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Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

IT’S LUNCHTIME, and Andy Levy doesn’t even need to see a menu. He orders his usual: a scoop of tuna salad in a tomato garnished with sliced cucumbers and onion. The portion isn’t huge, but Levy eats only half — slowly — and gets a to-go box for the rest.

That’s Andy Levy at age 57, and that’s how he’s lost a whopping 138 pounds over the past eight years.

Levy’s current, successful weight-loss journey began with a fateful visit with his internist in July, 2007, but his struggle with weight issues began around age nine or 10. He remembers it clearly and with a bit of humor:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )

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Bess Brown: 99 years with a smile

Bess Brown: 99 years with a smileColorado through Tulsa, Oklahoma via Texas. In 99 years, she’s traveled all over the world and back, whether by freighter, cruise or plane. Now Bess Brown enjoys a quiet life at Kavod Senior Living, where she’s been for the last eight years. Even Brown herself has only one word to describe her life: “blessed.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:31 )

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Soccer, the import sport, takes hold among Jewish kids

Soccer, the import sport, takes hold among Jewish kidsEvery four years, the world unites to watch the greatest tournament in sports: the FIFA World Cup. The world, that is, minus the United States. These days, however, the US seems to be more accepting and open to the game of soccer. Soccer goes by many names — futbol, the beautiful game, the world’s game — but here in the US, it’s always been soccer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )

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Five Colorado Springs women celebrate Bat Mitzvah

Five Colorado Springs women celebrate Bat Mitzvah“At age 76, I have my Bat Mitzvah degree. This is a big deal because I got married at a young age and didn’t go to college,” says Gloria Royne as she speaks on the bimah at Temple Shalom during a Shabbat morning service. “I have learned how to be a ‘card-carrying’ member of the Jewish community and now, I just might go to college!” Her granddaughter, Erica Rutherford, 25, of Denver, presented Royne with the tallit she wore at her Bat Mitzvah as her three grandchildren sat in the ...
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Colorado's pot czar: Navigating untested waters

Colorado's pot czar: Navigating untested watersAndrew Freedman, the first person in the world to bear the auspicious title of marijuana czar, occupies a barebones office in the Colorado State Capitol Annex building on Sherman Street. His official title is director of marijuana coordination for the State of Colorado, a new position he accepted in 2014 at the behest of Gov. John Hickenlooper. The czar moniker conjures up a distorted image of the man himself, who is as brilliant and commanding as he is affable, humble and congenial....
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