DENVER — Here are your 10 Things to Know for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.
1. Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle on E470
The Colorado State Patrol closed E470 between Jewell and Quincy avenues after a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian on the highway.
2. Colorado becomes first state to fund research to show benefits of medical marijuana
Colorado became a pioneer in funding research that shows the benefits of medical marijuana when the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved more than $8 million to pay for several research projects.
3. Parents charged after 3-year-old daughter tested positive for pot
Two Denver parents have been charged after their daughter tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
4. Law enforcement officers from across Colorado visit kids at Children’s Hospital
It was a very merry early Christmas at Children’s Hospital Was hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state brought gifts to patients.
5. How parents can protect themselves from illness while caring for children
With news of the mumps affecting a NHL players, some worry that childhood diseases are on the rise, but that’s not the case in Colorado, where there’s more of a concern about the cold and flu.
6. Colorado mom develops app to help you save money on groceries
A Colorado mother has developed a new app that anyone who likes to save money at the grocery store will want to try.
7. Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ after major theaters pull out
Sony said it would cancel next week’s planned release of “The Interview” after most of the country’s largest theater chains had decided not to show it.
8. Obama, Castro hail new U.S.-Cuba relationship
President Barack Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation, a policy shift he called the end of an “outdated approach” to U.S.-Cuban relations that, “for decades, has failed to advance our interests.”
9. Judge throws out teen’s murder conviction 70 years after his execution
A judge has vacated the conviction of a 14-year-old boy who was executed for allegedly killing two girls some 70 years ago in South Carolina.
10. Woman with the name of man’s ex-girlfriend gets free around-the-world trip
Jordan Axani planned to travel around the world with his girlfriend Elizabeth Gallagher, until they broke up. Now, he’ll embark on the circumnavigation with Elizabeth Gallagher, a new co-passenger with the same name he said he found because the tickets were nontransferable.