<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:18:03 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US arts agency official to visit Detroit's cultural area]]> http://gazette.com/us-arts-agency-official-to-visit-detroits-cultural-area/article/feed/200911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-arts-agency-official-to-visit-detroits-cultural-area/article/feed/200911?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to visit Detroit's cultural center area, including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Jane Chu's planned tour on Monday includes the Sugar Hill Arts District and the Woodward Garden Block. She's also set to visit the art museum and speak with reporters there.

Other participants include U.S. State Department senior adviser Julie Egan, DIA Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson and John Bracey. He's the executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The federal agency funds local arts programs produced by groups nationwide.

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — The chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to visit Detroit's cultural center area, including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Jane Chu's planned tour on Monday includes the Sugar Hill Arts District and the Woodward Garden Block. She's also set to visit the art museum and speak with reporters there.

Other participants include U.S. State Department senior adviser Julie Egan, DIA Chief Operating Officer Annmarie Erickson and John Bracey. He's the executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The federal agency funds local arts programs produced by groups nationwide.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:00:47 -0700 <![CDATA[What's God got to do with football devotion? Plenty]]> By Cathy Lynn Grossman Religion News Service - http://gazette.com/whats-god-got-to-do-with-football-devotion-plenty/article/1545578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whats-god-got-to-do-with-football-devotion-plenty/article/1545578?custom_click=rss

Did God lift Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's overtime pass into the end zone two weeks ago, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with an NFC championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl?

Millions of Americans might think so.

"One in four Americans believe there will be a 12th man on the field, and that the hand of God will be seen before the final whistle blows in the Super Bowl," said Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute.

And 53 percent agree God "rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success," according to a survey released last month by PRRI and Religion News Service.

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]]> Did God lift Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's overtime pass into the end zone two weeks ago, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with an NFC championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl?

Millions of Americans might think so.

"One in four Americans believe there will be a 12th man on the field, and that the hand of God will be seen before the final whistle blows in the Super Bowl," said Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute.

And 53 percent agree God "rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success," according to a survey released last month by PRRI and Religion News Service.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:15 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Glass Slipper Ball an evening of gourmet goodies, women's initiatives]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-glass-slipper-ball-an-evening-of-gourmet-goodies-womens-initiatives/article/1545492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-glass-slipper-ball-an-evening-of-gourmet-goodies-womens-initiatives/article/1545492?custom_click=rss

Chefs tempted the 325-plus attendees at the Glass Slipper Ball with delicacies such as Foie Gras Mousse, Brown Butter and Hazelnut Tiramisu with White Chocolate Mascarpone and Frangelico Ganache, Elvis-style PB, Banana and Bacon and Colorado Veal Oscar, complemented by a wine tasting.

Meanwhile, two of the evening's beneficiaries Jan. 24, The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area and Junior League of Colorado Springs, had an opportunity to make the community aware of their women's initiatives projects, including fighting human trafficking and domestic violence.

Zonta received $10,000 and the Junior League $3,000. One Zonta program described, Zonta Wings, helps provide immediate needs when a victim is snatched from sex

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]]> Chefs tempted the 325-plus attendees at the Glass Slipper Ball with delicacies such as Foie Gras Mousse, Brown Butter and Hazelnut Tiramisu with White Chocolate Mascarpone and Frangelico Ganache, Elvis-style PB, Banana and Bacon and Colorado Veal Oscar, complemented by a wine tasting.

Meanwhile, two of the evening's beneficiaries Jan. 24, The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area and Junior League of Colorado Springs, had an opportunity to make the community aware of their women's initiatives projects, including fighting human trafficking and domestic violence.

Zonta received $10,000 and the Junior League $3,000. One Zonta program described, Zonta Wings, helps provide immediate needs when a victim is snatched from sex]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:10 -0700 <![CDATA[No place for SkyMall in cloud-based world?]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/no-place-for-skymall-in-cloud-based-world/article/1545577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-place-for-skymall-in-cloud-based-world/article/1545577?custom_click=rss

Late last month, the parent company of in-flight uber-retailer SkyMall filed for bankruptcy protection, likely signaling the demise of the seat-back pocket catalog that's kept airsick bags company - and an estimated 88 percent of domestic air travelers entertained - for 25 years.

Future generations of passengers might never know what they're missing: the joys that come along with browsing through a grab-bag Catalog-of-Misfit-Toys, time-saving devices, novelties and objets d'art ranging from decorative 16th-century Italian armor to dog beds, sports memorabilia and lightweight flood control solutions.

"I absolutely love the catalog of clever gadgets and life-made-easier inventions. There is nothing else like it," said Dorease

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]]> Late last month, the parent company of in-flight uber-retailer SkyMall filed for bankruptcy protection, likely signaling the demise of the seat-back pocket catalog that's kept airsick bags company - and an estimated 88 percent of domestic air travelers entertained - for 25 years.

Future generations of passengers might never know what they're missing: the joys that come along with browsing through a grab-bag Catalog-of-Misfit-Toys, time-saving devices, novelties and objets d'art ranging from decorative 16th-century Italian armor to dog beds, sports memorabilia and lightweight flood control solutions.

"I absolutely love the catalog of clever gadgets and life-made-easier inventions. There is nothing else like it," said Dorease]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area volunteer opportunities starting Feb. 1, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-volunteer-opportunities-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545576?custom_click=rss These agencies need volunteer help. Call about specific opportunities and time commitment. - Arthritis Foundation - 520-5711.

- Crossfire Ministries - Volunteers needed for client service, food stocking and donation processing; Leslie, 650-4336.

- The Depression and Bipolar Support of Alliance of Colorado Springs - 477-1515.

- Energy Resource Center - Volunteer electrician and painters needed; 591-0772, erc-co.org.

- Fort Carson Red Cross Therapy Dog Program - Certified therapy dog teams needed to visit Evans Army Hospital; Amy Sorrels-Mourabit, 526-7144.

- Habitat for Humanity - pikespeakhabitat.org/volunteer.

- KPC Kids' Place - A crisis and respite nursery for children to age 5 who are at risk for

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]]> These agencies need volunteer help. Call about specific opportunities and time commitment. - Arthritis Foundation - 520-5711.

- Crossfire Ministries - Volunteers needed for client service, food stocking and donation processing; Leslie, 650-4336.

- The Depression and Bipolar Support of Alliance of Colorado Springs - 477-1515.

- Energy Resource Center - Volunteer electrician and painters needed; 591-0772, erc-co.org.

- Fort Carson Red Cross Therapy Dog Program - Certified therapy dog teams needed to visit Evans Army Hospital; Amy Sorrels-Mourabit, 526-7144.

- Habitat for Humanity - pikespeakhabitat.org/volunteer.

- KPC Kids' Place - A crisis and respite nursery for children to age 5 who are at risk for]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area literary events starting Feb. 1, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545575?custom_click=rss SIGNINGS

Author Signing - David Kramer will sign "Entering the Real World," 4 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; barnesandnoble.com.

LITERARY EVENTS

American Girl Book Club - For girls ages 7-11, 4 p.m. Wednesday, High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon. Registration: ppld.org.

"Women at War - Modern Life on the Battlefront" - With authors Helen Thorpe and Angela Ricketts, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Colorado College, Celest Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6607.

Visiting Writers Series - With Kent Nelson, 7 p.m. Thursday, Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6607.

Novel Characters

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]]> SIGNINGS

Author Signing - David Kramer will sign "Entering the Real World," 4 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East; barnesandnoble.com.

LITERARY EVENTS

American Girl Book Club - For girls ages 7-11, 4 p.m. Wednesday, High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon. Registration: ppld.org.

"Women at War - Modern Life on the Battlefront" - With authors Helen Thorpe and Angela Ricketts, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Colorado College, Celest Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6607.

Visiting Writers Series - With Kent Nelson, 7 p.m. Thursday, Colorado College, Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6607.

Novel Characters]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Rock and Worship Roadshow a night of music for the family]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/rock-and-worship-roadshow-a-night-of-music-for-the-family/article/1545574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rock-and-worship-roadshow-a-night-of-music-for-the-family/article/1545574?custom_click=rss In 2009, Christian rock band MercyMe bucked the Ticketmaster trend and took its Rock and Worship Roadshow to venues nationwide, charging $10 at the door. The move was a risk for the band and a hit with audiences.

In the time since, the annual family-friendly tour featuring a roster of top Christian acts has performed more than 150 shows for 1.2 million fans. Now in its seventh year and produced by Compassion International, a global child sponsorship organization based in Colorado Springs, the roadshow kicks off its 24-date tour Feb. 18 in Dallas and swings through the Pikes Peak region March 26.

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]]> In 2009, Christian rock band MercyMe bucked the Ticketmaster trend and took its Rock and Worship Roadshow to venues nationwide, charging $10 at the door. The move was a risk for the band and a hit with audiences.

In the time since, the annual family-friendly tour featuring a roster of top Christian acts has performed more than 150 shows for 1.2 million fans. Now in its seventh year and produced by Compassion International, a global child sponsorship organization based in Colorado Springs, the roadshow kicks off its 24-date tour Feb. 18 in Dallas and swings through the Pikes Peak region March 26.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area nonprofit community events Feb. 1, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-feb.-1-2015/article/1545573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-nonprofit-community-events-feb.-1-2015/article/1545573?custom_click=rss NONPROFIT COMMUNITY EVENTS

February

American Cancer Society Fundraiser - Thursdays through Feb. 26, Smiling Toad Brewery, 1757 S. Eighth St.; 418-2936.

Boys and Girls Club 2015 Youth of the Year - 6 p.m. Thursday, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave.; bgcppr.org/yoy.

"An Evening in Rome" - 5:30 p.m. Friday, to benefit Pikes Peak Opera League, the Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St. Reservations required by Monday: pikespeakoperaleague.org.

Crossfire Ministries Benefit Dale - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2120 E. La Salle St.; crossfire ministries.com.

Valentines for Wounded Soldiers Craft Fair - 8:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, 8:30-3:30 p.m., Beckett Event Center, 6436

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]]> NONPROFIT COMMUNITY EVENTS

February

American Cancer Society Fundraiser - Thursdays through Feb. 26, Smiling Toad Brewery, 1757 S. Eighth St.; 418-2936.

Boys and Girls Club 2015 Youth of the Year - 6 p.m. Thursday, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave.; bgcppr.org/yoy.

"An Evening in Rome" - 5:30 p.m. Friday, to benefit Pikes Peak Opera League, the Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St. Reservations required by Monday: pikespeakoperaleague.org.

Crossfire Ministries Benefit Dale - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2120 E. La Salle St.; crossfire ministries.com.

Valentines for Wounded Soldiers Craft Fair - 8:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, 8:30-3:30 p.m., Beckett Event Center, 6436]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado travel calendar starting Feb. 1, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-travel-calendar-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545572?custom_click=rss Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719.

Monday - Denver, WWE Monday Night Raw, 5:30 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle Denver, $20 and up; altitudetickets.com.

Wednesday - Pueblo, Sesame Street's "Let's Dance," 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pueblo Memorial Hall, $15-$20; pueblomemorialhall.com.

Wednesday-Feb. 8 - Steamboat Springs, Winter Carnival, shovel races, donkey jumps, day and night events; steamboat-chamber.com.

Thursday - Denver, Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle. Go online for ticket prices:

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

Monday - Denver, WWE Monday Night Raw, 5:30 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle Denver, $20 and up; altitudetickets.com.

Wednesday - Pueblo, Sesame Street's "Let's Dance," 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Pueblo Memorial Hall, $15-$20; pueblomemorialhall.com.

Wednesday-Feb. 8 - Steamboat Springs, Winter Carnival, shovel races, donkey jumps, day and night events; steamboat-chamber.com.

Thursday - Denver, Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, 100 Chopper Circle. Go online for ticket prices:]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting Feb. 1, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545570?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-feb.-1-2015/article/1545570?custom_click=rss RELIGION CALENDAR

Music/Drama

SUNDAY

"Legends" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 2:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., $5-$20; chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

SATURDAY

City Strings - British program, 4 p.m., St. George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $20. Advance tickets: coloradohausmusik.com.

FEB. 8

Taylor Memorial Concert - "Renaissance Masterpieces" - 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.; gssepiscopal.org.

Chamber Music Concert - 3 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free-will offering; 633-8888.

Valentines and Presidents Day Pizza and Pipes Party - 3 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Organ Gym,

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Music/Drama

SUNDAY

"Legends" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 2:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., $5-$20; chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

SATURDAY

City Strings - British program, 4 p.m., St. George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $20. Advance tickets: coloradohausmusik.com.

FEB. 8

Taylor Memorial Concert - "Renaissance Masterpieces" - 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.; gssepiscopal.org.

Chamber Music Concert - 3 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free-will offering; 633-8888.

Valentines and Presidents Day Pizza and Pipes Party - 3 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Organ Gym,]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:25:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Manitou Springs fruitcake toss returns in style after one-year absence]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-fruitcake-toss-returns-in-style-after-one-year-absence/article/1545544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-fruitcake-toss-returns-in-style-after-one-year-absence/article/1545544?custom_click=rss

It wasn't the Super Bowl, and these weren't footballs they were throwing - deflated or otherwise.

But Saturday's return of Manitou Springs' silly, but revered, Great Fruitcake Toss after a one-year absence brought out MVP performances in dozens of eager participants, some of whom came from as far as Boulder and suburban Denver.

"It's entertaining," said Colorado Springs resident Mike Gunther, who has been coming to the fruitcake toss since 2007. "You get rid of something you don't necessarily want. You get to toss it."

Several hundred people attended the three-hour event in Manitou's Memorial Park amid chilly, but not unbearable, temperatures and occasional light snow flurries.

"I think it was great," organizer

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]]> It wasn't the Super Bowl, and these weren't footballs they were throwing - deflated or otherwise.

But Saturday's return of Manitou Springs' silly, but revered, Great Fruitcake Toss after a one-year absence brought out MVP performances in dozens of eager participants, some of whom came from as far as Boulder and suburban Denver.

"It's entertaining," said Colorado Springs resident Mike Gunther, who has been coming to the fruitcake toss since 2007. "You get rid of something you don't necessarily want. You get to toss it."

Several hundred people attended the three-hour event in Manitou's Memorial Park amid chilly, but not unbearable, temperatures and occasional light snow flurries.

"I think it was great," organizer]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:20:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Watch: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Puppy Bowl]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/watch-humane-society-of-the-pikes-peak-region-puppy-bowl/article/1545549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-humane-society-of-the-pikes-peak-region-puppy-bowl/article/1545549?custom_click=rss The Big Game came early in Colorado Springs, well, at least for these pups. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region posted its Puppy Bowl Saturday on YouTube. The 3-minute video had almost 300 views Saturday night. Watch it here.



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The Big Game came early in Colorado Springs, well, at least for these pups. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region posted its Puppy Bowl Saturday on YouTube. The 3-minute video had almost 300 views Saturday night. Watch it here.

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<![CDATA[Museum, hospital collaborate in scan of mummified remains]]> http://gazette.com/museum-hospital-collaborate-in-scan-of-mummified-remains/article/feed/200806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/museum-hospital-collaborate-in-scan-of-mummified-remains/article/feed/200806?custom_click=rss CINCINNATI (AP) — Museum officials in Ohio hope medical scans will reveal more about the mummified remains of a child that may have lived over 500 years ago in Peru.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and hospital staff donated time and equipment to help in the collaborative effort with the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum officials hope 3D scans performed this week at the hospital will provide information including gender, age and cause of death. The mummy is part of "Mummies of the World: The Exhibition" currently on display at the museum.

A museum official says the body wasn't intended to be mummified but it was found in an extraordinarily dry, high-altitude location.

The museum hopes to know resul

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]]> CINCINNATI (AP) — Museum officials in Ohio hope medical scans will reveal more about the mummified remains of a child that may have lived over 500 years ago in Peru.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and hospital staff donated time and equipment to help in the collaborative effort with the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum officials hope 3D scans performed this week at the hospital will provide information including gender, age and cause of death. The mummy is part of "Mummies of the World: The Exhibition" currently on display at the museum.

A museum official says the body wasn't intended to be mummified but it was found in an extraordinarily dry, high-altitude location.

The museum hopes to know resul]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:31:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Fees increasing at Theodore Roosevelt National Park]]> http://gazette.com/fees-increasing-at-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/article/feed/200736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fees-increasing-at-theodore-roosevelt-national-park/article/feed/200736?custom_click=rss MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is increasing entrance and campground fees.

The National Park Service says the increases will be phased in, starting Sunday, to lessen their impact.

Acting Superintendent Wendy Ross says the majority of the 29 responses the park received during a public comment period supported the increases. She says the additional money will be used for projects to benefit park visitors, such as trail upgrades and improvements to museum exhibits.

The per-vehicle cost to enter the park will go from $10 to $20, and eventually to $25 in 2017. Annual park passes will rise from $20 to $40, and eventually to $50 in 2017. Campground fees also will increase in vary

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]]> MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota is increasing entrance and campground fees.

The National Park Service says the increases will be phased in, starting Sunday, to lessen their impact.

Acting Superintendent Wendy Ross says the majority of the 29 responses the park received during a public comment period supported the increases. She says the additional money will be used for projects to benefit park visitors, such as trail upgrades and improvements to museum exhibits.

The per-vehicle cost to enter the park will go from $10 to $20, and eventually to $25 in 2017. Annual park passes will rise from $20 to $40, and eventually to $50 in 2017. Campground fees also will increase in vary]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:30:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown plans 10 new exhibits]]> http://gazette.com/fenimore-art-museum-in-cooperstown-plans-10-new-exhibits/article/feed/200771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fenimore-art-museum-in-cooperstown-plans-10-new-exhibits/article/feed/200771?custom_click=rss COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Works by such well-known artists as Marc Chagall and Maxfield Parish are among the highlights of the lineup of exhibits planned this year at the Fenimore Art Museum in upstate New York.

The museum located near the shores of Otesaga Lake in Cooperstown has announced its schedule of 10 new exhibitions running from April through the end of December.

Six exhibitions open the season on April 1, including "Chagall's Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera" and "Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection."

An exhibit featuring the works of Maxfield Parish opens May 23 and runs through Sept. 7.

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]]> COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Works by such well-known artists as Marc Chagall and Maxfield Parish are among the highlights of the lineup of exhibits planned this year at the Fenimore Art Museum in upstate New York.

The museum located near the shores of Otesaga Lake in Cooperstown has announced its schedule of 10 new exhibitions running from April through the end of December.

Six exhibitions open the season on April 1, including "Chagall's Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera" and "Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection."

An exhibit featuring the works of Maxfield Parish opens May 23 and runs through Sept. 7.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:15:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth]]> http://gazette.com/beijing-winter-olympics-bid-highlights-skiing-hockey-growth/article/feed/200734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/beijing-winter-olympics-bid-highlights-skiing-hockey-growth/article/feed/200734?custom_click=rss

CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The 28-year-old escapes his office job in the Chinese capital for the skiing mecca of Chongli, nestled in mountains near the Great Wall where Beijing hopes to stage Nordic skiing and other events in its bid to become the first city to hold both winter and summer Olympics.

"Snowboarding is just such an awesome feeling," He said, as a rare snow storm swirled around him and frigid wind gusts whistled along the edges of his ski lift's wind shield. "I can only imagine how much fa

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]]> CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The 28-year-old escapes his office job in the Chinese capital for the skiing mecca of Chongli, nestled in mountains near the Great Wall where Beijing hopes to stage Nordic skiing and other events in its bid to become the first city to hold both winter and summer Olympics.

"Snowboarding is just such an awesome feeling," He said, as a rare snow storm swirled around him and frigid wind gusts whistled along the edges of his ski lift's wind shield. "I can only imagine how much fa]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:09:21 -0700 <![CDATA[NC History Museum marks 86 years of State Highway Patrol]]> http://gazette.com/nc-history-museum-marks-86-years-of-state-highway-patrol/article/feed/200746?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nc-history-museum-marks-86-years-of-state-highway-patrol/article/feed/200746?custom_click=rss RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's history museum is giving patrons an opportunity to look back at nearly 90 years of the state Highway Patrol.

An exhibit opening Saturday highlights the patrol's history and showcases vehicles and other artifacts since the organization's founding in 1929 to address the increase of motor vehicle traffic and resulting deaths on the state's highways.

On display at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh are instruments that catch speeders ranging from a speed-timing watch used in the 1950s and '60s to radar used until a decade ago.

Admission to the exhibition is free. It runs until August.

Nearly 1,800 troopers work statewide.

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]]> RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's history museum is giving patrons an opportunity to look back at nearly 90 years of the state Highway Patrol.

An exhibit opening Saturday highlights the patrol's history and showcases vehicles and other artifacts since the organization's founding in 1929 to address the increase of motor vehicle traffic and resulting deaths on the state's highways.

On display at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh are instruments that catch speeders ranging from a speed-timing watch used in the 1950s and '60s to radar used until a decade ago.

Admission to the exhibition is free. It runs until August.

Nearly 1,800 troopers work statewide.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:01:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Elliott headlines 5 drivers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class]]> http://gazette.com/elliott-headlines-5-drivers-in-nascar-hall-of-fame-class/article/feed/200719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/elliott-headlines-5-drivers-in-nascar-hall-of-fame-class/article/feed/200719?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.

"Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" was NASCAR's 1988 champion, a 44-race winner and the first driver to win the Winston Million bonus in 1985 for winning three NASCAR crown jewel races.

A 16-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award, Elliott won two Daytona 500s and the Southern 500 three times.

His induction came one day after his 19-year-old son, Chase, was named by Hendrick Motorsports as the driver who will replace four-time champion Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24.

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]]> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR's Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.

"Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" was NASCAR's 1988 champion, a 44-race winner and the first driver to win the Winston Million bonus in 1985 for winning three NASCAR crown jewel races.

A 16-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award, Elliott won two Daytona 500s and the Southern 500 three times.

His induction came one day after his 19-year-old son, Chase, was named by Hendrick Motorsports as the driver who will replace four-time champion Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24.

Introduced by Kasey Kahne, w]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:17:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Kitschy treasure trove of Elvis tribute items up for auction]]> http://gazette.com/kitschy-treasure-trove-of-elvis-tribute-items-up-for-auction/article/feed/200631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kitschy-treasure-trove-of-elvis-tribute-items-up-for-auction/article/feed/200631?custom_click=rss

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Die-hard Elvis memorabilia collectors can get their fix of ruffle-front dress shirts, life-sized cardboard Elvis cutouts and even a non-functioning electric chair made in tribute to "Jailhouse Rock" at an auction this weekend in north Mississippi.

The kitschy stuff didn't belong to Elvis Presley, but to the late Paul MacLeod, an eccentric Elvis super-fan who ran Graceland Too, a roadside museum dedicated to the king of rock 'n' roll.

MacLeod died last summer, and his estate is selling the thousands of things he collected, including albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits.

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The kitschy stuff didn't belong to Elvis Presley, but to the late Paul MacLeod, an eccentric Elvis super-fan who ran Graceland Too, a roadside museum dedicated to the king of rock 'n' roll.

MacLeod died last summer, and his estate is selling the thousands of things he collected, including albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:16:58 -0700 <![CDATA[China-Guam charter flights planned for Lunar New Year]]> http://gazette.com/china-guam-charter-flights-planned-for-lunar-new-year/article/feed/200645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-guam-charter-flights-planned-for-lunar-new-year/article/feed/200645?custom_click=rss HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A U.S.-based airline plans to operate charter flights for Chinese tourists to visit Guam's white beaches and warm waters during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays.

Dynamic Airways will fly 15 flights to Guam from Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang and Chengdu using a Boeing 767 plane.

The flights are expected to bring about 3,000 Chinese tourists to the U.S. territory between Feb. 10 and March 6, the Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1wIyJ1W) reported Friday.

Dynamic also flew charters to Guam during the same busy travel season last year.

United Airlines launched twice weekly flights direct from Shanghai to Guam last year. It is the only airline that operates regularly scheduled direct f

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]]> HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A U.S.-based airline plans to operate charter flights for Chinese tourists to visit Guam's white beaches and warm waters during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays.

Dynamic Airways will fly 15 flights to Guam from Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang and Chengdu using a Boeing 767 plane.

The flights are expected to bring about 3,000 Chinese tourists to the U.S. territory between Feb. 10 and March 6, the Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1wIyJ1W) reported Friday.

Dynamic also flew charters to Guam during the same busy travel season last year.

United Airlines launched twice weekly flights direct from Shanghai to Guam last year. It is the only airline that operates regularly scheduled direct f]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:16:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs abounds with options for celebrating Valentine's Day]]> teresa j. farney teresa.farney@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-abounds-with-options-for-celebrating-valentines-day/article/1545475?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-abounds-with-options-for-celebrating-valentines-day/article/1545475?custom_click=rss

Don't be that person. The one who waits to the last minute to make plans for Valentine's Day. Here are some options that are available now. But don't delay taking aim with Cupid's bow. These will sell out fast.

Place an order:

- Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market & Café, 410 S. 26th St., offers a four-course meal for two to pick up and reheat, Feb. 13 or 14, $68; 471-2799, godsgourmet.com.

- Gracie's Farmstead in Salida offers a three-course menu for two that will be delivered Feb. 14. Place orders by Feb. 11. Choice of two entries: beef Wellington ($120) or salmon ($109); 221-1003, graciesurbanfarmstead@gmail.com.

- Bella's Bakery and Bistro, 3 E. Bijou St., offers special cakes and cupcakes; 434-8957,



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Don't be that person. The one who waits to the last minute to make plans for Valentine's Day. Here are some options that are available now. But don't delay taking aim with Cupid's bow. These will sell out fast.

Place an order:

- Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market & Café, 410 S. 26th St., offers a four-course meal for two to pick up and reheat, Feb. 13 or 14, $68; 471-2799, godsgourmet.com.

- Gracie's Farmstead in Salida offers a three-course menu for two that will be delivered Feb. 14. Place orders by Feb. 11. Choice of two entries: beef Wellington ($120) or salmon ($109); 221-1003, graciesurbanfarmstead@gmail.com.

- Bella's Bakery and Bistro, 3 E. Bijou St., offers special cakes and cupcakes; 434-8957,

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<![CDATA[Yosemite park fee hikes coming in March]]> http://gazette.com/yosemite-park-fee-hikes-coming-in-march/article/feed/200621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yosemite-park-fee-hikes-coming-in-march/article/feed/200621?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Visitors to Yosemite National Park will pay more to enter and camp overnight, under fee hikes that start March 1.

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher says the park received more than 3,600 emails and Facebook comments and took those into consideration when revising the park fee hikes.

A seven-day pass for each car entering Yosemite will rise from $20 to $25 or $30, depending on the season.

Between April and October, entrance fees will be the higher price. Motorcycle fees will also rise slightly.

Officials say the last entrance fee increase in the park was in 1997.

The park's annual pass will increase from $40 to $60.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Visitors to Yosemite National Park will pay more to enter and camp overnight, under fee hikes that start March 1.

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher says the park received more than 3,600 emails and Facebook comments and took those into consideration when revising the park fee hikes.

A seven-day pass for each car entering Yosemite will rise from $20 to $25 or $30, depending on the season.

Between April and October, entrance fees will be the higher price. Motorcycle fees will also rise slightly.

Officials say the last entrance fee increase in the park was in 1997.

The park's annual pass will increase from $40 to $60.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:33:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Celebrate February with daily stories of heart health victories]]> By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com http://gazette.com/celebrate-february-with-daily-stories-of-heart-health-victories/article/1545499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celebrate-february-with-daily-stories-of-heart-health-victories/article/1545499?custom_click=rss

Sponsored Content: Look for daily Heart Health features on gazette.com during American Heart Month.



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<![CDATA[Craig Biggio 'kind of speechless' after Hall of Fame visit]]> http://gazette.com/craig-biggio-kind-of-speechless-after-hall-of-fame-visit/article/feed/200599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/craig-biggio-kind-of-speechless-after-hall-of-fame-visit/article/feed/200599?custom_click=rss

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Craig Biggio was "kind of speechless" after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"This is crazy!" Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. "I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now."

That's understandable, given it's been less than a month since he was elected to the Hall of Fame. Perhaps it all hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Biggio was elected Jan. 6, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, who made the 75 percent threshold by big margins on their first tries to become the first trio of pitchers voted in together by baseball writers.

Biggio received 82.

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]]> COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Craig Biggio was "kind of speechless" after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"This is crazy!" Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. "I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now."

That's understandable, given it's been less than a month since he was elected to the Hall of Fame. Perhaps it all hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Biggio was elected Jan. 6, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, who made the 75 percent threshold by big margins on their first tries to become the first trio of pitchers voted in together by baseball writers.

Biggio received 82.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:49:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Number of Las Vegas visitors in 2014 climbs to 41.1 million]]> http://gazette.com/number-of-las-vegas-visitors-in-2014-climbs-to-41.1-million/article/feed/200567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/number-of-las-vegas-visitors-in-2014-climbs-to-41.1-million/article/feed/200567?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been anticipating: 41.1 million visitors, up 3.7 percent from 39.7 million in 2013, stayed overnight at the destination in 2014. The total visitor volume is the most the destination has ever seen in one year.

Of those, 5.2 million visitors attended one or more of the 22,103 conventions held last year. Both figures are up compared with the year prior.

The agency says 3.1 million visitors came to Sin City in December, up 5.5 percent. Conventions held and meeting attendance dropped in December, as did the average daily rate and revenue per available room in

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]]> LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been anticipating: 41.1 million visitors, up 3.7 percent from 39.7 million in 2013, stayed overnight at the destination in 2014. The total visitor volume is the most the destination has ever seen in one year.

Of those, 5.2 million visitors attended one or more of the 22,103 conventions held last year. Both figures are up compared with the year prior.

The agency says 3.1 million visitors came to Sin City in December, up 5.5 percent. Conventions held and meeting attendance dropped in December, as did the average daily rate and revenue per available room in]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:19:58 -0700 <![CDATA[University museum to host Black History Month lecture]]> http://gazette.com/university-museum-to-host-black-history-month-lecture/article/feed/200583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/university-museum-to-host-black-history-month-lecture/article/feed/200583?custom_click=rss JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State University Museum is hosting a Black History Month celebration featuring a lecture by Ethel Tompkins, who will speak about her experiences as a young student attending the Hoxie School District.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Hoxie School District was among the first to racially integrate in 1955 — two years before the crisis at Central High School in Little Rock. 

For the remaining Tuesdays during Black History Month — Feb. 10, 17 and 24 —the museum will show the documentary, "Hoxie: The First Stand," which tells the story of the Hoxie school integration.

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The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Hoxie School District was among the first to racially integrate in 1955 — two years before the crisis at Central High School in Little Rock. 

For the remaining Tuesdays during Black History Month — Feb. 10, 17 and 24 —the museum will show the documentary, "Hoxie: The First Stand," which tells the story of the Hoxie school integration.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:19:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Correction: Obit--Edward Saylor story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-obit-edward-saylor-story/article/feed/200349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-obit-edward-saylor-story/article/feed/200349?custom_click=rss SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Jan. 29 about the death of Edward Saylor, a Doolittle Raider who flew a risky raid during World War II, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of the mission. It was April 18, 1942, not April 28, 1942.

A corrected version of the story is below:

1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

Edward Saylor, a Doolittle Raider who flew risky raid during World War II, dies at 94

By PHUONG LE

Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

Rod Saylor said his father died of n

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]]> SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Jan. 29 about the death of Edward Saylor, a Doolittle Raider who flew a risky raid during World War II, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of the mission. It was April 18, 1942, not April 28, 1942.

A corrected version of the story is below:

1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94

Edward Saylor, a Doolittle Raider who flew risky raid during World War II, dies at 94

By PHUONG LE

Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

Rod Saylor said his father died of n]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:33:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Gilcrease Museum transfers Declaration of Independence copy]]> http://gazette.com/gilcrease-museum-transfers-declaration-of-independence-copy/article/feed/200529?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gilcrease-museum-transfers-declaration-of-independence-copy/article/feed/200529?custom_click=rss TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/18Covfl ) the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration of Independence in existence —was moved Thursday.

The museum has been transferring more than 100,000 items that make up its archival collection to the center since it opened last September.

Thomas Gilcrease purchased the declaration, along with other colonial American documents, in 1950.

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]]> TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/18Covfl ) the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration of Independence in existence —was moved Thursday.

The museum has been transferring more than 100,000 items that make up its archival collection to the center since it opened last September.

Thomas Gilcrease purchased the declaration, along with other colonial American documents, in 1950.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:33:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Blog: New variation on online yoga classes]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/blog-new-variation-on-online-yoga-classes/article/1545483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blog-new-variation-on-online-yoga-classes/article/1545483?custom_click=rss I just stumbled upon Audible Yoga, another subscription-based online offering. 

This one's a little different from other online yoga classes, like YogaGlo, which lets subscribers choose from a variety of classes on video. Audible Yoga provides just the voice of the instructor, no videos. 

I can the pros and cons of this approach. For new practitioners, it might be challenging to figure out what the pose is, as there aren't any visual cues to go by. To combat this, the site offers a yoga pose library. 

On the other hand, for those who aren't new to the yoga rodeo, just listening to a teacher's voice could be a smooth way to practice. There's no having to look at the video screen, which can prove to be a



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I just stumbled upon Audible Yoga, another subscription-based online offering. 

This one's a little different from other online yoga classes, like YogaGlo, which lets subscribers choose from a variety of classes on video. Audible Yoga provides just the voice of the instructor, no videos. 

I can the pros and cons of this approach. For new practitioners, it might be challenging to figure out what the pose is, as there aren't any visual cues to go by. To combat this, the site offers a yoga pose library. 

On the other hand, for those who aren't new to the yoga rodeo, just listening to a teacher's voice could be a smooth way to practice. There's no having to look at the video screen, which can prove to be a

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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area To Do Today calendar for Jan. 30, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-to-do-today-calendar-for-jan.-30-2015/article/1545470?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-to-do-today-calendar-for-jan.-30-2015/article/1545470?custom_click=rss On TV

"The VH1 + Papa John's Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops" 7 p.m., VH1: Pizza, football, music and the military? If Marie Callendar's tossed in an apple pie, anyone who watched this would automatically become a U.S. citizen.

TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE

Birthdays

Actor Gene Hackman is 85. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 78. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 78. . Musician Phil Collins is 64. Actor Charles S. Dutton ("Roc") is 64. Singer Jody Watley is 56. Country singer Tammy Cochran is 43. Actor Christian Bale is 41. Actor Wilmer Valderrama ("That '70s Show") is 35.

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"The VH1 + Papa John's Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops" 7 p.m., VH1: Pizza, football, music and the military? If Marie Callendar's tossed in an apple pie, anyone who watched this would automatically become a U.S. citizen.

TRIBUNE NEWS sERVICE

Birthdays

Actor Gene Hackman is 85. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 78. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 78. . Musician Phil Collins is 64. Actor Charles S. Dutton ("Roc") is 64. Singer Jody Watley is 56. Country singer Tammy Cochran is 43. Actor Christian Bale is 41. Actor Wilmer Valderrama ("That '70s Show") is 35.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:30:05 -0700