SUNRISE: 2,000 Carson soldiers prepare for deployment

Staff reports Updated: February 5, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: February 5, 2013

About 2,000 Fort Carson soldiers are preparing for deployment to a new assignment.

The brigade is holding a color-casing ceremony at Fort Carson on Tuesday. The casing of unit colors is a military tradition signifying the unit is ready to deploy.

The troops are from the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division.

Fort Carson told the Associated Press the soldiers are deploying to a location in the Central Command's area of responsibility but did not give specifics. A spokeswoman says no more information is being released.

Free pancakes Tuesday

Who doesn’t love pancakes, especially when they’re free? That’s what you get at IHOP restaurants 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday in honor of National Pancake Day.

You are encouraged to make a donation to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities in exchange for the buttermilk stack. One hundred percent of the donations will help the charities with equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick or injured children. The chain hopes to raise $3 million. Visit ihoppancakeday.com for more information.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 53 degrees and sunny skies Tuesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 29.

    

AROUND COLORADO

Restaurant employee arrested after car crash

BOULDER (AP) — Boulder police have arrested an employee of BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse after they said he intentionally drove his car through the front door of the restaurant.

Officials say Daniel Chaires is accused of DUI, reckless driving and criminal mischief following his arrest on Monday.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/adylwq4 ), Chaires told police he purposely drove into the building to alert the public of government conspiracies, though he did not elaborate.

Aspen may ease bicycle stop sign laws

ASPEN (AP) — Aspen officials are considering changing city laws to allow bicyclists to yield at stop signs and cruise on through.

State and local laws now require cyclists to stop at stop signs, following the same laws that apply to motorists.

According to the Aspen Times (http://tinyurl.com/a3kq4a2 ), assistant police chief Bill Linn says the new approach is working in other states, including Idaho, which changed its law allowing cyclists the option to yield about 30 years ago.

Grandmother wins right to bury Mesa County boys

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A Mesa County judge is allowing the grandmother of two children who died after they were left alone in an SUV to bury the boys.

Diane Mathena wanted Tyler and William Jensen buried next to their father in Palisade, while the mother, Heather Jensen, wanted them cremated.

Authorities say 4-year-old Tyler and 2-year-old William were found unconscious after their mother left them alone in her SUV and they later died.

Heather Jensen made her first appearance in court on Monday to be advised she faces two charges of child abuse resulting in death and criminally negligent homicide and one count of false reporting to authorities.

Bill promoting debates on evolution fails

DENVER (AP) — Democrats rejected a Republican lawmaker's idea Monday urging schools and colleges to create a friendly environment to discuss what he considers controversial science issues, a move that opponents feared would lead to debates about creationism and evolution.

The proposal called on public schools and colleges to create an environment for students to encourage scientific questioning on "controversial issues in science education." Rep. Stephen Humphrey, R-Severance, said he recognized the concerns from opponents that the bill would open debate on religious teachings, but he insisted that's not what his proposal would do.

"It's not something that could be used for someone to open up their scriptures and start teaching their version of how the world started," he said. "Only scientific information."

The Democratic-led House Education committee rejected the bill on a 7-6 vote.

The bill stated that teachers should allow debates that "respectfully explore scientific questions and learn about scientific evidence related to biological and chemical evolution, global warming and human cloning."

Report: State should look to space for prosperity

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's burgeoning space industry employs more than 66,000 people and contributes $8.7 billion to the economy, but it must cultivate an educated workforce, rely less on government contracts and collaborate more if it is to thrive, a think tank report says.

The industry ranges from headline-grabbing projects like a proposed spaceport to transport civilians to outer space, to staid government contractors that supply satellite technology to the military, according to the report from the Washington, DC-based Brookings Institute.

The industry has caught the eye of Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration, which is trying to help the sector grow. It is co-sponsoring a forum on space development Tuesday, timed to the release of the Brookings report.

Kevin Lund, executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, acknowledged that discussions of the industry can conjure up images of the 1950s cartoon "The Jetsons."

Romero found guilty of dismembering teenager

DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury has found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a teenager who was found dismembered in 2010.

Twenty-eight-year-old Edward "Tim" Romero now faces a March 4 sentencing hearing, where he is expected to be sentenced to life in prison.

KUSA-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/bosuahj ) Romero had no reaction to the verdict handed down Monday.

Romero pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in connection with the death of 16-year-old Alicia Martinez. He had claimed he had disassociation identity disorder and that he suffered from blackouts.

Martinez's body was found in the basement of Romero's grandmother's home in Denver in October 2010.

Her 19th birthday would have been Saturday, Feb. 9.

Co-defendant pleads guilty in teacher's death

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of being an accessory in the fatal shooting of a teacher leaving her Denver home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Twenty-eight-year-old Richard Leavitt entered his plea Monday in connection with the death of 22-year-old Andrea Roan in 2011. She was shot while driving away from her home. Her 28-year-old ex-boyfriend Ryan Miller is scheduled to go to trial in April on a charge of first-degree murder.

Leavitt was accused of driving Miller to and from the crime scene and helping to hide the gun that killed Roan.

Leavitt is scheduled to be sentenced on May 13.

    

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.

In 1811, George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain’s King George III.

In 1887, Verdi’s opera “Otello” premiered at La Scala.

In 1917, Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians. Mexico’s constitution was adopted.

In 1922, the first edition of Reader’s Digest was published.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal, which failed in Congress, had critics accusing Roosevelt of attempting to “pack” the nation’s highest court.

In 1940, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “Tuxedo Junction” for RCA Victor’s Bluebird label.

In 1953, Walt Disney’s animated feature “Peter Pan” was first released.

In 1967, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premiered on CBS-TV.

In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions.

In 1983, former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, was brought to Lyon, France, to stand trial. (He was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 1991.)

In 1988, the Arizona House impeached Gov. Evan Mecham, setting the stage for his trial in the state Senate, where he was convicted of obstructing justice and misusing funds.

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Saddam Hussein, saying Iraq had failed to disarm, was harboring terrorists and was hiding behind a “web of lies.”

Five years ago: John McCain seized command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning delegate-rich primaries from the East Coast to California on Super Tuesday; Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama traded victories. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles, died at his home.

One year ago: Josh Powell, long identified as a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, Susan, set fire to his home in Graham, Wash., killing himself and his two sons, 7-year-old Charles and 5-year-old Braden, who had shown up for a supervised visit. Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17 for New York’s fourth NFL title in Super Bowl XLVI (46).

  

HAPPENINGS

-- “National Pancake Day” with free pancakes, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 5, local IHOP restaurants. Donations accepted to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

-- “Rockrimmon Mostly Fiction Book Club,” “The Big Burn - Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy Egan, 1 p.m., Rockrimmon Library Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, free.

-- Divine Award celebration, with Sharon Friedman, 5:30-7 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free.

-- “Faculty Music Recital,” 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

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