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SUNRISE: Teen dies after auto-pedestrian crash

October 24, 2012
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Colorado Springs police say Derick Cantrell, 19, died from injuries suffered late Tuesday night when he was struck by a car on North Academy Boulevard.

According to police, Cantrell tried to cross North Academy at the intersection of Maizeland Road about 11 p.m. Tuesday when he was hit by a 2006 Saturn Ion that was traveling north on Academy. The traffic light on northbound Academy was green at the time of the crash, police said.

Cantrell died Wednesday morning.

Alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in the crash, police said.

Free gas Thursday in Colorado Springs

Kum & Go, the Midwest convenience store chain that opened its first Pikes Peak region store this summer, will reward 150 motorists with free fill-ups this week, starting noon Thursday, to mark its entrance into the local market.

Fifty motorists at each of three Kum & Go locations in the Springs will receive up to 12 gallons of gasoline. The stores also will offer discounts on food and beverage items, such as hot and cold fountain drinks for a quarter plus $1 pizza slices.

The free gasoline will be available at noon Thursday at 7375 Duryea Drive, west of Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road; 5 p.m. Friday at 1206 InterQuest Parkway, which is part of InterQuest Marketplace east of I-25 and InterQuest; and at noon Saturday at 2190 Vickers Drive, northwest of Vickers and Academy Boulevard.

Lines will form one hour before the free fill-ups begin, and Kum & Go employees will pump the gas.

Read more here.



The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 37 degrees Thursday in Colorado Springs with partly sunny skies. We have a 60 percent chance of snow Thursday night with an expected overnight low of 18.

Read more here about the forecast.



New hearing set in theater shootings

CENTENNIAL (AP) — Lawyers in the Colorado theater shooting are heading back to court for another hearing.

Thursday's hearing was originally scheduled for the judge to consider a request by the defense to delay to delay Holmes' preliminary hearing, where the judge would decide whether James Holmes should stand trial.

However, defense lawyers asked for more time to prepare to argue for a delay, and the judge granted it. He still ordered both sides to come to his courtroom Thursday to discuss scheduling matters.

Holmes is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the July 20 shootings in the Denver suburb of Aurora that killed 12 people and wounded at least 58.

Prosecutors say he opened fire in a packed movie theater during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie.

Forest Service accepts Arapahoe Basin expansion

KEYSTONE (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has accepted Arapahoe Basin Ski Area's master plan upgrades, including lift skiing in The Beavers backcountry area.

The long-term development plan accepted Wednesday includes skiing in the dangerous steeps beyond the resort's operating boundary. The plan would add more than 400 backcountry acres served by lifts.

According to the Summit Daily ( ), the acceptance kicks off the permitting process, requiring ski area officials to complete an environmental impact study.

Obama stops in Denver on busy swing state tour

DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to Colorado on Wednesday as part of a nearly around-the-clock campaigning tour.

The president held an afternoon rally at Denver's City Park after campaigning in Davenport, Iowa.

He attended campaign rally in Las Vegas featuring a free concert by pop singer Katy Perry later Wednesday. On Thursday, he'll head east to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

Marijuana activists count arrests

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's marijuana debate includes a back-and-forth over pot possession and the impact on the criminal justice system, and activists are counting up the arrests.

The activists are releasing a report Thursday saying that despite claims to the contrary, pot possession in small amounts still lands people in the criminal justice system, costing taxpayers a lot of money.

Marijuana possession in Colorado is a petty offense, but people charged with pot possession still have to appear in criminal court.

Opponents of marijuana legalization plan an event Thursday with mothers who oppose the measure.

Pitkin County providing emergency assistance

ASPEN (AP) — Pitkin County commissioners have set up an emergency assistance fund after money to help people with one-time emergencies ran dry.

The county is putting another $4,000 into the fund that is used to help people pay rent, utility bills, transportation and other necessities.

According to the Aspen Times ( ), the fund began the year with $45,000 and it has already run out. Most of the money has gone for rent assistance.



In 1812, the frigate USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur, captured the British vessel HMS Macedonian during the War of 1812.

In 1854, the “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses.

In 1945, Taiwan became independent of Japanese rule.

In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia, of “Murder Inc.,” was shot to death by masked gunmen in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.

In 1962, in a dramatic confrontation before the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin confirm or deny the existence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba; when Zorin declined to respond, Stevenson said he was prepared to wait “until hell freezes over” for an answer. Stevenson then presented evidence of the bases to the Council.



-- “Nonprofit Workshop - Mission Marketing - Public Relations for Nonprofits,” 8-10 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- “Minding Your Business,” learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job, 8:30-10 a.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- Fountain Book Club, “Year of the Flood,” by Margaret Atwood, 11 a.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- Old Colorado City Book Club, “Nothing Daunted” by Dorothy Wickenden, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

-- “Cool Crafts,” for children in grades 1-5, 3-4 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Speak German,” conversation group, 6-7:30 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., some German language skills are recommended, free.

-- “Family Film Fun - Homeward Bound,” 6:30 p.m., Fountain Library Branch, 230 S. Main St., Fountain, free.

-- “Reel History of Colorado Springs,” 6-8:30 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free..

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Bluegrass Jam, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., donations accepted.

-- Acouelectric Duo, 7:15 p.m., Motif, 2432 W. Cucharras St.

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