<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:39:32 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[$100M hotel coming to Charleston's historic district]]> http://gazette.com/100m-hotel-coming-to-charlestons-historic-district/article/feed/227483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/100m-hotel-coming-to-charlestons-historic-district/article/feed/227483?custom_click=rss CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Construction is underway on a major new hotel in Charleston's historic district.

Bennett Hospitality broke ground Monday on a $100 million, eight-story luxury hotel on Marion Square.

The 200,000-square-foot hotel is going up at the site where the old Charleston County library building stood abandoned for years.

The new hotel will feature 185 guest rooms, a two-level restaurant overlooking the city, a rooftop bar, a spa, meeting space and a ballroom.

The developers say the project should create about 350 jobs and the new hotel is expected to open by the fall of 2017.

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]]> CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Construction is underway on a major new hotel in Charleston's historic district.

Bennett Hospitality broke ground Monday on a $100 million, eight-story luxury hotel on Marion Square.

The 200,000-square-foot hotel is going up at the site where the old Charleston County library building stood abandoned for years.

The new hotel will feature 185 guest rooms, a two-level restaurant overlooking the city, a rooftop bar, a spa, meeting space and a ballroom.

The developers say the project should create about 350 jobs and the new hotel is expected to open by the fall of 2017.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:34:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Show Mom some love with a moist chocolate _ and beet! _ cake]]> http://gazette.com/show-mom-some-love-with-a-moist-chocolate-and-beet-cake/article/feed/227467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/show-mom-some-love-with-a-moist-chocolate-and-beet-cake/article/feed/227467?custom_click=rss

Mom always said to eat your vegetables. So call this getting even... Make her vegetables as a Mother's Day dessert.

Or maybe it's just the ticket for letting her know how much you listen to what she's always saying. We took beets and incorporated them into a delicious, moist and surprisingly rich chocolate cake. To up its lovability even more (because hey, your mom loves you) we added sweet-tart raspberries and serve the whole thing with a luscious buttermilk cream.

Not sure about the idea of beets in a cake? Believe it or not, you won't even know they are there. But you will know this is an incredibly moist and rich chocolate cake, and that's what matters.

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]]> Mom always said to eat your vegetables. So call this getting even... Make her vegetables as a Mother's Day dessert.

Or maybe it's just the ticket for letting her know how much you listen to what she's always saying. We took beets and incorporated them into a delicious, moist and surprisingly rich chocolate cake. To up its lovability even more (because hey, your mom loves you) we added sweet-tart raspberries and serve the whole thing with a luscious buttermilk cream.

Not sure about the idea of beets in a cake? Believe it or not, you won't even know they are there. But you will know this is an incredibly moist and rich chocolate cake, and that's what matters.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:34:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Sneaking some healthy, green fats into morning muffin treats]]> http://gazette.com/sneaking-some-healthy-green-fats-into-morning-muffin-treats/article/feed/227474?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sneaking-some-healthy-green-fats-into-morning-muffin-treats/article/feed/227474?custom_click=rss

For me, this has been the year of the avocado.

In addition to using them in all the usual suspects — guacamole, cobb salads and club sandwiches — my family also has been smashing them up on toast (try topping them with tomato slices, prosciutto, a drizzle of olive and a sprinkle of sea salt), tucking slices in flatbread wraps and sushi rolls, tossing cubes with tomatoes and balsamic for a quick salad, or using them as a nutritious and tasty topping for egg white omelets.

And it's a great thing to do. Avocados are bursting with healthy fats that satisfy, as well as fiber that fills you up. They also are a good source of several vitamins, including vitamin C and folate.

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]]> For me, this has been the year of the avocado.

In addition to using them in all the usual suspects — guacamole, cobb salads and club sandwiches — my family also has been smashing them up on toast (try topping them with tomato slices, prosciutto, a drizzle of olive and a sprinkle of sea salt), tucking slices in flatbread wraps and sushi rolls, tossing cubes with tomatoes and balsamic for a quick salad, or using them as a nutritious and tasty topping for egg white omelets.

And it's a great thing to do. Avocados are bursting with healthy fats that satisfy, as well as fiber that fills you up. They also are a good source of several vitamins, including vitamin C and folate.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:34:28 -0600 <![CDATA[New Ellis Island center to complete US immigration story]]> http://gazette.com/new-ellis-island-center-to-complete-us-immigration-story/article/feed/227404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-ellis-island-center-to-complete-us-immigration-story/article/feed/227404?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A gallery opening next month at the Ellis Island Museum will complete the story of America's immigration history.

The Peopling of America Center opens on May 20. The museum will then be renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

The center's new exhibits focus on immigration after Ellis Island closed as a port of entry in 1954.

The center also includes exhibits that explore the American immigrant journey before the island became a processing station in 1892. Those galleries opened in 2011.

With the new gallery's opening, the museum will chronicle the American immigration experience through the centuries, from the 1550s to the present.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — A gallery opening next month at the Ellis Island Museum will complete the story of America's immigration history.

The Peopling of America Center opens on May 20. The museum will then be renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

The center's new exhibits focus on immigration after Ellis Island closed as a port of entry in 1954.

The center also includes exhibits that explore the American immigrant journey before the island became a processing station in 1892. Those galleries opened in 2011.

With the new gallery's opening, the museum will chronicle the American immigration experience through the centuries, from the 1550s to the present.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:03:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Free Comic Book Day kicks off Children's Book Week]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/free-comic-book-day-kicks-off-childrens-book-week/article/1550440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/free-comic-book-day-kicks-off-childrens-book-week/article/1550440?custom_click=rss

Thirty years ago, indulging a love of comic books required something of a hero's journey: a descent to otherworldly realms, encounters with strange beings and a return to the "real world" full of wondrous tales.

Comics were on the geek fringe, "a secret handshake, secret society kind of thing," said Mike Coco, manager of Escape Velocity Comics in downtown Colorado Springs. "Back then, people who were into comics always wanted people to understand, 'Hey, if you just read it, there's good stuff here.' There were things in comics the broader public would understand and enjoy if they were just exposed to it."

Today, a literary setting in an alternate universe isn't so alternative a concept.

"We're in a time when comics are

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]]> Thirty years ago, indulging a love of comic books required something of a hero's journey: a descent to otherworldly realms, encounters with strange beings and a return to the "real world" full of wondrous tales.

Comics were on the geek fringe, "a secret handshake, secret society kind of thing," said Mike Coco, manager of Escape Velocity Comics in downtown Colorado Springs. "Back then, people who were into comics always wanted people to understand, 'Hey, if you just read it, there's good stuff here.' There were things in comics the broader public would understand and enjoy if they were just exposed to it."

Today, a literary setting in an alternate universe isn't so alternative a concept.

"We're in a time when comics are]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Vintage baseball game set for Waveland State Historic Site]]> http://gazette.com/vintage-baseball-game-set-for-waveland-state-historic-site/article/feed/227320?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vintage-baseball-game-set-for-waveland-state-historic-site/article/feed/227320?custom_click=rss LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Baseball fans can catch a game at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington that will recreate how the sport was played in the 1860s.

State tourism officials say the game between the Losantiville Black Stockings and Norwood Highlanders will be May 17.

Players will dress in recreated uniforms, with equipment made to standards of the period.

They'll use the rules, customs and terminology of baseball's earliest days.

The game starts at 2 p.m. EDT. Tickets for adults are $5, children ages 7-12 are $1 and children 6 and under are free. Tickets include a walking tour of the historic home.

Waveland State Historic Site is an antebellum house on the edge of Lexington.

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]]> LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Baseball fans can catch a game at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington that will recreate how the sport was played in the 1860s.

State tourism officials say the game between the Losantiville Black Stockings and Norwood Highlanders will be May 17.

Players will dress in recreated uniforms, with equipment made to standards of the period.

They'll use the rules, customs and terminology of baseball's earliest days.

The game starts at 2 p.m. EDT. Tickets for adults are $5, children ages 7-12 are $1 and children 6 and under are free. Tickets include a walking tour of the historic home.

Waveland State Historic Site is an antebellum house on the edge of Lexington.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:18:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Motor coach travel, Canada part of annual tourism conference]]> http://gazette.com/motor-coach-travel-canada-part-of-annual-tourism-conference/article/feed/227322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/motor-coach-travel-canada-part-of-annual-tourism-conference/article/feed/227322?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year's Governor's Conference on Tourism in New Hampshire is including sessions on group travel by motor coach and marketing to the Canadian visitor.

Featured guests at the conference May 4-5 are Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association president and CEO, and Aaron Annable, acting consul general of Canada to New England.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is addressing participants at a luncheon.

The conference is scheduled to take place at the Courtyard by Marriott in Keene and other locations around the city.

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]]> CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year's Governor's Conference on Tourism in New Hampshire is including sessions on group travel by motor coach and marketing to the Canadian visitor.

Featured guests at the conference May 4-5 are Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association president and CEO, and Aaron Annable, acting consul general of Canada to New England.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is addressing participants at a luncheon.

The conference is scheduled to take place at the Courtyard by Marriott in Keene and other locations around the city.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:08:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Ky. communities benefit from visits to Lincoln Historic Park]]> http://gazette.com/ky.-communities-benefit-from-visits-to-lincoln-historic-park/article/feed/227321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ky.-communities-benefit-from-visits-to-lincoln-historic-park/article/feed/227321?custom_click=rss HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky spent $13 million last year in nearby communities.

The National Park Service report says the spending by the 241,264 visitors supported 227 jobs in the local area in central Kentucky.

The park's acting superintendent, Stacy Humphreys, says the park welcomes visitors from across the country and from around the world.

She says the park is a way to introduce visitors to the entire region and what it has to offer.

Humphreys says national park tourism is a big contributor to the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.

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]]> HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky spent $13 million last year in nearby communities.

The National Park Service report says the spending by the 241,264 visitors supported 227 jobs in the local area in central Kentucky.

The park's acting superintendent, Stacy Humphreys, says the park welcomes visitors from across the country and from around the world.

She says the park is a way to introduce visitors to the entire region and what it has to offer.

Humphreys says national park tourism is a big contributor to the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:08:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting April 27, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-april-27-2015/article/1550430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-for-seniors-starting-april-27-2015/article/1550430?custom_click=rss SENIOR CALENDAR

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

Tuesday

CLA Estate Planning Workshop - 9:30 a.m., Hyatt Place, 503 Garden of the Gods Road West, free. Registration: 1-866-252-8721, claestate services.com.

Thursday

Meet and Greet - 6:30-8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Book Signing - Nancy Parker Brummet will sign "Take My Hand Again," a faith-based guide for helping aging parents, 3-5 p.m., with an overview and selected readings at 4 p.m., Family Live Services, 1880 S. Cascade Ave.;

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]]> SENIOR CALENDAR

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

Tuesday

CLA Estate Planning Workshop - 9:30 a.m., Hyatt Place, 503 Garden of the Gods Road West, free. Registration: 1-866-252-8721, claestate services.com.

Thursday

Meet and Greet - 6:30-8 p.m.

SATURDAY

Book Signing - Nancy Parker Brummet will sign "Take My Hand Again," a faith-based guide for helping aging parents, 3-5 p.m., with an overview and selected readings at 4 p.m., Family Live Services, 1880 S. Cascade Ave.;]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:20:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Lil Sammy shows off his wheels at Colorado Springs event]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/lil-sammy-shows-off-his-wheels-at-colorado-springs-event/article/1550417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lil-sammy-shows-off-his-wheels-at-colorado-springs-event/article/1550417?custom_click=rss

Like other babies, Lil Sammy wears a diaper and is dressed in outfit that protects his legs when he crawls. His mother bounces him on her hip when she holds him.

Unlike human babies, Lil Sammy, a 6-year-old paralyzed dachshund, will likely never be without a diaper. But his owner, Susan Davia, has seen to it that Lil Sammy can walk on his own - with the help of a special walker that holds up Sammy's inert pelvis while his front legs propel him forward. His walker sports a miniature Colorado license plate with his name.

Lil Sammy wasn't born paralyzed but was crushed under the weight of another dog when he was probably 2 years old, Davia said.

But she's not certain because she adopted the dachshund a year or so ago, she

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]]> Like other babies, Lil Sammy wears a diaper and is dressed in outfit that protects his legs when he crawls. His mother bounces him on her hip when she holds him.

Unlike human babies, Lil Sammy, a 6-year-old paralyzed dachshund, will likely never be without a diaper. But his owner, Susan Davia, has seen to it that Lil Sammy can walk on his own - with the help of a special walker that holds up Sammy's inert pelvis while his front legs propel him forward. His walker sports a miniature Colorado license plate with his name.

Lil Sammy wasn't born paralyzed but was crushed under the weight of another dog when he was probably 2 years old, Davia said.

But she's not certain because she adopted the dachshund a year or so ago, she]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:15:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Walsenburg school gives students hands-on way to thank veterans]]> By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/walsenburg-school-gives-students-hands-on-way-to-thank-veterans/article/1550409?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/walsenburg-school-gives-students-hands-on-way-to-thank-veterans/article/1550409?custom_click=rss

A unique project that breaks ground Saturday will help the young build dreams and the old settle in to remember theirs.

Students and recent graduates of an alternative, trades-oriented high school headquartered in Colorado Springs will construct the Veterans' Family Home in Walsenburg.

Families of military veterans who are moving their loved ones to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home Of Walsenburg will be able to stay in the 5,300-square-foot house cost-free while they make the lifestyle transition.

The Career Building Academy, which formed as an alternative high school program in 2010 in Colorado Springs and became a full-fledged charter school this year, will supply up to 20 current and past students to build

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]]> A unique project that breaks ground Saturday will help the young build dreams and the old settle in to remember theirs.

Students and recent graduates of an alternative, trades-oriented high school headquartered in Colorado Springs will construct the Veterans' Family Home in Walsenburg.

Families of military veterans who are moving their loved ones to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home Of Walsenburg will be able to stay in the 5,300-square-foot house cost-free while they make the lifestyle transition.

The Career Building Academy, which formed as an alternative high school program in 2010 in Colorado Springs and became a full-fledged charter school this year, will supply up to 20 current and past students to build]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:15:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Best & Brightest: The Gazette's Class of 2015]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/best-brightest-the-gazettes-class-of-2015/article/1549942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/best-brightest-the-gazettes-class-of-2015/article/1549942?custom_click=rss

Twenty high school seniors from the Pikes Peak region have been named The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2015. Judged by a panel of 11 community members, the seniors were recognized for academic achievements and contributions to their communities and schools. They also were judged on their answers to three questions. Best and Brightest is in its 24th year.

MORGAN BERLIN

Fountain Valley School

- Froelicher Society member

- Student body president

- Editor of Athenea literary magazine

- Varsity swim team captain

- Spanish honor society member

MICHAEL JOHN BUKOWSKI JR.

St.



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Twenty high school seniors from the Pikes Peak region have been named The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2015. Judged by a panel of 11 community members, the seniors were recognized for academic achievements and contributions to their communities and schools. They also were judged on their answers to three questions. Best and Brightest is in its 24th year.

MORGAN BERLIN

Fountain Valley School

- Froelicher Society member

- Student body president

- Editor of Athenea literary magazine

- Varsity swim team captain

- Spanish honor society member

MICHAEL JOHN BUKOWSKI JR.

St.

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<![CDATA[Best and Brightest 2015: Teen aims to merge interests in science, art]]> By Robin Intemann Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/best-and-brightest-2015-teen-aims-to-merge-interests-in-science-art/article/1550313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/best-and-brightest-2015-teen-aims-to-merge-interests-in-science-art/article/1550313?custom_click=rss

This is the sixth of 20 profiles about The Gazette’s Best and Brightest Class of 2015.

For Allison Grossberg, the distance between art and science is not vast, which is why someday she wants to merge her interest in both.

“Eventually what I’d love to do is transfer my knowledge of science, biology and psychology to art and writing,” she said. “Art and writing are less abrasive ways of approaching people, yet the sciences give people concepts. Combining them all gives another level for understanding in a beautiful way.”

Grossberg has found ways to incorporate her art into life at Pine Creek High School.



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This is the sixth of 20 profiles about The Gazette’s Best and Brightest Class of 2015.

For Allison Grossberg, the distance between art and science is not vast, which is why someday she wants to merge her interest in both.

“Eventually what I’d love to do is transfer my knowledge of science, biology and psychology to art and writing,” she said. “Art and writing are less abrasive ways of approaching people, yet the sciences give people concepts. Combining them all gives another level for understanding in a beautiful way.”

Grossberg has found ways to incorporate her art into life at Pine Creek High School.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:36:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Photos/video: Lantern Fest at Pikes Peak International Raceway]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/photosvideo-lantern-fest-at-pikes-peak-international-raceway/article/1550399?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photosvideo-lantern-fest-at-pikes-peak-international-raceway/article/1550399?custom_click=rss

The 2nd annual Lanternfest took place Saturday at Pikes Peak International Raceway.



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The 2nd annual Lanternfest took place Saturday at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:16:47 -0600
<![CDATA[New coaster set for SeaWorld Orlando]]> http://gazette.com/new-coaster-set-for-seaworld-orlando/article/feed/227174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-coaster-set-for-seaworld-orlando/article/feed/227174?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando says it is building what will be the tallest roller coaster in Orlando.

Officials said Friday the roller coaster will be 200 feet tall when it is completed next year.

SeaWorld says it will release more details on the coaster next month.

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]]> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando says it is building what will be the tallest roller coaster in Orlando.

Officials said Friday the roller coaster will be 200 feet tall when it is completed next year.

SeaWorld says it will release more details on the coaster next month.]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:47:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Maine hosting New England tourism conference this month]]> http://gazette.com/maine-hosting-new-england-tourism-conference-this-month/article/feed/227151?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maine-hosting-new-england-tourism-conference-this-month/article/feed/227151?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 travel and tourism businesses, tour operators and other organizations from eight different countries will visit Maine this month.

Maine is hosting the annual Discover New England Tourism Summit in Portland from April 27-29. The six New England states take turns hosting the conference.

Maine Office of Tourism Director Carolann Ouellette says in a statement that the conference is a chance for tourism industry officials in Maine to meet directly with those who arrange trips for travelers overseas.

Her office says the number of people who visited Maine from overseas and their length of stay increased significantly between 2011 and 2012. Overseas visitors spent $124 million in Maine in

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]]> PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 travel and tourism businesses, tour operators and other organizations from eight different countries will visit Maine this month.

Maine is hosting the annual Discover New England Tourism Summit in Portland from April 27-29. The six New England states take turns hosting the conference.

Maine Office of Tourism Director Carolann Ouellette says in a statement that the conference is a chance for tourism industry officials in Maine to meet directly with those who arrange trips for travelers overseas.

Her office says the number of people who visited Maine from overseas and their length of stay increased significantly between 2011 and 2012. Overseas visitors spent $124 million in Maine in ]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:30:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited]]> http://gazette.com/sudans-pyramids-nearly-as-grand-as-egypts-go-unvisited/article/feed/227137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sudans-pyramids-nearly-as-grand-as-egypts-go-unvisited/article/feed/227137?custom_click=rss

AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan (AP) — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted.

The pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a UNESCO World Heritage site like those in Egypt. Sanctions against the government of longtime President Omar al-Bashir over Sudan's long-running internal conflicts limit its access to foreign aid and donations, while also hampering tourism.

The site, known as the Island of Meroe because an ancient, long-dried river ran around it, once served as the principle residence of the rulers of th

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]]> AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan (AP) — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted.

The pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a UNESCO World Heritage site like those in Egypt. Sanctions against the government of longtime President Omar al-Bashir over Sudan's long-running internal conflicts limit its access to foreign aid and donations, while also hampering tourism.

The site, known as the Island of Meroe because an ancient, long-dried river ran around it, once served as the principle residence of the rulers of th]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:19:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Upgrading old bus routes a focus of transportation overhaul]]> http://gazette.com/upgrading-old-bus-routes-a-focus-of-transportation-overhaul/article/feed/227149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/upgrading-old-bus-routes-a-focus-of-transportation-overhaul/article/feed/227149?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Besides roads and bridges, transportation advocates say many of Connecticut's bus routes and transit district systems are old and outdated, requiring a much-needed upgrade.

In the eastern half of the state, for example, advocates say changes to the region's economy have changed where people need to travel to work.

"We had manufacturing centers in eastern Connecticut that have now since gone away and our centers for economy include the casino, includes hospitals, includes these places that are spread out throughout eastern Connecticut without much coordination or very little coordination, if any, between the transit districts," Windham Rep. Susan Johnson recently told members of the General Assembly's

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Besides roads and bridges, transportation advocates say many of Connecticut's bus routes and transit district systems are old and outdated, requiring a much-needed upgrade.

In the eastern half of the state, for example, advocates say changes to the region's economy have changed where people need to travel to work.

"We had manufacturing centers in eastern Connecticut that have now since gone away and our centers for economy include the casino, includes hospitals, includes these places that are spread out throughout eastern Connecticut without much coordination or very little coordination, if any, between the transit districts," Windham Rep. Susan Johnson recently told members of the General Assembly's ]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:17:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Makerspace opens in Manitou to help entrepreneurs develop products, businesses]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/makerspace-opens-in-manitou-to-help-entrepreneurs-develop-products-businesses/article/1550357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/makerspace-opens-in-manitou-to-help-entrepreneurs-develop-products-businesses/article/1550357?custom_click=rss

A small group of volunteers spent two years realizing their dream of a "makerspace" where entrepreneurs can develop, improve and eventually manufacture products, and they hope to eventually create several more in southern Colorado.

The Pikes Peak Makerspace at the Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., began limited operations early this year but opened to the public Saturday with an open house to show off its extensive collection of equipment that includes three-dimensional printers and a two- and three-dimensional modeling work station, metal and wood shops, welding facilities and a coworking space that entrepreneurs can use as an office.

An estimated 300 people attended the 10-hour open house that featured 12 exhibits.



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A small group of volunteers spent two years realizing their dream of a "makerspace" where entrepreneurs can develop, improve and eventually manufacture products, and they hope to eventually create several more in southern Colorado.

The Pikes Peak Makerspace at the Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., began limited operations early this year but opened to the public Saturday with an open house to show off its extensive collection of equipment that includes three-dimensional printers and a two- and three-dimensional modeling work station, metal and wood shops, welding facilities and a coworking space that entrepreneurs can use as an office.

An estimated 300 people attended the 10-hour open house that featured 12 exhibits.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:46:08 -0600
<![CDATA[A place to call home: Woman, son live in Springs Habitat for Humanity house being constructed in honor of Pope]]> By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/a-place-to-call-home-woman-son-live-in-springs-habitat-for-humanity-house-being-constructed-in-honor-of-pope/article/1550397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-place-to-call-home-woman-son-live-in-springs-habitat-for-humanity-house-being-constructed-in-honor-of-pope/article/1550397?custom_click=rss

This time next year, Elizabeth Berryman will be living in the pope's house - just not the one with gold-plated ceilings.

Berryman, 31, isn't moving into the Vatican. Instead, the single mother in Colorado Springs is on pace to be the proud owner of a Habitat for Humanity house to be constructed in Fountain in honor of Pope Francis.

There won't be priceless heirlooms. But Berryman, who isn't Catholic, says she's thrilled her 2-year-old son will have his own bedroom - a big step up from the tight quarters they share in a one-room apartment.

"It'll be nice for him to have his own little playroom," she said, laughing as she described the toys strewn about the apartment. "He's kind of taken over everything.



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This time next year, Elizabeth Berryman will be living in the pope's house - just not the one with gold-plated ceilings.

Berryman, 31, isn't moving into the Vatican. Instead, the single mother in Colorado Springs is on pace to be the proud owner of a Habitat for Humanity house to be constructed in Fountain in honor of Pope Francis.

There won't be priceless heirlooms. But Berryman, who isn't Catholic, says she's thrilled her 2-year-old son will have his own bedroom - a big step up from the tight quarters they share in a one-room apartment.

"It'll be nice for him to have his own little playroom," she said, laughing as she described the toys strewn about the apartment. "He's kind of taken over everything.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:30:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Fountain woman's chicken rental an egg-citing business]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fountain-womans-chicken-rental-an-egg-citing-business/article/1550386?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fountain-womans-chicken-rental-an-egg-citing-business/article/1550386?custom_click=rss

In this story, the chicken comes first. Then the eggs, and then - given a long enough timeline, in theory - the nation. For now, the homesteading and locavore movements still are tilling at the edge of mainstream, but if a growing interest in small-scale and urban farming ventures is any indication, more Americans are craving a deeper relationship with the foods they bring to the table.

As bellwether, allow Mary Killen to present the humble hen.

"People say if you're going to make one change to your food chain, the easiest place to start is chickens," the Fountain-based farmer said.

And the easiest way to start chickens? A chicken rental service.



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In this story, the chicken comes first. Then the eggs, and then - given a long enough timeline, in theory - the nation. For now, the homesteading and locavore movements still are tilling at the edge of mainstream, but if a growing interest in small-scale and urban farming ventures is any indication, more Americans are craving a deeper relationship with the foods they bring to the table.

As bellwether, allow Mary Killen to present the humble hen.

"People say if you're going to make one change to your food chain, the easiest place to start is chickens," the Fountain-based farmer said.

And the easiest way to start chickens? A chicken rental service.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:18:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area religious events starting April 26, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-april-26-2015/article/1550395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-religious-events-starting-april-26-2015/article/1550395?custom_click=rss Music/Drama

Sunday

Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony - 3 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free-will offering; 633-8888.

TUESDAY

"A Night of Unexpected Song" - Pikes Peak Opera League, 5:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. show, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., $25; pikespeakopera league.org.

FRIDAY

Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing - 7 p.m., Living Home Church, 640 Manitou Ave.; 473-9436, 548-1488.

SATURDAY

"I am Harvey Milk" - Out Loud, Denver Gay Men's Chorus and Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $22; 471-8522 , fumc-cs.org.

SATURDAY AND MAY 3

"The Last Dance" - Chamber Orchestra of

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Sunday

Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony - 3 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free-will offering; 633-8888.

TUESDAY

"A Night of Unexpected Song" - Pikes Peak Opera League, 5:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. show, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., $25; pikespeakopera league.org.

FRIDAY

Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing - 7 p.m., Living Home Church, 640 Manitou Ave.; 473-9436, 548-1488.

SATURDAY

"I am Harvey Milk" - Out Loud, Denver Gay Men's Chorus and Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $22; 471-8522 , fumc-cs.org.

SATURDAY AND MAY 3

"The Last Dance" - Chamber Orchestra of]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:40:06 -0600 <![CDATA[The truest GOP believers? Mormons]]> Salt Lake Tribune - http://gazette.com/the-truest-gop-believers-mormons/article/1550393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-truest-gop-believers-mormons/article/1550393?custom_click=rss

Mormons lean more heavily toward the Republican Party than any other major demographic group - whether clustered by race, age, gender, educational attainment or religion.

So says a study released this month by the Pew Research Center, based on more than 25,000 survey interviews conducted nationwide in 2014. The survey shows that 70 percent of Mormons lean Republican, compared with only 22 percent who tilt Democratic. That 48-point gap is greater for the GOP than margins provided by any other single group.

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So says a study released this month by the Pew Research Center, based on more than 25,000 survey interviews conducted nationwide in 2014. The survey shows that 70 percent of Mormons lean Republican, compared with only 22 percent who tilt Democratic. That 48-point gap is greater for the GOP than margins provided by any other single group.]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Yuri's Space Party for Colorado Springs Science Center]]> By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-yuris-space-party-for-colorado-springs-science-center/article/1550161?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-yuris-space-party-for-colorado-springs-science-center/article/1550161?custom_click=rss

The challenge has been made, kicked off with a $100,000 unrestricted grant from the Edson Foundation to help jump-start the 65,000-square-foot Colorado Springs Science Center, envisioned as "a landmark, leading-edge science and technology interactive museum" in lower downtown. The grant announcement was made at the third annual Yuri's Space Party at Library 21c, honoring the first astronaut trip into space.

A corps of science-minded volunteers, headed by center project director Steve Rothstein, has worked for several years toward planning and making the dream of what's expected to be a $50 million museum a reality. Meanwhile, scientists and interested folks meet the second Monday of each month at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub, 21

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]]> The challenge has been made, kicked off with a $100,000 unrestricted grant from the Edson Foundation to help jump-start the 65,000-square-foot Colorado Springs Science Center, envisioned as "a landmark, leading-edge science and technology interactive museum" in lower downtown. The grant announcement was made at the third annual Yuri's Space Party at Library 21c, honoring the first astronaut trip into space.

A corps of science-minded volunteers, headed by center project director Steve Rothstein, has worked for several years toward planning and making the dream of what's expected to be a $50 million museum a reality. Meanwhile, scientists and interested folks meet the second Monday of each month at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub, 21]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:35:43 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Elder abuse a focus of Silver Key, Colorado's mandatory reporting system]]> By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-elder-abuse-a-focus-of-silver-key-colorados-mandatory-reporting-system/article/1550160?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-elder-abuse-a-focus-of-silver-key-colorados-mandatory-reporting-system/article/1550160?custom_click=rss

The elderly aren't cute like babies and puppies, but they deserve care, dignity and respect.

Elisabeth Almond's words brought soft smiles and knowing head nods from 400 guests at Silver Key Senior Services' Silver Linings fundraising breakfast.

The subject of the morning on April 14: elder abuse.

Almond, the violence prevention regional planner for Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, said she would have been more comfortable giving everyone flu shots that morning but needed to stand in front of a microphone to share the story of "Harry," brought into the ER with bruises, filthy clothes, a leaking catheter and dirty diaper. His caretaker, a family member, took "good care of me," he assured the staff. Instead, he

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]]> The elderly aren't cute like babies and puppies, but they deserve care, dignity and respect.

Elisabeth Almond's words brought soft smiles and knowing head nods from 400 guests at Silver Key Senior Services' Silver Linings fundraising breakfast.

The subject of the morning on April 14: elder abuse.

Almond, the violence prevention regional planner for Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, said she would have been more comfortable giving everyone flu shots that morning but needed to stand in front of a microphone to share the story of "Harry," brought into the ER with bruises, filthy clothes, a leaking catheter and dirty diaper. His caretaker, a family member, took "good care of me," he assured the staff. Instead, he]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:35:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area literary events starting April 26, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-april-26-2015/article/1550387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-literary-events-starting-april-26-2015/article/1550387?custom_click=rss SIGNINGS

Book Signing - Nancy Parker Brummet will sign "Take My Hand Again," a faith-based guide for helping aging parents, 3-5 p.m., with an overview and selected readings at 4 p.m., Saturday, Family Live Services, 1880 S. Cascade Ave.; 540-8177. grancycomm@msn.com, nancyparkerbrummett.com.

LITERARY EVENTS

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

"What If? What Else? What Now?" - Interactive life- planning session with author Sara Boatz, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Penrose Pavilion, 2312 N. Nevada Ave., $125. Registration required by Tuesday: penrosestfrancis.org/whatif5.

Rally 4 Reading - Race-style scavenger hunt to benefit the Children's

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Book Signing - Nancy Parker Brummet will sign "Take My Hand Again," a faith-based guide for helping aging parents, 3-5 p.m., with an overview and selected readings at 4 p.m., Saturday, Family Live Services, 1880 S. Cascade Ave.; 540-8177. grancycomm@msn.com, nancyparkerbrummett.com.

LITERARY EVENTS

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

"What If? What Else? What Now?" - Interactive life- planning session with author Sara Boatz, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Penrose Pavilion, 2312 N. Nevada Ave., $125. Registration required by Tuesday: penrosestfrancis.org/whatif5.

Rally 4 Reading - Race-style scavenger hunt to benefit the Children's]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:35:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Graffiti-scarred Joshua Tree landmark is restored]]> http://gazette.com/graffiti-scarred-joshua-tree-landmark-is-restored/article/feed/227067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/graffiti-scarred-joshua-tree-landmark-is-restored/article/feed/227067?custom_click=rss

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.

Barker Dam was put off limits several years ago after vandals carved their names into the cement of the historic landmark, built by Old West ranchers for water storage.

Park officials said the graffiti started with just a few markings, but quickly spread.

To get rid of the blight, a team of conservators led by historic preservation expert Angelyn Bass painstakingly painted over the graffiti to restore the original look of the 19-foot-high dam.

"We had to use paints to simulate both the color and texture of the surrounding surface," she

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]]> JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.

Barker Dam was put off limits several years ago after vandals carved their names into the cement of the historic landmark, built by Old West ranchers for water storage.

Park officials said the graffiti started with just a few markings, but quickly spread.

To get rid of the blight, a team of conservators led by historic preservation expert Angelyn Bass painstakingly painted over the graffiti to restore the original look of the 19-foot-high dam.

"We had to use paints to simulate both the color and texture of the surrounding surface," she]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:16:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Almost 3M visitors to South Florida national parks in 2014]]> http://gazette.com/almost-3m-visitors-to-south-florida-national-parks-in-2014/article/feed/226983?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/almost-3m-visitors-to-south-florida-national-parks-in-2014/article/feed/226983?custom_click=rss HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The National Park Service says almost 3 million visitors to South Florida's national parks generated over $231 million for the local economy last year.

Federal officials say over 1.1 million people visited Everglades National Park, spending over $104 million in nearby communities. Over half a million people visited Biscayne National Park, spending over $32 million.

Dry Tortugas National Park had over 64,000 visitors who spent over $3 million in the Florida Keys and other South Florida communities. The Big Cypress National Preserve saw over a 1.1 million visitors who spent over $91 million.

According to the park service, visitors to South Florida's national parks supported 3,380 jobs. Across the

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]]> HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The National Park Service says almost 3 million visitors to South Florida's national parks generated over $231 million for the local economy last year.

Federal officials say over 1.1 million people visited Everglades National Park, spending over $104 million in nearby communities. Over half a million people visited Biscayne National Park, spending over $32 million.

Dry Tortugas National Park had over 64,000 visitors who spent over $3 million in the Florida Keys and other South Florida communities. The Big Cypress National Preserve saw over a 1.1 million visitors who spent over $91 million.

According to the park service, visitors to South Florida's national parks supported 3,380 jobs. Across the ]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:47:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Peace museum to honor Ohio conscientious objector]]> http://gazette.com/peace-museum-to-honor-ohio-conscientious-objector/article/feed/226982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peace-museum-to-honor-ohio-conscientious-objector/article/feed/226982?custom_click=rss DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio conscientious objector killed 44 years ago in Vietnam is being honored by the Dayton International Peace Museum.

The museum is honoring Ted Studebaker with an exhibit that opens Sunday and with the Peace Heroes Walk on May 2.

Museum officials say Studebaker was killed April 26, 1971, during an attack by North Vietnamese soldiers on the headquarters of the Vietnam Christian Service. Officials say the graduate of Milton-Union High School in southwest Ohio had joined the volunteer organization as part of his service requirement after seeking classification as a conscientious objector. Studebaker had married another volunteer days before he was killed.

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]]> DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio conscientious objector killed 44 years ago in Vietnam is being honored by the Dayton International Peace Museum.

The museum is honoring Ted Studebaker with an exhibit that opens Sunday and with the Peace Heroes Walk on May 2.

Museum officials say Studebaker was killed April 26, 1971, during an attack by North Vietnamese soldiers on the headquarters of the Vietnam Christian Service. Officials say the graduate of Milton-Union High School in southwest Ohio had joined the volunteer organization as part of his service requirement after seeking classification as a conscientious objector. Studebaker had married another volunteer days before he was killed.]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:47:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Fairbanks Museum to honor Leahy]]> http://gazette.com/fairbanks-museum-to-honor-leahy/article/feed/226977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fairbanks-museum-to-honor-leahy/article/feed/226977?custom_click=rss ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is being honored by the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Museum officials on Saturday will present Leahy with their annual Franklin Fairbanks Award, which recognizes "outstanding achievements by an individual that have significantly enriched regional or national awareness and understanding of our cultural heritage or the natural world."

The museum says Leahy is the longest serving Senate Regent on the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents, the governing board of the museums, research facilities and historical collections based in Washington.

The Franklin Fairbanks Award was created in 1988 and is named after the museum's founder. Leahy will be pres

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]]> ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is being honored by the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Museum officials on Saturday will present Leahy with their annual Franklin Fairbanks Award, which recognizes "outstanding achievements by an individual that have significantly enriched regional or national awareness and understanding of our cultural heritage or the natural world."

The museum says Leahy is the longest serving Senate Regent on the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents, the governing board of the museums, research facilities and historical collections based in Washington.

The Franklin Fairbanks Award was created in 1988 and is named after the museum's founder. Leahy will be pres]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:30:38 -0600