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Keeping up with the Springs' revolving door

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Thanks for picking up the Colorado Springs Independent, Comings and Goings Edition.

For whatever reason, this week brings all sorts of news related to unforeseen arrivals and departures. City Attorney Chris Melcher started it all when he announced that he was resigning his post, effective Jan. 31; our story describing all that hangs in the balance, both within the city-government sausage factory and outside it, appears here.

A day later, Bob Holmes of Homeward Pikes Peak announced that his program at the Aztec Motel — by all accounts, an important resource for local homeless people for a few years now — would close Nov. 15. That a new initiative is supposed to take its place doesn’t completely soothe the sting; you can find that story here.

And here you'll find that Colorado Springs' preeminent arts institution, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, will soon be saying goodbye to its leader. Sam Gappmayer, who's run the show for five years, is moving on before the end of the month.

The theme runs into the second half of the issue, too, from Appetite (featuring a food truck that just drove up) to Reverb (where Bill Forman shares a personal story about recently departed music legend Lou Reed).

In the middle of it all: the 2013 missive from Project Censored. That project returns for its 37th year detailing the news that went un- or undercovered in mainstream media. At least some things never change.

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