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Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8), from left, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin (5), Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) and Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8), from left, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin (5), Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) and...
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Brian Gritzke and Sally Fitzgerald honor those who have died as a result of homelessness during the Longest Night of the Year Memorial Service at the Bijou House Memorial Garden on Sunday, December 21, 2014. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Brian Gritzke and Sally Fitzgerald honor those who have died as a result of homelessness during the Longest Night of the Year Memorial Service at the Bijou House...
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws in the fourth quarter of Denver's 22-10 win over San Diego Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws in the fourth quarter of Denver's 22-10 win over San Diego Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego....
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh,...
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Karen Morrison, left, adds broom corn stalks to a handle while her husband, Sam Morrison, right, finishes stitching a Grandma's Kitchen broom at their shop, The Victor Trading Co., Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Karen Morrison, left, adds broom corn stalks to a handle while her husband, Sam Morrison, right, finishes stitching a Grandma's Kitchen broom at their shop, The...
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Air Force Academy Athletic Director Dr. Hans Mueh poses next to a mural Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Air Force Academy Athletic Director Dr. Hans Mueh poses next to a mural Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson runs with ball in the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson runs with ball in the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 7,...
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Mesa Ridge High School Assistant Principal Scott Sage, dressed as Santa, quizzes French Elementary School kindergartner Jasper Menefee on whether he has been naughty or nice during a toy pickup stop at the school Thursday, December 18, 2014. Students involved in the Friends of Rachel program from Mesa Ridge and Widefield high schools traveled by bus to pick up hundreds of toys for donation from schools in Widefield School District 3. The toys were originally going to be given to 75 families in need this holiday season, but with the number of toys we have, we're going to support a lot more than that, Widefield High School Assistant Principal Shane Skalla said. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Mesa Ridge High School Assistant Principal Scott Sage, dressed as Santa, quizzes French Elementary School kindergartner Jasper Menefee on whether he has been...