<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - blogs]]> http://gazette.com/rss/blogs Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:13:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[How my 8-year-old daughter picked the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history]]> http://gazette.com/how-my-8-year-old-daughter-picked-the-biggest-upset-in-ncaa-tournament-history/article/1622826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-my-8-year-old-daughter-picked-the-biggest-upset-in-ncaa-tournament-history/article/1622826?custom_click=rss

The logic my daughters use when filling out their NCAA Tournament brackets is as solid as anybody's.

I just happen to find theirs more entertaining.

Why is Cincinnati making a Final Four run? Because in “Elmo Saves Christmas,” Snuffleupagus goes to Cincinnati to visit his grandma.


Why is Arkansas in the Sweet 16? “Because I like little rocks.”


We’ve had our three girls – now 8, 7 and 5 – pick brackets every year, beginning when they would indicate choices by picking between two tiny snacks. We would place the bite representing the higher-seeded team closer to them or to the side they were favoring to keep it a bit more realistic.

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Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:13:04 -0600
<![CDATA[TV review: Abnormal criminal behavior at heart of 'Instinct']]> http://gazette.com/tv-review-abnormal-criminal-behavior-at-heart-of-instinct/article/1622714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tv-review-abnormal-criminal-behavior-at-heart-of-instinct/article/1622714?custom_click=rss


Cast: Alan Cumming ("The Good Wife," "X-Men 2"), Bojana Novakovic ("Shameless," "Westworld"), Naveen Andrews ("Lost," "Sense8"), Daniel Ings ("Lovesick," "Eddie the Eagle"), Sharon Leal ("Dreamgirls," "Supergirl")

Airs: The series premieres on CBS at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The premise: College professor and former CIA operative Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is lured back into his old life when New York City police detective Lizzy Needham (Bojana Navakovic) needs his help to stop a serial killer. "Instinct" is based on the James Patterson novel "Murder Games."

Highs: It's hard to imagine anyone more appropriately cast as Reinhart than Alan Cumming.

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Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:53:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Molly Ringwald coming to Denver Comic Con]]> http://gazette.com/molly-ringwald-coming-to-denver-comic-con/article/1622733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/molly-ringwald-coming-to-denver-comic-con/article/1622733?custom_click=rss

Denver Comic Con has been slowly announcing their 2018 celebrity guest lineup over the past few months. Several big names - Ron Perlman, Matt Smith, Frank Miller, David Harbour and some of the cast from “The Walking Dead” - have already been announced. This week DCC has another name joining their guest list, someone well known to Gen Xers. 

Molly Ringwald, the star of classic 80s films such as “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “The Breakfast Club,” will be coming to Denver this summer. While more mature DCC attendees will recognize Ringwald for her work in the 1980s, younger TV viewers will recognize her as Archie’s mom in the hit CW series “Riverdale.

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Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:47:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Minor league rules changes won't fix pace of baseball like re-examination of strike zone would]]> http://gazette.com/minor-league-rules-changes-wont-fix-pace-of-baseball-like-re-examination-of-strike-zone-would/article/1622696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minor-league-rules-changes-wont-fix-pace-of-baseball-like-re-examination-of-strike-zone-would/article/1622696?custom_click=rss

Baseball has a hangnail, so it is amputating the whole hand.

At least that’s how I see the new regulations enacted in the minor leagues. Umpires will be asked to monitor pitch clocks of various lengths depending on the situation. Mound visits will be limited (OK, that one isn’t so bad). Most jarring is a move toward making extra innings resemble a hockey shootout or start-at-the-25-yard-line overtime that bears little resemblance to the rest of the game, beginning each extra frame with a runner on second base.

How about this instead, enforce a rule that has always existed:

Rule 2.00: The Strike Zone.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:41:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Harrison D-2 one of 12 districts nationwide to pilot a 'digital equity' program]]> http://gazette.com/harrison-d-2-one-of-12-districts-nationwide-to-pilot-a-digital-equity-program/article/1622583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harrison-d-2-one-of-12-districts-nationwide-to-pilot-a-digital-equity-program/article/1622583?custom_click=rss

Harrison School District 2 has been selected to participate in a “digital equity” pilot program for districts that enroll high percentages of children from low-income families and minorities.

The Alliance for Excellent Education recently launched the new Future Ready Schools Digital Equity Program, which provides districts with resources, leadership strategies and other support to improve digital learning strategies.

Harrison D-2 is one of 12 districts nationwide to be selected for the program.

School districts were chosen based on showing commitment to modernize schools, support teachers and identify contemporary learning opportunities that engage students and improve academic achievement.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:45:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos Country will be Case Keenum Country, according to report]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-country-will-be-case-keenum-country-according-to-report/article/1622562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-country-will-be-case-keenum-country-according-to-report/article/1622562?custom_click=rss

There's always a history with these Broncos. They trust what and who they know. There's the Elway-Kubiak thing, and Kubiak's back, and when Vance Joseph was hired as coach, he listed Kubiak as his top influence in coaching.

It goes on, and that's probably a big reason why Case Keenum is going to be the next starting quarterback of the Broncos. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday night that Keenum, a 30-year-old who helped the Vikings to the NFC championship game, plans to sign with the Broncos when free agency opens.

Unless it's some kind of crazy contract, this is a better idea for the Broncos than Kirk Cousins. Too much money with too many other holes.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:35:57 -0600
<![CDATA[GOAL Academy High selects former Pueblo superintendent as interim executive director]]> http://gazette.com/goal-academy-high-selects-former-pueblo-superintendent-as-interim-executive-director/article/1622521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/goal-academy-high-selects-former-pueblo-superintendent-as-interim-executive-director/article/1622521?custom_click=rss Constance Jones, a former superintendent of Pueblo City School District 60, has been hired as interim executive director of GOAL Academy High School, the state’s largest alternative-education charter school that is authorized to operate under Falcon School District 49.

She will have the job until the board begins a search process at the end of this school year for a permanent replacement for the former head of the 3,811-student high school, Richard Mestas.

He resigned last month after being placed on administrator leave during an unspecified internal investigation.

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Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:42:14 -0600
<![CDATA[What to watch on TV for the week of March 11 - March 17: “American Idol” returns, March Madness begins, and much more]]> http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-on-tv-for-the-week-of-march-11-march-17-american-idol-returns-march-madness-begins-and-much-more/article/1622476?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-on-tv-for-the-week-of-march-11-march-17-american-idol-returns-march-madness-begins-and-much-more/article/1622476?custom_click=rss

“American Idol” (7 p.m., ABC, Series Premiere) - The series premiere of a reboot of the reality series in which aspiring pop stars compete for a record deal. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie set out to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic. 

“OJ Simpson: The Lost Confession?” (7 p.m., Fox, Crime Special) - In 2006, OJ Simpson sat down with Judith Regan for a no-holds-barred interview in which he gave a hypothetical account of what happened on the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered. The taps of that interview were lost, until now. 

“Wicked Tuna” (7 p.m.

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Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:55:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Colorado Rockies love affair with Carlos Gonzalez good for one more fling]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-colorado-rockies-love-affair-with-carlos-gonzalez-good-for-one-more-fling/article/1622375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-colorado-rockies-love-affair-with-carlos-gonzalez-good-for-one-more-fling/article/1622375?custom_click=rss

You know you're beloved when they don't boo. They — you — never booed Carlos Gonzalez as he sputtered in '17. They didn't boo when his OPS slipped to its lowest mark since his rookie season in 2008, or when it looked like Raimel Tapia was a better option than Gonzalez, a former MVP candidate.

"Right now I feel like the worst player in the game," CarGo said last July.

As much as Rockies fans love them some CarGo, the ballclub loves him even more. The Rockies already have paid him $78 million to play in their outfield.

Now Gonzalez reportedly will return to the Rox on a one-year deal.

That's love.

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Sat, 10 Mar 2018 15:08:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Principal at The Classical Academy to retire]]> http://gazette.com/principal-at-the-classical-academy-to-retire/article/1622380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/principal-at-the-classical-academy-to-retire/article/1622380?custom_click=rss

Don Stump, principal of The Classical Academy North Elementary school, this week announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year.

Stump has worked for 16 years at TCA and 46 years in the field of education. He started at TCA in 2002 as a substitute teacher and in 2004 became the first principal at Central Elementary. He's been at North Elementary for the past four years.

He was recognized as Titan of the Year in 2013, an annual award for someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to inspire and encourage students.

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Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:30:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Donated musical instrument drive underway to benefit school band programs]]> http://gazette.com/donated-musical-instrument-drive-underway-to-benefit-school-band-programs/article/1622233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/donated-musical-instrument-drive-underway-to-benefit-school-band-programs/article/1622233?custom_click=rss

The annual used instrument drive, Bringing Music to Life, kicked off this week and runs through March 17.

The nonprofit event collects used band or orchestra instruments that are no longer needed. The donated instruments are refurbished by the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology and given to needy high school band programs.

The drop-off location in Colorado Springs is Meeker Music, 624 N. Tejon St.
The store’s hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Last year’s event provided 630 instruments to 53 Colorado schools.

Since the drives began, more than 3,800 instruments worth more than $1.75 million have been awarded to

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Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:48:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Pikes Pub: 'Foam'enting a brewing unrest]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-foamenting-a-brewing-unrest/article/1622239?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-foamenting-a-brewing-unrest/article/1622239?custom_click=rss

There's an episode of "The Brady Bunch" wherein youngest brother Bobby sets out to do laundry by himself, dumps in way too much detergent, and the washing machine starts belching suds that - because of sitcom science - soon engulf the room.

Sometimes when I pour a beer, I feel like Bobby Brady.

I usually can tell within the first inch or so of liquid-in-glass which way things are going to break, but sometimes there's a window - a few milliseconds, maybe - during which tragedy might yet be averted by a quick correction of tilt or speed. Mostly, though, by the time I recognize what's going on it's too late.

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Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:34:21 -0700
<![CDATA[TV Talk: Changes behind the scenes at KRDO]]> http://gazette.com/tv-talk-changes-behind-the-scenes-at-krdo/article/1622271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tv-talk-changes-behind-the-scenes-at-krdo/article/1622271?custom_click=rss

KRDO-TV, a local ABC affiliate, is now without its general manager. Tim Larson, the long time GM, left the station last week. 

“Tim has left KRDO and a search is on for this replacement,” said news director Mike Rausch. “No interim GM has been named. Tim told our staff that he is leaving for personal and family reasons.” 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:26:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Will John Elway, honorary chairman, qualify to play in U.S. Senior Open at the Broadmoor?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-will-john-elway-honorary-chairman-qualify-to-play-in-u.s.-senior-open-at-the-broadmoor/article/1622246?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-will-john-elway-honorary-chairman-qualify-to-play-in-u.s.-senior-open-at-the-broadmoor/article/1622246?custom_click=rss

So now we have the ideal spring itinerary for Broncos boss John Elway.

Lure a stud quarterback to Colorado.

Nail the Broncos' 10 selections the NFL draft.


Qualify for the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor.

Simple, right?

Elway already was the honorary chairman for the U.S. Senior Open that will unfold at the Broadmoor Golf Club's East Course June 28-July 1. Now the 57-year-old (players must be 50-plus to play in the Senior Open) is scheduled to compete in sectional qualifying on May 28. Elway filed his entry Wednesday.

How does a Senior Open threesome of CU alum Hale Irwin, John Daly (at altitude) and John Elway sound?

Eligible players

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Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:21:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force snubbed in men's basketball All-Mountain West selections, continuing a trend]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-snubbed-in-mens-basketball-all-mountain-west-selections-continuing-a-trend/article/1622187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-snubbed-in-mens-basketball-all-mountain-west-selections-continuing-a-trend/article/1622187?custom_click=rss

Air Force was entirely shut out in voting for all-Mountain West slots, continuing a trend.

Nevada’s Caleb Martin was named Player of the Year as the awards voted upon by coaches were announced Tuesday. Martin he was joined on the first team by teammate Jordan Caroline, Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison, Fresno State’s Deshon Taylor and Wyoming’s Justin James.

Colorado Springs native Alan Herndon was an all-defensive pick by the coaches for his work at Wyoming.

Air Force placed no players on the top three teams or had anyone receive honorable mention.

The two teams that finished below the Falcons in the standings, Colorado State and San Jose State, had representatives among the four

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Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:26:52 -0700