<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:29:10 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Surfer bitten by shark at beach; says 'came out of nowhere']]> http://gazette.com/surfer-bitten-by-shark-at-beach-says-came-out-of-nowhere/article/feed/413817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/surfer-bitten-by-shark-at-beach-says-came-out-of-nowhere/article/feed/413817?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — A surfer says he's grateful to be recovering in a Maui hospital after a shark bit him — even though the attack forced him and his wife to postpone their honeymoon.

Federico Jaime was surfing Friday at a beach about two blocks from his Paia home when he felt a shark chomp down on his left arm, he recalled Monday from his room at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

"It just came out of nowhere," he said. "I saw the shark right in my face. It grabbed my arm— my left arm. It was really violent."

He knew he had been bitten. "I could see my arm was pretty much destroyed," he said. "I hit it with my hands and my legs. I don't know what I did."

Then, he said, he felt something pull on his left leg.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:17:15 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Hospitalized Maui surfer recounts shark attack]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-hospitalized-maui-surfer-recounts-shark-attack/article/feed/413811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-hospitalized-maui-surfer-recounts-shark-attack/article/feed/413811?custom_click=rss WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a Maui surfer who was bitten by a shark (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A Maui surfer is recovering from a shark attack and making plans to reschedule his honeymoon.

Federico Jaime was surfing Friday at a beach two blocks from his Paia home when he felt a shark bite his left arm and left leg.

Jaime said Monday from his room at Maui Memorial Medical Center that he can move all his fingers and can feel his forearm muscle working.

But he'll need another surgery Wednesday to repair a tendon in his arm.

He says he and his wife were supposed to leave for a Tahiti honeymoon on Saturday.

Jaime says he's grateful nearby surfers who heard him screaming helped him get to

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:32:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Chief Justice Roberts upgrades home on Maine coast]]> http://gazette.com/chief-justice-roberts-upgrades-home-on-maine-coast/article/feed/413800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chief-justice-roberts-upgrades-home-on-maine-coast/article/feed/413800?custom_click=rss

ST. GEORGE, Maine (AP) — U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is upgrading his vacation home in Maine.

Roberts and his wife, Jane Roberts, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, purchased a second Hupper Island home in the town of St. George this month. The 1,560-square-foot, waterfront home is larger than the original home on abutting property that they bought in 2006.

Both properties were purchased from Steve Thomas, a former host of the TV show "This Old House."

The chief justice and his family vacation at the home in the summer.

County records indicate the couple financed $1 million of the purchase price, which was not disclosed.

It's unclear what the couple plans to do with the original home.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:10:45 -0600 <![CDATA[If I only had $85K: Fundraiser for 'Oz' Scarecrow costume]]> http://gazette.com/if-i-only-had-85k-fundraiser-for-oz-scarecrow-costume/article/feed/413491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/if-i-only-had-85k-fundraiser-for-oz-scarecrow-costume/article/feed/413491?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the Smithsonian has reached its crowd-funding goal to preserve the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," the museum is asking for more money to conserve another relic from the beloved movie.

The National Museum of American History announced Monday that it has extended the Kickstarter campaign that brought in $300,000 in one week to maintain the ruby slippers. The museum will seek another $85,000 to care for and display a Scarecrow costume worn by actor Ray Bolger and donated to the museum by his widow, Gwendolyn Bolger, in 1987.

If the campaign is successful, the museum will place the Scarecrow's hat alongside the slippers in a new pop-culture exhibit that's scheduled to open in 2018.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:30:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Policy Prescriptions: Trump and Clinton on transparency]]> http://gazette.com/policy-prescriptions-trump-and-clinton-on-transparency/article/feed/413727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/policy-prescriptions-trump-and-clinton-on-transparency/article/feed/413727?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both broken from tradition during their campaigns for president by sharing less information with the public than did their predecessors, although the Democratic nominee is more forthcoming than her Republican rival.

Both candidates are secretive when it comes to fundraising. They have also blocked the complete implementation of a "protective pool" of traveling reporters who follow their every movement, Trump more so than Clinton, leaving the public with little idea of where they are at times.

Trump has also has refused to release his tax returns, becoming the first presidential nominee from a major party to do so in four decades.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:21:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting Oct. 23, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-oct.-23-2016/article/1588443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-oct.-23-2016/article/1588443?custom_click=rss NONPROFIT COMMUNITY EVENTS

Pumpkin Fundraiser - Pumpkins for sale, while supplies last, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Oct. 31, to benefit the Reynolds Ranch House, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd.; 488-0880.

Shivers Concert Series with Mark and Sadie Rucker - 3 p.m. Sunday, to benefit the Shrivers Fund, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Advance tickets: 593-8400, tinyurl.com/shiversconcert.

Cat-on-Tap - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, to benefit Catamount Institute, Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive. Reservations: tinyurl.com/huq82pf.

Booze for Boobs - 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, to benefit American Advertising Federation Colorado Springs and Susan G. Komen of Colorado, The Elbo

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:29:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Get creative: 5 desserts made from Halloween candy]]> http://gazette.com/get-creative-5-desserts-made-from-halloween-candy/article/1588484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-creative-5-desserts-made-from-halloween-candy/article/1588484?custom_click=rss

Superheroes and princesses will soon hit the streets, pillowcases in hand, ready for the candy haul. They'll gobble up their favorites and maybe even share a few with you. But what do you do with the rest of the stash, the sweets that aren't quite up to either their or your standards? Create a little recipe magic and repurpose those sweets into desserts or decorations.

For instance, cocoa and mint go hand in hand. You can add Junior Mints or Peppermint Patties to hot chocolate for a flavor boost. Or melt Jolly Ranchers or other hard candies into suckers - it just takes five minutes in a 200-degree oven. Save a few of the hard candies for melting into windowpanes for gingerbread houses during the Christmas season.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:42:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Couple not on samepage on exclusivity]]> http://gazette.com/couple-not-on-samepage-on-exclusivity/article/1588483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/couple-not-on-samepage-on-exclusivity/article/1588483?custom_click=rss

Dear Donna,

I have been dating a man for two months. I like him, but he has been pushing me to be exclusive. While I am not interested in dating anyone else, I am not ready to be exclusive. Since learning this, his level of enthusiasm has diminished and his texts have become less romantic.

He said he feels like he has to step back until we are in the same place and he does not want to get more invested emotionally if I am on the fence. I was having a great time with him, but now I feel like I have to agree to be exclusive or it won't be the same. Suggestions? - Karen

Dear Karen,

This sounds like emotional blackmail. Trying to persuade someone to be exclusive by changing the flow of the relationship is

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:08:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Report: Tennessee man died after riding Disney's Star Tours]]> http://gazette.com/report-tennessee-man-died-after-riding-disneys-star-tours/article/feed/413563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-tennessee-man-died-after-riding-disneys-star-tours/article/feed/413563?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 67-year-old Tennessee tourist died after riding Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The September death of the Memphis, Tennessee, man was recorded in a list of serious ride-related injuries and illnesses that the major theme parks provide the state of Florida on a quarterly basis.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2enVVqK ) reports the man had a pre-existing heart condition, and that the cause of death was listed as hypertensive cardiovascular disease, with contributing factors including obesity.

The latest report included five other incidents of adults complaining of dizziness, stomach and chest pain and back pain on various rides at Disney and Universal.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:34:51 -0600 <![CDATA[National Park Service OKs land swap for new Maine school]]> http://gazette.com/national-park-service-oks-land-swap-for-new-maine-school/article/feed/413562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-park-service-oks-land-swap-for-new-maine-school/article/feed/413562?custom_click=rss CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service has approved a request by Maine's state government and a regional school district to transfer land to allow for construction of a new school building.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the park service has agreed to transfer ownership of a section of Teague Park to the city and the school district so that a new school can be built near a current elementary school.

WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/2exPlvF ) reports Teague Park will get grants from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is why the National Park Service became involved.

Collins, a Republican, was born and raised in Caribou and attended public schools there. She says the land swap deal would replace thre

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:22:59 -0600 <![CDATA[3 days in Nashville _ with your mom]]> http://gazette.com/3-days-in-nashville-with-your-mom/article/feed/413529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-days-in-nashville-with-your-mom/article/feed/413529?custom_click=rss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — I've always wanted to have a mini-reunion in Nashville with my college girlfriends.

I imagined hanging out at honky-tonk bars like the famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, listening to country music and meandering along Music Row. Instead, I found myself in Tennessee's capital city with my 90-year-old mom and my sister.

Was it a drag? Far from it. The three nights we spent here turned out to be lots of fun as we experienced the different personalities of this Southern city, from its eclectic foodie culture to its rich history. My mom is very mobile and has the spunk of a 65-year-old. Still, I took plenty of precautions, did some pre-planning and focused on a few major sites. We needed to pace ourselves

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:18:33 -0600 <![CDATA[SpaceX's Elon Musk elaborates on plan to colonize Mars]]> http://gazette.com/spacexs-elon-musk-elaborates-on-plan-to-colonize-mars/article/feed/413523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spacexs-elon-musk-elaborates-on-plan-to-colonize-mars/article/feed/413523?custom_click=rss

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has given more details about his plan to colonize Mars.

Musk answered questions on Reddit on Sunday. The session was a follow up to Musk's comments at a space conference in Mexico last month during which he unveiled his plan to send up to 1 million people to Mars within the next 40 to 100 years.

Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet "Battlestar Galactica" style.

He elaborated on that plan Sunday, saying an unmanned ship will be sent to Mars with equipment to build a plant to create refueling propellant for return trips to Earth. He says the first manned crew would have the job of constructing the plant.

Musk said last month SpaceX is already working on equipmen

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:37:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Dallas Area Rapid Transit adds 2 stations, grows to 93 miles]]> http://gazette.com/dallas-area-rapid-transit-adds-2-stations-grows-to-93-miles/article/feed/413507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dallas-area-rapid-transit-adds-2-stations-grows-to-93-miles/article/feed/413507?custom_click=rss DALLAS (AP) — The longest light rail system in the U.S. just got bigger.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit on Monday opened two more stations as part of a 3-mile Blue Line expansion to the south. The new light rail locations include stops at Camp Wisdom and the University of North Texas at Dallas.

Spokesman Morgan Lyons says the DART light rail system has now grown to 93 miles and 64 stations.

DART, which began operations in June 1996, serves Dallas and a dozen other North Texas cities.




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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:36:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Sweet Cheese & Almond Dumplings: a signature Hanukkah dish]]> http://gazette.com/sweet-cheese-almond-dumplings-a-signature-hanukkah-dish/article/feed/413506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sweet-cheese-almond-dumplings-a-signature-hanukkah-dish/article/feed/413506?custom_click=rss

Many of the signature dishes of Hanukkah involve either cheese or frying in oil — or both! Since I like to have it all, I created these fried sweet cheese and almond dumplings featuring both ingredients. Happily, they are easy to make and require no special equipment other than a deep fat thermometer.

Basically, these are blintzes in wonton wrappers. The filling consists of ricotta, cream cheese, an egg, sugar and spritzes of lemon and vanilla, all combined with almond paste. If anyone in your home is allergic to nuts, just leave out the almond paste.

As noted, the filling is encased in wonton wrappers, which can be found alongside the grocer's Asian produce, or in the dairy or frozen foods sections. They're a great and ver

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:15:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: In Georgetown, pride of the past]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-in-georgetown-pride-of-the-past/article/1588397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-in-georgetown-pride-of-the-past/article/1588397?custom_click=rss

GEORGETOWN - This is the kind of place where a 10-year-old grabs a piece of candy from a store's old wooden shelves, turns around to an old wooden counter, and the lady behind it smiles sweetly and asks: "Are you paying or am I charging?"

The lady is Coralue Anderson. The store was operated in 1893 by her great-grandfather, pictured in the gold-framed portrait hanging on the back wall. She's worked here since being handed a broom that towered above her. These days, behind the counter, Anderson takes cash or check, but for the 1,000 or so living in Georgetown, she'll put it on their tab.

Her days are made by seeing those familiar faces, those like her who are carrying on another generation in town for their family.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:15:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Mix-and-match banner makes mantel decor easy]]> http://gazette.com/mix-and-match-banner-makes-mantel-decor-easy/article/1588486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mix-and-match-banner-makes-mantel-decor-easy/article/1588486?custom_click=rss

I recently moved to a new house that is less than half the size of my former home, but the new place has one key feature the old one lacked: a fireplace. Or, more specifically, a fireplace mantel to decorate.

Moving and furnishing a house is expensive, though. So I designed a pennant banner that can hang from my mantel year-round and quickly be updated from holiday to holiday, season to season.

The secret is reversible fabric pennants that are held in place with bits of Velcro. It took a little planning to figure out the best color-combinations, but the result is a banner than can be transformed over and over again.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area literary events starting Oct. 24, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-oct.-24-2016/article/1588485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-oct.-24-2016/article/1588485?custom_click=rss SIGNINGS

Author Talk and Book Signing - With Jeanne Laskas, "Hidden America," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive; ppld.org/appr.

Book Launch and Signing - Lucy Bell and Linda D. Martin will sign "Molly and the Cat Who Stole Her Tongue," 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Hooked on Books, 12 E. Bijou St.; 419-7660.

Book Signing and Awards Event - Barry Weinhold will sign "The Servant Leader" and present the Servant Leader Award to Kat Tudor, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Sun Water Spa, 514 El. Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, free; 695-7007.

Author Talk and Book Signing - With E. Lockhart, "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks," 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive; ppld.org/appr.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Work of artists in Appalachia showcased at museum events]]> http://gazette.com/work-of-artists-in-appalachia-showcased-at-museum-events/article/feed/413470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/work-of-artists-in-appalachia-showcased-at-museum-events/article/feed/413470?custom_click=rss MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Two public events at West Virginia University this week will examine the work of artists from Appalachia.

Self-taught artist Minnie Adkins and writer-musician Mike Norris, both of eastern Kentucky, are visiting during the events. Work by Adkins is on display in an exhibition in the Art Museum of WVU, and Norris and Adkins have written several children's books together.

On Tuesday, the documentary "O Appalachia: Art and Lives of Appalachian Self-Taught Artists" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. The film was produced by the museum in 2015 and aired on West Virginia Public Television in August.

The second even will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, with Adkins and Norris talking about how they create their ch

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:47:11 -0600 <![CDATA[NY earmarks $500K in grants for field trips to state parks]]> http://gazette.com/ny-earmarks-500k-in-grants-for-field-trips-to-state-parks/article/feed/413411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-earmarks-500k-in-grants-for-field-trips-to-state-parks/article/feed/413411?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is setting aside $500,000 to encourage more school field trips to state parks.

State parks officials say they are offering grants to qualified public schools throughout New York to fund field trips to parks and historic sites for environmental, history or physical education.

The grant is available to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools that get Title 1 funding for disadvantaged students.

State parks officials say more than 120 schools across the state have applied for grants so far.

New York has 180 state parks and 35 historic sites.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:20:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman blends faith, philanthropy, creativity in business]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-blends-faith-philanthropy-creativity-in-business/article/1588393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-blends-faith-philanthropy-creativity-in-business/article/1588393?custom_click=rss

A quote by Theodore Roosevelt hangs on the wall of Penny Taylor's Colorado Springs workshop.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

It serves to remind Taylor that while she might not be able to save the world, she can help point things in the right direction, at home, by cultivating an appreciation for the beauty and value in society's castaways.

"I love taking stuff that has been thrown away - something that's no longer wanted - and making it useful, giving it new life and making it beautiful again. I think that's what God does with us," said Taylor, a 32-year-old mother of two and the owner of Re-Find Restorations, a home- and web-based business that blends faith, philanthropy and creativity.

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:38:08 -0600
<![CDATA[New welcome center supporting local tourism opens on LI]]> http://gazette.com/new-welcome-center-supporting-local-tourism-opens-on-li/article/feed/413291?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-welcome-center-supporting-local-tourism-opens-on-li/article/feed/413291?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has completed a new welcome center on Long Island to support local tourism and highlight locally made food and beverages.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grand opening of the 15,000-square-foot facility on Thursday. It's located off the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills in Suffolk County.

The welcome center will provide visitors with information about local destinations and tourist attractions. It will also include offerings from the state's Taste NY initiative, which seeks to showcase food and beverages made within the state.

The facility has bathrooms and parking as well as law enforcement satellite offices.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:48:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Fight over Vanderbilts' Breakers mansion goes to high court]]> http://gazette.com/fight-over-vanderbilts-breakers-mansion-goes-to-high-court/article/feed/413216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fight-over-vanderbilts-breakers-mansion-goes-to-high-court/article/feed/413216?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court is stepping into a fight that has pitted dozens of members of the Vanderbilt family against a nonprofit that owns several well-known mansions in Newport.

The disagreement centers on whether the group should be allowed to build a visitors center on the grounds of the spectacular Vanderbilt mansion The Breakers, a national historic landmark.

The high court on Tuesday will hear arguments about two lawsuits over the plan to build the visitors center on the 13-acre grounds of the mansion, built in the late 1800s by Cornelius Vanderbilt II.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:12:35 -0600 <![CDATA[The Country Life: Unplanned rooster makes for double the trouble]]> http://gazette.com/the-country-life-unplanned-rooster-makes-for-double-the-trouble/article/1588394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-unplanned-rooster-makes-for-double-the-trouble/article/1588394?custom_click=rss

Godzilla was supposed to be a girl.

But then Godzilla started to crow - although the first attempts sounded more like gargling than crowing.

The crowing got stronger, however. And then I spotted Godzilla mounting one of the hens. So either Godzilla was a boy - a rooster - or sexually confused.

My wife and I went with the rooster theory. Which meant our flock had not just one unwanted rooster, but two.

Our first rooster also was supposed to be a girl; apparently, this sexing of chickens isn't an exact science. That can be a problem for urban homesteaders in Colorado Springs who end up with roosters, since they're not allowed in town.

They're OK to have in the country, but that doesn't make us any fonder of

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:43:22 -0600
<![CDATA[A new Quran attempts to bridge divide between Christians and Muslims]]> http://gazette.com/a-new-quran-attempts-to-bridge-divide-between-christians-and-muslims/article/1588395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-new-quran-attempts-to-bridge-divide-between-christians-and-muslims/article/1588395?custom_click=rss

The Quran has been translated into English 212 times since the 17th century - but never like this.

Two friends, one Muslim and one Christian, recently have published a Quran for English speakers to help fulfill a sacred shared mission: to show people of the world's largest and second-largest faith groups how much their holy books have in common.

"Most of the tension that exists in the West in the post-9/11 era is because Christians fear Muslims and their book, the Quran," said Safi Kaskas, the Muslim co-author of "The Qur'an With References to the Bible."

"This new translation was designed to be a tool of reconciliation between Muslims and the followers of other Abrahamic religions.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting Oct. 23, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-oct.-23-2016/article/1588275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-oct.-23-2016/article/1588275?custom_click=rss




Hunchback of Notre Dame Silent 1923 Classic Film - 2-4:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Gym, 828 E. Pikes Peak Ave; ilc-cos.org.


Rend Collective - With Urban Rescue, 7:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain Calvary, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., $19.50-$50. Advance tickets: tinyurl.com/jl9apwv.


African Children's Choir - 7 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 4925 Farmingdale Drive, donations accepted; 570-9800; africanchildrenschoir.com.



Beer Dinner with Local Relic - To benefit Catholic Charities' Life Skills and Career Development Center, 5:30 p.m., Marian House Soup Kitchen, 14 W. Bijou St., $60.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:25:01 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Night for fun raises donations for respite care for families of the disabled]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-night-for-fun-raises-donations-for-respite-care-for-families-of-the-disabled/article/1588135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-night-for-fun-raises-donations-for-respite-care-for-families-of-the-disabled/article/1588135?custom_click=rss

A Night of Comedy filled with craziness and laughter thanks to featured Chicago-area comic Mike Toomey was a special evening for a cause.

The nightclub dinner venue at the DoubleTree hotel held a sold-out crowd of 140 on Oct. 1, raising nearly $24,000 for Special Kids Special Families' Zach's Place 24/7 respite care for families with children with disabilities.

A delighted SKSF Director Linda Ellegard greeted guests and shared that it's expected Zach's Place will provide more than 18,000 hours of care this year to a record number of youth served. A successful capital campaign drive had helped SKSF expand facilities to help meet the demand. Programs supporting Zach's Place (SKSFcolorado.org) also include Amazon.com purchases

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:20:05 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: 'Around the World with PILLAR' visits new Mt. Carmel center for veterans]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-around-the-world-with-pillar-visits-new-mt.-carmel-center-for-veterans/article/1588136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-around-the-world-with-pillar-visits-new-mt.-carmel-center-for-veterans/article/1588136?custom_click=rss

At PILLAR, it's all about lifelong learning.

Some months feature cultural activities; other times STEM, mind and spirit, living a better life, being informed citizens and learning the historical perspectives.

On Oct. 6, a wine-tasting fundraiser went "Around the World with PILLAR" with wines from Vintages Wine & Spirits and hors d'oeuvres by Mission Catering from different parts of the globe.

Add to that an evening's focus of learning about the venue, the new Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence, where veterans and their families have access to services in one location.

Program director Cindy McLaughlin, wife of center director retired Col.

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]]> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:20:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado's fourteeners: Blanca Peak]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-fourteeners-blanca-peak/article/1588273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-fourteeners-blanca-peak/article/1588273?custom_click=rss

Blanca Peak

Elevation: 14,349 feet

Range: Sangre de Cristo

Blanca Peak is the monarch of the Sierra Blanca massif, from which its name is derived. Sierra Blanca means white sawtooth mountains and is an appropriate description.

These jagged peaks jut out west of the Sangre De Cristo mountains into the San Luis Valley, creating the southern portion of the unique wind funnel that creates the Great Sand Dunes.

The road leading up the valley toward Blanca Peak is known as Lake Como road. It's one of the toughest four-wheel-drive roads in the state, with three main obstacles along the way dubbed Jaws 1, 2, and 3. Except for those who have invested significantly in their four-wheel-drive vehicles, the last few

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:49:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Zion National Park may start limiting number of visitors]]> http://gazette.com/zion-national-park-may-start-limiting-number-of-visitors/article/1588271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zion-national-park-may-start-limiting-number-of-visitors/article/1588271?custom_click=rss

Zion National Park's continuing popularity has sparked discussions of limiting the number of visitors.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that park officials are planning several public meetings to discuss how to combat overwhelmed facilities and increased land erosion.

Zion is expecting a record 4 million visitors this year.

Among officials' proposals is to cap the number of daily visitors through a reservation system instead of a first-come, first-served basis.

Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus says they are accepting feedback from the public.

People can submit comments and view strategies that have been proposed at the National Park Service's website.

The park is aiming to have a final plan by

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:48:05 -0600
<![CDATA[On the fly: Fishing with worm patterns]]> http://gazette.com/on-the-fly-fishing-with-worm-patterns/article/1588270?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-the-fly-fishing-with-worm-patterns/article/1588270?custom_click=rss

For the longest time, anglers would tell me that what they landed their fish on was a San Juan worm. And even though I used various worm patterns, I never could seem to catch anything on one.

Of course, there's nothing more fragile than an angler's confidence. And since I spent the majority of my childhood throwing inline spinners or drowning actual worms, I chalked up my lack of success with a worm pattern to my fly-angler subconscious refusing to let me convert back to a bait fisherman.

If you ask some dry-fly purists (those who only fish with surface imitations), using a San Juan worm is bait fishing - but to each his own.

Something that helped me get over the mental block I had toward worm patterns was breaking down

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:46:46 -0600