Reported by Seattle Times 16 hours ago.

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    There's more to this marijuana kingpin than meets the eye. Reported by Motley Fool 5 hours ago.

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    Aurora police are trying to identify an SUV driver who struck and killed a pedestrian early Monday morning before fleeing the scene. Reported by Denver Post 1 hour ago.

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    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Police say seven people were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in suburban Chicago. The shooting happened early Sunday in Aurora. Police say the shooters arrived on bikes or on foot and fired multiple times before fleeing. At least one person shot back. Police spokesman Dan […] Reported by Seattle Times 15 minutes ago.

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    Two entrepreneurs are bringing more co-working and shared office space to Chicagoland with the opening of new Office Evolution® locations in Lisle and Naperville, Illinois. Office Evolution® is a rapidly growing B2B franchise which offers co-working space, private office space, virtual offices and business services with more than 70 locations nationwide.

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (PRWEB) June 12, 2018

    Two entrepreneurs are bringing more co-working and shared office space to Chicagoland with the opening of new Office Evolution® locations in Lisle and Naperville, Illinois. Office Evolution® is a rapidly growing B2B franchise which offers co-working space, private office space, virtual offices and business services with more than 70 locations nationwide. The new office space brings the total franchise locations in the Chicagoland area to four.

    “We chose Office Evolution® from hundreds of franchises because the need for co-working is on the rise, especially between Chicago and the Aurora area,” said Joshua Shi, who opened the two new locations with his wife and business partner, Ashley Shi.

    Both locations are easily accessible off I-88, a main artery from the city of Chicago through the western suburbs. The two locations provide a place for budding businesses along the I-88 corridor to scale operations, or a convenient location to meet with clients outside of the city. Like all Office Evolution® locations, the shared office spaces will offer all-inclusive dedicated workspaces, hourly or day rentals of conference rooms and offices, phone answering, and business addresses. Members of Office Evolution® have access to the other locations and their amenities which include community kitchens, shared office equipment, free wireless internet, coffee, tea and a professional environment.

    The new Lisle location is part of the Corporetum Office Campus at 650 Warrenville Rd., Suite 100. It is a 7,800 square foot, first-floor co-working space which includes 27 private offices, a large conference room (for 10) and a small conference room (for 6). The location also offers access to an on-site fitness room, a 45-person training room and an on-site café in the building complex.

    The Naperville location is being rebranded from a former shared office space and is located at 1755 Park Street, Ste. 200. The 10,000 square foot space includes close proximity to restaurants and coffee shops and a picturesque balcony overlooking a fountain and pond for networking events.

    Both the new Lisle and Naperville locations are now offering early bird discounts on the first month’s rent. To learn more about Office Evolution® in Lisle, visit their website, Facebook and LinkedIn or call 331.215.4616. To learn more about Office Evolution® in Naperville, visit their website, Facebook and LinkedIn or call 331.215.4616.

    About Office Evolution
    Founded in 2003, Office Evolution is a Colorado-based national B2B shared office franchise offering co-working spaces, virtual office services and fully furnished offices and suites. The Company’s unprecedented growth has led to several prestigious recognitions including: a top franchise for 2018 by Franchise Business Review; ranking on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list; Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 two years in a row (2017 and 2018) and #4 on their 2017 Top New Franchises list. For more information visit the franchise at or LinkedIn. Reported by PRWeb 8 hours ago.

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    Aurora Cannabis Inc., the Canadian marijuana grower trying to complete the industry’s largest takeover, agreed to acquire yet another company as it races to expand its scale and reach ahead of legalization. Reported by Newsmax 3 hours ago.

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    The Crypto Report Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) will no longer allow its customer to purchase cryptocurrency using its credit cards, according to a report by Forbes. The US bank said that while it would continue to evaluate the issue, the decision was made due to the current risks associated with cryptocurrency. It’s not the first financial institution to ban crypto purchases. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) as well as Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) have all banned the purchase of crypto for the same reason. READ: Apple bans cryptocurrency mining apps on its iPhone, iPad devices File-sharing company BitTorrent Inc has been acquired by Justin Sun, the blockchain entrepreneur behind the TRON platform, according to a Variety report. Sun entered into negotiations with the software company in September 2017 and signed a letter of intent in January. When BitTorrent began talking with other bidders, the deal was suspended. Sun filed a temporary restraining order, but it was eventually dismissed. The financial details of the takeover have not yet been released but BitTorrent management and staff have been advised of the change in leadership. The Cann Report The North American Marijuana Index, which tracks the leading cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada, was down nearly 2%. Mayors from seven US cities have formed a coalition to remove marijuana from the federal list of illegal drugs, according to an ABC report. Elected officials from the marijuana-friendly cities of Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Sacramento are asking Congress to not only remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act but also to allow marijuana industry employers to benefit from tax deductions, help financial institutions to provide banking services and to extend legal access to medicinal marijuana for U.S. veterans. "As mayors of cities that have successfully implemented and managed this new industry, we have hands-on experience that can help Congress take the right steps to support other local governments as they prepare to enter this new frontier," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX:ACB, OTCQB:ACBFF) will acquire Anandia Laboratories Inc in an all-stock C$115mln deal. Anandia provides cannabis testing services and will continue to operate independently of Aurora. Shares of the Vancouver-based cannabis company were up nearly 2% to C$9.07. Reported by Proactive Investors 4 minutes ago.

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    Cannabis! Cryptocurrencies! The Daily CryptoCann is where we take a few minutes to focus on these two areas. Reported by Proactive Investors 10 hours ago.

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    This month we released five new safety refresher training courses. These courses, originally produced by Aurora Pictures, are all less than five minutes in length and are intended for refresher training for employees who have been through a full-length program.

    NOVI, Mich. (PRWEB) June 13, 2018

    This month we released five new safety refresher training courses. These courses, originally produced by Aurora Pictures, are all less than five minutes in length and are intended for refresher training for employees who have been through a full-length program.

    These courses cover important safety topics such as ladder safety, lockout tagout procedures and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). They provide a great overview for re-training, and can be used for new employee orientation, short safety meetings or remedial training for employees who are observed acting unsafely. There are employee and supervisor versions for each topic.

    The new titles include:
    -Ladder Safety Refresher for Employees
    -Ladder Safety Refresher for Supervisors
    -Lockout Tagout Refresher for Employees
    -Lockout Tagout Refresher for Supervisors
    -PPE Refresher for Employees

    All of Mastery Training Services’ VOD courses are published on the MasteryTCN™ courseware platform, which provides continuity in the learner experience from one course to the next. All courses on the platform play across all devices and browsers, giving users the ultimate flexibility for when and where they can access training assignments.

    Mastery Training Services offers a library of over 1200 video-based training courses, of which over 1000 are VOD courses, covering a variety of topics for organizations of all sizes, across industries. Most of Mastery’s library features HD video. If you are looking to train your workforce, click here.

    About Aurora Pictures

    Aurora Pictures produces and distributes video-based instructional, educational, training, and marketing materials. Aurora Pictures has produced award-winning programs for corporations and non-profits, as well as documentaries aired on PBS, Canadian and European television networks. They specialize in safety and human resources training programs.

    About Mastery Training Services

    Mastery Training Services is a leader in the corporate online training marketplace. We help organizations grow and become more successful with our comprehensive workplace training systems and services. In this way, Mastery fulfills its mission of helping build more successful, effective and amazing organizations. Reported by PRWeb 21 hours ago.

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    The Crypto Report All of the top five coins were in the red today. Ripple (XRP-USD) was the biggest decliner, falling nearly 8% to US$0.51. Bitcoin (BTC-USD) hit a four-month low, down more than 4% to US$6,269.77. Crypto exchange Coinbase has opened its cryptocurrency index fund to investors, setting its sights on institutional investors. The fund is open to accredited investors in the US looking to invest between US$250,000 and US$20mln, according to its blog post. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong pitched the fund to investors on Twitter, touting its broad range of crypto assets and low rates. Investing in Coinbase Index Fund is the easiest way to get exposure to a broad range get of crypto assets. Much cheaper than 2 and 20% charged by most crypto hedge funds, and you get new assets automatically added to the fund as they become available on Coinbase. No rebalancing. — Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) June 13, 2018 Last month, the company introduced four new products on an exclusive platform called Coinbase Prime to help investors transition from traditional markets. Coinbase said it is looking to launch more funds that will be accessible to all investors. The platform recently acquired securities dealer Keystone Capital Corp as it heads down the path to becoming an SEC-regulated broker-dealer. The Cann Report Medical marijuana establishments in Michigan will have to be careful what they call themselves after the state licensing board banned the use of 16 words and phrases, according to a report by Marijuana Business Daily. Businesses cannot refer to themselves as a dispensary, apothecary, pharmacy or drugstore. Those that do risk violating the Michigan Public Health Code, which restricts the use of those words to specific persons. Michigan also spells it “marihuana” after the word appeared without the letter J in an early statute and would need to change the law to change the spelling. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX:ACB, OTCQB:ACBFF) announced that it will complete a C$7mln investment into cannabis retailer Choom Holdings Inc (OTCQB:CHOOF). Aurora will receive more than 9.8 million common shares priced at C$0.71 per share, adding up to an 8% ownership interest. Choom has the rights to 17 retail leases in Alberta, seven leases in British Columbia and is looking to move into the Saskatchewan market. Shares of Aurora were up around 2.7% to C$9.10. Reported by Proactive Investors 13 hours ago.

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    AvenueWest Global Franchise, a company that focuses on developing locally owned and managed real estate brokerages specializing in managed corporate housing and real estate investment services, today announces the opening of its Denver South / DTC franchise based in Littleton, CO.

    LITTLETON, Colo. (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    AvenueWest Global Franchise, a company that focuses on developing locally owned and managed real estate brokerages specializing in managed corporate housing and real estate investment services, today announces the opening of its Denver South / DTC franchise based in Littleton, CO.

    Rob Mancey, the new franchise owner, has been utilizing AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing to service the needs of his clients since 2012. He is now combining his experience in relocation, finance, business development, government contracts, corporate housing and real estate sales as the 10th and newest AvenueWest Franchise.

    Rob is a passionate connector of people and real estate, and currently serves as the President and Chairman of the Colorado Canada Association. As a real estate broker his slogan is “My Connections, Working for You.” With his new AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing real estate brokerage he will have the opportunity to grow both his connections and his solutions. Through AvenueWest Denver South his office will support monthly corporate housing, un-furnished residential leasing, real estate acquisitions and investment real estate.

    With the growth of Metro Denver and the DTC, Rob has seen how essential corporate housing is to supporting the smooth and successful relocation of both companies and corporate employees. Rob has also seen first-hand the benefits of partnering with AvenueWest and is now excited to diversify his real estate business and build on the foundation that has already been established by AvenueWest since it was founded in Downtown Denver in 1999.

    Rob says the residential managed corporate housing market in the Denver South territory is ready for development to serve the lodging needs of businesses that are relocating professional talent to the area. With strong growth of companies like Charles Schwab, Western Union and Arrow Electronics on the East side of town and Lockheed Martin and the aerospace industry on the West side, there is high demand for professional corporate housing solutions.

    Rob also explains that Denver South is home to multiple hospitals like Children’s Hospital and Skyridge Medical Center where family members may need to be close to facilities for more than just a nightly stay in the local hotel. In addition there is an increasing demand from homeowners who have sold their primary residence and are waiting on the construction of a new home. It is essential for these families to find quality housing options in the right school districts and the right communities. They can’t imagine having their families live in a transitional extended stay hotel for 6 months at a time.

    “AvenueWest provides a respected national reputation and strong business systems that will help me grow a successful and professional corporate housing business. I’m excited for the opportunity to serve the real estate needs inside my community in a new and diverse way,” says Mancey.

    Angela Healy, the CEO of AvenueWest Global Franchise, says, "We're excited to have Rob join the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing team. He brings the knowledge, experience, energy and professionalism we desire to accelerate growth in the corporate housing industry. His business skills and real estate know-how will serve him well as he expands the AvenueWest services in the South Metro Denver area.”

    About AvenueWest Denver South / DTC
    AvenueWest Denver South / DTC will support monthly corporate housing, un-furnished residential leasing, real estate acquisitions and investment real estate in areas including Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Littleton and Highlands Ranch. Rob Mancey is the owner-operator for the AvenueWest Denver South franchise. Visit for more information. Mancey officially opened AvenueWest Denver South located in Littleton, CO on June 1st, 2018.

    About AvenueWest Global Franchise, LLC
    AvenueWest Global Franchise is a network of locally owned and operated real estate property management brokerages offering fully furnished and serviced residential properties. AvenueWest has been an award-winning name in corporate housing since 1999. Visit for more information. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour in the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri area from June 19, 2018 through July 8, 2018 featuring a brand new concert, Signs & Wonders!

    (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Along with energetic singing and dancing, the children will share inspiring stories of how their lives have been changed and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities. The show is an expression of joy from children who have been rescued after losing one or both parents to live in one of three Watoto villages. Their stories are journeys from despair to hope and from fear to faith.

    Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled the world, shining a light on the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each year, the choirs advocate for millions of African children currently orphaned by AIDS, poverty, and war. The children have performed before royalty and world leaders at venues including Buckingham Palace and the White House.

    The choirs are part of the leadership training program of Watoto Child Care Ministries, which currently cares for more than 3,000 children living in family settings rather than an institution.
    “I am excited to be a part of Signs & Wonders,” said Esther Kahangi, who was abandoned at a hospital and rescued by Watoto as a premature baby and spent her first weeks in critical care. “I know that I am a wonder because I am chosen by God as His child.”

    “What an extraordinary experience it is to see the Watoto Children’s Choir,” said Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. “It lights up the place to see these beautiful kids, and when you hear their stories and learn about where they have come from, you can’t help but think of all God has done.”

    The upcoming schedule of the Watoto Children’s Choir in the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri area includes the following performances:

    Vermont St UMC at 7:00pm
    818 Vermont Street, Quincy, IL 62301 - Contact: 217-222-7468

    Arthur Christian School at 7:00pm
    1637 State Hwy 133, Arthur, IL 61911 - Contact: 217-543-2397

    Friday Trinity Lutheran Church at 6:00pm
    701 E. Florida Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 - Contact: 217-367-8923

    Victory Church at 6:00pm
    18180 US Highway 150,    Bloomington, IL 61705 - Contact: 309-663-7233

    First Assembly of God at 8:30am & 10:15am
    800 East Vernon Avenue, Normal, IL 61761 - Contact: 309-454-2402

    Southside Christian Church at 6:30pm
    2600 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704 - Contact: 217-525-0304

    New Life Lutheran Church at 6:30pm
    702 West Lynn Blvd., Sterling, IL 60451 - Contact: 815-499-6552

    King's Dominion Int'l Church at 7:00pm
    11625 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60643        

    Wespath Benefits and Investments at 11:15am
    1901 Chestnut Ave., Glenview, IL 60025

    Christian Church of Clarendon Hills at 9:00am, 10:45am & 6:00pm
    5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514 - Contact: 630-323-3456 

    New Life Bible Church at 6:30pm
    2285 Hoisington Rd., Pecatonica, IL 61063 - Contact: 815-335-1405

    All Nations Community Church of Homewood at 7:00pm
    18620 S. Kedzie Avenue, Homewood, IL 60430 - Contact: 708-799-6910

    First UMC of Arlington Heights at 6:00pm
    1903 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 - Contact: 847-255-5112

    Hope Church at 10:00am
    5707 Wolf Road, La Grange, IL 60525 - Contact: 708-246-2780
    Faith Lutheran Church at 6:30pm
    3000 Liberty St., Aurora,    IL 60502 - Contact: 630-862-3500    

    Central UMC at 7:00pm
    639 N. 25th Street Milwaukee, WI 53233 - Contact: 414-344-1600

    Bethel Baptist Church at 6:30pm
    3300 Mt. Zion Ave., Janesville, WI 53546 - Contact: 608-754-8711

    Racine Church of Christ at 6:30pm    
    4649 Lora Street, Racine, WI 53402 - Contact: 414-241-0251

    Calvary Baptist Church at 6:30pm
    4605 W. Ely Rd., Hannibal, MO 63401 - Contact: 573-221-1404

    For a complete choir tour schedule, please visit

    About the Watoto Children’s Choir
    Since 1994, the Watoto Children’s Choirs have toured the world annually as advocates for the 18 million African children currently orphaned by AIDS. The experience of travelling on a choir helps the children to develop confidence and boldness, as well as broadening their worldview. The choirs have performed before presidents and royalty in the White House, Buckingham Palace, the United Nations and many other national parliaments.  The choir has also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in the UK and is featured on Chris Tomlin’s album, “Hello, Love.”

    About Watoto Child Care Ministry
    In 1994, Watoto Church founded Watoto Child Care Ministry, an international holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Uganda. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation.

    The model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education - formal and vocational, counseling and emotional well-being as well as moral and spiritual discipleship. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    Is this medical cannabis product big enough for two major marijuana players? Reported by Motley Fool 18 hours ago.

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    Researchers successfully target leukemia stem cells while leaving healthy blood stem cells unharmed, paving the way for "sea change" in the way we treat acute myeloid leukemia.

    AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) June 14, 2018

    Change is stressful. The change that a healthy blood stem cell undergoes to become a leukemia stem cell (LSC) is no exception – think of healthy blood stem cells as young professionals and the transformation into an LSC as having a child. Now these chronically frazzled LSCs need a special stress-relief technique above and beyond what they used to require. And the LSC equivalent of yoga and chardonnay is a process called mitophagy. LSCs desperately need mitophagy. Without it, they die.

    A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell identifies an essential switch that LSCs use to activate mitophagy. Think of AMPK like a babysitter – without it, there is no yoga or chardonnay. When researchers turned off AMPK, it was as if they had cancelled the babysitter and there was no mitophagy. Thus, without AMPK allowing the stress release of mitophagy, LSCs were very literally stressed to death. This would be bad for young parents of small children. But it points to a potential sea change in the way doctors treat acute myeloid leukemia.

    “The standard of care for acute myeloid leukemia hasn’t changed since the 1960s. This study, and the concept of targeting leukemia stem cells in general, could help us offer new treatments for this most common form of adult leukemia,” says Craig T. Jordan, PhD, investigator at University of Colorado Cancer Center, division chief of the Division of Hematology and the Nancy Carroll Allen Professor of Hematology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

    As you could probably guess from this article’s central analogy, it all comes down to energy. In your cells, mitochondria make energy. Mitochondria do something a little different in LSCs, but it is specifically the mitochondria that are stressed when a healthy stem cell transforms into an LSC (maybe think of mitochondria like your pocketbook?). What does an LSC do with these mitochondria that are stressed to the point of damage? It eats them – thus the term “mitophagy”.

    “In various situations, mitochondria may need to be destroyed. Really, it’s the mitochondria saying, ‘I need to eat myself.’ Typically, the reason they need to eat themselves is when they’re damaged,” Jordan says.

    Work in the Jordan lab by postdoctoral fellow and paper first author Shanshan Pei, PhD, shows there is another genetic player here, namely the gene FIS1. It directly turns on mitophagy. But FIS1 is also very difficult to manipulate. Luckily, AMPK turns on FIS1, which turns on mitophagy, and AMPK is much easier to mess with. And turning off AMPK turns off FIS1, which turns off mitophagy.

    “Leukemia stem cells require AMPK for their survival, but normal hematopoetic cells can do without it. The reason this study is so important is that so far nobody’s come up with a good way to kill leukemia stem cells while sparing normal blood-forming cells. If we can translate this concept to patients, the potential for improved therapy is very exciting,” says Jordan.

    In fact, Jordan points out the CU program is unique in its focus on laboratory and clinical research designed to specifically target cancer stem cells.

    “Over the past five years I’ve worked closely with Dr. Daniel Pollyea, the clinical director of our leukemia services, to create a bench-to-bedside program in which we only evaluate therapies with the potential to kill the heart of leukemic disease – the leukemia stem cell,” Jordan says.

    “We’re not aware of anyone else with this same focus,” says Pollyea. “In just the past couple of years, we’re beginning to see how targeting leukemia stem cells can have a huge impact on patient outcomes. It’s a truly exciting time for the field and our patients.”

    Additional studies describing drugs targeting leukemia stem cells have been submitted and are under review at other academic journals. Reported by PRWeb 16 hours ago.

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    Seattle and Washington state are fighting each other in court in an attempt to limit their respective liability for their years of dithering over who should fix the safety of the Aurora Bridge. Reported by Seattle Times 11 hours ago.

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    Aurora Stock Forecast
    One of the most aggressive marijuana companies in 2018 has been *Aurora Cannabis Inc* (OTCMKTS:ACBFF, TSE:ACB). The company has been buying up other businesses left and right, and is close to completing the biggest deal in the industry's history.

    These moves, if they all pan out, are going to do wonders for the Aurora stock forecast.

    Let's take a quick look at two of the most recent pickups for Aurora Cannabis Inc.

    There is, of course, the blockbuster deal to acquire* MedReleaf Corp *(OTCMKTS:MEDFF, TSE:LEAF), valued at.

    The post ACBFF Stock: 3 Reasons Aurora’s Acquisitions Makes Sense appeared first on Profit Confidential. Reported by Profit Confidential 6 hours ago.

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    Denver Realtor’s Larina McClain and Kelly VanHee, of The McClain Group at Madison & Company Properties, host the fourth bi-annual Birdies for Butterflies Golf Tournament to benefit the Butterfly Fund and raise awareness of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a life-threatening condition.

    DENVER (PRWEB) June 15, 2018

    Denver Realtor’s Larina McClain and Kelly VanHee, of The McClain Group at Madison & Company Properties, host the fourth bi-annual Birdies for Butterflies Golf Tournament to benefit the Butterfly Fund and raise awareness of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a life-threatening condition.

    Epidermolysis bullosa, often referred to as “The Worst Disease You’ve Never Heard Of,” is a rare genetic condition which occurs in only 1 in 50,000 live births. The condition has no known effective treatment or cure, with a life expectancy of roughly 15 years.

    The tournament’s honoree is realtor Larina McClain’s nephew, William ‘Lil Bill ‘ Vinson, who was diagnosed with EB in 2010. William initially appeared to be a very healthy little boy, but within a few short hours of life, he developed signs of a serious complication with his skin.

    Children with EB are known as “butterfly children” because their skin is as delicate as a butterfly’s wings. In severe cases, such as William’s, even the slightest friction can cause their skin to blister and tear. Most children with this condition must be wrapped in bandages 24/7, to protect their skin. It can take three adults up to four hours to change their bandages every other day.

    Despite his debilitating condition, William continues to bring joy into the lives of those who know him. “William is an angel. He smiles all the time despite the pain,” says McClain. “This tournament has changed people's lives, and there is never a dry eye in the room when people hear William’s story.”

    Though it started as a small event, The Birdies for Butterflies Golf Tournament has grown into one of the most popular and anticipated tournaments of the year. The event is run in shotgun/scramble-style, on one of the best courses in Colorado, Blackstone Country Club. It includes a banquet dinner, silent and live auction, putting contests and several prizes and awards.

    “I’m a full-time realtor and love my job,” says McClain. “But my real passion is being able to give back from my success and help this tournament and event grow! It is life changing and satisfying. We hope that people will learn more about this amazing story and be inclined to help.”

    Last year, tournament participants helped raise over $30,000 and McClain and VanHee hope to exceed that goal this year. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Butterfly Fund, a nonprofit charity helping provide a better quality of life to any child who suffers from a chronic and rare life-altering condition such as EB. The organization promises that 100% of the net proceeds from this event will go directly to assist those children and their families in the form of financial aid, food, housing, clothing, and care.

    This year’s golf tournament takes place on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Blackstone Country Club in Aurora, CO.

    To register for the event or find out how you can help go to

    About The McClain Group, Madison & Company Properties
    Larina McClain is the managing partner of Madison’s Cherry Creek office and broker associate at Madison & Company Properties, one of Denver’s highest grossing real estate firms. Along with her counterpart Kelly VanHee ,they focus primarily on the luxury market of Denver. The McClain Group is a recipient of 5280’s 5-Star award for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 based off of customer service and satisfaction, Platinum Excellence Award winner for 2016 and 2017 and top producers at Madison. For more information, please call (720) 275-9663, or visit

    About the NALA™
    The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA’s mission is to promote a business’ relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. The information and content in this article are not in conjunction with the views of the NALA. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361. Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    Organizers, tourism officials see the event evolving into a regional draw. Reported by bizjournals 6 hours ago.

    0 0 | Aurora directors in Gupta-VR Laser 'scam'‘Fake’ and ‘absurd’ offer of R250m to buy firm out of business rescue collapses. Reported by News24 12 hours ago.