<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:05:58 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Flight from Vegas to Germany diverted over unruly passenger]]> http://gazette.com/flight-from-vegas-to-germany-diverted-over-unruly-passenger/article/feed/266333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flight-from-vegas-to-germany-diverted-over-unruly-passenger/article/feed/266333?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — An international flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport escorted by two F-16 fighter jets Friday night after what officials called a "disturbance on the plane."

A pilot on the Condor Airlines Boeing 767 reported an in-flight emergency, and the fighter jets were sent as a precaution, said Air Force Capt. Ashleigh A. Peck, a spokeswoman for North American Aerospace Defense.

The plane landed safely, and one person was taken off the plane.

"All passengers are fine," airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said.

The FBI told ABC News that the incident was a "misunderstanding," and nobody was arrested or taken into custody, but no other details were availa

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:44:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow]]> http://gazette.com/oregon-hemp-farmer-says-startup-going-slow/article/feed/266328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oregon-hemp-farmer-says-startup-going-slow/article/feed/266328?custom_click=rss

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going.

Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil.

"We are at the beginning stages of an industry," she said. "It will probably be years before you see significant production. It might take five to seven years from that before we have an operating industry."

This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:18:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Alabama punter hopes to improve on 'amazing' freshman season]]> http://gazette.com/alabama-punter-hopes-to-improve-on-amazing-freshman-season/article/feed/266342?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alabama-punter-hopes-to-improve-on-amazing-freshman-season/article/feed/266342?custom_click=rss MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — JK Scott's bio after one season as Alabama's punter takes up a full page in the media guide and begins with heady praise.

"Produced the best season for a punter in Alabama football history..."

The third-ranked Crimson Tide sophomore might not get recognized much on campus — that's a punter's lot, after all — but his booming punts made him one of the team's most acclaimed players straight out of high school in Denver.

"My freshman year was awesome," Scott said. "The transition from high school to college was amazing. There's a lot more fans and hype going towards the game and stuff. It was a lot of fun."

The Tide opens Saturday against Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:31:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Building at old University Hospital implodes]]> http://gazette.com/building-at-old-university-hospital-implodes/article/feed/266312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/building-at-old-university-hospital-implodes/article/feed/266312?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Demolition experts have brought down a building at the old University Hospital site to make way for a redevelopment project.

A quick series of about 170 small detonations rocked the building over a period of about 30 seconds on Saturday, followed by a cloud of dust.

The former Biomedical Research Building will become part of a 26-acre redevelopment project. The area will become a mixed-use development with residences, offices, retail, restaurants, a hotel and a public space.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:12:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Foraging bears prompt closure of Waterton Canyon]]> http://gazette.com/foraging-bears-prompt-closure-of-waterton-canyon/article/feed/266269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/foraging-bears-prompt-closure-of-waterton-canyon/article/feed/266269?custom_click=rss LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Foraging bears in suburban Denver's Waterton Canyon have prompted wildlife officials and Denver Water to close off the area until further notice.

The announcement Friday came on the same day that a bear chased a bicyclist in the recreation area that offers hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. The bicyclist was not injured.

Wildlife officials say two sows with twin cubs each have been foraging in the canyon along with other bears. The canyon is located in Littleton.

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]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:35:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Harrison RBI single lifts Pirates over Rockies 5-3]]> http://gazette.com/harrison-rbi-single-lifts-pirates-over-rockies-5-3/article/feed/266229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harrison-rbi-single-lifts-pirates-over-rockies-5-3/article/feed/266229?custom_click=rss

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco saw one of the fastest players in baseball standing at third and knew there was little margin for error.

A month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder might not have had a shot at throwing out Colorado's Jose Reyes. Now things are different. The talented, but still raw, right fielder is maturing nearly as quickly as his surging team is racking up victories.

Polanco's throw easily beat Reyes to the plate to preserve a tie in the eighth and he added an insurance run after Josh Harrison put the Pirates in front in the bottom of the inning as Pittsburgh escaped with a 5-3 victory Friday night.

"He's refining his routine through his practice, and he is nailing it in games," Pirates manage

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:35:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-Adams County teacher ordered to trail on sex charges]]> http://gazette.com/ex-adams-county-teacher-ordered-to-trail-on-sex-charges/article/feed/266215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-adams-county-teacher-ordered-to-trail-on-sex-charges/article/feed/266215?custom_click=rss BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A judge ordered a former Adams County elementary school teacher to stand trial on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted six of his students.

Prosecutors accuse 65-year-old Gilbert Trujillo of assaulting the students between 2004 and 2011 at Dupont Elementary School. Trujillo taught fourth and fifth grade and the students he is accused of assaulting were girls who were 9 and 10 years old.

Authorities began investigating Trujillo on November 2013.

An Adams County District Court judge on Friday ordered a trial for Trujillo. He is scheduled to enter a plea on Oct. 20.

Trujillo is in jail awaiting trial. His bond is set at $200,000.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:55:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Denver police ticket driver after semi hit bridges]]> http://gazette.com/denver-police-ticket-driver-after-semi-hit-bridges/article/feed/266088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-police-ticket-driver-after-semi-hit-bridges/article/feed/266088?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Denver police have ticketed the driver of a semitrailer suspected of striking the bottom of three bridges over Interstate 25.

Police say 51-year-old Michael Stollsteimer continued driving after hitting the bridges Thursday afternoon, causing traffic delays on the highway. The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/OENHfF ) that police cited Stollsteimer with two counts of careless driving.

A police report says the load Stollsteimer was hauling on his trailer was too high. Authorities spent hours searching for the trailer before finding it Thursday night at a Commerce City parking lot.

Transportation officials temporarily closed three lanes of Interstate 25 shortly after the damage.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:12:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado death penalty debated as 2 mass killers get life]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-death-penalty-debated-as-2-mass-killers-get-life/article/feed/266140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-death-penalty-debated-as-2-mass-killers-get-life/article/feed/266140?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury's refusal to give the death penalty to a man who stabbed five people to death in a bar, coming on the heels of theater shooter James Holmes' life sentence, has many wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado.

Colorado has executed just one person in nearly half a century, and only three people sit on its death row. The man closest to seeing his death sentence carried out was granted an indefinite reprieve in 2013 by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who said he had concerns about capital punishment's inconsistent application and problems in obtaining the drugs required for lethal injection, among other factors. He has urged what he calls a conversation about the deat

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:25:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado theater shooter being assessed for prison]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-theater-shooter-being-assessed-for-prison/article/feed/266152?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-theater-shooter-being-assessed-for-prison/article/feed/266152?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes is being assessed at a Denver facility to determine where he should begin serving his lifelong prison sentence.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson says Holmes, like all inmates, will spend 30 to 60 days at the facility before being assigned to prison. Holmes could also be transferred out of state. Officials will determine where Holmes will be incarcerated after an evaluation that includes his mental health.

Holmes had been in the Arapahoe County jail since shortly after he opened fire on a packed movie theater on July 20, 2012, killing 12 and injuring more than 70. A judge on Thursday sentenced him to life in prison because jurors could not unanimously

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:39:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Justin Morneau set to begin rehab assignment]]> http://gazette.com/justin-morneau-set-to-begin-rehab-assignment/article/feed/266154?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justin-morneau-set-to-begin-rehab-assignment/article/feed/266154?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who's missed most of the season with a neck injury and concussion symptoms, begins a minor league rehab assignment with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats on Friday night.

Morneau hasn't played since suffering whiplash and a concussion while diving for a ball in Anaheim on May 13.

Morneau has a long history of concussions, missing significant time in 2010 and '11 with concussions.

Earlier this month, Morneau took batting practice on the field for the first time since his latest injury and said his goal was to return to the Rockies this season.

Morneau won the NL batting crown with a .319 average last year, his first with the Rockies.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:36:39 -0600 <![CDATA[4th congressional hearing planned on Colorado mine blowout]]> http://gazette.com/4th-congressional-hearing-planned-on-colorado-mine-blowout/article/feed/266127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4th-congressional-hearing-planned-on-colorado-mine-blowout/article/feed/266127?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — A fourth congressional hearing is planned on the release of tainted wastewater from a Colorado gold mine that affected three states.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee announced Friday it plans a hearing on Sept. 16. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, whose agency accidentally triggered the release, is scheduled to testify.

Other planned hearings include the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Sept. 9; the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Sept. 16; and House Oversight and Natural Resources committees, Sept. 17.

An EPA-led cleanup crew triggered the 3-million-gallon spill Aug. 5. Wastewater polluted with potentially toxic heavy metals flowed downstream i

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:12:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Huskers' Lewis goes from jail in 2014 to team captain in '15]]> http://gazette.com/huskers-lewis-goes-from-jail-in-2014-to-team-captain-in-15/article/feed/266130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/huskers-lewis-goes-from-jail-in-2014-to-team-captain-in-15/article/feed/266130?custom_click=rss

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska offensive lineman Alex Lewis doesn't run away from that spring night in 2013 that threatened to derail his football career. He owns it but refuses to let it define him.

It was 15 months ago that he walked out of a Colorado jail where he served almost a month for his role in an alcohol-fueled assault. Now he's one of the Cornhuskers' team captains, just like his dad Bill Lewis was in 1985.

"Looking back two years ago, I was in a dark place," Alex Lewis said. "To be called co-captain with five other teammates of mine is a pretty cool feeling — something that I get to express one day hopefully to my children, my children's children, and they'll get to come in the hallway and see my photo with my

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:57 -0600 <![CDATA[EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling]]> http://gazette.com/epa-clean-water-rule-in-effect-despite-court-ruling/article/feed/266128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-clean-water-rule-in-effect-despite-court-ruling/article/feed/266128?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans.

Opponents pledged to continue to fight the rule, emboldened by a federal court decision Thursday that blocked it from Alaska to Arkansas.

"We see this (rule) as very hurtful to farmers and ranchers and we're going to do everything to stop it politically," said Don Parrish of the American Farm Bureau Federation, one of several farm and business groups

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:28 -0600 <![CDATA[New trial date for man accused in death of teen girlfriend]]> http://gazette.com/new-trial-date-for-man-accused-in-death-of-teen-girlfriend/article/feed/266131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-trial-date-for-man-accused-in-death-of-teen-girlfriend/article/feed/266131?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An 18-year-old Colorado man accused of killing his teenage girlfriend three years ago because he thought she was pregnant is slated to face a murder charge in March after a judge set a new trial date on Friday.

Darwin Christopher Bagshaw was expected to go on trial in late fall, but defense attorneys need more time to review the evidence, including a recorded police interview.

"It's not realistically possible to do the trial in November," said his lawyer Chris Bown during a court hearing. Bagshaw, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, appeared in court Friday wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled in front of him.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:58:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Corpse flower begins to die at Denver Botanic Gardens]]> http://gazette.com/corpse-flower-begins-to-die-at-denver-botanic-gardens/article/1557869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/corpse-flower-begins-to-die-at-denver-botanic-gardens/article/1557869?custom_click=rss

DENVER — After two days and about 22,000 visitors, the Denver Botanic Gardens says there's only a limited time left to see the corpse flower.

Botanic Gardens spokeswoman Erin Bird says the 15-year-old corpse flower is almost completely closed back up and will start drying up and decomposing in a few days.

Bird says the flower typically has a life span of only 24 to 48 hours after blooming and its infamous stench to attract pollinators is now gone.

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