<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:12:10 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Gumbo provides the heat at Manitou Springs' Mardi Gras celebration]]> http://gazette.com/gumbo-provides-the-heat-at-manitou-springs-mardi-gras-celebration/article/1597678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gumbo-provides-the-heat-at-manitou-springs-mardi-gras-celebration/article/1597678?custom_click=rss

Louisiana native Byron Guillory had never cooked gumbo in the snow - until Saturday.

He was one of 21 chefs who entered the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off in Manitou Springs, where leftover flurries from Friday still covered much of the ground.

At the contest, which preceded the Carnivale Parade as part of the city's annual Mardi Gras celebrations, hundreds of people got a taste of Cajun flavor more than 1,000 miles from the Bayou. And for some attendees, it was the first time they sampled the staple creole cuisine.

"A lot of my friends say, what's that? I'll say, come over, and I'll fix you some," said Paul Haas, a Colorado Springs resident, originally from Houston, who placed second in the amateur rankings. "They

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:08:07 -0700
<![CDATA[The Country Life: Facebook page broadens the definition of neighborhood in eastern El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/the-country-life-facebook-page-broadens-the-definition-of-neighborhood-in-eastern-el-paso-county/article/1597657?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-facebook-page-broadens-the-definition-of-neighborhood-in-eastern-el-paso-county/article/1597657?custom_click=rss

A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of having neighbors to rely on in the country. Denise Livingston has broadened the definition of neighborhood. She's the creator and administrator of the Southern Falcon Community Facebook page, designed to bring rural residents in eastern El Paso County together.

"I just wanted to make sure, especially if there were some emergency situation, that people would have a way of communicating," said Livingston, who started the page last year. "Who better to help than your neighbor? I'm thinking about the winter and how deep the snow can get; not everybody has a tractor to dig themselves out.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:03:54 -0700
<![CDATA[For Colorado skijoring enthusiasts, thrills outweigh the risks]]> http://gazette.com/for-colorado-skijoring-enthusiasts-thrills-outweigh-the-risks/article/1597658?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-colorado-skijoring-enthusiasts-thrills-outweigh-the-risks/article/1597658?custom_click=rss

PENROSE - It's been the case the past few years that winter comes around and Will James feels slightly conflicted.

It's the season of skijoring, the rowdy Western tradition in which skiers join forces with cowboys to be pulled by horses racing down snowy tracks.

"I've kinda been thinking about getting out of it," James, 36, says as he brushes Red and Tanner, his 1,300-pound thoroughbreds, on his land in the countryside far south of Colorado Springs. In his tattered jeans and flannel, the mustachioed horseman chuckles over his dilemma. "Every year, I got a set of buddies that call me."

In January it was Shawn Gerber, a skier James has pulled at events in Colorado and beyond for a decade.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:40:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena]]> http://gazette.com/appealing-to-millennials-las-vegas-gets-e-sports-arena/article/feed/446985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/appealing-to-millennials-las-vegas-gets-e-sports-arena/article/feed/446985?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles.

The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue slated to open Friday will host competitive video game tournaments. It's part of a trend that the casino industry hopes will attract the millennial crowd, the 15- to 34-year-olds who are becoming majority spenders in today's economy but aren't necessarily interested in traditional gambling.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:09:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado history students have virtual dialogue with WWI kaiser]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-history-students-have-virtual-dialogue-with-wwi-kaiser/article/1597639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-history-students-have-virtual-dialogue-with-wwi-kaiser/article/1597639?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Kaiser Wilhelm II is angry and wants to go to war.

His eyes flare red when talking about his disdain for the British, and his jaw churns angrily as he voices the need for his beloved Germany to flex its muscles.

In history, Wilhelm II got his wish and helped start World War I. But in a unique setting — and using intelligence generated by machine — 10th-graders studying history at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch are trying almost daily to keep the kaiser from beginning a conflict that killed 38 million people from 1914 to 1918.

They will soon bring other major figures of the war to virtual life by using artificial-intelligence programming. Students will be able to

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:48:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Holocaust survivor: 'The pain will never go away']]> http://gazette.com/holocaust-survivor-the-pain-will-never-go-away/article/1597638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/holocaust-survivor-the-pain-will-never-go-away/article/1597638?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS — Fanny Starr lay in a field in Auschwitz more than 70 years ago, looking at the night sky and asking God how it was she ended up there.

White flakes fluttered through the darkened sky. It was not snow, but the ashes of bodies burned in ovens.

Her mother, two of her siblings and her extended family members were gassed and burned when they arrived at Auschwitz, Poland, and her father later starved himself in Dachau, she told The Coloradoan. Her pain has not receded in the intervening decades.

"The pain will never go away," said Starr, who is 95 and lives in Denver. "It's hard. Never can you forget."

Starr shared her story Wednesday night at Colorado State University.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:13:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Albuquerque airport beginning 15-month renovation project]]> http://gazette.com/albuquerque-airport-beginning-15-month-renovation-project/article/feed/446969?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/albuquerque-airport-beginning-15-month-renovation-project/article/feed/446969?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's airport is beginning a renovation project to refurbish and upgrade the terminal's ticketing and baggage claims areas as well as its exterior.

Albuquerque International Sunport officials say the $30 million project is expected to take approximately 15 months.

Officials say the project will be completed in phases and that much of the work will be done night so passengers should see little disruption.

Mayor Richard Berry says it's been nearly 30 years since the areas to be upgraded had any major improvements and that it's important to keep up what he calls New Mexico's "front porch.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:25:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicilian town]]> http://gazette.com/italy-vows-to-be-ready-in-time-to-host-g-7-in-sicilian-town/article/feed/446786?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/italy-vows-to-be-ready-in-time-to-host-g-7-in-sicilian-town/article/feed/446786?custom_click=rss

TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but a top government official promised Friday that everything will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit being held in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea.

The annual summit will see U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of six other major industrial democracies confer on world issues in Taormina, a hilltop resort town with an ancient Greek theater.

Concern has been growing that logistics could be a disaster, since no major construction work has yet begun.

But Government Undersecretary Maria Elena Boschi, who toured the site Friday, said the helipad work will begin Monday and promised it will go "rap

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:03:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm]]> http://gazette.com/trump-tower-opens-in-vancouver-but-the-welcome-isnt-warm/article/feed/446788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-tower-opens-in-vancouver-but-the-welcome-isnt-warm/article/feed/446788?custom_click=rss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The furies unleashed by Donald Trump's rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open.

The mayor wants its name changed. A city councilman calls it "over the top, glitz and glamor" that clashes with Canadian values. And the property developer who built it sounds traumatized by the whole affair.

The 69-story building designed by one of Canada's most renowned architects has drawn praise for its sleek, twisting design. Prices for the condominiums have set records.

But Trump's politics, especially his criticism of immigrants, has caused such outrage that the mayor won't attend the grand opening next week.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:30:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup]]> http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-landowners-say-government-botched-arsenic-cleanup/article/feed/446720?custom_click=rss

OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP) — George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

The three men all live in the shadow of a 585-foot-tall smokestack that has been preserved as a state park that nobody can visit because of pollution at the site. Visitors are guided to a viewing area about a mile away to see the stack, which is taller than the Washington Monument.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:45:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Nevada plans July pot sales despite warning of US crackdown]]> http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nevada-plans-july-pot-sales-despite-warning-of-us-crackdown/article/feed/446816?custom_click=rss

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.

Marijuana possession and sales are illegal under federal law, but Nevada voters decided in November to allow people age 21 or older to use pot recreationally — becoming one of eight states to do so.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the United States Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational — not medical — marijuana. No immediate action accompanied the statement, which came in response to a reporter's question.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:41:37 -0700 <![CDATA[The beard is back, especially in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/the-beard-is-back-especially-in-colorado/article/1597558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-beard-is-back-especially-in-colorado/article/1597558?custom_click=rss

Megan and Derwood Willhite were driving cross-country from North Carolina in 2011 when Derwood decided he was ready to take the plunge.

They were moving to Rocky Mountain country. It was time to free his follicles.

"I had a beard roughly an inch, it was scraggly and itchy, and I didn't know what to do with it," said Derwood, who told his wife he wanted to go full "Mountain Man."

Megan didn't bristle at the announcement, per se, so long as her husband promised to keep things tidy and fragrant - not the raggedy whiskers he'd sported after getting out of the Army or while touring the East Coast with his reggae band.

At the time, cultivating and maintaining one's face topiary was easier requested than done.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:37:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Christian singer Sandi Patty to make stop in Colorado Springs on farewell tour]]> http://gazette.com/christian-singer-sandi-patty-to-make-stop-in-colorado-springs-on-farewell-tour/article/1597566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/christian-singer-sandi-patty-to-make-stop-in-colorado-springs-on-farewell-tour/article/1597566?custom_click=rss

Thirty-plus years ago, Sandi Patty was just a young woman with a big voice.

Cut to today and the contemporary Christian singer is a five-time Grammy Award winner with three platinum (1 million sales) and five gold (500,000 sales) albums and more than 40 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, 11 of which are consecutive female vocalist of the year honors.

Patty often is described as the most-awarded female artist in Christian music, a phrase that makes the 60-year-old chuckle.

"It doesn't say that's because I've been doing this longer than anybody else," she said. "That sort of comes with it."

Now she's giving much of it up - her current tour, "Forever Grateful," will be her last.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:02:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting Feb. 26, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-feb.-26-2017/article/1597567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-feb.-26-2017/article/1597567?custom_click=rss




All Gospel Show - 2-4 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 828 E. Pikes Peak Ave., donations accepted; 635-0150.

Taylor Memorial Concert - 3-4 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.; gssepiscopal.org.

Piano and Friends - 3-4:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free-will offering; firstchristiancos.org/concert-series.


Concordia University-Chicago Kapelle Choir - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free-will offering; March Jane Zobel, 635-0150.



Are Religion and Philosophy Mutually Exclusive? - 1-3 p.m., $35, call or go online for location.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:50:15 -0700 <![CDATA[New Great Outdoors Colorado head talks his unlikely candidacy, Manitou Incline time]]> http://gazette.com/new-great-outdoors-colorado-head-talks-his-unlikely-candidacy-manitou-incline-time/article/1597561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-great-outdoors-colorado-head-talks-his-unlikely-candidacy-manitou-incline-time/article/1597561?custom_click=rss

Chris Castilian will start March 6 as executive director of Great Outdoors Colorado, the agency that invests a portion of state lottery proceeds in parks, trails and open spaces. Since the program was authorized by voters in 1992, GOCO has contributed more than $74 million in projects around the Pikes Peak region and helped conserve 37,000-plus acres of land in the Colorado Springs area.

Born and raised in Denver, Castilian worked most recently in the private sector as an executive for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. After graduating with a law degree from Denver University, he went on to a political career in which he served as former Gov. Bill Owens' deputy chief of staff.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:36:53 -0700
<![CDATA[With a helicopter as your ski lift, not even the sky's the limit]]> http://gazette.com/with-a-helicopter-as-your-ski-lift-not-even-the-skys-the-limit/article/1597559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-a-helicopter-as-your-ski-lift-not-even-the-skys-the-limit/article/1597559?custom_click=rss

I'm airborne. Powder swirls around my body. I dart through the spaces between giant spruce trees. Somehow, my brain calculates the pitch of the slope and my balance holds. Seconds after hurtling off a small cliff deep in the Canadian backcountry, I land, carve a few turns and come to a dramatic stop.

"J'ai la patate!" I exclaim, heart racing, adrenaline surging. "I have the potato!"

This is my new motto, bestowed upon me by my two new Frenchmen friends at Galena Lodge, Fabrice and Sebastian, who told me I had the potato (a French idiom that means being in top form) after our first run.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:51:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area volunteer opportunities starting Feb. 24, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-feb.-24-2017/article/1597560?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-feb.-24-2017/article/1597560?custom_click=rss HELPING HANDS

These agencies need volunteer help. Call about specific opportunities and time commitment.

- American Cancer Society - Volunteers needed to transport cancer patients to their treatment appointments; 1-800-227-2345, paula.stephen@cancer.org.

- Circles of Support and Accountability - Spend one hour per week for one year to mentor someone who committed a sexual crime as he/she assimilates back into community; Curt 488-9302.

- Courtside Ministries - Volunteers need to pray for people outside the front of the courthouse and volunteer director needed; 473-8603, ministrybythecourts@gmail.com.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:15:22 -0700 <![CDATA[New Mexico panel backs special chile pepper license plate]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-panel-backs-special-chile-pepper-license-plate/article/feed/446608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-panel-backs-special-chile-pepper-license-plate/article/feed/446608?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.

The House Transportation and Public Works Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown of Carlsbad.

Brown told fellow lawmakers that most New Mexicans can't go a day without enjoying chile and a new license plate would help to recognize the popular peppers and their connection to New Mexico's culture and history.

"Chile is an iconic product of New Mexico," she said.

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:48:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Eat more fruit and vegetables for a longer life, researchers say]]> http://gazette.com/eat-more-fruit-and-vegetables-for-a-longer-life-researchers-say/article/1597516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-more-fruit-and-vegetables-for-a-longer-life-researchers-say/article/1597516?custom_click=rss

Eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day could significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death, according to new research.

The study, by Imperial College London, says consuming 10 portions per day, or about 800g, could prevent an estimated 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends eating 5 portions, or 400g, of fruit and vegetables every day.

In recent years, campaigns in countries across the world including the UK, Germany, France, Norway and Japan have been launched in a bid to encourage people to meet this target.

Read the full story at CNN.com.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:53:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Yo, skip the dairy; yogurt alternatives worth a try]]> http://gazette.com/yo-skip-the-dairy-yogurt-alternatives-worth-a-try/article/1597089?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yo-skip-the-dairy-yogurt-alternatives-worth-a-try/article/1597089?custom_click=rss

Making a change in your diet can be an eye-opener at the grocery store. This was the case when I went on the hunt for nondairy yogurt after recently reducing my consumption of dairy.

Is it technically yogurt if it's not made with cow's milk? The answer is yes - any kind of milk (almond, coconut, soy, cashew) can be used to make yogurt, which starts with adding bacteria to milk (or plant milk). Here are the nondairy varieties I sampled:

1. CO YO coconut milk yogurt alternative - chocolate. This super creamy concoction that CO YO touts as "Heaven in a Mouthful" is thick and rich, like decadent chocolate/coconut ice cream. It's vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free. A serving has 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. The

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:39:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe]]> http://gazette.com/low-cost-norwegian-air-promises-bargain-flights-to-europe/article/feed/446527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/low-cost-norwegian-air-promises-bargain-flights-to-europe/article/feed/446527?custom_click=rss WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is promising to boost traffic at smaller airports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean when it starts service to Europe this summer from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York's Hudson Valley.

Norwegian Air announced Thursday that it's opening new flight crew bases and plans to hire pilots and flight attendants at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York. Year-round flights from those airports to Edinburgh, Scotland, begin in June, and to four airports in Ireland and Northern Ireland in July.

There also will be flights to Edinburgh from Connecticut's Bradley International Airport, near Hartford.

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:24:38 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: "Straight Arrow" Mayor John Suthers roasted for a cause]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-straight-arrow-mayor-john-suthers-roasted-for-a-cause/article/1597494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-straight-arrow-mayor-john-suthers-roasted-for-a-cause/article/1597494?custom_click=rss

It was a night to have some fun at Mayor John Suthers' expense.

And he laughed right along at folks who had twitted him about being quiet, short, a bit of a nerd and totally tech lacking. Oh, and wasn't he that "Straight Arrow" who had batted hitless against future MLB Hall of Famer Goose Gossage during a St. Mary's/Wasson game?

Taking notes as roasters took their shots, Suthers turned the tables with his own gotcha stories about City Council President "Give the mayor a hug" Merv Bennett, brother-in-law "Strayed Arrow" Ben Gill, attorney David Johnson, former district attorney Jeanne Smith, emcee Rich Tosches and Suthers' daughters Alison and, by video, Kate.

(City Hall reporter Billie Stanton Anlou's event story:

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:52:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge]]> http://gazette.com/lawmakers-renew-push-for-drilling-in-alaska-wildlife-refuge/article/feed/446511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawmakers-renew-push-for-drilling-in-alaska-wildlife-refuge/article/feed/446511?custom_click=rss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.

The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, implying that such a barren landscape would not be harmed by oil rigs.

Sixteen years later, Murkowski's daughter is trying again. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open the refuge that takes up Alaska's northeast corner and is larger than West Virginia and Connecticut combined. With a Republican Congress and president, she's hopeful that the timing

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:51:56 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Congregations help homeless families through Family Promise]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-congregations-help-homeless-families-through-family-promise/article/1597495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-congregations-help-homeless-families-through-family-promise/article/1597495?custom_click=rss

Sensory memories: Delicious church potluck smells floating up from the the basement. Ladies wearing aprons. Tables filled to groaning.

At the 20th annual Hope, Hearts and Home Family Promise luncheon and auction Feb. 12, homeless families who have temporary homes in local churches as they take steps toward self-sufficiency said they appreciated their hosts. The planned activities, the sympathetic listeners, the safety, the help moving forward...and, unanimously from the kids, "the food!" Church potlucks haven't changed.

The 40 congregations that are part of the Family Promise of Colorado Springs, Your Interfaith Hospitality Network program gathered after church Feb. 12 for lunch, this time prepared by Hotel Eleganté.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:36:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Spirit Airlines CEO dismisses new, cheaper fares by rivals]]> http://gazette.com/spirit-airlines-ceo-dismisses-new-cheaper-fares-by-rivals/article/feed/446470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spirit-airlines-ceo-dismisses-new-cheaper-fares-by-rivals/article/feed/446470?custom_click=rss DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of discount carrier Spirit Airlines says he isn't worried about competing against new, cheaper fares from American and United.

The "basic economy" fares from American and United are designed to attract the kind of thrifty fliers that have helped Spirit double in revenue in four years.

Spirit has always been known as a low-fare, high-fees carrier — the fees made it one of the most complained-about airlines in the industry.

At least Spirit passengers know what they're getting for what the airline calls a "bare fare," CEO Robert Fornaro said Wednesday. He said American and United customers are going to be disappointed when they find out they can't upgrade their seat or bring a rolling carry-on bag

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:45:47 -0700 <![CDATA[LePage asks Trump 'to make Maine woods great again']]> http://gazette.com/lepage-asks-trump-to-make-maine-woods-great-again/article/feed/446438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lepage-asks-trump-to-make-maine-woods-great-again/article/feed/446438?custom_click=rss

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The governor has asked Republican President Donald Trump to undo Democratic former President Barack Obama's designation of a national monument and give back the land that was donated for it.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage asked Trump to take the unprecedented step of returning land in the northern part of the state to private ownership in a Feb. 14 letter.

Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby's foundation last August donated 87,000 acres to the federal government for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine's North Woods. Burt's Bees is a personal care products company that calls itself "Earth friendly" and says it has a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:41:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Security breach at Kennedy Airport unnerves some travelers]]> http://gazette.com/security-breach-at-kennedy-airport-unnerves-some-travelers/article/feed/446416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/security-breach-at-kennedy-airport-unnerves-some-travelers/article/feed/446416?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation's busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security measures put in place after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The incident Monday at New York's Kennedy Airport is being investigated by the Transportation Security Administration, the agency that was created to protect the nation's airports after the 2001 attacks. The TSA said three passengers did not receive required secondary screening after they set off the metal detector at the unmanned checkpoint lane.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:23:56 -0700 <![CDATA[American Airlines resolves computer troubles in Philadelphia]]> http://gazette.com/american-airlines-resolves-computer-troubles-in-philadelphia/article/feed/446285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-airlines-resolves-computer-troubles-in-philadelphia/article/feed/446285?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — American Airlines says its computers are again working at Philadelphia International Airport and the airline has also lifted a ground stop that kept its flights from heading to the city for hours.

American spokeswoman Katie Cody says Wednesday's problems began when American's system did not return after the airport conducted a planned internet outage overnight.

American had to manually check in passengers and halted all flights heading to Philadelphia until the problem was fixed.

There is no word yet what caused the problem.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:02:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan's hopes for wooing tourism]]> http://gazette.com/manga-mario-and-now-ninja-japans-hopes-for-wooing-tourism/article/feed/446259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manga-mario-and-now-ninja-japans-hopes-for-wooing-tourism/article/feed/446259?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism.

The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it's starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in Tokyo devoted to ninja, set to open in 2018.

"The art of ninja is made up of various elements, such as combat, survival techniques and astronomy," Jinichi Kawakami, known as "the last ninja" and a master of the Koga ninja school, told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. "We hope this will appeal to people all over the world.

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]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:00:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Baseball's Hall of Fame to honor 'The Simpsons' on May 27]]> http://gazette.com/baseballs-hall-of-fame-to-honor-the-simpsons-on-may-27/article/feed/446233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/baseballs-hall-of-fame-to-honor-the-simpsons-on-may-27/article/feed/446233?custom_click=rss COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Baseball's Hall of Fame will honor "The Simpsons" on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show's "Homer at the Bat" episode.

First televised on Feb. 20, 1992, "Homer at the Bat" featured future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ozzie Smith among the ringers on Homer Simpson's Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team. Voices of actual players were used in the episode, which also included Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia and Darryl Strawberry.

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