<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:03:10 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Obama promoting economic gains as elections near]]> http://gazette.com/obama-promoting-economic-gains-as-elections-near/article/feed/152576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-promoting-economic-gains-as-elections-near/article/feed/152576?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish these days about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession. And the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

Obama says — quote —"There are reasons to feel good about the direction that we're headed."

Despite turmoil in the Mideast and along the Ukraine-Russia border, the top issue with Americans remains the economy. And while consumer confidence appears to be improving, the public remains anxious over how strong the recovery is going to be.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish these days about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession. And the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

Obama says — quote —"There are reasons to feel good about the direction that we're headed."

Despite turmoil in the Mideast and along the Ukraine-Russia border, the top issue with Americans remains the economy. And while consumer confidence appears to be improving, the public remains anxious over how strong the recovery is going to be.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:46:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years]]> http://gazette.com/revel-starts-shutdown-monday-after-just-2-years/article/feed/152567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/revel-starts-shutdown-monday-after-just-2-years/article/feed/152567?custom_click=rss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

Its casino will close early Tuesday.

Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market.

But mired in its second bankruptcy in as many years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino.

Analysts and competitors say Revel was hampered by business decisions including a total smoking ban, the lack of a buffet and daily bus trips to and from the casino, and the lack of a players'

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]]> ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

Its casino will close early Tuesday.

Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market.

But mired in its second bankruptcy in as many years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as a casino.

Analysts and competitors say Revel was hampered by business decisions including a total smoking ban, the lack of a buffet and daily bus trips to and from the casino, and the lack of a players']]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:30:45 -0600 <![CDATA[A timeline of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel]]> http://gazette.com/a-timeline-of-atlantic-citys-revel-casino-hotel/article/feed/146303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-timeline-of-atlantic-citys-revel-casino-hotel/article/feed/146303?custom_click=rss

A look at key moments in the history of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel:

September 2007: Revel Entertainment and partner Morgan Stanley file plans for a new casino and 3,800 hotel rooms. It would be the first new casino in Atlantic City since the Borgata opened in 2003.

July 31, 2008: A plane crash in Minnesota kills three executives of Revel Entertainment and its builder, Tishman Construction.

Jan. 28, 2009: Running out of money halfway through the project, Revel Entertainment lays off 400 workers and slows construction of the casino, saying it will finish the exterior while looking for money to build the rest.

April 22, 2010: Morgan Stanley decides it's better to take a $932 million loss on Revel than to spen

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]]> A look at key moments in the history of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel:

September 2007: Revel Entertainment and partner Morgan Stanley file plans for a new casino and 3,800 hotel rooms. It would be the first new casino in Atlantic City since the Borgata opened in 2003.

July 31, 2008: A plane crash in Minnesota kills three executives of Revel Entertainment and its builder, Tishman Construction.

Jan. 28, 2009: Running out of money halfway through the project, Revel Entertainment lays off 400 workers and slows construction of the casino, saying it will finish the exterior while looking for money to build the rest.

April 22, 2010: Morgan Stanley decides it's better to take a $932 million loss on Revel than to spen]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:31:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes]]> http://gazette.com/asia-stocks-rise-on-sp-high-china-stimulus-hopes/article/feed/152551?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asia-stocks-rise-on-sp-high-china-stimulus-hopes/article/feed/152551?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China after its manufacturing growth slowed. Investors looked ahead to this week's U.S. employment figures and a meeting of Europe's central bank for signs of stimulus steps.

KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 percent to 2,229.97 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 0.2 percent to 15,460.50. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.5 percent to 24,875.52. Sydney, Taipei and Jakarta also rose. Seoul's Kospi was down 0.1 percent at 2,066.70.

CHINA FACTORIES: Two surveys showed China's manufacturing growth slowed in August as export demand and investment weakened, raising expectations Beijing might l

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]]> BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China after its manufacturing growth slowed. Investors looked ahead to this week's U.S. employment figures and a meeting of Europe's central bank for signs of stimulus steps.

KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 percent to 2,229.97 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 0.2 percent to 15,460.50. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.5 percent to 24,875.52. Sydney, Taipei and Jakarta also rose. Seoul's Kospi was down 0.1 percent at 2,066.70.

CHINA FACTORIES: Two surveys showed China's manufacturing growth slowed in August as export demand and investment weakened, raising expectations Beijing might l]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:03:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Showboat closes after 27 years in Atlantic City]]> http://gazette.com/showboat-closes-after-27-years-in-atlantic-city/article/feed/152366?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/showboat-closes-after-27-years-in-atlantic-city/article/feed/152366?custom_click=rss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.

The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down Sunday after 27 years on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It was one of three casinos closing within the next two weeks as Atlantic City deals with the impact of increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states. Revel will begin a two-day closing Monday, and Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

One of the final songs piped in over the Showboat's loudspeakers: Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust."

"We're all feeling a little betrayed," Showboat cook Curtis Wade said. "We're all walking around in a fog today. We worked really hard to try to keep it operating, and we're still profitable.

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]]> ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.

The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down Sunday after 27 years on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It was one of three casinos closing within the next two weeks as Atlantic City deals with the impact of increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states. Revel will begin a two-day closing Monday, and Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

One of the final songs piped in over the Showboat's loudspeakers: Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust."

"We're all feeling a little betrayed," Showboat cook Curtis Wade said. "We're all walking around in a fog today. We worked really hard to try to keep it operating, and we're still profitable.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:01:35 -0600 <![CDATA[3 injured in lightning strike at New York beach]]> http://gazette.com/3-injured-in-lightning-strike-at-new-york-beach/article/feed/152494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-injured-in-lightning-strike-at-new-york-beach/article/feed/152494?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A lightning strike at a New York City beach has injured three people.

The fire department says the men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area.

The men are being treated at a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The lightning strike happened as heavy thunderstorms swept through the city. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to a musical festival on an East River island.

Dozens of commercial flights into the city's airports were delayed because of the severe weather.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — A lightning strike at a New York City beach has injured three people.

The fire department says the men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area.

The men are being treated at a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The lightning strike happened as heavy thunderstorms swept through the city. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to a musical festival on an East River island.

Dozens of commercial flights into the city's airports were delayed because of the severe weather.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:16:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Frank Lloyd Wright school's future divides leaders]]> http://gazette.com/frank-lloyd-wright-schools-future-divides-leaders/article/feed/152477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/frank-lloyd-wright-schools-future-divides-leaders/article/feed/152477?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — The future of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has divided the institution named for the iconic designer. The quest to keep its accreditation status has some school board members concerned the degree program will end, while its foundation denied the school is in danger of closing.

The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which operates the school, announced last week that it would not independently incorporate the school as a way to stay accredited. The Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission, which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states, changed its bylaws two years ago to prohibit accreditation for schools that operate as divisions of a larger organization.

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]]> PHOENIX (AP) — The future of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has divided the institution named for the iconic designer. The quest to keep its accreditation status has some school board members concerned the degree program will end, while its foundation denied the school is in danger of closing.

The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which operates the school, announced last week that it would not independently incorporate the school as a way to stay accredited. The Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission, which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states, changed its bylaws two years ago to prohibit accreditation for schools that operate as divisions of a larger organization.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:30:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker]]> http://gazette.com/tesla-motors-dealing-as-states-play-factory-poker/article/feed/152424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tesla-motors-dealing-as-states-play-factory-poker/article/feed/152424?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs.

It's how Tesla is deciding where to build.

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.

Tesla signaled this would be no ordinary competition last fall, when it gathered economic development officials from seven Western states and unveiled its vision for

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs.

It's how Tesla is deciding where to build.

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.

Tesla signaled this would be no ordinary competition last fall, when it gathered economic development officials from seven Western states and unveiled its vision for]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:17:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory]]> http://gazette.com/incentives-states-can-offer-to-get-tesla-factory/article/feed/152428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/incentives-states-can-offer-to-get-tesla-factory/article/feed/152428?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine where Tesla builds the factory — Nevada, California, Texas, Arizona or New Mexico. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the winning state will shoulder about 10 percent of the total cost, meaning at least $500 million worth of incentives.

Tesla already has done initial preparatory work on a potential site near Reno, Nevada, and plans to prepare one other site in coming months. A final decision is expected by year's end.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine where Tesla builds the factory — Nevada, California, Texas, Arizona or New Mexico. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the winning state will shoulder about 10 percent of the total cost, meaning at least $500 million worth of incentives.

Tesla already has done initial preparatory work on a potential site near Reno, Nevada, and plans to prepare one other site in coming months. A final decision is expected by year's end.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:17:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go]]> http://gazette.com/feds-want-nuclear-waste-train-but-nowhere-to-go/article/feed/152408?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-want-nuclear-waste-train-but-nowhere-to-go/article/feed/152408?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel.

They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048.

No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment.

U.S.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel.

They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048.

No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment.

U.S.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:47:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms]]> http://gazette.com/cleveland-welcomes-growing-field-of-server-farms/article/feed/152405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cleveland-welcomes-growing-field-of-server-farms/article/feed/152405?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

BYTEGRID, which got its start in northern Virginia, is investing millions to convert a small data center near downtown Cleveland into a large one capable of using enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes. At least one other company is looking for a site in Cleveland, and several more have established sites in the city and its suburbs.

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]]> CLEVELAND (AP) — Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

BYTEGRID, which got its start in northern Virginia, is investing millions to convert a small data center near downtown Cleveland into a large one capable of using enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes. At least one other company is looking for a site in Cleveland, and several more have established sites in the city and its suburbs.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:01:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial]]> http://gazette.com/detroit-raced-toward-this-weeks-bankruptcy-trial/article/feed/152398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/detroit-raced-toward-this-weeks-bankruptcy-trial/article/feed/152398?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half.

After some delays, the confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is scheduled to start Tuesday.

Massive debt, thousands of creditors and complex union and pension issues had many experts thinking Detroit's bankruptcy would take years to resolve, considering two California cities — Stockton and San Bernardino — filed a year before Detroit did and still haven't settled on plans.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half.

After some delays, the confirmation trial for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is scheduled to start Tuesday.

Massive debt, thousands of creditors and complex union and pension issues had many experts thinking Detroit's bankruptcy would take years to resolve, considering two California cities — Stockton and San Bernardino — filed a year before Detroit did and still haven't settled on plans.]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:30:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Brewing strong at 20]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/brewing-strong-at-20/article/1536573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brewing-strong-at-20/article/1536573?custom_click=rss

Twenty years ago, only the bravest gamblers might have wagered on Mike and Amanda Bristol making a go of their brewing business.

There were plenty of strikes against them.

The couple started the business with inadequate cash. They bought too few kegs. And, with little background in brewing other than Mike Bristol's home-brewing hobby, they didn't understand the seasonality of the industry.

But through the years, they made savvy business decisions that included several relocations and a partnership in a thriving restored school building, and Bristol Brewing Co. emerged from the cramped, nondescript warehouse where it launched two decades ago to become the largest microbrewery in southern Colorado.

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]]> Twenty years ago, only the bravest gamblers might have wagered on Mike and Amanda Bristol making a go of their brewing business.

There were plenty of strikes against them.

The couple started the business with inadequate cash. They bought too few kegs. And, with little background in brewing other than Mike Bristol's home-brewing hobby, they didn't understand the seasonality of the industry.

But through the years, they made savvy business decisions that included several relocations and a partnership in a thriving restored school building, and Bristol Brewing Co. emerged from the cramped, nondescript warehouse where it launched two decades ago to become the largest microbrewery in southern Colorado.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:31:29 -0600 <![CDATA[NYC union: Cops not to blame for drugged-out death]]> http://gazette.com/nyc-union-cops-not-to-blame-for-drugged-out-death/article/feed/152206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nyc-union-cops-not-to-blame-for-drugged-out-death/article/feed/152206?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday.

The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, and had been acting erratic in a taxi when officers responding to a 911 call restrained him, placing him in a protective body wrap, police said. He was headed to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation when he went into cardiac arrest and died.

The medical examiner's office said Singleton was in a state of excited delirium related to severe intoxication from the drug.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday.

The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, and had been acting erratic in a taxi when officers responding to a 911 call restrained him, placing him in a protective body wrap, police said. He was headed to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation when he went into cardiac arrest and died.

The medical examiner's office said Singleton was in a state of excited delirium related to severe intoxication from the drug.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:15:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs business leaders forming group to influence civic, political decisions]]> By monica mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-business-leaders-forming-group-to-influence-civic-political-decisions/article/1536552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-business-leaders-forming-group-to-influence-civic-political-decisions/article/1536552?custom_click=rss

Local business leaders are forming an organization to become involved in major civic and political decisions in Colorado Springs.

Their stated beliefs include: keeping tabs on city infrastructure; electing politicians who share their vision and values; taking a stand on major issues in the community; and working to foster the city's arts culture.

It's a set of big goals, said William Mutch, a spokesman and consultant for the group calling itself Colorado Springs Forward.

Mutch said the group is loosely modeled after the Denver group called Colorado Concern, which according to the Denver Post is a coalition of high-level executives, including some from Colorado Springs, working to shape public policy.

"This group



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Local business leaders are forming an organization to become involved in major civic and political decisions in Colorado Springs.

Their stated beliefs include: keeping tabs on city infrastructure; electing politicians who share their vision and values; taking a stand on major issues in the community; and working to foster the city's arts culture.

It's a set of big goals, said William Mutch, a spokesman and consultant for the group calling itself Colorado Springs Forward.

Mutch said the group is loosely modeled after the Denver group called Colorado Concern, which according to the Denver Post is a coalition of high-level executives, including some from Colorado Springs, working to shape public policy.

"This group

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NEW YORK (AP) — The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally.

But really, the movie of the summer was "Star Wars: Episode VII." Even though it's not due in theaters for more than a year, no other film captured the popcorn-hunger of moviegoers quite like J.J. Abrams' resurrection of George Lucas' space opera. As the blockbuster-to-come went into production over the summer, every bit of casting news was eagerly consumed; every hint of its plot was carefully parsed.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally.

But really, the movie of the summer was "Star Wars: Episode VII." Even though it's not due in theaters for more than a year, no other film captured the popcorn-hunger of moviegoers quite like J.J. Abrams' resurrection of George Lucas' space opera. As the blockbuster-to-come went into production over the summer, every bit of casting news was eagerly consumed; every hint of its plot was carefully parsed.]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:15:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise]]> http://gazette.com/few-women-in-construction-recruiting-efforts-rise/article/feed/152189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/few-women-in-construction-recruiting-efforts-rise/article/feed/152189?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt — learning how to be a carpenter.

"I believe it's going to pay off," she said amid instruction in sawing techniques.

If Moreno's six-week training program in New York City leads to a full-time job, she'll have bucked long odds. On this Labor Day weekend, ponder the latest federal data: About 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year — and only 2.6 percent were women.

That percentage has scarcely budged since the 1970s, while women have made gains since then in

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt — learning how to be a carpenter.

"I believe it's going to pay off," she said amid instruction in sawing techniques.

If Moreno's six-week training program in New York City leads to a full-time job, she'll have bucked long odds. On this Labor Day weekend, ponder the latest federal data: About 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year — and only 2.6 percent were women.

That percentage has scarcely budged since the 1970s, while women have made gains since then in]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:00:43 -0600 <![CDATA[It's out with the old, in with the new for American Airline flights from Colorado Springs]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/its-out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-for-american-airline-flights-from-colorado-springs/article/1536513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-for-american-airline-flights-from-colorado-springs/article/1536513?custom_click=rss

Passengers who fly on American Airlines out of Colorado Springs will likely get a nicer ride this year as the company shifts its five daily flights to Dallas to newer Airbus A319 aircraft and regional jets operated by its Envoy Air unit.

Three of American's flights will shift from 140-passenger MD-80 aircraft to 128-passenger Airbus A319 jets on Oct. 2 as part of the airline's plan to replace its older aircraft with more fuel-efficient planes, said Jenna Arnold, a spokeswoman at American's Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters.

The carrier, which merged with US Airways in December, announced plans in 2009 to retire its fleet of 270 MD-80 aircraft - which have an average age of 22 years - by 2017.

For the airline, it means

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]]> Passengers who fly on American Airlines out of Colorado Springs will likely get a nicer ride this year as the company shifts its five daily flights to Dallas to newer Airbus A319 aircraft and regional jets operated by its Envoy Air unit.

Three of American's flights will shift from 140-passenger MD-80 aircraft to 128-passenger Airbus A319 jets on Oct. 2 as part of the airline's plan to replace its older aircraft with more fuel-efficient planes, said Jenna Arnold, a spokeswoman at American's Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters.

The carrier, which merged with US Airways in December, announced plans in 2009 to retire its fleet of 270 MD-80 aircraft - which have an average age of 22 years - by 2017.

For the airline, it means]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:55:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge rules lawsuit challenging Aurora project can move forward]]> By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/judge-rules-lawsuit-challenging-aurora-project-can-move-forward/article/1536526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-rules-lawsuit-challenging-aurora-project-can-move-forward/article/1536526?custom_click=rss

A lawsuit challenging a portion of the multimillion-dollar incentive package offered to the developer of the proposed Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center in Aurora will go forward, according to a ruling Friday by Adams County District Court Judge Ted C. Tow.

Aurora residents David Bishop and Regina Thomson filed a lawsuit in February saying a number of the incentives offered to the hotel developer violated various aspects of state law. Several of the claims were dismissed earlier in the process, but Aurora argued Monday at the courthouse in Brighton that the remaining four claims should be tossed as well.

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]]> A lawsuit challenging a portion of the multimillion-dollar incentive package offered to the developer of the proposed Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center in Aurora will go forward, according to a ruling Friday by Adams County District Court Judge Ted C. Tow.

Aurora residents David Bishop and Regina Thomson filed a lawsuit in February saying a number of the incentives offered to the hotel developer violated various aspects of state law. Several of the claims were dismissed earlier in the process, but Aurora argued Monday at the courthouse in Brighton that the remaining four claims should be tossed as well.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:48:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Royal Gorge rises from the ashes with 'soft' reopening this weekend]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/royal-gorge-rises-from-the-ashes-with-soft-reopening-this-weekend/article/1536298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/royal-gorge-rises-from-the-ashes-with-soft-reopening-this-weekend/article/1536298?custom_click=rss

Nearly 15 months after a wildfire destroyed all but four of its 52 structures, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will reopen Saturday with a new visitors center, a miniature one-mile railroad and expectations that a second reconstructon phase will be ready in November.

The 85-year-old bridge was only slightly damaged in the June 2013 fire, but it's been closed since Aug. 11 to allow construction workers to complete the new 14,000-square-foot visitors center and finish work on parking lots and landscaping, said Mike Bandera, vice president and general manager of the 360-acre Cañon City attraction. The reopening marks the completion of the first phase of the $23 million rebuilding project, all paid by insurance.



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Nearly 15 months after a wildfire destroyed all but four of its 52 structures, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will reopen Saturday with a new visitors center, a miniature one-mile railroad and expectations that a second reconstructon phase will be ready in November.

The 85-year-old bridge was only slightly damaged in the June 2013 fire, but it's been closed since Aug. 11 to allow construction workers to complete the new 14,000-square-foot visitors center and finish work on parking lots and landscaping, said Mike Bandera, vice president and general manager of the 360-acre Cañon City attraction. The reopening marks the completion of the first phase of the $23 million rebuilding project, all paid by insurance.

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<![CDATA[Bigger space may help Colorado Springs business boost other businesses]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/bigger-space-may-help-colorado-springs-business-boost-other-businesses/article/1536522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bigger-space-may-help-colorado-springs-business-boost-other-businesses/article/1536522?custom_click=rss

To Lisa Tessarowicz, the Colorado Springs entrepreneurial community is disconnected.

The elements of what makes a good startup company, she said, are here: people with skills in coding, finance and operations. But to get them to collaborate or start a company together is not easy.

"The ingredients are here. We're just not mixing them the right way," she said. "Those people are not hanging out in the same rooms in Colorado Springs."

That is what her business, Epicentral Coworking, is trying to address, and she hopes that the larger space it moved into this summer will make it easier to achieve a shift.

Tessarowicz co-founded Epicentral Coworking in 2011 in a suite at 409 N. Tejon St.

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]]> To Lisa Tessarowicz, the Colorado Springs entrepreneurial community is disconnected.

The elements of what makes a good startup company, she said, are here: people with skills in coding, finance and operations. But to get them to collaborate or start a company together is not easy.

"The ingredients are here. We're just not mixing them the right way," she said. "Those people are not hanging out in the same rooms in Colorado Springs."

That is what her business, Epicentral Coworking, is trying to address, and she hopes that the larger space it moved into this summer will make it easier to achieve a shift.

Tessarowicz co-founded Epicentral Coworking in 2011 in a suite at 409 N. Tejon St.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1536512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1536512?custom_click=rss Erin Sokol has rejoined Hogan Lovells Colorado Springs office as an attorney on its litigation team. Sokol's practice focuses on employment law and general commercial litigation. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law School, Sokol was a partner at Sokol & Brewer in Colorado Springs before rejoining Hogan Lovells. She serves on the board of directors for the El Paso County Bar Foundation and the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.

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]]> Erin Sokol has rejoined Hogan Lovells Colorado Springs office as an attorney on its litigation team. Sokol's practice focuses on employment law and general commercial litigation. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law School, Sokol was a partner at Sokol & Brewer in Colorado Springs before rejoining Hogan Lovells. She serves on the board of directors for the El Paso County Bar Foundation and the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado.

GET MORE, SUBMIT ITEM: See Sunday's Business section for more Movers & Shakers. To submit an item, go to the press release form at gazette.com/business.]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Seasonal Halloween stores already scaring up business in Colorado Springs]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/seasonal-halloween-stores-already-scaring-up-business-in-colorado-springs/article/1536471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seasonal-halloween-stores-already-scaring-up-business-in-colorado-springs/article/1536471?custom_click=rss

It happens every year about this time.

Football? Lower temperatures? Aspen leaves getting ready to change?

Nah. We're talking about the arrival of seasonal Halloween stores scaring up business in late August, even before the calendar turns to Labor Day.

Two of the most widely recognized national chains, Spirit Halloween and Halloween City, have invaded the Springs for years with locations that temporarily take up vacant space in shopping centers and free-standing buildings.

This year, Spirit Halloween, a 31-year-old company owned by New Jersey-based Spencer Gifts, plans to open more than 1,100 stores nationwide around Labor Day weekend and close them in early November, according to the company's website. The



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It happens every year about this time.

Football? Lower temperatures? Aspen leaves getting ready to change?

Nah. We're talking about the arrival of seasonal Halloween stores scaring up business in late August, even before the calendar turns to Labor Day.

Two of the most widely recognized national chains, Spirit Halloween and Halloween City, have invaded the Springs for years with locations that temporarily take up vacant space in shopping centers and free-standing buildings.

This year, Spirit Halloween, a 31-year-old company owned by New Jersey-based Spencer Gifts, plans to open more than 1,100 stores nationwide around Labor Day weekend and close them in early November, according to the company's website. The

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<![CDATA[Signs point to new Sprouts location in Colorado Springs]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/signs-point-to-new-sprouts-location-in-colorado-springs/article/1536472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/signs-point-to-new-sprouts-location-in-colorado-springs/article/1536472?custom_click=rss

Sprouts Farmers Market, the Arizona-based natural foods grocer, plans a 28,000-square-foot store in northern Colorado Springs.

The store would be built southeast of Voyager Parkway and North Gate Boulevard in the Northgate Plaza shopping center, which is part of the Copper Ridge retail complex, according to documents submitted to the city's Land Use Review Division.

Sprouts has 25 stores in Colorado, including one at 1730 Dublin Blvd. in the Springs. The Dublin location had been a Sunflower Farmers Market until a 2012 merger between Sunflower and Sprouts.



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Sprouts Farmers Market, the Arizona-based natural foods grocer, plans a 28,000-square-foot store in northern Colorado Springs.

The store would be built southeast of Voyager Parkway and North Gate Boulevard in the Northgate Plaza shopping center, which is part of the Copper Ridge retail complex, according to documents submitted to the city's Land Use Review Division.

Sprouts has 25 stores in Colorado, including one at 1730 Dublin Blvd. in the Springs. The Dublin location had been a Sunflower Farmers Market until a 2012 merger between Sunflower and Sprouts.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:14:10 -0600
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1536460?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1536460?custom_click=rss

Michael Borgognoni has been hired as general manager for Power Plant Media, a Colorado Springs Web development company. He has a background in technical infrastructure design and implementation, customer service and management at three multinational corporations.

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A sting operation conducted at two southeast Colorado Springs massage parlors led to the arrest of several people Tuesday, police said.

Arworn Hamilton, Misook Sledge, and Sang White were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, pandering and providing a place for prostitution, Colorado Springs police said.

The joint operation involving the department's Human Trafficking Unit, the Colorado State Patrol and Homeland Security was conducted in an effort to identify victims of sex trafficking. Two women were identified as victims and have been offered services to assist in their recovery, police said.

The operations were conducted at the Sakura Spa, 1807 B Street, and at World Massage Therapy



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A sting operation conducted at two southeast Colorado Springs massage parlors led to the arrest of several people Tuesday, police said.

Arworn Hamilton, Misook Sledge, and Sang White were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping, prostitution, pandering and providing a place for prostitution, Colorado Springs police said.

The joint operation involving the department's Human Trafficking Unit, the Colorado State Patrol and Homeland Security was conducted in an effort to identify victims of sex trafficking. Two women were identified as victims and have been offered services to assist in their recovery, police said.

The operations were conducted at the Sakura Spa, 1807 B Street, and at World Massage Therapy

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:52:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Reports: FBI probes US bank attacks by Russian hackers]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/reports-fbi-probes-us-bank-attacks-by-russian-hackers/article/1536416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reports-fbi-probes-us-bank-attacks-by-russian-hackers/article/1536416?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

A report on Bloomberg.com said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system earlier this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions aimed at Russia.

The attack, Bloomberg said, led to the loss of sensitive data. Bloomberg cited security experts saying that the attack appeared "far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers.



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NEW YORK — The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

A report on Bloomberg.com said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system earlier this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions aimed at Russia.

The attack, Bloomberg said, led to the loss of sensitive data. Bloomberg cited security experts saying that the attack appeared "far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:32:40 -0600
<![CDATA[What do people want from downtown Colorado Springs? Survey gives insight]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/what-do-people-want-from-downtown-colorado-springs-survey-gives-insight/article/1536380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-do-people-want-from-downtown-colorado-springs-survey-gives-insight/article/1536380?custom_click=rss

It's no surprise: frequent visitors to Colorado Springs and city residents want a downtown that is vibrant, safe and clean.

They also want more attention paid to recruiting new businesses and filling vacancies, making the area more accessible to walking and biking, and reducing loitering and vagrancy.

Those were some of the findings from a Progressive Urban Management Associates survey to gauge what people think of the city's downtown and how it can be improved.

The results were presented Wednesday morning by Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership, at a meeting at the Penrose Library attended by about 70 people.

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]]> It's no surprise: frequent visitors to Colorado Springs and city residents want a downtown that is vibrant, safe and clean.

They also want more attention paid to recruiting new businesses and filling vacancies, making the area more accessible to walking and biking, and reducing loitering and vagrancy.

Those were some of the findings from a Progressive Urban Management Associates survey to gauge what people think of the city's downtown and how it can be improved.

The results were presented Wednesday morning by Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Downtown Partnership, at a meeting at the Penrose Library attended by about 70 people.]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:55:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs business alliance funding a hot potato for council, mayor]]> By Monica Mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-business-alliance-funding-a-hot-potato-for-council-mayor/article/1536383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-business-alliance-funding-a-hot-potato-for-council-mayor/article/1536383?custom_click=rss

It seems that city funding for an economic development organization in Colorado Springs has become a game of hot potato.

The City Council, which gave the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance $70,000 last year from its Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, is tossing the organization back to the mayor's budget, saying economic development should be paid for from the city's general fund. Until a few years ago, that is where the money came from, said council member Jan Martin.

But Mayor Steve Bach says there is no money to give. He said he's going to have to slash $6 million from the 2015 general fund budget, which last year was $245 million. Details are being worked out, Bach said, and he will release his proposed budget in

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]]> It seems that city funding for an economic development organization in Colorado Springs has become a game of hot potato.

The City Council, which gave the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance $70,000 last year from its Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, is tossing the organization back to the mayor's budget, saying economic development should be paid for from the city's general fund. Until a few years ago, that is where the money came from, said council member Jan Martin.

But Mayor Steve Bach says there is no money to give. He said he's going to have to slash $6 million from the 2015 general fund budget, which last year was $245 million. Details are being worked out, Bach said, and he will release his proposed budget in]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:59:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs unemployment rate falls to nearly six-year low]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-unemployment-rate-falls-to-nearly-six-year-low/article/1536381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-unemployment-rate-falls-to-nearly-six-year-low/article/1536381?custom_click=rss The Colorado Springs area job market continued its dramatic improvement in July as the local unemployment rate fell sharply for the third consecutive month, hitting 6.5 percent - the lowest since November 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

The local jobless rate is now the closest it has been to the national average since it peaked at 10 percent in late 2010, when the national rate was 9.8 percent. The national unemployment in July was 6.2 percent.

Since January, the improvement in the local job market has been consistent and across the board:

- The number of unemployed has declined by more than 2,900

- The number of employed has increased by more than 5,300

- The labor force has

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]]> The Colorado Springs area job market continued its dramatic improvement in July as the local unemployment rate fell sharply for the third consecutive month, hitting 6.5 percent - the lowest since November 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

The local jobless rate is now the closest it has been to the national average since it peaked at 10 percent in late 2010, when the national rate was 9.8 percent. The national unemployment in July was 6.2 percent.

Since January, the improvement in the local job market has been consistent and across the board:

- The number of unemployed has declined by more than 2,900

- The number of employed has increased by more than 5,300

- The labor force has]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:50:01 -0600