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The Morning After: 5 takeaways from the Avalanche’s victory over the Dallas Stars

November 23, 2017 - 6:01am

The Avalanche defeated Dallas 3-0 on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. Five observations:

1. Great Nate, again. Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar in the making. Just 22, the fifth-year NHL centerman is becoming the player we all thought he would become since he was selected No. 1 overall in 2013. He assisted on all three goals Wednesday and has now has amassed 20 points (14 assists) in his last 10 games and is averaging more than two points per-game on the season (25 points in 19 games).

Per the Avalanche, MacKinnon is the first Avs player to record 20 points in a span of 10 team games since Joe Sakic from March 20 to April 9, 2006 (7-13–20), and MacKinnon’s 17 points in November is tied for second in the league in scoring during the month and he’s pacing all skaters with 13 assists in that span. Being compared to Sakic is what we ultimately expected from young Great Nate.

2. Politically correct at the PC. The Avalanche is now 7-1-1 at home this season and 10-1-1 in its last 12 home games against Dallas. As defenseman Erik Johnson said, winning like this at home makes winning on the road feel like “gravy.” Following Friday’s game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, the Avs embark on a five-game homestand beginning Saturday against the Calgary Flames.

3. Awesome threesome. MacKinnon’s line, with wingers Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, has produced 43 points (15 goals) in nine home games this season. I think we have something here. 

Jared Bednar after 3-0 win over Stars #Avs

— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) November 23, 2017

4.  Official business. Dave Jackson, a Montreal native living in Highlands Ranch, worked the game with Colorado Springs native Tom Chmielewski, who I believe is the first full-time Colorado native working in a referee role with the NHL. Jackson worked his 1,501th career NHL game and Chmielewski his 91st, I believe he said. Jackson is the most tenured NHL ref and Chmielewski one of the newest. Happy thanksgiving to the refs and the NHL for making every attempt to keep their officials at home during the holidays.

Once again, Nathan MacKinnon wins it for the Avalanche: by @MikeChambers

— Denver Post – Avs (@avsnews) November 23, 2017

5. The standard. Landeskog scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season in his 20th game. Last season, he produced just 18 goals in 72 games. The Avs captain and No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft is an ideal power forward who has the potential to reach 30 goals every season. He’s a good leader, a fine captain (a fantastic person). But he’ll never be judged that way if he doesn’t regularly produce 30-plus goals.

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Ask Amy: Parents should help their kids be media savvy

November 23, 2017 - 4:30am

Dear Amy: I need some advice to guide our children in this electronic world. My husband and I have four children, ages 9 through 15.

Recently, our 12-year-old son was riding home on the school bus and a classmate showed him some salacious pictures that upset him.

He wasn’t sure how to get out of the situation, or what to say. He was on the window side of the seat so when he asked the other student to move aside so he could get out, the student would not move. Fortunately, the bus ride is only two minutes, but when he got off the bus he was very upset.

Our son is very modest, and we care very deeply about our children’s exposure to these types of things.

We talked it through and I brought it to the principal’s attention. He basically said that if there are no witnesses, then there is nothing he could do.

There is also a school policy of no phones, which extends to the bus. We reminded the principal of this. In the state we live in, we could possibly bring this issue to the police.

Outside of all that, what would your guidance be when children are shown things they don’t want to see — whether it is salacious, gory or otherwise? What are the words to say that empower them to rebuff these types of things, and to assert themselves more effectively?

— Powering Through Parenting!

Dear Powering Through: Your son was bullied and sexually harassed. His reaction to it was completely appropriate: when he was made uncomfortable, he tried to leave the area, but was physically prevented from doing so. He told an adult. All good.

The school principal’s reaction to this incident was sorely lacking and quite unprofessional. The aggressive boy should be disciplined and counseled. The school bus is an extension of the school; students deserve to ride in (relative) peace.

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You should reassure your son about his own reaction. He has done nothing wrong, and he is justified in feeling upset about this.

Then you and your husband need to talk to your kids about porn, violence and media literacy. The omnipresence of this material in modern life means that children will be exposed to it at an early age. Stumbling across it (or deliberately finding it) is very different from having a bully shove it in your face.

Assure your son that he can always come to you with any concerns, and reassure him that he is basically a rock star who is already more mature than his peers.

He should try out and rehearse various responses. Boys who are bullied sometimes have success with a bored-seeming: “Dude, get a life” reaction. This is both worldly and self-protective.

Dear Amy: My father passed away three years ago at the age of 80. At the last minute, his significant other wasn’t up to making the decisions concerning his final arrangements.

She took care of dad for a long time when he was ill, and she couldn’t do more.

My problem is that I am feeling guilty about having him cremated. I had little time to prepare, no money for a funeral (the town paid for cremation) and was an emotional wreck.

I’m the most responsible out of four adult children, so I put it all on myself.

It has been haunting me. I was never able to ask dad what his wishes were. He was very afraid of dying. We have no religion, so I don’t have that guideline.

My siblings seem OK with my decision, but I am feeling upset over it now. I wish I had known what his wishes were.

— Sad

Dear Sad: You took a lot on, and you weren’t prepared. Your reaction now is completely understandable. For what it’s worth, I know you did the right thing.

You will feel better if you close the circle by memorializing your father. Plan a ceremony and bury or scatter his ashes in a meaningful place. Play his favorite music, prepare readings and then gather with your siblings and his partner for a meal. My sincerest condolences.

Dear Amy: Thank you, thank you, for your strong and beautiful response to “Confused,” the engaged man whose mother had pancreatic cancer. He wanted to rush the wedding, but his fiancee wanted to wait and “enjoy the process.” I was so relieved that you set him straight.

— Big Fan

Dear Fan: It is unusual for me to suggest that a person should not marry their intended; I made an exception in this case.

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Artist Axel Geittmann embraces the positive benefits of coloring books

November 23, 2017 - 12:01am
Provided by Axel GeittmannColorado artist Axel Geittmann provided the illustration for the Denver Post Thanksgiving coloring page.

Colorado artist Axel Geittmann considers the renewed popularity of coloring books as a great creative outlet.

“It starts when we are children, coloring inside and outside the lines. When we get into coloring as adults, it reminds us of that time in our lives,” said Geittmann, who is founder of a marketing agency and started doing public murals and art as an extracurricular activity.

Geittmann was chosen to illustrate The Denver Post’s Thanksgiving coloring page, where he introduced elements of Colorado flora and fauna to create an engaging experience. The style is reminiscent of his public murals that can be seen around the metro area, including at the Stanley Marketplace.

“Coloring is the great enabler,” he said. “Everyone of every age can do it, and it serves as a gateway drug for people to express themselves; it could lead them to their own original drawings.”

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His attitude toward such art was fully realized with one of his popular creations, “The Street Crime Coloring Book,” which includes scenes of drug deals, muggings and knife fights, all ready for artistic exploration. Yes, it literally is an adult coloring book.

“It started as satire for a show I was doing with the Jiberish clothing line, and it just took off as its own thing,” Geittmann said. It can be found for sale in I Heart Denver stores or on the website. Check out more of his work on Instagram or Facebook.

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Leader of Colorado sex trafficking ring gets 472-year term — the longest human trafficking sentence ever given in the country

November 22, 2017 - 11:28pm

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Colorado man convicted of running a prostitution ring involving children and young adults has been sentenced to 472 years in prison.

KUSA-TV reports that 31-year-old Brock Franklin was sentenced by Arapahoe County Judge Peter F. Michaelson on Tuesday.

Franklin was convicted Friday on 30 counts, including human trafficking of a minor and kidnapping.

A 2015 grand jury indictment alleged Franklin used drugs and violence to assert control over young women and girls. At trial, jurors heard testimony from eight victims.

Franklin’s attorneys had asked for a minimum 96 years in prison. Janet Drake, a senior state prosecutor specializing in human trafficking crimes, asked the judge for a 616-year term.

Four co-defendants were convicted earlier in the case.

Information from: KUSA-TV

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Uber customers torn between scandals and service

November 22, 2017 - 10:18pm

DETROIT — Uber has managed to hold the title of world’s largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals.

Its latest misbehavior involving a data breach cover-up revealed this week could be the impetus for people to ride elsewhere — or keep looking the other way.

Hackers were able to steal data for 57 million riders and drivers, and Uber concealed it for a year after paying $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

Riders and business experts say that while Uber’s problems such as workplace sexual harassment, drivers with criminal records and other past infractions are serious, stolen data hits people directly and could make them mad enough to delete the app. Then again, riders have fled from the service before, but enough have stayed because of the Uber’s convenience so the latest scandal-of-the-week may not make much of a difference. The brand is so well-known for quickly responding to ride requests that it’s often used as a verb for such trips, no matter which service is summoned.

Michael Pachter, a technology analyst based in Los Angeles, said he uses Uber five to 10 times a month.

“I don’t blame the drivers for the company transgressions, and view Uber as the glue that facilitates drivers willing to drive me around,” he said.

But for Vermont resident Jay Furr, the breach was the “final straw.” He had stuck with Uber despite recent problems because of the service. But now he’ll use Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, when he goes to the airport for frequent business trips.

“Why reward crooked behavior?” he asked. “The only way they will learn is if they lose business.”

For much of the past year, Uber has been mired in well-publicized problems. A female former engineer blogged that her boss had propositioned her for sex, exposing widespread sexual harassment. A federal judge urged prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uber stole technology from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle unit. The Justice Department is investigating whether Uber used a bogus app to deceive inspectors in several cities, and in London, authorities decided not to renew Uber’s operating license in part for failing to report crimes.

Earlier this week the state of Colorado fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to drive for the company. Then came the stolen data, which has touched off more government inquiries.

The scandals have damaged Uber’s brand reputation over time, said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys Inc., a New York-based customer research firm. The company’s polling has found that in 2015 Lyft passed Uber as the most trusted of ride-hailing brands, and trust in Uber has been eroding ever since. Consumers will give technology companies the benefit of the doubt for a long time. But with Uber, “That well of forgiveness isn’t bottomless,” Passikoff said.

Passikoff doesn’t measure the impact on ridership and Uber won’t discuss it. But Lyft says its share of the U.S. market has risen 3 percentage points since August to 33 percent. It’s up from 12 percent two years ago as Lyft has expanded with more drivers in major U.S. cities.

In the data breach, Uber has said that for riders, hackers got only names, email addresses and telephone numbers. They did not get personal information such as trip details or credit card and Social Security numbers. For about 600,000 drivers in the U.S., hackers got driver’s license numbers, and the company has offered them free credit monitoring services.

While Uber drivers lost personal data and face uncertainty over identity theft, it appears they’ll stick with Uber. Many drive for Lyft as well.

Nate Tepp, who drives Uber in Seattle, said he doesn’t plan to leave, nor does he think other drivers will.

“All they are doing is cutting out 60 to 65 percent of their income,” Tepp said of drivers who might consider leaving. That estimate is based on his own split between Uber and Lyft fares.

Tepp also thinks the last three to four months at Uber have been different and things have “started to go in drivers’ favor.” This includes adding an option for riders to tip.

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He is also somewhat forgiving about the hacking — and the subsequent cover-up. After all, companies are hacked often, he said.

“Does it make me happy? No. Does it (make me angry) to the point that I am going to stop making money through that company? No,” he said.

New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi could do little but admit the problem and promise ethical behavior in the future. “We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers,” he wrote in a blog post.

Marlene Towns, a professor at Georgetown University’s business school who studies brand values, said Uber is testing the boundaries of how many scandals people will endure. While data breaches are personal to people, she still thinks Uber will get through this scandal as well.

“We have a short memory as consumers,” she said. “We tend to be if not forgiving, forgetful.”


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Black Friday: A guide to when bigger retailers are opening and what deals they’re offering

November 22, 2017 - 10:15pm

NEW YORK — With Black Friday having stretched into a November full of deals, stores will be stepping it up as holiday shopping begins in earnest.

It’s been a tough year for many retailers. Several well-known chains have filed for bankruptcy protection and thousands of stores have closed. Amazon is going into the holiday season with its largest ever store presence, and plans to offer deals online every day from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. Stores are trying to step up their game online and in person to attract customers who are moving back and forth from store to phone shopping.

But with unemployment low and the economy in solid shape, stores are hoping customers are in a mood to shop. About 69 percent of Americans, or 164 million people, intend to shop at some point during the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation trade group. It expects Black Friday to remain the busiest day with about 115 million people planning to shop then.

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“People expect promotions all week,” said Rod Sides, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP. As holiday shopping gets underway in earnest, he said, “people will come with a purpose and a plan. The Black Friday deals will go fast.”

Overall, the NRF expects sales in November and December to at least match the 3.6 percent growth of a year ago, to a range of $678.75 billion to $682 billion. It estimates that online spending and other non-store sales will rise 11 percent to 15 percent. Sides will be watching is how malls fare for the opening of the season, as shoppers increasingly go online or to discounters. “We don’t think the malls will be nearly as busy,” he said.

Here’s a look at what some big stores have planned for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Most retailers including Walmart start making the majority of doorbuster deals available online at 12:01 a.m. on Thanksgiving. The hours refer to local times.


Thanksgiving: Sales start at 6 p.m.

Black Friday: Most supercenters are open 24/7.

Deals: LG 49-inch Class 4K Smart TV for $328 and an Element 39-inch Class Smart TV for $125. Samsung 65-inch Class Curved 4K Smart TV for $998.


Thanksgiving: Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Black Friday: Opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the store.

Deals: A 55″ Westinghouse UHD TV for $249.99. Shoppers who spend $50 in stores or on Friday will get a coupon for 20 percent off for purchases made between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10.


Thanksgiving: Most stores open at 5 p.m. and close at 2 a.m.

Black Friday: Open at 6 a.m.

Deals: $29.99 diamond earrings with any purchase of $50 or more. Seventy-five percent off select sport coats and overcoats. Fifty percent off select holiday tops and sweaters.


Thanksgiving/Black Friday: Opening at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open until 10 p.m. the following day.

Deals: Diamond earrings for $25, boots for $19.99.


Thanksgiving/Black Friday: Opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving through midnight on Black Friday.

Deals: 50 percent off of select toys from Hot Wheels to Play-Doh, $69.99 diamond bracelet, FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness watch for $149.99.


Thanksgiving: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Deals: 60-inch Sony 4K TV for $599.99 and a Samsung 11.6 inch laptop for $119.


Thanksgiving and Black Friday: Opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open for 30 hours.

Deals: 40 percent off Lego construction sets, $59.99 Barbie Pink three-story townhouse.


Thanksgiving/Black Friday: Most stores will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight and open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

Deals: Up to 40 percent off on appliances, 50 percent off Craftsman 32-piece mechanic’s tool set.

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What happens once “net neutrality” rules bite the dust?

November 22, 2017 - 9:59pm

NEW YORK — The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules , which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps and services.

Now the question is: What comes next?


The FCC’s move will allow companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to charge internet companies for speedier access to consumers and to block outside services they don’t like. The change also axes a host of consumer protections, including privacy requirements and rules barring unfair practices that gave consumers an avenue to pursue complaints about price gouging.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says his plan eliminates unnecessary regulation. But many worry that his proposal will stifle small tech firms and leave ordinary citizens more at the mercy of cable and wireless companies.

“It would be a radical departure from what previous (FCC) chairs, of both parties, have done,” said Gigi Sohn, a former adviser to Tom Wheeler, the Obama-era FCC chairman who enacted the net neutrality rules now being overturned. “It would leave consumers and competition completely unprotected.”

During the last Republican administration, that of George W. Bush, FCC policy held that people should be able to see what they want on the internet and to use the services they preferred. But attempts to enshrine that net-neutrality principle in regulation never held up in court — at least until Wheeler pushed through the current rules now slated for termination.

Pai’s proposals stand a good chance of enactment at the next FCC meeting in December. But there will be lawsuits to challenge them.


The formal proposal reveals more details of the plan than were in the FCC’s Tuesday press release. For instance, if companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon decide to block a particular app, throttle data speeds for a rival service or offer faster speeds to companies who pay for it, they merely need to disclose their policies for doing so.

The FCC also says it will pre-empt state rules on privacy and net neutrality that contradict its approach. Verizon has noted that New York has several privacy bills pending, and that the California legislature has suggested coming up with its own version of net neutrality rules should the federal versions perish.

The plan would leave complaints about deceptive behavior and monitor privacy to the Federal Trade Commission, which already regulates privacy for internet companies like Google and Facebook.


Broadband providers are promising to be on their best behavior. Comcast said it doesn’t and won’t block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content. AT&T said that “all major ISPs have publicly committed to preserving an open internet” and that any ISP “foolish” enough to manipulate what’s available online for customers will be “quickly and decisively called out.” Verizon said that “users should be able to access the internet when, where, and how they choose.”

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Some critics don’t put much weight on those promises, noting that many providers have previously used their networks to disadvantage rivals. For example, the Associated Press in 2007 found Comcast was blocking some file-sharing. AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services on its network on the iPhone until 2009.

But others suggest fear of a public uproar will help restrain egregious practices such as blocking and throttling. “I’m not sure there’s any benefit to them doing that,” said Sohn. “It’s just going to get people angry at them for no good reason. They don’t monetize that.”


Sohn, however, suggests there’s reason to worry about more subtle forms of discrimination, such as “paid prioritization.” That’s a term for internet “fast lanes,” where companies that can afford it would pay AT&T, Verizon and Comcast for faster or better access to consumers.

That would leave startups and institutions that aren’t flush with cash, like libraries or schools, relegated to slower service, said Corynne McSherry, legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights group. In turn, startups would find it harder to attract investors, Sohn said.

Michael Cheah, general counsel of the video startup Vimeo, said broadband companies will try to lay groundwork for a two-tiered internet — one where cash-strapped companies and services are relegated to the slow lane. To stay competitive, small companies would need to pony up for fast lanes if they could — but those costs would ultimately find their way to consumers.

The view is different at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank funded by Google and other established tech companies. Doug Brake, a telecom policy analyst at the foundation, said there’s little chance broadband companies will engage in “shenanigans,” given how unpopular they already are with the public.

Brake likewise played down the threat of internet fast lanes, arguing that they’ll only be useful in limited situations such as high-quality teleconferencing. Like the FCC, he argued that antitrust law can serve to deter “potentially anticompetitive” behavior by internet providers.

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Ferguson leaders wonder if monitor team overseeing police, court reforms is worth cost

November 22, 2017 - 9:49pm

FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson, Missouri, has paid nearly a half-million dollars to the monitor team overseeing its police and court reforms, but city leaders question what they’ve gotten for their money, especially after the departure of the original lead monitor.

Washington attorney Clark Kent Ervin resigned in September after serving a little over a year as lead monitor overseeing the consent agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in 2014. Boston attorney Natashia Tidwell, who has been with the Ferguson monitor team since its start, now leads it.

Concerns over the cost of monitoring were detailed in exclusive interviews with The Associated Press.

The money spent on monitoring is costly in Ferguson, paid for entirely with city funds. The community of 20,000 is much smaller, with far less money, than most cities subject to Justice Department consent agreements. Money is so tight that Ferguson voters twice in 2016 approved tax increases to keep the budget balanced.

Mayor James Knowles III said Ervin failed to follow through on some projects, including opening an office in Ferguson and surveying residents. City Attorney Apollo Carey said his departure slowed a court audit and other reforms.

“It begs the question: What are residents getting out of (monitoring)?” Knowles said. “They’re supposed to be getting transparency. They’re supposed to be getting regular updates and engagement from the monitor. They haven’t gotten any of it.”

City Manager De’Carlon Seewood said “there were a lot of concerns on both sides,” which led to Ervin stepping down. “The thought was it was best to depart,” Seewood said.

Ervin did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

Ferguson fell under Justice Department scrutiny after Brown was killed by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson during an Aug. 9, 2014, confrontation on a neighborhood street. A St. Louis County grand jury and the Justice Department declined to charge Wilson, who resigned in November 2014.

But the shooting of the black, unarmed 18-year-old by the white officer drew attention to allegations about mistreatment of African-Americans by Ferguson’s police and court system. A Justice Department investigation led to a civil rights lawsuit that was settled in 2016 with the consent agreement.

The agreement calls for reforms such as hiring more black officers, requiring diversity training for police, and court reforms that include easing financial burdens for minor offenses such as traffic violations. The process is expected to take up to three years with oversight by a team of independent monitors.

Nine teams applied to perform the monitor duties. In July 2016, the Justice Department and Ferguson leaders chose the team led by Ervin, a former inspector general for the State Department and Homeland Security.

The agreement called for paying the eight-member monitor team up to $350,000 a year, with the total amount to be capped out at $1.25 million over five years. Ferguson paid $350,000 for the first 12-month period, and has paid another $145,000 since July of this year, its records show.

Of the initial $350,000, $291,192 was paid to Ervin’s law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, according to Ferguson records. It isn’t clear if Ervin received all of that money or if some was shared with other monitors or assistants, Seewood said. The agreement called for Ervin to be paid $685 per hour and work up to 30 hours a month on the monitoring, which would amount to $246,600 over a full year.

Since July of this year, an additional $108,000 has been paid out to a data collection firm, along with $21,000 to Tidwell and $15,000 split between two other monitor team members, Knowles said.

At a community meeting last December, Ervin pledged to conduct a survey of residents and to open an office in Ferguson. The survey never happened, and no office ever opened.

Knowles said the survey “should have been done in the first year and it wasn’t done. You can’t have a baseline survey of the community to see how it feels about progress if you don’t know what the baseline is.”

The proposal to open an office, Seewood said, was aimed at adding transparency to the reform process.

“I offered to give him an office at City Hall,” Seewood said of Ervin. “For some reason he was never able to make that commitment that he should be here.”

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Carey, the city attorney, said during a town hall meeting last week that Ervin’s resignation has slowed reform efforts. He cited a court audit performed in August that remains incomplete.

Justice Department attorney Jude Volek said at the meeting that progress is being made despite Ervin’s resignation, aided by the fact that Tidwell has been involved in the process since day one.

“You can see her commitment,” Volek said.

Tidwell, who is a former police officer and federal prosecutor, declined comment through a spokeswoman.

Seewood also has high hopes for the team’s new leadership.

“She’s awesome,” he said of Tidwell. “I’m very optimistic.”

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Once again, Nathan MacKinnon wins it for the Avalanche

November 22, 2017 - 9:49pm

Behind a penalty-free effort through two periods and another outstanding play-making performance by center Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche rolled past the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

In a festive environment on the night before Thanksgiving Day, MacKinnon had three assists to extend his scoring spree to 20 points in 10 games and Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 11-8-1 overall. The Avs won just 13 times in 41 home games last season en route to a league-low 48 points. They have now scored three goals in every home game.

“I liked our game tonight. We had a really good start, good energy at the start. We were jumping,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I liked our disclipline and our decision making throughout the whole night and especially the third period. That was a real mature third period from our guys. Good decisions. No risky pucks in the middle of the ice.”

Jonathan Bernier, making back-to-back starts because of the illness to Semyon Varlamov, recorded the 15th shutout of his career with 28 saves.

“I thought right off the bat we deserved that game,” Bernier said. “We out-competed them, we out-skated and that’s where we want it.”

“‘Berns’ made it look easy. He made some big saves tonight,” Bednar said. “We had a couple breakdowns and he was spectacular. He was real calm and took care of all the rebounds. Our guys did a good job in front of him but he was really good in net too.”

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MacKinnon, who had the game-tying assist and game-winning goal Sunday in a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory at Detroit, assisted on goals from defenseman Erik Johnson and forwards Nail Yakupov and Gabe Landeskog. Yakupov’s goal in the last second of the second period gave the Avs a 2-0 lead and all the momentum entering the third. It came off an offensive-zone faceoff and a set play, with MacKinnon winning the draw back to Yakupov.

MacKinnon won the draw but the puck went airborne. No problem. He knocked it out of mid-air to Yakupov, whose one-time blast from between the circles entered the net with .01 seconds remaining, based on replay. The goal made up for the Avalanche failing to capitalize on its first three power plays — the latter of which produced glorious chances from the right circle off the sticks of Alex Kerfoot and Landeskog.

MacKinnon’s line with wingers Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen combined for six points.

“It’s been good lately. A lot of hard work has been put into it though,” MacKinnon said of his line. “You know with our line, we haven’t been getting lucky bounces, I feel like we’ve dominated a lot of games. We’ve had a lot of chances.”

It was scoreless after a ho-hum first period. The best scoring chance came off an awkward bounce behind  Bernier. The Stars’ entry-zone dump-in bounced off the end boards and toward Bernier’s crease as the goalie anticipated it going into the corner. Dallas forward Antoine Roussel was on the forecheck and was looking at an open-net tap-in goal, but Bernier threw his stick at the puck and it caromed off his shaft, then off the crossbar, and out of danger.

Jared Bednar after 3-0 win over Stars #Avs

— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) November 23, 2017

The Avalanche will practice Thursday morning but have the afternoon free to celebrate Thanksgiving — although there’s only four Americans on the team. The Avs will take a 6 p.m. flight to the Twin Cities and play the Minnesota Wild in a Black Friday matinee. Colorado then embarks on a five-game homestand beginning Saturday against the Calgary Flames.

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Colorado State basketball caps road trip with loss at New Mexico State

November 22, 2017 - 9:47pm

Nearly a week after leaving Fort Collins, Colorado State’s three-game road trip finally came to an end.

It’s safe to assume the Rams can’t get back home soon enough.

CSU went 0-for-3 during its journey away from Moby Arena, capped by an 89-76 loss at New Mexico State on Wednesday night at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Colorado State (2-3) had the game tied for a couple possessions in the first half but never had the lead. The Rams had the lead for just 2 minutes, 50 seconds during the entire three-game road trip, all of which came in Sunday’s 17-point loss to Florida State in Jamaica. They’ve allowed 86.3 points during the three-game skid.

Full story via Reporter-Herald

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Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

November 22, 2017 - 9:42pm

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.

The failure enabled him to buy weapons, purchases his domestic violence conviction should have barred.

Sessions directed the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine if other government agencies are failing to report information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. He also wants a report detailing the number of times the agencies investigate and prosecute people for lying on their gun-purchase applications and a closer look at the format of the application itself.

The database “is critically important to protecting the American public from firearms-related violence,” Sessions wrote in his memo. “It is, however, only as reliable and robust as the information that federal, state, local and tribal government entities make available to it.”

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The Pentagon’s inspector general launched a separate review of the Texas gunman, Devin P. Kelley, after the Air Force revealed it had failed to submit his domestic abuse case to the database. Kelley was able to buy four guns despite the conviction. He used a Ruger AR rifle with a 30-round magazine during the Nov. 6 shooting, going from aisle to aisle as he shot parishioners.

Sessions said the revelation was “alarming.” But the Pentagon has long known about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI.

Sessions ordered the FBI and ATF to work with the Defense Department on its review and to identify other obstacles agencies face in sharing information with the database.

The problem has also caught the attention Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who joined forces on legislation that aims to strengthen the database by ensuring federal agencies and states accurately report relevant criminal information to the FBI.

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U.S. declares “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya in Myanmar

November 22, 2017 - 9:39pm

WASHINGTON — The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing” on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blamed Myanmar’s security forces and “local vigilantes” for what he called “intolerable suffering” by the Rohingya. Although the military has accused Rohingya insurgents of triggering the crisis, Tillerson said that “no provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued.”

“After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” Tillerson said in a statement.

Although the designation carries no legal obligations for the U.S. to act, Tillerson said those who perpetrated the atrocities “must be held accountable.” He added that the U.S. wanted a full investigation and was considering “targeted sanctions” against those responsible — but not broader sanctions against the nation.

Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, seeking refuge from what Myanmar’s military has called “clearance operations.” The crisis started in August, when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar security forces, leading to a brutal crackdown in which soldiers and Buddhist mobs have killed men, raped woman and burned homes and property to force the Rohingya to leave.

The declaration followed a lengthy review process by President Donald Trump’s administration to determine whether the violence met the threshold to be considered ethnic cleansing. The United Nations came to that conclusion in September, but the U.S. had held off, with Tillerson saying he needed more information even as he expressed deep concern about the crisis.

Last week, Tillerson traveled to Myanmar in the highest level visit by a U.S. official since Trump took office. U.S. officials dangled the possibility of an “ethnic cleansing” designation ahead of Tillerson’s trip, potentially giving him more leverage as he met with officials in Myanmar. In the capital of Naypitaw, Tillerson met with the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as Myanmar’s powerful military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, who is in charge of operations in Rakhine state, home to Myanmar’s Rohingya population.

Senior State Department officials said the determination was intended to ramp up pressure on the military and others in Myanmar to resolve the conflict and repatriate refugees who have fled to Bangladesh. Yet it was also likely to intensify calls for the Trump administration and Congress to move toward new sanctions. Earlier this month, a House committee passed a nonbinding resolution condemning “murderous ethnic cleansing and atrocities” and calling on Trump to impose sanctions on those responsible for abuses.

Yet sweeping sanctions targeting Myanmar’s economy or its military as a whole are off the table, officials said, adding that the Trump administration had determined they would not be productive either for ensuring accountability or for promoting broader U.S. goals in Myanmar. Instead, the U.S. is considering sanctions against individuals only, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to comment by name and briefed reporters on a conference call on condition of anonymity.

Broad-based U.S. sanctions on Myanmar were eased under former President Barack Obama as the Southeast Asian nation inched toward democracy. U.S. officials have been concerned that slapping back sanctions or pushing Myanmar’s leaders too hard on the Rohingya violence could undermine the country’s civilian government, led for the last 18 months by Suu Kyi. That could slow or reverse the country’s delicate transition away from decades of harsh military rule and risks pushing Myanmar away from the U.S. and closer to China.

The State Department has also examined whether the violence in Rakhine meets the definitions for crimes against humanity or genocide, but have so far made no such determinations. Both designations carry significant legal consequences.

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Ethnic cleansing, on the other hand, isn’t recognized as an independent crime under international law, according to the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention. The ethnic cleansing term surfaced in the context of the 1990s conflict in the former Yugoslavia, when a U.N. commission defined it as “rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups from the area.”

Human rights groups accuse the military of a scorched-earth campaign against the Rohinyga, who numbered roughly 1 million in Myanmar before the latest exodus. The Buddhist majority in Myanmar believes they migrated illegally from Bangladesh, but many Rohingya families have lived for generations in Myanmar. In 1982, they were stripped of their citizenship.

Already, the United States has curtailed its ties to Myanmar’s military over the violence. Earlier this year, the U.S. restored restrictions on granting visas to members of Myanmar’s military, and the State Department has deemed units and officers involved in operations in Rakhine state ineligible for U.S. assistance.

Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington contributed to this report.


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State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees

November 22, 2017 - 9:34pm

A group of state attorneys general on Wednesday urged the National Park Service to scrap its proposal to more than double the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks.

The top government lawyers from 10 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter saying the increase could put access to the parks out of reach for many Americans.

“We cannot let the most popular and awe-inspiring national parks become places for the wealthy,” they said in the letter to the Park Service’s acting director.

All the signers are Democrats except for Arizona’s Mark Brnovich, a Republican.

The AGs say the increase is inconsistent with the laws governing the park system because the administration did not provide an economic analysis to support its claims that raising fees would increase revenue.

The Park Service estimates that higher fees will generate an additional $70 million a year, more than half of which would be used to chip away at a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects. But the AGs say the increase actually could reduce the number of visitors and revenue.

It would particularly hit lower-income people who already use the parks less frequently than those with more money, they said.

In a separate statement, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra suggested he and his colleagues could take legal action if the Park Service moves ahead with the plan, which would boost the entrance fee to $70 per vehicle at the targeted parks, up from $25 or $30.

The fee would go into effect during peak season at heavily visited parks, including Glacier, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion in the West, and Acadia and Shenandoah in the East. Five of the AGs who signed the letter represent states that include parks that would be subject to the fee increases; six do not.

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Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, said it didn’t matter that Maryland does not have a park that would be affected: “Everyone should have access to our nation’s national parks,” she said.

The letter was also signed by the attorneys general of Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington.

The AG’s also question the rationale, saying Trump has proposed reducing the service’s overall budget. The Park Service says the administration’s budget calls for Congress to allocate more money for park maintenance backlogs.

It has received some 65,000 comments on its proposal and has extended the public comment period to Dec. 22.

Associated Press writer Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Arizona, contributed to this report.

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Euphoric Zimbabwe greets former Mugabe deputy as new leader

November 22, 2017 - 9:30pm

By Kevin Sieff, The Washington Post

HARARE, Zimbabwe – The man expected to lead Zimbabwe after the dramatic toppling of longtime president Robert Mugabe returned from abroad on Wednesday, promising democracy but also warning that the ruling party would remain firmly in control.

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s arrival in Harare marked the beginning of an era that many here were already referring to as a rebirth. After 37 years of Mugabe’s increasingly authoritarian rule, the nation of 16 million was jubilant at the prospect of more freedom and an improvement in the fragile economy.

But Zimbabwe is entering a deeply uncertain period. Its new leader is a man with a dubious legacy, who was appointed through a shadowy, closed-door process. He faces immense challenges in resurrecting an economy that shrunk during decades of political turbulence, and is burdened by $11 billion in debt.

Mnangagwa is a longtime Mugabe ally, nicknamed “the crocodile” due to a reputation for savviness and a willingness to use harsh tactics.

He is expected to be appointed president within days, becoming the country’s second leader since independence from Britain in 1980. Mnangagwa was dismissed several weeks ago by Mugabe, precipitating a military takeover that on Tuesday led to the longtime president’s resignation. Mnangagwa then left the country due to concerns over his safety.

On his return Wednesday, he delivered a short, ebullient speech in front of a roaring crowd at the headquarters of the ruling party, ZANU-PF, which has nominated him as the country’s next leader.

“Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new unfolding democracy in our country,” he said, after flying in from South Africa.

“I pledge myself to be your servant,” Mnangagwa added. “I appeal to all genuine parties in Zimbabwe to come together and work together. No one is more important than the other. We are all Zimbabweans.”

But switching from English to the local Shona language, Mnangagwa took a darker turn, belittling the opposition.

“Those who oppose us will bark and bark,” he said. “They will continue to bark, but the ZANU-PF train will roll on, ruling and ruling while they bark.”

Many Zimbabweans have questioned the legality of his ascent – Mnangagwa had no formal position in government after being fired, and is not in the constitutional line of succession. But the ruling party, which Mugabe ran for nearly four decades before it abandoned him last week, claimed that it had the authority to appoint the next president.

Mnangagwa arrives in power at a time of extraordinary unity in Zimbabwe.

For the first time in decades, white farmers, activists, soldiers and opposition groups marched together through the streets of Harare this past week in defiance of Mugabe. Many people have concerns about Mnangagwa, but have largely accepted the inevitability of his leadership, and are hoping for the best.

Mnangagwa was part of the same cadre of liberation leaders as Mugabe, who fought to oust the white-minority government when the country was known as Rhodesia. For his role in the movement, Mnangagwa served 10 years in Harare Prison, include some time with Mugabe.

When Mugabe was elected prime minister, Mnangagwa also began to climb the ranks of government. Opposition politicians and human-rights activists have accused him of helping to engineer a crackdown on the Ndebele tribe, who were seen to be against the Mugabe regime in the early 1980s. The operation resulted in the murder of roughly 20,000 members of the Ndebele tribe. Mnangagwa has denied responsibility for the mass killings.

“Mnangagwa was the man to execute all of Mugabe’s dirty work,” said Rugare Gumbo, another liberation fighter who was imprisoned with the two men and worked for the ruling party until a falling out with its leadership in 2014. “We hope when he comes back now, he will be a changed man.”

In 2003, Mnangagwa was sanctioned by the United States, along with dozens of other members of Mugabe’s government, for “undermining democratic processes or institutions.”

He will now be in a position to rebuild his relationship with the West – a critical step in improving the nation’s battered economy.

In his short speech on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said, “We need the cooperation of our friends outside the continent” – a bold request for assistance after years of Mugabe’s anti-Western rhetoric.

In 2000, a State Department cable described Mnangagwa as “widely feared and despised throughout the country,” a man who “could be an even more repressive leader” than Mugabe.

But American authorities have indicated they are prepared to work with Mnangagwa as he assumes the leadership of Zimbabwe.

“We are always willing to give someone a fresh start,” said the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabawe, Harry Thomas, in an interview. “You can’t forget the past. You just cannot. But this is an opportunity for a fresh start. This is an opportunity to show the world that you have the capacity to lead in a free and fair way that’s friendly to business as well as the common person.”

Thomas described the country as being in an “economic abyss,” an assessment that both Zimbabwean and foreign analysts echoed.

At the heart of the country’s economic woes was the government’s weakening of property rights, which led to the eviction of thousands of white farmers from their lands and the disintegration of the country’s once-powerful agricultural sector. Foreign banks fled the country when their loans were not repaid.

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Zimbabwe’s government then tried to solve the crisis by printing more money. What followed was one of the most extreme cases of hyperinflation in modern times. Eventually, the country was producing 100 trillion-dollar bills in Zimbabwean currency. By 1999, Zimbabwe began defaulting on it foreign debt, and lost access to loans from institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

“Mnangagwa needs to give the right to own property back to the people,” said John Robertson, a Zimbabwean economist. “If you have an asset base that helps guarantee the repayment of loans, international banks can lend to local banks and local banks can lend to people.”

Aside from the economic questions, much else remains unclear in the post-Mugabe Zimbabwe.

For now, elections are scheduled in 2018. But Mnangagwa has not said if he plans to delay them.

The Washington Post’s Paul Schemm in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, contributed to this report.

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Thieves steal 1,800 gallons of vodka from Los Angeles distillery

November 22, 2017 - 9:12pm

LOS ANGELES — Police are searching for thieves who swiped more than 1,800 (6,800 liters) gallons of vodka from a Los Angeles distillery.

Investigators say the suspects sawed through dead bolts to get inside a storage room at the Fog Shots distillery

Company representative Art Gukasayan says the thieves made away with about 90 percent of the company’s holiday inventory and that the take was worth about $278,000.

KABC-TV reported Wednesday that detectives are examining surveillance footage that shows three men behind a razor wire fence. One of them climbs the fence and knocks the camera over before the break-in.

Information from: KABC-TV

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Don’t force your kids to hug family members during holidays, Girl Scouts advise

November 22, 2017 - 9:02pm

“Have you ever insisted, ‘Uncle just got here – go give him a big hug!’ or ‘Auntie gave you that nice toy, go give her a kiss’ when you were worried your child might not offer affection on her own? If yes, you might want to reconsider the urge to do that in the future.”

That’s the advice the Girl Scouts of America is giving to parents. The organization published a blog post this week arguing that forcing children to hug relatives and family friends during the holidays could muddy the waters when it comes to the notion of consent later in life.

The piece comes as some of the most powerful men in nearly every major industry – from Hollywood to journalism to politics – are being publicly called out for sexual harassment and assault. The organization said in a statement to ABC the blog post was written partially “in light of recent news stories about sexual harassment.”

The post was titled “Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays.”

It argued that by consenting to a hug she doesn’t want, a young girl could get “the wrong idea about consent and physical affection.”

“Making her give hugs now can make her wonder if she ‘owes’ another person physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life,” the organization said in a Facebook post, which was shared almost 7,000 times.

Many on Twitter praised the organization for its message. Actress Amber Tamblyn, one of the leading voices calling out the sexual harassment problem endemic to Hollywood, shared the story with a thank you to the Girl Scouts.

“Our daughters owe no one hugs, smiles or kisses and we should start teaching them this young,” she said in the tweet.

“I’m having a difficult time accepting this,” tweeted John Aravosis, editor of AMERICAblog, which describes itself as a “progressive” journal of “news and opinion.”

“Lots of younger people today were raised to think as you do, that children/ younger people are equal to if not superior two adults/elders,” he concluded. “It’s a recipe for raising a generation of brats, and has zero to do with rape culture.”

Others had stronger opinions. In a response to the Girl Scouts’s Facebook post, for example, one user said, “This is absolutely ridiculous!!!! I MAKE my kids hug and kiss family members and close friends of the family when we say hello and goodbye! It’s a sign of respect!!”

Some experts encouraged parents to use caution when considering the Girl Scouts’ advice. New York-based psychiatrist Janet Taylor said it’s important for parents to avoid creating “a mass hysteria about physical contact with loved ones.”

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“It’s never too early to start a conversation about good touch and bad touch,” Taylor told ABC. “But also we don’t want to overstep our boundaries so our children are not afraid of who they should not be afraid of.”

The Girl Scouts pointed out that the conversation might not be an obvious one – even if it is important.

“The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn’t pertain to children,” Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald said in the post. “But the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older.”

Archibald also noted that “some adults prey on children, and teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights, know when lines are being crossed, and when to go to you for help.”

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In terror-wary NYC, security tight for Thanksgiving parade

November 22, 2017 - 8:57pm

NEW YORK — Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and not even a month after a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan.

New York City’s mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that layers of security, along with hundreds of officers, will be in place for one of the nation’s biggest outdoor holiday gatherings, and that visitors should not be deterred.

“We had a couple of tough months as a nation,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. “We won’t ever accept such acts of hate and cowardice as inevitable in our society.”

A posting last year in an English-language magazine of the Islamic State group, which took credit for the Oct. 31 truck attack that killed eight people, mentioned the Thanksgiving parade as “an excellent target.” Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat.

“I want to assure the people that we swore to protect that anytime something happens anywhere in the world, the NYPD works with our law enforcement partners and studies it and we learn from it and it informs our decision making going forward,” O’Neill said.

This year’s security plan includes dozens of city sanitation trucks, which weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand, that will be lined up as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street along the 2 ½-mile parade route stretching from Central Park to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.

In addition, officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors will walk among the crowds, and sharpshooters on rooftops will scan building windows and balconies for anything unusual.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that security at the parade increases every year “because we understand we are dealing with a very challenging world.” He told crowds gathered to watch the parade’s giant balloons being inflated that “the amount of resources and personnel we put in has increased each year to make us safer.”

New York officials also are asking the tens of thousands of spectators to be alert for anything suspicious.

“There will be a cop on every block,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan. “Go to that cop and say something.”

The 91st annual parade begins at 9 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC. Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean will be among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway’s “Anastasia,” ”Dear Evan Hansen” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

New balloons added this year include Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, Olaf from the smash movie “Frozen,” and a puppy called Chase from Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol.”

Beyond the pageantry, police say they have been working on security for the parade since the moment last year’s parade ended. It’s a plan that got renewed attention after a terror attack in lower Manhattan Oct. 31, when a man in a rented truck barreled onto a crowded bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

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Authorities said the 29-year-old suspect operated from a playbook put out by the Islamic State group. Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant, was charged with federal terrorism offenses that could qualify him for the death penalty. According to a criminal complaint, he made statements about his allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Police also are mindful of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas in which a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor unleashed gunfire on country music concert-goers, killing 58 and leaving hundreds injured.

The first major New York event since the bike path attack — the New York marathon, which drew tens of thousands of spectators and 50,000 runners from around the world — went off with no problems.

“We said right away New York’s response is to remain strong and resilient,” de Blasio said. “We do not back down in the face of terror threats. The city is filled with resolve.”

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Windsor town manager resigns after 10 years in position; no reason given

November 22, 2017 - 8:47pm
Tribune fileIn this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, then-town Manager Kelly Arnold accepts a plaque commemorating his 30-year career in city government from then-Windsor Mayor John Vazquez during a board meeting. Arnold resigned Tuesday. Neither Arnold nor Windsor officials provided a reason for his departure.

WINDSOR — Windsor Town Manager Kelly Arnold resigned Tuesday.

Arnold, in a statement sent to town employees, said his departure was a “mutual decision (with the Windsor Town Board) following an informal request from the town board.”

It came after the board held a closed-door meeting for Arnold’s annual performance review Monday night. Arnold wouldn’t say what prompted that request from the board, or whether his resignation had been planned.

Windsor mayor Kristie Melendez said Arnold “resigned of his own volition” after his annual review, but she also said the town board wanted a fresh face in the position.

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Anthony Hudson quits as New Zealand soccer coach

November 22, 2017 - 8:44pm

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand soccer coach Anthony Hudson has resigned a week after his team’s loss to Peru in an intercontinental World Cup qualifying playoff.

England-born Hudson, 36, announced his decision in a statement released Thursday by Football New Zealand which said a search for his replacement would begin immediately.

New Zealand won the Oceania World Cup qualifying series but lost to Peru in the intercontinental playoff, drawing 0-0 in the first leg in Wellington and losing the return leg 2-0 in Lima. Hudson said before the playoff he had received several offers to coach elsewhere and he has been linked to the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

In three years, Hudson coached New Zealand to nine wins, seven draws and 11 losses but eight wins were against Pacific Island teams.

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Arctic char caught in Dillon Reservoir breaks Colorado record

November 22, 2017 - 8:38pm

One of the largest reservoirs in Colorado has produced a new state record arctic char, caught by a vacationing physician from Virginia, Nov. 6, according to a news release from Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Lindsay Regali of Charlottesville had been fishing in Dillon Reservoir with her husband Luke Newcomb and local guide Randy Ford of Alpine Fishing Adventures when she landed the lunker. Colorado Parks and Wildlife certified the fish as the new state record, weighing in at 4.15 pounds and 23.5 inches in length, breaking the previous record of 3.75 pounds and 20.5 inches, caught in Dillon Reservoir in 1994 by Marshall Brenner.

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“There was an ongoing joke throughout the day that I was jealous of how many fish my husband had been catching,” Regali said in the release. “I was laughing and joking around because I realized I had finally caught one that I knew was bigger than his. I realized it was big but had no idea how big until we got it in the boat.”

Regali, a self-described casual angler, had initially been interested in the sights surrounding Dillon Reservoir more so than what lay beneath the surface.

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