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Plaza Voices: Driver's License and ID Updates

Image of a car

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card to those individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the U.S., beginning August 1, 2014.

"Black Man" - Who is Stevie Singing About?

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

I was listening to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life on our new record player recently and the track "Black Man" came on.  I have to admit that I didn't really know this one but it's great, just like the entire album is great.  

World Cup Drama - All those injuries!!

Neymar World Cup injury

Watching a lot of World Cup games has been and will continue to be a lot of fun and exciting... and entertaining.  I've heard a few groans about how there's way too much drama and bodies flopping all over the field.  It doesn't bother me too much and it certainly doesn't make me NOT want to watch as much as I can.  

Plaza Voices: World Cup

Carlos celebrates Brazil's score with his friends.

Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations. 

What they don't teach you in school: Life can suck

You know what I'm talking about. Jobs that are black holes; low pay; no benefits; never ending bills; unexpected expenses; debt; turmoil in your personal life... Geeezzz I thought school was terrible, but it has nothing on the reality facing you once you graduate. Bills, unexpected expenses, 90% of your life devoured by work, and oh yeah, if you're going to college, you might as well kiss your savings good bye, because collages are outrageously over-priced and those student loans you have to get are bloodthirsty vampires.

Plaza Voices: Refugees of Shangri-la

Bhutanese refugees in the Beldangi camp, Nepal

In April 2014, Smithsonian Magazine featured an article about a group of people you might not know much about: refugees from Bhutan.

Steve Jobs patented a staircase?

Steve Jobs Staircase Patent

Steve Jobs means Apple Computers basically. Think AppleII, Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, MacBook, iPod, iPad, iPhone.

I Have Health Insurance... Now What?

Image of insurance card - Courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield

Have you received your new health insurance card in the mail? Maybe a packet of additional information that leaves you with some questions? In Colorado, almost 135,000 of us enrolled in new health insurance through Connect For Health Colorado!

"We Didn't Start the Fire" - what is he singing about?

We didn't start the fire

Things seem to come in waves.  I read something the other day about Billy Joel flubbing the lyrics to his very own "We Didn't Start the Fire" and then slamming it for being the worst thing he's ever written.  It's definitely one of those tunes you can't get out of your head but who could possibly memorize all of it!  

Then I heard it on the radio or somewhere like that... who knows, could have been Spotify, a car driving by, Pandora, elevator music.  

Plaza Voices: And third place goes to...

German instruction materials available from DPL

Ben Blatt, a staff writer at Slate, has spent the last little while creating “viral maps” and writing articles about them online. Now, you may have never heard the term “viral map,” but if you spend any time on social media sites, you must have seen at least one of these fascinating and entertaining maps. 

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