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News in Brief

ASPEN ” The Active Minds program for senior citizens continues this month with an in-depth look at The Future of Pakistan.

From 1-2 p.m. on Jan. 25, Pitkin County Senior Services and Colorado Mountain College will offer a presentation and discussion about the colorful history characterized by periods of growth, instability and regional conflict in the country of Pakistan.

This is the third program in a series of programs aimed at local and visiting senior citizens. The general public also is invited to attend the talks, which are held at the Pitkin County Senior Center, 0275 Castle Creek Road, next to the Whitcomb Terrace assisted-living facility.

For more information about this program or other programs offered by the Pitkin County Senior Center, call 920-5432.

ASPEN ” Tickets for the highly anticipated Feb. 22 hip-hop show with renowned musician DMC, formerly of Run-DMC, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. Action in Africa, a nonprofit, student-run club at Aspen High School, is presenting the benefit concert to raise funds for the Ssejinja Children’s Foundation, and expects the show to sell out.

DMC, whose full name is Darryl McDaniels, is one-third of the pioneering group Run-DMC, a trio who broke nearly every boundary for hip-hop and sold millions of records along the way. The breakout band was best known for the hits “Walk This Way” and “It’s Tricky.”

Immediately before the concert, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wheeler, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation presents Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and best-selling author of “A Long Way Gone,” in a Winter Words reading and talk with Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. In Beah’s book, Run DMC is an inspiration and an escape for the Sierra Leonean youths who are conscripted into the country’s civil war.

The general admission tickets are $80 for the concert and $20 for the Winter Words reading, available at the Wheeler (920-5770, There is a combo package, priced at $90, for both events.

Patron opportunities and more information are available by contacting Lance Finkbeiner of Action in Africa at 429-3568.

ASPEN ” An Aspen woman police say overstayed her welcome at a local home was arrested Sunday and faces charges of first-degree criminal trespass.

According to police, Jan Hamilton decided to move into the house of an Aspen woman without getting an OK from the owner Saturday. When the alleged victim asked Hamilton to leave, Hamilton stayed on the couch for seven hours. Police arrested Hamilton Sunday.

“Jan just showed up on [the victims] doorstep and wanted to stay,” arresting officer Jeff Fain said. “[Hamilton] sent an e-mail saying ‘I’m moving in.'”

Hamilton tried to defend herself in court Monday, against the objections of District Judge James Boyd. Hamilton said she was seeking “reconciliation” and that she just wanted the case dismissed.

However, Judge Boyd said he could not dismiss any charges because the charges are to be filed on Feb. 4. Judge Boyd did file a restraining order for the victim, so Hamilton is now legally barred from contacting the victim or going within 50 yards of her house.

Hamilton is set to be arraigned at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4.

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