<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:34:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Sculpture to honor Air Force Academy POWs in Vietnam captures 'spirit of defiance']]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sculpture-to-honor-air-force-academy-pows-in-vietnam-captures-spirit-of-defiance/article/1550324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sculpture-to-honor-air-force-academy-pows-in-vietnam-captures-spirit-of-defiance/article/1550324?custom_click=rss

There's a hidden message in Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that former prisoners of war from the school say is as profound as it is profane.

The 1-ton bronze features a depiction of life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the legs, elbows and wrists, placed in a position of supplication by interrogators.

But there's something else.

"We captured that spirit of defiance," said retired Gen. Ron. Yates, who drove fundraising for the effort to honor 33 academy graduates captured in Vietnam.

Nineteen of the 33 former prisoners were at the academy Friday for the sculpture's unveiling. They like the work's hidden feature.



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There's a hidden message in Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that former prisoners of war from the school say is as profound as it is profane.

The 1-ton bronze features a depiction of life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the legs, elbows and wrists, placed in a position of supplication by interrogators.

But there's something else.

"We captured that spirit of defiance," said retired Gen. Ron. Yates, who drove fundraising for the effort to honor 33 academy graduates captured in Vietnam.

Nineteen of the 33 former prisoners were at the academy Friday for the sculpture's unveiling. They like the work's hidden feature.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:19:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Southwest flight diverted to DIA after pressurization issue]]> Anna Gauldin, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/southwest-flight-diverted-to-dia-after-pressurization-issue/article/1550329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southwest-flight-diverted-to-dia-after-pressurization-issue/article/1550329?custom_click=rss

A Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee made an unscheduled stop in Denver Friday night after reporting pressurization issues.

Southwest Flight 100, which departed Las Vegas at 6 p.m. PST, was diverted to Denver after about an hour and a half, DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale said. Emergency responders from the Denver Fire Department evaluated the passengers.

"There were patients that requested medical attention, but only one person has been transported for care, and that was due to a slip and fall," Coale said. "All passengers have been evaluated. No more medical attention is required.



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A Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee made an unscheduled stop in Denver Friday night after reporting pressurization issues.

Southwest Flight 100, which departed Las Vegas at 6 p.m. PST, was diverted to Denver after about an hour and a half, DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale said. Emergency responders from the Denver Fire Department evaluated the passengers.

"There were patients that requested medical attention, but only one person has been transported for care, and that was due to a slip and fall," Coale said. "All passengers have been evaluated. No more medical attention is required.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:14:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Man shot, killed by Boulder County sheriff's deputy ID'd]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/man-shot-killed-by-boulder-county-sheriffs-deputy-idd/article/1550327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-shot-killed-by-boulder-county-sheriffs-deputy-idd/article/1550327?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot and killed by a Boulder County sheriff's deputy at a popular trailhead.

The county coroner's office identified the man Friday as 39-year-old Lue Vang, of Northglenn.

The Daily Camera reports (http://goo.gl/T53J8q ) deputies were investigating after two people were reportedly abducted at gunpoint in Westminster. They tracked the suspect's cellphone to a trailhead in Eldorado Springs on Wednesday afternoon and saw a man in the back seat of a car with a gun pointed at the person in the front seat.

Prentup says the deputy fired one shot, killing the suspect. The men in the car were related.



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BOULDER — Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot and killed by a Boulder County sheriff's deputy at a popular trailhead.

The county coroner's office identified the man Friday as 39-year-old Lue Vang, of Northglenn.

The Daily Camera reports (http://goo.gl/T53J8q ) deputies were investigating after two people were reportedly abducted at gunpoint in Westminster. They tracked the suspect's cellphone to a trailhead in Eldorado Springs on Wednesday afternoon and saw a man in the back seat of a car with a gun pointed at the person in the front seat.

Prentup says the deputy fired one shot, killing the suspect. The men in the car were related.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:06:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier convicted in theft of thousands of dollars in military equipment]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS The Gazette - http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-convicted-in-theft-of-thousands-of-dollars-in-military-equipment/article/1550225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-convicted-in-theft-of-thousands-of-dollars-in-military-equipment/article/1550225?custom_click=rss

Jurors on Thursday found a former Fort Carson soldier guilty of stealing military equipment worth thousands of dollars from the post.

Torrence Hall was found guilty of stealing gear worth more than $20,000 but less than $100,000.

His trial began Monday in a 4th Judicial District courtroom when jurors were introduced to a huge cache of weapons parts, night-vision equipment and other gear that prosecutors say totaled more than $100,000 and was seized from his Fountain home in 2013.

Defense attorney Matt James argued the government couldn't prove the gear was stolen. The jury found Hall guilty on four of five counts.

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Jurors on Thursday found a former Fort Carson soldier guilty of stealing military equipment worth thousands of dollars from the post.

Torrence Hall was found guilty of stealing gear worth more than $20,000 but less than $100,000.

His trial began Monday in a 4th Judicial District courtroom when jurors were introduced to a huge cache of weapons parts, night-vision equipment and other gear that prosecutors say totaled more than $100,000 and was seized from his Fountain home in 2013.

Defense attorney Matt James argued the government couldn't prove the gear was stolen. The jury found Hall guilty on four of five counts.

Hall was remanded into custody following the verdict, but his attorney expected him to post bond

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:41:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sports 2015 Hall of Fame inductees announced]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sports-2015-hall-of-fame-inductees-announced/article/1550295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sports-2015-hall-of-fame-inductees-announced/article/1550295?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2015 class Friday.

The class features a lineup of five individuals and two teams.

The inductees include the 1985 Air Force Academy Football Team, Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club, triathlete Michelle Blessing, sports official Greg Burks, Hill Climb supporter Bob Gillis, baseball player Trenidad Hubbard and legendary preps coach William Wright.

The 16th annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place on Oct. 27 at The Broadmoor World Arena.



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The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2015 class Friday.

The class features a lineup of five individuals and two teams.

The inductees include the 1985 Air Force Academy Football Team, Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club, triathlete Michelle Blessing, sports official Greg Burks, Hill Climb supporter Bob Gillis, baseball player Trenidad Hubbard and legendary preps coach William Wright.

The 16th annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place on Oct. 27 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:04:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Wagon Man gets between father, son in hammer attack at Colorado Springs motel, wife says]]> By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wagon-man-gets-between-father-son-in-hammer-attack-at-colorado-springs-motel-wife-says/article/1550321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wagon-man-gets-between-father-son-in-hammer-attack-at-colorado-springs-motel-wife-says/article/1550321?custom_click=rss

Phillip Cargile, aka the Wagon Man, had just wrapped up another day of pulling his wagon train down Colorado Springs streets with a sign reading "Be Positive" around his neck. He's been doing this since 2013, and his wife, who handed him a cold glass of Coca-Cola, wanted to know about his day.

They were chatting Thursday evening in their red van parked at the Garden of the Gods Motel on West Colorado Avenue, when they heard three loud honks from a car across the lot.

"We both looked through the back window and we knew something was up," said Phillip's wife, Cheryl "Wagon Lady" Cargile.

It was a fight that sent one man to the hospital and brought police to the motel around 6:45 p.m.



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Phillip Cargile, aka the Wagon Man, had just wrapped up another day of pulling his wagon train down Colorado Springs streets with a sign reading "Be Positive" around his neck. He's been doing this since 2013, and his wife, who handed him a cold glass of Coca-Cola, wanted to know about his day.

They were chatting Thursday evening in their red van parked at the Garden of the Gods Motel on West Colorado Avenue, when they heard three loud honks from a car across the lot.

"We both looked through the back window and we knew something was up," said Phillip's wife, Cheryl "Wagon Lady" Cargile.

It was a fight that sent one man to the hospital and brought police to the motel around 6:45 p.m.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:44:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Governor praises cooperation as he signs off on Colorado budget]]> By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/governor-praises-cooperation-as-he-signs-off-on-colorado-budget/article/1550320?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-praises-cooperation-as-he-signs-off-on-colorado-budget/article/1550320?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed the state's $25 billion budget that increases funding for both K-12 education and higher education and invests millions for the first time in eight years in transportation needs.

"In a lot of states the partisanship is so divisive, and here there are still very deep differences in values and priorities, the ability of these individuals to work together really does help define Colorado," Hickenlooper said, a nod to the six members of the Joint Budget Committee who hashed out a balanced budget despite being split evenly between Republicans and Democrats.



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Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed the state's $25 billion budget that increases funding for both K-12 education and higher education and invests millions for the first time in eight years in transportation needs.

"In a lot of states the partisanship is so divisive, and here there are still very deep differences in values and priorities, the ability of these individuals to work together really does help define Colorado," Hickenlooper said, a nod to the six members of the Joint Budget Committee who hashed out a balanced budget despite being split evenly between Republicans and Democrats.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:12:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Parents of slain children share grief, stories at annual Colorado Springs rally]]> By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/parents-of-slain-children-share-grief-stories-at-annual-colorado-springs-rally/article/1550319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/parents-of-slain-children-share-grief-stories-at-annual-colorado-springs-rally/article/1550319?custom_click=rss

Carol Bueno strolled up and down Vermijo Street in brisk, frigid winds Friday, carrying a poster-sized photograph of son Joshua Bueno, who was shot to death at age 22.

She was one of about a dozen parents participating in the annual victims' rights rally by Mothers of Murdered Youth, this year in front of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

As any parent can imagine, "There is no more devastating loss than the death of a child," reports the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Losing a child to sudden death is a disruption in the natural law and order of life. It is a heartbreak like no other," HRSA writes.

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Carol Bueno strolled up and down Vermijo Street in brisk, frigid winds Friday, carrying a poster-sized photograph of son Joshua Bueno, who was shot to death at age 22.

She was one of about a dozen parents participating in the annual victims' rights rally by Mothers of Murdered Youth, this year in front of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

As any parent can imagine, "There is no more devastating loss than the death of a child," reports the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Losing a child to sudden death is a disruption in the natural law and order of life. It is a heartbreak like no other," HRSA writes.

Bueno and other MOMY members know that grim

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:06:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado House, Senate divided over ninth-grade math, reading tests]]> By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-house-senate-divided-over-ninth-grade-math-reading-tests/article/1550318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-house-senate-divided-over-ninth-grade-math-reading-tests/article/1550318?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The ongoing assessment debate is likely to come down to the much-debated ninth-grade math and reading tests.

The House passed its version of the state's testing reduction effort Friday on second reading with broad bi-partisan support, and it included mandatory reading and math exams in a student's freshmen year.

The Senate passed its version on second reading Thursday, without those two assessments.

It's a key difference.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a news conference on the issue this week that it doesn't make sense not to test in ninth grade, a benchmark year for measuring student growth.



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DENVER - The ongoing assessment debate is likely to come down to the much-debated ninth-grade math and reading tests.

The House passed its version of the state's testing reduction effort Friday on second reading with broad bi-partisan support, and it included mandatory reading and math exams in a student's freshmen year.

The Senate passed its version on second reading Thursday, without those two assessments.

It's a key difference.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a news conference on the issue this week that it doesn't make sense not to test in ninth grade, a benchmark year for measuring student growth.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:56:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs dog breeder, 92, dies in county car crash]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-dog-breeder-92-dies-in-county-car-crash/article/1550317?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-dog-breeder-92-dies-in-county-car-crash/article/1550317?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs woman was killed in a car crash Sunday night, the Colorado State Patrol said Friday evening.

Nadine Johnson, 92, went off the road on a private drive, Bootleggers View, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. CSP did not know whether a medical issue may have contributed to the crash.

Johnson was born in Brussels, Belgium, and lived all over the United States before moving to Colorado Springs in 1976, according to an obituary published in The Gazette. She was an avid dog breeder and shower and won many awards throughout the years. She was inducted to the Hall of Fame in the American AKC Borzoi Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Marianne Hastings; two stepsons, Floyd and Will Johnson; three grandchildren, and four



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A Colorado Springs woman was killed in a car crash Sunday night, the Colorado State Patrol said Friday evening.

Nadine Johnson, 92, went off the road on a private drive, Bootleggers View, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. CSP did not know whether a medical issue may have contributed to the crash.

Johnson was born in Brussels, Belgium, and lived all over the United States before moving to Colorado Springs in 1976, according to an obituary published in The Gazette. She was an avid dog breeder and shower and won many awards throughout the years. She was inducted to the Hall of Fame in the American AKC Borzoi Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Marianne Hastings; two stepsons, Floyd and Will Johnson; three grandchildren, and four

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:49:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Wal-Mart reducing hours at some Colorado Springs-area stores]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/wal-mart-reducing-hours-at-some-colorado-springs-area-stores/article/1550315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wal-mart-reducing-hours-at-some-colorado-springs-area-stores/article/1550315?custom_click=rss

Night-owl shoppers will have to get used to shorter hours at some of Wal-Mart's Colorado Springs-area stores.

Beginning May 2, Wal-Mart Supercenters at 707 S. 8th St. and 3201 E. Platte Ave. will reduce their hours and operate from 6 a.m. to midnight. They had been open 24 hours a day.

Wal-Mart Supercenters at 6310 S. U.S. Highway 85-87 in Fountain and at 4200 Dillon Drive in Pueblo switched to shorter hours April 20.

Two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets - smaller, traditional groceries - at 4142 Austin Bluffs Parkway and 1725 N. Union Blvd. in the Springs also recently reduced their 24-hour schedules and now close at 11 p.m.

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Night-owl shoppers will have to get used to shorter hours at some of Wal-Mart's Colorado Springs-area stores.

Beginning May 2, Wal-Mart Supercenters at 707 S. 8th St. and 3201 E. Platte Ave. will reduce their hours and operate from 6 a.m. to midnight. They had been open 24 hours a day.

Wal-Mart Supercenters at 6310 S. U.S. Highway 85-87 in Fountain and at 4200 Dillon Drive in Pueblo switched to shorter hours April 20.

Two Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets - smaller, traditional groceries - at 4142 Austin Bluffs Parkway and 1725 N. Union Blvd. in the Springs also recently reduced their 24-hour schedules and now close at 11 p.m.

Six other Wal-Mart's Supercenters in the Springs, Falcon, Monument and Woodland Park remain

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:21:22 -0600
<![CDATA[VA head: Aurora hospital project should continue despite cost overruns]]> By JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/va-head-aurora-hospital-project-should-continue-despite-cost-overruns/article/1550293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-head-aurora-hospital-project-should-continue-despite-cost-overruns/article/1550293?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - The head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said a hospital project in Aurora should continue despite more than $1 billion in cost overruns.

"What happened 2009, '10 and '11 is regrettable," said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. "We've learned from it. We made a mistake. We've got to fix it. We think it's best for the American people if we finish this hospital."

McDonald made his remarks after a wide-ranging news briefing at the Association of Health Journalists' conference in Santa Clara, Calif. He spoke hours before a Senate Veteran Affairs Committee field hearing in Denver on the hospital, which was requested by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

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SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - The head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said a hospital project in Aurora should continue despite more than $1 billion in cost overruns.

"What happened 2009, '10 and '11 is regrettable," said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. "We've learned from it. We made a mistake. We've got to fix it. We think it's best for the American people if we finish this hospital."

McDonald made his remarks after a wide-ranging news briefing at the Association of Health Journalists' conference in Santa Clara, Calif. He spoke hours before a Senate Veteran Affairs Committee field hearing in Denver on the hospital, which was requested by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

The project's $1.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:59:32 -0600
<![CDATA[VA officials thrashed during Congressional committee hearing in Aurora]]> By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/va-officials-thrashed-during-congressional-committee-hearing-in-aurora/article/1550314?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-officials-thrashed-during-congressional-committee-hearing-in-aurora/article/1550314?custom_click=rss

AURORA - Despite breathtaking cost overruns, Congress remains committed to building the $1.73 billion Veterans Affairs hospital here.

During a rare field hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, lawmakers took over Aurora's city hall and used the chamber to lambaste senior VA officials, while pledging they'll come up with the $830 million needed to finish the troubled and delayed project on Colfax Avenue.

The loudest critic was Aurora's Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who accused senior VA officials of perjury in their earlier congressional testimony.

"We were lied to. Again and again and again," Coffman barked at VA deputy secretary Sloan Gibson.

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AURORA - Despite breathtaking cost overruns, Congress remains committed to building the $1.73 billion Veterans Affairs hospital here.

During a rare field hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, lawmakers took over Aurora's city hall and used the chamber to lambaste senior VA officials, while pledging they'll come up with the $830 million needed to finish the troubled and delayed project on Colfax Avenue.

The loudest critic was Aurora's Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who accused senior VA officials of perjury in their earlier congressional testimony.

"We were lied to. Again and again and again," Coffman barked at VA deputy secretary Sloan Gibson.

At the hearing, witnesses recounted the long and

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:55:25 -0600
<![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 an-other 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 an-other 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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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:47:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Friend backs over woman in fatal crash in parking lot in north Colorado Springs]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/friend-backs-over-woman-in-fatal-crash-in-parking-lot-in-north-colorado-springs/article/1550307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friend-backs-over-woman-in-fatal-crash-in-parking-lot-in-north-colorado-springs/article/1550307?custom_click=rss

A 69-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon when a good friend backed into her in a northeast Colorado Springs apartment complex, police said.

The woman, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, was critically injured around 1:30 p.m. when her friend suddenly backed up at high speed and struck her in the parking lot of the Ironwood at Palmer Park complex. She died at the scene, Colorado Springs police said.

The man who police say hit her is 77 years old; his name has not been released.

The two had gone to lunch together earlier in the day, and had been good friends for many years, said police Lt. Scott Schwall.

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A 69-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon when a good friend backed into her in a northeast Colorado Springs apartment complex, police said.

The woman, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, was critically injured around 1:30 p.m. when her friend suddenly backed up at high speed and struck her in the parking lot of the Ironwood at Palmer Park complex. She died at the scene, Colorado Springs police said.

The man who police say hit her is 77 years old; his name has not been released.

The two had gone to lunch together earlier in the day, and had been good friends for many years, said police Lt. Scott Schwall.

Police were questioning him around 4 p.m. and said that while he was

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:24:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Founders Day Parade for Air Force Academy]]> http://gazette.com/founders-day-parade-for-air-force-academy/article/feed/222358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/founders-day-parade-for-air-force-academy/article/feed/222358?custom_click=rss AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Air Force Academy cadets are celebrating their legacy and future with the Founders Day parade on Saturday.

The parade is being held to honor the founders of the academy in 1954. Since then, more than 47,000 cadets have graduated from the academy.

The parade is open to the public.

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The parade is being held to honor the founders of the academy in 1954. Since then, more than 47,000 cadets have graduated from the academy.

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LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A 2-year-old Rottweiler who lost his paws when he was left out in the freezing cold as a puppy is learning to walk on prosthetics for all four legs.

Brutus received the prosthetics through the donations of hundreds of people. New owner Laura Aquilina of Loveland says the ultimate goal is to give Brutus the gift of being a dog.

Felix Deurr, an orthopedics professor at Colorado State University who focuses on small animals, says such prosthetics have been developed only in the past 15 years. A study on their effectiveness is due out later this year.

A good Samaritan noticed Brutus' injuries when he was offered for adoption in a store parking lot in Canon City. A breeder amputated Brutus' paws afte

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Brutus received the prosthetics through the donations of hundreds of people. New owner Laura Aquilina of Loveland says the ultimate goal is to give Brutus the gift of being a dog.

Felix Deurr, an orthopedics professor at Colorado State University who focuses on small animals, says such prosthetics have been developed only in the past 15 years. A study on their effectiveness is due out later this year.

A good Samaritan noticed Brutus' injuries when he was offered for adoption in a store parking lot in Canon City. A breeder amputated Brutus' paws afte]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:16:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Rocky Mountain snow offers scant encouragement to California]]> http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-snow-offers-scant-encouragement-to-california/article/feed/220112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-snow-offers-scant-encouragement-to-california/article/feed/220112?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too, officials said Friday.

The snowpack in the Colorado and Wyoming valleys where the river originates now ranges from 51 to 79 percent of normal, said Brian Domonkos, Colorado supervisor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture snow survey, which monitors snowfall and water availability.

The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.

The Rocky Mountain snow that melts into the river doesn't flow directly to California and other downstream users.

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too, officials said Friday.

The snowpack in the Colorado and Wyoming valleys where the river originates now ranges from 51 to 79 percent of normal, said Brian Domonkos, Colorado supervisor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture snow survey, which monitors snowfall and water availability.

The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.

The Rocky Mountain snow that melts into the river doesn't flow directly to California and other downstream users.]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:46:33 -0600