<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:05:55 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[SeaWorld cutting 320 jobs in restructuring]]> http://gazette.com/seaworld-cutting-320-jobs-in-restructuring/article/feed/429137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seaworld-cutting-320-jobs-in-restructuring/article/feed/429137?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is eliminating 320 jobs across its 12-park company.

Company officials said Tuesday in a statement that the goal of the restructuring is to eliminate costs and improve the company's operations.

The job eliminations involve both salaried and hourly workers.

The company says it will offer severance packages and job-placement assistance to affected workers.

SeaWorld's attendance and revenue have suffered in the face of a campaign by animal-rights activists.

Earlier this year, the company announced it was ending its orca-breeding program and stopping its traditional killer-whale shows.

The company has parks in Florida, Texas, California, Pennsylvania and Vi

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:21:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Phoenix opens first phase of modernized Sky Harbor terminal]]> http://gazette.com/phoenix-opens-first-phase-of-modernized-sky-harbor-terminal/article/feed/429148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phoenix-opens-first-phase-of-modernized-sky-harbor-terminal/article/feed/429148?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — The first phase of a modernization project of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix is open for business.

The makeover of Terminal 3 includes a larger, consolidated security checkpoint and new ticket counters.

City officials also point to features such as electrical outlets at nearly all seats, windows providing mountain and downtown skyline views and use of natural lighting during daylight.

The terminal originally opened in 1979. It serves Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian and JetBlue airlines.

Additional phases of the modernization project include replacing the terminal's south concourse, adding new food and retail concessions and upgrading the north concourse.

The entire project is schedule

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:04:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Gift ideas for your four-legged friends]]> http://gazette.com/gift-ideas-for-your-four-legged-friends/article/1591694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gift-ideas-for-your-four-legged-friends/article/1591694?custom_click=rss

Pet toys

Flatties, some that squeak, are always popular, said Mardi Larson, a spokeswoman for the retail chain PetSmart. And they can be cheap. For the holidays, PetSmart has some with Christmas motifs, like a bright green dinosaur in a Santa cap.

"Pets just love to destroy their toys. Flatties are safe because they have no stuffing," Larson said.

You can't go wrong with balls. Lots of balls. Or go for durable toys in sturdy nylon or rope. Consider safety in such things as sewn-on doodads or other swallowable bits.

Pet beds & bedding

Face it, a pet's bed is part of home decor. You might as well find one that looks reasonably good as a gift. Choose one with a holiday theme for an

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:03:02 -0700
<![CDATA[10 holiday gifts for yoga lovers]]> http://gazette.com/10-holiday-gifts-for-yoga-lovers/article/1591691?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/10-holiday-gifts-for-yoga-lovers/article/1591691?custom_click=rss

You probably can't purchase enlightenment on Amazon.com. Then again, depending on your definition of enlightenment perhaps you can. But for everybody else who has a yogi on their holiday gift list, here are a few ideas.

- A diffuser and essential oil - Many a savage beast has been soothed with aromatherapy. Lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, sweet orange essential oils - you really can't go wrong. Buy a diffuser, a bottle of oil and you'll have yourself a happy little yogi; natures trutharoma.com, auracacia.com

- Banyan Botanicals daily routine kit - Any regular yoga practitioner is probably familiar with ayurveda. The traditional system of medicine used in India is known as the sister science of yoga and seeks to balance the body

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:01:52 -0700
<![CDATA[COOKING ON DEADLINE: Fresh linguine with shrimp and peas]]> http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-fresh-linguine-with-shrimp-and-peas/article/feed/429136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cooking-on-deadline-fresh-linguine-with-shrimp-and-peas/article/feed/429136?custom_click=rss

This is a dazzler of a pasta dish. When you combine fresh pasta with big shrimp you are quickly telling your guests that they are in for a treat.

But it's not just the guests who will be happy. The whole dish comes together in about 20 minutes. Really! Truly!

Adding some of the pasta's cooking water to the dish cuts the heaviness of the cream sauce, plus the bit of starch that stays in the cooking water helps bind the sauce to the pasta. Salt the sauce lightly, if at all, up to the point where you add the pasta cooking water, which will also be salted. Then taste and see if you need more seasoning.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:13:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Delta flight returns to Dayton airport after engine issue]]> http://gazette.com/delta-flight-returns-to-dayton-airport-after-engine-issue/article/feed/429120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/delta-flight-returns-to-dayton-airport-after-engine-issue/article/feed/429120?custom_click=rss DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Delta Air Lines says a flight bound for Atlanta made a quick return to a southwest Ohio airport because of a possible engine issue.

The Atlanta-based airline says Flight 2392 took off from Dayton International Airport on Tuesday morning and returned shortly afterward because of an indication that one of the MD-90's two engines was getting too warm. A statement says the flight returned "out of an abundance of caution."

Airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes says emergency response crews were called out shortly after 6 a.m. Eastern time. The plane landed and taxied to a gate without incident.

Delta says another plane was sent to take the 123 passengers to Atlanta.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:36:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Paris bans half of cars to tackle new peak of pollution]]> http://gazette.com/paris-bans-half-of-cars-to-tackle-new-peak-of-pollution/article/feed/429017?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paris-bans-half-of-cars-to-tackle-new-peak-of-pollution/article/feed/429017?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Paris has temporarily barred half of all cars from traveling on city streets and made public transportation free for the day as it battles a peak in pollution.

Facing red-alert levels of pollution since Nov. 30, Paris City Hall said the situation poses a significant risk to residents' health. Authorities say pollution is due to weather conditions and a heavy dependence on diesel fuel.

To tackle what City Hall describes as an "exceptionally serious" crisis, Paris's Velib bike-share and Autolib electric cars were made free Tuesday, as well as the Paris metro and bus services. In addition, only cars with even-numbered plates were allowed to drive Tuesday in the French capital and its close suburbs.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:25:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Dubai plans to open yet another amusement park]]> http://gazette.com/dubai-plans-to-open-yet-another-amusement-park/article/feed/429019?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dubai-plans-to-open-yet-another-amusement-park/article/feed/429019?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai developer that recently opened the world's largest indoor theme park now plans an even bigger attraction next door.

The Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group said on Tuesday that its planned IMG Worlds of Legends park will spread across more than 2 million square feet (186,000 square meters) near the existing IMG Worlds of Adventure, which opened at the end of August.

The new park will include well-known characters, including Pokemon, Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer, as well as Mattel's Barbie and Hot Wheels.

Officials didn't say how soon the park will open or how much it will cost.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:20:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Lonely Planet names Asheville best in US despite LGBT flap]]> http://gazette.com/lonely-planet-names-asheville-best-in-us-despite-lgbt-flap/article/feed/429020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lonely-planet-names-asheville-best-in-us-despite-lgbt-flap/article/feed/429020?custom_click=rss

The travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has picked Asheville, North Carolina, as its top U.S. destination for 2017, despite a state law limiting LGBT rights that has led companies, entertainers and others to boycott the state.

Lonely Planet gave Asheville the No. 1 slot on its "Best of U.S." list despite the LGBT controversy because the city "has always been an open, welcoming place, and continues to be after the legislation," Lonely Planet magazine managing editor Rebecca Warren said. She added that "while Lonely Planet doesn't condone the political exclusion of others," Asheville "thrives on diversity and tolerance.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:10:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Dec. 6, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-dec.-6-2016/article/1591695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-dec.-6-2016/article/1591695?custom_click=rss


9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

Colorado Greyhound Adoption - 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820A W. Uintah St.; Jane Troyer, 633-2524.

Four Paws Rescue - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St.; 475-9274, wagnwash.com.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820A W. Uintah St.; milldogrescue.org.

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue. homestead.com.

SLV Animal Welfare Society - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 587-9663,

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:20:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Latest rage in avocado toast trend adds sweet potato slices]]> http://gazette.com/latest-rage-in-avocado-toast-trend-adds-sweet-potato-slices/article/1591693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/latest-rage-in-avocado-toast-trend-adds-sweet-potato-slices/article/1591693?custom_click=rss

Sweet potato slices are the latest rage in the avocado toast trend. If you are involved with Pinterest, you know this.

Pop slices of unpeeled sweet potato in a toaster and then top them with healthy goodies for a breakfast or snack filled with slower carbs and healthy fats.

I'll admit; I was skeptical. But I decided to get to the bottom of this sweet potato toast craze for the benefit of us all. I love the idea of getting extra vitamins (mostly A and B6) and minerals (mostly potassium and magnesium).

Here is what I found: The sweet potato will cook in the toaster, if you let it go through enough cycles. However, a few of my slices dried out with all that toasting and sides turned an unpleasant shade of dull brown in

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:15:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Having an off day at the gym? Listen to your body and lay off]]> http://gazette.com/having-an-off-day-at-the-gym-listen-to-your-body-and-lay-off/article/1591692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/having-an-off-day-at-the-gym-listen-to-your-body-and-lay-off/article/1591692?custom_click=rss You're at the gym for a weightlifting session. But something feels off.

You're not a beginner and want to get your workout in for the day, but your body isn't responding positively to the movement.

Or you're an experienced runner, and your body can't keep up with the pace at which you started while on a training run. You want to achieve a high level of exertion and are unsure how fast or slow you should go.

How do you make sense of what your body is telling you?

Autoregulation can help.

Writer and coach Nia Shanks (niashanks.com) said by email that autoregulation "is listening to your body and adjusting accordingly on any given training day.

"Feel amazing? Take advantage.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:15:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Dec. 4, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-dec.-4-2016/article/1591690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-dec.-4-2016/article/1591690?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science, 3995 Regent Circle. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 17, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd.

Colorado Springs Senior Center - 1514 N. Hancock Ave., $1. Registration:

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Cuba starts return to normal as mourning for Castro ends]]> http://gazette.com/cuba-starts-return-to-normal-as-mourning-for-castro-ends/article/feed/428944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cuba-starts-return-to-normal-as-mourning-for-castro-ends/article/feed/428944?custom_click=rss

HAVANA (AP) — Music is playing in the streets again. Tourists are sipping mojitos at sidewalk cafes. Flags are flapping at full staff. After nine days of national mourning for Fidel Castro, Cuba is slowly returning to noisy, boisterous normality.

Cuba is a country where sidewalks serve as living rooms and social clubs, but during the mourning period people mostly stayed indoors, watching television and avoiding any appearance of joviality.

With a government ban on selling alcohol and on playing live or recorded music after Castro's death, Cubans paid tribute to their longtime leader in near silence.

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:13:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Soot swept up: Business unharmed by wildfires set to reopen]]> http://gazette.com/soot-swept-up-business-unharmed-by-wildfires-set-to-reopen/article/feed/428766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soot-swept-up-business-unharmed-by-wildfires-set-to-reopen/article/feed/428766?custom_click=rss

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Chirping and beeping filled the air as Marion Paul fired up her Gatlinburg video arcade Monday, the first time she's seen her business since deadly wildfires set much of the city ablaze a week ago. Sooty floors needed dusting. Spoiled food had to be tossed. Otherwise, she was set to reopen.

While several Gatlinburg areas resembled a war zone, the main business drag in this popular Tennessee tourist site was spared by the fast-moving flames.

A week ago on Monday, hurricane-force winds whipped up fires that killed 14 people and damaged or destroyed more than 1,750 buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains tourist region, carving a selective path that turned some buildings to rubble and at times left thei

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:33:00 -0700 <![CDATA[LeBron, Cavs teammates not staying at Trump New York hotel]]> http://gazette.com/lebron-cavs-teammates-not-staying-at-trump-new-york-hotel/article/feed/428910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lebron-cavs-teammates-not-staying-at-trump-new-york-hotel/article/feed/428910?custom_click=rss

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have made other arrangements for players who do not want to stay at a New York hotel branded by President-elect Donald Trump.

LeBron James and several teammates have decided not to stay at Trump Soho in lower Manhattan this week. The Cavs have booked rooms at the luxury hotel for two days as the team will play the Knicks on Wednesday.

Cavs general manager David Griffin told The Associated Press that the team has made plans for a "group that wants to be elsewhere to be together elsewhere." Griffin did not say where the players will be staying.

James publicly endorsed and campaigned for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost the election to Trump.

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:35 -0700 <![CDATA[2 doors of Wal-Mart founder's first store donated to museums]]> http://gazette.com/2-doors-of-wal-mart-founders-first-store-donated-to-museums/article/feed/428776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-doors-of-wal-mart-founders-first-store-donated-to-museums/article/feed/428776?custom_click=rss BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Two doors from the first store owned by Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington and The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The doors from Walton's first shop, opened in 1945 in Newport, Arkansas, were stored for years by Ivy Brother Construction co-owner Gene Ivy, who renovated the store in the 1960s, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2gZed0P ).

The doors were a great find because nothing else was kept from the first store owned by the man who started the world's largest retailer, said Alan Dranow, senior director of the Wal-Mart Heritage Group.

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:45:33 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Allegiant flight to Knoxville returns to Vegas]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-allegiant-flight-to-knoxville-returns-to-vegas/article/feed/428879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-allegiant-flight-to-knoxville-returns-to-vegas/article/feed/428879?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on an Allegiant Air flight to Knoxville, Tennessee, that returned safely to Las Vegas after reporting an in-flight aircraft navigation problem (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

An Allegiant Air official says a scheduled flight to Knoxville, Tennessee, had 141 passengers and six crew members aboard when it returned to Las Vegas due to an unspecified issue with a navigational display.

The email account by an airline spokeswoman who didn't provide her last name corrected the number of people aboard the jet, 147, when it landed Monday morning at McCarran International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says the pilot declared an in-air emergency a little before 10 a.m.

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:56:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Boy Scouts to relocate national museum to New Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/boy-scouts-to-relocate-national-museum-to-new-mexico/article/feed/428652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boy-scouts-to-relocate-national-museum-to-new-mexico/article/feed/428652?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds of northern New Mexico.

The organization announced Monday that it will move its national museum from its current home in Texas to the Philmont Scout Ranch, which has served as an adventure destination for generations of troops and their families.

Plans calls for expanding the existing Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library to make room for a national collection that includes more than 600,000 items and reams of historical documents and photographs.

Construction is expected to sta

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:24:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Allegiant flight bound for Tennessee returns to Las Vegas]]> http://gazette.com/allegiant-flight-bound-for-tennessee-returns-to-las-vegas/article/feed/428859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/allegiant-flight-bound-for-tennessee-returns-to-las-vegas/article/feed/428859?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — An airport official says an Allegiant Air flight bound for Knoxville, Tenn., returned safely to Las Vegas after reporting an in-flight aircraft navigation problem.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said Monday that none of the 146 passengers and crew aboard Flight 434 was injured when the twin-engine MD-80 jet landed about 10:47 a.m.

Allegiant officials didn't immediately respond to messages.

Crews says the pilot declared an in-air emergency a little before 10 a.m. and circled the area before returning to Las Vegas.

She says fire crews stood by as a precaution when the plane landed, but weren't needed.

Crews says she doesn't have information about the aircraft equi

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:10:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade']]> http://gazette.com/fake-us-embassy-in-ghana-shut-down-after-about-a-decade/article/feed/428590?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fake-us-embassy-in-ghana-shut-down-after-about-a-decade/article/feed/428590?custom_click=rss ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced.

The scam was orchestrated by "Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings" and a Ghanaian attorney, a statement said. Several suspects have been arrested, though others remain at large.

Raids led to the recovery of 150 passports from 10 countries and visas from the U.S., India, South Africa and the European Schengen zone.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said no one was able to enter the United States illegally using a counterfeit visa obtained at the fake embassy.

"This was a criminal, fraud o

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]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:48:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Dear Donna: Rekindling a romance can wait til after the holidays]]> http://gazette.com/dear-donna-rekindling-a-romance-can-wait-til-after-the-holidays/article/1591612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dear-donna-rekindling-a-romance-can-wait-til-after-the-holidays/article/1591612?custom_click=rss

Dear Donna,

An old boyfriend connected with me on Facebook a few months ago. We have had hours of conversation and tons of texting. He lives in another state and is wanting to come visit me for a couple of days over the holidays. Initially I agreed but now I am feeling more anxious about it every day. The timing does not feel right and I am not sure I am ready for his visit, especially during the holidays. I tried to express this to him but he assures me it will all be fine and if I want him to leave, he will leave, but I am still feeling anxious about it. - Jessica

Dear Jessica,

He is not taking your concerns seriously. Your gut feeling is telling you that the timing is not right and you are not ready.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:47:22 -0700
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Make a point to get lost when traveling to Italy]]> http://gazette.com/photos-make-a-point-to-get-lost-when-traveling-to-italy/article/1591533?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-make-a-point-to-get-lost-when-traveling-to-italy/article/1591533?custom_click=rss

Get lost.


The best advice for a visit to Venice and much of Italy is to take a few wrong turns and see where you end up.

In Venice, it's easy to find St. Mark's Square; simply follow the throngs of tourists heading that way.

Go ahead and take a stroll through the busy square, then turn around and head upstream against the crowds in any direction. Venice teems with charming, narrow alleys and canals waiting to be explored (many of which are free of crowds).

So put away that map because you're on an island, and that means you can't go all that wrong.

My favorite times in Venice were spent when I was quite lost.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:36:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Travel gift ideas for the jet-setters in your life]]> http://gazette.com/travel-gift-ideas-for-the-jet-setters-in-your-life/article/1591052?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/travel-gift-ideas-for-the-jet-setters-in-your-life/article/1591052?custom_click=rss

The holidays are upon us and it's time to think about what to give everyone - including the travel junkies - on your shopping list. Make travel more efficient, more comfortable or just simply fun for the jet-setters in your life.

1. Slim Sonic Toothbrush, containerstore.com, $14.99: A welcome alternative to lugging your electric toothbrush and charger on vacation - polka dots included at no additional charge.

2. Necktie Travel Roll, uncommongoods.com, $24: Rolling rather than folding your clothes is the packing trend of the moment - why should your tie be an exception?

3. "Point it: Traveller's Language Kit," store.moma.org, $9.95: This slim volume could mean the end of inefficient charades for non-speakers of the

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:36:11 -0700
<![CDATA[With Bloom'N Boots, Fountain mom saves and transforms solitary soles]]> http://gazette.com/with-bloomn-boots-fountain-mom-saves-and-transforms-solitary-soles/article/1591535?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-bloomn-boots-fountain-mom-saves-and-transforms-solitary-soles/article/1591535?custom_click=rss

A few months ago, Linda Quinlivan was driving near her home in Fountain when she spotted a funeral procession.

"The first five or six trucks were firemen, and I saw what I thought was a mother and two kids go by. I said 'Oh my God, I've got a boot for them,'" Quinlivan said.

What began in June as a way to earn summer spending cash for her three teenaged sons quickly evolved into a way for Quinlivan to say thanks to her community. In that regard, and many others, Bloom'N Boots has been a perfect fit.

"Haven't you ever gotten picked up by an ambulance or had a car accident? You never see those people again. How do you thank them?" Quinlivan said. "That day I saw the procession and said, 'This is an opportunity to drop one

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:44:04 -0700
<![CDATA[130 Colorado Springs-area holiday events]]> http://gazette.com/130-colorado-springs-area-holiday-events/article/1589319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/130-colorado-springs-area-holiday-events/article/1589319?custom_click=rss

An updated list of events being held during the holiday season around the Pikes Peak region.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:08:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado reptile park home to over 100 alligators, people looking for a second chance]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-reptile-park-home-to-over-100-alligators-people-looking-for-a-second-chance/article/1591544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-reptile-park-home-to-over-100-alligators-people-looking-for-a-second-chance/article/1591544?custom_click=rss

MOSCA - Something is hissing in the tub as Jay Young approaches.

Inside is Katelyn, the 6-foot alligator with a bloody gash on her right arm - the result of a fight with another gator.

"People ask me if I'm afraid," the pony-tailed manager of Colorado Gators Reptile Park says as he hops in, a tube of medical ointment in hand. Young, 42, grabs Katelyn's tail and tugs, pulling her to him as he hops on her back and grips the sides of her jaw so that all she can snap at is air.

"You can't be afraid," he goes on. "If you're gonna work with dangerous animals, fear causes hesitation and hesitation causes your worst fears to come true. You can't be afraid.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:59:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area literary events starting Dec. 5, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-dec.-5-2016/article/1591613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-dec.-5-2016/article/1591613?custom_click=rss SIGNINGS

Book Signing - Jan Brett will sign "Gingerbread Christmas," 5 p.m. Thursday, Barnes & Noble, 1565 Briargate Blvd.; 266-9960, janbrett.com.

Book Signing - Michael Hague will sign "Everyone Except Everett," 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Hooked on Books, 1215 N. Union Blvd., no outside books. Pre-order book, 419-7660.

Books Signings - Janelle Diller will sign "Pack N Go Girls Adventures" and "Never Enough Flamingos" 11 a.m. -1 p.m.; Nancy Jurka will sign "Bright Star of Palmer Lake" noon-2 p.m.; Leslsea Wahl will sign "Unexpected Role" 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St., Monument, 481-2665, coveredtreasures.com.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:11:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Manitou Incline a labor of love for workers from Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-a-labor-of-love-for-workers-from-mexico/article/1591587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-a-labor-of-love-for-workers-from-mexico/article/1591587?custom_click=rss

In his bright yellow vest, Colorado Springs resident Hugo Benitez stood at the base of the Manitou Incline Friday morning, smiling and nodding at the hikers who filed by him on their ascent in the place where he labored for three months.

The nearly mile-long vertical trail of old railroad ties reopened this weekend thanks to Benitez, 38, and seven relatives from his little Mexican village of San Andrés Cacaloapan. Like they did in 2014, on the first phase of construction, the crew he supervised spent 15 weeks fixing jagged steps and building erosion-fending structures on the hillside as they received hundreds of tons of riprap and soil from a helicopter.

The foreigners made up half the core crew on the Incline.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:02:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Pearl Harbor survivor, Colorado Springs resident helps bring hope in new book, "The Other Side of Infamy"]]> http://gazette.com/pearl-harbor-survivor-colorado-springs-resident-helps-bring-hope-in-new-book-the-other-side-of-infamy/article/1591449?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pearl-harbor-survivor-colorado-springs-resident-helps-bring-hope-in-new-book-the-other-side-of-infamy/article/1591449?custom_click=rss

My friendship with Jim Downing began because I needed help with hope.

I was battling intense anxiety over lifelong theological questions and had resolved to let more people into my struggle. Jim was, and is, a sort of honorary member of our Navigators communications team, so I had been watching him closely. He was kind and intentional - about everything and with everyone. I began to wonder if Jim was a providential gift in a season of doubt.

My reasoning was simple: Surely a man more than a century old - who had survived the attack on Pearl Harbor with faith and hope intact - must have at some point wrestled with my questions. I emailed Jim in July 2014, thinking he might write back and might even agree to meet.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:24:41 -0700