• 4/20 Rally Organizer Vows To Continue Fight: “That’s Our Intellectual Property”4/20 Rally Organizer Vows To Continue Fight: “That’s Our Intellectual Property”

    By Melissa Garcia DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – The battle over the rights to Denver’s 420 Rally is heading to Denver District Court. The fight began after garbage was scattered all over Civic Center Park at the most recent annual marijuana rally in April of 2017. (credit: CBS4) A long list of violations cited by the city prompted a three-year ban against rally founder and organizer, Miguel Lopez, who has put on the cannibis celebration event for years as its priority permit holder. Lopez and his attorney, Rob Corry, are appealing the city’s ban. CBS4’s Rick Sallinger speaks with organizer Miguel Lopez during a 4/20 rally. (credit: CBS4) City officials say they will start accepting permit applications from residents on Tuesday, November 21st, for a new organizer to take over the rally next year. Corry, however, plans to file a temporary restraining order and injunction on Monday in an effort to keep the rally in the hands where he says it belongs. “The 420 Rally is a concept that we came up with. That’s our invention,” Corry told CBS4’s Melissa Garcia. (credit: CBS4) City officials and other community members criticized the 2017 rally after finding the park littered with garbage the following morning. The debris had been scattered from trash bags left behind after the event. Denver Parks and Recreation fined Lopez around $12,000 and also cited him for violating health and security standards and other requirements. “The allegation that we supposedly trashed the park makes no sense because we had all next day to clean it up. Our permit expressly said that,” said Corry. Corry said that Friday’s administrative hearing was just the first step in a final appeal that lies ahead in court. “These violations are such a hyper-technical nature,” Corry said. “They don’t merit us losing our right to hold this rally year in and year out. Secondly, the 420 rally is our property. That’s our intellectual property.” (credit: CBS4) Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, supports the decision to uphold the three-year ban against Lopez, saying in a statement Friday, “Our parks and open spaces are meant for everyone to enjoy responsibly, and we are committed to upholding permittee compliance with our policies to protect the city’s resources and ensure public events are safe for attendees and everyone else impacted by them.” Corry, however plans to fight someone else taking over the permit. He said that would constitute theft of intellectual property and trademark infringement. The city has not responded to requests for comment on those specific allegations. “We didn’t trash that park. The city, unfortunately, is trashing the constitution,” Corry added.

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  • Latest Forecast: Sunshine Takes The Weekend OverLatest Forecast: Sunshine Takes The Weekend Over

    By Dave Aguilera DENVER (CBS4) – State skies have cleared out for Saturday in the wake of a moisture packed cold front. The front that blasted through the region on Friday night left behind some much-needed moisture. Denver officially, had nearly a quarter of an inch of rainfall with DIA coming in at .23 inches. The moisture fell as snow over the southern fringes of the metro area with Castle Rock picking up around an inch and Elizabeth measuring 4 inches of snow. The Air Force Academy received a little over 2 inches. In the mountains snow fall was pretty impressive as well. Now on to a sunny and dry weekend. With a high pressure ridge moving in over the western half of the U.S. there will be a dry pattern taking over the weekend. There will still be windy conditions from the mountains down into the plains where some of the wind gusts could be up to 30 or 35 mph from time to time. Cool temperatures will be the rule on Saturday and a bit of a warm up on Sunday. Meteorologist Dave Aguilera is a Colorado native and has been forecasting weather in the Rocky Mountain region for over 25 years! Connect with Dave on Facebook and on Twitter @DaveAgCBS.

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  • AC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young dies at age 64AC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young dies at age 64

    Watch Video AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has died after battling dementia for several years, the band announced Saturday. He was 64. Young died at home with his family at this bedside, the band said in a statement. Young, along with his brother Angus, founded the legendary rock band in 1975 in Australia. “Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.” Young played rhythm guitar to Angus’ lead, and his driving riffs and mop-top hair were signatures of the band’s sound and image for decades. Angus Young, in a separate statement added that Malcolm took “great pride in all that he endeavored.” “His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed,” he wrote. “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.” Young left AC/DC in 2014 after the band said he had been struggling with an undisclosed ailment, later revealed to be dementia. He was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, for the band’s world tour in 2015. “He was older than me — I always looked up to him,” Angus Young said of his brother in an interview last year with Rolling Stone Magazine, saying he was “always one to battle through.” “He would look at me in times of crisis and go, ‘We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs,'” he said. “He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.” Rock and roll royalty AC/DC was inducted in 2003 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which described its sound as “scorched-earth, metallic hard rock which has rarely deviated from a template of headbanging-inducing guitar riffs, flashy drums and banshee-yell vocals.” “In the process, AC/DC have carved out a niche somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal that’s been an inspiration to aspiring musicians — and given us crank-up-the-volume radio staples ‘Back In Black,’ ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long,'” the hall of fame notes on its website. The band is also one of the best-selling in music history, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold more than 70 million albums in the US. The band’s original lead singer, Bon Scott, died in 1980. He was replaced by Brian Johnson. Young’s fellow musicians, as well as rock n’ roll fans, voiced their condolences Saturday on Twitter. “RIP Malcolm Young,” wrote singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. “He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.” Guitarist Eddie Van Halen said “it is a sad day in rock and roll.” AC/DC plans to create a memorial website at which fans can send messages to Malcolm Young’s survivors, including his wife, O’Linda; children, Cara and Ross; son-in-law, Josh; three grandchildren; and his sister and brother. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, fans donate to The Salvation Army.

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  • CBS4 Sports Poll: What is your prediction for the Broncos’ game tomorrow?CBS4 Sports Poll: What is your prediction for the Broncos’ game tomorrow?

    Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader'));

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  • Colorado Fugitive Arrested In Iowa Following Chase, CrashColorado Fugitive Arrested In Iowa Following Chase, Crash

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (CBS4) – Blake Newton, a 23-year-old from Colorado wanted by several police departments for felony crimes here, was arrested Saturday in Iowa. According to a Sgt. Ted Roberts of Council Bluffs PD, Newton was arrested following a short vehicle pursuit, crash, and foot pursuit. Blake Newton following his arrest in Iowa. (credit: Council Bluff, IA, Police Department) Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations had been tracking him, Roberts reported. He also said loaded 9mm handgun and a small amount of marijuana was found in Newton’s vehicle. Blake Newton (credit: Boulder Police Department) The Boulder Police Department identified Newton as the suspect in the Nov. 6th robbery and assault of a woman in the North Recreation Center. In a news release sent to CBS4, BPD suggests Newton used a handgun to acquire a woman’s purse. He also slammed her head into the parking lot’s pavement. Newton is wanted by the Denver Police Department regarding an early morning robbery Nov. 8th at the Bradley Sinclair at 2101 S Holly Street. Newton allegedly walked into the store and selected a gallon of milk and two kids drinks before going to the counter and brandishing a pistol. He demanded that the gas station’s cashier give him all the money from the safe and register and made the cashier lie on the floor while he fled. Newton already was named in a warrant for Aggravated Robbery from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Online records indicate Newton has an ongoing case involving several felonies – including robbery, carjacking, and firearms violations – originating from an arrest in Aurora last March. (credit: CBS4) Denver Police Department officers thought they had Newton cornered Monday, Nov. 13th, in the area of 41st Avenue and Wolff Street. Officers secured a perimeter around several blocks and brought in police dogs in an effort to locate Newton. The search proved fruitless. (credit: CBS4) It is not known at this time which Colorado agency will be the first to receive Newton once he is extradited from Iowa.  

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  • Suspect wanted in metro Denver robberies arrested in IowaSuspect wanted in metro Denver robberies arrested in Iowa

    POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa — A suspect who was wanted in connection with crimes in multiple metro Denver communities was in custody in Iowa Saturday. Blake Newton was arrested in the Council Bluffs area and being held in the Pottawattamie County jail. Council Bluffs police officers, Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents worked together to capture Newton. FBI agents contacted Council Bluffs police to alert them that they were tracking a violent felony suspect near a Target store. Law enforcement officers approached his vehicle in a parking lot at a shopping area on Saturday afternoon, according to Council Bluffs police. Newton drove away and led police on a short chase. A sheriff’s deputy was able to perform a “PIT” maneuver which caused Newton’s vehicle to stop and come to rest on the median of a nearby highway. Police said at that point he fled on foot but was taken into custody in a parking lot. Investigators said they found a loaded 9mm hand gun and a small amount of marijuana in Newton’s car. Wanted in metro Denver Newton, 23, was identified earlier as a suspect after a woman was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint outside the North Boulder Recreation Center on Nov. 6. Police believe Newton brandished a handgun while robbing a woman just before 9 p.m. at the recreation center at 3170 Broadway. The victim told police that as she was opening her vehicle door, she heard footsteps, turned around and saw a man with a semiautomatic handgun running toward her. The woman screamed as the suspect grabbed for her purse, causing her to fall to the ground on top of the handbag. The suspect then grabbed the woman’s hair, slammed her head on the pavement and took the purse, then got into a vehicle and left the scene on Broadway, police said. In addition to the robbery in Boulder, Newton is suspect in a robbery near South Holly Street and East Evans Avenue in Denver as well as one in Aurora.  

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  • Father finds man in teen girl’s closet with her underwear and pictures, police sayFather finds man in teen girl’s closet with her underwear and pictures, police say

    PHOENIX – A Phoenix father came home to find a man inside his daughter’s closet with the girl’s underwear and pictures, according to KTVK. Police arrested Michael Zabalza Ruelas, of Glendale, who is facing one count of second-degree burglary. Police said on Thursday, Nov. 9, the family arrived home when they noticed their dog was barking at the closet. The father went to investigate and found Ruelas inside with photos of his 16-year-old daughter, her underwear and lotion, police said. The father then threatened to hit Ruelas with a crowbar and he took off out of the house, court documents said. He then drove away and the mother was able to get his license plate number, police said. Officers later spotted the suspect driving by the house and he was pulled over. After being arrested, police said Ruelas admitted to getting into the house through a window and “collected panties from different laundry baskets inside the house.” Ruelas said he took some of the underwear with him when he left the house, and the clothing items were inside the car when he was pulled over, according to police. He made his first court appearance and bond was set at $3,500. He’s had several run-ins with the law, including DUI, false reporting and failure to appear for a driving on a suspended license charge.

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  • University of Colorado plans $15,000 online degree programsUniversity of Colorado plans $15,000 online degree programs

    DENVER — University of Colorado officials are backing the creation of online programs that could let students earn college degrees for $15,000. Colorado Public Radio reports that the Board of Regents backed the plan this week and approved $20 million to let the university begin creating the programs. Officials say the program will launch in 2022 and will focus on students who live in rural areas or work full time and can’t easily access the university. But there’s a lot of work ahead. Regent Steve Ludwig says he wants to ensure that the flat fee includes tuition, books, fees and all other expenses without hurting the quality of the education students receive. University spokesman Ken McConnellogue says CU already offers 41 degree programs online but hasn’t met a goal of 6,000 students.

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  • David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ superstar, in critical conditionDavid Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ superstar, in critical condition

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — David Cassidy, the wildly popular ’70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV’s “The Partridge Family,” is in critical condition with organ failure. Cassidy is being treated at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area hospital, longtime publicist Jo-Ann Geffen told CNN on Saturday. “He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day,” Geffen said. She did not say what caused the organ failure. Cassidy, 67, told People magazine earlier this year he was battling dementia. A ’70s superstar “The Partridge Family,” a sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock ‘n’ roll band, gave Cassidy a national audience for his music. Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on the show, captured the spirit of 1970s youth. His wispy voice and wholesome persona broke out from the small screen. At the time, his fan club reportedly was bigger than those of Elvis Presley and The Beatles. The singer toured the world singing his hit songs, such as “I Think I Love You,” filling concert halls with screaming teenage girls. Cassidy has spoken publicly in recent years about his struggles with alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence on three separate occasions during a four-year span between 2010 and 2014. Cassidy, in an interview with CNN in 2014, said his trouble with alcohol was “very humbling and it’s also humiliating.”

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  • Colorado Springs police care for cold, wet, thirsty dog found outside coffee shopColorado Springs police care for cold, wet, thirsty dog found outside coffee shop

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police in Colorado Springs posted on their Facebook page about a dog that was found outside a coffee shop early Saturday morning. Officers took care of the dog and this story does have a good ending. “A coffee shop at Palmer Park/Powers called in … she was there, wet, freezing and thirsty when they went to open. No tags,” the post read. Officers took her to a police station where she roamed around until the Humane Society went by to pick her up. “Hopefully the pup is chipped! Someone is waking up sad bc their puppy is missing,” the post finished. This story has a happy ending. The police department said the Humane Society told them the dog was reunited with her family.

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  • Animal Welfare Officers Seize 110 Animals From La Plata PropertyAnimal Welfare Officers Seize 110 Animals From La Plata Property

    DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4) – State and county animal welfare officers took possession of more than 100 animals after executing a warrant on a La Plata County property Wednesday. “The warrant was a result of a lengthy investigation based on animal cruelty allegations,” stated a news release sent Friday by the La Plata County Humane Society. (credit: La Plata County Humane Society) That agency’s animal protection officers were joined by others from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Protection, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department, the Colorado Humane Society, the Colorado State Veterinarian, and the Southern Utah Rangers. Authorities sezied dogs, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens, cattle, a burro, a cat, and a duck. The total haul: 110 animals. A spokesperson for La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Megan Graham, told CBS4 a citation was written for animal cruelty, but she would not divulge the name of the person cited. (credit: La Plata County Humane Society) Graham said property is in southwest La Plata County, but declined to provide a specific address or location. Authorities promised more information would be forthcoming.  

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  • Over 100 animals seized in southwest Colorado cruelty caseOver 100 animals seized in southwest Colorado cruelty case

    DURANGO, Colo. — Officials in southwest Colorado say they have seized more than 100 animals after an investigation of animal cruelty. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office and the La Plata County Humane Society haven’t identified the person cited for animal cruelty. The Cortez Journal reports that the humane society seized dogs, a cat, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens, cattle, a burro and a duck from the property this week. Humane society officials didn’t immediately say what will happen to the animals. La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham says the animals are being cared for but would not provide details.

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  • Pentagon data: Fort Carson sexual assault reports increasePentagon data: Fort Carson sexual assault reports increase

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sexual assault reports have more than doubled since 2013 at Fort Carson, Colorado, according to a report released Friday by the Pentagon. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 116 sexual assault reports were made at Fort Carson in 2016, up from 43 reports in 2013. The post has nearly 25,000 soldiers. Sexual assault reports there peaked in 2015 at 125. Fort Carson’s chief of staff Col. Miles Brown said the number of reports suggests that people are confident they will be treated well. “I think the confidence comes from the fact it is a commander’s program,” Brown said. “We lead our way through this every day and every month.” Brown says Fort Carson commanders are determined to stop predatory behavior and ultimately want to eliminate sexual assault and harassment. “It’s fratricide, plain and simple, and that’s why commanders have to minimize that risk,” he said. The Pentagon report categorizes totals based on the base where a service member reported an assault but it may have happened elsewhere. Brown said some cases are decades old but any reporting victim has access to counseling and medical attention while the report is investigated. The Pentagon report showed smaller increases at Colorado Air Force bases. Peterson had 15 reported sexual assaults in 2013 and 21 last year. Schriever received 14 reports in 2013 and 15 last year. The Department of Defense previously released sexual assault report totals for military academies but included other installations in counts by service. The report this week shows “installation by installation, where service members are getting assistance with their sexual assault reports,” the Pentagon said in a news release.  

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  • Japanese rail company sincerely apologizes after train leaves 20 seconds earlyJapanese rail company sincerely apologizes after train leaves 20 seconds early

    TOKYO – The Tsukuba Express was scheduled to depart Tokyo for Tsukuba at 9:44:40. Instead, it left at 9:44:20. If you’re thinking, “the horror!” then you’ll be glad to hear that management for the Japanese rail company has formally apologized for the train’s 20-seconds-early departure. “The crew did not sufficiently check the departure time and performed the departure operation,” it said in an official statement and “sincere” apology that led to bemusement on the internet. “I once had an Israeli bus driver laugh at me after he closed the door on my hips and drove off with my legs hanging out of the bus. I am so envious of Japan right now,” one person tweeted. The BBC reports that it’s “rare” for trains in Japan to be off-schedule, and another tweet highlights that fact, noting, “Have been on a train in Japan where I heard an apology for the train running one minute late.” The statement notes that there were no official customer complaints lodged about the early departure from a station just north of Tokyo, but apologizes if any customers missed the train by 20 seconds and were forced to wait for the next one—four minutes later, reports Bloomberg. Yahoo News UK notes that Japan’s trains are “among the most reliable in the world,” offering a mournful comparison to Britain, where “commuters are only too acquainted with the daily frustration of late trains on the way to work.” And the New York Daily News notes things aren’t much better in that newspaper’s fair city, where subway delays collectively add up to 34,900 hours on the average weekday. The Japanese company’s apology “is exactly what Japan is about,” sums up one Twitter user. (Meanwhile, in NYC’s transit department, leaking corpses on the job.) This article originally appeared on Newser: Sincere Apology Issued After Train Leaves 20 Seconds Early More From Newser: Searching for a Foundation, They Found Treasure Instead Scientists ‘Toy With Mother Nature’ in ‘Bold’ Genetic First They Were Trying to Save a Species, but Things Went Wrong

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  • David Cassidy In Hospital, ‘Surrounded By Family’David Cassidy In Hospital, ‘Surrounded By Family’

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida. His representative tells The Associated Press on Saturday that Cassidy is “now conscious” and “surrounded by family.” The rep adds that Cassidy was in pain and taken to the hospital on Wednesday. No additional details were provided. The 67-year-old said earlier this year that he was struggling with memory loss. He also announced this year that he was ending his 50-year career after a few concerts. The actor and singer said that traveling and his arthritis made performing difficult. David Cassidy performs his final touring concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on March 4, 2017 in New York City. (credit: Bobby Bank/Getty Images) Cassidy has had numerous personal problems in the decades following his initial success, ranging from substance abuse to bankruptcy. He’s the stepson of actress and fellow “Partridge Family” star Shirley Jones. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 

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  • Cost of a Thanksgiving meal drops for second straight yearCost of a Thanksgiving meal drops for second straight year

    ARKANSAS -- The cost of a Thanksgiving feast is the cheapest it has been since 2015, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The organization has surveyed the average cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal since 1986. For the 32nd year, AFBF found the national average for the Thanksgiving meal for ten people to be just over $49, or about 1.5% cheaper than in 2016. This marked the second consecutive year that the cost has declined. American Farm Bureau Federation Walmart has since released a Thanksgiving dinner menu of its own with prices found on items inside its stores. The list includes some store brand items: Butterball Frozen Turkey - $0.98 per lb. (14 lbs = $13.72) Great Value Turkey or Brown Gravy Mix - $0.52 (x2 = $1.04) Great Value Cornbread Stuffing - $0.75 (x 3 = $2.25) Sweet Potatoes - $2.94 (x 1 three lb bag = $2.94) Marketside Hawaiian Style Rolls - $2.50 (x3 = $5.00) Great Value Green Beans – $0.50 (x 4 = $2.00) Fresh Cranberries - $1.98 for 12 oz (x1 = $1.98) Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie - $2.97 (x1 = $2.97) Whipped Cream - $1.24 (x1 = $1.24) Total = $33.14 before tax The retail giant also recommended Thanksgiving meal shoppers beat the last minute crowds, especially on the Monday before Thanksgiving Day, which has been Walmart's biggest day for turkey sales. According to the survey, turkey saw one of the largest drops in price since last year. The Farm Bureau attributed the decrease to continued large inventory in cold storage.

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  • Miss Universe 2017: Here are the favorites to win this yearMiss Universe 2017: Here are the favorites to win this year

    LAS VEGAS – A new Miss Universe will be crowned on November 26, as the annual international beauty pageant comes to The Axis theater at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. And since Sin City is playing host, it’s only natural to break down the betting odds on who will be crowned Miss Universe 2017. At the top of the board is “Miss South Africa” Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at +250, followed closely by “Miss Thailand” Maria Poonlertlarp at +300, according to sister site Covers.com. Miss South Africa won her title under controversy, after fellow contestants stated that she had a “special relationship” with two judges and received preferential treatment during the national competition. While she is the betting favorite, it’s always nice to have a bad guy to root against. Behind those frontrunners are Miss Philippines at +600, Miss Columbia at +800, and Miss Venezuela and Miss USA, both at +1,100 odds. Could the home-field advantage give current “Miss USA” Kára McCullough an edge? That last Miss USA to win Miss Universe was Olivia Culpo, who won the 2012 crown at The Axis in Las Vegas – the same venue for this year’s pageant. The United States does claim the most Miss Universe titles at eight, followed by Venezuela with five. Rounding out the notables are Miss France at +1,400, Miss Mexico, Miss Brazil, Australia, Indonesia and Miss India all at +1,600, Miss Jamaica at +2,000, and Miss Canada – Lauren Howe – at +2,200. Miss Puerto Rico, Danna Hernández, presents good value at +3,300 odds to win Miss Universe. Not only would a Puerto Rico win be a rare bright spot for the Hurricane-ravaged country, but Puerto Rico has a history of Miss Universe success, boasting five winners– the last coming in 2006. Looking for a live long shot? How about “Miss Iraq” Sarah Idan, who will be the first Miss Iraq to compete in the Miss Universe pageant since 1972. The musician from Bagdad, priced at +10,000, was actually the runner-up for her national crown. But when it was discovered that original winner was married and divorced, which is against the Miss Iraq pageant rules, she was stripped of her title and Idan was crowned the new Miss Iraq. Seems like beauty pageants are all a little crazy no matter the county. Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on Covers.com, a site also owned by Tribune. You can follow @Covers on Twitter.

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  • Wright’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Colorado Past Quinnipiac, 70-69Wright’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Colorado Past Quinnipiac, 70-69

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — McKinley Wright IV played nothing like a college freshman with only two previous games under his belt. Wright rebounded a missed free throw, raced to the other end of the court and made a 3-pointer as time expired Friday, giving Colorado a 70-69 victory against Quinnipiac in the relocated Paradise Jam. It was moved from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to the Vines Center in Lynchburg due to damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Wright said he never had a doubt the shot would fall. McKinley Wright IV of the Colorado Buffaloes celebrates hitting a game-winning shot during a quarterfinal game of the Paradise Jam college basketball tournament against the Quinnipiac Bobcats Friday in Lynchburg, Virginia. (credit: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) “No. I hit one a couple plays before and on the free throw I told D’Shawn (Schwartz) that I was going to shoot this and it was going to go in. I shot it and it went in,” Wright said. And it gave the Buffs a victory coach Tad Boyle said they probably didn’t deserve. “I told the Quinnipiac coaches in the handshake line, ‘You guys deserved to win this game and we didn’t.’ We’re not going to give it back. We played well down the stretch and we did what we had to do, but it was not pretty,” Boyle said. Colorado (3-0) trailed by as many as 13 in the game, but got a chance when Alain Chigha missed a pair of free throws for the Bobcats with seven seconds left. Wright collected the rebound and raced down the court, letting his shot fly from the left wing. The ball bounced once on the rim, then dropped as Wright was mobbed by teammates. Quinnipiac (1-2) trailed 32-29 at halftime, but outscored the Buffs 31-15 over the first 14½ minutes of the second half, taking a 60-47 lead on Chaise Daniels’ layup with 5:25 to play. Colorado rallied to within 68-67 on Wright’s 3-pointer with 16 seconds to play, and after Rich Kelly made one of two free throws for the Bobcats, Chigha rebounded the miss and was fouled with 7 seconds left. He missed them both, setting up the wild finish. “Colorado did a great job with their length and athleticism and just being aggressive with good defense,” Bobcats coach Baker Dunleavy said. “There were some turnovers we wish we had back and some missed free throws we wish we had back. I’m proud of our guys.” Wright led Colorado with 21 points and Namon Wright added 16. Cameron Young led Quinnipiac with 26 points and Isaiah Washington added 16.

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  • Martin Truex Jr. fastest among championship contenders for NASCAR season finale SundayMartin Truex Jr. fastest among championship contenders for NASCAR season finale Sunday

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. has just one race left to close out a dream season for the NASCAR driver and his Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing team. He’s been the most dominant Cup driver all year and on Sunday will try to win the championship. Truex will race against Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for the championship. Truex is the only driver without a Cup title in the finale. Truex was the fastest among the four championship contenders in practice and will start in second position for the season finale Sunday. NASCAR’s four championship contenders were seated elbow-to-elbow previewing their upcoming title race when they were asked to give one word to describe the season. “Amazing,” said Martin Truex Jr. FOX31 is in Homestead, Florida this weekend with the Furniture Row Racing team for the championship race. Kami Carmann spoke with driver Martin Truex Jr. Saturday morning live on the KDVR.com Facebook page. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick both said the season was “long,” while Kyle Busch went with “trying.” But Truex? Well, he’s got nothing to complain about after a truly dominating season. Truex goes into Sunday’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the clear favorite to win the title. He has a series best seven wins and six were at 1.5-mile tracks. Homestead is a 1.5-mile track. He leads the series in nearly every meaningful statistic, and if the points earned all season weren’t reset for Sunday’s finale, he’d have already won his first Cup title. “If it wasn’t set back at zero, we’d probably all be congratulating Martin right now,” said Keselowski. “But it is.” So it’s winner-take-all race, and everything Truex has built this season is on the line. He faces three former series champions, each of them looking for their second title. For Harvick, it would be the first in Stewart-Haas Racing’s new partnership with Ford. If Harvick wins, it will be SHR’s third championship since 2011, second since the elimination format was introduced in 2014 and first for a team in a first-year relationship with a manufacturer since Cale Yarborough in 1978. Keselowski is seeking a crown to go with his 2012 title, which was not won under this format. He had to beat Jimmie Johnson that day on points, and pulled it off. He will try to give team owner Roger Penske two major championships this year. Penske won the IndyCar title with Josef Newgarden earlier this year. If either Harvick or Keselowski wins, it would be the first title for Ford since 2004. They are up against a pair of Toyotas, the dominant manufacturer this season. Busch is seeking a repeat of his 2015 title, which some have marked with an asterisk. Busch missed the first third of the season with injuries suffered in a season-opening race at Daytona, but still raced himself into title contention on a shortened schedule. And he’s chasing Truex, who has taken his Furniture Row Racing team to a level beyond the alliance it has with Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch has been good this season, but he’s not had anything close to the year that Truex has put together. With Truex such the clear favorite, it made for quiet media day for the championship competitors. — except when Busch and Keselowski were asked why they have never squashed their rivalry. Keselowski tried to downplay a feud. Busch didn’t mince words. “Sometimes you just don’t like a guy, fact of the matter,” Busch said. “I never ran into Matt Kenseth, I don’t think Matt Kenseth ever ran into me, so there is a respect factor out there on the race track and you certainly do a better job sometimes when you’re around some of those guys that you may or may not necessarily like. But as once a wise man told me, I think it was Chase Elliott, I race those like they race me.” Elliott used that line last week to address his aggressive racing with Denny Hamlin that cost Hamlin a shot at the title. It was retaliation for Hamlin wrecking Elliott out of the lead at Martinsville earlier in the playoffs. How aggressive can the contenders be Sunday to win the championship? “I mean, I’m willing to try to go win the race,” said Keselowski. “When it comes down to the end of the race, I don’t think anyone really knows that answer until it’s right in front of them.” Truex knew what the crowd wanted to hear. “I’ll wreck any damn one of these three,” he joked. Then he was serious. “I’m going to race these guys just like I do every single week,” Truex said. “I have not thought about any desperation moves. I don’t plan on being in that position. I think a perfect scenario is to go out there and race them heads up and beat them fair and square. That’s how I approach racing. That’s how I plan on doing it Sunday.” RELATED: Take a tour of Furniture Row Racing’s “hauler“

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  • Rev Jesse Jackson Discloses Parkinson’s Disease DiagnosisRev Jesse Jackson Discloses Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease. In a letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights icon said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago, and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties. Civil Rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson attends the Cannes Lions Festival 2017 last June in Cannes, France. (credit: Christian Alminana/Getty Images for Cannes Lions) “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” he wrote. “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy.” Jackson, who declined to be interviewed, also released a letter from Northwestern Medicine confirming his diagnosis and care. He vowed to use his voice to help find a cure for the disease. MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT to my friends and supporters on my health and the future. pic.twitter.com/JkuDNpxkix — Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) November 17, 2017 About 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. It can start with tremors, and symptoms generally worsen over time. The exact cause is unknown. Treatments include medications, surgery and physical therapy. The disease itself is not fatal but people can die from complications. Jackson said Parkinson’s “bested” his father. Noah Lewis Robinson Sr. died in 1997 at age 88 after suffering a heart attack. It was unclear how his treatment would affect his leadership of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Chicago-based civil rights group he founded more than two decades ago. Jackson has remained active in his advocacy and travels, including traveling to Puerto Rico last month for a hurricane-relief mission and hosting a symposium in Washington, D.C., earlier this week. A protégé of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jackson was instrumental in guiding the modern civil rights movement on a wide variety of issues, including voting rights and education. Twice a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1980s, he has remained a strong voice in numerous anti-discrimination efforts, including advocating for affordable housing. He’s often seen at protests nationwide and has continued regular forums at Rainbow/PUSH’s headquarters. Businessman Donald Trump, Minister Jesse Jackson, and entrepreneur Malcolm Forbes ringside at Tyson vs Holmes boxing match in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on January 22, 1988. (credit: Jeffrey Asher/ Getty Images) He said Friday in the letter that he is also working on a memoir. “I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world,” he wrote. “I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out.” The Rev. Al Sharpton said he spent the last few days with Jackson in New York City. Jackson “has changed the nation and served in ways in which he never got credit,” Sharpton said in a statement. “We pray for him, just as he fought for us.” (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  • Virginia woman catches record fish while vacationing in ColoradoVirginia woman catches record fish while vacationing in Colorado

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Dillon Reservoir in Summit County produced a new state record fish, and it was caught by a vacationing doctor from Virginia November 6. Dr. Lindsay Regali of Charlottesville, Virginia was enjoying an early November day of fishing at Dillon Reservoir with her husband when she landed the record breaking arctic char. “Colorado Parks and Wildlife certified the fish as the new state record, weighing in at 4.15 pounds and 23.5 inches in length, breaking the previous record of 3.75 pounds and 20.5 inches, caught in Dillon Reservoir in 1994 by Marshall Brenner,” the agency said in a statement. Dr. Lindsay Regali with her record-breaking arctic char at Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado. Photo courtesy: Colorado Parks and Wildlife “There was an ongoing joke throughout the day that I was jealous of how many fish my husband had been catching,” said Regali. “I was laughing and joking around because I realized I had finally caught one that I knew was bigger than his. I realized it was big but had no idea how big until we got it in the boat.” They were with local guide Randy Ford of Alpine Fishing Adventures when Regali caught the fish. The physician calls herself a casual angler. “It was such a fun, unique experience to be fishing with snow coming down, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. It was almost surreal,” she said. “Mostly, it was just a lot of fun and it was something I’ll definitely want to go back and do again.” Arctic char is a cousin to salmon and lake trout. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind anglers that they can keep one arctic char over 20″ at Dillon Reservoir. Any arctic char caught that’s less than 20″ must be returned to the water right away. See other state record fish caught in Colorado.  

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  • New US Weather Satellite Launched From CaliforniaNew US Weather Satellite Launched From California

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An advanced U.S. weather satellite designed to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts has been launched into polar orbit from California. LIFTOFF! @NOAASatellites’ #JPSS1 weather satellite launches at 4:47am ET, heading into polar orbit around Earth: https://t.co/ZuxLDtzW9c pic.twitter.com/CVIjghTd7t — NASA (@NASA) November 18, 2017 The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:47 a.m. PST Saturday atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket. The satellite is the first of four next-generation spacecraft for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Circling the Earth from pole to pole 14 times a day, JPSS-1 carries a suite of five instruments intended to make global observations that will improve forecasts of severe weather events three to seven days beforehand. (credit: United Launch Alliance) The satellite also will contribute to near-term weather forecasts, climate and ocean dynamics research, among many other uses.

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  • When is the best time to buy holiday plane tickets?When is the best time to buy holiday plane tickets?

    While travel advice abounds for the best times to buy the most affordable holiday plane tickets, flying during some of the year's busiest travel periods generally isn't cheap. In this era of packed airplanes, smaller seats and fees for extra leg room, what airline is going to offer inexpensive fares around Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's? Common business sense dictates that high prices will follow high demand. What are procrastinating travelers to do besides drive or take the train to get to their destinations? CNN checked with airfare experts for some general advice and ways to dull the price pain: Be ready to adapt to changing trends Trends in airline ticket prices are usually in flux. That great deal you got a couple of years ago might not be in play anymore. Tracy Stewart of Airfarewatchdog warns that because of airline mergers and resulting cuts in capacity, fares on some routes may be might be higher than what you paid just a few years ago. 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It says the cheapest departure date overall is Monday, November 20, and the cheapest return dates overall are Friday, November 24, and Tuesday, November 28. Christmas and New Year's Generally, Christmas and New Year's function much like Thanksgiving: High demand, high prices. Again, off-peak flying is your friend. "Christmas is on a Monday this year, as is New Year's Day, so the Friday and Saturday before each holiday are going to be the most convenient times for travelers to fly," says Amanda Festa of Cheapflights.com. "Aim for middle of the week and early morning or late night flights -- in other words, flights that are less convenient -- to avoid crowds and get better prices," she says. Are you cheap and flexible? We don't mean to be rude. Being cheap and flexible is a good thing! If you don't need window or aisle seats and great flight times and connections, Airfarewatchdog's George Hobica offers some hope. "The bargain bin only has middle seats far from your traveling companions and 5 a.m. or red-eye flights," Hobica wrote in an email. "I recommend that people keep on looking several times a day every day of the week and pounce when a price seems reasonable," he said. Always look into alternate airports -- remember, the New York area has five airports and Houston has two -- and check Southwest.com in addition to Kayak or other search engines, he says. On some supercompetitive routes (think Chicago-New York), Hobica says, there will always be "a few scattered seats and flight times that will go on sale." Don't forget to count the fees Remember to factor in baggage fees, extra leg room fees and food purchases before booking flights. Airline credit card holders may get a free checked bag and other perks. And make sure you consider your ground transportation costs as well. Next summer, think 'winter' It can be difficult to think about cold weather and the holidays when you're going to baseball games, swatting mosquitoes and running the A/C. But numerous travel websites, including Cheapflights.com, advise bookingyour holiday flights during the summer if you want to lock in rates rather than take a chance. And Stewart of Airfairewatchdog says that "if you want to choose your favorite seat or preferred flight times, you're probably better off booking early." Other advice Finally, some other tips and considerations: -- Insurance: Cheapflights reminds passengers to keep unpredictable winter weather in mind and consider getting travel insurance. -- Early birds: Delays are less likely early in the morning, Orbitz says. You may miss your sleep getting up extra early, but you may also miss the crowds and misery. -- Delay a week: Orbitz also points out that fares -- along with hotel rooms -- often drop a lot the week after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. -- Presents: If you're flying to see family, Orbitz suggest shipping your presents instead of bringing on the plane. Saves hassles and fees. -- Go global: International airfares can be a good deal for Americans this time of year, Stewart says. So if your family is understanding about Christmas in the spring, maybe a holiday vacation is in order.

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  • Denver Rescue Mission needs 3,800 turkeys donated to reach goalDenver Rescue Mission needs 3,800 turkeys donated to reach goal

    DENVER — The Denver Rescue Mission said it is short of reaching its goal of collecting 15,000 turkeys by November 22. It says it still needs just under 3,800 turkeys to be donated to meet the goal by Tuesday. Students from Ponderosa High School spent their Saturday morning packing 3,000 Thanksgiving food boxes at the rescue mission’s warehouse in Denver. It’s the most food boxes the rescue mission has ever prepared for Thanksgiving. They’re asking for turkeys that are 12 pounds or larger. Here are the donation locations: Lawrence Street Shelter, 1130 Park Avene West, Denver (Each day 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) ​Ministry Outreach Center, 5725 East 39th Avenue, Denver (Each day 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) The Crossing, 6090 Smith Road, Denver (Each day 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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  • Samaritan House Gets Generous Turkey DonationSamaritan House Gets Generous Turkey Donation

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  • Plan To Buy Park Hill Golf Course Hits HazardPlan To Buy Park Hill Golf Course Hits Hazard

    DENVER (CBS4)– The City of Denver’s plan to buy the Park Hill Golf Course has hit a hazard. That’s because the company that operates the golf course isn’t ready to end its lease yet. So now, the City of Denver will work on buying only the northwest corner of the property. (credit: CBS) Denver Public Works wants the land for a storm water detention project. (credit: CBS)

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  • Mile High Holidays Kicks Off With Giant Ice SculptureMile High Holidays Kicks Off With Giant Ice Sculpture

    DENVER (CBS4)– Mile High Holidays kicked off on Friday with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock helping put the finishing touches on a snowflake ice sculpture in Cherry Creek North. The annual program is designed around the idea to bring people to the Denver metro area for holiday entertainment and events. (credit: CBS) There are hundreds of events happening between now and New Year’s Eve, up to and including the National Western Stock Show. There will be light shows, ice skating, caroling and fireworks as part of Mile High Holidays. The events are a huge boon to the tourism industry in Denver and they bring in interest from outside the state. (credit: CBS) “I know as a society we’re getting very good at shopping online, but when we shop in our local stores, those resources go to keep jobs in Denver, keep retail operating and certainly support our local services,” said Hancock. (credit: CBS) Additional Resources Plan your holiday getaway in Denver with hotel rates starting at $99. Get more information about Mile High Holidays at denver.org/milehighholidays.

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  • Peko Traded One Foundering Franchise For AnotherPeko Traded One Foundering Franchise For Another

    DENVER (AP) — Domata Peko had no idea when he left Cincinnati for Denver in free agency that he was trading one sad situation for another. He’ll face his old team Sunday when the Broncos (3-6) try to snap out of a five-week funk against the Bengals (3-6). “It’s a big one for me,” Peko said. “When you play your old team, you want to go out there and show them, ‘What the heck? Why didn’t you keep me?’ I know it’s a business and I was there for 11 seasons. I guess my time was up there, and that’s just how it goes. Even Peyton had to leave.” Like Manning, Peko has found rejuvenation in Denver, where he’s been everything the Broncos were looking for to plug a gaping hole on defense. “He’s probably the most positive teammate that I’ve ever been around,” linebacker Von Miller said. “You look at him like, ‘Man, are you 24 or 23 years old?’ He’s one of the oldest guys in the locker room (32) and he still has that energy on the practice field, off the practice field, hot, cold, raining, loss, win, he’s the same guy. He’s been great. He’s definitely been a shining star.” In a dimming season in Denver. Thanks to Peko, the Broncos are once again a top-five team against the run after slipping to bottom-five last season — it’s everything else that’s gone haywire in Denver during a five-game funk in which the Broncos have been outscored by nearly 100 points. “I love it here,” Peko said. “Hey, we’re going through a rough time but in this league you’ve got to do it week by week. So, now we’ve got the Bengals ahead of us. I’m going to be really pumped for this game against my old team.” This wasn’t what Peko thought he had signed up for after he put his signature on a two-year, $7.5 million deal in Denver last March. The Broncos had been to two of the previous four Super Bowls and the Bengals, who haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, lost all six playoff games during Peko’s 11 seasons in Cincinnati. DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 17: Nose tackle Domata Peko #94 of the Denver Broncos reacts after making a defensive stop against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) “In Cincy, we’re always talking about, ‘Oh, I want to win a playoff game. I want to win a playoff game.’ But over here, we’re talking about winning championships,” Peko said when he signed. “That’s why I’m here. I want to win a championship.” That again looks like a pipe dream, but as Miller said, any turnaround starts with a single win. Other subplots when the Bengals try to snap a 10-game losing streak in Denver, where they last won in 1975: QUICK HOOK : The Bengals need to keep their cool. Their best offensive and defensive players have been ejected before halftime of the past two games. Receiver A.J. Green was kicked out in Jacksonville for clobbering cornerback Jalen Ramsey and in Tennessee, linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected for brushing aside an official’s arm as a sideline scuffle wound down two plays after he bumped DeMarco Murray out of bounds. “He does us no good when he’s sitting in the locker room for half a ballgame,” Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. Burfict has at least one fan in Denver. Peko said neither flag should have been thrown on his old buddy, but Burfict should realize he’s “under the microscope because of his history of all those penalties” and suspensions. “I love Burf. I love how he plays. He plays hard. He plays with a lot of emotion,” Peko said. “He’s a great player, man. You know he’s going to give his best. If you’re in a dark alley, you want him on your side. He’s a good dude.” MIRROR IMAGES: Both teams appear headed for early offseason vacations after five-year playoff runs. Their problems are similar, too: horrid offensive line play that puts their quarterback under constant pressure, limits what they can call and ends up exhausting their overworked defenses. “They’re kind of like us,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “They’re a good team, just ain’t been able to put it together for 60 minutes.” Two teams going bad makes for a good matchup, suggested Miller. “We’ve just been through a tough patch. We’ve got another team that’s been going through the same tough time that we’ve been going through. So, it should be a good game this weekend.” SLOW STARTS: The Broncos have been outscored 55-9 in the first quarter during their losing streak, so the path out of this mess starts with, well, a fast start. “That’s everything,” receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “I can’t wait until we can get up on a team to where we can sit back and play comfortable and call shots.” The Bengals know just how the Broncos feel. “We’ve been making it third-and-long and all that dudes are doing is dropping eight guys in coverage and that’s not good for any offense,” Bengals receiver Brandon LaFell said. LIKE LEWIS: Broncos rookie coach Vance Joseph learned a lot from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis during the two seasons he was his secondary coach, especially patience. “It took Marvin a long time for his football team to be competitive. He stayed with the process. He didn’t change the process,” Joseph said. By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer AP Sports Writer Joe Kay contributed. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  • Denver pauses $20.5 million deal to buy Park Hill Golf ClubDenver pauses $20.5 million deal to buy Park Hill Golf Club

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  • Colorado Beers That’ll Make You Forget About Wine on ThanksgivingColorado Beers That’ll Make You Forget About Wine on Thanksgiving

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  • Strength training reduces mortality and cancer deathsStrength training reduces mortality and cancer deaths

    Key takeaway: People who did strength-based exercise had a 23% lower all-cause mortality and a 31% reduction in cancer-related death. This study shows that exercise that promotes muscular strength may be important for longevity. Other studies have shown that muscle mass is positively correlated with a longer lifespan. As with all observational studies, causality cannot be established. However, adjustments were made to reduce the influence of other factors such as age, sex, health status, lifestyle behaviors and education level.The largest study to compare the mortality outcomes of different types of exercise found people who did strength-based exercise had a 23 percent reduction in risk of premature death by any means, and a 31 percent reduction in cancer-related death. Lead author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre said while strength training has been given some attention for functional benefits as we age, little research has looked at its impact on mortality. “The study shows exercise that promotes muscular strength may be just as important for health as aerobic activities like jogging or cycling,” said Associate Professor Stamatakis. “And assuming our findings reflect cause and effect relationships, it may be even more vital when it comes to reducing risk of death from cancer.” The World Health Organization’s Physical Activity Guidelines for adults recommend 150 minutes of aerobic activity, plus two days of muscle strengthening activities each week. New research says that should be revisited. Associate Professor Stamatakis said governments and public health authorities have neglected to promote strength-based guidelines in the community, and as such misrepresented how active we are. He cites the example of The Australian National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey which, based on aerobic activity alone, reports inactivity at 53 percent. However, when the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strength-based guidelines are also taken into account, 85 percent of Australians fail to meet recommendations. “Unfortunately, less than 19 percent of Australian adults do the recommended amount of strength-based exercise,” said Associate Professor Stamatakis. “Our message to date has just been to get moving but this study prompts a rethink about, when appropriate, expanding the kinds of exercise we are encouraging for long-term health and wellbeing.” The analysis also showed exercises performed using one’s own body weight without specific equipment were just as effective as gym-based training. “When people think of strength training they instantly think of doing weights in a gym, but that doesn’t have to be the case. “Many people are intimidated by gyms, the costs or the culture they promote, so it’s great to know that anyone can do classic exercises like triceps dips, sit-ups, push-ups or lunges in their own home or local park and potentially reap the same health benefits.” The research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology today, is based on a pooled population sample of over 80,306 adults with data drawn from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey, linked with the NHS Central Mortality Register. The study was observational, however adjustments were made to reduce the influence of other factors such as age, sex, health status, lifestyle behaviours and education level. All participants with established cardiovascular disease or cancer at baseline and those who passed away in the first two years of follow up were excluded from the study to reduce the possibility of skewing results due to those with pre-existing conditions participating in less exercise. Strength Training For Women, Strength Training Program, Strength Training For Runners, Strength Training Exercises, Strength Training At Home, Strength Training Kettlebell, Strength Training Ketosis, Strength Training No Cardio, Strength Training News

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  • Denver’s 2018 economic outlook: growth still hot, but slowingDenver’s 2018 economic outlook: growth still hot, but slowing

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  • Local Development, November 2017: 2260 E. Colfax, Jux Apartments, Updates on Carla Madison Rec Center & Ogden FlatsLocal Development, November 2017: 2260 E. Colfax, Jux Apartments, Updates on Carla Madison Rec Center & Ogden Flats

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  • LIFE Business, November 2017: Solutions Lounge & Restaurant, Homebody, Goombas Pizza GrindersLIFE Business, November 2017: Solutions Lounge & Restaurant, Homebody, Goombas Pizza Grinders

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  • Cheesman Park property owner sues Verizon over cell tower installationsCheesman Park property owner sues Verizon over cell tower installations

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  • LIFE Curmudgeon, November 2017: I just want to thank you...LIFE Curmudgeon, November 2017: I just want to thank you...

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  • An ambitious new climate plan for DenverAn ambitious new climate plan for Denver

    DENVER — A group of people representing a variety of interests—including utilities, non-profits, the energy efficiency industry, conservationists and business representatives—reports that Denver’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions need ramping up. Their 80×50 Climate Goal Stakeholder Report suggests accelerating the strategies already underway in order to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) […] The post An ambitious new climate plan for Denver appeared first on North Denver Tribune.

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  • Conflict Resolution Month in ColoradoConflict Resolution Month in Colorado

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  • The Matador may not be local, but the Highlands eatery serves good grubThe Matador may not be local, but the Highlands eatery serves good grub

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  • Amazon’s HQ2 Decision Could Have Huge Impact On Chosen City’s Housing MarketAmazon’s HQ2 Decision Could Have Huge Impact On Chosen City’s Housing Market

    Potential homebuyers are questioning the future of the real estate market in the aftermath of Amazon’s HQ2 competition. The online retail giant, Amazon Inc, recently stopped accepting proposals for the company’s second headquarters and intends to make its decision sometime in 2018. In the meantime, homeowners in the prospective cities are hoping that their home’s value will suddenly spike if Amazon chooses to move into their hometown. Currently, up to 238 cities have applied to be Amazon’s second headquarters. The chosen land will receive up to 50,000 job openings for new employees and up to $5 million investments for the construction of the building. Despite many American cities making moves to gain Amazon’s favor to be the location of the next headquarters, the effects on the housing market of the chosen city may not be as positive as city officials hope. That being said, according to MarketWatch, Amazon’s new presence is likely to cause the housing prices in the area to increase considerably. Seattle, Amazon’s current headquarters, has seen an 83% increase in housing prices and a 47% increase in rent since the company situated itself in the city’s South Union area only seven years ago. “Some of the housing markets that are already very well developed into their suburbs would have difficulty responding to a major employer coming in,” said chief economist at Realtor.com, Danielle Hale. MarketWatch points out that areas with room to enlarge their suburbs such as Tampa, FL, and Baltimore, MD may be able to accommodate new housing for Amazon employees. But with employees from other companies attracted to the new headquarters, other cities without as much room to grow may not be able to handle the influx. Typically, homeowners looking to increase their home’s value have to invest in home improvements such as new appliances or modern flooring. While 54% of Americans are willing to pay more money for homes with features such as hardwood flooring, many homeowners are far more concerned with finding a home near their place of work. While higher home prices would be welcome news for anyone looking to sell a home, it could cause serious problems for other residents. When Amazon chooses a second headquarters, the increase in the city’s popularity is bound to increase rent prices regardless of how tenants take care of their property. “There are few options for renters to maintain their housing costs if they live in a property where the owner has the legal right to increase rent,” said NeighborWorks America spokesman Douglas Robinson. Despite the increase in rent, Robinson suggests that now may be the best time for potential homebuyers to consider a mortgage. Compared to the 38 million Americans who purchase watches or fine jewelry every year, up to 40 million Americans can’t afford to live in the housing they currently own. “Prices are increasing in many markets, but mortgage rates remain low and lenders do offer a range of low down payment products,” said Robinson. Robinson also said those who are unable to afford a down payment can also look for assistance grants. According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon intends to invest in its second headquarters over a period of 15 to 17 years. The headquarters will be built in phases, but Amazon plans to have up to one million square feet of office space ready by 2019. The post Amazon’s HQ2 Decision Could Have Huge Impact On Chosen City’s Housing Market appeared first on In Denver Times.

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  • Jewels of Highland Home Tour strikes it rich for SkinnerJewels of Highland Home Tour strikes it rich for Skinner

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  • Denver City Council is against termination of DACADenver City Council is against termination of DACA

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  • Sending up the flare for public education in DenverSending up the flare for public education in Denver

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  • Questioning newest Historic District Packard HillQuestioning newest Historic District Packard Hill

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  • Regis to host ‘Business Unusual’ on Oct. 25Regis to host ‘Business Unusual’ on Oct. 25

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  • Regis University awards $1 million Opus PrizeRegis University awards $1 million Opus Prize

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  • Teach Your Children How to Speak Espanol With These Easy DIY Teaching ToolsTeach Your Children How to Speak Espanol With These Easy DIY Teaching Tools

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  • HomeAdvisor Completes Angie’s List Acquisition, Says Employee Layoffs Are OverHomeAdvisor Completes Angie’s List Acquisition, Says Employee Layoffs Are Over

    After months of uncertainty, HomeAdvisor’s $500 million acquisition of popular business ratings company Angie’s List is finally complete. The two companies have actually merged as ANGI Homeservices and went public on the Nasdaq exchange earlier this month, becoming Colorado’s latest public company. But even though HomeAdvisor’s staff subsequently grew by 33% due to the deal, Angie’s List employees haven’t fared quite as well. Between January 31 and September 29 of this year, around 550 employees have either been laid off or have voluntarily left Angie’s List. Although 57% of organizations view employee retention as a problem, it’s clear that the newly merged organization would rather have fewer Angie’s List workers among their ranks. As of September, ANGI Homeservices Inc. had plans to lay off another 230 Angie’s List employees. The deluge of former Angie’s List employees has even caught the attention of local recruiters, particularly those in the tech industry, who have noticed a dramatic increase in applicants who have Angie’s List on their resumes. However, some experts say that Angie’s List was struggling even before the merger went through. Some employees chose to leave directly due to the company’s decision to sell itself, but others became casualties of the company’s inability to grow over the last year. When the company went public in 2011, it experienced revenue growth rates in the double digits; however, this growth slowed down drastically in 2015 and actually went into the negatives in 2016. But even though the company was struggling, it was still more of a household name than HomeAdvisor, a fact that HomeAdvisor’s CEO (and now, CEO of ANGI Homeservices) can help leverage their new brand. The two companies are actually fairly similar, as their missions are to connect homeowners with companies that provide home services, such as plumbers, painters, and landscapers. Since landscaping can increase a home’s resale value by 14%, companies can help would-be sellers and long-term homeowners make their property a more functional and attractive place to be. They do have different business models, though: HomeAdvisor allows web users to browse their Rolodex of service companies, and these companies pay HomeAdvisor for the chance to connect with homeowners who request work they can perform. Angie’s List, on the other hand, didn’t used to allow service companies to pay for their guide listings. The company initially had the consumers pay the membership fee to access their reviews. However, Angie’s List nixed the membership fee last year and instead charged service companies an advertising fee to promote themselves. Now, it seems like the companies will also be merging their business strategies. According to HomeAdvisor, nearly 90% of Angie’s List website visitors leave due to the registration page. Since the two services will remain separate entities on the internet (for now, at least), CEO Chris Terrill is optimistic the merged company can reroute those who abandon the Angie’s List site through HomeAdvisor’s matching service. In a report, MKM Partners senior analyst Rob Sanderson explained, “We think HomeAdvisor has a better business model and has executed far better while [Angie’s List] has built a stronger consumer brand and higher quality pool of service providers. This combination makes sense in our view.” Terrill has said that the layoffs are done and now wants to focus on all the good the company can do together. “What’s really exciting for everyone at Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor and what should be exciting in Colorado, is Denver is becoming the undisputed leader of home services,” he told IndyStar. “Having another publicly traded company here, it’s validation that Denver is on the map and the place to be for technology and innovation.” The post HomeAdvisor Completes Angie’s List Acquisition, Says Employee Layoffs Are Over appeared first on In Denver Times.

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  • The First Global Glamping Summit Is Coming To Denver In 2018The First Global Glamping Summit Is Coming To Denver In 2018

    Colorodo’s outdoor business owners likely have next year’s goals on the mind. But before you start your plans, what about moving in a more luxurious direction? Glamping, perhaps? Swan Events, hosts of the UK’s The Glamping Show, recently announced the first ever Global Glamping Summit, which is scheduled for April 24-25, 2018 in Denver. According to a press release, Swan Events will be partnering with Glamping Hub, Inspired Camping, and Glamping Business to bring the latest and greatest of glamping to the U.S. “Glamping has taken the tourism industry by storm and fundamentally changed the way that travelers perceive outdoor accommodation,” Swan Events wrote in the press release. “It has created new markets, attracted new demographics and spawned new business models, offering the potential for diversification and new profit streams.” The event is targeted at current glamping operators and those interested in entering the market. According to the event website, guests can expect to learn about industry developments, network with glamping innovators, learn about glamping laws and regulations, and get creative about creating more original glamping experiences. A recent survey found that 47% of campers cited the joy of camping itself as their biggest motivation for engaging in the activity. But some campers just want a little more glitz. This is where glamping, short for “glam camping,” finds its ideal demographic. Much of this demographic lives in Europe. While the United States accounts for 49.7% of the private jet market and Europe makes up 20.8%, countries across the pond were the pioneers of this other luxury. Glamping has reached the mainstream through European music festivals and other forms of outdoor recreation. In a statement to BusinessDen, head of Glamping Hub Ruben Martinez said that he is expecting about 5,000 attendees at the event, many of which will be coming from Europe. “This will be the first one within the U.S,” he said. “But 30 percent [of attendees] will be coming from abroad…They want to get into the glamping game within the U.S.” BusinessDen reports that Martinez started GlampingHub in Seville, Spain in 2012 and expanded into the U.S. later this year. the site had 8,000 property listings in April, and that number jumped to 15,000 in September. Martinez’s goal is to boost this to 40,000 by May of 2018. His biggest targets? California, New York, Texas, and of course, Colorado. “We find a lot of operators here in Colorado don’t just want to stay at a cabin,” he said. While the average person in Colorodo can’t afford to be part of the 3% of U.S. households who own a vacation timeshare, many would like a taste at a more luxurious camping experience. For those interested in potentially diving into this experience, and bringing outdoor glamour to the U.S., you can register your interest on the summit’s website. The post The First Global Glamping Summit Is Coming To Denver In 2018 appeared first on In Denver Times.

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  • Wastewater Into Beer: How 3 Denver Breweries Are Changing the World of Recycled WaterWastewater Into Beer: How 3 Denver Breweries Are Changing the World of Recycled Water

    CH2M, a Colorado-based engineering firm, is changing the world of sustainable water reuse technology. Three Colorado breweries, Lone Tree Brewing Company, Lost Highway Brewing Company, and 105 West Brewing Company, will produce beer using recycled wastewater. The water being used in the breweries is produced by a mobile advanced water treatment plant that was created by CH2M along with Pima County, Arizona. According to CH2M, the water is pumped into a trailer to be purified using a “multi-barrier purification process including ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet disinfection with advanced oxidation, activated carbon filtration and chlorine disinfection.” This process transforms the wastewater into safe drinking water. Every day in the United States, wastewater treatment facilities process about 34 billion gallons of wastewater. Additional facts about recycling water include: A 2012 study found that with treated wastewater, U.S. coastal cities could increase their water supply by 27% Florida is the leading state to reuse water Across the U.S., a total of less than three-tenths of 1% of water use involved recycling Between 60% and 65% of the water that goes down the drain in a home has the possibility of being reused, according the the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center “Water is definitely a strained resource everywhere, including Colorado,” said CH2M water reuse technologist, Jason Assouline. CH2M was named the Stockholm Industry Award Winner in 2015 for recreating the practice and perception of wastewater. The organization challenged the idea that just because water has already been used, doesn’t mean it can’t be reused. CH2M currently leads the professional services industry in creating sustainable solutions to benefit society. Additionally, they provide consulting, designing, and engineering services. In a statement, Tina Pachorek, CEO of Lost Highway Brewing Company, said, “On average, it takes 60 ounces of water to brew just 12-ounces of beer, something our customers probably don’t realize when they reach for that beer bottle. With water under increasing demand, we want to do our part to build a sustainable future, and that’s why we excitedly accepted this opportunity with CH2M.” At the ReuseFest on October 13th, guests will have the opportunity to taste the beers brewed using the recycled water and to tour the treatment trailer. The post Wastewater Into Beer: How 3 Denver Breweries Are Changing the World of Recycled Water appeared first on In Denver Times.

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  • Unconventional Preschool Options Emerge For Colorado FamiliesUnconventional Preschool Options Emerge For Colorado Families

    Across the U.S., approximately 75% of young children participate in preschool programs. But exactly what those preschool programs look like seems to be changing, especially in the state of Colorado. To ensure high levels of enrollment and achievement, preschools are starting to get creative — and they may be making families a lot happier in the process. Flexible Scheduling In Aurora, one of the most intriguing ideas is being put into action by Beck Preschool, one of five preschools that is actually run by the city. Just this year, the preschool offered custom scheduling options for families. Rather than making parents choose a consistent session for their child, they can decide whether a morning or afternoon option would be better on a daily basis. Whatever fits the family’s schedule best, Beck will make it work. According to Melissa Guggenmos, Beck Preschool director, this allows working families or parents who share custody to alleviate stress and get their children to school without incident. Around 22% of fathers who live separately from their children see their kids more than once a week; with flexible scheduling, spending quality time together is much more feasible. Guggenmos pushed for custom scheduling options due to families she had to turn away due to conflicts. She told the Denver Post, “I was amazed by the number of families who came forward to say, ‘We made it work before, but this is ideal for us.'” The unusual arrangement seems to be working. Since flexible scheduling was implemented, one-third of Beck Preschool families take advantage of the arrangement. Overall enrollment is up, too — so much so that the previously lagging enrollment for three-year-olds is now so high that they had to add another class. As one of the most diverse cities in the entire region, officials feel meeting the needs of these families early on is of particular importance. Data shows that children who are dual language learners and are from economically insecure families stand to gain the most from preschool: studies show that this early learning can narrow academic gaps between low-income, Latinx families and affluent, white families. Improving preschool access for all can play a huge part not only in grade school readiness but in virtually all types of development. As Donna Hunt, supervisor of Aurora’s 45-year-old preschool program, told the Denver Post, “I think there’s more eyes on preschool, that we’re finally being recognized as a need more than just, ‘Oh let’s just go play.’ People are actually seeing the benefits of their children having this experience before going to kindergarten.” Full-Day Preschool On the other end of the spectrum, Westminster Public Schools in Denver have opted for a full-day preschool program in an attempt to encourage higher levels of achievement from an early age. Their modified version of the “Pay For Success” school model is already showing promise in a district that, prior to the program’s implementation, saw only one-third of kindergartners who met the expected school-related benchmarks. The concept of Pay For Success is that philanthropists and private investors finance social programs upfront and then are paid back (with interest) if those programs end up saving the public money. Essentially, the program tries to prevent the need for more costly services like reading remediation or special occasion. It is a risk for these investors, as a lack of results will translate into a loss. But so far, the 25% of preschoolers in the district who attend full-day programs have performed better on early childhood assessments than those students who attend half-day programs. The program will be evaluated further over the next two years, but Mat Aubuchon, the district’s director of early childhood education, told Chalkbeat that he hopes the program will continue beyond the three-year pilot setup and even expand. Currently, the state is not yet a partner, which would have to be the case for it to be classified as a complete Pay For Success program. But given the fact that full-day preschoolers have also shown higher attendance rates and an increased likelihood that these students will return for kindergarten, staff members are optimistic. Charter School Preschool Programs In Denver’s Green Valley Ranch neighborhood, many toddlers are already getting acclimated to the charter school system. In fact, six different Denver-based charter schools have launched their own preschool programs in recent years. Many of these schools are meant to serve low-income families by providing high-quality preschool programs that are also economically feasible. Approximately 45.6% of children living below the federal poverty level are enrolled in preschool programs nationwide, but it’s often difficult for families to afford private education. According to a recent Center For American Progress report, several Denver neighborhoods (including Green Valley Ranch) are located in so-called “child care deserts,” so it’s clear that families need a solution — especially since the highly-regarded Clayton Early Learning center closed abruptly a few months back and left families scrambling. For many of these families, charter school-run preschools are the answer. At the Northeast Elementary School run by KIPP (one of the nation’s biggest college prep charter school networks), their three new preschool classrooms aren’t even enough to satisfy local demand; 41 children are currently on their admission waitlist. Rocky Mountain Prep, which runs two schools in Denver and one in Aurora, has more than 180 children on their preschool waitlists between these locations. There’s reason to believe these charter-run preschools are helping students succeed. In a Mathematica Policy Research Study, KIPP students who enrolled in the network’s preschools had reading advantages over their peers who enrolled in KIPP programs in kindergarten. Students who attended classes from preschool through second grade at KIPP also had higher achievement in both math and reading. While some experts are worried that these programs may be a bit too academic and may lack emphasis on social and emotional development, the programs are yielding some positive results that shouldn’t be ignored. It’s evident that Colorado families are clamoring for options that can allow their children access to superior educational options from an early age. Whether it’s a charter school, a full-day program, or a setup that lets parents create their own schooling schedule, these non-traditional offerings showcase the need to think outside the box when it comes to early childhood education. The post Unconventional Preschool Options Emerge For Colorado Families appeared first on In Denver Times.

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  • Henderson Mine Will Remain Open Until 2026, But Budget Cuts Still Imminent For CountyHenderson Mine Will Remain Open Until 2026, But Budget Cuts Still Imminent For County

    Although the Henderson Mine and Mill was expected to close in 2020 due to a substantial decline in the molybdenum market, it looks like the tides are turning. Now, a notable uptick in market conditions has prompted mine officials to extend operations for another six years. While hundreds of mine workers are likely relieved they’ll have a steady paycheck until 2026 and will have time to look for other means of employment in the meantime, Clear Creek County (where the mine is located) doesn’t necessarily share these sentiments. More than likely, the county will still need to make huge budget cuts by 2021 — whether the mine is operational or not. Molybdenum, which has been used for countless purposes over the past 200 years (including the hardening of steel), fetched as much as $46 a pound in the early 2000s. In 2016, it went for less than $5 a pound. The declining value of moly prompted Henderson to perform two rounds of layoffs, eliminating 210 positions, in 2015 and last year, they announced they would close for good in four years’ time. This left county officials in a state of panic, as the mine paid 70% of property taxes collected in Clear Creek County and accounted for more than one-third of the county’s budget. In response, the county said they planned to slash their budget by nearly 40% to compensate for the $14 million loss. But now, molybdenum is worth more than $8 a pound and seems to be more in demand. Although Henderson discontinued operations last year, they plan to resume them and stay open for the next nine years or so. The mine now has 50 open positions, in addition to the 300-plus workers who are currently employed. Officials say they’ll be taking steps to improve mine development activities. Currently, the mine and mill are producing 22,000 tons of ore per day and around 10 million pounds of molybdenum every year. That said, the fact that they’re resuming operations doesn’t mean the county’s situation will change. As Clear Creek County Commissioner Randy Wheelock told Denver’s CBS affiliate, “This is giving us a few more years, but the mine will close at some point and we need to be ready for that.” Another commissioner, Sean Wood, explained to the Denver Post, “This announcement, its not that huge a deal for us… Our tax revenues from Henderson are still going to go down and they will remain at a fairly low level,” Wood said. “We are still going to have to do pretty significant reductions in our expenses and really be aggressive at looking for other revenues in other areas.” One of those other areas is the tourism angle. Area investors are planning to build a 160-room hotel and convention center, while some counties are planning to create a network of mountain biking trails. Since 25% of all bicycles sold by specialty stores in 2012 were mountain bikes, they’re hoping that becoming a recreation-centered attraction will help revitalize the local economy. “We are focusing on creating additional outdoor recreation which is going to increase the quality of life and hopefully, over time, make Clear Creek a destination,” said Wood to the Post. But for now, many locals are optimistic about the possibilities the mine might present. Officials say that it might be possible, if all ore panels are developed, to extend the life of Henderson until 2040. That may be a long-shot according to some, but others feel the potential is promising. In a statement, the company said, “Henderson is grateful for the support and understanding from our local communities and county governments during this recent downturn. We are excited about this development and pleased with the positive outcomes it will have on our employees, the communities where we live and work, and county governments who so diligently work for this region.” The post Henderson Mine Will Remain Open Until 2026, But Budget Cuts Still Imminent For County appeared first on In Denver Times.

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  • Celebrating David Bowie – February 25 – Paramount TheatreCelebrating David Bowie – February 25 – Paramount Theatre

    CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE ANNOUNCES 2018 TOUR WILL PERFORM IN DENVER ON FEBRUARY 25 #CdB2018 ‘What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?’ “The shows had a magic because our intent was to celebrate David with as much love and respect as we could. So many lovely artists from all around the globe contributed and I loved all seven shows as each musician and artist brought their own way of self expression.” – Mike Garson, 2017 After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows earlier this year, Celebrating David Bowie is back for a 2018 tour throughout Europe and North America with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career asking the question, ‘What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?’ See the full list of tour dates below. VIP tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 26 with the general on sale starting Friday, September 29 at 10am local time; go to www.celebratingdavidbowie.com for more information. View the trailer here: http://tiny.cc/CdB2018Announce. More than just a mere salute, Celebrating David Bowie keeps David’s music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him. Legendary Bowie touring and recording keyboardist Mike Garson, who collaborated with Bowie for longer than any other player, will be heading up the band along with previous Bowie band leaders, guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew (Sound & Vision Tour) and guitarist Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour). Between them, Mike, Adrian and Gerry have over 30 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie. Joining Mike, Adrian and Gerry will be Bowie’s Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas as well as CdB 2017 standouts Fishbone’s Angelo Moore and 2017 Grammy Nominee Gaby Moreno as well as special guests and other former Bowie band members who will make surprise appearances along the way. CdB creator and producer Angelo Bundini (aka guitarist Scrote) is also back and excited about the concept for the new show. “After the last tour, I didn’t really imagine playing more shows because it was insanely difficult to pull off. David’s last tour was in 2004, so I began to wonder what he might do if he were to tour again today. That’s what we’re presenting in 2018.” The large rotating ensemble with world class multi-instrumentalists changing song to song will perform a show highlighting elements that influenced Bowie and that in turn Bowie influenced: pop culture experimentation, art, fashion, science and futurism. “I have worked with over 1000 singers but never anyone like David,” shares Mike Garson. “He had an infinite source of music flowing through him, and his creativity was boundless. His sharing of the stage with his musicians was extraordinary, and he was a team player. That is why we need many singers to encompass his work.” “With such a large catalog to choose from, different songs affected us and the audience in varying measure,” adds Adrian Belew about the shows earlier this year. “It’s always amazing to feel the excitement of an audience beamed directly at you. Pure adrenaline! So much love for David.” Fishbone’s Angelo Moore recalls: “One of the things that stuck out while abroad was our group visit to the David Bowie Is… exhibit in Tokyo and how they cover so much of his life, music, fashion, and creative processes. I’m excited we will be doing more of his unique aesthetic in our upcoming shows.” Gaby Moreno says: “It was an incredible and emotional ride for me. Sharing the stage with some of the most brilliant musicians, playing these iconic songs from one of the best artists this world gave us, is something quite unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced.” Previous special guests on CdB shows have included: Sting, Gary Oldman, Seal, Perry Farrell, The B-52’s’ Kate Pierson, Ewan McGregor, Simon Le Bon, Gavin Rossdale, La Roux, Joe Elliott, Mr Hudson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Spandau Ballet’s Steve Norman, Corey Taylor, Ian Astbury, Darren Criss, Tony Hadley, Living Colour, The London Community Gospel Choir, and The Harlem Gospel Choir, among many others. Catch Celebrating David Bowie in the following cities: DATE CITY VENUE Europe Tour Dates: Wed 1/10 Paris, France Salle Pleyel Fri 1/12 London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Sat 1/13 Manchester, UK O2 Ritz Manchester Mon 1/15 Dublin, Ireland Olympia Theatre Tue 1/16 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso Wed 1/17 Ultrecht, Netherlands TivoliVredenburg North America Tour Dates: Sat 2/10 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring Sun 2/11 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre Mon 2/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza Tue 2/13 Albany, NY The Egg Fri 2/16 Boston, MA Chevalier Theatre Sat 2/17 Montreal, QC M Telus Sun 2/18 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall Mon 2/19 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre Wed 2/21 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre Thu 2/22 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre Fri 2/23 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre Sun 2/25 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre Tue 2/27 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl Wed 2/28 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern Sat 3/3 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom Sun 3/4 Santa Rosa, CA Luther Burbank Center Tue 3/6 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre Wed 3/7 Mesa, AZ Ikeda Theater Sat 3/10 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall Sun 3/11 Portland, OR Roseland Theater

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  • Ice packs on belly, thighs drives “browning” of fatIce packs on belly, thighs drives “browning” of fat

    Exposure to cold temperatures can convert white fat tissue from the thighs and belly to beige fat that burns calories for heat, but this biological response is hampered in obese people, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study examined both abdominal and thigh subcutaneous (SC) WAT from 71 subjects who were biopsied in the summer or winter, and adipose expression was assessed after an acute cold stimulus applied to the thigh of physically active young subjects. The key study takeaway: In winter, UCP1 and PGC1α mRNA were increased 4 to 10-fold (p < 0.05) and 1.5 to 2-fold, respectively, along with beige adipose markers, and UCP1 protein was 3-fold higher in the winter. The seasonal increase in abdominal SC WAT UCP1 mRNA was considerably diminished in subjects with a BMI > 30 kg/m2, suggesting that dysfunctional WAT in obesity inhibits adipose thermogenesis. After applying an acute cold stimulus to the thigh of subjects for 30 min, PGC1α and UCP1 mRNA was stimulated 2.7-fold (p < 0.05) and 1.9-fold (p = 0.07), respectively. Acute cold also induced a 2 to 3-fold increase in PGC1α and UCP1 mRNA in human adipocytes in vitro, which was inhibited by macrophage-conditioned medium and by the addition of TNFα. Known as brown adipose tissue (BAT), brown fat is a particular kind of fat tissue that burns energy and glucose to generate heat. Babies and small animals rely on brown fat to stay warm. Brown fat’s energy expenditure helps to prevent obesity in rodents. While white fat does not share this ability, it can play a role in burning calories when it takes on some brown fat characteristics. The tissue created in this process is called beige fat. When rodents are exposed to cold temperatures, they can convert white fat deposits to beige fat. “We wanted to investigate whether human adults had the ability to transform some white fat deposits into beige fat when they were exposed to cold,” said one of the study’s authors, Philip A. Kern, MD, of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in Lexington, KY. “Browning fat tissue would be an excellent defense against obesity. It would result in the body burning extra calories rather than converting them into additional fat tissue.” Researchers analyzed belly fat tissue samples from 55 people to see if the tissue samples taken in winter showed more evidence of browning activity than those taken in summer. Scientists also took thigh fat tissue samples from 16 people after they held an ice pack on the skin for 30 minutes. The analysis checked the tissue samples for specific genetic markers found in brown or beige fat. The analysis revealed belly fat tissue biopsied in the winter had a higher level of two genetic markers for beige fat, compared to the samples taken in the summertime. In the thigh tissue samples, researchers found elevated levels of three genetic markers tied to beige or brown fat in samples taken during the winter. Researchers analyzed the belly fat samples to see if there was a difference in response among lean and obese people. The analysis revealed that the seasonal effect of fat browning was blunted in obese people. Obesity was defined as having a body mass index greater than 30. “Our findings indicate inflammation can hinder the conversion of white to beige fat,” Kern said. “When we analyzed tissue samples in the lab, we found that exposing white fat to macrophage cells from the immune system inhibited the transformation.” Read the full study here: The Effects of Temperature and Seasons on Subcutaneous White Adipose Tissue in Humans: Evidence for Thermogenic Gene Induction

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  • Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow upWhy today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up

    In the past, kids couldn’t wait to get their driver’s licenses. Now? Not so much. Jenn Huls Jean Twenge, San Diego State University Teens aren’t what they used to be. The teen pregnancy rate has reached an all-time low. Fewer teens are drinking alcohol, having sex or working part-time jobs. And as I found in a newly released analysis of seven large surveys, teens are also now less likely to drive, date or go out without their parents than their counterparts 10 or 20 years ago. Some have tried to explain certain aspects of these trends. Today’s teens are more virtuous and responsible, sociologist David Finkelhor has argued. No, says journalist Jess Williams, they’re just more boring. Others have suggested that teens aren’t working because they are simply lazy. However, none of these researchers and writers has been able to tie everything together. Not drinking or having sex might be considered “virtuous,” but not driving or working is unrelated to virtue – and might actually be seen as less responsible. A lower teen pregnancy rate isn’t “boring” or “lazy”; it’s fantastic. These trends continued even as the economy improved after 2011, suggesting the Great Recession isn’t the primary cause. Nor is more schoolwork: The average teen today spends less time on homework than his counterparts did in the 1990s, with time spent on extracurricular activities staying about the same. To figure out what’s really going on, it’s worth taking a broader look at today’s teens – a generation of kids I call “iGen” – and the environment they’re living in. A different culture, a slower path Working, driving, drinking alcohol, having sex and dating have one thing in common: They are all activities adults do. This generation of teens, then, is delaying the responsibilities and pleasures of adulthood. Adolescence – once the beginning of adulthood – now seems to be an extension of childhood. It’s not that teens are more virtuous or lazier. They could simply be taking longer to grow up. Looking at these trends through the lens of “life history theory” might be useful. According to this model, whether development is “slow” (with teens taking longer to get to adulthood) or “fast” (getting to adulthood sooner) depends on cultural context. A “slow life strategy” is more common in times and places where families have fewer children and spend more time cultivating each child’s growth and development. This is a good description of our current culture in the U.S., when the average family has two children, kids can start playing organized sports as preschoolers and preparing for college can begin as early as elementary school. This isn’t a class phenomenon; I found in my analysis that the trend of growing up more slowly doesn’t discriminate between teens from less advantaged backgrounds and those from wealthier families. A “fast-life strategy,” on the other hand, was the more common parenting approach in the mid-20th century, when fewer labor-saving devices were available and the average woman had four children. As a result, kids needed to fend for themselves sooner. When my uncle told me he went skinny-dipping with his friends when he was eight, I wondered why his parents gave him permission. Then I remembered: His parents had six other children (with one more to come), ran a farm and it was 1947. The parents needed to focus on day-to-day survival, not making sure their kids had violin lessons by age five. Is growing up slowly good or bad? Life history theory explicitly notes that slow and fast life strategies are adaptations to a particular environment, so each isn’t inherently “good” or “bad.” Likewise, viewing the trends in teen behavior as “good” or “bad” (or as teens being more “mature” or “immature,” or more “responsible” or “lazy”) misses the big picture: slower development toward adulthood. And it’s not just teens – children are less likely to walk to and from school and are more closely supervised, while young adults are taking longer to settle into careers, marry and have children. “Adulting” – which refers to young adults performing adult responsibilities as if this were remarkable – has now entered the lexicon. The entire developmental path from infancy to full adulthood has slowed. But like any adaptation, the slow life strategy has trade-offs. It’s definitely a good thing that fewer teens are having sex and drinking alcohol. But what about when they go to college and suddenly enter an environment where sex and alcohol are rampant? For example, although fewer 18-year-olds now binge-drink, 21- to 22-year-olds still binge-drink at roughly the same rate as they have since the 1980s. One study found that teens who rapidly increased their binge-drinking were more at risk of alcohol dependence and adjustment issues than those who learned to drink over a longer period of time. Delaying exposure to alcohol, then, could make young adults less prepared to deal with drinking in college. The same might be true of teens who don’t work, drive or go out much in high school. Yes, they’re probably less likely to get into an accident, but they may also arrive at college or the workplace less prepared to make decisions on their own. College administrators describe students who can’t do anything without calling their parents. Employers worry that more young employees lack the ability to work independently. Although I found in my analyses that iGen evinces a stronger work ethic than millennials, they’ll probably also require more guidance as they transition into adulthood. Even with the downsides in mind, it’s likely beneficial that teens are spending more time developing socially and emotionally before they date, have sex, drink alcohol and work for pay. The key is to make sure that teens eventually get the opportunity to develop the skills they will need as adults: independence, along with social and decision-making skills. For parents, this might mean making a concerted effort to push your teenagers out of the house more. Otherwise, they might just want to live with you forever. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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  • CSU joins massive effort for boosting electric grid’s futureCSU joins massive effort for boosting electric grid’s future

    A team of researchers in the U.S. and Europe, including key contributors from Colorado State University, is poised to globally integrate electrical grids in a way that resonates with the creation of the internet more than 50 years ago. On Sept. 26, the researchers will convene at Idaho National Laboratory for a live demonstration of the Real-Time Super Lab concept, which shows how electricity can be rerouted across vast distances to address disruptions. The team envisions that large-scale blackouts can be prevented by moving electricity intercontinentally, the same way utilities currently do regionally, but at a much larger scale. Joining the Real-Time Super Lab effort is a CSU team led by Siddharth “Sid” Suryanarayanan, associate professor and Rhoden Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His team includes Fathalla Eldali, a Ph.D. student who commands the CSU-based linkup to Idaho National Lab, and software engineer Jerry Duggan, who critically helped the team establish the high-speed connection between the two campuses. Involved since the project’s inception in 2015, the CSU team has modeled the electrical grid’s distribution side, which is the portion closest to the end user. Their contribution is the development of sophisticated models on a digital simulator that perform real-time computations to mimic the actual U.S. power system. “The goal of this demonstration is to find methods and techniques for creating the next-generation electric power system that’s resilient against cyber and physical attacks, whether manmade or natural,” Suryanarayanan said. “The driving principle is that we are pooling our resources, whether that be computers or human capital, in solving this problem, rather than establishing ourselves in just one location.” Global interactions, reduced costs Such global interaction can prepare America for future power system challenges, reduce the cost of outages, and make electrical power grids more resilient. The efforts build on work by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory and five universities, two of them in Europe, have joined Idaho National Lab to explore the idea that electrons can be sent around the world in the same manner as digital packets of 0s and 1s over the internet. “This is more than computers talking to each other,” said Rob Hovsapian, Idaho National Laboratory’s Power and Energy Systems department manager. “We are developing capabilities for geographically distributed real-time grid simulation with shared assets at [Idaho National Laboratory], other national labs, universities and utilities.” In 2015, Idaho National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory successfully demonstrated the capability to connect grid simulations at their two labs for real-time interaction over the internet. Both the Idaho lab’s Power and Energy Real-Time Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility can merge computer-based simulations of the power grid with actual hardware, including wind turbines, solar inverters, batteries and electric vehicles. This is a capability called “power hardware in the loop.” The two national laboratories were able to connect their Digital Real-Time Simulators and achieve grid simulation. This allowed hardware or software at one lab to directly interact with hardware or software at the other lab. Eight partners Leveraging assets and expertise at other national labs and academic institutions, the Real-Time Super Lab concept brings more assets into the mix, with the following participants contributing specific capabilities: • Sandia National Laboratory’s photovoltaic test bed • Colorado State University’s high-performance computer-based energy management system (Suryanarayanan’s team) • Washington State University’s Microgrid Laboratory • University of South Carolina’s power electronics and distribution research • RWTH Aachen University’s co-simulation framework • Polytechnic University of Turin’s high-performance computer-based Energy Management System • National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility • Idaho National Laboratory’s Power and Energy Real-Time Laboratory “[Idaho National Laboratory] and [National Renewable Energy Laboratory] research made the project possible by addressing data latency issues and improving available bandwidth,” said CSU Ph.D. graduate Manish Mohanpurkar, the Idaho lab’s Power and Energy Systems group lead, who began working on concepts related to the Real-Time Super Lab as a student in Suryanarayanan’s lab several years ago. 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