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  1. 'Star Wars' toys: Is BB-8 our last hope? No, there is another (Video)
    The Force is with Boulder's Sphero today as its toy version of BB-8, the rolling droid to be featured in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," makes its debut around the world. ( Read Greg Avery's story here.) But BB-8 isn't the only wookie in the woods when it comes to "Star Wars" playthings. In fact, Mark Boudreaux is the Jedi master of "Star Wars" toys, having designed them as far back as the first "Star Wars" movie in 1977. Bloomberg reports that Boudreaux has made every toy version of the Millennium…
  2. Genius of Janus Bill Gross on job numbers, markets and more (Video)
    Bill Gross, soothsayer-in-residence at Janus Capital Group, weighs in on the hot financial topics of the day in the Bloomberg video above. He speaks on Bloomberg's "Market Makers."
  3. Feds sign off on keeping NW Colorado coal mine open, meeting judge's deadline in challenge
    A northwest Colorado coal mine threatened with closure has gotten a thumbs-up from a unit of the U.S. Department of the Interior that reviewed the mine's environmental impact. Documents relating to the federal environmental review and approval of new plans governing the Colowyo coal mine near Meeker were filed with the U.S. District Court in Denver today, meeting the 120-day deadline imposed by a judge in May. The Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)…
  4. 'Speed of Wealth' founder McKelvy indicted in $54M Ponzi scheme
    Wayde McKelvy, 52, who ran the Denver-area "Speed of Wealth" business seminars several years ago that Denver Bronco legend John Elway once spoke at, was indicted Thursday in Philadelphia for his role in an alleged $54 million Ponzi scheme. McKelvy was indicted along with Troy Wragg, 34, and Amanda Knorr, 32, for allegedly bilking investors out of more than $54 million by conning them to invest in business ventures in real estate and “green energy.” The McKelvy saga isn't new: The Denver Business…
  5. What's it cost for a family of four to get by in Denver?
    Where's the cheapest place in Colorado to raise a family? It costs more than $71,000 a year for a family of four to get by in Denver, according to a new report. The Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator determined that the average two-parent, two-child family in the Denver metro area pays $1,259 monthly for child care, $960 for housing, $782 in food, $608 in transportation, $758 for health care, $717 in taxes and $841 in other necessities for a total of $5,925 per month, or $71,104…
  6. Chipotle targeted by sarcastic 'Chubby Chipotle' ad campaign
    New York Post readers this morning were greeted by a full-page ad in the newspaper poking fun at Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. The ad, "Chubby Chipotle," includes a photo of an overweight man, who says if you "eat two 'all natural' Chipotle burritos a week and you could gain 40 pounds in a year." The ad is paid for by "The Center for Consumer Freedom," and links to a website, ChubbyChipotle.com, which the Denver chain's "Food With Integrity" slogan is turned into "Food With Hypocrisy." The…
  7. DBJ Power Book 2015 finalists revealed
    The Denver Business Journal’s Power Book is an exclusive look at business leaders in 14 industry categories who were prominent in the news over the last year or who, in the newspaper staff’s judgment, otherwise deserve recognition for recent business accomplishments. The industry categories are accounting, banking and finance; architecture; commercial real estate; communication and media; construction and engineering; economic development and government; energy and natural resources; health…
  8. Disasters could drop Denver's GDP by $10.6 billion, says Lloyd's of London
    From a market crash to cyber attacks, Denver is vulnerable to a drop in its economic output from human and natural disasters of as much as $10.6 billion over the next decade. That’s according to a report from Lloyd’s of London, the world-famous the specialty-insurance market, called "Lloyd's City Risk Index 2015-2025." ( Click here to access it.) The idea of the study is that when a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake, a pandemic or a financial crisis, hits a city, it reduces its gross…
  9. More on the cover story: 3 views on getting an early start on STEM education (Video)
    To build a better workforce in Colorado, experts say we can't wait until college to steer kids into career paths to high-paying jobs. New efforts to get students ready for careers in the STEM fields — science, tech, engineering and math — are focusing on kids even before they get to college — and businesses are stepping up to help. Caitlin Hendee writes about "planting the STEM early" in this week's Denver Business Journal cover story. In the video above, three local experts chime in on…
  10. More on the cover story: Closing the student achievement gap
    Ninth grader Hayden stares ahead confidently as he describes the inner workings of a molecule and sums up why a plant grows. Hayden is a student at the Denver School of Science and Technology — a public charter school in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood — and wants to be a lawyer one day. He, along with about 20 other students, is already getting a picture of what that might look like during a job-shadow tour of Encana Corp.'s downtown Denver offices. The shadow is one of many programs conducted…