<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:48:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Tallest building west of Mississippi River opens in LA]]> http://gazette.com/tallest-building-west-of-mississippi-river-opens-in-la/article/feed/471392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tallest-building-west-of-mississippi-river-opens-in-la/article/feed/471392?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened its doors on Friday in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles, which is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers.

Here are some things to know about the Wilshire Grand Center:



The 73-story building has a huge spire that brings its height to 1,100 feet (335 meters), topping the nearby U.S. Bank Tower by more than 80 feet. The Bank Tower had held the height record since 1989.

Critics might argue that a spire rising nearly 200 feet above the top of the building should not count, but it meets the criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which lists the world's tallest buildings based on the "architectura

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:13:28 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Tallest building west of Mississippi River open]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-tallest-building-west-of-mississippi-river-open/article/feed/471487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-tallest-building-west-of-mississippi-river-open/article/feed/471487?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 5 p.m.

The tallest building west of the Mississippi River has opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles.

A ribbon-cutting was held Friday for the Wilshire Grand Center. Including a decorative spire, it's 1,100 feet tall.

That's about 80 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the title since 1989.

The $1.2 billion tower is 73 stories of restaurants, hotel, commercial and office space. It's part of a building boom in downtown L.A., where about 20 high-rises are in the works.

The tower also is the first modern high-rise in LA without a flat roof. For decades, the city required emergency helipads, but the builders got permission to use updated fire and escape systems instead.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:56:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Paul Broadhurst shoots 63 to take PGA Tour Champions lead]]> http://gazette.com/paul-broadhurst-shoots-63-to-take-pga-tour-champions-lead/article/feed/471462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-broadhurst-shoots-63-to-take-pga-tour-champions-lead/article/feed/471462?custom_click=rss MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Paul Broadhurst shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' American Family Insurance Open.

The Englishman had an eagle and seven birdies — three on his final four holes — at University Ridge. He won the Senior British Open and PURE Insurance Championship last year.

"It's playing difficult around the front side in the wind," Broadhurst said. "I hit some really good iron shots in. For once, the putter behaved itself today. I made a few nice putts today, which hasn't happened for quite a few weeks. The putting's been the problem recently so it was nice to see the ball roll into the hole today."

Brian Henninger had a 65, and tournament host Steve Stricker joi

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:11:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Eco-group billboard blitz to greet Interior chief in Montana]]> http://gazette.com/eco-group-billboard-blitz-to-greet-interior-chief-in-montana/article/feed/471413?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eco-group-billboard-blitz-to-greet-interior-chief-in-montana/article/feed/471413?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups plan to crash the homecoming in Montana next week of President Donald Trump's Interior Department secretary with billboards, television ads and speeches to pressure him on issues from national monuments to sage grouse.

Ryan Zinke is scheduled to address the Western Governors Association's annual conference Tuesday in the town of Whitefish, which he represented as a state lawmaker from 2009 to 2011.

He will be welcomed by billboards urging him not to touch the Upper Missouri River Breaks, one of two dozen national monuments he's reviewing to eliminate or scale back protections.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:34:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawsuit seeking to save 15K trees from solar farm dismissed]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-seeking-to-save-15k-trees-from-solar-farm-dismissed/article/feed/471397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-seeking-to-save-15k-trees-from-solar-farm-dismissed/article/feed/471397?custom_click=rss JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to block a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey from cutting down nearly 15,000 trees to make way for a solar farm to power the park has been dismissed.

A Superior Court judge said in a ruling Monday that the local governing boards in deciding to approve the project proposed by Six Flags Great Adventure and KDC Solar could weigh the environmental advantage of renewable solar energy against other environmental impacts.

Environmentalists said the project will have a devastating effect on the environment and they opposed the decision by the Jackson Township committee and planning board to allow the work to go forward. They argued in the lawsuit that the project isn't consistent with the tow

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:49:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon for view of a lifetime]]> http://gazette.com/eclipse-chasers-blaze-trail-to-oregon-for-view-of-a-lifetime/article/feed/471252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eclipse-chasers-blaze-trail-to-oregon-for-view-of-a-lifetime/article/feed/471252?custom_click=rss

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light.

But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to be crammed with people from around the world, all hoping for the first glimpse of the moon's shadow as it crosses Mount Jefferson's snow fields. Then, a solar eclipse will throw the entire region into complete darkness for two minutes.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:38:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Billie Jean King celebrates 45th anniversary of Title IX]]> http://gazette.com/billie-jean-king-celebrates-45th-anniversary-of-title-ix/article/feed/471319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/billie-jean-king-celebrates-45th-anniversary-of-title-ix/article/feed/471319?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King celebrated the 45th anniversary of Title IX at the New York Historical Society.

King and friends of the Women's Sports Foundation gathered Thursday night at the museum, where an exhibit of her life and tennis career is featured at the Center for Women's History.

Title IX was signed into law on June 23, 1972. It opened doors for girls and women by banning sex discrimination in all federally funded school programs, including sports.

King says she started the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974 to "protect the sports side of Title IX, to be a guardian of it."

King won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles and lobbied for equal pay in the sport.

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:15:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Attendance at international balloon museum tops 1 million]]> http://gazette.com/attendance-at-international-balloon-museum-tops-1-million/article/feed/471264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attendance-at-international-balloon-museum-tops-1-million/article/feed/471264?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Visits made to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum since it first opened in 2005 now total more than 1 million.

Officials say the attendance milestone was surpassed during an annual folk festival that was held at the museum in early June.

The adjacent balloon park also is home to an annual international balloon fiesta that draws hundreds of pilots and tens of thousands of spectators to Albuquerque each October for the lifting off of hot air and gas balloons.

Museum officials say annual attendance is currently on par with last year's record-setting total attendance of 133,748. They say that in the last several years, the museum's annual attendance has jumped by nearly

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]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:52:31 -0600 <![CDATA[400 more homes evacuated by growing fire near Utah ski town]]> http://gazette.com/400-more-homes-evacuated-by-growing-fire-near-utah-ski-town/article/feed/471094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/400-more-homes-evacuated-by-growing-fire-near-utah-ski-town/article/feed/471094?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A wildfire near a southern Utah ski town that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate has doubled in size in high winds and drove out residents of 400 additional homes, authorities said Thursday.

The blaze is one of several burning in the U.S. West as extreme heat makes it difficult for firefighters to tamp down the flames.

In Utah, new evacuations were ordered east of the fire's epicenter in the tiny mountain town of Brian Head, with residents nearby and people visiting a popular fishing area also asked to leave to avoid danger, said Denise Dastrup of the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

More than 700 other people have been out of their homes since Saturday.

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]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:49:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Line messaging digital theme park to open in Thai capital]]> http://gazette.com/line-messaging-digital-theme-park-to-open-in-thai-capital/article/feed/470960?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/line-messaging-digital-theme-park-to-open-in-thai-capital/article/feed/470960?custom_click=rss

BANGKOK (AP) — The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand's capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its popularity in the country, its second biggest market after Japan.

Line Village Bangkok will begin operating Friday as a retail store, selling dolls and similar merchandise, but later this year will expand to a three-story amusement complex with virtual reality rides. Line stores already exist in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan, but the Thai location will be the first with an indoor park.

Kampanart Wonghongkul, the project's chief executive, said he hopes the 500 million baht ($14.7 million) theme park will attract more than 12 million visitors a year.

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]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:35:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/101094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/101094?custom_click=rss ___

Qatar Airways seeks stake in American in 'puzzling' move

DALLAS (AP) — State-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy 10 percent of American Airlines, a surprising move that would trigger an antitrust review by the U.S. government and carry political and trade-policy implications. American said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the bid was unsolicited, but that there have been conversations between the CEOs of both airlines.


A new platform for Whole Foods? How deal could upend grocery

NEW YORK (AP) — Seeing Whole Foods products first in your Amazon searches? Breezing through the grocer's stores with an app that scans affordable produce? Amazon wants to dominate groceries, and Whole Foods wants

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]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:57:15 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico water official moves to clarify ranchers' rights]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-water-official-moves-to-clarify-ranchers-rights/article/feed/471064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-water-official-moves-to-clarify-ranchers-rights/article/feed/471064?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water manager has fired the latest salvo in a battle with the federal government over the protection of an endangered mouse and the barring of livestock from certain streams and watering holes on national forest land.

State Engineer Tom Blaine is offering licenses to ranchers that clarify their water rights and allow them to use all sources of surface water on their grazing allotments.

Access to watering holes on the Lincoln National Forest has been an issue since federal managers began ordering closures and installing fences in the Lincoln and Santa Fe forests in 2014 after the mouse was listed as endangered.

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]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:36:27 -0600 <![CDATA[$120 million fine proposed for travel-deal robocalls]]> http://gazette.com/120-million-fine-proposed-for-travel-deal-robocalls/article/feed/471048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/120-million-fine-proposed-for-travel-deal-robocalls/article/feed/471048?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $120 million fine for a scheme that appeared to trick consumers into buying vacation packages that were not what they had expected.

The agency said Thursday that Miami resident Adrian Abramovich, through his companies, made calls that were faked to appear as though they were from the same area code as the people who were dialed. That local touch could persuade more people to pick up the phone.

People who did answer the phone heard a recording saying they could get a vacation package from well-known travel companies like Marriott, Expedia, Hilton and TripAdvisor.

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]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:31:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims]]> http://gazette.com/insurance-study-ties-legal-pot-to-boost-in-car-crash-claims/article/feed/470893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insurance-study-ties-legal-pot-to-boost-in-car-crash-claims/article/feed/470893?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.

The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began when compared with surrounding states.

Legal recreational pot sales in Colorado began in January 2014, followed six months later in Washington, and in October 2015 in Oregon.

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]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:13:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Auto club predicts record travel over July 4th weekend]]> http://gazette.com/auto-club-predicts-record-travel-over-july-4th-weekend/article/feed/470888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/auto-club-predicts-record-travel-over-july-4th-weekend/article/feed/470888?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend.

Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year's record for the holiday.

The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected to rise for the eighth straight year.

Travel industry officials expect domestic demand to remain strong, even while they worry that proposed travel bans and the prohibition on laptops in the cabins of some U.S.-bound planes could hurt travel to the U.S. from abroad.

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]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:54:11 -0600 <![CDATA[A limited engagement: For love's sake, these fireflies flash in sync]]> http://gazette.com/a-limited-engagement-for-loves-sake-these-fireflies-flash-in-sync/article/1605381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-limited-engagement-for-loves-sake-these-fireflies-flash-in-sync/article/1605381?custom_click=rss

It starts with a flicker of light. Two, three, four flashes follow. Minutes later, dozens of tiny yellow bulbs illuminate the forest like paparazzi hounding the Keebler elves. And then the woods go black. Show's over - at least for the next 8 to 10 seconds.

For two or three weeks in late May and early June, Great Smoky Mountains National Park pulsates with light and darkness, the beginning and end of life, and Photinus carolinus and Homo sapiens.

"Every year, I think I am prepared and then I get blown away by it," said Dana Soehn, a public affairs specialist at the national park, who has witnessed the natural phenomenon numerous times.

The park in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina is home to 19 species of

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:21:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado mountaineer Chris Bombardier becomes first hemophiliac to summit Mount Everest]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-mountaineer-chris-bombardier-becomes-first-hemophiliac-to-summit-mount-everest/article/1604663?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-mountaineer-chris-bombardier-becomes-first-hemophiliac-to-summit-mount-everest/article/1604663?custom_click=rss

Colorado mountaineer Chris Bombardier on May 22 became the first person with hemophilia to summit Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet.

Bombardier has severe hemophilia B, a rare genetic bleeding disorder that is caused by having a deficiency of factors IX, a clotting protein. Hemophilia causes excessive steady bleeding into joints, muscles and tissue. Without the proper treatment, individuals may not live to see adulthood. This is corrected by replacing the missing factor in the body.

Bombardier replaces the factor himself by infusing into his body via IV treatments.

Bombardier was always an active kid growing up and had a passion for playing baseball.

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:37:19 -0600
<![CDATA[2017 travel season off to busy start at Rocky Mountain park ]]> http://gazette.com/2017-travel-season-off-to-busy-start-at-rocky-mountain-park/article/1604643?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2017-travel-season-off-to-busy-start-at-rocky-mountain-park/article/1604643?custom_click=rss ESTES PARK — The 2017 travel season is off to a busy start at Rocky Mountain National Park, which set a record for visitors last year.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said Tuesday visitor numbers in April were up 21 percent over the same month in 2016.

The park had a total of 4.5 million visitors in all of 2016, causing congestion and long lines on some weekends. From late June through September, rangers temporarily restricted traffic on most weekends in three popular areas: the Bear Lake Road corridor, the Alpine Visitor Center and the Wild Basin area.

Patterson says rangers will do the same this year at the 415-square-mile (1,075-square-kilometer) park near Colorado's Front Range urban corridor.

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:04:34 -0600
<![CDATA[In bug museum's 65th year, John May's descendents carry on his Colorado Springs legacy]]> http://gazette.com/in-bug-museums-65th-year-john-mays-descendents-carry-on-his-colorado-springs-legacy/article/1604433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-bug-museums-65th-year-john-mays-descendents-carry-on-his-colorado-springs-legacy/article/1604433?custom_click=rss

In the woods of a canyon that a family has called home for five generations, a brother and sister observe the handiwork of their grandfather: an orange structure of cinderblocks, made with the concrete he mixed and poured, with a roof of timber he cut.

"Carrie," R.J. Steer says, eyeing a spot above the door to the May Natural History Museum, "we need to paint that corner."

Not that he needed to tell her. Quite familiar with every inch of the near-1,000-acre property as its longest-serving caretaker descended from John May, Carrie York had her sights on the blemish. "That we do," she responds.

So continues the chore list at the museum, the Colorado Springs staple in the hilly countryside.

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Sun, 04 Jun 2017 07:35:59 -0600