Homer, N.Y. -- Two teen boys talked as they fed the pigs at Luke Park's farm. The evening was cool for early summer. They didn't talk about girls or cars or parents. That night, like most, they talked about the farm they dreamed of starting together. They'd call it "Frost and Smith Dairy." It was July 1, 2015. Zane Frost was 17. Alex Smith was 14. Smith was the little brother Frost didn't have. Both boys had farming roots, but no family farm. They became friends working for Park. In the summer and after school, they fed the animals and mucked the stalls. They helped cut and bale the hay. And they talked about their dream to have farm of their own soon. That day, after imagining their future, Smith's life was cut short. He was lifting a hay bale, using equipment he was too young to operate, when something went terribly wrong in Cortland County, according to police reports. The boy, not yet old enough to drive, was found by the farmer, underneath a skid steer, a machine similar to a … [Read more...] about A boy, 14, found life and then his death on the farm; does someone have to pay?
Life and culture
Nonprofit arts and culture activity in the seven-country metro area reached a record $1.9 billion in 2017, supporting increased employment, capital spending and tourism, according to a new study from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. That’s an 8-percent increase since 2015, the last year the study was conducted, CBCA officials said. “It is a very specific slice of the state’s overall activity,” said Christin Crampton Day, executive director of the CBCA. “Can you imagine what those numbers would be if you were to look at it statewide, or include for-profit industries?” The CBCA study, released every two years since 1992, is based on data from the roughly 300 nonprofit arts organizations that comprise the Denver-metro area’s nationally unique Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. With a 1-cent-per-$10 tax, the voter-approved SCFD has for three decades supported arts and culture nonprofits in the metro area with funding … [Read more...] about Denver’s nonprofit arts and culture activity reached nearly $2 billion last year, new study finds
Boy George and Culture Club, "Life" (BMG) Like clockwork, every decade or two you can count on a Culture Club reunion album. In 1999, "Don't Mind If I Do" closed a 13-year gap and now, not even 20 years later, "Life" has arrived after long gestation and difficult birth. Thankfully, the whole band appears in good health and this 11-track baby has Boy George's deeper-but-wiser voice and no DNA tests are needed to recognize the contributions of Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass) and Jon Moss (drums). Pass the cigars. Setting a precedent for the 2029 compilation "Bono and U2 — Just the Hits," though probably not the 75th anniversary tour in 2037 of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones (no way Keith Richards acquiesces to that!), "Life" is credited to Boy George and Culture Club. What? Why? Huh? Initially expected as "Tribes" years ago, the band has chosen to record anew some of the tunes from that unreleased collection. "Runaway Train," once billed as a country-ish … [Read more...] about Review: Boy George and Culture Club make long-delayed return
By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took his entire team to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Oct. 21, while they were in town for their matchup with the Washington Redskins. Jones’ visit to the Black history museum caused some to speculate whether or not it was all just a public relations stunt, as a means to make himself more endearing to the African-American community. “PR gesture. Nothing more. Jerry knows how the media will run with this,” tweeted an NFL fan. TMZ stopped him outside the national mall to ask him straight up if his presence there was just for good publicity; the 76-year-old billionaire said no and that it was the players on the team that volleyed for the visit.“Well, I don’t think that the case. This is a player effort and our players wanted to do this,” Jones told TMZ. “It’s their great idea and we sure wanted to do it and be a part of it.” … [Read more...] about Was Jerry Jones Visit to the Museum of African-American History and Culture Just a PR Stunt?
Hints of cinnamon and cardamom drift through Kareem Alshami's Colorado Springs restaurant, bearing promises of kubba labannia, beef and chicken kabobs.The spices come from the Middle East, shipped especially for this slender man with curly, salt-and-pepper hair. Some of the delicious scents are readily identifiable, others more mysterious.He is asked what they are. A smile steals across his face."This is love — you know love? We put love into our ..." he says, before breaking into laughter, leaving secret the rest of his ingredients.Alshami fled originally from Iraq, escaping persecution for his religious beliefs. He's one of hundreds of refugees who have settled across Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region in the past several years.They typically live in relative anonymity — many work long hours at low-paying jobs, shuttling children to and from school and navigating the customs and culture of a new land. Many are families — some of them with … [Read more...] about Hundreds of refugees in El Paso County strive for a better life — and anonymity