<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:08:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Theater shooting jury decides whether execution still option]]> http://gazette.com/theater-shooting-jury-decides-whether-execution-still-option/article/feed/258088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/theater-shooting-jury-decides-whether-execution-still-option/article/feed/258088?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial reached a decision Monday on whether to keep the death penalty as an option for gunman James Holmes.

The jury deliberated for less than three hours, starting Thursday after Holmes' parents made an emotional plea for their son's life because he is mentally ill. A court spokesman said the decision will be announced at 12:30 p.m. MDT.

The nine women and three men were asked to decide whether circumstances such as Holmes' mental illness, trouble-free childhood and lack of a prior criminal history mean he should be sentenced to life in prison without parole instead of death.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:40 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Theater shooting jury decides sentencing step]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-theater-shooting-jury-decides-sentencing-step/article/feed/258143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-theater-shooting-jury-decides-sentencing-step/article/feed/258143?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Jurors have reached a decision on whether to keep the death penalty as an option for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

A court spokesman said the decision would be announced at 12:30 p.m. MDT.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday after Holmes' parents made an emotional plea for mercy because he is mentally ill. The jury took Friday off and resumed deliberations Monday.

The nine women and three men were asked to decide whether Holmes' mental illness and other circumstances mean he should be sentenced to life in prison instead of death for the 2012 attack that left 12 people dea

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:41:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Man accused in explosion near NAACP office to change plea]]> http://gazette.com/man-accused-in-explosion-near-naacp-office-to-change-plea/article/feed/258117?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accused-in-explosion-near-naacp-office-to-change-plea/article/feed/258117?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of setting off a small explosion near the NAACP office in Colorado Springs is set to enter a new plea in the case under a plea deal with prosecutors.

Forty-four-year-old Thaddeus Murphy is due in Denver federal court Monday. His lawyer notified court of the deal in June but details won't be released until the hearing.

Murphy previously pleaded not guilty to arson and possessing a firearm as a felon.

The Jan. 6 blast drew attention because of its proximity to an office of the nation's oldest civil rights organization but Murphy told investigators he had money problems and was actually targeting his accountant.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:07:26 -0600 <![CDATA[2 military planes going to California to fight wildfires]]> http://gazette.com/2-military-planes-going-to-california-to-fight-wildfires/article/feed/258079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-military-planes-going-to-california-to-fight-wildfires/article/feed/258079?custom_click=rss PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Two Air Force Reserve firefighting planes are being sent to California to battle wildfires raging there.

The C-130s from Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base are expected to arrive at McClellan Airtanker Base near Sacramento on Monday to fight fires in California and the Northwest.

The planes are equipped with large devices called Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems, or MAFFS. They can drop 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds and can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.

Planes equipped with MAFFS are operated by four military airlift wings around the country, including the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.


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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:16:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more]]> http://gazette.com/ferguson-spurs-40-new-state-measures-activists-want-more/article/feed/257851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ferguson-spurs-40-new-state-measures-activists-want-more/article/feed/257851?custom_click=rss

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.

The result: Twenty-four states have passed at least 40 new measures addressing such things as officer-worn cameras, training about racial bias, independent investigations when police use force and new limits on the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Despite all that action, far more proposals have stalled or failed, the AP review found.

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]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:04:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Miller no longer in NFL's drug program]]> http://gazette.com/miller-no-longer-in-nfls-drug-program/article/feed/257980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/miller-no-longer-in-nfls-drug-program/article/feed/257980?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller no longer carries all those extra pounds or the weight of the world.

He's back at his natural position and size and his playfulness and smile are back, too.

The Denver Broncos star linebacker has been discharged from the NFL's drug program after staying clean for two years, meaning he's no longer subject to regular, random urine testing.

"Yeah, I mean, it is nice. But things don't change. I'm still the same guy I was at the beginning of this year. I'm still grinding," Miller said Sunday night.

He's not in the mood to celebrate his newfound freedom — a chance he was given when the NFL and the players union hammered out a revised drug policy last fall.

"It's not time to s

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:38:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Rockies road trip ends with another 1-run loss]]> http://gazette.com/rockies-road-trip-ends-with-another-1-run-loss/article/feed/257978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockies-road-trip-ends-with-another-1-run-loss/article/feed/257978?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Walt Weiss has had his fill of one-run losses on this road trip.

Three of those games, including the Colorado Rockies' 3-2 setback to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, came in the home team's final at-bat.

"You just turn the page," The manager said. "Sometimes you lose tough games, like this trip. You play well and you battle and sometimes this happens."

Outfielder Brandon Barnes says the team played better than the 2-5 record reflected.

"We battled to the last out, you've seen that this whole road trip," he said. "We've come out on the bottom end of it, but we don't give up. It's tough, but we battled this whole series."

St. Louis, which won three of four in the series, beat Colorado 9-8

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:06:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Cardinals' Moss helps new team win with game-ending single]]> http://gazette.com/cardinals-moss-helps-new-team-win-with-game-ending-single/article/feed/257951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cardinals-moss-helps-new-team-win-with-game-ending-single/article/feed/257951?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Moss felt as if he got a new baseball life after he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

"It was like I won the lottery," he said. "I've got a smile on my face all the time now."

Moss recorded his first big hit with St. Louis, a pinch-hit game-ending single in the ninth inning, and Randal Grichuk had a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Moss' one-out hit to left off reliever Scott Oberg (2-2) drove in Jason Heyward, who doubled with one away.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal (2-2) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

The Cardinals have won nine of 12 and have a major league-best 40-16 mark at home. Colorado has lost four of f

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:11:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Plan to limit Manning's snaps will also benefit backup]]> http://gazette.com/plan-to-limit-mannings-snaps-will-also-benefit-backup/article/feed/257933?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plan-to-limit-mannings-snaps-will-also-benefit-backup/article/feed/257933?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The plan to give Peyton Manning a breather at training camp is designed to pay dividends not only for the five-time MVP but also his backup.

Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Brock Osweiler will get his biggest chance yet to prove he's a worthy successor.

"Well, we're going to evaluate him through training camp and evaluate him through the preseason," GM John Elway said.

Osweiler's extended apprenticeship has left him with just 30 passes on his resume.

However, he's not looking at this as his August audition.

"I'm a firm believer that practice is a huge deal," Osweiler said. "So, I view every practice throughout the year" as important.

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:20:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Police escape injury in head-on crash]]> http://gazette.com/police-escape-injury-in-head-on-crash/article/feed/257884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-escape-injury-in-head-on-crash/article/feed/257884?custom_click=rss WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Two Wheat Ridge police officers escaped injury in a head-on crash that left another person seriously injured Sunday morning.

Police Commander Mark Cooney says the officers were in a marked police sport utility vehicle stopped at a traffic light when a Honda Accord veered over the double yellow line and hit the police car.

The officers had only minor injuries, but went to a hospital as a precaution.

The driver and a second passenger in the Accord weren't seriously injured, but were taken to the hospital.

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:56:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Cake: The new favorite mode for American political debate?]]> http://gazette.com/cake-the-new-favorite-mode-for-american-political-debate/article/feed/257865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cake-the-new-favorite-mode-for-american-political-debate/article/feed/257865?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with a specific design or for a particular event, baker makes it, everyone's happy.

But sometimes customers and bakers have clashed over what goes on the cake, or whether to make it at all. An Oregon bakery was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding. A baker in Colorado earned a customer's ire because she refused to write anti-gay messages on his cake. A Louisiana man posted a video to the Internet lambasting a local Wal-Mart for not making a cake with a Confederate flag on it.

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]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:55:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Piscotty gets 2 more hits in Cardinals' 6-2 loss to Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/piscotty-gets-2-more-hits-in-cardinals-6-2-loss-to-rockies/article/feed/257799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/piscotty-gets-2-more-hits-in-cardinals-6-2-loss-to-rockies/article/feed/257799?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Every once in a while, St. Louis outfielder Stephen Piscotty has to pinch himself.

The rookie continued his strong start to his major league career with two hits in the Cardinals' 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

"It's like a dream," he said. "This has been the best two weeks of my life."

Piscotty is riding a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in each of his nine starts. He is hitting .375 overall with five RBIs.

"It's been a lot of fun and it's an honor to put on this uniform," said Piscotty, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on July 21. "I feel pretty good up there, just trying to execute in each at-bat.

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:52:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Arenado homers as Rockies beat Cardinals 6-2]]> http://gazette.com/arenado-homers-as-rockies-beat-cardinals-6-2/article/feed/257782?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arenado-homers-as-rockies-beat-cardinals-6-2/article/feed/257782?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound for Colorado against St. Louis, it's usually a successful formula for the Rockies.

De La Rosa turned in another solid outing against the Cardinals and Nolan Arenado homered in the Rockies' 6-2 win on Saturday night.

Arenado connected for a two-run shot in the fourth against Lance Lynn (8-6) and Ben Paulsen added a leadoff drive in the sixth. Paulsen finished with two hits and three RBIs in Colorado's first win at Busch Stadium since May 12, 2013, snapping a string of five straight losses at St. Louis.

De La Rosa (7-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is 7-2 with a 3.41 ERA in nine starts against St. Louis since joining Colorado in 2008.


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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:37:27 -0600 <![CDATA[LA Galaxy ends road skid with 3-1 win at Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/la-galaxy-ends-road-skid-with-3-1-win-at-colorado/article/feed/257794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/la-galaxy-ends-road-skid-with-3-1-win-at-colorado/article/feed/257794?custom_click=rss COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Alan Gordon scored in the 69th minute, Robbie Keane added a goal in stoppage time and the Los Angeles Galaxy ended a 15-match winless streak on the road with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

Sebastian Lletget tied it in the 56th minute to start the Galaxy (10-7-7) on their way to their first road win since a 4-3 decision at Colorado last Aug. 20.

Marcelo Sarvas scored his first goal for the Rapids (5-7-9), who had a three-game winning streak snapped, in the 12th minute against his former team. He beat goalie Donovan Ricketts to the ball, tapped it to his left and knocked it into a wide open goal.

Ricketts, acquired in a trade with Orlando City two days earlier, play

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 22:34:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Broncos lose Kyle Williams to torn Achilles tendon]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-kyle-williams-to-torn-achilles-tendon/article/feed/257698?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-lose-kyle-williams-to-torn-achilles-tendon/article/feed/257698?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his left Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp Saturday and will miss the season.

The oft-injured Williams missed much of the Broncos' offseason workouts with sore hamstrings. He was out of the league last year after playing in all four of Kansas City's preseason games.

Williams was reaching to scoop a football when he crumpled to the grass in pain and was carted off the field minutes later and taken for an MRI.

Williams, a fifth-year pro who has played in San Francisco and Kansas City, was in the mix for Denver's punt return job.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Williams "was doing a good job. He came back in great shape and was doing some return s

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