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Avalanche wins Game 5 thriller against Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With the Hamburgler doing his thing in goal, the Avalanche earned itself a stay of execution Friday.

Behind third-string goalie Andrew “Hamburgler” Hammond and goals from Gabe Landeskog and Sven Andrighetto in the last five minutes of the third period, the Avs rallied to defeat Nashville 2-1 in Game 5 at Bridgestone Arena to bring the seven-game playoff series back to Denver for Game 6 on Sunday.

“I’ve said it all year long, haven’t I? This is a special group,” Landeskog said after Colorado won in Nashville for the first time in more than two years. “It’s too early to have the season end. We have way too much hockey in us left, and way too much fight. We’re not going to let this go easy. So we keep working.”

Andrighetto scored at 18:32 to give Colorado it’s first lead of the game. He buried a rebound on a 2-on-1 rush, after linemate J.T. Compher forced goalie Pekka Rinne to make a pad save. Landeskog tied it 1-1 at 15:49 of the third period — less than five minutes after Nashville broke the scoreless tie.

“It’s fun, coming back from 1-0,” Andrighetto said. “Even when we got the goal-against, we knew it wasn’t over. We believe in ourselves. We came came back in time. Now we want to get to Game 7, obviously.”

Landeskog deposited the puck in an open net off a great play by linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. MacKinnon delivered the puck to Landeskog after driving through the slot and faking a shot. Rinne was betting MacKinnon would shoot.

Nick Bonino broke a scoreless tie with a controversial goal at 10:18 of the third period. Bonino had the puck carom in the net off his right skate, after defenseman Mittias Ekholm forced Hammond to make a pad save. A referee immediately waved off the goal because it was kicked in, but that call was overturned by the situation room in Toronto.

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The NHL’s explanation: “According to Rule 49.2, a puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal.”

Said Hammond: “On that play I felt like there wasn’t anything else I could to with that puck. Lucky bounce, kind of. Overall, it just felt like I could control most pucks tonight and put them in good spots.”

Game 6 will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Pepsi Center. But the Avs won’t return to Denver until Saturday, choosing to get a good night’s sleep in Nashville. Had they lost, the Avs would have traveled and landed in Denver close to 3 a.m. Saturday.

“Lot of heart from our guys,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “Tight-checking game. Hard-fought game for two periods. They made a play to the net and got one off the (skate). Not much time left and hard to fight for chances, I thought, throughout the whole game for our group. And then we come out and find a way.”

The Avs, minus their best defenseman in Erik Johnson and their top two goalies in Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier, played an exceptional road game defensively. Hammond, making just his second start of the season for Colorado, was good when he had to be. But he didn’t have to be spectacular.

“That’s what we were hoping for,” Bednar said of Hammond. “Loved his demeanor the last couple days when he knew he was going to take over. I gained some confidence in him, just the way he handled the last couple days and I know our (players) did as well. Everyone is hoping for the best. And good for him.”

Colorado’s penalty killing was outstanding through two periods. It only killed off two power plays, but the Preds rarely got an opportunity to set up in the Avs’ zone. Colorado, meanwhile, was 0-of-1 on the power play in the first 40 minutes, failing to capitalize on Kevin Fiala’s tripping minor 4:56 into the game.

The Avs had an excellent first period. They didn’t score but they didn’t get the sellout crowd much to cheer about. The Preds produced 11 of the period’s 19 shots but the best scoring opportunity was Samuel Girard’s slap shot off right post beside Rinne.

Girard, who began the season as a Pred, returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury.

“This is the best part of the season right now,” Girard said. “I was happy to come back tonight and get a W here — and now we have a Game 6 at home. That’s amazing.”

North Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:52

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea announced Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped well short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related component parts.

The new policy, which sets the table for further negotiations when the summits begin, was announced by leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting of the North Korean ruling party’s Central Committee on Friday and reported by the North’s state-run media early Saturday.

Kim justified the suspension to his party by saying that the situation around North Korea has been rapidly changing “in favor of the Korean revolution” since he announced last year his country had completed its nuclear forces. He said North Korea has reached the level where it no longer needs to conduct underground testing or test-launching of ICBMs.

He added that the country would close its nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri, though that site was already believed to have been rendered largely unusable due to tunnel collapses after the North’s test of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb last year.

The announcement is seen as an opening gambit aimed at setting the tone for talks ahead of Kim’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next Friday and U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June.

Trump almost immediately responded with a tweet saying, “This is very good news for North Korea and the World” and “big progress!” He added that he’s looking forward to his upcoming summit with Kim.

South Korea’s presidential office also welcomed North Korea’s announcement as “meaningful progress” toward the denuclearization of the peninsula. Presidential official Yoon Young-chan said in a statement that the North’s decision brightens the prospects for successful talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the announcement too but was a bit more guarded in his reaction.

“What is crucial here … is how this development is going to lead to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of nuclear arms, weapons of mass destruction and missiles,” he said. “And I will keep a close eye on that.”

Some analysts believe that rather than denuclearizing, Kim feels he is entering the negotiations from a position of strength and is hoping to achieve tacit recognition that his country is now a nuclear power. They believe he wants engage in talks and make some concessions around the edges that would convince Washington and other countries to ease sanctions on his struggling economy.

In his speech at the party meeting, Kim praised his nuclear policy as “a miraculous victory” achieved in just five years. A resolution passed after his speech also stressed that the country had successfully achieved its goals of obtaining a viable nuclear force and suggested it intends to keep that force — at least for the time being.

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Using the acronym for North Korea’s official name, it said the North would “never use nuclear weapons nor transfer nuclear weapons or nuclear technology under any circumstances unless there are nuclear threat and nuclear provocation against the DPRK.”

“This was a smart move by Kim,” said Vipin Narang, an associate political science professor and nuclear proliferation expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Although it largely formalizes previous pledges on the moratoria from last November and March, it still leaves a lot of wiggle room for circumventing the pledges in the future, and nothing in there is irreversible. And nothing in there mentions denuclearization, of any variety.”

Narang noted that North Korea has already conducted as many nuclear tests as Pakistan and India, and may indeed not need to conduct any more underground testing.

“The aim of this, in my view, is to make it exceedingly difficult for Trump to say the North is uninterested in talks and walk away,” he said. “Kim is doing everything he can now — in a reversible way, mind you — to ensure the summit happens. Because that’s his ultimate victory.”

Tossing out another nugget that could be used at the summits, Kim stressed at the party meeting his desire to shift the national focus to improving the country’s economy, which has been hit hard by international sanctions and the “maximum pressure” strategy pushed by Trump.

The announcement ends what had been an ominous silence from Pyongyang regarding the stunning diplomatic moves Kim has been making since the beginning of this year, including his first summit, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, last month.

It also gives the best idea yet of what Kim intends to bring with him in his summits with Moon and Trump.

Seoul says Kim has expressed genuine interest in dealing away his nuclear weapons. But North Korea for decades has been pushing a concept of “denuclearization” that bears no resemblance to the American definition, vowing to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its troops from the peninsula.

Some important items were also left off the North’s resolution, suggesting either that the North isn’t willing to go that far or that it wants to wait and see how much it can gain by further concessions once actual talks begin.

It did not announce a moratorium on short- or mid-range missile launches or ground-based engine testing. It also did not suspend the production of more fissile material to build additional warheads, or the production of the longer-range missiles, which are Washington’s primary concern.

At the height of Pyongyang’s standoff with Washington and Seoul last year, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean.

That kind of test would also not be included in the suspension.

Talmadge, the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief, reported from Tokyo.

Forensic scientist testifies in Adam Densmore murder trial about blood found at crime scenes

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:31

A Colorado Bureau of Investigation forensic scientist testified Friday in the Adam Densmore trial about the blood of Densmore’s ex-girlfriend, Ashley Mead, that police found at several different crime scenes.

Densmore, 33, is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with a corpse, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in the death and dismemberment of the 25-year-old Mead last year.

Taking the stand Friday was CBI forensic scientist Mary Schleicher, who tested swabs and items sent to her from the apartment in Boulder where prosecutors allege Densmore killed Mead, the car he allegedly transported her body in, and the home in Louisiana where police say he dismembered her.

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Schleicher said she found Mead’s blood on swabs taken from a hamper at the Boulder apartment, but did not find the presence of blood on any other items taken from that location.

As for the car, Schleicher said blood found on the back seat and on a calendar and a napkin found in the vehicle also matched Mead. She also said she didn’t find blood, but did find Mead’s DNA on a pair of broken eyeglasses recovered from the car.

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Ban on killing dogs and cats for meals considered by House panel

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:19

By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg

Making a meal out of a dog or a cat may soon land you in jail.

An amendment being considered Wednesday by the House Agriculture Committee would change the Animal Welfare Act to bar people from “knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption,” as well as transporting or participating in other commercial activity related to eating pet meat.

Dog and cat slaughter is extremely rare in the U.S. and already prohibited in commercial slaughterhouses. But consumption of animals commonly considered as pets and companions in American culture still takes place among some immigrant groups. Only a handful of states, including New York, New Jersey and California, ban such small-scale butchering.

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Violators would be subject to up to a year of imprisonment, a fine, or both. The proposal would be part of a reauthorization of all U.S. Department of Agriculture programs.

Organizations including the Humane Society of the United States have been crusading against dog-and-cat slaughter worldwide, with acting President Kitty Block calling the farm bill an “ideal vehicle” for advancing the ban. The amendment by Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California is similar to a bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida that has 239 co-sponsors.

Conservation groups challenge suspension of Obama ruling aimed at easing oil, gas pollution

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 22:07

Conservation groups on Friday filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit seeking to halt the suspension of the Bureau of Land Management’s Waste Prevention Rule.

A Wyoming federal court suspended the federal Obama-era rule this month after oil and gas firms, and several states, sued to suspend the ruling. The rule aims to curb venting and flaring from oil and gas industry infrastructure on public and tribal lands.

“We are asking the appellate court to put these common-sense rules back in place to protect taxpayers and the health of people living day in and day out with the flares and air pollution caused by wasteful drilling practices,” said Robin Cooley, an Earthjustice attorney, in a news release. “The District Court ignored settled legal principles and considered only industry’s interests and not those of the American people.”

The Waste Prevention Rule was enacted in 2016 after years of deliberation, more than 300,000 written comments overwhelmingly in support of the rule, and public hearings in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado and North Dakota, according to the news release.

Suspension of the ruling will lead to an increase in air pollution, primarily through leaking methane, which is a contributor to climate change, Earthjustice said.

The nonprofit represented the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Western Organization of Resource Councils and The Wilderness Society in Friday’s motion.

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Meanwhile, the Interior Department is rewriting the rule and accepting comments before finalizing its rewrite this summer, according to The Associated Press.

This month, Judge Scott Skavdahl said enforcing the earlier rule would provide “minimal public benefit” while imposing potentially significant costs on industry.

The November 2016 rule, in the waning days of the Obama administration, forced energy companies to capture methane gas burned off or wasted at drilling sites on public lands.

“Sadly, and frustratingly, this case is symbolic of the dysfunction in the current state of administrative law,” Skavdahl wrote in an 11-page opinion released April 4. “Unfortunately, it is not the first time this dysfunction has frustrated the administrative review process in this court.”

Southwest sends apology, $5K, to passengers on damaged jet

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:37

PHILADELPHIA — Southwest has sent a letter of apology, a $5,000 check and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded.

“Please accept our deepest apologies,” Chairman Gary Kelly wrote in a letter dated April 18, a day after the accident.

An engine on a Southwest jet exploded Tuesday while the plane was flying from New York to Dallas, and debris hit it, causing extensive damage. Banking executive Jennifer Riordan, 43, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was fatally injured when she was sucked partway through a shattered window, sending passengers scrambling to help her as the aircraft shook violently and went into a rapid descent.

“We value you as our customer and hope you will allow us another opportunity to restore your confidence in Southwest as the airline you can count on for your travel needs,” Kelly wrote in his letter. “In this spirit, we are sending you a check in the amount of $5,000 to cover any of your immediate financial needs.”

“As a tangible gesture of our heartfelt sincerity, we are also sending you a $1,000 travel voucher,” he wrote.

Passenger Marty Martinez of Dallas said he has no immediate plan to cash the check. He wants to talk to a lawyer.

“I didn’t feel any sort of sincerity in the email whatsoever, and the $6,000 total that they gave to each passenger I don’t think comes even remotely close to the price that many of us will have to pay for a lifetime,” he said Friday as he prepared to board a Southwest flight from New York.

Eric Zilbert of Davis, California, said he did not have a problem with the letter. He said he appreciated he would not have to file claim forms.

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After checking with his attorney, he decided he would cash his check.

“I just wanted to make sure I didn’t preclude anything by taking the voucher or the check,” he said.

The plane was carrying 144 passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the engine explosion.

A public memorial service for Riordan is set for Sunday in Albuquerque.

“Absolutely despicable”: Boater picked up stranded Hawaii flood victims, demanded money to save them, authorities say

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:35

There were many of good deeds on the Hawaiian island of Kauai over the past week and one particularly bad one.

Hawaii’s stunning “garden island” is not yet recovered from its worst flooding in decades following a powerful storm that surged through the island over the weekend. The wild weather produced dramatic scenes as helicopters and boats evacuated some 340 residents and visitors stranded in their ordinarily idyllic surroundings.

Among the strangest sites was a herd of buffalo, from a ranch near the town of Haena, fleeing in terror into the ocean. Jet Ski cowboys took to the sea with lassos to round them up and tow them to shore, where they were moved to safer, higher ground.

More than two feet of surging rain in 24 hours produced landslides that buried the narrow coastal Kuhio Highway snaking across the lush northern reaches of the island, separating isolated and usually idyllic communities like Haena on one side from the more developed town of Hanalei on the other, famous for its sweeping white-sand beach where the classic film South Pacific was filmed.

The only way out was by sea. While authorities did their best to move people to safety, and neighbor helped neighbor in the best Hawaiian tradition, one boat crew was up to something else, something Kauai prosecuting attorney Justin Kollar called “absolutely despicable” in a phone interview with The Washington Post.

At first, they seemed like Good Samaritans. The three men would pull their small fishing boat, about 15 or 20 feet in length, up to the shore where people were waiting for rescue and offer them transportation from Tunnels Beach at Haena to the St. Regis Resort in Hanalei, Kollar said.

But then, while still in the water, the men demanded money. “They would get a couple hundred yards offshore,” said Kollar, “and stop and say, ‘by the way, it’s $200 per person. Cash or credit. Pay now or we’re going to leave you here.’” They paid, he said. “They felt like they didn’t have any choice.”

One visitor, Liana Leaulii, described her experience to Hawaii News Now. She and a group had been hiking along one of the mountainous trails along the coast when the torrential downpour and lightning storm that would continue for some 36 hours began. They managed to make it to one of the beaches when they encountered the crew with the boat. They gladly accepted the ride, but “once we were out in the middle of the ocean, they were like, ‘Did so-and-so on the beach tell you it was $200 a head on the boat?’”

Kollar said authorities started learning about it on social media. He didn’t have an exact number of victims but there were more than a few. “We’re still working that out,” he said.

Once the word got out, with Kollar telling local media the men would be charged with extortion, they “laid low,” he said. But everyone knew who they were.

On Thursday, police arrested Stephen Koehne for extortion, robbery and terroristic threatening. Koehne, who bills himself as a “pirate” on the internet, could not be reached for comment. It’s unclear what’s happening with the other two men reportedly involved.

“It’s an area that is so special to people,” Kollar told The Post. “It’s an absolutely magical place. To have it tainted this way, it’s sad.”


Air Force moving additional space personnel to Colorado base

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:34

COLORADO SPRINGS — The military is moving nearly 150 personnel to a Colorado Air Force base as it streamlines its space operations.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday the Joint Forces Space Command Component will move to Schriever Air Force Base about 20 miles east of downtown Colorado Springs.

Schriever is already home to the 50th Space Wing, which operates several military satellite systems. They include the Global Positioning System, which is has both military and civilian uses.

The Joint Forces Space Command Component was initially located in California, but the military determined Schriever was a better option.

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The first personnel are expected to arrive at Schriever next month, with the rest moving by sometime next year.

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner announced the move.

Information from: The Gazette

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack accused of recruiting women for sex-cult leader

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:31
Todd Williamson, Invision/AP, FileThis June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from “Smallville” has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru. Mack, 35, was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. She was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.

Actress Allison Mack, best known for her decade on TV’s “Smallville,” and Keith Raniere, the leader of what authorities allege is a sex cult, were indicted Friday in New York on federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Raniere and Mack are each charged with multiple counts, and could face a minimum of 15 years in prison. Mack was arrested in New York City on Friday and will be held pending a bail hearing Monday. Raniere has been in custody since he was arrested in Mexico in March.

Raniere is the founder of NXIVM, which bills itself as a self-help and empowerment organization, but is described by authorities as a cultlike group whose members recruited women to be sex slaves, and branded their pubic regions with Raniere’s initials.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle said Mack was indicted “for her role in DOS, a group . . . that purported to be a women’s empowerment sorority. Prosecutors, however, say DOS was actually a sex-slave ring led by Raniere, with women known as ‘slaves’ who reported to ‘masters’ who ultimately reported to Raniere himself. Mack is an alleged co-conspirator, reporting directly to Raniere.”

Mack, 35, is alleged by prosecutors to have recruited slaves for pay, forcing the women to have sex with Raniere, and using explicit photos and damaging information to ensure their compliance.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors said Mack told recruits that they were joining a female mentorship group.

“Mack and other . . . masters recruited . . . slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women,” prosecutors said.

But “the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor to the defendants’ benefit,” said U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue of the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Kim Penza also said in court that “under the guise of female empowerment,” Mack “starved women until they fit her co-defendant’s sexual ideal,” the AP wrote.

Mack starred in the CW Network series as Chloe Sullivan from 2001 to 2011, and has been in a handful of television series roles since, according to her IMDB page.

According to CBS News:

“Former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato told Inside Edition that Mack is “completely enamored with Raniere and completely under his thrall.” He also said that Mack and her “Smallville” co-star, Kristin Kreuk, were used as “poster girls for normalizing the group.” Kreuk says she left NXIVM years ago and commended the women who exposed DOS.”

Raniere, 57, known to his followers as ‘the Vanguard’ – was living in a villa in Puerto Vallarta with several women, according to federal prosecutors, before he was apprehended in March. Mexican authorities took him into custody and delivered him to Texas; he’s now in federal custody in Brooklyn. As Raniere was taken from the villa, The Post’s Kyle Swenson wrote, citing prosecutors, the women chased after authorities in their own car at high speed.

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“In my opinion, NXIVM is one of the most extreme groups I have ever dealt with in the sense of how tightly wound it is around the leader,” cult expert Rick Ross told the Times-Union in 2012.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn last week wrote in court documents that Rainere has “a decades-long history of abusing women and girls,” and accused him of having sex with minors.

In a statement attributed to Raniere on NXIVM’s website, he proclaimed his innocence and said he believed the justice system would prevail. He also denied affiliation with DOS, the sorority.

The Times-Union, however, wrote that “federal court records indicate emails seized from Raniere’s private messaging accounts support the conclusion that Raniere created the club, which was known as ‘Dominus Obsequious Sororium,’ which means ‘Master Over the Slave Women.’ “

Zach Johnson rolling, shares Texas Open lead with Ryan Moore

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:28

SAN ANTONIO — Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

“You just never know. That’s the beauty of this game,” Johnson said. “I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn’t getting rewarded, and you’ve just got to stay in it. You’ve got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.”

Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.

Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.

Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

“That was a huge momentum putt there,” Moore said of the 14th. “It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and … yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.”

The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

“So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,” he said.

The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

As CDs wane and streaming rules, vinyl once again fuels Boulder County’s record stores

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:07

He may be fuzzy on the exact date, but Andy Schneidkraut — owner of Boulder’s Albums on the Hill — can’t forget that night in 1994.

Hundreds of fans poured down the stairs into his basement-level shop, eager to snatch up brand-new CDs released at midnight by hometown heroes Big Head Todd & The Monsters and the about-to-explode Dave Matthews Band.

“That night, I sold more CDs than I sell now in six months,” says a wistful Schneidkraut, presiding over his empty record store on a recent afternoon.

Music retail in Boulder County is now nearly unrecognizable from that 1990s heyday, a CD-fueled bonanza that peaked when — by Schneidkraut’s count — there were 18 different record stores operating in Boulder alone.

Today, following the recent closure of Absolute Vinyl, there are only two dedicated record shops left in Boulder, and just three in the whole county.

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Digital streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music now rule the consumer market, and the compact disc’s death knell is growing louder. But it’s vinyl — which never quite made it to the dustbin of music-format history — that’s helping sustain those remaining brick-and-mortar retailers.

As sales of new vinyl slowly tick upward in this decidedly digital era, record stores are once again exactly that: stores that primarily sell records.


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Get Cooking: Dining out abroad

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:42

I have two recipes today: One for borscht; the other, for success.

For many Americans, foreign travel days are nigh and, with those trips, interesting things to eat and ways to eat them. I’ve bounced around a bit (visits to 44 countries, 29 trips to Italy alone) and offer some tips on eating and dining out abroad.

The best translation app, for both menu reading and basic phrases such as “Check, please” is Google Translate (103 languages; 53 more in offline mode; point-and-read camera translation in 38 languages; 93 in handwriting mode; two-way instant conversation mode in 32 languages).

Scandinavians are about the only other people who dine at hours that we’d recognize. In Spain and South America, dinner doesn’t get kicking until 10-11 p.m. Same in many Arab countries. In Rome and Paris, 9 p.m.

August is a bugaboo for restaurants in the larger cities of Spain, France, and Italy. Most people there are on a month-long vacation. Sure, eateries are open but, honestly, their heart isn’t in it. A better idea is to travel to the same places —  beachsides, resort towns, provincial gems — to which people from the same country already have gathered on their vacations. You bet they’re demanding good food, too.

Always check to see if a major sporting event (such as the World Cup) is in play. Entire countries, much less their restaurants, effectively go off grid during them.

Tipping is not a city in China — but no need to tip on the restaurant bill in China and Japan. Service fees (what we would call a “tip” or gratuity) are done for you in most of Europe, in Hong Kong and in Singapore.

Americans nonetheless persist in worrying about or going ahead with more tips in these places. People, they’re laughing behind your back. Give it up, but do what they do with their own restaurant checks: leave behind small coins or pocket change. It’s a small gesture but shows you know both custom and culture.

These are the best food, food market and restaurant sites that I use:

  • Rome: She knows more about Roman food, especially restaurants and markets, than anyone I’ve ever read.
  •  Paris: My two favorite online guides to Paris eats are and
  •  For London foods, check out
  •  And you can get a handle on Asian eats here:, although the latest entry is just under a year old.
  • Restaurant reviews on are the Yelp of those handling baggage, but they have proven to be helpful to many, including myself.

If you want to fit in, learn what to say at the end of a meal or, better, how to express satisfaction in the food or cooking. There’s only one place on the planet — here — where anyone pushes away from the table and says, “Thanks, I’m full.” (Certainly only one place where you’d ever hear “God, I’m stuffed” or “If I eat another bite, I’ll explode.”)

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For an American, feeling sated is about quantity and space, particularly about how much food I can, or can no longer, fit into my stomach. Quantity and space are the great American rubrics.

Few other cultures are as somatic about dinner’s effect. But when they are, even obliquely, it’s also about very different frames of mind.

A Thai man might say “Im lao kap” (“I’m full”) but what is crucial is that he first will have laid his fork and spoon crosswise, in a very specific design, in the middle of the plate. In the end, he needn’t have said anything.

The French are loathe to speak about their bodies and are contemptuous of people, such as Americans, who use their bodies as points of reference. By way of refusing more food, a French person says “Ca suffit” or “C‘est suffisant,” dainty circumlocutions that tell the host “That suffices” or “It is sufficient.”

A German, when he finally reaches that moment when he simply cannot eat any more, says “Ich bin satt und zufrieden,” (“I am satisfied and at peace”). How deliciously cerebral; how deliciously German.

Perhaps the heartiest eaters in the world are Russians. Tables there groan with food and drink and a meal is as much about toasts, songs, laughs and more toasts as it is about eats.

So, in a near admission of defeat after round after round of vodka and borscht, a Russian ends his meal with “Ya naelsya,” loosely translated as “’I’ve eaten and eaten until I just can’t anymore.” Push him at that point for “one more small bite” and he might retort “Obelsiia,” which means, “I’m so full that if you ask me again bad things will happen.” It’s unclear what or to whom.

You could argue that Italians are among the more wordy members of our genre. But when it comes to finishing a meal, they exercise a great economy of language coupled, at times, with flair, even drama. It’s impolite to say, “I’m full” at the end of an Italian meal. A simple “Basta, grazie” (“Enough, thank you”) will do.

But I have heard, too, the verbal applause, nearly sung out, of “Ottimo!” (“Excellent!”) or” Perfetto!” (“Perfect!”). I believe that the Italian flag should have an exclamation point printed on its middle field.

Ukrainian Borscht

From; serves 8-10


  • 2 large or 3 medium beets, thoroughly washed
  • 2 large or 3 medium potatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2  head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 can kidney beans with their juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 cups water
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill


Fill a large soup pot with 10 cups of water. Add the beets. Cover and boil for about 1 hour. Once you can smoothly pierce the beets with a butter knife, remove from the water and set aside to cool. Keep the water. Add the sliced potatoes to the same water and boil 15-20 minutes. Add the cooking oil to a skillet and sauté the carrot and onion until they are soft (7-10 minutes). Stir in ketchup when they are almost done cooking. Meanwhile, add the cabbage to the pot when potatoes are halfway done. Peel and slice the beets into matchsticks and add them to the pot. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, pepper, bay leaves and kidney beans and their juice. Add sautéed carrots and onion, along with dill. Cook another 5-10 minutes, until the cabbage is done. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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Four get lengthy prison sentences in botched marijuana robbery that led to murder of Loveland man

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:08
  • Denver District Attorney's Office, supplied

    Joshua Binns

  • Denver District Attorney's Office, supplied

    Seth Binns

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    Ryan Arellano

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    Mackenzie Fay

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A Denver district judge on Friday described a botched marijuana robbery as a goofy, crazy caper that did not make sense to a rational, sober person. Then he sentenced four defendants to prison for their roles in the robbery that led to a murder.

“It was almost like a game, a TV show, a reality show,” Judge William Robbins said. “It always amazes me when people say, “I’m going to get a gun, but I don’t intend to hurt anyone.’ Guns are for hurting people, period. Killing people, period. What on Earth did you people think was going to happen?”

Robbins sentenced Joshua Scott Binns, 24, to 48 years in prison for second-degree murder. Binns shot and killed Charles Polzin on Nov. 8, 2016, during a scheme to rob Polzin of his marijuana. Polzin’s son, Josh, was shot eight times but survived.

“There are just no words to express how cold your actions were, Mr. Binns,” Robbins said.

Seth Michael Binns, 24, was sentenced to 32 years in prison for arranging the deal and accompanying his brother to the robbery. Ryan Arellano, 25, was sentenced to 24 years for providing the gun and the car the Binns used in the robbery, and Mackenzie Fay, 24, was sentenced to 24 years for arranging the deal on social media.

The four made arrangements through Facebook and text messages to buy 10 pounds of marijuana from Charles Polzin, a 50-year-old father of three, and his son. The Polzins, who lived in Loveland, agreed to meet the Binn brothers in Denver to sell the marijuana. When they met at a designated location in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, Joshua Binns asked Charles Polzin, “Hey, you ain’t gonna rob me, are ya?” When Charles Polzin asked the same question, Joshua Binns started shooting.

In asking for maximum sentences, Joe Morales, chief deputy district attorney, acknowledged the 4/20 festival taking place just two blocks from the courthouse.

“Send a message, a deterrent to Denver, including the ones up the street right now: Don’t engage in this behavior,” Morales said. “You shouldn’t engage on either sides of these transactions because you’re going to lose your life or lose your freedom.”

Friday’s hearing was rife with drama as Denver Sheriff Department deputies had to separate the defendants in the courtroom, taking the unusual step of having Arellano sitting at the prosecutor’s table and the Binn brothers sitting on opposite ends of the jury box.

Joshua Binns was removed from the room before the hearing because of an outburst. He returned wearing chains around his waist.

Two people left the courtroom midhearing and got into a fight in the hallway, leading deputies to rush out to stop it. When the hearing ended, Robbins ordered the audience to leave in separate groups, and deputies were deployed in the hallways and plaza outside the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.

Tears fell as the Polzins told the judge how their lives had been wrecked by the shooting. They spoke of alcohol and drug abuse and suicide attempts caused by their grief. Josh Polzin, a heroin addict, relapsed after the shooting. On Friday, he testified while wearing an orange Larimer County jail jumpsuit.

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“I sat there and watched as the defendant, Josh Binns, shot Dad with no hesitation,” said Josh Polzin, who blames himself for the crime.

When Joshua Binns apologized to the Polzin family, he took responsibility but said he did not know why he pulled the trigger. He told Josh Polzin it wasn’t his fault.

“It was me,” Joshua Binns said. “I am to blame. I’m sorry, bro.”

The Polzins described a husband and father who had a boisterous laugh, who was willing to get up in the middle of the night to fix a broken car and who would take in his children’s friends if they needed a place to spend the night. Courtney Polzin said her father was the kind of man who rode motorcycles but would carry her glittery gym bag at cheer competitions.

“They took the person who made my family a family,” Courtney Polzin said.

Charges dropped against Boulder man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2013

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:56
Daily CameraGarrett Lee Cross

Prosecutors have dropped the sexual assault case against a man accused of raping a woman in 2013.

Garrett Lee Cross, 30, was charged in October 2017 with one count of sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact and was set for a five-day trial starting June 11.

But on April 19, the Boulder District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, saying they did not believe they could get a conviction.

“After extensive investigation and thorough review of the case, and in consideration of the People’s burden of proof, it is the People’s position that there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction at trial,” the motion read.

Because the case was dismissed without prejudice, prosecutors do retain the right to re-file the charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, a woman came to police in March 2017 and said Cross sexually assaulted her in 2013. The woman said she was attending a 1940’s-themed ball at the Boulder Municipal Airport on June 15, 2013, with some friends when she met Cross.

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Skipper Island Fire on Western Slope, likely started by campfire, now fully contained

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:51
Mesa County Sheriffs OfficeThe Skipper Island Fire started burning Wednesday night.

A Western Slope wildfire that forced a closure of a section of Interstate 70 has been contained.

The Skipper Island fire, which burned more than 220 acres, likely was started by a campfire Wednesday night in the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire crews will monitor the fire for flare ups over the next several days, the sheriff’s office said. A section of I-70 remained closed in both directions Friday so Xcel workers could repair power lines damaged by the fire. Residences and businesses in Fruita and Redlands lost power because of the fire. Work continued Friday to restore power to customers.

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Alternate routes to bypass the closure include U.S. 50 and U.S. 6, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Martin Truex Jr. claims pole at Richmond; third of the season

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:06

RICHMOND, Va. — Martin Truex Jr. won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday at Richmond Raceway, edging Chase Elliott.

The pole is the series-best third of the season for Truex, the 18th of his career and his first at the 0.75-mile oval.

It’s also a nice turnaround after finishing 37th and 30th in the past two races. Before that, he’d had five straight top-five finishes.

“Definitely a good way to start the weekend,” said Truex, who is seeking his first career short-track victory. “I’d say out of all the short tracks, this is probably the one we’ve probably been consistently the best at and definitely had the most chances to win here. I feel like we’ve run really strong the last few times and led a bunch of laps.

“Definitely feel like we should have won here already,” he said.

Truex’s winning lap came at 123.859 mph.

Elliott, coming off a 29th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, is 23rd in the points standings and still seeking his first career victory.

“I thought it was much improved from where we have been,” the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. “You’ve got to take the small victories every now and then in life and especially in the racing world. We are just trying to take those right now. A much better Friday than we have been having.”

Defending race winner Joey Logano will start third, followed by Denny Hamlin.

Both front-row starters hope their success carries over.

“I think it gives you confidence in that the things you are thinking about and planning for are going in the right direction,” Truex said

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William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports will start ninth, his best career start and the best among rookies. Teammate Alex Bowman will start 11th.

HAMLIN BOUNCEBACK: Hometown favorite Denny Hamlin sounded anything but hopeful after a few rounds of practice, saying “we have some issues, for sure” and “it’s super frustrating from my standpoint and it is for (the team), too.”

His Joe Gibbs Racing team obviously figured some things out. He was fastest in the second round and will start fourth in Saturday night’s race.

“I struggled to make a few corners in practice and we changed a lot of things in the car,” Hamlin said. “I mean so many things that really don’t change here at this race track. We try to get better and I felt like we did get a little better, but still we fell off quite a bit.”

THAT WOULD BE NO: Absent penalties against his team that cost them points, Chase Elliott would be 15th in the standings.

Does he think about how different things might be then?

“I have not,” he said, “because we are not 15th and we do not have the points we were penalized for, so it is irrelevant.”

SOMETHING FOR JOEY: Joey Logano was pretty excited to be back at Richmond, where he’s the defending race champion.

“This is the closest we’ve been all year long to a pole and with speed in the car,” he said after qualifying third. “I think we learned some things.”

OOPS: Kyle Busch, seeking his third consecutive victory in the series, made a miscalculation during the opening round of qualifying, making only two laps and thinking it would be enough.

It wasn’t, and he finished 31st in the round.

“We were trying to short-cut it a little bit,” he said of his desire to preserve its tires for the later rounds.

WAY BACK: Kyle Busch isn’t the only prominent name starting in the back half of the field.

Brad Keselowski will start 28th and Kasey Kahne 29th.

Man, juvenile arrested on Western Slope in drive-by shootings

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:59

Two suspects have been arrested in Montrose County, accused of firing multiple random gunshots at homes from a moving vehicle.

The incident happened Monday in the Chipeta Road area, according to the sheriff’s office. No injuries were reported.

Investigators tracked down a vehicle based on witness descriptions and attempted to stop it. But the driver took off. After a short pursuit, driver Adrian Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, speeding, driving under restraint, disregard of a traffic control device, eluding and resisting arrest. Gonzalez bailed out of jail shortly after his arrest.

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Investigators with a warrant searched Gonzalez’s impounded vehicle and found cocaine, methamphetamine and a firearm believed to be used in the drive-by shootings. Then Gonzalez was arrested on charges of suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution, manufacturing or sale of a controlled substance, with special offender status.

A second suspect, a juvenile, also was arrested and is being charged with felony menacing, illegal discharge of a firearm, possession of a handgun by a juvenile and reckless endangerment.

Weld County man sentenced to 25 years in prison for vicious, bloody assault of his wife

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:52
Weld County District AttorneyDavid Guthier

A Weld County man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for assaulting and severely injuring his now former wife, including beating her in the face with the stock of an assault rifle.

David Guthier, 28, was sentenced Tuesday in Greeley after an agreement to plead guilty, according to the district attorney’s office.

On March 17, 2017, police were called to the couple’s home on reports of domestic violence. When officers arrived they found the victim suffering with a bloody, swollen, disfigured face. She told investigators Guthier had come home intoxicated and pulled her from a couch where she had been sitting with her 4-year-old son. Another child was asleep in a bedroom.

Guthier dragged the victim into a bedroom, tore off her clothing and repeatedly punched her in the face and kicked her in the genital area, according to a news release. “Guthier then grabbed an AR-15 rifle and began beating her in the face with the stock of the rifle.” She lost consciousness as Guthier strangled her.

The victim told investigators she believed she was going to die.

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An AR-15 covered in blood was found at the scene, along with clumps of the victim’s scalp and hair. Blood was found in the living room, bathroom and bedroom. A china cabinet had been broken, and two holes had been punched through a bedroom wall. Guthier was found sleeping. Also recovered from the home were anabolic steroids and syringes. The victim’s injuries included a broken nose and cracked pelvis.

“This victim is lucky to be alive today,” said Robb Miller, assistant district attorney.

Guthier pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and second-degree assault, both felonies, and false imprisonment, a misdemeanor. All charges are acts of domestic violence.

Denver judge awards more than $1.9 million to attorney, businesses accused by state of price gouging during nation’s foreclosure crisis

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:59

A Denver judge on Friday awarded more than $1.9 million to attorney Larry Castle and two associated businesses, who successfully defended themselves against state allegations of price gouging during the nation’s foreclosure crisis.

The judgment for attorneys’ fees is small compared with the $26 million the state sought against Castle, his lawyer wife, Caren, the Castle Law Group and the two companies, Absolute Posting & Process Services and Colorado American Title, for allegedly puffing fees and other expenses while handling the bulk of the foreclosure work across the state over several years.

The judgment is to be reduced by $119,500, the amount the state was awarded earlier against the Castle firm on a charge it had failed to tell federal mortgage insurers about a financial relationship it had with Absolute.

In Friday’s order, Denver District Judge Morris Hoffman chastised Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s office for complaining that defense lawyers’ fees were excessive while asserting it spent more than it had actually won in court.

Hyoung Chang, The Denver PostColorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman in Colorado Republican state assembly at Coors Event Center. April 14, 2018.

“They sought more than $612,000, representing 1,534 attorney hours and 350 paralegal hours, which I found ‘ridiculously high,’” Hoffman wrote of the AG’s office. “I am flabbergasted that our Attorney General thought it appropriate to represent to this court that it was reasonable for her to spend more than $612,000 in taxpayers’ money to achieve a $119,500 judgment, but now argues it was unreasonable for the Castle defendants to spend less than $1.5 million of their own money to successfully defend against damage claims that originally exceeded $26 million.”

Hoffman had earlier ruled the state’s civil lawsuit was “substantially groundless and substantially frivolous” enough to merit the award of the defendants’ attorneys’ fees.

Coffman’s office said it will appeal the attorney’s fee award. Each side has filed an appeal of Hoffman’s verdicts, which came in November, about five years after the state filed the civil lawsuit.

“The attorney general’s consumer-fraud lawyers brought a groundless case, put hundreds of people out of work, and wasted millions of dollars in taxpayer money,” defense attorney Larry Pozner said Friday. “On Monday, these (state) lawyers will still be employed, and that is the consumer fraud.”

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The state had earlier turned down a $698,000 settlement offer from Castle and chose to go to trial.

State prosecutors reached a $10 million in 2014 with Castle’s biggest competitor, Aronowitz & Mecklenburg, whom they sued at the same time for similar alleged infractions. The Aronowitz firm closed and later agreed to pay about $2.5 million more to affected homeowners who sued in a separate class-action case.

In the end, Hoffman awarded Castle $1.45 million in attorney’s fees, Absolute was given $445,256, and CAT is to get $19,979.

It’s likely those amounts will be held in abeyance until the appeals are finished.

Bridge work on Mississippi Avenue over the Platte River will slow traffic

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:48

Bridge work on West Mississippi Avenue over the South Platte River during the next six to eight weeks will slow traffic and cause delays.

The road project in Denver includes removing old asphalt on the bridge deck, inspecting the concrete deck and installing new asphalt, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Intermittent lane closures will occur, but one lane in each direction will remain open. Delays are expected, and drivers are urged to consider alternate routes.

Restoration work on the underside of the bridge is part of the project; people who use the South Platte River trail in the area will be detoured.

The cost of the bridge maintenance project is about $1 million.