<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:20:39 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[None among 'walking wounded' in train crash critically hurt]]> http://gazette.com/none-among-walking-wounded-in-train-crash-critically-hurt/article/feed/486068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/none-among-walking-wounded-in-train-crash-critically-hurt/article/feed/486068?custom_click=rss

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A regional rail train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator, a regional rail spokeswoman said.

Rail spokeswoman Heather Redfern said none of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries. "Some were considered walking wounded," she said.

An inbound Norristown High Speed train crashed into an unoccupied train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Redfern said hours later that the train operator had been treated at a hospital and released.

A passenger, Raymond Woodard, told WPVI-TV, that he was riding home from work when the train crashed.
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]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:06:47 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Passenger says crashed train moving 'super-fast']]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-passenger-says-crashed-train-moving-super-fast/article/feed/486092?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-passenger-says-crashed-train-moving-super-fast/article/feed/486092?custom_click=rss UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia (all times local):

7:30 a.m.

A passenger aboard a Philadelphia-area transit train that rear-ended a parked train at a station says he heard his train "going real fast ... like, super-fast" just before impact.

Raymond Woodward tells WPVI-TV he hit his head and other passengers were knocked to the floor of the moving train when it hit the unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby. The crash occurred about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials are investigating the cause of the crash which injured the moving train's operator and 41 passengers. None has lif

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]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:25:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Sold out or not, Vegas will party during Mayweather-McGregor]]> http://gazette.com/sold-out-or-not-vegas-will-party-during-mayweather-mcgregor/article/feed/486072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sold-out-or-not-vegas-will-party-during-mayweather-mcgregor/article/feed/486072?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor isn't a sellout, but that's not stopping Las Vegas from putting on its party hat.

Sin City's nightclubs have booked a long list of celebrities — including one of the fighters — and high-rolling gamblers and VIPs have snagged some of the most luxurious accommodations in town, and boxing-themed cocktails have even been concocted for the occasion.

The social media-fueled Saturday night fight at the T-Mobile Arena will be a weekend-long, city-wide affair, though in some respects, it may not tip the scales as much as Mayweather's fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

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]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:06:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Utah's Deer Valley sold in ski industry consolidation]]> http://gazette.com/utahs-deer-valley-sold-in-ski-industry-consolidation/article/feed/485979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utahs-deer-valley-sold-in-ski-industry-consolidation/article/feed/485979?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Deer Valley Resort announced Monday it has been purchased by a new company that has brought 13 ski areas from Quebec to Colorado under one umbrella, marking the latest deal in an industry that is becoming more consolidated.

Deer Valley becomes group's first ski area in Utah and joins a collection of resorts that also includes Mammoth and Squaw Valley in California, Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado and Mont Tremblant in Quebec.

The new company has not yet been named and is run by affiliates of the KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Company investment firms.

The acquisition of Deer Valley, considered one of the best ski resorts in the U.S.

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:50:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Vegas airport asks owners to plan places to park their jets]]> http://gazette.com/vegas-airport-asks-owners-to-plan-places-to-park-their-jets/article/feed/486020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vegas-airport-asks-owners-to-plan-places-to-park-their-jets/article/feed/486020?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas airport officials are asking owners of corporate planes to find places to park their aircraft while in town for the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said Monday that aircraft owners and operators must make parking reservations ahead of the fight this coming weekend.

Airport officials are also offering an internet portal for corporate and private jet crews to share arrival and departure information to avoid congestion at the busy airport off the Las Vegas Strip.

Crews says the aircraft can also use nearby airports in Henderson and North Las Vegas.

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:49:02 -0600 <![CDATA[New Mexico delegates make plea for 2 national monuments]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-delegates-make-plea-for-2-national-monuments/article/feed/485992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-delegates-make-plea-for-2-national-monuments/article/feed/485992?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation on Monday issued a last-ditch plea to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep intact two national monuments on a list of sites being reviewed by the Trump administration.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Zinke, saying thousands of New Mexicans support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces and the Rio Grande del Norte monument outside of Taos. They pointed to the monuments as drivers for local economies on each end of the state.

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:57:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Russian flight attendant sues airline for discrimination]]> http://gazette.com/russian-flight-attendant-sues-airline-for-discrimination/article/feed/485914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-flight-attendant-sues-airline-for-discrimination/article/feed/485914?custom_click=rss

LOBNYA, Russia (AP) — "Old, fat and ugly" is what Yevgeniya Magurina jokingly calls a group of flight attendants of Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot who she claims have been sidelined in an apparent drive to make the cabin crew younger and more physically attractive. She is one of just two women who have taken one of the world's largest airlines to court for that.

A Moscow court is due to rule on Tuesday in Magurina's lawsuit against Aeroflot in which she maintains she was taken off the sought-after long-haul international flights because of her looks. The flight attendant's claim, which triggered a wave of support as well condemnation, has put the spotlight on how women in modern Russia are still often judged by their physical

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]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:01:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Insider Q&A: General Motors learning the rental business]]> http://gazette.com/insider-qa-general-motors-learning-the-rental-business/article/feed/485738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insider-qa-general-motors-learning-the-rental-business/article/feed/485738?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. started its car-sharing service, Maven, just over a year ago, placing Chevrolets and Cadillacs in New York apartment buildings for occupants to rent.

Since then, the service has grown exponentially. Maven is still working with apartment dwellers, but it is also offering hourly and daily rental cars in 17 North American cities. It also offers Maven Gig, a service that lets people rent cars to do odd jobs, like ride-hailing for Lyft or delivering food for GrubHub. Maven Gig expanded into Los Angeles earlier this month; it's coming to Boston, Phoenix, Washington, Baltimore and Detroit this fall.

Maven is now moving onto college campuses. This week, it became the exclusive car-share provider to

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]]> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:17:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: At Meeker Park Lodge, a family hopes to keep the good times rolling]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-at-meeker-park-lodge-a-family-hopes-to-keep-the-good-times-rolling/article/1609465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-at-meeker-park-lodge-a-family-hopes-to-keep-the-good-times-rolling/article/1609465?custom_click=rss

ALLENSPARK - Traditions have come and gone here at Meeker Park Lodge, but this one around suppertime remains.

The setting sun casts an orange glow on 13,911-foot Mount Meeker and below on the idyllic valley where knotty pine structures stand, some for nearly a century. They were built by the family of the three sisters who now sit on the lodge's porch: Laura Dever, Bonnie Dever and Patty Dever-Cavaleri, beside her husband in the cowboy hat. Also here is a man from Chicago and a woman from Michigan, longtime family friends who have made this rustic resort their summer home, because they can't imagine the season without the cabins and the country from their childhood memories.

And now is the time when they sit together for a

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:58:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Eclipse traffic could create year’s biggest traffic jam on Colorado highways, CDOT warns]]> http://gazette.com/eclipse-traffic-could-create-years-biggest-traffic-jam-on-colorado-highways-cdot-warns/article/1609391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eclipse-traffic-could-create-years-biggest-traffic-jam-on-colorado-highways-cdot-warns/article/1609391?custom_click=rss

Picture six Denver Broncos games getting out at the same time on the same stretch of road. That’s what traffic generated by Monday’s total eclipse of the sun — a once-in-a-century event in these parts — could amount to, the Colorado Department of Transportation is warning state motorists. And for those stuck in traffic between Friday and Monday, AAA Colorado has some tips and a musical playlist guaranteed to brighten even the darkest day.

“This has the potential to be a major traffic event — both given the heavy traffic volume as well as disruptions due to the eclipse,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt in a statement. “We are asking the driving public to plan ahead, be safe and be

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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:50:23 -0600
<![CDATA[New Mexico, tribes to share in historic preservation grants]]> http://gazette.com/new-mexico-tribes-to-share-in-historic-preservation-grants/article/feed/485505?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-mexico-tribes-to-share-in-historic-preservation-grants/article/feed/485505?custom_click=rss SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and nearly a dozen tribes in the state will share more than $660,000 in federal grants for historic preservation projects.

The funding is being awarded by the National Park Service to help communities protect historic places, traditions and cultures.

The grants require a 40 percent match from states, and 10 percent of state funding is passed through competitive subgrants to local governments. The tribal grants do not require a match.

The Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache and the pueblos of Laguna and Zuni each received more than $31,000, while several other tribes received less. More than $341,000 was awarded to the state.

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]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:03:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Special eclipse glasses selling out quickly]]> http://gazette.com/special-eclipse-glasses-selling-out-quickly/article/feed/485412?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/special-eclipse-glasses-selling-out-quickly/article/feed/485412?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years.

Lines are forming, prices are rising and shelves are emptying as people scurry to obtain special eyewear to view the sun Monday as it is obscured by the passing moon. Complicating the rising demand from last-minute shoppers was a recent recall by Amazon that forced libraries and health centers around the country to recall glasses they gave away or sold.

For stores that still have the glasses, prices are spiking. The ones still for sale on Amazon were going for steep prices Friday, around $11-$12 each.

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]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:08:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Cities seek creative ways to prevent car or van attacks]]> http://gazette.com/cities-seek-creative-ways-to-prevent-car-or-van-attacks/article/feed/485417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cities-seek-creative-ways-to-prevent-car-or-van-attacks/article/feed/485417?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — From Barcelona to Times Square and beyond, extremists have used vehicles as deadly weapons with alarming frequency in recent years, whether to promote jihad, get attention or express despair.

In response, ugly concrete blocks as well as more aesthetic deterrents are sprouting up in front of landmarks and ordinary public places around the world. Security experts say such barriers would have minimized the fatal damage wreaked on Spain this week — yet warn that as long as motor vehicles exist, some risks will always remain.

While cars and trucks have been used for scattered violence for generations, the last 13 months have seen nearly a dozen vehicle-ramming attacks in Europe and the U.S., as well as car bombing

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]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:08:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Organizers set dates for annual Gathering of Nations powwow]]> http://gazette.com/organizers-set-dates-for-annual-gathering-of-nations-powwow/article/feed/485301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/organizers-set-dates-for-annual-gathering-of-nations-powwow/article/feed/485301?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows say they're already gearing up for next year's event.

They are kicking off their promotional campaign for the 2018 Gathering of Nations on Friday with the release of the event's official poster.

The 35th annual event takes place April 26-28 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The Miss Indian World Talent Competition will be held downtown at the city's convention center.

New for next year will be a parade featuring Native American riders in full regalia. Organizers say the parade is meant to recognize the importance that the horse culture holds for some tribes.

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]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:21:15 -0600 <![CDATA[On the clock: Browns submit bid to host draft in 2019, 2020]]> http://gazette.com/on-the-clock-browns-submit-bid-to-host-draft-in-2019-2020/article/feed/485064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-the-clock-browns-submit-bid-to-host-draft-in-2019-2020/article/feed/485064?custom_click=rss

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns aren't anywhere close to being Super Bowl-ready.

However, they believe they're prepared to host the NFL draft.

The team announced Thursday that it has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to potentially host the annual three-day draft, which has swelled into a made-for-TV spectacle and showcase for the league — a virtual football-palooza.

The group delivered its application to league headquarters in New York last week, and as luck would have it, Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the team's headquarters on Thursday.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:16:25 -0600 <![CDATA[US college teams in Barcelona during van attack, players OK]]> http://gazette.com/us-college-teams-in-barcelona-during-van-attack-players-ok/article/feed/485116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-college-teams-in-barcelona-during-van-attack-players-ok/article/feed/485116?custom_click=rss

Men's basketball teams from several U.S. universities, including Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona, were in Barcelona, Spain, when a van drove into pedestrians Thursday in a historic district popular with tourists but school officials said the players and staff were safe.

Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle posted a somber video to social media that conveyed the gravity of what had taken place just outside the Beavers' team hotel. Players were sharing a meal before an exhibition game when the incident occurred, about 5 p.m. local time, he said.

"People, mad scramble, a car/van driving through," Tinkle said. "Literally looking out the window, we won't show you the pictures, but some horrific sights.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:19:14 -0600 <![CDATA[FAA changes San Francisco landing rules after close call]]> http://gazette.com/faa-changes-san-francisco-landing-rules-after-close-call/article/feed/485156?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/faa-changes-san-francisco-landing-rules-after-close-call/article/feed/485156?custom_click=rss

Federal officials have issued new rules for nighttime landings and control-tower staffing at San Francisco International Airport after an Air Canada jet nearly struck planes on the ground last month.

The new procedures will apply when a runway parallel to a plane's designated runway is closed, as it was on July 7, possibly contributing to the Air Canada pilots' confusion.

When an adjacent runway is shut down at night, air traffic controllers will no longer let pilots make so-called visual approaches to land. Instead, they must use instrument landing systems or satellite-based systems to line up for the correct runway.

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]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:59:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs man's 'spaceship' bound for solar eclipse and beyond]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mans-spaceship-bound-for-solar-eclipse-and-beyond/article/1609203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mans-spaceship-bound-for-solar-eclipse-and-beyond/article/1609203?custom_click=rss

"Star Wars" arrived in theaters to inspire a budding scientist.

"I always wanted to look cool in a spaceship," said Dimitri Klebe, the scientist who 40 years after the movie grins about his latest project.

It won't fly but is nonetheless big and, in a way, can explore the galaxy. Most important, the Mobile Earth and Space Observatory, or MESO, can inspire a new generation of astronomy enthusiasts.

"I think it's gonna be a game-changer," said Klebe, a former Colorado College professor and longtime space educator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For years he pushed the idea at the museum: A traveling classroom, a laboratory on wheels, would take pressure off exhibits that field-tripping school kids never

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:13:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Deep in Yukon Territory, a legendary river race and a severed toe]]> http://gazette.com/deep-in-yukon-territory-a-legendary-river-race-and-a-severed-toe/article/1608563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deep-in-yukon-territory-a-legendary-river-race-and-a-severed-toe/article/1608563?custom_click=rss

The toe sat dehydrated, blackened and frayed on the plate in front of me.

The man dressed as a pirate took my name and home state, then read the rules: Your lips must touch the toe. The toe cannot go past your lips. The fine is $2,500 for swallowing the toe - accident or not. (A toe sans body is hard to come by.)

Then he picked up the appendage - manicured nail and all - and held it over my glass of golden Yukon Jack.

"You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe."


Wait, wait. To understand why some girl from Indiana wound up in a bar in Canada about to kiss a severed toe, we have to go back to an ancient river and a kayaking team named for a cannibal.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 08:07:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Peace, love and UFOs in mysterious Crestone]]> http://gazette.com/peace-love-and-ufos-in-mysterious-crestone/article/1608562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peace-love-and-ufos-in-mysterious-crestone/article/1608562?custom_click=rss

CRESTONE - With only one way into the tiny hamlet and one way out, the mise en scene smacks of a Stephen King thriller.

The internet doesn't disagree. When people talk about Crestone, the language is decidedly otherworldly. Folks on YouTube detail their sightings of UFOS that streak, halt and make U-turns across the endless skies and spread of stars that umbrella the southwest part of the state.

Interested parties trek to the infamous and well-publicized UFO watchtower, which rises up out of the flat landscape 12 to 15 miles south of Crestone on Colorado 17.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 08:06:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears]]> http://gazette.com/why-americans-are-fighting-over-a-gorgeous-monument-called-bears-ears/article/1608564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-americans-are-fighting-over-a-gorgeous-monument-called-bears-ears/article/1608564?custom_click=rss

The route to Newspaper Rock from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a narrow two-lane road through a breathtaking landscape.

The land craters into canyons on stretches of Utah 211, causing uninitiated drivers to grip the steering wheel. Soon the earth rises into mountains that seem to glow red under the sun. On one short stretch, the mountains divide, giving way to the road.

This is the northern part of Bears Ears National Monument, which President Barack Obama designated as a monument in December. President Donald Trump has been considering a reversal of that decision.

Trump issued an executive order in late April to review Bears Ears and 26 other land and marine monuments within 120 days, a period that ends in

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:33:05 -0600