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SUNRISE: Pot tourism up for discussion in legislature

Staff reports Updated: March 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

DENVER — Marijuana tourism is one of the biggest questions facing pot regulators in Colorado. A special legislative panel looking at marijuana regulations planned to discuss the question Friday, according to the Associated Press.

The constitutional amendment approved by voters last year allows marijuana use by adults over 21. It doesn't specify whether only Colorado residents can use the drug, prompting speculation about marijuana tourism.

A Colorado task force made up of law enforcement, government officials and marijuana advocates recommended that the state legislature not step in. The task force said out-of-state visitors should be able to buy marijuana as long as they don't take it home. However, many state lawmakers are appalled at the idea of pot tourism.

Air Force Academy funeral Friday for F-16 pilot

The Air Force Academy plans to hold a funeral service Friday for an Air Force pilot who died after a training mission over the Adriatic Sea.

The body of Maj. Lucas F. Gruenther was recovered on Jan. 31, a few days after his F-16 fighter jet disappeared during a mission.

Gruenther was part of the academy's graduating class of 2003. A memorial service was held for him earlier this year in Italy.

Gruenther was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano Air Base in Italy. The California native is survived by his wife, Cassy, and daughter, Serene.

He was posthumously promoted to major.

     

WEATHER

The Natonal Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 44 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain or snow Friday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 21.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Jack Nicholson sells Colorado residence

ASPEN (AP) — More than three decades after buying a historic Victorian home in a Colorado ski town of with a friend, actor Jack Nicholson has sold the residence for $11 million.

Nicholson and record producer Lou Adler split the cost of the nearly 5,800-square-foot home in Aspen's West End in 1980. The home was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The Aspen Daily News reports (http://tinyurl.com/cgywrhu ) the sale closed Tuesday, a year after the home was listed for $15 million.

Pair arrested after ID left at burglary site

BOULDER (AP) — Police in Boulder caught up with two burglary suspects after a purse and cell phone were left behind.

Police said they arrested Lindsey Rast and John Bowden on Wednesday after Rast left behind an ID and cell phone while trying to get away. They appeared in court Thursday and were ordered held on $30,000 bond.

According to KCNC-TV (http://tinyurl.com/d26u5ye ), police believe the pair burglarized four homes before the crime spree ended.

Firearm found with body at Aspen Highlands

ASPEN (AP) — Authorities say preliminary information suggests a skier found dead at Aspen Highlands had injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

A snowboarder found the body Wednesday in an area just beyond the skiable terrain at Aspen Highlands, and authorities recovered it Thursday.

Pitkin County sheriff's officials said Thursday a firearm was found with the body. The skier's identity and cause of manner of death weren't immediately released pending results of an autopsy that is expected to be complete Friday.

Authorities haven't said whether the body is that of Jeff Walker, who was last seen hiking the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands on March 7.

Authorities meet to discuss cold cases

BOULDER (AP) — Colorado authorities are holding regular meetings to try to bring closure to the state's many cold-case murders.

Officials declined to identify which cases were being reviewed by the team during Thursday's Boulder visit.

The team was assembled in 2009 after state lawmakers rejected funding for a specialized cold-case team at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/cwye2aw ), authorities decided to meet on their own.

So far, the cold case review board has reviewed 21 cases, and two of them have yielded convictions, both in Boulder County. Last year, Boulder County juries convicted Michael Clark of the murder of Marty Grisham in 1994 and George Ruibal of the murder of Dana Pechin in 2007.

Molasses considered for uranium mine cleanup

GOLDEN (AP) — A uranium company wants to use molasses to clean up an abandoned mine west of Denver.

Cotter Corp. is hoping the procedure will reduce a threat to city water supplies.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/czunagq ), Cotter officials believe bacteria inside the mine will devour the molasses and dissolved uranium, creating solid uranium particles that can be recovered.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Cotter's project and state regulators are reviewing it.

Settlement reached to help deaf arrestees, victims

DENVER (AP) — Federal prosecutors have reached agreements with Arapahoe County and the city of Englewood to resolve allegations that deaf arrestees, victims and witnesses haven't been able to effectively communicate with law-enforcement officers.

Arapahoe County and Englewood have agreed to each pay $35,000 to plaintiffs who sued over the complaints.

The Justice Department said Thursday that both agreed to enter contracts with qualified sign language interpreters to ensure they are readily available; train staff on the Americans with Disabilities Act; appoint Americans with Disabilities Act coordinators; post signs indicating the availability of services for the hard of hearing; provide text telephones and volume control telephones; modify handcuffing policies for people who use sign language or writing to communicate; and provide hearing aid and cochlear implant processor batteries in the detention facility.

   

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1312, Pope Clement V issued a papal bull ordering dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar.

In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.

In 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)

In 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington, D.C.

In 1894, hockey’s first Stanley Cup championship game was played; home team Montreal defeated Ottawa, 3-1.

In 1933, during Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.

In 1941, the Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state went into operation.

In 1943, the Khatyn Massacre took place during World War II as German forces killed 149 residents of the village of Khatyn, Belarus, half of them children.

In 1958, movie producer Mike Todd, the husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three other people were killed in the crash of Todd’s private plane near Grants, N.M.

In 1963, the Beatles’ debut album, “Please Please Me,” was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.

In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In 1988, both houses of Congress overrode President Ronald Reagan’s veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act.

In 1993, Intel Corp. unveiled the Pentium computer chip.

Ten years ago: Anti-war activists marched again in dozens of cities, marshaling more than 100,000 in Manhattan and sometimes trading insults with backers of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. U.S. forces reported seizing a large weapons cache in Afghanistan.

Five years ago: Vice President Dick Cheney, visiting the Middle East, said the U.S. had an “enduring and unshakable” commitment to Israel’s security and its right to defend itself against those bent on destroying the Jewish state.

One year ago: Coroner’s officials ruled singer Whitney Houston died by drowning the previous February but that heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors. In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the Toulouse apartment of an Islamic extremist suspected of seven killings, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being fatally shot.

   

HAPPENINGS

-- “Storytime,” read “I Love it when You Smile” by Sam McBratney, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Young People’s Open Stage headlined by Safe Harbor, 7 p.m., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, $4-$7.

-- “Collages by Dave Armstrong,” 7 p.m., Dogtooth Coffee, 505 E. Columbia St., free.

-- The Flumps, 7:30-10 p.m., Rico’s Coffee, Chocolate And Wine Bar, 322 N. Tejon St., free.

-- Flip Side, 8:30 p.m., Wyatt’s Pub and Grill, 806 Village Center Drive.

-- Rocky Gene Wallace and Brickyard, 9 p.m.-midnight, Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.

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