<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Sun, 29 May 2016 15:26:09 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado conductor dies after getting run over by train]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-conductor-dies-after-getting-run-over-by-train/article/feed/355130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-conductor-dies-after-getting-run-over-by-train/article/feed/355130?custom_click=rss CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A conductor on a scenic Colorado train filled with passengers died when she was run over by the train as it was backing up, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

Leslie Cacy, 28, of Canon City, was standing near the rear of the train Saturday evening when she fell as it was backing up to the station about four miles away, the sheriff's office says in a statement on its Facebook page.

There were about 200 people on the train, authorities said. Another train was sent to pick up passengers who were on the train when the woman fell. An autopsy is planned later in the week.

The Royal Gorge is about 10 miles long, with the Arkansas River running through it and the railroad running along i

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 16:14:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Tropical Depression Bonnie means another bad beach day]]> http://gazette.com/tropical-depression-bonnie-means-another-bad-beach-day/article/feed/355047?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tropical-depression-bonnie-means-another-bad-beach-day/article/feed/355047?custom_click=rss

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Depression Bonnie reached the South Carolina coast early Sunday before stalling just inland, bringing heavy rain and rough tides to an area packed with tourists for the Memorial Day weekend.

The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm made landfall just east of Charleston, South Carolina, on the Isle of Palms around 8:30 a.m.

By the afternoon, it had stalled just northwest of Charleston, with heavy rains wrapping around north and west of the storm's center, forecasters said.

Up to 8 inches of rain have fallen in parts of southern South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:59:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Czech Republic man dies while skiing on Alaska mountain]]> http://gazette.com/czech-republic-man-dies-while-skiing-on-alaska-mountain/article/feed/355187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/czech-republic-man-dies-while-skiing-on-alaska-mountain/article/feed/355187?custom_click=rss TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — A mountaineer from the Czech Republic is dead after an estimated 1,500-foot fall on Denali Mountain.

The National Park Service reports 45-year-old Pavel Michut was skiing Messner Couloir when he fell Saturday.

Nearby climbers found his body within 10 minutes.

A park service statement says hard-packed snow conditions had developed in the area because of days of extreme wind.

The body will be flown to the Alaska State Medical Examiner once the weather is safe.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:53:54 -0600 <![CDATA[WVU to induct 7 into Sports Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/wvu-to-induct-7-into-sports-hall-of-fame/article/feed/355176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wvu-to-induct-7-into-sports-hall-of-fame/article/feed/355176?custom_click=rss MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Standout linebacker Grant Wiley and former football assistant coach Donnie Young are among seven chosen for the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.

WVU athletic director Shane Lyons announced the Class of 2016 on Sunday.

Wiley was a four-year starter from 2000 to 2003. He is WVU's all-time leader in career solo and total tackles and tackles for loss.

Young retired in 2012 after more than 40 years at his alma mater. He started his coaching career as the freshman football coach in 1970.

Others in the 2016 class are men's tennis player Joby Foley, rifle competitor David Johnson, basketball standouts Damian Owens and Don Vincent, and distance runner Charity Wachera.


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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:18:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Sky high: NYC 'trophy apartment' could list for $250 million]]> http://gazette.com/sky-high-nyc-trophy-apartment-could-list-for-250-million/article/feed/355156?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sky-high-nyc-trophy-apartment-could-list-for-250-million/article/feed/355156?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaires' Row.

That's what New York real estate experts have dubbed a lineup of a half-dozen new superluxury skyscrapers overlooking Central Park that are home to some of the world's most expensive apartments.

One penthouse on the 89th and 90th floors of a skyscraper near Carnegie Hall that went for more than $100 million seems almost a bargain compared to what will appear next year in a high-rise being built on Central Park South: a 23,000-square-foot, four-story apartment offered at a $250 million.

That jaw-dropping price was contained in documents the developer filed with the state attorney general's office. Floor plans show 16 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, five balconies and a massive terrace.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 14:10:45 -0600 <![CDATA[German, French leaders mark 100 years since Battle of Verdun]]> http://gazette.com/german-french-leaders-mark-100-years-since-battle-of-verdun/article/feed/355053?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/german-french-leaders-mark-100-years-since-battle-of-verdun/article/feed/355053?custom_click=rss

VERDUN, France (AP) — In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their countries' improbable friendship is now a source of hope for today's fractured Europe.

The 10-month battle at Verdun — the longest in World War I — killed 163,000 French and 143,000 German soldiers and wounded hundreds of thousands of others.

Between February and December 1916, an estimated 60 million shells were fired in the battle. One out of four didn't explode. The front line villages destroyed in the fighting were never rebuilt.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Hollande in World War I speech: Protect Europe]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-hollande-in-world-war-i-speech-protect-europe/article/feed/355066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-hollande-in-world-war-i-speech-protect-europe/article/feed/355066?custom_click=rss

VERDUN, France (AP) — The Latest on the ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Verdun in World War I (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

French President Francois Hollande has called for the "protection of our common house, Europe," at a ceremony marking the centenary of the battle of Verdun in eastern France.

Hollande warned that the "time needed to destroy it would be much shorter than the long time it took to build it."

Hollande said Europe's role is "to fight against terrorism, fanaticism, radicalization" and at the same time to "welcome populations who are fleeing massacres." He made the remarks in the closing speech of a ceremony at the Douaumont Ossuary, a memorial to 130,000 unidentified French and German soldi

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:54:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opens]]> http://gazette.com/trail-ridge-road-in-rocky-mountain-national-park-opens/article/feed/355121?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-ridge-road-in-rocky-mountain-national-park-opens/article/feed/355121?custom_click=rss ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is open in time for the Memorial Day weekend, but with limited hours.

Park officials say the road will close overnight because of ice.

The highway, which is the highest continuous paved road in the nation above 12,000 feet, was scheduled to open Friday, but it had to be delayed because of whiteout conditions.

Both Independence and Cottonwood passes have both re-opened in time for the weekend.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:10:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Sailor turned novelist to celebrate book release abroad]]> http://gazette.com/sailor-turned-novelist-to-celebrate-book-release-abroad/article/feed/355113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sailor-turned-novelist-to-celebrate-book-release-abroad/article/feed/355113?custom_click=rss A novelist who was twice rescued from storm-battered sailboats will be celebrating the release of his latest book from the Canary Islands.

South Carolina author Michael Hurley successfully sailed solo from Calais, France, to La Palma, Canary Islands, on the first leg of an around-the-globe voyage planned for the next few years.

He completed the 1,700-mile leg last week.

His new book, "The Passage," goes on sale on Wednesday. The book features some details drawn from his rescue last summer by the Maine Maritime Academy training ship, State of Maine.

In 2012, Hurley was rescued by the Coast Guard and had to scuttle his storm-damaged sailboat between Haiti and Cuba.

After riding out hurricane season in the Cana

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:03:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Black Forest alpaca farm calls in reinforcements to shear the herd]]> http://gazette.com/black-forest-alpaca-farm-calls-in-reinforcements-to-shear-the-herd/article/1577120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-forest-alpaca-farm-calls-in-reinforcements-to-shear-the-herd/article/1577120?custom_click=rss

Is there any doubt? Alpacas are simply adorable.

One look at the cuter cousin of the llama and it's hard not to fall for the fluffy fleece, friendly demeanor and irresistible way they peer out through a tuft of extremely soft hair.

On Saturday, in Black Forest, an army of 20 volunteers, four New Zealand-trained shearers and the owners of Black Forest Alpacas lined up nearly 100 alpacas one by one and removed that hair, commonly known as fiber or fleece. The unsuspecting animals were left naked and, according to Sandy Smith, almost ashamed of their bare appearance.

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Sun, 29 May 2016 07:42:54 -0600
<![CDATA[41st annual Territory Days highlights history, food, fun]]> http://gazette.com/41st-annual-territory-days-highlights-history-food-fun/article/1577087?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/41st-annual-territory-days-highlights-history-food-fun/article/1577087?custom_click=rss

Food, music and shopping are among Territory Days' primary attractions.

But as the event hit its 41st year Saturday, some attendees learned about Colorado history.

For more than 15 years, volunteers from the Gold Prospectors of Colorado have come to Territory Days to set up troughs filled with water, sand, gemstones and flakes of gold. The basic materials were bought at a hardware store, but Marty Allen, the group's vice president, said the experience is authentic.

Allen said he enjoys teaching about the gold rush and the minerals found in Colorado.

Panning for gold teaches patience, he said.

"You can camp out on the claims, enjoy nature ... you're not going to get rich off of it, but it's a good hobby,"

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Sun, 29 May 2016 07:29:39 -0600
<![CDATA[For 20 years, couple has officiated weddings with a personal touch at The White Rose Chapel]]> http://gazette.com/for-20-years-couple-has-officiated-weddings-with-a-personal-touch-at-the-white-rose-chapel/article/1577084?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-20-years-couple-has-officiated-weddings-with-a-personal-touch-at-the-white-rose-chapel/article/1577084?custom_click=rss

Marriage has been good for the Revs. Linda and Earl Heflinger, and they like to think they've given back in kind.

Since the early 1990s, the Heflingers have performed more than 2,500 unions at their remodeled cottage on West Colorado Avenue, and at destinations around the Front Range and nationwide. June may be wedding season everywhere else; at The White Rose Chapel, commitment is a year-round engagement.

"The average parish minister probably only does five or six weddings a year, depending on the size of the church and congregation. For a lot of pastors, weddings are a sideline job.

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Sun, 29 May 2016 07:26:25 -0600
<![CDATA[How to mark National Park Service centennial: Find your park]]> http://gazette.com/how-to-mark-national-park-service-centennial-find-your-park/article/1577113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-to-mark-national-park-service-centennial-find-your-park/article/1577113?custom_click=rss

Looking for that one big event where you can take part in the celebration of the National Park Service centennial?

Sorry to disappoint, but the park service isn't compiling any top 10 lists of can't-miss birthday parties.

Instead, the National Park Service wants you to "find your park."

"Early on the decision was made to not identify key signature events," said NPS spokeswoman Elizabeth Stern. "That would run contrary to what we're trying to do, which is to get people into all of the parks. The point of the centennial is to emphasize that we have 411 parks, and each one is so different. It shouldn't be up to us in Washington to say, 'Here's what we want you to do.

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Sun, 29 May 2016 07:18:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Rain washes out attempt to set record Greek sirtaki dance]]> http://gazette.com/rain-washes-out-attempt-to-set-record-greek-sirtaki-dance/article/feed/355073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rain-washes-out-attempt-to-set-record-greek-sirtaki-dance/article/feed/355073?custom_click=rss CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — Torrential rain has dashed hopes in Romania of setting a Guinness Book world record for Greece's famous sirtaki dance.

Romanians were attempting to break the world record for the dance made famous in the 1964 movie "Zorba the Greek" before a storm struck this Black Sea port on Saturday.

Organizers declared the attempt a washout, then had a change of heart and called people back to the beach in the port, 250 kilometers (156 miles) east of Bucharest.

The current world sirtaki record was set in Volos, Greece, in 2012 when 5,614 people danced.

Organizers in Romania claim more than 6,000 people took part in Saturday's record-breaking attempt.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 05:44:19 -0600 <![CDATA[InterVarsity leader: 'I know what it's like to live in a culture not my own']]> http://gazette.com/intervarsity-leader-i-know-what-its-like-to-live-in-a-culture-not-my-own/article/1577022?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/intervarsity-leader-i-know-what-its-like-to-live-in-a-culture-not-my-own/article/1577022?custom_click=rss

Tom Lin, 43, a Chicago native, Harvard grad and one-time missionary to Mongolia, was recently named the first nonwhite president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the national ministry to 40,200 university students, based in Madison, Wis.

Most recently, he served as head of Urbana 15, the missions conference that occurs once every three years.

InterVarsity recently achieved a milestone of 1,000 chapters on 649 campuses, yet its chart-busting growth has also been accompanied by intense resistance, most recently when it pledged support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Muslim-American women try to succeed in politics in ways their fathers couldn't]]> http://gazette.com/muslim-american-women-try-to-succeed-in-politics-in-ways-their-fathers-couldnt/article/1577021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/muslim-american-women-try-to-succeed-in-politics-in-ways-their-fathers-couldnt/article/1577021?custom_click=rss

When Raaheela Ahmed knocks on doors to meet potential voters, she covers her black headscarf with a floppy hat so people won't be distracted from what she has to say. She greets high school students as "y'all" and confides, with a disarming laugh, that she sometimes sneaks to her office gym to pray.

Poised and self-confident at 22, Ahmed is one of a group of young Muslim women, all children of immigrants, who are entering electoral politics in the Maryland suburbs. Eager to help counter the anti- Muslim rhetoric that has been part of the 2016 presidential contest, they say they feel emboldened by their American upbringing and the encouragement of male Muslim mentors.

"My dad was always involved in politics.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:13 -0600 <![CDATA[A hometown girl goes looking for the quirky heart of Houston]]> http://gazette.com/a-hometown-girl-goes-looking-for-the-quirky-heart-of-houston/article/1577082?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-hometown-girl-goes-looking-for-the-quirky-heart-of-houston/article/1577082?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON - The shimmery bungalow, set back a bit from sunny Malone Street in Houston's Rice Military neighborhood, looks as though it's covered in dangly metallic fur, like an aluminum Snuffleupagus. Aptly named the Beer Can House, it took an estimated 50,000 beer cans and a dedicated - if thirsty - upcycler to cover the home with this unique interpretation of aluminum siding.

A tall docent with a booming voice welcomes me as I approach the front gate (made of beer cans, of course) and invites me in. Now that I'm a can's throw from the house, with its mosaic of beer can parts - flattened aluminum strips from the cans here, circular bottoms there, garlands of lids everywhere - I'm less awed than incredulous.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:12 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: NAMI breakfast attendees donate $115K to support those with mental illness]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-attendees-donate-115k-to-support-those-with-mental-illness/article/1576895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-attendees-donate-115k-to-support-those-with-mental-illness/article/1576895?custom_click=rss

They're "Embracing the Light" as they find ways to face down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

It has been a long time coming and remains an everyday challenge, but NAMI - Colorado Springs Executive Director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert had reason to smile at the organization's sixth annual Community Breakfast and Fundraiser on May 6.

There were 700 in the audience that morning, more than double a couple of years ago, and an explosive number over the first year.

They were there to learn about the estimated 43.6 million adults in this country with a mental illness. Maybe there was a treatable reason the family's "weird uncle" was a little strange and had always been.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area volunteer opportunities starting May 29, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577112?custom_click=rss HELPING HANDS

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

- Cerebral Palsy Association of Colorado Springs - 638-0808.

- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Volunteers who want to be part of connecting animals and people needed; cmzoo.org, volunteer@cmzoo.org.

- Children's Literacy Center -

471-8672, pamela@childrensliteracy center.org, childrensliteracycenter.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.

- The District Attorney's Office - Gwen Stein, 520-6037, 4thjudicialda.com.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area literary events starting May 29, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577111?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577111?custom_click=rss LITERARY EVENTS

Summer Reading for Teens - Students in grades 6-12 can earn prizes for reading, Wednesday-July 31. For information, go to ppld.org/teens.

Mother-Daughter Book Club - 4 p.m. Tuesday, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free. Registration: ppld.org.

Storytime - "Again!" by Emily Gravett, 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 637-8282, barnesand noble.com.

Hear Here Open Mic - 5 p.m. Saturday, Marmalade, 219 W. Colorado Ave., $5; wheretohear.org.

B-Fest Teen Book Festival - Kick-off event with trivia, 7 p.m. June 10, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 637-8282, barnesandnoble.com.

Storytime - "The Bear and the Piano" by David

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting May 29, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577109?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577109?custom_click=rss NONPROFIT



Plant Sale - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, to benefit the zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road; 633-9925, cmzoo.org.


"Shop Til You Drop" Ladies Night Out - 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, to benefit the Colorado Springs Conservatory Scholarship Fund, University Village Shopping Center, 5278 N. Nevada Ave.; 598-3440.

Citizens Project Creating Community Breakfast - 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Reservations: tinyurl.com/jrwbzd5.

Cowgirls & Cocktails - 5 p.m. Friday, to benefit those with breast cancer, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Advance tickets:

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting May 29, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577110?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Monday-Thursday - Denver, Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds, 2:10 p.m. Monday, 6:40 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Coors Field, 2001 Black St.; coloradorockies.com.

Wednesday-Saturday - Gunnison, Astronomy Festival, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, park fees apply; gunnison crestedbutte.com.

Wednesday-July 20 - Durango, True West Rodeo, Wednesdays, La Plata County Fairgrounds; durango.org.

Thursday-June 5 - Elizabeth, Stampede Rodeo, Arena at Casey Jones Park; elizabethstampede.com.


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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting May 29, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-may-29-2016/article/1577020?custom_click=rss




"Pops Concert" - Canyon Winds Concert Band, 2 p.m., outside, Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St., donations accepted; Doug Downey, 271-8666.

"Colorado My Home" - America the Beautiful Men's Chorus, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Sunrise United Methodist Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd., $10 in advance, $15 at door, free for ages 12 and younger; atbchorus.com.


Flying W Wranglers - To benefit Women Partnering, 2-3:30 p.m., Mount St. Francis Auditorium, 7665 Assisi Heights, $20 at door, $10 for children 10 and younger; 577-9404 , wpfundraiser@comcast.net.


Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Toranosuke Taiko Drummers - 7 p.m.,

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 04:40:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Germany's Lufthansa to suspend flights to Venezuela]]> http://gazette.com/germanys-lufthansa-to-suspend-flights-to-venezuela/article/feed/355065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/germanys-lufthansa-to-suspend-flights-to-venezuela/article/feed/355065?custom_click=rss BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it is suspending its flights to Caracas, citing the difficult economic situation in Venezuela.

Lufthansa spokesman Andreas Bartels said Sunday that the company is suspending its three weekly Frankfurt-Caracas flights "until further notice" from June 17. He cited Venezuela's economic situation and difficulties in transferring currency.

Venezuela's economy shrank 5.7 percent last year while shortages of basic goods multiplied.

Currency rationing is increasingly cutting Venezuela's global trade. The government has created what amount to subsidized rates for hard currency and requires companies to get approval for converting local bolivars into dollars.

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]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 03:57:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Crime scene declared after looting at Virginia battlefield]]> http://gazette.com/crime-scene-declared-after-looting-at-virginia-battlefield/article/feed/355021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crime-scene-declared-after-looting-at-virginia-battlefield/article/feed/355021?custom_click=rss PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia's National Park Service says a portion of the Petersburg National Battlefield has been declared a crime scene after looting.

Chief of interpretation Chris Bryce said Saturday that park officials are in the process of assessing the damage. He said there were a number of places where the ground had been dug up earlier this week.

Petersburg National Battlefield is a 2,700-acre park, about 26 miles south of Richmond, that marks where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died fighting during the Siege of Petersburg 151 years ago.

There are a number of locations on the battlefield where someone has gone in and actually dug and upturned the soil by several inches, Bryce said.

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]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 21:03:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Vuitton show draws fashion world to crisis-hit Brazil]]> http://gazette.com/vuitton-show-draws-fashion-world-to-crisis-hit-brazil/article/feed/354976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vuitton-show-draws-fashion-world-to-crisis-hit-brazil/article/feed/354976?custom_click=rss

NITEROI, Brazil (AP) — The elite of the fashion world flocked to Brazil, defying an outbreak of the Zika virus, an economic meltdown and the deep political crisis afflicting the country to attend a runway show Saturday by revered French label Louis Vuitton.

Around 500 guests, including A-listers Jaden Smith and Catherine Deneuve and fashion royalty flown in from New York and Paris, took in Vuitton's Cruise 2017 collection at a futuristic art museum in Rio de Janeiro's sister city of Niteroi.

With the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain shimmering in the background, the models strode the catwalk in sporty looks that channeled the street style of this beachfront metropolis and harkened to the upcoming Summer Olympics which will take pl

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]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:52:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Putin visits Russian Orthodox monastic community in Greece]]> http://gazette.com/putin-visits-russian-orthodox-monastic-community-in-greece/article/feed/354865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/putin-visits-russian-orthodox-monastic-community-in-greece/article/feed/354865?custom_click=rss

KARYES, Greece (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Russian Orthodox monastery Saturday as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Greece, which is looking for more Russian investment and tourism as it copes with a prolonged financial crisis and a massive wave of migrants.

Putin, who has sought to capitalize on the strained relations between Greece and many other European Union members, said Russia seeks to cooperate with Greece in the energy sector. Several Russian ministers also expressed interest in the privatization of Greek railways and in the northern port of Thessaloniki, but no major deals were announced. Only lower lever "cooperation agreements" were reached during the visit.

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]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:28:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Wayward bear tranquilized in Pasadena neighborhood]]> http://gazette.com/wayward-bear-tranquilized-in-pasadena-neighborhood/article/feed/354989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wayward-bear-tranquilized-in-pasadena-neighborhood/article/feed/354989?custom_click=rss PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A bear made its way out of the San Gabriel Mountains and well into the city of Pasadena before it was tranquilized Saturday.

Police Lt. John Mercado tells the Pasadena Star-News (http://bit.ly/1VnpNjB ) that officers and state Fish and Wildlife officials chased the bear for about three hours after it was spotted around 9 a.m.

It finally ended up in a tree in a residential backyard before being tranquilized and loaded into a pickup for a ride back into the Angeles National Forest.

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]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 16:34:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Big Day an attempt to see just how many birds are in state]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-big-day-an-attempt-to-see-just-how-many-birds-are-in-state/article/1576616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-big-day-an-attempt-to-see-just-how-many-birds-are-in-state/article/1576616?custom_click=rss

Twenty-four hours.

Six-hundred miles.

One flat tire.

And a record-breaking number of birds.

Colorado Big Day 2016 flew by, but "Team Sapsucker" was ready.

"We've done some really exciting counts, in Panama, and in Texas, where we set a national record with almost 300 species. Sometimes, it's fun at the end but grueling during the day because you're fighting exhaustion. We didn't feel that so much on this one," said veteran East Coast birder Marshall Iliff. "I think for all of us, Colorado was just a really enjoyable count."

Iliff and a five-member team from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., flew in early to begin scouting for southern Colorado locations to conduct the state's most

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They danced, clapped to mariachis, visited with friends and enjoyed a meal with the flavors of Mexico. More than anything, however, the evening of Cinco de Mayo celebration and fundraising on May 6 was fun with an educational focus.

As one presenter said as scholarships were presented to young people filling a stage, "May these scholarships jumpstart careers."

Particularly poignant was that three of the major scholarships carry the names of leaders in the Hispanic community, the late Bernie Martinez and Bob Armendariz and 25-year El Cinco de Mayo sparkplug Carmen Abeyta. Also presented was a City of Colorado Springs Diversity Outreach Scholarship.

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