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THREE MORE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS RESIGN President Barack Obama is briefed about the Colombia prostitution scandal that has brought scorching criticism of agents’ behavior. »19A
Suncor taking aim at plume
CU’s efforts dwindle pro-marijuana crowd
Rally blows over
Landmark ruling. A black murderer’s death sentence is vacated because of racial bias in jury selection. »19A
A fountain and some underground walls focus on reducing benzene.
ROCKIES KICK OFF ROAD TRIP AT MILWAUKEE
On the heels of two straight home-series wins, Colorado hopes to keep the victories coming in a weekend battle with the Brewers. »denverpost.com
By Bruce Finley The Denver Post
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University of Colorado senior Jonathan Edwards is patted down after being arrested for trespassing on the Norlin Quad, which was closed Friday in an attempt to crack down on pro-marijuana activists at the school in Boulder. Hundreds still breached the campus borders to partake in the annual smoke-out. Joe Amon, The Denver Post By John Ingold and Jordan Steffen The Denver Post
he extraordinary measures taken by University of Colorado officials to stop a large, annual pro-marijuana smoke-up on campus half-failed Friday, as hundreds of protesters still breached the campus’ closed borders and lit up in unison on a field outside a physics lab at 4:20 p.m.
Loves his Avs. The team’s president is enthusiastic about the direction of his young club, even though it missed the playoffs. »1B
COMING SUNDAY United, divided: Many young voters are experiencing a collision of culture, theology and politics.
But the university succeeded in keeping the protesters off Norlin Quad, the centerpiece of campus where the gathering normally takes place. And the crowd for the event this year stayed small — several hundred participants and onlookers — instead of the 10,000 or more who have joined in the event in the past and smothered the area with marijuana smoke. CU police spokesman Ryan Huff said police made three arrests for trespassing and issued two tickets, one for trespassing and one for pot possession. Last year, Huff said, police arrested five and issued 23 tickets at the event.
commerce city» Suncor Energy is spraying Sand Creek water contaminated by its oil refinery into the air, trying to remove more cancer-causing benzene before the creek water flows into the South Platte River. This poses a regulatory dilemma: Is it worse to release benzene into the air or into the water? Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulators haven’t decided. “It’s an important balancing act,” spokesman Warren Smith said. “We want to protect both as best we can.” The latest test data show benzene concentrations in the South Platte River remain more than 30 times higher than the federal drinking-water standard of 5 parts per billion. In an attempt to reduce those levels, a diesel-powered pump pulls 500 gallons a minute out of Sand Creek and returns it to the stream in an aerial arc. The action is designed to free the benzene from the water before it lands back in the stream. Suncor officials want to install a larger pump, capable of aerating more contaminated water. “It’s important that we do the right thing for the environment,” said John Gallagher, vice president of refining for Suncor, Canada’s largest oil corporation, with operations worldwide. The fountain aeration — a temporary fix — is part of Suncor’s overall cleanup efforts following the discovery in November of an underground plume of hydrocarbon material from
Malia Knapp of Denver celebrates 4/20 with her friends at Civic Center, where several thousand people gathered Friday. Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post
“I am sorry for the loss of your son” At a routine hearing in which apologies are rare, bail is set at $150,000 in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. By Curt Anderson and Mike Schneider The Associated Press
sanford, fla.» A routine bail hearing for George Zimmerman took a surprising turn into remorse and explanation Friday when the neighborhoodwatch volunteer got on the witness stand and told Trayvon Martin’s parents:
“I am sorry for the loss of your son.” “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not,” Zimmerman said, marking the first time he has spoken publicly about the Feb. 26 shooting of the unarmed black 17year-old. ZIMMERMAN » 12A
George Zimmerman sits on the stand during his bail hearing in a Seminole County court Friday in Sanford, Fla. Gary Green, Getty Images pool
DIA TEST-DRIVES DETOUR ROUTES Signs and more police at the airport should help people navigate upcoming detours, a test run shows. »BUSINESS, 15A
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