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  • Lamborn: Deal brokered to restart Aurora VA hospital work

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached an interim agreement to put construction crews back on the job at its troubled Aurora hospital project. The four-month deal is worth an estimated $220 million and could see workers return to the Colfax Avenue project Monday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, told The Gazette...

  • Fort Carson exercise a step in opening combat roles to women

    As part of an effort to integrate women into traditional combat roles, Fort Carson is studying the physical requirements of artillery, armor, cavalry and infantry jobs. Men and women are hefting tank and artillery shells, working against the clock to load big guns and heading out on heavily laden 4-mile marches. Army experts then measure the...

  • Major step for gay vets in Boston St. Patrick's parade

    BOSTON — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay...

  • Administration seeking deal on Aurora VA hospital

    AURORA — Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson is coming to Denver to seek an agreement on a stalled contract to build a new VA hospital in Aurora. Contractor Kiewit-Turner has indicated it is open to some sort of deal after a federal board ruled the VA had breached its contract with the company and construction came to a halt....

  • Fort Carson joins study of Army job standards

    Fort Carson is participating in a study to help set physical performance standards for Army occupational specialties, starting with jobs that are currently closed to women. Soldiers are scheduled to perform activities Tuesday that simulate specific tasks while researchers gather data on their heart rate, exertion and other indicators. The...

  • Fort Carson combat hospital getting new commander

    Fort Carson's 10th Combat Support Hospital is getting a new commander. Col. Kimberlee A. Aiello (eye-ELL'-oh) will take charge of the unit in a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday. Aiello's last assignment was serving as a medical plans and operations officer for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command at...

  • Military's use of other than honorable discharges to get heavy scrutiny

    President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign a bill ordering an investigation of whether the military has improperly used other than honorable discharges to rid the services of wounded troops who commit minor offenses. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act passed both chambers of Congress and is on Obama's desk. The...

  • Hundreds say goodbye to Air Force pilot in Rifle

    RIFLE — Hundreds of people turned out to say goodbye to an Air Force pilot from Colorado who was killed on a deployment to fight Islamic State extremists. Some residents and law enforcement officers stood on Interstate 70 overpasses waving flags as the procession carrying Capt. William DuBois' casket traveled from Grand Junction to Rifle,...

  • City for Champions project update: Air Force Gateway Visitor Center

    Air Force Academy Gateway Visitor Center Projected cost: $20.5 million. Percent covered by state sales tax, under Regional Tourism Act: 5 percent Amount of private money raised: $0 On the money: The Air Force is using land near Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard and expects to solicit proposals from developers on how it will be built...

  • Army sergeants major show a softer side

    They may have finally gone soft. Army sergeants major are supposed to shave with blowtorches and gain nourishment from chewed railroad spikes and the fear of privates. These guys are giving away turkey dinners and helping schoolkids. "We just issued 225 food baskets and another 75 turkeys to military families on Fort Carson," said retired...

  • 'We love you guys:' Fort Carson soldiers come to the Christmas rescue

    Santa Claus wore combat boots on a march through Colorado Springs early Friday. Or so it would seem. He certainly was somewhere camouflaged in the huge formation of Fort Carson soldiers who packed Christmas cheer to the Marian House Soup Kitchen in the 28-degree pre-dawn chill. And he had some serious Army reinforcements: GIs who carried...

  • Empty Stocking Fund: Home Front Cares helps abandoned military wife

    This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign that runs through the holidays. Last year, Alexis' husband of three years left her without saying anything. He had been kicked out of the Army, and then left. At the time, her son was 6 months...

  • 12 sailors implicated in submarine shower scandal

    Up to a dozen sailors are suspected of viewing secretly recorded videos of their female shipmates undressing in a submarine shower over a period of 10 months, according to a new investigative report obtained by Navy Times. The scandal has marred the Navy's gender integration effort begun four years ago. While it appears only one...

  • Body of Air Force pilot returning to Colorado, flags lowered in honor

      GRAND JUNCTION — The body of an Air Force pilot who was killed while on a deployment to fight Islamic State extremists is being returned to Colorado. Capt. William DuBois' casket is set to arrive in Grand Junction, Colorado around midday Thursday. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1zTLaeS) reports people are being...

  • Construction stopped on Denver's VA hospital

    DENVER — The company building Denver's new Veterans Administration hospital is stopping construction amid a contract dispute over the cost of the new complex. Kiewit-Turner announced the move after a federal appeals board ruled Tuesday that the VA breached the construction contract. The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1scFAFs ) reports that...

  • Detainee Zubaydah a key figure in Senate report

    WASHINGTON — Abu Zubaydah was the CIA's guinea pig. He was the first high-profile al Qaida terror suspect captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the first to vanish into the spy agency's secret prisons, the first subjected to grinding white noise and sleep deprivation tactics and the first to gasp under the simulated drowning of...

  • Watch: Santa and his elves (Wings of Blue) skydive

    Santa stopped by the 98th Flying Training Squad at the Air Force Academy recently with his four elves for a skydive to visiti children. The video, Wings of Blue Santa Jump, was posted Tuesday on YouTube. The 4:24 video shows Santa and his elves jump from a plane to the music from Charlie Brown Christmas. Watch it here.

  • Video: U.S. military recovers Orion spacecraft from ocean

    The U.S. military released footage of their role in the recovery of the Orion spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean. Orion splashed down on Friday in the Pacific, some 630 miles southwest of San Diego, after four hours in space, according to NASA. Orion was recovered by the San Diego-based USS Anchorage with the use of Navy...

  • Fort Carson soldier pleads not guilty to arson

    A Fort Carson soldier suspected of setting his own home ablaze pleaded not guilty to arson charges Tuesday morning. Staff Sgt. Jacob Warrum, 26, increased his home insurance coverage just days before the mid-September fire, according to an arrest affidavit. Firefighters who responded to the fire at 7568 Chasewood Loop in the early hours of...

  • Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics didn't work; Udall calls release a 'victory'

    WASHINGTON — In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond America's legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of life-saving interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records. The Senate Intelligence...

  • Feinstein: torture report is troubling record

    WASHINGTON — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the panel's long-awaited report on brutal CIA interrogation practices used after the 9/11 terror attacks stands as a record of "a stain on our values and on our history." Saying her words "give me no pleasure," Sen. Dianne Feinstein stood before the Senate to summarize...

  • Intent at the heart of argument in death of Fort Carson soldier

    Lawyers for a Fort Carson soldier charged in the death of a comrade overseas say the killing was an accident. The statements came during an evidence hearing to determine if Spc. Jeffery T. Page will be court-martialed in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, Calif. Perkins died from a gunshot wound to the head at an airbase...

  • Outgoing Northern Command leader talks about leadership, says military in good hands

    Nearly four decades after he put on the uniform, Army Gen. Charles Jacoby stepped down Friday as head of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. - The general earned a reputation as one of the Army's top thinkers. As a three-star general, he led the "surge" troops battling to pacify Iraq and also saw combat in...

  • Hearing restarts for Fort Carson soldier charged with murder

    Fort Carson officials are restarting a hearing on whether an infantryman should face a court-martial in the shooting death of another soldier when they were deployed in Jordan. The hearing is scheduled Monday for 23-year-old Spc. Jeffery T. Page. He's charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Spc. Adrian M. Perkins in May. The hearing...

  • Defense bill in jeopardy because of congressional infighting

    A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise off-base pharmacy co-payments has put at risk passage of a defense authorization bill. If no deal can be struck, this Congress would be the first in 52 years not to enact a bill to shape defense policy and resets...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Dec. 7, 2014

    THROUGH Friday Angels of America's Fallen Benefit - Activation fees from Chapel Hills Mall gift cards will be donated Angels of American's Fallen, Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd.; chapelhillsmall.com. Monday Air Force Falcons men's basketball vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 7 p.m., Clune Arena, Air Force Academy. For ticket prices:...

  • Military awards

    Senior Airman Joseph Massoglia Air Force Academy senior Airman Joseph Massoglia survived an assessment course for Army Ranger training and may get a chance to attend the sister service's elite Ranger school. Massoglia went to the training in October in Las Vegas. Massoglia is looking at full Ranger training next spring. "Ranger School...

  • Military news and notes

    More soldiers to be 
deployed to Europe Soldiers, including a contingent from Fort Carson, will keep heading to eastern Europe beyond 2015 as part of a plan to deter Russian aggression. The Pentagon announced two weeks ago that 100 Fort Carson soldiers were being sent to Europe in 2015 to lead "Operation Atlantic Resolve" - a training...

  • New Northern Command boss: 'We will succeed'

    New U.S. Northern Command boss Adm. Bill Gortney took his first moments on the job to express confidence in himself and his new team in Colorado Springs. "Rest assured," he told an audience Friday that included top brass from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. "We will succeed." Gortney, a Navy pilot, takes over the command as it deals with a...

  • Final step made in naming of VA clinic after Colorado Springs war hero

    A Colorado Springs soldier who earned the Medal of Honor in World War II will have his name affixed to the new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic on Fillmore Street. After months of delays, the Senate late Wednesday approved naming the clinic after Pfc. Floyd K. Lindstrom, the final step in a process that began nearly 18 months ago. "I...

  • Obama says Ashton Carter will hit the ground running

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling Ashton Carter one of the nation's foremost national security leaders as he nominates him as secretary of defense. Carter was deputy defense secretary from 2011-2013 and previously was the Pentagon's technology and weapons-buying chief. Obama says Carter knows the Pentagon "inside and out,"...

  • NORAD, Northern Command getting new leader

    The two military operations responsible for protecting North America are getting a new commander. Navy Adm. Bill Gortney will formally take charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command on Friday. He succeeds Army Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr. NORAD is a joint U.S.-Canada command that defends the skies over...

  • Former ambassador tells Colorado Springs crowd a plan needed to uproot ISIS

    A former U.S. ambassador to Iraq told a told a Colorado Springs crowd Thursday that America needs a better plan to uproot the Islamic State terror group. Christopher Hill, a career diplomat who served in Iraq from 2009-10, said the Obama administration is combating Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but hasn't outlined what Syria will look like...

  • Veteran calls out fake Army Ranger; authorities investigating

    LANGHORNE, Pa. — Authorities are looking into whether a man accused of falsely posing as a U.S. Army ranger broke the law while out shopping in suburban Philadelphia. The Middletown Police Department and military investigators are looking into whether the man illegally profited by wearing military fatigues while shopping Friday at the Oxford...

  • Defense Department IG investigating AFA's handling of athlete misconduct probe

    The Defense Department's Inspector General is probing how the Air Force Academy handled an investigation into misconduct by members of the football team, the Pentagon has confirmed. A memo released Tuesday says investigators will determine whether "criminal investigations, to include sexual assault, involving USAFA football players met...

  • Colorado Airman dies in overseas plane crash

    A Colorado Air Force pilot based in South Carolina died this week in a plane crash overseas. Capt. William H. DuBois, of New Castle, died Monday when his F-16 aircraft crashed in southwest Asia while returning to base. DuBois, 30, was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base and is survived by his wife. DuBois was...

  • ACLU: Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans

    TRENTON, N.J. — The U.S. Army has agreed to "fully recognize" the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The group's New Jersey chapter announced that the Army Board for Correction of Military Records recently notified the two veterans about its decision. The board initially...

  • Air Force Academy cadets study wind effects on air drops

    Air Force Academy cadets are taking on one of the military's most vexing problems as they try to improve the accuracy of airdrops that in recent weeks have been used to get food to Iraqi refugees and arms to American allies. The military has long used airdrops as a way to distribute supplies to soldiers and personnel who are stationed in...

  • Veteran, family move into donated Colorado Springs house

    A Colorado Springs veteran will be home for the holidays this year thanks to a mortgage-free house donated by a number of Pikes Peak region businesses and charities. The freshly renovated house was handed over to retired Army Sgt. Patrick McPherson and his family in time for Thanksgiving. A California native, McPherson served in Iraq, where...

  • Colorado Springs ceremony to honor Pearl Harbor survivors a 'wonderful history lesson'

    Next Sunday, there will be a small gathering at 11 a.m. to bring together a few survivors of the attack that plunged America into World War II. Three, maybe four, Pearl Harbor survivors are expected to be joined by scores of onlookers inside the Pikes Peak Regional Building office at 2880 International Circle. The ceremony to mark the attack...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting Nov. 30, 2014

    THROUGH dEC. 12 Angels of America's Fallen Benefit - Activation fees from Chapel Hills Mall gift cards will be donated Angels of America's Fallen, Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd.; chapelhillsmall.com. Wednesday Air Force Falcons men's basketball vs. Grambling State - 7 p.m., Clune Arena, Air Force Academy. Go online for ticket...

  • Nearly 200 Fort Carson soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving with safe return from Afghanistan

    "Home for the holidays" carried special meaning Thursday, when another 195 Fort Carson soldiers made it back to Colorado Springs from Afghanistan just in time for a turkey dinner with their loved ones. Tears, hugs and gratitude were as abundant as the pumpkin pie to come. "It gives a new meaning to the word 'Thanksgiving,'" said Lt. Brian...

  • Expect traffic at Air Force Academy northern gate through Summer 2015

    Traffic tangles are expected at the Air Force Academy's north gate starting Saturday and continuing for much of 2015 as repairs are made to two bridges that carry traffic onto the base. The bridges, just inside the gate off North Gate Boulevard, will be closed one at a time through August. To ease congestion, the academy is making the gate a...

  • Fort Carson troops will soon deploy, 'supporting Ukraine'

    Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will lead an American effort to bolster European allies and deter Russian aggression, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. The post just got a team of soldiers back from Germany where they led a NATO exercise, but the new mission is wider and will last longer. "This is not going to be a three-week or a month...

  • Fort Carson soldiers at work making Thanksgiving meals for the needy

    Feel overworked because you have to cook a single turkey for half a dozen people or so on Thanksgiving? What if you had to cook 350 turkeys for 3,000 guests? Thirty soldiers at Fort Carson volunteered to do just that for the celebration meals the Salvation Army is serving the area's needy Thursday. The soldiers have been working at the...

  • Attendance at Colorado Springs VA meeting is sparse

    More VA workers than vets attended a Tuesday meeting to discuss the Department of Veterans Affairs and its efforts to improve service. The VA has been under fire for months about long wait times for care, massive backlogs for benefit claims and customer service failures. New VA boss Bob McDonald has ordered the agency's regional offices to...

  • Under pressure, Chuck Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an "appropriate time for him to...

  • Wellness model for veterans expands to Colorado Springs

    Automotive impresario Jay Cimino has long wanted to set up a program for veterans in the Pikes Peak region. Best known for leading the Phil Long Dealerships, Cimino has been involved in a string of charities in southern Colorado and was the driving force behind Trinidad's Mount Carmel Wellness Center, which provides primary care and...

  • Veterans Trauma Court: From broken and battered to a leap of faith

    About 100 military veterans, community advocates and elected officials gathered for a milestone graduation ceremony recently for the Veterans Trauma Court program at the 4th Judicial District courthouse in Colorado Springs. The program, which started at the courthouse in December 2009, works to give veterans a chance to receive rehabilitation...

  • Sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama...

  • It's life without parole for Fort Carson soldier

    A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday. Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentines Day, 2013, in a Colorado...

  • Fort Carson soldier convicted of murder in death of girlfriend

    Sgt. Montrell Mayo acted with deadly intent in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, a panel of military officers found Wednesday in delivering across-the-board guilty verdicts against the Fort Carson sergeant. Mayo faces mandatory life in prison at a sentencing hearing Thursday after being found guilty of several charges - chiefly...

  • Air Force Academy superintendent to receive award

    The Air Force Academy's superintendent will receive an award Saturday that is given to outstanding airmen in honor of a World War II bombardier. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson has been awarded the Tennessee Ernie Ford Distinguished Aerospace Achievement Award, an annual honor given by Air Force Association Chapter 361, the academy announced...

  • Fort Carson soldier charged with killing comrade

    A Fort Carson soldier has been charged in the fatal shooting of a comrade overseas in May, the post announced Tuesday. An evidence hearing is set for Wednesday to determine if Spc. Jeffery T. Page will be court-martialed in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, Calif. The two soldiers were deployed to Jordan as trainers...

  • Fort Carson soldier relearned to walk after losing leg in Afghanistan

    Capt. Michael Caspers will leave the Army one day, but he says he will do it on his terms and not before. The San Antonio native and Stryker company commander in Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team lost his lower right leg to an insurgent's bomb in Afghanistan three years ago. But he's still marching. He said his desire to serve after the...

  • Fort Carson contingent in Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

    More than 160 Fort Carson soldiers have flown to Liberia, where they will build facilities to help battle Ebola, the post announced Monday. Troops from the 615th Engineer Company will bulldoze land for new clinics, improve roads and build bases for aid workers. They left Colorado Springs on flights Thursday and Saturday. "The engineers will...

  • Fort Carson soldier 'truly humbled' by new role

    The Army's new enlisted boss says he never considered being the lone soldier to wear the rank of sergeant major of the Army. "It's just not something you think about," said Daniel Dailey, a longtime Fort Carson sergeant who will take the Army's top enlisted role in 2015. "You can't possibly fathom being the sergeant major of the Army when you...

  • Retired general fights for future of the Army

    The Army needs its retirees and supporters to twist arms on Capitol Hill to avoid drastic budget cuts, the Association of the United States Army's vice president told a Colorado Springs crowd this month. Retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, a former top officer in the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Northern Command, said a doomsday scenario could cut the...

  • Hundreds take part Colorado Springs run to benefit deployed service members

    During his most recent tour in Kuwait, Henry Wilson received Clif Bars, lip balm, snacks and a homemade beanie from a stranger. They proved the perfect gift. "Seeing someone, a complete stranger, giving you a package means a lot," said Wilson, 25, a sergeant stationed at Fort Carson. On Sunday, he sought to return the favor. Standing in...

  • US review of Islamic State video confirms American's death

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig. That announcement came Sunday as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region. In the video released Sunday, a militant claimed to have killed...

  • AROUND TOWN: The Home Front Cares 'For the Love of Our Troops X'

    Any community that gives welcome-home McDonald's Quarter Pounders to service members as they step off the planes from deployments is her kind of place. Author Lee Woodruff, a contributing reporter for "CBS This Morning," said this is simply one more thing that makes the Colorado Springs area and The Home Front Cares "the model for what each...

  • Air Force Academy visitor center to close Sunday due to weather

    The Air Force Academy's visitor center and visitor area will be closed Sunday due to inclement weather. The visitor's center usually is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Check gazette.com for more information on closures and delays.

  • Top US general in Iraq to assess anti-IS campaign

    BAGHDAD — America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group. The visit by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, came just two days after he told Congress that the...

  • Fort Carson welcomes home more than 100 soldiers

    Fort Carson welcomed home more than 100 soldiers at a 9 a.m. Friday morning ceremony. The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, held a homecoming ceremony for 135 of its soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in March. The brigade worked in Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Spin Boldak in southern...

  • Intent is at the heart of Mayo court-martial

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Thursday that Sgt. Montrell Mayo is a killer. The question before a Fort Carson court-martial is whether Mayo is a cold-blooded killer. On Valentine's Day 2013, Mayo left his slain girlfriend, Cpl. Kimberly Walker, tucked into a Colorado Springs hotel bed covered with rose petals. Authorities caught...

  • Veteran's Day run/walk fundraising for Operation Gratitude

    A 3-mile run in Colorado Springs on Sunday will support a charity that sends care packages to troops overseas. The National Veterans Day Run, in Memorial Park, will raise money for Operation Gratitude, which ships care packages to deployed service members. Organizers hope to raise more than $25,000. The 3-mile race, which starts at 3:11 p.m.,...

  • Air Force Academy cadets join national pledge not to rape

    Cadets have pledged to not lie, cheat or steal. They added another pledge Wednesday: They will not rape. It's part of a national movement on college campuses pushed by the Obama administration that has students pledge to intervene to stop sexual assaults and support victims. The "It's on Us" campaign has included an advertising blitz to...

  • Canadian contingent comprises much of Veterans Day ceremony in Colorado Springs

    Soldiers, sailors and airmen turned out by the dozens for the annual Veterans Day rites in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. And all but a handful of them were Canadian. Weeks after radicals killed two Canadian soldiers, including one slain at Canada's most sacred war memorial, emotions are still raw among the outsized contingent of Canadian...

  • Veterans Day: Wreath dedication among events around Colorado Springs

    A wreath dedication is scheduled at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday at Pikes Peak Community College in honor of Veterans Day. The keynote speaker will be author Clifton Taulbert, "How We Serve." Laura BenAmots will speak and display her "Battle Portraits." The wreath dedication runs from 9:35 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S....

  • America's oldest living vet: At 108 he smokes cigars, drinks whiskey and a whole lot more

    Richard Overton, 108, is thought to be the oldest living veteran in the United States. But he’s as active as ever. He begins his days with a tablespoon of whiskey in his coffee and smokes cigars daily, USA Today reported in 2013. “I drink whiskey in my coffee. Sometimes I drink it straight,” Overton told CNN. “I smoke my...

  • Colorado Springs ranked top city to live in for veterans

    Note: A wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Veterans Day is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Centennial campus of Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Gazette.com is planning to livestream from the ceremony. --- Colorado Springs topped a list released Monday of the best places for veterans to live. With nearly a fifth of its...

  • Denver veterans file discrimination complaint, say housing is dangerous

    For Anthony Mitchell, the Fourth Quarter Residences were a godsend, a low-rent haven for homeless and disabled veterans at a time when he and his wife were living in their car. Now, more than three years after residents began moving into the 36-unit complex, he and others describe a building where security is so lax that neighborhood drug...

  • List: Closings and events on Veterans Day in the Pikes Peak region

    Here's what's open and what's not, schedules that are altered, and special events scheduled on Tuesday: VETERANS DAY CLOSINGS Banks and credit unions: Most banks and credit unions closed Tuesday; check with individual banks or credit unions. Buses (Metro Transit): Regular bus service Tuesday. Government offices: City, county, state and...

  • Reluctant witness testifies in Air Force Academy rape hearing

    The alleged victim in an Air Force Academy rape case called the cadet facing charges "my friend" during a Monday evidence hearing. The woman, a junior cadet, said she didn't want to see cadet Brock Mangum on trial and had kept quiet after the alleged sex assault. "It was half because I was embarrassed, and half because I didn't want to...

  • Faster airport screening set for Air Force Academy students

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Students of four U.S. military service academies are now eligible for expedited airport screening. The Transportation Security Administration announced the extension of the Pre-Check system on Monday. It will apply to students at the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Air...

  • Fort Carson likely to cancel planned burn

    Firefighters were eying gusty winds ahead of a planned burn of Fort Carson rangeland in Pueblo County. The burn was planned for Monday, but a base spokeswoman said gusty winds from a front pushing south through Colorado would likely cancel it. "Safety is our No. 1 concern," she said. Fort Carson has been burning off standing bush on...

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