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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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jon gray blasted by mets as rockies open second half with a road loss – the denver post

new york — the rockies’ 14-2 loss to the mets at citi field on friday night got so ugly, so early, it conjured up some classic quotes from legendary football coach john mckay.once, when asked about the tampa bay buccaneers’ execution, mckay quipped: “i’m in favor of it.”another time, mckay famously said: “we didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.”substitute pitch for tackle, and replace blocking with hitting and you get the gist of how the rockies opened the second half of their season.jon gray, the would-be ace of colorado’s staff, simply could not command his usually potent stuff. his location was off, his slider was flat and he was gone after two innings, plus six batters. the mets battered gray for eight runs on nine hits. he walked three and struck out one.boxscore: ny mets 14, colorado 2“i think it was a little bit of everything,” gray said. “it was just a bad start altogether. i’ve been there before. it (stinks), i don’t like it. i hate it for my teammates, and i hate it for the guys playing behind me and for the guys who count on me to do good.”gray vowed to get better.“i’ve always shaken it off in the past and gone after the next one,” he said. “nothing is going to stop me from going out and working hard this week and getting the next one.”the rockies were feeling better about themselves before the all-star game when they took two of three from the chicago white sox at coors field. but in reality, t...





teen sentenced to 6 years in youth detention for assaulting 71-year-old lefthand canyon woman

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judge throws out conviction of activist who laughed during jeff sessions confirmation

a washington judge on friday ordered a retrial in the case of an activist who was arrested after laughing during attorney general jeff sessions’s senate confirmation hearing in january.desiree fairooz’s arrest and conviction had sparked outrage from those who felt that it set “a dangerous precedent” for cracking down on political protests.in a statement, fairooz called the retrial a waste of time and taxpayer money.judge robert morin, the chief judge of the d.c. superior court, threw out a previous conviction for fairooz, 61, who in may was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges of unlawful conduct on capitol grounds and faced up to six months in jail.she had attended sessions’s jan. 10 confirmation hearing along with about two dozen other members from code pink, a progressive activist group that regularly protests at congress.in the middle of the hearing – just after sen. richard shelby, r-ala., stated that sessions’s record of “treating all americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented” – fairooz laughed audibly.“sen. shelby had said such an absurd thing about jeff sessions’s record that fairooz involuntarily laughed,” medea benjamin, a code pink spokeswoman who was sitting next to fairooz at the january hearing, told the washington post friday.fairooz was swiftly arrested by capitol police at the hearing. in video of her arrest taken by huffpost, she can be seen protesting and asking why she is being led out of the senate’s kenne...





ralston valley coach matt schoepflin founds boost hockey to help players in need of financial assistance

ralston valley coach matt schoepflin witnesses the same trend every season. in an age where the already-pricey sport of hockey keeps getting pricier, talented and motivated young players are missing out on opportunities because the game, in ways that include team fees and equipment, is becoming cost prohibitive.“i’ve had a lot families whose kids have played aaa in the past, but they just can’t afford it anymore,” schoepflin said. “that made me realize hockey’s always been expensive, but in the last decade, it’s only gotten more expensive. i’m always exposed to different individuals and families that struggle financially to make our payments, or that need to be on payment plans.“it got me to thinking that if there’s a way to give back and help out a little bit, i should do it.”from that concern, boost hockey was born.the t-shirt company that launched last tuesday is a “hockey for a cause” movement, where every two weeks, schoepflin works with a local player in need of financial help. together they create a custom t-shirt to sell and the player’s campaign runs for two weeks, with 15 percent of the profits going straight to the player.schoepflin hopes to raise around $1,500 for each player; interested players can apply for assistance online and also benefit from cash donations on the site during their campaign. from those needing more money, from travel teams to players who are simply down on their luck — as is the case for the beneficiary of the f...





ian desmond likely to return to rockies on saturday; other roster moves on the horizon – the denver post

new york —  changes are in the offing for the rockies’ roster as they opened the so-called second half of the season friday. a number of moves are pending, and those moves will directly lead to other roster decisions:— left fielder and first baseman ian desmond worked out thursday and passed all of the tests. he remained on the 10-day disabled list friday, but should be close to returning from his right calf strain that put him on the dl on july 3.“you might see him sooner than you might think,” black said when asked about desmond’s progress, an indication that desmond will not need to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment. “he had a good day yesterday in denver, working out. we ran him through a number of things that he passed. he hit and ran the bases.”— when desmond comes off the dl, the rockies will have to make a corresponding move, meaning the team will have to send a player to triple-a albuquerque. the most likely candidate is reliever zac rosscup, who is currently the fourth left-hander in the bullpen.however, should the rockies decide they want to keep an eight-man bullpen, the most likely position candidates to be sent down would be utility infielder pat valaika, outfielder raimel tapia or struggling shortstop trevor story.— valaika started at short in front of story on friday night, though black said not to read too much into that decision.“i don’t know if he’s starting ‘ahead’ of trevor,” black said. “pat started last sunday....





overturned truck of "slime eels" transforms oregon road into highway of nightmares

whatever you call them — slime eels, hagfish, nightmare fuel — an oregon highway was drenched with 7,500 pounds of the sea creatures after a five-vehicle collision thursday.hagfish secrete sticky ooze when they’re attacked, startled or, apparently, catapulted from a truck into oncoming traffic.the 3.4 tons of cargo was ultimately bound for south korea, where the fish are a delicacy, the oregonian reported. one person was injured in the accident on highway 101 on the central oregon coast.according to a local affiliate, the truck driver slammed on his brakes while approaching a construction zone, and gravity took over, with one container striking a car in the opposite lane. “it was a mess, approximately 150 to 200 yards of roadway blocked with fish and cars,” said senior trooper brian tucker of the oregon state police.the accident closed the traffic lane for hours. the driving of the truck driver is being investigated in connection with the case, a police spokeswoman told the oregonian.video and photos posted by first-responders evoke a scene straight out of a horror movie: mashed up cars covered in slime, slithering hagfish desperately searching for water and roadside ditches brimming with carcasses. one video shows a small bulldozer steaming through a dense pile of fish to clear the roadway.despite being nicknamed “slime eel” and their eel-like shape, hagfish belong to a family of jawless fish called agnatha. sensor tentacles around their faces help them find fo...





amazon's deal with whole foods should be scrutinized by congress, lawmaker says

washington – a house member is urging congress to hold a hearing to analyze amazon’s proposed $14 billion acquisition of whole foods, a merger that critics say could cramp innovation and hurt workers.the deal could affect grocery stores and consumers nationwide, rep. david cillicine, d-r.i., the top democrat on the house subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law, warned thursday in a statement: “congress has a responsibility to fully scrutinize this merger before it goes ahead. failing to do so is a disservice to our constituents.”in a letter submitted to the panel’s republican leadership, cillicine highlighted concerns about amazon’s dominance in online retail and the potential for the e-commerce giant to use its control over whole foods to unfairly disadvantage other businesses.“this transaction occurs during a long period of economic concentration that has already caused a decline in workers’ wages and mobility,” the congressman wrote, “essentially allowing a small number of monopolists to hoard the ‘fruit of economic growth.'”amazon declined to comment on the matter. amazon chief executive jeffrey p. bezos also owns the washington post.cillicine is not the only member of congress to call for a close examination of the deal. rep. ro khanna, d-calif., who represents a district in silicon valley, told cnbc last month that the acquisition would “hurt local grocery stores.”the deal could have major implications for the future ...





where did the rapids’ dennis castillo come from? – the denver post

dennis castillo wanted minutes with the rapids.that was the defender’s primary focus coming into this season, his second year in major league soccer. he played sparingly as a rookie. then the beginning of this season was spent on loan to the united soccer league. he craved time on the pitch with the rapids’ top dogs; minutes spent helping the team win on the field, not cheering from the sideline.that hope has slowly come to fruition. he started the last three games for the rapids, who are off until next saturday.“i feel that it’s just been a process that has been building up,” castillo said. “thankfully, (coach pablo mastroeni) has given me the opportunity.”castillo was the 37th pick in the 2016 mls superdraft. just a day after signing his contract in april last year, he was on the field contributing. he checked into his first professional match in the 60th minute, against the seattle sounders, and assisted on one of colorado’s three goals in a victory. but after his first start, in june, castillo was a nonfactor the rest of the season. his next taste of mls action after the start was nearly five months later. he played in just four games as a rookie.this season has been a different story. in his first game back in the rapids’ lineup after being recalled from the usl, castillo had his best game as a pro — notching an assist and the winning goal. he played 123 minutes last year. one game over the halfway point of the 2017 season, he already has tallied 244....





the avocado has a sweet side, too -- and it's delicious

by kristen hartke, special to the washington postask cookbook author pat tanumihardja about some of her favorite food memories growing up in indonesia, and avocados will figure prominently in her response.“half an avocado, drizzled with palm sugar syrup,” she says with a happy sigh.in many cultures, from indonesia to brazil to sri lanka, the avocado is treated as the fruit it actually is, sometimes topped off with a squirt of chocolate syrup or sweetened condensed milk, and, more often, incorporated into sweet drinks. the frosty avocado-based shake known in vietnam as sinh to bo is a simple combination of avocado, condensed milk, ice cubes and sugar syrup that is replicated variously around the world: indonesians add coffee or chocolate syrup, calling it es alpukat, while brazilians enliven the same shake with a squirt of tart lime juice, and a moroccan version sweetens the mix with confectioners’ sugar and a hint of orange flower water.known across asia as “butter fruit,” the avocado has a mild flavor and creamy texture that makes it a remarkably adaptable ingredient for many recipes, including desserts. while avocados are normally consumed raw, and can become bitter if cooked over direct heat, they can be mashed or pureed in baking, and they are increasingly being found whipped into smoothies and bubble teas as americans discover that avocados can go far beyond standard chip-and-dip fare.using avocados for something besides guacamole or other savory dishes was a ...





get cooking: french toast

what we call “french toast” may well be one of the oldest recipes in our culture. a collection of recipes called “de re coquinaria” (“the art of cooking”), dating from the 4th or 5th century, calls for dipping stale bread in milk and frying it.and we’re off.a sop, as dipped and cooked bread was called in the middle ages, was extremely popular. they — and the word — gave us “soup” and “supper” and eventually french onion soup; french “pain perdu” (“lost bread”), a way to reclaim old bread and a prized dessert in france today; and, throughout europe, britain, its colonies and the new world, all sorts of both sweet and savory turns on bread dipped or soaked in milk and eggs and cooked and served with sugar, honey, fruits and syrup or bacon, cheese or gravy.the keys to successful french toast are sturdy bread and thorough soaking. broche, challah and baguette bread work well and a long soaking makes for a sort of custard or pudding at the center of each cooked slice — the ultimate aim for the most delicious french toast.today’s recipe comes from that last bastion of france in the united states — louisiana, especially its headwaters of new orleans and the cajun country nearby. pain perdu (“lost bread”)chuck taggart, gumbopages.comserves 4this is new orleans-style french toast, made with stale french bread. pain perdu got its start as a way of using up leftover bread. we like it so much that we buy extra french bread and set it on th...