<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - colorado]]> http://gazette.com/rss/colorado Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:41:44 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[After subpoena, VA turns over documents on costly hospital]]> http://gazette.com/after-subpoena-va-turns-over-documents-on-costly-hospital/article/feed/403699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-subpoena-va-turns-over-documents-on-costly-hospital/article/feed/403699?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman says the Veterans Affairs Department has turned over documents to Congress in response to a subpoena demanding information about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

Coffman had said earlier Wednesday the VA failed to turn over any documents. About 30 minutes later, he said the VA gave the House Veterans Affairs Committee the documents on a CD shortly after 5 p.m. Washington time. Coffman said he didn't immediately know whether the CD contained all the documents the committee wanted.

The hospital in suburban Denver is projected to cost nearly $1.7 billion.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:25:15 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: VA gives Congress documents on costly hospital]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-va-gives-congress-documents-on-costly-hospital/article/feed/403724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-va-gives-congress-documents-on-costly-hospital/article/feed/403724?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a congressional subpoena demanding documents from the Veterans Affairs Department about an over-budget VA hospital in the Denver area (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman says the Veterans Affairs Department has turned over documents to Congress in response to a subpoena demanding information about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

Coffman had said earlier Wednesday the VA failed to turn over any documents. About 30 minutes later, he said the VA gave the House Veterans Affairs Committee the documents on a CD shortly after 5 p.m. Washington time. Coffman said he didn't immediately know whether the CD contained all

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:22:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Flaws and all, Denver's defense the NFL's gold standard]]> http://gazette.com/flaws-and-all-denvers-defense-the-nfls-gold-standard/article/feed/403698?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flaws-and-all-denvers-defense-the-nfls-gold-standard/article/feed/403698?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are working to plug the rushing lanes and escape routes that have fans missing Malik Jackson or at least his replacement, Vance Walker, who blew out his right knee in training camp.

If the Broncos can keep running backs and quarterbacks from breaking free, they should have a shot at fulfilling safety T.J. Ward's vision of becoming the best defense ever.

No team since the Chicago Bears of the mid-1980s has followed up a transcendent season with such sustainability.

Flaws and all, Denver's defense remains the gold standard around the NFL these days.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:47:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Pinckney arrives at Wolves camp as a guest, will join staff]]> http://gazette.com/pinckney-arrives-at-wolves-camp-as-a-guest-will-join-staff/article/feed/403700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pinckney-arrives-at-wolves-camp-as-a-guest-will-join-staff/article/feed/403700?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Pinckney has arrived in Minnesota and is serving as a guest coach at Timberwolves training camp, with the expectation that he will soon join coach Tom Thibodeau's staff.

Pinckney was at the team's two-a-day practices Wednesday. He was most recently an assistant with the Denver Nuggets. Thibodeau coached with Pinckney in Chicago and immediately targeted him for his staff when he took the Timberwolves job this summer.

It has taken some time to complete the process of Pinckney leaving the Nuggets, but Wolves officials were hoping to finalize Pinckney's addition to the staff by the end of this week.

Pinckney is a well-regarded assistant with a long history of coaching and playing in the league.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:23:51 -0600 <![CDATA[AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases]]> http://gazette.com/ap-across-us-police-officers-abuse-confidential-databases/article/feed/403456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-across-us-police-officers-abuse-confidential-databases/article/feed/403456?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Criminal-history and driver databases give officers critical information about people they encounter on the job. But the AP's review shows how those systems also can be exploited by officers who, motivated by romantic quarrels, personal conflicts or voyeuristic curiosity, sidestep policies and sometimes the law by snooping. In the most egregious cases, officers have used information to stalk or harass, or have tampered with or sold records

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:18:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Court: Judge can't impose insanity defense against will]]> http://gazette.com/court-judge-cant-impose-insanity-defense-against-will/article/feed/403613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-judge-cant-impose-insanity-defense-against-will/article/feed/403613?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's highest court has ruled that people found mentally competent to stand trial can't be forced to plead insanity against their will.

The state Supreme Court ruling issued Wednesday overturns the 2009 acquittal of a woman accused of stalking a therapist. The judge imposed the plea despite the woman's refusal to accept it.

The ruling means a judge must re-evaluate whether 55-year-old June Gorthy is competent to stand trial and, if she is, retry her on a stalking charge.

Gorthy was accused of stalking a psychotherapist who lived in Manasquan.

Court records indicate the Colorado woman became obsessed with the therapist after they met at a conference.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:21:15 -0600 <![CDATA[No appeal planned after oil, gas rules kept off ballot]]> http://gazette.com/no-appeal-planned-after-oil-gas-rules-kept-off-ballot/article/feed/403567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-appeal-planned-after-oil-gas-rules-kept-off-ballot/article/feed/403567?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Supporters of tougher restrictions on the oil and gas industry in Colorado said Wednesday they won't appeal a ruling by the state's top elections official that kept two proposed constitutional amendments off the November ballot.

The organizers said they would instead work to defeat another proposal that would make it harder for voters to change the state constitution.

Wednesday was the deadline for the sponsors, Yes for Health and Safety Over Fracking, to appeal last month's decision by the Secretary of State's Office that they hadn't turned in enough valid signatures to get the oil and gas measures on the ballot.

One would have required new wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools, up from

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:04:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge reverses ruling in Boulder prior restraint case]]> http://gazette.com/judge-reverses-ruling-in-boulder-prior-restraint-case/article/feed/403597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-reverses-ruling-in-boulder-prior-restraint-case/article/feed/403597?custom_click=rss BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge has reversed her ruling barring the Boulder Daily Camera from publishing information contained in an arrest affidavit involving an attempted murder case but the newspaper is still under orders not to use the information for now.

The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/2dAdizu ) reports that Judge Maria Berkenkotter changed her ruling Wednesday but put her decision on hold for a week while defense lawyers consider an appeal.

The case involves a 16-year-old boy charged as an adult for allegedly attacking a 71-year-old woman who picked him up while he was hitchhiking Sept. 19.

The Camera got a copy of the document from the district attorney's office which didn't know the teen's lawyers had filed a m

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:59:41 -0600 <![CDATA[US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area]]> http://gazette.com/us-soda-tax-battle-bubbles-up-in-san-francisco-bay-area/article/feed/403543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-soda-tax-battle-bubbles-up-in-san-francisco-bay-area/article/feed/403543?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

Backers of the campaign say a penny-per-ounce tax is needed in San Francisco, Oakland and tiny Albany to curb consumption of sweetened cola, sports drinks and canned teas that people gulp without thinking, adding empty calories.

Opponents, however, say a "grocery tax" will lead to higher prices on other goods, hurting small businesses and customers struggling to survive in one of the country's most expensive places. They also warn that city leaders can use the money however they want, des

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:18:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Hospital chain settles Medicare suit for $32.7 million]]> http://gazette.com/hospital-chain-settles-medicare-suit-for-32.7-million/article/feed/403532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hospital-chain-settles-medicare-suit-for-32.7-million/article/feed/403532?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A national hospital chain headquartered in central Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $32.7 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary services.

The Department of Justice alleged that between 2006 and 2013, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based Vibra Healthcare admitted patients to five long-term health care hospitals and an inpatient rehabilitation facility although their symptoms didn't qualify them for admission.

Federal authorities also alleged that the company extended the stays of patients unnecessarily, sometimes ignoring its own clinicians' recommendations that they were ready for discharge.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:58:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Search teams brought in to look for NM hiker near Aspen]]> http://gazette.com/search-teams-brought-in-to-look-for-nm-hiker-near-aspen/article/feed/403457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/search-teams-brought-in-to-look-for-nm-hiker-near-aspen/article/feed/403457?custom_click=rss ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Search teams from around Colorado have been brought in to help look for an Albuquerque man who failed to return from a hiking trip near Aspen.

About 20 people were being flown into the Maroon Bells Wilderness by helicopter and searching for 49-year-old David Cook on Wednesday.

He was reported missing Sept. 20 after setting out to climb some 14,000-foot-plus mountains, including the Maroon Bells, some of the most famous and most photographed peaks in Colorado.

The search didn't start until Thursday and weather hampered the search on Friday and Saturday. Parts of the search area are covered in snow.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:06:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Posey, Pence go back-to-back as Giants beat Rockies 12-3]]> http://gazette.com/posey-pence-go-back-to-back-as-giants-beat-rockies-12-3/article/feed/403318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/posey-pence-go-back-to-back-as-giants-beat-rockies-12-3/article/feed/403318?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey's 1,000th hit came on a home run that bounced off the top of the wall and over. The fan who grabbed the souvenir ball gladly returned it, and Posey offered a bat in trade.

That kind of good fortune is exactly what the San Francisco Giants need this final week as they make a playoff push — and more of the same kind of offensive production from up and down the lineup.

Hunter Pence went deep one batter after Posey in the fifth inning during a 19-hit night for San Francisco, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday.

"It's a cool accomplishment," Posey said.

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]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Disabled man gets license, shows driverless tech's potential]]> http://gazette.com/disabled-man-gets-license-shows-driverless-techs-potential/article/feed/403288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/disabled-man-gets-license-shows-driverless-techs-potential/article/feed/403288?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin. But the man who raced in the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been able to drive around his neighborhood — until now.

On Wednesday, Schmidt is set to receive the first license restricted to an autonomous vehicle in the U.S. The license allows him to drive on Nevada roads in his specially modified Corvette, which requires no hands on its steering wheel or feet on its pedals. Schmidt uses head motions to control the car's direction.

Fully driverless cars — several steps beyond the car that Schmitt is driving

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:12:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Surprises spread across the Pac-12 after first month]]> http://gazette.com/surprises-spread-across-the-pac-12-after-first-month/article/feed/403177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/surprises-spread-across-the-pac-12-after-first-month/article/feed/403177?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — The Pac-12, in some respects, has gone according to plan so far this season with No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 Washington leading the North Division.

For the most part, though, the conference has been filled with surprises through the first four weeks of the season. Colorado tied for the lead in the South Division and Southern California dead last? Yeah, those would have been hard to predict.

To get you caught up, here's a rundown in the Pac-12 so far:

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BUFFALOES RISE: Colorado was picked to finish last in the Pac-12 South and coach Mike MacIntyre was expected to be on the hot seat if the Buffaloes lived down to those lowly expectations.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:27:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Mom arrested after disabled son, 27, dies of malnourishment]]> http://gazette.com/mom-arrested-after-disabled-son-27-dies-of-malnourishment/article/feed/403219?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mom-arrested-after-disabled-son-27-dies-of-malnourishment/article/feed/403219?custom_click=rss PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman has been arrested in the death of her 27-year-old disabled son, who investigators say was undernourished and weighed about 90 pounds when he died.

Carol Carpenter, 69, of Blanca, was arrested Monday on a charge of first-degree murder for the Oct. 23 death of Corey Carpenter, according to Susan Medina, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Costilla County Undersheriff Andrew Espinoza told The Denver Post the man did not know how to prepare his own food, and he was so malnourished that his bones showed through his skin.

"He wasn't provided the food and water he needed to live," the undersheriff said, adding that the man died of abandonment and neglect.

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