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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Rev Up For The 44th Avenue Rumble, May 12

Springtime marks the return of some of the Wheat Ridge community’s most popular activities, the 44th Avenue Rumble – Cruise and Poker Run among them.

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IN MEMORIAM:
Robert Autobee – Journalist and Historian

Robert “Bob” Autobee, journalist and historian, age 56, of Lakewood died in Corpus Christi, Texas, March 18, following a short illness.

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: Tattoo Artist Andee Liggett Brings Her Fine-Art Skills To Skin

Andrea Liggett’s tattoo studio is a bright feast for the eyes, with artwork of all kinds on the walls. Featured large are images of Marilyn Monroe and a corner shelf full of figures and buildings from “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: Farmers Play Ball At Rockies’ Coors Field

Wheat Ridge High School’s varsity baseball team got the special experience of playing on Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, for a non-conference exhibition against Monarch High School on March 23.

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Michelle Alexander’s new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” will be the focus of two January meetings of the Jeffco League of Women Voters.

The first will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Lakewood Public Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. The second meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m., at Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood.

An advocate and an intellect, Alexander insists that “the huge racial disparity of punishment in America is not the mere result of neutral state action.” She sees mass incarceration as a new front in the historic struggle for racial justice.

Next month, the club has chosen Supreme Court Justice Sonia  Sotomayor’s coming-of-age memoir, “My Beloved World,” for its February discussion group meetings.

“Anyone wondering how a child raised in public housing, without speaking English, by an alcoholic father and a largely absent mother could become the first Latina on the Supreme Court will find the answer in these pages,” wrote The Washington Post. “It didn’t take a village: It took a country.”

Two discussion groups will be held on the same book:  Saturday, Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m., at the Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood; and Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m., at the Golden Public Library, 1019 10th St., Golden.

All book club meetings are open to the public.

LWV Jeffco is a nonpartisan organization that neither endorses nor opposes candidates.

For more information call Lynne at 303-985-5128, visit www.lwvjeffco.org or www.facebook.com/LWVJeffco, or call 303-238-0032.