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Littleton nonprofit gives world’s only captive brown giant panda a new parent

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A Littleton-based nonprofit is the new adoptive parent of the world’s only captive brown giant panda.

A ceremony was held last week to honor the role of Pandas International at a research center for giant panda breeding in northwest China.

The panda, named Qizai, was born in 2009 but was only about 2 months old when he was abandoned by his mother — a traditional black-and-white panda — in a nature reserve in Qinling Mountains in central China, according to researchers.

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Colorado at the forefront of artificial intelligence, what it means for jobs of the future

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Liz Reynolds is the executive director of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future and says her job is to focus on the relationship between new technologies and how they will affect jobs.

“Colorado is at the forefront of thinking about these things,” Reynolds said. “All jobs will be affected by this technology.”

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2019’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Colorado

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Colorado is known for recreation: hiking, skiing, and camping, to name a few. But as any native of the Centennial State will tell you, Colorado is much more diverse than it seems. And it’s all that diversity that makes Colorado an ideal place to raise children.

Filled with mountains, plains, valleys, and deserts, Colorado boasts a much wider array of outdoor activities than most states. This abundance of natural beauty and fun has led to healthy living in the state: Coloradans are the least obese and most active people in the U.S.

Go to WalletHub for the full article and to see how Littleton compares to other cities in Colorado.

No Injuries in Early Morning Fire At “Uninhabitable” House

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LITTLETON, CO – Investigators are looking into the cause of an early-morning house fire in Littleton of a structure that had been cited for multiple code violations and was deemed “uninhabitable” by the city. No injuries were reported in the fire.

South Metro Fire Rescue responded to the fire at 6:15 a.m. this morning at 7874 South Windermere Circle. The home was significantly damaged, a press release said. SMFR marshals and Littleton Police detectives are conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire.

The City of Littleton released a timeline of the various code violations that had been reported for the property:

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Project Unsolved: Reward increased for suspects accused of killing Colorado snow plow driver in ’16

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LITTLETON, Colo. — Two kids growing up without their father continue to ask more questions about what happened to him. Jaime Villarreal was working a side job to help support his family in March 2016 when he left to plow snow after a storm and never came home.

“My daughter asks every day how come he’s not here, why other kids have their parents and their dad,” said Natasha Espinoza, Villarreal’s fiance.

It’s been three years since his murder and no one has been arrested. His loved ones recently contributed another $1,000 to the Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to a suspect’s arrest, bringing the total to $4,000.

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Lyft partners with local officials to offer $10 ride credits for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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DENVER — St. Patrick’s Day is a perennially popular event in Denver. Following Saturday’s parade, revelry can be found throughout the city, particularly in Lower Downtown.

Authorities are urging people to be safe while celebrating this weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation has partnered with AAA, the city of Denver, the Marijuana Industry Group and Lyft to provide free rides.

The groups are offering a total of $13,500 in free Lyft rides this weekend. People can sign up by taking a pledge through the CDOT website. After signing up, Lyft users will receive a $10 credit through their app. The credit can be used anywhere in Colorado until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

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