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why the nuggets should think twice before trading for suns point guard eric bledsoe – the denver post

this nuggets trade for phoenix guard eric bledsoe should have happened days ago. they will be out of the playoff race before you know it in a loaded western conference. if we need to sweeten the deal, please add coach michael malone and ship him off to phoenix.rich, beulahkiz: make bledsoe the starting point guard, and you might like how malone coaches a little better. but bledsoe is pouting in phoenix and wants out, because the suns have not given him a contract extension. acquiring bledsoe is tempting, but is he worth a long-term commitment by the nuggets? just say no. add bledsoe and the nuggets are still 20 victories worse than golden state.i think vance joseph will show quarterback trevor siemian just enough patience to get to paxton lynch. i don’t believe the broncos will play brock osweiler, because they want to avoid a potential controversy if osweiler plays well.steve, reads between the lineskiz: while joseph professes loyalty to siemian, he’s on shaky ground as the starting quarterback. should siemian flop in the first half at kansas city, how could joseph look von miller in the eye if osweiler isn’t given a shot to provide a spark? and if the broncos fall from playoff contention, it would make sense to give lynch a late-season tryout as the starter.so san francisco is dangling offensive tackle joe staley in trade, and even at 33 years old, he’s an upgrade over the garbage the broncos have playing on the right side. how are we supposed to take john elway’s...





air force falcons win over colorado sate rams, 45 to 28 – the denver post

a denver post staff photojournalist for the past 20 years, andy cross studied photojournalism at both the colorado institute of art and the metropolitan state college of denver. in addition to covering daily assignments and photo projects, he has covered major colorado news and sporting events, including the columbine and aurora mass shootings, forest fires, flooding, 2008 democratic national convention, two super bowls and the world series.





2 refs refuse to work high school football game after anthem protest – the denver post

monroe, n.j. — a father and son who were to officiate a high school football game friday night walked off the field after members of one team knelt during the national anthem.ernie and anthony lunardelli said they told officials from colts neck and monroe high schools before the game they would not work if any players protested. they were replaced by two officials in training after four monroe players took a knee on their home field.the two officials told mycentraljersey.com they respect the players’ right to protest, but they believe such acts are disrespectful. the pair stood on the field with their hands on their hearts while the anthem was played, then left immediately.“what they are doing with this kneeling and everything, they have the right do to that, but the national anthem has nothing to do with them kneeling,” said ernie lunardelli, who is in his 18th season of officiating scholastic football games. “the flag has got nothing to do with why they are protesting. if they want to protest, let them protest, but don’t disrespect our country, the flag and the armed forces.”ernie lunardelli was scheduled to work the game as the head linesman, while his son was to be a line judge.the newspaper reported that monroe high school athletic director greg beyer declined comment on the officials’ decision not to work the game. he said it is school district policy to permit players to protest peacefully.officials who oversee the referees declined to speculate on what...





unadoptable felines in philadelphia get a second chance as “mousers” in the working cats program – the denver post

by kristen de groot, the associated pressphiladelphia — gary wasn’t used to being around people. he didn’t like being touched or even looked at. if anyone came too close, he’d lash out.he was perfect for the job. because at the working cats program, no manners is no problem.philadelphia’s animal care and control team established the program about four years ago to place unadoptable cats — the biters and the skittish, the swatters and the ones that won’t use a litter box — into jobs as mousers at barns or stables.the shelter recently expanded the program to move cats that were less-than-ideal pets into urban jobs at places like factories and warehouses as a sort of green pest control. the animals are microchipped, vaccinated and free of charge.“part of the reason cats became domesticated was to get rid of the rodent population,” said ame dorminy, acct’s spokeswoman. “we took advantage of their natural propensity to hunt and made an official program out of it.”cats identified as good matches for the program are kept in a separate aisle at the shelter in a row called tta, time to adjust. on a recent visit, a low growl could be heard from a cage housing a male named spike, whose intake sheet listed his qualifications: hissing, swatting, spitting, can’t be picked up. a few doors down, prince was standoffish at the rear of his cage.just because cats don’t want to be petted or snuggle on a lap doesn’t mean they can’t have good lives, dorminy said.??...





“something is eating my brain,” a kansas inmate said. a lawsuit claims he was left to die. – the denver post

marques davis kept moving the items on the floor next to his prison mattress – stacking toilet paper, books, a water pitcher and a cup and then disassembling the stack.he moved and stacked the items again. and then again.then, he drank his own urine from a urinal.the bizarre behavior was captured by a surveillance camera in an isolation cell in the hutchinson correctional facility, northwest of wichita.months earlier, when he was still lucid, davis told the kansas facility’s doctors that something was terribly wrong with him.“it feels like something is eating my brain,” he said in december, according to court records.davis died april 13, just days after the surveillance camera recorded him acting disoriented in his isolation cell. an mri done at the facility showed widespread fungal infection throughout his brain. a ct scan conducted later at a hospital revealed it was so swollen that the upper part of davis’s brain was forced down to the lower part.the 27-year-old’s death is now the subject of a lawsuit that accuses the hutchinson correctional facility’s private health-care providers of dismissing the inmate’s symptoms as they quickly progressed, causing davis to suffer a “staggeringly slow, physically and mentally excruciating death.”the suit, filed last week by davis’s mother in federal court in kansas, names the prison’s health-care provider and 14 doctors and nurses as defendants and seeks unspecified damages.it’s the latest in a long line of co...





boulder youth soccer coach under investigation seen watching games with binoculars – the denver post

daily cameraphil hufstadera former boulder youth soccer coach under investigation for “inappropriate and illegal conduct” was spotted by police watching soccer games through binoculars earlier this month, including games involving an alleged victim in the case.phil hufstader resigned from fc boulder soccer club in august and is currently under investigation by the boulder county sheriff’s office.at 5 p.m. on oct. 14, boulder police were called after a man was spotted at 3245 kalmia ave., watching games being played at pleasant view soccer fields through binoculars.when police found the man, he identified himself as hufstader and said he used to coach the teams playing but that he had been suspended from the team but still wanted to watch them play their games.“i want to keep my distance,” he told the officer, according to the report. “i left for a reason, there was a big debacle, i don’t want to be necessarily closely associated, but i want to know that they are doing well.”the officer told him that he should watch the games from the field or not at all, to which hufstader said, “i’m not an idiot, i just love soccer and want to see the teams do well.”read the full story at dailycamera.com.





steven montez got benched as cu’s quarterback. instead of pouting, he grew up. – the denver post

boulder — there’s no telling if colorado’s 44-28 dismantling of california will save this disappointing season for the buffaloes, and propel them to a bowl bid that was slip-sliding away. but this much i know is true: somewhere down the road, in five or maybe 10 years, quarterback steven montez will wrap mike macintyre in a big bear hug and thank the coach for benching him.“i kind of felt like i had a huge chip on my shoulder, and i needed to prove to everybody why i should be out there (on the field), and why i should be playing,” montez said saturday, after he threw for 347 yards to put a happy exclamation point on a tough week in which his starting job was placed in jeopardy.seven days earlier, montez looked as if somebody had left his cake out in the unrelenting rain of pullman, wash. during an embarrassing 28-0 loss to washington state, montez was as sad as a qb can get, completing only 4-of-13 passes in the opening half for 21 yards. and then he was told to take a seat on the cu bench.a visit to the doghouse was a shock to the system of montez.“i’m almost 100 percent sure that’s the first time steven has been benched in his entire career,” macintyre said, “because he has always been the best athlete on the field.”as the obvious heir apparent to sefo liufau, especially when montez often made football look easy whenever he entered the cu huddle during 2016, he had perhaps taken too much for granted. if the rise was real, then the fall was hard, as th...





the undead flock to manitou springs for annual coffin races – the denver post

dougal brownlie, the gazettemembers of the steampunk zombies stand next to their coffin during the 23nd annual emma crawford coffin race and parade in manitou springs on saturday october 28, 2017.manitou springs’ population nearly tripled saturday, but not with the living.racing down manitou avenue, coffins in hand, was the undead of all kinds: the grim reaper, victorian-era elite, even mangled disney princesses.those racing and the 10,000 to 15,000 others lining the sidewalks for the emma crawford coffin race & parade all were there to pay tribute to emma crawford, who gained undying fame by dying after moving to manitou springs.crawford moved to the foot of pikes peak in 1889, seeking the “healing air” but died two years later of tuberculosis. her body was first buried atop red mountain, but after several years of rain and harsh weather, crawford’s remains slid down the mountain into the canyon below. two young boys found her name plate and the silver handles from her casket.for the past 23 years, manitou springs has remembered crawford’s “return” from the grave by pushing coffin-like contraptions with an “emma” inside 195 yards down manitou avenue.read the full story at gazette.com.





air force quarterback arion worthman leads falcons to upset victory – the denver post

arion worthman’s first pass attempt saturday at colorado state was intercepted, and one play later, the rams connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass. but the junior air force quarterback didn’t flinch.in the falcons’ 45-28 upset victory at csu, worthman accounted for 181 total yards (117 rushing and 64 passing) and two scores — including a 56-yard touchdown completion to tight end ryan reffitt. worthman directed an option attack that averaged 6.1 yards per play with 30 first downs.“he was pretty solid,” air force coach troy calhoun said. “really, you look and he’s at a point now, he’s started about probably 12-14 games. i think anytime you do something you reach that point a little bit, especially when you care and he cares immensely. you start to see it continue to climb. that’s a credit to these guys.”worthman now ranks within the top 10 nationally in scoring with 14 touchdowns over eight games.next up for air force (4-4, 3-2) is a 1:30 p.m home kickoff next saturday against army.record watch. csu quarterback nick stevens had a performance to forget saturday, and yet with two passing touchdowns, he grew even closer to rewriting the rams’ record books.when stevens connected with fullback adam prentice on a second quarter goal-line toss to the end zone, it marked 63 career touchdown passes — just one score shy of tying garrett grayson (2011-14) for most in program history. just don’t expect stevens or csu head coach mike bobo to revel in the near hi...





political battles, delinquent debts – the denver post

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bear breaks into car near nederland, but leaves on foot

jeremy papasso, daily cameraa bear is seen near the university of colorado campus in boulder last october.a bear invaded the car of a homeowner outside nederland on friday morning and became stuck there before finally being released, and wildlife officials say it’s just one example of increased activity by the animals in boulder county and elsewhere on colorado’s front range.“right now we are having significant bear activity throughout the area up into estes park, up in boulder county and on the west side of the city of boulder,” said larry rogstad, area wildlife manager for colorado parks and wildlife.“we are dealing with multiple bear calls every day right now, and because of that, we are really encouraging the public to be bear-aware and be bear-appropriate, at their homes and at trailheads and campsites.”the bear-in-the-car episode comes on the heels of a report thursday that at least seven bears had been killed across colorado in just over a week, including four on july 5 in separate incidents in pagosa springs, vallecito and cortez.read the full story at dailycamera.com.





"it's an affirmation of his life"; deceased boulder man's liver saves another's life

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loveland rescuers help stranded llama cross big thompson river

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70-year-old youtube hit redefining beauty in south korea

by youkyung lee, the associated pressyongin, south korea — one of south korea’s hottest youtube stars is a 70-year-old grandmother whose cool, undaunted style and hilarity are a breath of fresh air in a social media universe that exalts youth and perfect looks.park makrye’s videos are all about showing off her wrinkles and her elderly life in the raw. young south koreans find her so funny and adorable that big companies like samsung electronics and lotte are banking on her popularity.despite her new life as a celebrity, she still gets up before dawn to run her diner.serving kimchi while clad in a dotted pink top and short skirt with a kitchen hygiene hat on her head, park isn’t exactly the most stylish beauty icon.ahn young-joon, the associated pressin this july 11, 2017 photo, lee injae, 31, a fan of south korea’s youtube star, park makrye, watches computer screen showing park’s video during an interview in seoul, south korea. park’s videos are all about showing off her wrinkles and her elderly life in the raw. young south koreans find her so funny and adorable that big companies like samsung electronics and lotte are banking on her popularity. but despite her new life as a celebrity, she still gets up before dawn to run her diner.yet, south koreans love watching her give make-up tutorials, reunite with an old friend or try pasta for the first time in her life in her “grandma’s diary” youtube videos.“she’s real. she’s not fake,” said lee injae, a ...





these animals can survive until the end of the earth, astrophysicists say

tardigrades have a reputation as the toughest animals on the planet. some of these microscopic invertebrates shrug off temperatures of minus 272 celsius, one degree warmer than absolute zero. other species can endure powerful radiation and the vacuum of space. in 2007, the european space agency sent 3,000 animals into low earth orbit, where the tardigrades survived for 12 days on the outside of the capsule.to a group of theoretical physicists, tardigrades were the perfect specimens to test life’s tenacity. “life is pretty fragile if all your estimates are based on humans or dinosaurs,” said david sloan, a theoretical cosmologist at oxford university in britain.the tardigrade lineage is ancient. “tardigrade microfossils are reported from the early cambrian to the early cretaceous, 520 million to 100 million years ago,” said ralph o. schill, an expert on tardigrades at the university of stuttgart in germany who was not involved with this research. “they have seen the dinosaurs come and go.”sloan, with his oxford colleague rafael alves batista and harvard university astrophysicist abraham loeb, decided to try to rid the planet of tardigrades. in theory, anyway, in a report published friday in the journal scientific reports. through the powers of mathematical modeling they tossed three of the most devastating cosmic events at earth: killer asteroids, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts.“these are the biggest ways you can transfer energy to the planet,” sloan said. t...





silicon valley firm compiling a blacklist of investors who harass women

by elizabeth dwoskin, the washington postsan francisco — faced with a burgeoning sexual harassment crisis, leaders in silicon valley have come up with a very silicon valley solution: use technology to create a blacklist.one of the region’s most prominent firms recently emailed an online reporting form to 3,500 entrepreneurs, encouraging them to blow the whistle on sexual harassment by venture capitalists. now it is spearheading an effort to create an app that could provide reviews of financiers, akin to yelp or the workplace-review site glassdoor.“we don’t call it a blacklist, but that is essentially what is happening,” kat manalac, a partner at the influential start-up incubator y combinator, said of the blast email. “there has always been a whisper network, where investors and entrepreneurs know which other investors are bad actors.” two other groups are also launching tech start-ups to help victims share their experiences.the efforts by y combinator and others are part of the industry’s urgent search for answers in the wake of sexual harassment scandals that have cemented silicon valley’s reputation as hostile to women.but for all the success the tech industry has had in building products based on ratings systems and online feedback, this is uncharted territory for silicon valley and may be fraught with risk, legal experts say.anonymous apps, blacklists and databases could backfire – on the makers of the apps, on people who felt unfairly accused or on w...





trump visits, china’s feng leads – the denver post

bedminster, n.j.  — shanshan feng increased her lead in the u.s. women’s open and lost the spotlight.it happens when the president of the united states shows up.returning from a short trip to france, president donald trump pulled into his trump national golf club on friday in middle of the second round of the biggest tournament in women’s golf. a few hours later, he watched from an enclosed glass box next to the 14th green and stole the show.while trump waved at the fans, gave them the thumbs-up and pumped his fist, three of the top players — lexi thompson, brooke henderson and stacy lewis — were putting on the green.as they worked, the more than 100 or so fans looked at the president.thompson noticed where the attention had gone.“not toward the golf,” she said matter of factly.henderson, a canadian, didn’t seem to mind.“it’s really amazing that the president of the united states is here to watch us play golf and on a tremendous golf course,” said henderson, who was tied for 10th place. “i’m really excited and it was a great opportunity.”the usga, which awarded this event to trump in 2012, took a lot of criticism for failing to move the tournament when comments made by trump about women came to light in the past year.it also was suggested that if the president attended the event it would take the spotlight from the players.it did friday when he became the first sitting president to attend a u.s. women’s open. warren g. harding (1921) and bill cl...





defense bill calls climate change a national security threat

by richard lardner, the associated presswashington — the republican-led house decisively approved a defense policy bill on friday that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the pentagon’s cyber operations and rejects the trump administration’s bid to close military bases.lawmakers voted 344-81 on friday to pass the sweeping legislation. the bill authorizes $696 billion in defense spending for the 2018 fiscal year, including nearly $30 billion more for core pentagon operations than president donald trump requested.yet defense hawks pushing the hardest for the big boost in spending still face an uphill battle. for the spending increases to materialize, congress first will have to agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on military spending. but that won’t be easy. lifting the so-called budget caps will face resistance from democrats who are seeking to increase the budgets for other government agencies.if a budget deal can’t be reached, congress may be forced to fund the military through the use of stopgap spending bills. under these short-term agreements, the pentagon’s budget is set at current levels and the military services are barred from starting new programs.“if you don’t raise the budget caps, this leaves us once again in the land of absurdity,” said rep. adam smith, d-wash. smith is the top ranking democrat on the house armed services committee.the bill includes a section that says global warming...





in memo, trump administration weighs expanding the expedited deportation powers of dhs

by abigail hauslohner and david nakamura, the washington postthe trump administration is weighing a new policy to dramatically expand the department of homeland security’s powers to expedite the deportations of some illegal immigrants.since 2004, the agency has been authorized to bypass immigration courts only for immigrants who had been living in the country illegally for less than two weeks and were apprehended within 100 miles of the border.under the proposal, the agency would be empowered to seek the expedited removal of illegal immigrants apprehended anywhere in the united states who cannot prove they have lived in the country continuously for more than 90 days, according to a 13-page internal agency memo obtained by the washington post.the new guidelines, if enacted, would represent a major expansion of the agency’s authority to speed up deportations under president donald trump, who has made border security a top priority.two administration officials confirmed that the proposed new policy, which would not require congressional approval, is under review. the memo was circulated at the white house in may, and dhs is reviewing comments on the document from the office of management and budget, according to one administration official familiar with the process who spoke on the condition of anonymity.joanne talbot, a dhs spokeswoman, said she had not seen the memo. she described it as a draft and emphasized that no final decisions have been made by homeland security secr...





colorado springs police release photos, video of murder suspects

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