<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - blogs]]> http://gazette.com/rss/blogs Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:24:39 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The best and worst television shows of 2017 (and the biggest surprises)]]> http://gazette.com/the-best-and-worst-television-shows-of-2017-and-the-biggest-surprises/article/1617082?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-best-and-worst-television-shows-of-2017-and-the-biggest-surprises/article/1617082?custom_click=rss

What an incredible year for TV! With more than 500 new and returning programs airing in 2017, there was a little bit of something for every type of television viewer. In fact, there are probably too many choices. As you can imagine, I watch a lot of TV but even I couldn’t get to everything. There was just too much! That’s what made putting this list together so challenging. 

When it comes to picking the best of the best, it’s hard to leave some shows out. Programs that I thoroughly enjoyed this year, like “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones,” just didn’t make the cut. Although conversely, when it came to listing the worst TV shows to air in 2017, I easily could have made a

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:01:10 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Carmelo Anthony returns to New York in basketball free fall]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-carmelo-anthony-returns-to-new-york-in-basketball-free-fall/article/1617278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-carmelo-anthony-returns-to-new-york-in-basketball-free-fall/article/1617278?custom_click=rss

Carmelo Anthony traveled to the flatlands of Oklahoma to revive a basketball career that had gone bad in the glitter of Manhattan.

He joined Russell Westbrook and Paul George in hopes of forming one of those trendy super teams. He hoped to put a scare into the Warriors and Spurs and maybe even take a stunning ride to the NBA Finals.

Um, let’s just say his hopes are not coming true.

The Thunder is 13-14, and Carmelo is shooting 28 percent from the field in the past 10 games. On Wednesday night, after watching Carmelo struggle with his shot (a surprise) and with his defense (not a surprise) against the Pacers, ESPN commentator Doris Burke suggested it’s time for Anthony to move to the Thunder’s

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:53:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Kids can decorate an ornament for free Saturday at JCPenney]]> http://gazette.com/kids-can-decorate-an-ornament-for-free-saturday-at-jcpenney/article/1617213?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kids-can-decorate-an-ornament-for-free-saturday-at-jcpenney/article/1617213?custom_click=rss As part of a new JCPenney Kids Zone program, children can decorate a holiday ornament at all JCPenney stores 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 16.

The program is free, and no sign-up is needed, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should go to the children’s department and look for a projects table.

The retailer is hosting a new project each month as part of its Kids Zone program.

Other upcoming hands-on projects include making a Valentine’s Day card holder on Jan. 20, creating a mosaic bird house on Feb. 17 and decorating Easter eggs on March 10.

Advance sign up is not required.

 Kids receive a collectible pin for every project they finish.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:55:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Engineering Club at Colorado Springs School]]> http://gazette.com/engineering-club-at-colorado-springs-school/article/1617210?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/engineering-club-at-colorado-springs-school/article/1617210?custom_click=rss

A classroom at Mesa Ridge High School looks like Santa's workshop, as 10 students from the Engineering Club are designing and creating toys on a 3-D printer to benefit sick children.

The idea came from one of the students, Jonathon Hunter. He wanted to do something to give back using the skills and equipment students have learned in studying engineering. 

The students are making 50 toys -- rockets, cars, planes, castles, people and animals -- to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House Friday morning.

The Ronald McDonald House is a nonprofit organization with 365 houses in the nation that help families who have sick children in nearby hospitals with accommodations and other needs while they're in town.

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:32:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Fountain police Explorers fundraiser to be held Wednesday night]]> http://gazette.com/fountain-police-explorers-fundraiser-to-be-held-wednesday-night/article/1617122?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fountain-police-explorers-fundraiser-to-be-held-wednesday-night/article/1617122?custom_click=rss The McDonald’s restaurant at 6950 Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain will host “McTeachers Night” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Students and parents from Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, as well as the community, are invited to support the Fountain Police Department Explorers Program.

A portion of the restaurant's business during that time period will be donated to the Fountain Explorer Program. 

Explorers will be taking orders, cleaning tables and interacting with diners.

The program started in 2015, with about 12 Explorers at any given time participating. Since the program’s inception, the Explorers have logged over 1,000 community service hours.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:57:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Broncos shot down the Jets]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-shot-down-the-jets/article/1616947?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-shot-down-the-jets/article/1616947?custom_click=rss

DENVER – After months of despair, happiness returned to the lives of Broncos fans.

Sure, Sunday’s 23-0 win over the Jets didn’t mean much because it couldn’t mean much. The Broncos still will miss the playoffs. The Broncos still must find a quarterback worthy of starting in the NFL.

But the win was impressive. And the win delivers hope to 2018, if not 2017.

Three reasons why the Broncos dominated the Jets:

One – A violent, snarling defense

The Jets came into the game averaging 22.2 points and 329 yards, middle of the road in the NFL. The Jets failed to score a point and finished with 100 total yards.

Let’s say that again: 100 total yards.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:11:06 -0700
<![CDATA[What to watch on TV this week:A Bachelor preview and much more]]> http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-on-tv-this-weeka-bachelor-preview-and-much-more/article/1616934?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-on-tv-this-weeka-bachelor-preview-and-much-more/article/1616934?custom_click=rss

“Outlander” (6 p.m., Starz, Season Finale) - Claire is forced to play a game of cat and mouse with an old adversary as she searches for Young Ian.

“Counterpart” (7 p.m., Starz, Sneak Peek) - A man working at a Berlin-based spy agency learns the organization safeguards a parallel dimension. Academy Award winner JK Simmons stars. 

“The Walking Dead” (7 p.m., AMC Mid-Season Finale) - Every story and battle comes crashing together. 

“The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie” (9 p.m., ABC, Sneak Peek) - A preview of season 22 features a look at Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s life, his family and love of racing including journey to find love

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:24:38 -0700
<![CDATA[TV Talk - New meteorologist joins KOAA]]> http://gazette.com/tv-talk-new-meteorologist-joins-koaa/article/1616880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tv-talk-new-meteorologist-joins-koaa/article/1616880?custom_click=rss

KOAA-TV viewers will notice a new face during news broadcast starting on Monday. That’s when Jeff Matthews makes his debut with the local NBC affiliate. A veteran meteorologist, Matthews has previously worked at stations in Wyoming, Maine, Philadelphia, and Green Bay. 

“We are excited to have Jeff join our award-winning meteorologists,” said KOAA5 news director  Ryan Hazelwood. “Jeff is a dual sealed meteorologist who has cut his teeth in big weather cities. We expect him to be a great compliment to our ‘Always Watching Out For You’ weather team.”

Matthews is originally from New Jersey and earned his degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Rutgers University.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:47:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Ben Garland nominated for NFL Man of the Year as past, present Air Force athletes haul in major acknowledgments]]> http://gazette.com/ben-garland-nominated-for-nfl-man-of-the-year-as-past-present-air-force-athletes-haul-in-major-acknowledgments/article/1616794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ben-garland-nominated-for-nfl-man-of-the-year-as-past-present-air-force-athletes-haul-in-major-acknowledgments/article/1616794?custom_click=rss

Air Force graduate Ben Garland was named as the Atlanta Falcons’ nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on Thursday, the same day he drew the first start of his NFL career.

Garland, who played on the defensive line at Air Force, started at left guard for the Falcons in a 20-17 victory over New Orleans.

This is the second Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nomination for Garland, who also took the honor for the Denver Broncos in 2014.

Other nominations for the award this year are J.J. Watt, who raised millions for Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

The winner will be announced on Feb. 3.

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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:13:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs school advances in nationwide STEAM competition]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-school-advances-in-nationwide-steam-competition/article/1616818?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-school-advances-in-nationwide-steam-competition/article/1616818?custom_click=rss

The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs is one of five schools in Colorado being recognized nationally for inspiring change in their local communities through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.

Selected from nearly 3,000 entries, the schools have been named state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

The nationwide competition carries $2 million in prizes and challenges students to creatively use STEAM skills to address real-world issues and inspire change.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:49:04 -0700
<![CDATA[TV Talk - “The Twilight Zone” gets a reboot, “Undercover High” has a new premiere date, and the nominees for the Critics Choice Awards are announced]]> http://gazette.com/tv-talk-the-twilight-zone-gets-a-reboot-undercover-high-has-a-new-premiere-date-and-the-nominees-for-the-critics-choice-awards-are-announced/article/1616689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tv-talk-the-twilight-zone-gets-a-reboot-undercover-high-has-a-new-premiere-date-and-the-nominees-for-the-critics-choice-awards-are-announced/article/1616689?custom_click=rss

Jordan Peele heads to “The Twilight Zone”

Today CBS announced the latest addition to its CBS All Access streaming service, a reboot of the popular program, “The Twilight Zone.” The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez will serve as executive producers for the series and collaborate on the premiere episode.

“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” said Jordan Peele, executive producer.

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:32:45 -0700
<![CDATA[What to watch: ‘Top Chef: Colorado’ premieres, Psych’ gets a movie, and much more]]> http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-top-chef-colorado-premieres-psych-gets-a-movie-and-much-more/article/1616471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-top-chef-colorado-premieres-psych-gets-a-movie-and-much-more/article/1616471?custom_click=rss

“The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special” (7 p.m., CBS, Special Event) - The 50th anniversary of Carol Burnett’s iconic variety series is celebrated by Burnett, cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, and others. 

“Shark Tank” (8 p.m., ABC) - A pair of entrepreneurs hope they have the fix for keeping people warm during the holiday season. 

“National Christmas Tree Lighting” (5 p.m., Hallmark, Special Event) - The annual tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C. is spotlighted. 

“The Newspaperman: Ben Bradlee” (6 p.m.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:03:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich credits advice from football coach Troy Calhoun in snapping skid]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-basketball-coach-dave-pilipovich-credits-advice-from-football-coach-troy-calhoun-in-snapping-skid/article/1616453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-basketball-coach-dave-pilipovich-credits-advice-from-football-coach-troy-calhoun-in-snapping-skid/article/1616453?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich gave props to a surprising source after overcoming a 22-point deficit to beat Denver on Saturday.

The recipient was his football counterpart at the academy.

“I tell you who I’m going to credit for this victory – coach Troy Calhoun,” Pilipovich said.

Pilipovich, whose team had dropped 22 straight road games before Saturday, said he discussed the road woes with Calhoun this past summer, laying out the full road schedule and routine in search of some help.

Normally, in a week like this, Pilipovich would have had his team practice on Thursday after returning home on a flight after Wednesday’s home game. They would then practice on

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 23:55:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Terrones blog: A lifelong sports fan questions why he’s still “rooting for laundry”]]> http://gazette.com/terrones-blog-a-lifelong-sports-fan-questions-why-hes-still-rooting-for-laundry/article/1616148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/terrones-blog-a-lifelong-sports-fan-questions-why-hes-still-rooting-for-laundry/article/1616148?custom_click=rss

January 25, 1998 is a day I will remember for the rest of my life. That’s the day the Denver Broncos beat the 11-point favorite Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. After watching the Broncos get trounced in four previous title games, Super Bowl XXXII was a cathartic experience. It literally brought tears to my eyes. I was 26 years old at the time. 

Like most people, my life long obsession with sports starting young. My earliest sports memory was when I was six. We were an army family stationed in Hawaii and my dad, a Colorado native, was excited about Super Bowl XII. I didn’t really watch the game, just my father as I’d never seen him so excited.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:41:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Sports Illustrated honors Colin Kaepernick with prestigious Ali Award]]> http://gazette.com/sports-illustrated-honors-colin-kaepernick-with-prestigious-ali-award/article/1616348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sports-illustrated-honors-colin-kaepernick-with-prestigious-ali-award/article/1616348?custom_click=rss

In a move that will inspire support and most likely even more opposition, Sports Illustrated has named former 49ers quarterback - and NFL outcast - Colin Kaepernick as the 2017 winner of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

Expect applause from those who support Kaepernick and his cause. Expect boycotts of the magazine from those who oppose Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to two NFC title games and one Super Bowl. (He threw 16 touchdowns against only four interceptions last season.)

Kaepernick remains an unemployed quarterback.

Here's an excerpt from the SI story by Michael Rosenberg:

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Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:54:07 -0700