<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:53:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area outdoor events starting March 27, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-march-27-2017/article/1599768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-outdoor-events-starting-march-27-2017/article/1599768?custom_click=rss ALMANAC



UpaDowna Climb Nights - 6-8 p.m., second Tuesday, CityRock, 21 N. Nevada Ave., free. Registration: upadowna.org/programs.



The Colorado Springs Cycling Club - For all ages and abilities; bikesprings.org.

Pizzeria Rustica Cycling Club - 2 p.m. second Sundays, Pizzeria Rustica, 2527 W. Colorado Ave.; pizzeriarustica.com.



Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes - 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0104. - Daily Guided Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet north main parking lot.

Hikes at Cheyenne Mountain State Park - 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:15:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Trail Talk: Friends groups care for Colorado Springs parks, open spaces]]> http://gazette.com/trail-talk-friends-groups-care-for-colorado-springs-parks-open-spaces/article/1599767?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-talk-friends-groups-care-for-colorado-springs-parks-open-spaces/article/1599767?custom_click=rss

I'm quite sure that the Pikes Peak region has more Friends groups than any other region in Colorado.

Our Friends raise money for historic walls, support museums and auditoriums, assist out-of-state visitors, reduce the risk of wildfires, maintain trails, paint picnic tables, remove graffiti and even clean up after other people's dogs.

Friends of Cheyenne Canon recently celebrated 25 years of serving the community. During that time, it's raised and contributed $600,000 for projects such as the new Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center. Amid the recent recession, it funded parks staff salaries.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:15:19 -0600 <![CDATA[To steer clear of avalanches, Colorado backcountry skiers rely on expert forecasts]]> http://gazette.com/to-steer-clear-of-avalanches-colorado-backcountry-skiers-rely-on-expert-forecasts/article/1599766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/to-steer-clear-of-avalanches-colorado-backcountry-skiers-rely-on-expert-forecasts/article/1599766?custom_click=rss

For most backcountry skiers in Colorado, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is the go-to avalanche forecasting resource.

CAIC, a program within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Executive Office, forecasts all across the state, using 10 zones to delineate between large ranges of backcountry ski terrain.

Yet once backcountry skiers cross over Monarch Pass and past Gunnison for their spring endeavors, they can look to the one-of-a-kind Crested Butte Avalanche Center for the local avalanche and weather forecasts, backcountry observations, and snowpack summaries.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:15:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado state parks: Paonia]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-state-parks-paonia/article/1599765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-state-parks-paonia/article/1599765?custom_click=rss


Description: It's as primitive as state parks come. The narrow 330-acre reservoir emerges in a heavily wooded canyon, nestled beneath the Ragged Mountains on the Western Slope. There are no hiking trails. The state park also has no available drinking water. There are two campgrounds with no hookups or bathrooms. Paonia is only open during the summer months. If you're a water sport enthusiast or someone simply desiring an out-of-sight slice of Colorado, the park is for you.

Activities: Motorized and nonmotorized boating, fishing, hunting, water/jet skiing, paddle sports, camping, picnicking, wildlife/bird viewing.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:15:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado's fourteeners: Mount Lindsey]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-fourteeners-mount-lindsey/article/1599764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-fourteeners-mount-lindsey/article/1599764?custom_click=rss

Mount Lindsey

Elevation: 14,042 feet

Range: Sangre de Cristo

Mount Lindsey was named after Malcolm Lindsey, former president of the Colorado Mountain Club.

Lindsey originally was named Old Baldy, as were at least three other peaks at the time. Mountains with Baldy as part of their names are common in Colorado but not befitting such a noble peak. This mountain was Malcolm Lindsey's favorite fourteener, and he led many of the CMC's junior members on trips to its summit. Shortly after his death, the Colorado Mountain Club petitioned to change the name to honor him.

Half of Lindsey lies on private property, and the original routes are not accessible to the public. However, the current standard route is majestic.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Strikes to hit French Guiana as tensions paralyze territory]]> http://gazette.com/strikes-to-hit-french-guiana-as-tensions-paralyze-territory/article/feed/451811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/strikes-to-hit-french-guiana-as-tensions-paralyze-territory/article/feed/451811?custom_click=rss PARIS (AP) — French Guiana is facing a nationwide strike Monday over crime and economic difficulties, amid protests that have paralyzed the French territory in South America, halted flights and a rocket launch and prompted a U.S. travel warning.

The French government sent an emergency mission to try to quell tensions before Monday's general strike by some 27 unions, expected to hit public services across Guiana.

Protesters are angry over high crime, the cost of living and the quality of health care and other social services. Their protests have already blocked roads to neighboring Brazil and Suriname, and shuttered many businesses and schools.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:54:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs author presents life, work of forgotten architect]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-author-presents-life-work-of-forgotten-architect/article/1599724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-author-presents-life-work-of-forgotten-architect/article/1599724?custom_click=rss

On sunny days in the 1970s, Elaine Freed would guide schoolchildren through the Old North End neighborhood in Colorado Springs and point out intriguing aspects, such as iron fences.

"That was part of the story of the town. People came here and built houses and put fences in front and all around," she says. "So it taught them something about design and something about how things are. Then, of course, we got interested in the houses behind the fences."

Freed, retired from an administrative career at Colorado College, has committed herself to the local architectural past and the preservation of it.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:39:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Will NYC invite the 'Fearless Girl' to stay on Wall Street?]]> http://gazette.com/will-nyc-invite-the-fearless-girl-to-stay-on-wall-street/article/feed/451755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/will-nyc-invite-the-fearless-girl-to-stay-on-wall-street/article/feed/451755?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever?

That's the question New York City officials are facing after a statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation.

What was intended as a temporary display to encourage corporations to put more women on their boards is now getting a second look in light of its popularity, which has spawned an online petition seeking to keep it.

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:58:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs visually-impaired skiers find freedom, strength on the slopes]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-visually-impaired-skiers-find-freedom-strength-on-the-slopes/article/1599685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-visually-impaired-skiers-find-freedom-strength-on-the-slopes/article/1599685?custom_click=rss

The parking lot bustles as waves of skiers and riders head to the shuttle that will take them to the resort's base. Behind them is Amber Sherrard, who takes awhile to strap on her boots before reluctantly slipping on a final piece of apparel.

On the back of the orange vest reads: "BLIND SKIER."

"I'm not real into it," she says. "I get how it would make people more comfortable knowing, but it makes me feel uncomfortable, just to stand out and be identified like this."

It's how the day starts for Sherrard and others hitting the slopes with the small, long-running group called the Visually Impaired and Blind Skiers of the Colorado Springs Community, or VIBeS. Sherrard is new to the group, and new to

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:30:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Oregon needs monumental upset to reach Final Four]]> http://gazette.com/oregon-needs-monumental-upset-to-reach-final-four/article/feed/451774?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oregon-needs-monumental-upset-to-reach-final-four/article/feed/451774?custom_click=rss

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves planned a trip with his family in January to watch the men's Final Four next week.

It couldn't have worked out better for the Ducks women's basketball coach that his former school Gonzaga and his current one have already qualified for the national semifinals in Arizona.

That was until his 10th-seeded team started winning its own NCAA Tournament games.

Now the Ducks stand one win away from their first trip to the Final Four.

For that to happen, they would have to pull off one of the greatest upsets in women's basketball history, knocking off No. 1 UConn on Monday night in the Bridgeport Regional final.

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:22:59 -0600 <![CDATA[The Country Life: Things are just ducky]]> http://gazette.com/the-country-life-things-are-just-ducky/article/1599684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-things-are-just-ducky/article/1599684?custom_click=rss

Good news: The ducks are out of the bathtub.

My wife and I decided to add to our menagerie recently with a pair of ducklings. The first surprise was their size. We expected cute little fluff balls, but at only a few weeks old they were already nearly a foot tall. It seems their breed is known for "rapid growth rates."

The second surprise was their lack of intelligence. We kept them in the bathtub for a couple of days, knowing they weren't ready to be exposed to the elements. Young ducklings aren't well feathered enough to fend off the cold. But they were so messy - and so loud - that I set up a pen for them outside that included a doghouse complete with a heat lamp (and a thermometer to make sure it didn't get too hot or too

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:55:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Focus on the Family turns 40, with Jim Daly saying the good word is "Shalom"]]> http://gazette.com/focus-on-the-family-turns-40-with-jim-daly-saying-the-good-word-is-shalom/article/1599721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/focus-on-the-family-turns-40-with-jim-daly-saying-the-good-word-is-shalom/article/1599721?custom_click=rss

Forty years ago today, a new organization named Focus on the Family aired its debut radio broadcast. In time, radio became the cornerstone of an influential and controversial mass-media ministry that transformed "family values" into a powerful rallying cry.

Focus employees will celebrate at a chapel service Monday, the day the ministry starts rebroadcasting classic shows to its 6-million-plus listeners.

Members of the public can attend a June 22 chapel service, or sign up for a November cruise.

But founder James Dobson won't be joining the festivities. He resigned in 2010 to launch Family Talk, a competing pro-family ministry.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:48:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area literary events starting March 26, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-march-26-2017/article/1599728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-march-26-2017/article/1599728?custom_click=rss SIGNINGS

Author Signing - P.A. Ritzer will sign "Seven Ox Seven," 10 a.m. April 8, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 637-8282, barnesandnoble.com.


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

Storytime - "Nope! A tale of Flight" by Drew Sheneman, 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 637-8282, barnesandnoble.com.

Storytime - Celebrate the release of the new "Beauty and the Beast" movie, 11 a.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; 637-8282, barnesandnoble.com.

Hear Here Open Mic - 5 p.m. Saturday, Marmalade,

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:25:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events starting March 26, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-march-26-2017/article/1599727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-starting-march-26-2017/article/1599727?custom_click=rss Painting With a Purpose - 2 p.m. Sunday, to benefit PILLAR, Painting with a Twist, 1025 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suite A. Registration: 358-7758, pillarinstitute.org.

"A Harrowing Story of Survival" - 6 p.m. Sunday, to benefit Chabad of Southern Colorado Inc., Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive. Advance tickets: eventbrite.com.

Scrub a Dub Dub Party - 6:30 p.m. Friday, to benefit girls in Ethiopia/Trampled Rose Inc., Jazzercise Center, 5688 N. Union Blvd.; 487-7776.

Monte Carlo Masquerade - Friday, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., to benefit the Colorado Springs Choral Society, The Antlers hotel. Advance tickets: cschorale.org.

Dillards Breast Cancer Awareness Bra Fitting Event - 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 6,

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Hundreds enjoy Washington State wines to benefit Colorado Springs Conservatory]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-hundreds-enjoy-washington-state-wines-to-benefit-colorado-springs-conservatory/article/1599726?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-hundreds-enjoy-washington-state-wines-to-benefit-colorado-springs-conservatory/article/1599726?custom_click=rss

It was a weekend to learn about all things Washington state wines as wine lovers turned sommeliers-in-training and helped support programming and scholarships for young aspiring musicians at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

Wine lovers could choose which portions of the 26th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs were most appealing to them.

There were seminars about Champagne, how to pair food with the wines, how to sip like a master and how to pair wine and cheese. Add to that the popular grand tasting with 300 wine choices teamed with tapas and hors d'oeuvres from area restaurants and caterers. The weekend finale was a fancy gourmet, multiple-course wine dinner and live auction.

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:20:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Around Town: Catholic Charities' St. Patrick's Day Gala]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-catholic-charities-st.-patricks-day-gala/article/1599725?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-catholic-charities-st.-patricks-day-gala/article/1599725?custom_click=rss

St. Patrick's Day always signals an especially festive fundraising time for Catholic Charities. And the St. Patrick's Day Gala, with green aplenty, continues to set records.

The March 11 gala at Cheyenne Mountain resort drew a sold-out crowd of 450 who donated $312,000 for the nonprofit's programs.

Auctioneer Kevin Patterson's auction action kept things lively, especially with the new "last bid of the evening." A $130 bottle of 2006 Pahlmeyer Merlot, donated by Nancy Borden, awaited that final bidder. A mach speed competition took off as guests vied to be the last. An enthusiastic Barbara Harris, whose bid paddle had been busy six times, was the winner, nodding "yes" to $4,200 before she took the vino home.

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:20:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Texas' best-kept secret? A 120-mile-long canyon that's grand in its own right]]> http://gazette.com/texas-best-kept-secret-a-120-mile-long-canyon-thats-grand-in-its-own-right/article/1599687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-best-kept-secret-a-120-mile-long-canyon-thats-grand-in-its-own-right/article/1599687?custom_click=rss

Hiking in canyon country, you can drive yourself nuts spotting phantom creatures among the cliffs. That bobcat skulking along a ridge? Actually a pile of rocks. The golden eagle eying rodents from above? Just a gnarled tree stump.

But on this walk in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, what I saw high atop a nearby mesa was no Texan trompe l'oeil: A Barbary sheep sat silhouetted against the midday sun. We trained our binoculars on the tan animal and its long, curved horns, gasping when a lamb scampered into view, leaping along the boulders. Two more adult sheep with even bigger horns emerged, sauntering close to the precipice.

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[The crucial White House position Trump has neglected to fill]]> http://gazette.com/the-crucial-white-house-position-trump-has-neglected-to-fill/article/1599591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-crucial-white-house-position-trump-has-neglected-to-fill/article/1599591?custom_click=rss

There's no shortage of reasons to include dogs in your life: They love you unconditionally; they help you stay active and less stressed; and, if you happen to be the president, they might boost your approval ratings.

But after two months in the White House, President Donald Trump seems unpersuaded. The 45th president appears poised to become the first in well more than a century to not have a dog - or any pet, for that matter - in the White House.

There was the fleeting possibility that Patton, a goldendoodle raised by Florida philanthropist Lois Pope, might join the Trump clan. But Pope ultimately decided she couldn't bear to part with the dog.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:34:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Poker tables keep decreasing on Nevada casino floors]]> http://gazette.com/poker-tables-keep-decreasing-on-nevada-casino-floors/article/feed/451706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/poker-tables-keep-decreasing-on-nevada-casino-floors/article/feed/451706?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When the Monte Carlo casino closes its eight-table poker room in about a month as part of a $450 million overhaul, the Las Vegas Strip will be down nearly a quarter of the tables it had a decade ago.

Casinos constantly adjust their floors to meet customer demand. And unlike the boom years when they competed for card fans after everyman Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker's main event in 2003, poker's appeal in Sin City has been weakening this decade.

Some casinos have made their poker rooms smaller. Others have eliminated them entirely.

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]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:11:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Chastain, MacMillan inducted into US Soccer Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/chastain-macmillan-inducted-into-us-soccer-hall-of-fame/article/feed/451668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chastain-macmillan-inducted-into-us-soccer-hall-of-fame/article/feed/451668?custom_click=rss

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brandi Chastain looked at the assembled crowd in a tent under the rain and addressed former coach Tony DiCicco, who had just introduced her at the induction ceremony for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

"Thank you, not just for today but for every day that you gave me the chance to play for the women's national team, and for having the confidence in me and the guts to tell me I wasn't going to be a forward," she said.

Chastain, a forward on the 1991 World Cup champions and a left back whose penalty kick won a shootout for the 1999 title, was inducted Friday night along with midfielder Shannon MacMillan, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion three years later.

The ceremony wa

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:28:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Lakers honor Shaq with high-flying statue outside arena]]> http://gazette.com/lakers-honor-shaq-with-high-flying-statue-outside-arena/article/feed/451662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lakers-honor-shaq-with-high-flying-statue-outside-arena/article/feed/451662?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lakers honored Shaquille O'Neal with a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame center who helped them to three consecutive NBA titles in better days outside Staples Center on Friday.

With his youngest son pulling a gold braided cord to drop a shiny gold curtain, O'Neal laid eyes upon something bigger than the big man himself. The statue of him completing a monster dunk with his legs in the air is 9 feet and weighs 1,200 pounds. It is suspended 10 feet in the air, attached to the arena's side. O'Neal is 7-foot-1 and was 325 in his playing days.

"This was very unexpected," said O'Neal, dressed in a cornflower blue and yellow plaid suit.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:09:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Stocks wobble, finish mixed as GOP pulls plug on health bill]]> http://gazette.com/stocks-wobble-finish-mixed-as-gop-pulls-plug-on-health-bill/article/feed/451578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stocks-wobble-finish-mixed-as-gop-pulls-plug-on-health-bill/article/feed/451578?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Hospital stocks soared in response, while companies that stand to benefit from other Trump proposals faltered.

For the second day in a row, stocks started higher and wilted as it became clear the health care bill was in trouble. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 126 points in afternoon trading on reports of the bill's impending failure, although Wall Street cut its losses after the vote was canceled. Consumer-focused companies like Nike, Starbucks and clothing company PVH rose.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:37:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-plot-big-hotel-expansion-but-political-problems-loom/article/feed/451530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-plot-big-hotel-expansion-but-political-problems-loom/article/feed/451530?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.

The chain, called Scion, will feature the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family's gilded name. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night, about half what it costs at some hotels in Trump's luxury chain.

And they'll be dozens of them, possibly a hundred, opening across the country in just three years. Or at least that's the plan.

"It's full steam ahead. It's in our DNA. It's in the Trump boys' DNA," said Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger. The "boys" are

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:04:12 -0600 <![CDATA[All Aboard! Maryland women ride rails to NCAA regional]]> http://gazette.com/all-aboard-maryland-women-ride-rails-to-ncaa-regional/article/feed/451527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/all-aboard-maryland-women-ride-rails-to-ncaa-regional/article/feed/451527?custom_click=rss

ABOARD AMTRAK REGIONAL 174 (AP) — Brenda Frese always wants to give her team new experiences.

So Maryland's coach decided to have the Terrapins take the train instead of a bus to Connecticut on Thursday for the NCAA Tournament regional.

"So many of them had never ridden the train before and it was an opportunity to let them have a new exciting adventure," said Frese aboard the Northeast Regional train to Bridgeport. "We were too close to fly and the train gave us a lot more room than a bus would."

The Maryland players and coaches sat together in the front car, watching game film, sleeping or listening to their iPods. They had plenty of room to stretch out as they had their own private car away from the rest of the pas

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:36:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Pilots' union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind]]> http://gazette.com/pilots-union-says-aa-is-leaving-standby-passengers-behind/article/feed/451511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pilots-union-says-aa-is-leaving-standby-passengers-behind/article/feed/451511?custom_click=rss DALLAS (AP) — The head of the pilots' union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time.

Nearly 20,000 passengers were denied boarding in February even though there were empty seats, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said. He called it intolerable.

American carried more than 14 million passengers last month.

The airline has been trying to improve its on-time performance. It ranked eighth among the nation's largest 12 airlines at on-time arrivals in 2016, but rose to third in January, the latest month for which government figures are available.

American did not dispute that some passengers and employees f

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:27:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Utah getting toughest drunken driving limit in the US]]> http://gazette.com/utah-getting-toughest-drunken-driving-limit-in-the-us/article/feed/451465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-getting-toughest-drunken-driving-limit-in-the-us/article/feed/451465?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent will save lives.

The change means a 150-pound man would be over the 0.05 limit after two beers, while a 120-pound woman could exceed it after a single drink, though that can be affected by a number of factors, including how much food a person has eaten, according to the American Beverage Institute, a national restaurant group.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:19:41 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Utah gov. signs .05 DUI limit, strictest in US]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-utah-gov.-signs-.05-dui-limit-strictest-in-us/article/feed/451475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-utah-gov.-signs-.05-dui-limit-strictest-in-us/article/feed/451475?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Utah's governor has signed legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country.

Gov. Gary Herbert's office announced Thursday evening that the Republican had approved the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent. He had told reporters Thursday morning that he intended to sign it because it will save lives.

Groups representing Utah restaurants and the ski and snowboarding industry had urged him to veto the measure, saying it would hurt tourism and punish responsible drinkers.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:20:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Erdogan urges US, Britain to drop 'exaggerated' laptop ban]]> http://gazette.com/erdogan-urges-us-britain-to-drop-exaggerated-laptop-ban/article/feed/451402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/erdogan-urges-us-britain-to-drop-exaggerated-laptop-ban/article/feed/451402?custom_click=rss ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States and Britain on Thursday to drop what he said were "exaggerated" new aviation restrictions imposed on flights from some airports, including Istanbul.

In a live television interview, Erdogan said the two countries were right to "dwell on security" but said the bans on some electronics, including laptops, on board flights from some Middle East and North African airports were excessive.

Erdogan said he discussed the ban in a telephone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May, while Turkey's foreign minister took up the issue during a recent visit to the United States.

"My hope is that they abandon this error as soon as possible,"

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:49:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear]]> http://gazette.com/virgin-america-will-be-the-latest-airline-brand-to-disappear/article/feed/451468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/virgin-america-will-be-the-latest-airline-brand-to-disappear/article/feed/451468?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped.

Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade.

Launching a new airline takes lots of money and patience — one reason that Virgin America's debut in 2007 was so eye-catching. The other was its hip vibe including mood lighting and young, attractive flight attendants.

So when Alaska announced last year that it was buying Virgin for $2.6 billion, it was like asking Virgin customers to trade in their sports car for a minivan — a solid

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it.

To cut tax bills in the tens of millions of dollars, the specialists at Orlando's famous theme parks have employed methods from the creative — placing cows on undeveloped land and claiming an agricultural exemption — to the traditional — negotiating or appealing to a county board.

Over the past couple of years, however, such tactics aren't quite doing the job: Property assessments and taxes have jumped — and so has the number of lawsuits the theme parks and other businesses have filed against Orange County's pr

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