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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Annual street breakfast downtown Wednesday morning

the gazette - Updated: June 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

You still have time to head down to the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street for the 53rd Annual Colorado Springs Street Breakfast, which started at 5:30 a.m. and lasts until to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The breakfast, which is hosted by Colorado Springs Sertoma Clubs, serves as the official send-off of 160 riders on the 65th Pikes Peak Range Ride, which supports the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days. This year's Range Ride has been cancelled because of the Black Forest fire, but the Range Riders are collecting donations for fire victims.

Five bucks will get you eggs, pancakes, milk, coffee and juice prepared and served by Fort Carson Volunteers (ages 4 and younger eat free). After eating breakfast, you can view displays, play in the kids' area, hear music by the Durango Drifters and more.

    

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 89 and breezy conditions Wednesday in Colorado Springs. The weather service has issued a red flag warning (high fire danger) from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for areas south of the Palmer Divide and the Interstate 25 corridor and to the west.

   

AROUND COLORADO

Ex-volunteer firefighter pleads to setting fire

ELBERT  (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter in Elbert County has pleaded guilty to intentionally setting a wildfire.

Alex Averett also pleaded guilty Monday to criminal mischief. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 16.

Averett was a volunteer for the Elbert Fire Protection District when the County Road 102 Fire broke out a year ago north of Elbert.

The fire burned hundreds of acres and evacuated the town of Elbert at a time when other wildfires were straining firefighting resources around the state.

Holmes' attorneys seek hospital videotape

DENVER (AP) - Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes want a judge to order that they be given a videotape of Holmes undergoing psychiatric care at a hospital.

Holmes' attorneys filed a motion Tuesday seeking to compel the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office to provide the video.

According to a previously released court document, Holmes was taken from jail to the psychiatric ward of Denver Health Medical Center in November because he was considered a danger to himself.

Holmes' attorneys say a state doctor who will evaluate Holmes' mental health has said he wants to view the video.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 theater shooting.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

San Juan Wilderness Act passes federal hurdle

DURANGO (AP) - A federal proposal to turn portions of the San Juan Mountains into a wilderness area is getting support in the U.S. Senate.

The San Juan Wilderness Act crossed an important threshold Tuesday, passing the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It now goes to the full Senate.

According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/la7t37j ), the bill would designate 61,000 acres as wilderness in the San Juan Mountains in San Juan, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

A wilderness designation prohibits permanent roads, commercial buildings, mining and timber cutting.

Inmates returning to prison evacuated by wildfire

CANON CITY (AP) - Inmates who were evacuated from a prison in Canon City due to a wildfire near the Royal Gorge Bridge are returning to their cells.

The Colorado Department of Corrections says it started moving inmates back to the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility on Tuesday. There was no estimate on how much time it will take because of the number of inmates involved.

More than 900 medium- and low-risk prisoners were evacuated by bus, including 24 from an infirmary who were taken to a Denver facility, some in wheelchairs.

Durango disabled protest lack of access

DURANGO (AP) - People in wheelchairs are protesting a lack of access to buildings in Durango.

About 20 people toured Main Avenue's businesses on Tuesday and showed how difficult it is for them to get into many businesses.

According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/kzx4yh4 ), the protesters say their civil rights are being violated.

La Plata County, Southern Utes set fire rules

DURANGO (AP) - La Plata County officials and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe are setting restrictions in southwest Colorado to prevent wildfires.

The restrictions that begin Wednesday include using permanent fire rings or grates for campfires in campgrounds, limits on outdoor smoking and requirements that vehicles have spark-arresters in areas at risk.

According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/lcx75ns ), the agencies are taking action because of a half-dozen wildfires burning across Colorado.

Gold for Colorado Capitol dome back from Italy

DENVER (AP) - The gold that will be used to replace the gilding on the state Capitol dome is back in Colorado after being transformed into gold leaf in Italy.

Gov. John Hickenlooper accepted the gold during a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Capitol.

About $120,000 worth of donated gold was mined from the Teller County Mine in Cripple Creek and shipped to Florence, Italy, in March.

Sixty-five ounces will be used to re-gild the Capitol dome. Ten more ounces will be held in reserve for future touchups.

The gold originally put on the dome over a century ago was also mined in Colorado.

Dad of Longmont kidnapping suspect held

BOULDER (AP) - The father of a man accused of fleeing to Canada with his son after attacking the boy's mother with pepper spray and a stun gun has been transferred to the Boulder County jail in Colorado.

Seventy-two-year-old Ronald Turner was arrested last month in Vernon County in Missouri after his son, Monty Ray Turner, was accused of attacking his estranged wife and fleeing with 3-year-old Luke, of Longmont, Colo.

Jail records Tuesday showed Ronald Turner was being held on charges of obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest as an alleged co-conspirator. Longmont officials said he was returned to Colorado on Monday.

Monty Turner was returned to Colorado last week following his arrest in Brandon, Manitoba. He faces charges alleging second-degree kidnapping and domestic violence.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1862, Congress passed, and President Abraham Lincoln signed, a measure abolishing slavery in U.S. territories.

In 1865, Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free.

In 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Wash.

In 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created; it replaced the Federal Radio Commission.

In 1938, four dozen people were killed when a railroad bridge in Montana collapsed, sending a train known as the Olympian hurtling into Custer Creek.

In 1952, the celebrity-panel game show "I've Got A Secret" made its debut on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host.

In 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy, speaking to Congress, criticized lawmakers for not acting on proposed civil rights legislation and called for passage of a single omnibus bill, the Civil Rights Act of 1963.

In 1972, Hurricane Agnes, blamed for at least 122 deaths, made landfall over the Florida Panhandle.

In 1973, the rock musical "The Rocky Horror Show" premiered in London (it was later adapted into the movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show").

In 1986, University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of the Boston Celtics, suffered a fatal cocaine-induced seizure.

In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creation science as well.

In 1999, author Stephen King was seriously injured when he was struck by a van driven by Bryan Smith in North Lovell, Maine.

Ten years ago: The FBI put cosmetics heir Andrew Luster aboard a plane in Mexico and flew him back to California, five months after he'd been convicted in absentia of drugging and raping three women.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush surveyed the aftermath of devastating floods during a quick tour of the Midwest, assuring residents and rescuers alike that he was listening to their concerns and understood their exhaustion.

One year ago: Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, 84, was moved out of prison to a military hospital after the ousted leader reportedly suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly deteriorated.

 

HAPPENINGS

-- Teen Book Club, 1-3 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- "Shrinky Dinks," teens can make Shrinky Dinks, 3-5 p.m., Sand Creek Library Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd., free.

-- World Traveler Book Club, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young, 3:30-5 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

-- "Music of Midday," noon, Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

-- "2013 Wolf Ranch Summer concert Series" with Big Jim Adam, 6-8 p.m., Gateway Park, Wolf Ranch, North Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway, free.

-- Pikes Peak Community Blues Jam, 7 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free.

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