<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:35:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Crashes in Alaska brought safety steps for tourism flights]]> http://gazette.com/crashes-in-alaska-brought-safety-steps-for-tourism-flights/article/feed/247881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crashes-in-alaska-brought-safety-steps-for-tourism-flights/article/feed/247881?custom_click=rss

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes like the one that crashed last week and killed all nine people aboard, officials said Monday.

The locations of the webcams include Misty Fjords National Monument in southeast Alaska, where the plane operated by Promech Air crashed on a cliff above a lake.

The cause of the crash has not been determined and an investigation was continuing.

The safety measures were implemented after two sightseeing planes crashed within a month in 2007, killing 10 people and raising concerns about Federal Aviation Administration oversight of the Alaska air tour industry and pilot training

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]]> JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes like the one that crashed last week and killed all nine people aboard, officials said Monday.

The locations of the webcams include Misty Fjords National Monument in southeast Alaska, where the plane operated by Promech Air crashed on a cliff above a lake.

The cause of the crash has not been determined and an investigation was continuing.

The safety measures were implemented after two sightseeing planes crashed within a month in 2007, killing 10 people and raising concerns about Federal Aviation Administration oversight of the Alaska air tour industry and pilot training]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:16:24 -0600 <![CDATA[List: Colorado Springs area Fourth of July events]]> http://gazette.com/list-colorado-springs-area-fourth-of-july-events/article/1554700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-colorado-springs-area-fourth-of-july-events/article/1554700?custom_click=rss

Here's a list of Fourth of July events in the Colorado Springs area.

Friday, July 3

Western Heritage Day Celebration - Horseshoes, crafts, vendors and more, begins at 4 p.m., live music at 7 p.m., watch Fort Carson fireworks, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 576-2016.

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks- 4-8 p.m., Iron Horse Park, Fort Carson; tinyurl.com/ocmmxb3.

Friday-Sunday

Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival - 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive; pikespeakartfest.com.

Saturday

Palmer Lake July 4th Fun Run - 7 a.m., Palmer Lake Park Santa Fe Trail head, $40.



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Here's a list of Fourth of July events in the Colorado Springs area.

Friday, July 3

Western Heritage Day Celebration - Horseshoes, crafts, vendors and more, begins at 4 p.m., live music at 7 p.m., watch Fort Carson fireworks, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 576-2016.

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks- 4-8 p.m., Iron Horse Park, Fort Carson; tinyurl.com/ocmmxb3.

Friday-Sunday

Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival - 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive; pikespeakartfest.com.

Saturday

Palmer Lake July 4th Fun Run - 7 a.m., Palmer Lake Park Santa Fe Trail head, $40.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:15:40 -0600
<![CDATA[New Mexico reports 'all-time high' tourism numbers for 2014]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-reports-all-time-high-tourism-numbers-for-2014/article/feed/247809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-reports-all-time-high-tourism-numbers-for-2014/article/feed/247809?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pointing to New Mexico's slick television and online promotional commercials, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that close to 33 million people visited the state last year, making it a record-breaking year for tourism.

Martinez said that's half a million more people who visited New Mexico than in 2013. She credited the state's New Mexico True campaign for attracting more visitors. That campaign features the state's famous outdoor locations and several New Mexico celebrities such as mixed-martial arts fighter Carlos Condit .

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]]> ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pointing to New Mexico's slick television and online promotional commercials, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that close to 33 million people visited the state last year, making it a record-breaking year for tourism.

Martinez said that's half a million more people who visited New Mexico than in 2013. She credited the state's New Mexico True campaign for attracting more visitors. That campaign features the state's famous outdoor locations and several New Mexico celebrities such as mixed-martial arts fighter Carlos Condit .]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:15:39 -0600 <![CDATA[First lady: More foreign travel to promote girls' education]]> http://gazette.com/first-lady-more-foreign-travel-to-promote-girls-education/article/feed/247870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-lady-more-foreign-travel-to-promote-girls-education/article/feed/247870?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she'll do more foreign travel to promote education for girls in developing countries.

The first lady announced a new program earlier this year to help adolescent girls improve their lives by attending and staying in school.

She since has traveled to Japan, Cambodia and London to promote the initiative.

Mrs. Obama says the U.S. will continue to urge developed countries to join the effort. And when they join, she says "I'm going to hop on a plane and join them" to highlight the work.

The first lady says she'll also visit developing countries to show how the program benefits girls and their communities.

She spoke Monday at an awards luncheon sponsored by the women's magaz

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she'll do more foreign travel to promote education for girls in developing countries.

The first lady announced a new program earlier this year to help adolescent girls improve their lives by attending and staying in school.

She since has traveled to Japan, Cambodia and London to promote the initiative.

Mrs. Obama says the U.S. will continue to urge developed countries to join the effort. And when they join, she says "I'm going to hop on a plane and join them" to highlight the work.

The first lady says she'll also visit developing countries to show how the program benefits girls and their communities.

She spoke Monday at an awards luncheon sponsored by the women's magaz]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:47:59 -0600 <![CDATA['Sit-down' dinners improve seniors' lives, enrich families]]> http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.



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When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:26:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Shedding light on fear of the dark]]> http://gazette.com/shedding-light-on-fear-of-the-dark/article/1554653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shedding-light-on-fear-of-the-dark/article/1554653?custom_click=rss

Chad Cramer knows a thing or two about the simple flip of a light switch.

During the day, his 4-year-old twin boys run around the house recreating scenes from superhero movies. At night, though, when the closet door creaks or something near the window makes a sound, they scream out for Dad to save them.

After a slew of these sleepless, scared-of-the-dark nights, Cramer had a lot of questions swirling around his head, ones he couldn't find answers for in the library or through Google searches. So, he started writing.

"I kind of forgot how bad it was in my childhood until I saw the fear in my own sons' eyes," said Cramer, who recalls being up for three hours most nights as a kid until he reached middle school, fearing



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Chad Cramer knows a thing or two about the simple flip of a light switch.

During the day, his 4-year-old twin boys run around the house recreating scenes from superhero movies. At night, though, when the closet door creaks or something near the window makes a sound, they scream out for Dad to save them.

After a slew of these sleepless, scared-of-the-dark nights, Cramer had a lot of questions swirling around his head, ones he couldn't find answers for in the library or through Google searches. So, he started writing.

"I kind of forgot how bad it was in my childhood until I saw the fear in my own sons' eyes," said Cramer, who recalls being up for three hours most nights as a kid until he reached middle school, fearing

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:24:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Tourists on holiday coping with Greece's financial crisis]]> http://gazette.com/tourists-on-holiday-coping-with-greeces-financial-crisis/article/feed/247801?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourists-on-holiday-coping-with-greeces-financial-crisis/article/feed/247801?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Tourists on holiday in Greece offered advice to others Monday: Bring extra euros.

Several reported having some anxious moments over the weekend thanks to empty ATMs and merchants refusing credit cards, but the inconveniences eased as ATMs were replenished Monday.

"We were finally able to get cash out of an ATM today, thankfully, since we are running out of euros we got in the U.S.," said Anthony Adornato, a college professor from Syracuse, New York, heading from Athens to the island of Kea with three other Americans. "We thought we would have to start rationing, but luckily found an ATM that worked after two days of having no luck with others.

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Several reported having some anxious moments over the weekend thanks to empty ATMs and merchants refusing credit cards, but the inconveniences eased as ATMs were replenished Monday.

"We were finally able to get cash out of an ATM today, thankfully, since we are running out of euros we got in the U.S.," said Anthony Adornato, a college professor from Syracuse, New York, heading from Athens to the island of Kea with three other Americans. "We thought we would have to start rationing, but luckily found an ATM that worked after two days of having no luck with others.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:00:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Local artist featured in Georgia O'Keeffe show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center]]> http://gazette.com/local-artist-featured-in-georgia-okeeffe-show-at-colorado-springs-fine-arts-center/article/1554603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/local-artist-featured-in-georgia-okeeffe-show-at-colorado-springs-fine-arts-center/article/1554603?custom_click=rss

Karen Khoury never cries over spilled paint.

In fact, she relishes pouring vividly colored craft and house paint onto large pieces of plastic painting tarps stretched across the concrete floor of her downtown studio. When the paint dries, it resembles a plastic material that's easily pulled up off the tarp and manipulated into all sorts of shapes. Khoury likes to fasten it, using more paint, to pieces of wood scraps she's found and painted white.

Her work caught the eye of Blake Milteer, executive museum director and chief curator at the Fine Arts Center. Earlier this year he selected Khoury's exhibit proposal to run in conjunction with "Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico," the new show at the



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Karen Khoury never cries over spilled paint.

In fact, she relishes pouring vividly colored craft and house paint onto large pieces of plastic painting tarps stretched across the concrete floor of her downtown studio. When the paint dries, it resembles a plastic material that's easily pulled up off the tarp and manipulated into all sorts of shapes. Khoury likes to fasten it, using more paint, to pieces of wood scraps she's found and painted white.

Her work caught the eye of Blake Milteer, executive museum director and chief curator at the Fine Arts Center. Earlier this year he selected Khoury's exhibit proposal to run in conjunction with "Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico," the new show at the

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:59:54 -0600
<![CDATA[List: Loads of free summer concert series in Pikes Peak region parks]]> http://gazette.com/list-loads-of-free-summer-concert-series-in-pikes-peak-region-parks/article/1552680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-loads-of-free-summer-concert-series-in-pikes-peak-region-parks/article/1552680?custom_click=rss

Clean up the folding chairs, pack a picnic and head to a free concert in one of the numerous parks across the Pikes Peak region.

This summer, you can find live music almost every night of the week, with opportunities to hear your favorite local bands or to check out new musicians from around the state.

FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

5-7 p.m. Fridays

First and Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point, 955-6060, firstandmaintowncenter.



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Clean up the folding chairs, pack a picnic and head to a free concert in one of the numerous parks across the Pikes Peak region.

This summer, you can find live music almost every night of the week, with opportunities to hear your favorite local bands or to check out new musicians from around the state.

FIRST & MAIN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

5-7 p.m. Fridays

First and Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point, 955-6060, firstandmaintowncenter.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:06:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Editorials from around Oregon]]> http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-oregon/article/feed/167993?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/editorials-from-around-oregon/article/feed/167993?custom_click=rss The (Medford) Mail Tribune, June 28, on logging limitations

For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from the excesses of the unsustainable logging that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, however, the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction, to the point that limitations on logging have led to their own set of environmental consequences.

Many of the former Oregon & California Railroad lands, designated by Congress to be managed for sustained timber harvest, are now overgrown with too many trees, posing an increased risk of catastrophic wildfire and threatening the habitat of the wildlife that was supposed to be prot

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]]> The (Medford) Mail Tribune, June 28, on logging limitations

For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from the excesses of the unsustainable logging that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, however, the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction, to the point that limitations on logging have led to their own set of environmental consequences.

Many of the former Oregon & California Railroad lands, designated by Congress to be managed for sustained timber harvest, are now overgrown with too many trees, posing an increased risk of catastrophic wildfire and threatening the habitat of the wildlife that was supposed to be prot]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:31:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Appeals court revives Jemez Pueblo's claim to Valles Caldera]]> http://gazette.com/appeals-court-revives-jemez-pueblos-claim-to-valles-caldera/article/feed/247793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/appeals-court-revives-jemez-pueblos-claim-to-valles-caldera/article/feed/247793?custom_click=rss JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived an effort by a Native American community in northern New Mexico to reclaim the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Jemez Pueblo considers the nearly 140-square-mile swath of federally-managed public land as a spiritual sanctuary and part of its traditional homeland.

The tribe went before a panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in November in hopes of keeping alive its lawsuit against the federal government.

The appeals court issued a ruling Friday, saying a U.S. District Court in Albuquerque should take another look at whether an 1860 land grant extinguished the pueblo's rights to the land. The tribe will have to prove it had, or still has, aborigin

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]]> JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived an effort by a Native American community in northern New Mexico to reclaim the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Jemez Pueblo considers the nearly 140-square-mile swath of federally-managed public land as a spiritual sanctuary and part of its traditional homeland.

The tribe went before a panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in November in hopes of keeping alive its lawsuit against the federal government.

The appeals court issued a ruling Friday, saying a U.S. District Court in Albuquerque should take another look at whether an 1860 land grant extinguished the pueblo's rights to the land. The tribe will have to prove it had, or still has, aborigin]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:16:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Road trip: NYC mayor to head to western US for vacation]]> http://gazette.com/road-trip-nyc-mayor-to-head-to-western-us-for-vacation/article/feed/247792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/road-trip-nyc-mayor-to-head-to-western-us-for-vacation/article/feed/247792?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are taking a vacation.

City officials said Monday that the mayor's family will be spending eight days traveling together throughout the southwestern and western United States.

De Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and their two college-age children will be leaving Tuesday night.

They'll return July 8. City officials did not release a specific itinerary.

The trip comes at the end of a tough stretch for de Blasio.

He is widely viewed as having caved on hiring new police officers in the city budget and did not accomplish much of his agenda in Albany.

Last summer, the family vacationed in Italy.

In March, de Blasio and McCray took a ge

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are taking a vacation.

City officials said Monday that the mayor's family will be spending eight days traveling together throughout the southwestern and western United States.

De Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and their two college-age children will be leaving Tuesday night.

They'll return July 8. City officials did not release a specific itinerary.

The trip comes at the end of a tough stretch for de Blasio.

He is widely viewed as having caved on hiring new police officers in the city budget and did not accomplish much of his agenda in Albany.

Last summer, the family vacationed in Italy.

In March, de Blasio and McCray took a ge]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:16:37 -0600 <![CDATA[8 places to celebrate the Fourth of July in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/8-places-to-celebrate-the-fourth-of-july-in-colorado/article/1554617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/8-places-to-celebrate-the-fourth-of-july-in-colorado/article/1554617?custom_click=rss

Here are some of your best options for celebrating the Fourth of July around Colorado:

Cherry Creek Arts Festival: This annual event offers a free spectacle of music and performing and culinary arts, July 3-5 in Denver. cherrycreekartsfestival.org

Rollin' on the Riverwalk: An "epic" fireworks display along with music from the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra make this July 4 celebration one of Pueblo's premier events. puebloriverwalk.org

Symphony Above the Clouds: Head to Woodland Park to cap your holiday weekend with this patriotic party July 5. symphonyabovetheclouds.



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Here are some of your best options for celebrating the Fourth of July around Colorado:

Cherry Creek Arts Festival: This annual event offers a free spectacle of music and performing and culinary arts, July 3-5 in Denver. cherrycreekartsfestival.org

Rollin' on the Riverwalk: An "epic" fireworks display along with music from the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra make this July 4 celebration one of Pueblo's premier events. puebloriverwalk.org

Symphony Above the Clouds: Head to Woodland Park to cap your holiday weekend with this patriotic party July 5. symphonyabovetheclouds.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:05:45 -0600
<![CDATA[The Country Life: Washed-out road a reminder of record rains]]> http://gazette.com/the-country-life-washed-out-road-a-reminder-of-record-rains/article/1554649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-washed-out-road-a-reminder-of-record-rains/article/1554649?custom_click=rss

Hey, remember May? You know, Colorado Springs' wettest month on record?

With summer blazing, last month is a soggy memory for many. But for residents along a stretch of Jones Road in eastern El Paso County, a gaping wound in the roadway is an ongoing reminder of Mother Nature's fury.

One of my favorite running routes is Jones Road; it's hilly where I start, it isn't heavily traveled, and it transitions from asphalt to dirt as I run east. But when I ran it a few weeks ago, my route was cut short: A section of Jones is closed between Log Road and Ellicott Highway.

And for good reason: The spring rains temporarily transformed Black Squirrel Creek into a raging river that blew out two culverts and created a canyon where the



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Hey, remember May? You know, Colorado Springs' wettest month on record?

With summer blazing, last month is a soggy memory for many. But for residents along a stretch of Jones Road in eastern El Paso County, a gaping wound in the roadway is an ongoing reminder of Mother Nature's fury.

One of my favorite running routes is Jones Road; it's hilly where I start, it isn't heavily traveled, and it transitions from asphalt to dirt as I run east. But when I ran it a few weeks ago, my route was cut short: A section of Jones is closed between Log Road and Ellicott Highway.

And for good reason: The spring rains temporarily transformed Black Squirrel Creek into a raging river that blew out two culverts and created a canyon where the

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:53:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Highway department advises of lane closures on holiday]]> http://gazette.com/highway-department-advises-of-lane-closures-on-holiday/article/feed/247751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/highway-department-advises-of-lane-closures-on-holiday/article/feed/247751?custom_click=rss LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is alerting drivers of lane closures on interstates and U.S. highways during the coming July 4th holiday weekend.

The department says highway improvement projects are underway and there are work zones on four interstates and on U.S. 67.

Four miles of a lane of westbound Interstate 30 is closed at Benton; four miles of lanes in both directions are closed on I-55 at Blytheville; one mile of southbound I-430 at Little Rock is closed; eight miles of lanes in both directions of I-530 at the Pulaski/Saline County line is closed; and seven miles of a southbound lane of I-530 at White Hall is closed.

Five miles in both directions of U.S. 67 is closed

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]]> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is alerting drivers of lane closures on interstates and U.S. highways during the coming July 4th holiday weekend.

The department says highway improvement projects are underway and there are work zones on four interstates and on U.S. 67.

Four miles of a lane of westbound Interstate 30 is closed at Benton; four miles of lanes in both directions are closed on I-55 at Blytheville; one mile of southbound I-430 at Little Rock is closed; eight miles of lanes in both directions of I-530 at the Pulaski/Saline County line is closed; and seven miles of a southbound lane of I-530 at White Hall is closed.

Five miles in both directions of U.S. 67 is closed ]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:46:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Krzyzewski, Kyvallos to receive Lapchick Award]]> http://gazette.com/krzyzewski-kyvallos-to-receive-lapchick-award/article/feed/247728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/krzyzewski-kyvallos-to-receive-lapchick-award/article/feed/247728?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — More honors for a couple of Coach Ks.

Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to five national championships and is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000 victories, and women's basketball pioneer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award for 2015.

The winners of the eighth annual award were announced Monday. The award is named for the Naismith Hall of Fame coach and is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. Lapchick coached St. John's and the New York Knicks.

The awards will be presented Nov. 20 in New York. The recipients will be honored that night at the 2K Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to five national championships and is the only Division I men's coach with 1,000 victories, and women's basketball pioneer Lucille Kyvallos of Queens College have won the Lapchick Character Award for 2015.

The winners of the eighth annual award were announced Monday. The award is named for the Naismith Hall of Fame coach and is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. Lapchick coached St. John's and the New York Knicks.

The awards will be presented Nov. 20 in New York. The recipients will be honored that night at the 2K Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:17:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Group predicts 3.1M Texans to travel over July Fourth]]> http://gazette.com/group-predicts-3.1m-texans-to-travel-over-july-fourth/article/feed/247729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-predicts-3.1m-texans-to-travel-over-july-fourth/article/feed/247729?custom_click=rss COPPELL, Texas (AP) — A travel group predicts 3.1 million Texans will hit the road over the July Fourth holiday period.

AAA Texas on Monday released its projection, which is up about 1 percent compared to Independence Day weekend last year.

The travel period is defined as Wednesday through Sunday. The estimate involves Texans planning to travel 50 miles or more from home, with about 2.6 million likely to opt for auto travel.

Association officials say rising income and a strong employment market are spurring more Texans to take a July Fourth holiday trip this year.

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AAA Texas on Monday released its projection, which is up about 1 percent compared to Independence Day weekend last year.

The travel period is defined as Wednesday through Sunday. The estimate involves Texans planning to travel 50 miles or more from home, with about 2.6 million likely to opt for auto travel.

Association officials say rising income and a strong employment market are spurring more Texans to take a July Fourth holiday trip this year.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:31:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Using a spiral cutter to put a healthy twist on french fries]]> http://gazette.com/using-a-spiral-cutter-to-put-a-healthy-twist-on-french-fries/article/feed/247727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/using-a-spiral-cutter-to-put-a-healthy-twist-on-french-fries/article/feed/247727?custom_click=rss

I've been watching the "zoodle" craze from the sidelines. Admittedly, I've been tempted to jump in. Noodles made from healthy zucchini using a super-cool spiral cutter? Yes, please!

But truthfully, I've harbored fears that the fad (and my interest) would quickly fade, leaving me with one more gadget to add to the donation pile.

If you haven't seen a spiral cutter, it is a small piece of kitchen equipment (several companies offer different models and styles) that cuts vegetables into (very!) long, curly noodle shapes. You push the vegetable into the blade area, turning it, hence the "spiral.

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But truthfully, I've harbored fears that the fad (and my interest) would quickly fade, leaving me with one more gadget to add to the donation pile.

If you haven't seen a spiral cutter, it is a small piece of kitchen equipment (several companies offer different models and styles) that cuts vegetables into (very!) long, curly noodle shapes. You push the vegetable into the blade area, turning it, hence the "spiral.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:31:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Manitou Springs art exhibit features work from youth in correctional facility]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-art-exhibit-features-work-from-youth-in-correctional-facility/article/1554640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-art-exhibit-features-work-from-youth-in-correctional-facility/article/1554640?custom_click=rss

A student exhibit opened last week at the Manitou Art Center, but none of the artists were allowed to attend.

The adolescents who created the artwork are locked up in what amounts to juvenile jail. They are awaiting court hearings involving criminal cases or have been found guilty of committing felonies and misdemeanors.

That doesn't mean they shouldn't have a voice, said Natalie Johnson, executive director of the Manitou Art Center and creator of the show.

"It's often difficult to find positive things they've done, and this is a nice thing to offer everybody," she said.

What some of the students endured to produce their pieces speaks of their need for self expression and desire to tell their stories through art.



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A student exhibit opened last week at the Manitou Art Center, but none of the artists were allowed to attend.

The adolescents who created the artwork are locked up in what amounts to juvenile jail. They are awaiting court hearings involving criminal cases or have been found guilty of committing felonies and misdemeanors.

That doesn't mean they shouldn't have a voice, said Natalie Johnson, executive director of the Manitou Art Center and creator of the show.

"It's often difficult to find positive things they've done, and this is a nice thing to offer everybody," she said.

What some of the students endured to produce their pieces speaks of their need for self expression and desire to tell their stories through art.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:19:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Myrtle Beach officials call on SC to lower Confederate flag]]> http://gazette.com/myrtle-beach-officials-call-on-sc-to-lower-confederate-flag/article/feed/247721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/myrtle-beach-officials-call-on-sc-to-lower-confederate-flag/article/feed/247721?custom_click=rss MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tourism officials in Myrtle Beach are calling for removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.

The board of directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce voted Monday that the flag should be removed and be placed in what the resolution called "an appropriate historical display."

Calls for removing the flag have increased since nine black parishioners were shot and killed at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston earlier this month.

Chamber president and CEO Brad Dean said the vote reaffirms the chamber's desire to promote unity throughout the state. Myrtle Beach is the center of the state's $18 billion tourism industry.

State lawmakers have agr

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The board of directors for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce voted Monday that the flag should be removed and be placed in what the resolution called "an appropriate historical display."

Calls for removing the flag have increased since nine black parishioners were shot and killed at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston earlier this month.

Chamber president and CEO Brad Dean said the vote reaffirms the chamber's desire to promote unity throughout the state. Myrtle Beach is the center of the state's $18 billion tourism industry.

State lawmakers have agr]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:17:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Seattle art exhibit puts spotlight on race, identity]]> http://gazette.com/seattle-art-exhibit-puts-spotlight-on-race-identity/article/feed/247707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seattle-art-exhibit-puts-spotlight-on-race-identity/article/feed/247707?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — Race, identity and the masks people wear are the themes explored in a new exhibit of contemporary, multimedia art at the Seattle Art Museum.

The themes feel especially relevant with the recent opening of the show "Disguise: Masks & Global African Art" coming one day after the deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and a week after the leader of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, was accused of lying about her race.

But curator Erika Dayla Massaquoi believes this is the kind of exhibit that would have had people talking about race and identity even without the news.

The show isn't going to hit people over the head with the topics of race and identity, but Massaquoi believes, "People will intuitive

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The themes feel especially relevant with the recent opening of the show "Disguise: Masks & Global African Art" coming one day after the deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and a week after the leader of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, was accused of lying about her race.

But curator Erika Dayla Massaquoi believes this is the kind of exhibit that would have had people talking about race and identity even without the news.

The show isn't going to hit people over the head with the topics of race and identity, but Massaquoi believes, "People will intuitive]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:33:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting June 28, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-28-2015/article/1554599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-june-28-2015/article/1554599?custom_click=rss Colorado Calendar

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 - Glendale, "Monday Movie Madness - 'Despicable Me 2,'" 8 p.m., Infinity Park, free; infinityparkat glendale.com.

Monday-July 5 - Telluride, Plein Air Festival; visittelluride.com.

Tuesday - Gunnison, Kids Fishing Derby and Outdoor Sports Expo, fishing tips and tricks, educational booths, archery range and more, Jorgensen Park Packman Pond; gunnisoncrestedbutte.com.

Wednesday - Lake City, Bear Day in the Park, learn more about black bears, with kids' activities and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Town Park, free;



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Colorado Calendar

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 - Glendale, "Monday Movie Madness - 'Despicable Me 2,'" 8 p.m., Infinity Park, free; infinityparkat glendale.com.

Monday-July 5 - Telluride, Plein Air Festival; visittelluride.com.

Tuesday - Gunnison, Kids Fishing Derby and Outdoor Sports Expo, fishing tips and tricks, educational booths, archery range and more, Jorgensen Park Packman Pond; gunnisoncrestedbutte.com.

Wednesday - Lake City, Bear Day in the Park, learn more about black bears, with kids' activities and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Town Park, free;

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:20:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Udall, Interior deputy secretary to tour Chaco Canyon area]]> http://gazette.com/udall-interior-deputy-secretary-to-tour-chaco-canyon-area/article/feed/247648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/udall-interior-deputy-secretary-to-tour-chaco-canyon-area/article/feed/247648?custom_click=rss CHACO CANYON, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor are visiting northwestern New Mexico.

The two are planning to tour the Chaco Canyon area before meeting Monday with residents and local officials with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The visit comes after Udall sent a letter to the Interior Department in which he highlighted constituent concerns about oil and gas development and potential effects on archaeological sites in the region.

Udall has been pushing the agency to ensure that any development near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a World Heritage site, is carefully planned.

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The two are planning to tour the Chaco Canyon area before meeting Monday with residents and local officials with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The visit comes after Udall sent a letter to the Interior Department in which he highlighted constituent concerns about oil and gas development and potential effects on archaeological sites in the region.

Udall has been pushing the agency to ensure that any development near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a World Heritage site, is carefully planned.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:47:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Passenger exiting plane, struck by lightning in Columbia]]> http://gazette.com/passenger-exiting-plane-struck-by-lightning-in-columbia/article/feed/247670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/passenger-exiting-plane-struck-by-lightning-in-columbia/article/feed/247670?custom_click=rss COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials say lightning struck a female passenger who was getting off a plane at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Multiple media outlets report an airport spokeswoman says the woman, whose identity hasn't been given, was traveling on an American Airlines flight Saturday.

Airport officials say the plane was traveling from Hartford, Connecticut; to Charlotte, North Carolina; when it was diverted to Columbia due to bad weather.

Airport spokesman Kaela Harmon says as the woman left the plane and walked across the tarmac, lightning struck her.

Officials say she was transported to a hospital in the Columbia area and was listed in stable condition.

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Multiple media outlets report an airport spokeswoman says the woman, whose identity hasn't been given, was traveling on an American Airlines flight Saturday.

Airport officials say the plane was traveling from Hartford, Connecticut; to Charlotte, North Carolina; when it was diverted to Columbia due to bad weather.

Airport spokesman Kaela Harmon says as the woman left the plane and walked across the tarmac, lightning struck her.

Officials say she was transported to a hospital in the Columbia area and was listed in stable condition.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:30:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for June 29, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-to-do-today-calendar-for-june-29-2015/article/1554651?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-to-do-today-calendar-for-june-29-2015/article/1554651?custom_click=rss Events

101st Dixieland Army Band - 1:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Writing Group - 6 p.m. , Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East. For beginning and published writers; csfwg.org.

On TV

- "Larry Kramer in Love & Anger" 7 p.m., HBO: This documentary looks at the writer and AIDS activist.

- "Teen Wolf" 8 p.m., MTV: Season 5 kicks off and a new school year starts from - wait for it - scratch.

TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE

Birthdays

Actor Gary Busey is 71. Comedian Richard Lewis is 68. Singer Colin Hay of Men at Work is 62.

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101st Dixieland Army Band - 1:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Registration: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Writing Group - 6 p.m. , Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East. For beginning and published writers; csfwg.org.

On TV

- "Larry Kramer in Love & Anger" 7 p.m., HBO: This documentary looks at the writer and AIDS activist.

- "Teen Wolf" 8 p.m., MTV: Season 5 kicks off and a new school year starts from - wait for it - scratch.

TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE

Birthdays

Actor Gary Busey is 71. Comedian Richard Lewis is 68. Singer Colin Hay of Men at Work is 62.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting June 29, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-june-29-2015/article/1554650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-june-29-2015/article/1554650?custom_click=rss SENIOR CALENDAR

Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information.

TUESDAY

Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10

Scan Your Photos - 1:30-4 p.m., $10

THURSDAY-JULY 30

Card Magic - 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, $40

JULY 6

The History of Colorado Springs and its Art - 10-11 a.m., $5

JULY 6-27

Wood Carving - 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, $42

JULY 6-AUG. 19

Tai Chi Broadsword 13- From Advanced - 9:15-10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, $42

Qi Gong - 8 Silken Movements - 10:15-11 a.m.

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Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information.

TUESDAY

Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10

Scan Your Photos - 1:30-4 p.m., $10

THURSDAY-JULY 30

Card Magic - 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, $40

JULY 6

The History of Colorado Springs and its Art - 10-11 a.m., $5

JULY 6-27

Wood Carving - 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, $42

JULY 6-AUG. 19

Tai Chi Broadsword 13- From Advanced - 9:15-10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, $42

Qi Gong - 8 Silken Movements - 10:15-11 a.m.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:14 -0600 <![CDATA[A dozen Georgia O'Keeffe works on exhibit at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center]]> http://gazette.com/a-dozen-georgia-okeeffe-works-on-exhibit-at-colorado-springs-fine-arts-center/article/1554602?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-dozen-georgia-okeeffe-works-on-exhibit-at-colorado-springs-fine-arts-center/article/1554602?custom_click=rss

Georgia O'Keeffe's work has tugged at art enthusiasts and casual observers for almost a century.

Even if they don't know her name, they recognize the images she favored so often: extreme close-ups of bright yellow calla lilies, pink and purple pansies, and black irises; New York City buildings standing staunchly underneath a glowing moon; the red and yellow hills and white cliff formations of her New Mexico homes in the Ghost Ranch area and the town of Abiquiú; and bleached cow and horse skulls, deer bones and animal teeth collected during her desert sojourns.

"I am one of the few who gives our country any voice of its own," O'Keeffe, an icon of both Southwest and American modernism, once said.



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Georgia O'Keeffe's work has tugged at art enthusiasts and casual observers for almost a century.

Even if they don't know her name, they recognize the images she favored so often: extreme close-ups of bright yellow calla lilies, pink and purple pansies, and black irises; New York City buildings standing staunchly underneath a glowing moon; the red and yellow hills and white cliff formations of her New Mexico homes in the Ghost Ranch area and the town of Abiquiú; and bleached cow and horse skulls, deer bones and animal teeth collected during her desert sojourns.

"I am one of the few who gives our country any voice of its own," O'Keeffe, an icon of both Southwest and American modernism, once said.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 09:37:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Side Streets: Snit over Colorado Springs pond evokes memories of sprawling ranch that became Briargate]]> http://gazette.com/side-streets-snit-over-colorado-springs-pond-evokes-memories-of-sprawling-ranch-that-became-briargate/article/1554605?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-snit-over-colorado-springs-pond-evokes-memories-of-sprawling-ranch-that-became-briargate/article/1554605?custom_click=rss

When Ron Sherman saw a recent Side Streets column about a landscaping pond on the Briargate Business Campus, he flashed back to his youth when he used to fish that pond on the Reverse J Diamond Ranch.

In fact, he spent much of his boyhood on that ranch because his grandfather, E.O. Sherman, was foreman and lived there with Ron's grandmother, Icle.

Ron even created a photo book about the ranch with historic pictures of cattle grazing, antelope being rounded up and jamborees for thousands of Girl Scouts in 1959 and Boy Scouts in 1960 - a gathering that even attracted President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Historic photos are juxtaposed with more recent images of the tracts of modern houses, golf courses and four-lane boulevards



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When Ron Sherman saw a recent Side Streets column about a landscaping pond on the Briargate Business Campus, he flashed back to his youth when he used to fish that pond on the Reverse J Diamond Ranch.

In fact, he spent much of his boyhood on that ranch because his grandfather, E.O. Sherman, was foreman and lived there with Ron's grandmother, Icle.

Ron even created a photo book about the ranch with historic pictures of cattle grazing, antelope being rounded up and jamborees for thousands of Girl Scouts in 1959 and Boy Scouts in 1960 - a gathering that even attracted President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Historic photos are juxtaposed with more recent images of the tracts of modern houses, golf courses and four-lane boulevards

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:44:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting June 28, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-june-28-2015/article/1554461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-june-28-2015/article/1554461?custom_click=rss

RELIGION CALENDAR

Music/Drama

JULY 10

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Air Force Academy Falconairies, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

JULY 24

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Gregory Goodloe and the Light Years Ahead Band, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

AUG. 7

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Al Eberhart and the Changing Times Band, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

AUG. 21

"Jazz in the Garden" - Sean Hennessay Quintet, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets;

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Music/Drama

JULY 10

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Air Force Academy Falconairies, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

JULY 24

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Gregory Goodloe and the Light Years Ahead Band, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

AUG. 7

"Jazz in the Garden" - With Al Eberhart and the Changing Times Band, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets; tinyurl.com/l62nv2p.

AUG. 21

"Jazz in the Garden" - Sean Hennessay Quintet, 7 p.m., Memorial Garden, corner of North Tejon and Monument streets;]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Commentary: Do we need unholy guns in holy places?]]> http://gazette.com/commentary-do-we-need-unholy-guns-in-holy-places/article/1554607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/commentary-do-we-need-unholy-guns-in-holy-places/article/1554607?custom_click=rss

Inevitably, after the massacre at Emanuel AME Church, people start talking about arming congregants for self-defense. It is a sad image: 25 souls sitting around at Wednesday night prayer meeting, some packing heat in case the next church attacker should happen to be among them.

Some people consider it a ridiculous idea, or dangerous, or even sacrilegious: Guns don't belong in the house of the Lord Jesus, who taught turning the other cheek and peacemaking.

Others have been in favor of guns in church for a long time. "Open carry" and/or "concealed carry" legislation has been passed in numerous states, with application to numerous public places, including churches.

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Some people consider it a ridiculous idea, or dangerous, or even sacrilegious: Guns don't belong in the house of the Lord Jesus, who taught turning the other cheek and peacemaking.

Others have been in favor of guns in church for a long time. "Open carry" and/or "concealed carry" legislation has been passed in numerous states, with application to numerous public places, including churches.]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:16:28 -0600