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Houston Rockets blow past Denver Nuggets

November 22, 2017 - 8:36pm

HOUSTON — One of the most raucous reactions from the Toyota Center crowd came when a Trevor Ariza 3-point attempt rattled approximately five times around the rim and then spun out.

That was about the only thing that didn’t go right for the Rockets, who rode blistering hot shooting to a 125-95 rout of the Nuggets on Wednesday night.

“You always have to find a positive in a negative situation,” coach Michael Malone said. “Tough loss, we got embarrassed for portions of the game, but I loved the fact that we didn’t quit.”

The Nuggets fell to 10-8 finish and finish a bizarre road trip 1-2. Over the past four days, coach Michael Malone and standout center Nikola Jokic were ejected in a loss at the Los Angeles Lakers, Malone was suspended for a gritty win at the Sacramento Kings and starting power forward Paul Millsap sustained a serious wrist ligament injury that could sideline him for three months.

But Wednesday night, Denver was simply blown off the floor early by one of the NBA’s best teams. The Rockets (14-4) blew it open early and led by as many as 48 points in the fourth quarter.

Houston shot more than 70 percent for nearly the entire first half, including an 8-of-14 mark from 3-point distance, to build a lead as large as 37 points. The Nuggets trailed 75-40 at halftime after shooting 34.1 percent from the floor, including 2-of-18 from 3-point distance, and committing nine turnovers that the Rockets turned into 19 points.

That all made Denver’s 12-0 run to start the third quarter meaningless. And by the quarter’s final minute, a steal and layup by Chris Paul extended Houston’s lead back up to 34 points at 101-67. When the Rockets scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter, that advantage ballooned to a 114-67.

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Houston’s dynamic backcourt duo fueled the offensive onslaught. James Harden flirted with a triple-double with 21 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, while Paul added a season-high 23 points and 12 assists.

The Nuggets shifted their lineup without Millsap, moving Wilson Chandler to power forward and starting Will Barton at small forward. Trey Lyles, Mason Plumlee and Juancho Hernangomez also rotated in along the frontcourt, while Kenneth Faried (who started Monday’s win at Sacramento) did not play.

The Nuggets’ night, however, nearly turned from ugly to disastrous, when Jokic fell to the floor with an apparent right ankle injury in the second quarter. After a brief trip to the locker room, Jokic returned and finished with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Barton (20 points, six rebounds, three assists) and Gary Harris (13 points on 5-of-9 shooting) were also in double figures for Denver.

 

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Analysis: House Republicans have a little-known plan to raise taxes on teachers by $2 billion

November 22, 2017 - 8:24pm

By Heather Long, The Washington Post

Every year, Brooke Richardson, who teaches English as a second language to mostly low-income Hispanic students in Atlanta, turns to her own pocketbook to help her students. She has lost track of how many pencils, markers, notebooks and glue sticks she buys a year.

Then there are the marshmallows and cotton balls for hands-on projects. And then there are the extra books so they have something to read on the weekend and during holiday breaks, and peanut butter and jelly so kids who don’t have enough to eat have at least some food at Christmas. Every year she also has had to replace headphones or other classroom technology because something always malfunctions, and there’s rarely enough money in the budget to fix it. She prides herself as a master discount shopper, but so many little purchases add up.

All in, Richardson estimates she spent $500 of her own money on her students last year. She says it’s worth it – her voice lights up talking about “her kids” and all their “aha moments,” many of which come when she deviates from the textbook.

But what has also been helpful is that she’s able to deduct $250 off her taxable income for the extras she buys for her classroom, a small help that Congress created in 2002 for teachers who “go above and beyond.”

Now, the educator expense deduction has become a sticking point in the GOP tax debate, with the House and Senate taking it in two wildly different directions.

The House GOP tax bill would scrap that educator deduction entirely.

The Senate GOP tax plan would double it to $500.

“The tax deduction means a lot to teachers,” says Richardson, who is 36 and lives in Atlanta. “Everything we bring to the classroom, we are doing it for our students. We are doing it because education isn’t always properly funded on the state or local level.”

The education expense deduction is one of many differences between the House and Senate bills that still have to be ironed out before a tax plan can be sent to President Donald Trump’s desk. The House has already passed its version of the bill. The Senate is aiming to vote on its legislation next week.

What politicians decide could greatly affect America’s 3.6 million teachers – and their students.

One of the biggest champions of the teacher deduction is Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is considered a key swing vote on the tax bill. Collins helped create the deduction in 2002 and lead the charge to make it permanent in 2015. Her office did not respond to a request for comment, but Collins has said several times in recent days that she is concerned the tax bill isn’t doing enough for the middle class.

The median salary for an elementary school teacher like Richardson is $55,490, according to the Labor Department, an amount most say falls into the middle class. But teachers often start their careers at far lower salaries, and that’s when they typically need to spend the most to build up their base of materials.

“The first few years that I taught I often spent over $500,” says Darcie Schoeps, a 39-year-old who teaches social studies at a high school in the Bronx, one of America’s poorest neighborhoods. “The textbooks I was given my first year were so outdated they still had the Soviet Union listed as a country.”

Schoeps, who has taught for more than a decade, used her own money to buy new maps and workbooks with Russia (and other nations) listed appropriately. Now she teaches general education, special education and English as a second language students, requiring her to buy workbooks and games that can suit a wide range of abilities. In her 9th grade classes, some students read at a 4th grade level.

Any full-time instructor at a public or private K-12 school is currently eligible for the $250 deduction. It’s an “above-the-line” deduction, meaning teachers don’t have to itemize to claim it. It’s listed on the part of the tax form alongside deductions for moving expenses, student loan interest and health savings accounts. The House GOP bill does away with those popular deductions, as well.

The educator deduction gives a teacher earning about $55,000 a year an extra $40 to $50 in their pocket. Republicans in the House, including Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wis., and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, argue that the time has come to simplify the tax code, even if it means getting rid of popular deductions.

“Keeping records of these expenses is often very burdensome for taxpayers, and this current-law deduction also poses administrative and enforcement challenges for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),” House Republicans wrote in a document explaining why they eliminated deductions for teacher expenses, medical expenses and others.

House Republicans say their bill gets rid of the teacher deduction but that many educators would still be better off because they are also increasing the standard deduction and lowering overall tax rates. For example, the 15 percent tax bracket falls to 12 percent in their plan.

But Richardson, who is single, may be worse off.

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Although the House bill does increase her standard deduction from $6,350 to $12,000, it also takes away other savings she uses. In addition to losing the $250 teacher deduction, the House bill eliminates the $2,500 student loan interest deduction, a benefit that helps many teachers like Richardson who get their master’s degree in education. She would also lose either the personal exemption (currently worth $4,050) or the ability to deduct some of her state and local taxes if she itemizes.

The Senate bill keeps the student loan interest deduction, while the House bill eliminates it, another conflict.

Richardson worries about other ways the legislation may affect education. The Senate bill scraps all state and local tax deductions. Most schools in the United States get their funding for property taxes. Atlanta’s public schools already had to make budget cuts this year after a property tax freeze. School funding could become even more contentious, especially in high-tax cities, if the GOP tax bills are enacted.

Any tax bill requires trade-offs. Both the House and Senate bills reduce the tax rate for large corporations from 35 percent to 20 percent. It’s a change that would be permanent. To pay for that, Republican lawmakers had to raise revenue elsewhere. The House bill did that by eliminating many tax breaks for individuals like the educator expense.

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Kiszla: Paxton Lynch the starting QB because Broncos were out of choices. Go get ’em, kid.

November 22, 2017 - 8:02pm

And now the Broncos are throwing Paxton Lynch against the wall to see if he sticks.

What could possibly go wrong?

But, if you ask me, this is a can’t-lose situation for Lynch.

How many other NFL quarterbacks have been widely considered a first-round draft bust before getting three starts as a pro? Lynch was asked Wednesday if he considered this his last chance to prove he can make it as Denver’s starting quarterback.

Last chance? Whatever happened to giving a young QB more than two games to grow?

For Lynch, there’s really nothing to lose, except his reputation as another draft mistake by Broncos general manager John Elway.

I asked Lynch what he would consider a success in his role as the third quarterback to start for the Broncos in the worst football season around here in years.

“Getting a win,” Lynch replied. “I want to go out there and win the game.”

Now wouldn’t that be a refreshing change? The Broncos, losers of six games in a row, are so bad they are being laughed at in their own stadium. So maybe it will be easier on the ego (and the ears) of Lynch to make his 2017 debut on the road against the Oakland Raiders. And maybe it’s also appropriate Lynch will go to work in the Black Hole, considering he’s a quarterback that two Denver coaching staffs have basically kept locked in a closet since being drafted 26th overall in 2016.

“It’s simply his turn,” said coach Vance Joseph, succinctly explaining why Lynch is being given a tryout.

The Broncos simply don’t know where else to turn. Go get ’em, kid.

This is not to suggest the Broncos have low expectations for Lynch, but when asked to describe what attributes the 23-year-old quarterback from Memphis brings to the Denver huddle, the first thing new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said was: “He’s definitely tall.”

Well, alrighty then.

At 6-foot-7, Lynch will always be taller than Dak Prescott, the quarterback from the 2016 draft class to which he will forever be compared, even if it’s not entirely fair.

Here’s what is fair: The two discarded quarterbacks that got a shot before Lynch for the last-place Broncos have thrown 14 interceptions and only 12 touchdowns in 10 regular-season games. Trevor Siemian’s quarterback rating is an abysmal 76.8, but even that’s better than the failing grade of 65.5 posted by Brock Osweiler.

If Lynch is not the worst quarterback in the NFL, he will be an improvement for the Broncos. Yes, the bar is set low.

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“It’s going to be his third NFL start. It won’t be perfect, but again, we have to coach him to the point where he can be efficient with the offense. That’s what we’re doing,” Joseph said. “Running the football is always a must for a young quarterback, and giving him a chance to have some easy completions. That’s also a must for young quarterbacks. I’m looking forward to watching him play because he can run around. His skill set is perfect when you’re young. If it breaks down, he can run with the football. I told him … ‘Just play. Don’t try to be a pocket passer. We call a play and it’s not there, take off and run.’ ”

Full disclosure: I was as excited as anyone in Colorado when the Broncos traded up to draft Lynch. If he flops, I was as wrong as Elway in thinking Lynch had a chance to be a worthy heir to Peyton Manning.

And here’s my primary concern about the situation facing Lynch. No, it’s not the fact the Broncos are starting a revolving door at right tackle or the fear that the best days (and catches) of receiver Demaryius Thomas are behind him. But it seems legitimate to wonder if a locker room of athletes insulted as soft by Elway has already made plans for January, at the beach instead of for the playoffs. From running back C.J. Anderson to cornerback Aqib Talib, there are key players that might have to fight a case of short-timers disease.

“We are playing for now. Playing Paxton is kind of a twofer. We have to see where he is as a quarterback, but we want to win on Sunday,” Joseph said. “That’s not mistaken in our locker room. Everything we’re doing this week is pointed to Sunday, to win a football game.”

In a league where you’ve got no shot without an elite quarterback, the Broncos are counting on two long shots.

Elway was right when he drafted Lynch, or …

Elway will finally get it right when he goes looking for the quarterback to replace Lynch.

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“One last race”: Memorial service being held for budding race car driver, 19, who was fatally stabbed

November 22, 2017 - 7:54pm
Facebook via Longmont Times-CallMakayla Grote

A memorial service for a teenage girl, a budding race car driver who was fatally stabbed, will be held Sunday at the Colorado National Speedway.

Makayla Grote, 19, a 2016 graduate of Green Mountain High School in Lakewood was killed Saturday evening at her family’s Longmont apartment.

Grote, who started driving go-karts at  age 8 and who drove a late-model stock car at the speedway, aspired to compete on the NASCAR circuit. Grote drove a car — No. 97 — at the speedway in Dacono.

“Please join us in her celebration of life,” the speedway said in a Facebook post announcing the memorial. “We want to remember and celebrate her just as she would want us to.”

The speedway invited fellow racers to bring their car to the track and join Grote “for one last race.”

The memorial, open to the public, starts at 1:30 p.m., with gates opening at 1 p.m. at the speedway, 4281 Speedway Blvd.

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Race drivers who plan to bring cars are asked to RSVP on the speedway’s memorial announcement on Facebook. The general public is asked to not to show up before 1 p.m., so race cars will be able to unload and set up with greater ease.

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Astronauts celebrating Thanksgiving sure to have a lot of space for leftovers

November 22, 2017 - 7:21pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts at the International Space Station will feast Thursday on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey.

The three Americans, two Russians and one Italian will also rip into single-serving bags of mashed potatoes, candied yams, cornbread stuffing and cranberry-apple dessert. Just add water, heat and bon appetit!

Commander Randy Bresnik said he’ll miss his wife’s home cooking, but appreciate next year’s Thanksgiving that much more. This is his second Thanksgiving off the planet; he was aboard space shuttle Atlantis in November 2009.

“We’re going to celebrate a lot like we did when we were deployed in the service,” Bresnik, a retired Marine colonel, said Wednesday in a televised interview. “We’ve got some good food up here, some goodies from home.”

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Bresnik said he and his NASA crewmates — Joe Acaba, also a former Marine, and Mark Vande Hei, a retired Army colonel — are thankful for being able to live and work in space “and serve our country in another way.”

Celebrating Thanksgiving in space is “a special treat,” according to Acaba.

Vande Hei anticipates “eating lots of food and then taking a nap” — just like when he’s home in Houston.

The U.S. astronauts won’t have the day off. So they’ll gather with their international crewmates in the evening for the big meal.

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Teen attacked on High Line Canal Trail near middle school in Aurora

November 22, 2017 - 6:59pm

A teenage girl was attacked Tuesday on the High Line Canal Trail in Aurora.

The incident happened about 6 p.m. just south of South Middle School, 12310 E. Parkview Drive, according to police.

The 13-year-old victim was approached by a man, who was riding a bike, and was pushed to the ground, police said. She was able to fight off the assailant and flee.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 303-739-6129 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP).

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A lifetime of partying left me out of shape and with bad coping skills. Then I decided to start running.

November 22, 2017 - 6:55pm

On the list of stupid things I’ve done, running a 5K for my 40th birthday is either first or last.

That’s because I mostly sat still for the last two decades as I drank and smoked my way out of healthy coping skills, which might have come in handy during the string of family deaths, medical emergencies and dark thoughts that followed the birth of my son five years ago.

I just assumed I’d grow out of my bad habits and into better ones by virtue of aging, or that I’d snap into the shape of a responsible dad just by having kids — the cover model for a parenting magazine, with a cockeyed grin and a kid in a Star Wars T-shirt on his hip.

But it took a growing number of concussions, chipped teeth and lost nights for me to do something about my brain’s violent incompatibility with alcohol. The wall between my ideal self and real-world actions wasn’t crumbling fast enough. I needed a healthier coping tool, having grown sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, as people in my position tend to say.

Jogging, as it turns out, fit as snugly into my synapses as my pricey new Nikes did on my feet.

But it felt particularly intimidating to tackle in Denver — the capital city in the statistically fittest of all states, where people run in the same way they drink beer and smoke weed (all the time, everywhere) and whimsically named 5Ks seem to outnumber jam bands and yoga studios.

I used to hate people like me. “Oh, you’re jogging now? Bully for you. You sanctimonious twit.”

Now I don’t. Anyone can jog — just look at me! I have become an organically better human through honest-to-God exercise and toil, the sweat diluting my otherwise suffocating melancholy. Or something like that.

But training for a 5K was not the jubilant thunderbolt that I expected. I used to watch people run from the window of my bus every morning and fantasize about how self-satisfied they must be, the world streaking by in blobs of color, everything tasting and smelling better as a result. Virtue in motion.

Instead, getting there was a series of mundane, heaving steps. And, as time went on, a light morning jog in my Target-brand activewear.

I set Jan. 1, 2017, as my start date, spurred by my wife, who completed her first half-marathon not long before getting pregnant with our second child. But I actually started weeks later, following procrastination (don’t judge me yet) but also legitimate delays from having a newborn baby and a preschooler with Type 1 diabetes.

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Despite my realistic sense that I would be inhaling lungfuls of lava for the first few weeks, I mostly looked the part, with starter Nikes from Runner’s Roost and a Couch to 5K app tracking progress on my iPhone, tucked into one of those rectangular armbands that makes everyone look like a fitness robot.

Mantras emerged as I chalked up days: I will work to demolish my expectations, the enemies of my motivation. This was because, despite my healthiest habits, I would come down with repeated colds while training, owing to the nasal pestilence my son brought home from preschool, which also hospitalized my 2-month-old daughter with RSV (a common but serious respiratory virus) and briefly brought oxygen tanks into our home.

Another: Running will feel nearly as brutal and dispiriting in its own way as trying to quit smoking cigarettes, which I did in the summer of 2016 and still deeply regret.

Thankfully, running also made me feel more connected to my North Park Hill neighborhood than anything I’ve done since moving there six years ago. I quickly came to anticipate where the sidewalks were cracked and bumpy, where I had to swing onto the road to avoid an unruly hedge, and which houses to sprint by so as to escape their growling, off-leash dogs.

I loved stealing glimpses of people’s lives as they fussed with their yards, glared at me from porches or made dinner in warm kitchens at dusk. Most urban runners have witnessed this. And I thought a lot about that, too — how I was a cliché from a back-issue of Men’s Health. How un-special I was, and how if I were to pass myself in a car, I’d probably chuckle at my dumb, puffy-red face. (I may have embraced running, but I’m still a cynic.)

Despite that, my heart did not explode like a hot grape. My rubbery legs did not fail me. The apps I used — Runkeeper, and the Couch to 5k program with a soft, female British voice — guided me through the gradually stepped-up intervals of walking and jogging until, at last, I ran without stopping for 10 minutes. I’d be furious when they lost their GPS bearings and failed to report my progress in maps and numbers. I was exultant when they told me something I wanted to hear (namely: “AAAAAAND… WALK”).

I began taking antidepressants for the first time in my life, thanks to a psychiatric consultation that helped me realize that if I could start running, I could try anything else, too. I began sleeping better, and doing push-ups and sit-ups in the morning, noticing that the doughnut around my midsection was shrinking.

And since I had identified the Colfax Marathon’s 5K in City Park as my inaugural run — scheduled for May 19, about a month before my 40th birthday — I had a deadline to meet. The carrot dangled and, having quit drinking and smoking, and started exercising, my appetite was growing.

Suicide, substance abuse and mental illness run strong in my immediate family, and I’ve struggled with all three, usually in a hazy, self-medicated way. My system failed me in September 2012, a few weeks after my first child was born.

My dad and stepmom had purchased plane tickets to visit us from Dayton, Ohio, and my mom was already in Denver, visiting her new grandson, when I got the call that my dad had died of massive, unexpected heart failure at the age of 63.

Watching my son being born, then celebrating what would have been my grandfather’s 100th birthday, then hearing of my father’s death — in that order, and all within a month of each other — felt like some cruel, Shakespearean joke, particularly because the four of us have the same name (with the attendant Jr., III and IV appendages).

There were external challenges, too, bundled for maximum impact: family addictions and hospitalizations, financial collapses, deaths of close aunts and uncles, buyouts and layoffs at work, all jockeying for starting position.

These forced my wife and I to confront every aspect of our lives that wasn’t built of stone. Having lived most of our 20s and 30s as if we were freshmen in college, it was probably time.

This lowly 5K had become increasingly larded with significance. I almost felt sorry for it. How could it possibly shoulder all this symbolic weight?

But I tried not to overthink it. I stumbled outside a few times a week, occasionally realizing how lucky I was to be able to still do this, despite my poor health choices in the past. I could run, and fast if I wanted to. I was being given something like a second chance.

The day of the race came, a feeling of quiet destiny and giddiness permeating my movements. My buddy Jim joined me along the dewy, chilly path in City Park, along with what felt like tens of thousands of other souls. Being one of the healthiest people I know, Jim was put into a much faster group near the front. I was in the back with the kids and dogs, which was fine.

I had been sick a couple weeks earlier and wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be. In fact, I had only gotten halfway through the Couch to 5K app in general. My wife and kids, smiling from the grass, wished me well.

And I did it. I ran five kilometers without stopping, even though I desperately wanted to several times. All the bromides about running — muscles aflame, breath ragged, eyes watering to the point of blurred vision — came true. Mental determination spurred me more than physical strength. It didn’t really matter if, in the past, I had never pictured myself doing something like this. Here I was, doing it, the wall crumbling into the background.

The weather was crisp and, at one point along a closed-off East 17th Avenue in front of City Park, I threw my head back, closed my eyes and experienced one of those glorious, slo-mo movie moments, the sun soaking my face as I passed by a traffic cop. I’ve never been a particularly earnest guy, but I felt present in that moment.

I want to say that I kept running, and I meant to. I was going to keep training for a fall 5K of some sort, and I ran sporadically over the summer. But then I just stopped. As much as I enjoyed reaching my goal, I realized I fundamentally don’t want to get up before my kids every morning. It’s hard fitting running in with my current lifestyle, and needs. And I don’t feel guilty about that.

I may start again. I’m not sure. The Nikes whisper to me when I open the closet. But knowing I ran a 5K at all will make it easier to do again. I may, one day, finish the Couch to 5K app, which remains frozen at the halfway mark. It will be there when I need it.

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Avalanche left wing Sven Andrighetto sits against Dallas Stars

November 22, 2017 - 6:47pm

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov missed Tuesday’s practice because of illness and wasn’t available to back up Jonathan Bernier on Wednesday against the visiting Dallas Stars, so the Avalanche made an emergency recall and flew in recently acquired Andrew Hammond from the East Coast.

Hammond, who was obtained from Ottawa on Nov. 4 in the three-team trade that centered around Matt Duchene, boarded a 7:30 a.m. ET flight Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., where the Belleview Senators — Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate — were preparing to play the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday. Hammond participated in the Avalanche’s morning skate 20 minutes after he arrived at the Pepsi Center.

Hammond, 29, has continued to play for the Belleview Senators since joining the Avalanche organization because Colorado’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio is backlogged with St. Louis Blues prospects. The Blues, who will take over the San Antonio Rampage next season as the Avalanche make the Loveland-based Colorado Eagles their AHL affiliate, have 22-year-old Ville Husso sharing starts with the Avs’ Spencer Martin in San Antonio.

Avs coach Jared Bednar is unsure if Hammond will stick with the Avs through Friday, when Colorado plays an afternoon affair at Minnesota. But Varlamov is feeling better, Bednar said.

“He’ll be at the rink tomorrow,” the coach said after Wednesday’s morning skate. “We have Hammond here right now, so if we decide that Varly’s not starting (Friday), then we may leave him back, so he gets rest. And if there’s a possibility he can start Saturday, we’ll look at that.”

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Scratched. Sven Andrighetto, who began the season as one of the Avalanche’s top left wings, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Andrighetto is without a point in his last three games and has seen his ice time decrease. He was replaced by Gabriel Bourque, who played in his seventh game of the season.

“‘Bourquey’ has been working real hard,” Avs coach Jared Bednar. “He brings an element of grit and sandpaper to our lineup, some heaviness that I think we need against this team. I’ve talked with Andrighetto and I think he can get back to his roots a little bit here and give us a little bit more than what he’s given us lately.”

Andrighetto, 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, isn’t nearly as physical as the 5-10, 206-pound Bourque.

Footnotes. Tyson Barrie entered the game with 207 career points, one shy of tying Rob Blake for fourth among Colorado defensemen. John-Michael Liles amassed 275 career points on the Colorado blue line, followed by Adam Foote (259), Sandis Ozolinsh (253) and Blake. … Referee Dave Jackson, a Canadian living in Highlands Ranch, worked the game — the 1,501st of his career, most among active refs.

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Jason Day has late trouble, still among Australian Open leaders

November 22, 2017 - 6:41pm

SYDNEY — Jason Day’s first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day’s round came unhinged late with a double-bogey six on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last hole to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, had an afternoon start on Australia’s oldest golf course, founded in 1882.



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Rocky Mountain PBS president says Charlie Rose’s termination is an opportunity to start a dialogue

November 22, 2017 - 6:32pm

In a letter sent out Wednesday afternoon, Rocky Mountain PBS president Amanda Mountain said the organization will use the termination of Charlie Rose, a longtime TV host accused by eight women of sexual harassment, as an opportunity for dialogue about sexual harassment.

In the letter, Mountain said what appears to be years of harassment was sanctioned by a culture of tolerance. She said Rocky Mountain PBS has a “clear and consistent” policy on sexual harassment. But recent events have led the organization to take a harder look at external operations, whether it’s a vendor or an independent producer, to make sure they understand the organization’s values.

“In this age of attack on the media, it’s so important for public media to take a stand around what it truly means to hold the trust of the public,” Mountain said during a phone call after the letter went out.

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Rocky Mountain PBS will be showing Jennifer Newsome’s documentary “The Mask You Live In,” which explores how cultural definitions of masculinity play a role in the proliferation of harassment against women, and hosting discussions afterward. Showings will take place in Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Durango and Denver.

“As the first female CEO in Rocky Mountain PBS history, I take with the utmost seriousness my obligation to create and reinforce a culture worthy of the trust you place in us,” Mountain wrote in her letter. “One that is built upon respect for all who work here and for all we serve, regardless of gender, geography, political affiliation, or social status.”

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Ink! Coffee’s bragging about gentrifying Five Points turns bitter on Twitter

November 22, 2017 - 6:07pm

A local coffee chain’s sign appearing to celebrate the gentrification of one of Denver’s historically black neighborhoods sparked a backlash on social media Wednesday afternoon and calls for a boycott. 

A sandwich board sign reading “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014” was photographed outside the ink! Coffee location near 29th and Larimer streets. The picture began circulating on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon after being included in a tweet by local writer and event organizer Ru Johnson. (Johnson has contributed to the Denver Post’s Reverb and The Know sections.)

yo @inkcoffee we are not cool with this sign on 29th and Larimer. Bad decision. Bad design. BAD. W.T.F. pic.twitter.com/81UkXfM9kh

— La Suprema Pistola (@theperfectRu) November 22, 2017

Johnson, who has an office in the neighborhood, said she did not take the photo but saw it on Facebook on Wednesday morning and decided to share it on her Twitter account to bring broader attention to it. She shared a photo of the opposite side of the sign with the Post on  Wednesday night. It read, “Nothing says gentrification like being able to order a cortado.”

“My first reaction was, ‘Is this real?’ because it’s just so mind blowing,” said Johnson, noting the sign was ink-branded, not written on a chalkboard or in some other impermanent medium. “Their sign was almost like a poke in the eye for the people who have worked to make the community what it is, and a lot of those people have been pushed out. Who created this sign, sent it to manufacture and put in outside your business?”

Johnson’s tweet, sent out around 2 p.m. Wednesday, quickly caught the attention of many others who found the sentiment offensive. By 4:30 p.m. it had been liked more than 350 times and retweeted around 200 times. Reaction was universally bad.

“Seriously disgraceful & disrespectful to the actual local businesses & people that know the area @inkcoffee,” twitter user @NichieBabie wrote in response to Johnson’s photo.

The chain eventually responded with a series of apology tweets around 4:45 p.m.

We sincerely apologize for our street sign. Our (bad) joke was never meant to offend our vibrant and diverse community.

— ink! Coffee (@inkcoffee) November 22, 2017

It also took to Facebook, posting the following just before 5 p.m.:

“Hmmm. We clearly drank too much of our own product and lost sight of what makes our community great. We sincerely apologize for our street sign. Our (bad) joke was never meant to offend our vibrant and diverse community. We should know better. We hope you will forgive us.”

No one answered the phone at the Larimer Street location Wednesday afternoon. Its hours are listed online as 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A voicemail message and email sent via the company’s website were not returned Wednesday evening.

Johnson wrote in a follow-up tweet that a skateboarder stole the sign later Wednesday. The Denver Post has not verified the theft, but other twitter users said the sign was not outside the shop when they went by.

The website Trendsmap.com showed that tweets including @inkcoffee spiked significantly after Johnson’s tweet. As of 5 p.m., the company’s twitter handle had been used in tweets 990 times in the previous 24 hours.

The outrage spilled over onto Facebook, where the chain received an avalanche of poor reviews. Many advocated for boycotting the company.

“When the Joke falls on the back of black and brown people it’s no longer funny. Gentrification is never funny. Buy local, buy black, buy brown but stay away from this place.” Facebook user Ashle Mirahzh Mygatt wrote before giving the company one of its now more than 580 1-star Facebook reviews. As of Wednesday evening, reviews no longer were appearing on the company Facebook page.

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Gentrification is a sore subject in many parts of Denver, as an influx of people moving to the city from elsewhere and a surge of new development drives up rents and homes prices and forces some longtime residents to consider moving from neighborhoods they have long called home. This is especially true in Five Points, an area that features of high number of black residents and black-owned businesses. A portion of the neighborhood was designated the River North Arts District in recent years and has seen a major increase in the number of new businesses and new development.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sent an email to ink Wednesday evening requesting the sign be removed immediately and permanently.

“Your sign referenced above has been flagged as mocking of and hurtful to those, especially African Americans and other (People of Color), who have been forced to surrender their homes and businesses to deep pocket gentrification efforts in Denver’s central/downtown communities,” read the email signed by Rosemary Lytle, president of the NCAAP’s Colorado, Montana, Wyoming State Conference. 

Ink got started in Aspen but has expanded rapidly in Denver in recent years to include 15 locations including the store on Larimer Street.

For Johnson, the company’s social media apology rings hollow. She said it mimics the tongue-in-cheek tone of the sign and makes no mention of how the business plans to ensure such offensive behavior isn’t repeated in the future. If ink intends to make things right with it neighbors, she believes representatives from the business need to meet with community members and hear their concerns.

“Obviously, they feel like the people who frequent their business are happy about gentrification,” Johnson said. “They don’t see their customers as people who live in the community.”

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Hooded man robs bank in Jefferson County

November 22, 2017 - 5:55pm

A man wearing a hooded jacket and sunglasses robbed a bank Wednesday morning in Jefferson County and fled on foot.

The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and the sheriff’s office released surveillance photographs of the robber Wednesday afternoon in hope of generating tips on a suspect.

The robbery happened about 10 a.m. at the Bank of the West, 6775 Ken Caryl Ave., according to a news release.

Please call (720) 913-STOP if you have information on the Littleton bank robbery this morning. A reward of up to $2000 is being offered. pic.twitter.com/H6GUmAJAnQ

— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) November 22, 2017

The robber is described as a white man, in his 20s, about 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. He was wearing a blue and black hooded jacket, sunglasses, dark gloves and blue jeans. He fled in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information on the robbery or a suspect is asked to call the FBI 303-629-7171 or call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP).

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Broncos RB Devontae Booker saw his workload increase last week and “deserves more” vs. the Raiders

November 22, 2017 - 5:51pm

Devontae Booker will be making a homecoming of sorts Sunday when the Broncos visit Oakland, less than 100 miles from his hometown of Sacramento. And the second-year running back could be in line for a bigger role in front of some familiar faces.

“‘Book’ has really been playing some good football,” interim offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said Wednesday. “I think Book deserves more touches. Obviously, we’ll see how the game goes.”

Booker, who missed the first three games of the season as he completed his rehab from wrist surgery, has seen his workload increase in recent weeks. He had a season-high 19 touches (14 rushes, five receptions) in Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Bengals for a combined 98 yards.

The 2016 fourth-round pick said he’s been developing more confidence in his role each week.

“The coaches are trusting me to go out there and make plays,” Booker said. “I’m there every week to do so. I’m just going to keep working my butt off.”

Getting a more consistent workload, he said, would help. Sunday’s game was the first this season in which he had double-digit carries.

“It’s something you like as a running back, getting more carries instead of getting one or two and then getting pulled out, because we don’t get in a groove,” Booker said. “It is what it is, but when we do get those two carries, you’ve got to make the most of them.”

Miller piling up Pro Bowl votes. Von Miller leads all AFC outside linebackers in early fan voting for the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday. Miller, who has 80,781 votes, is the only Broncos player to lead voting at his position. He leads Denver with eight sacks.

The top five players in overall voting are Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, Rams running back Todd Gurley and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Fans can vote at NFL.com and through direct message to the league’s Twitter page until Dec. 14.

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Osweiler responds. Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, who started the last three games for Denver, will be inactive Sunday as the team turns to Paxton Lynch as the starter and Trevor Siemian as the backup.

Osweiler, who had three touchdowns against four interceptions and went 0-3 in his stint as the starter, said he took the demotion hard.

“Words can’t explain,” Osweiler said. “As football players, we put our hearts, we put our souls, we put everything we have into winning football games and being successful for our team. And when that doesn’t happen, it breaks you. It (stinks).”

Injury report. Cornerback Aqib Talib and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders were among the Broncos who missed Wednesday’s practice due to injury. Talib was nursing a shoulder injury and Sanders is dealing with an ankle injury that cost him two games earlier this season. Tight end Jeff Huereman (knee), linebacker Shane Ray (wrist/ankle) and defensive end Adam Gotsis (ankle) were also held out.



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Convicted sex offender gets possible life sentence for sexually assaulting three children

November 22, 2017 - 5:50pm

A convicted sex offender has been sentenced to a possible life sentence in prison for sexually assaulting three children who lived in a home where he was staying.

John E. Cornell, 41, pleaded guilty Oct. 20 to four counts of sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according to the Douglas County district attorney’s office.

The children’s mother, Amanda Perea, 41, lost custody of her children and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 50 hours of community service and two years of probation for her involvement.

Perea helped Cornell destroy evidence, pornographic images he’d taken of the victims, after officials found out about the abuses. She pleaded guilty in June to tampering with evidence and was sentenced in September.

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A therapist of one of the children had notified authorities in November 2016 about the assaults after the child mentioned seeing “bad” images of Cornell molesting her sister, according to a news release.

Another child had told Perea of the abuse, but the mother failed to notify authorities and continued to allow Cornell to live in her home.

Prior to the case, Cornell had a lengthy criminal record, including a sex assault, and he was a registered sex offender. In 2016 he was released from prison and moved into the Highlands Ranch home with Perea and the  children. Cornell’s parole officer approved the sex offender’s residential arrangement with Perea, despite children living in the residence, prosecutors said.

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“Our poorly led Department of Corrections bears some responsibility for this horrible case,” District Attorney George Brauchler said. “The parole system failed these children, and their mother betrayed them.”

Cornell was sentenced Nov. 17 by District Judge Shay Whitaker to 70 years to life in prison. Cornell’s plea agreement led to 69 counts against him being dropped. It also meant the victims did not have to testify in the case.

One of the three children assaulted was a niece of Perea’s.

“Anxiety follows me, clouding over me every day,” the niece wrote in a letter to the court, which was read during sentencing. “I remember what he did to me every night, like a horrible nightmare playing in my mind.”

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Broncos hand the reins to Paxton Lynch with two primary goals

November 22, 2017 - 5:49pm

On Aug. 21, Vance Joseph announced what most folks by then had already expected. Trevor Siemian would be the Broncos’ starting quarterback after beating out Paxton Lynch in an offseason competition. Siemian was “the best guy for our team,” Joseph said that day, and Lynch, with only two NFL starts in his career, needed more time.

“He’s a young player, so in a year or two he may be ready to take over the reins,” Joseph said. “But right now, he’s not.”

On Wednesday, Joseph announced what most by then had already heard and expected. Lynch would be the Broncos’ starting quarterback after the team tried Siemian and then Brock Osweiler in the midst of dropping six consecutive games.

“Paxton is a talent and he’s our first-round pick,” Joseph said. “We’re trying to change what’s happened offensively. It’s simply his turn. We changed coordinators on Monday, and we’re hoping to play better offensively and not turn the ball over. Very simple.”

Circumstances have changed, even if Lynch’s body of work hasn’t. The Broncos, 3-7 and onto their second offensive coordinator in Bill Musgrave, need a spark, not to mention a victory as well as a gauge of Lynch’s ability now that he’s fully recovered from a shoulder sprain.

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“Playing Paxton, it’s kind of two-fold,” Joseph said. “We have to see where he is as a quarterback, but we want to win on Sunday. That’s not mistaken in our locker room.”

So Sunday at Oakland, Lynch will take the reins in undoubtedly the most significant start of his young career, and he’ll do so in an offense that has been tweaked by Musgrave. For Lynch, it’s the beginning of a tryout before the roster is retooled in the offseason. For the offense that has been dragged down by turnovers and a lack of scoring, it could be a needed reset.

“I don’t take it as a last chance, but I definitely take it as an opportunity to go out there and show that you can be the guy,” Lynch said. “They called my number. I’ve been preparing this whole time, whether it was out here on the practice field or in the training room when I couldn’t come out here. I’m confident in where I am and what we can do this weekend.”

Joseph elevated Musgrave to interim offensive coordinator to, in part, improve the passing game, but to also streamline a system and playbook that he felt had become too burdensome. Previously the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, Musgrave provided a blueprint of sorts of what can be achieved in his system with an effective quarterback.

In 2014, Musgrave inherited a Raiders offense that ranked last in total offense (282.2 yards per game), rushing offense (77.5 yards) and first downs (15.5 per game), and finished 31st in scoring (15.8 points per game).

By the end of last year, he helped turn it into a group that finished 12-4 for its first playoff berth in 14 years, and guided an offense that ranked near the top of the league in many offensive categories: No. 6 in total offense (373.3 net yards), No. 7 in scoring (26 points per game) and tied for No. 1 in turnover differential (16).

An offense with an MVP-caliber quarterback like Derek Carr certainly isn’t a direct comparison.

But in an effort to achieve more success with Lynch, the game plan Sunday will be tailored to fit his strengths.

“It’s going to be his third NFL start, so it won’t be perfect. But, again, we have to coach him to the point to where he can be efficient with the offense,” Joseph said. “Running the football is always a must for a young quarterback and giving him a chance to have some easy completions, that’s also a must for a young quarterback. … If it breaks down, he can run the football. I told him, ‘Just play. Don’t try to be a pocket passer. We call a play and it’s not there, take off and run.’”

Musgrave’s offense won’t be an overhaul; there’s only so much that can be changed in a week’s time. But it will be simplified to try to fix the most glaring of the Broncos’ many offensive problems.

The Broncos over the last six weeks have watched their once-efficient and balanced system spiral into a mess. At the bye, the 3-1 Broncos were tied for the third-most rushing yards (143 per game) and ranked 11th in scoring (24.5 points). Since their six-game losing streak, they now rank 24th in scoring (18.3 points), 15th in rushing yards (112.9) and 30th in touchdown-to-interception ratio (0.86).

“We’re going to try to be much cleaner in our approach and take care of the football, take care of the quarterback and be explosive when the ball is in our hands,” Musgrave said. “We want to focus on the fundamentals and, of course, end up in the end zone much more than we have in the last couple of months.”

In other words: eliminate turnovers, run the football, put points on the board.

Joseph calls it “complementary football.” After Sunday, he hopes to call it a win.

“Sometimes take some variables from players,” he said. “If there’s five variables on the play, as a coach, take three away and give them two. That can cut back on giving the football away. If everyone’s on the same page and playing fast, that should help us.”

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Adams County Crime Blotter: Loud music on the bus escalates a tense scene

November 22, 2017 - 5:42pm

Volume control. Officers were dispatched Oct. 17 to the bus station at 112th Avenue and Washington Street in Northglenn, on a report of a disturbance following a confrontation between a bus driver and a passenger. The passenger was allegedly blasting music, and the driver asked the man to lower the volume, according to a police report. The passenger allegedly walked to the front of the bus and yelled at the driver. The passenger had an active warrant for his arrest. He was also arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing and obstructing an officer, according to the police report.

School property damaged. Officers were dispatched Oct. 19 to Kearney Middle School, 6160 Kearney St., Commerce City. A repairman told police he noticed a broken window on a modular classroom building, according to a police report. An officer reported that it appeared no one had entered the building. The repair was estimated to cost about $400, according to the report.

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Shattered glass door. Officers were dispatched Oct. 17 to the Platte Valley Medical Plaza at Reunion, 10569 Chambers Road, Commerce City. The building manager showed police a shattered, glass security door. There was a small impact point on the glass, but officers could not identify what hit the glass, according to a police report. The estimated repair cost was $350-$700.

License plate thief. Officers were dispatched Sept. 4 to a residence on the 10000 block of Washington Street, Thornton. A man told police the license plates were allegedly stolen from his motorcycle overnight. He had parked it outside his apartment, according to a police report.

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West Jeffco Crime Blotter: A beaver may have been burgled

November 22, 2017 - 5:42pm

Beaver burglar. Deputies were dispatched Nov. 5 to the area of Bear Creek Canal, west of Soda Lakes Road in Morrison, after an agency hired by the city to trap and relocate beavers that were building dams in the area reported a missing trap. It had been chained to a tree. A worker who returned to check the trap found marks that indicated the trap had been dragged toward a nearby parking lot, according to the report. It’s believed a beaver was inside the lightweight trap. The company filed a report with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, according to the report.

Scammed. A Conifer resident called deputies Nov. 2 to report a possible scam. The man said a caller prompted him to dial a 1-800 phone number and to provide money in the form of an iTunes gift card. When the man did, he was asked for more money to connect multiple devices, he told deputies. When the man returned to the store to buy more gift cards, a clerk told him the deal was most likely a scam and advised he not send the money. Deputies discovered the phone number was linked to a scam, according to a report.

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Possible theft. Deputies were dispatched Nov. 10 to a business on the 800 block of McIntyre Street, Golden. According to a report, an employee called deputies after noticing a hole — reportedly large enough for a person to fit through — had been cut in the chain-link fence surrounding the property. It was not clear if anything was taken from the premises, deputies reported.

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Get Cooking: This recipe may change your mind about Brussels sprouts

November 22, 2017 - 5:08pm

I have a hunch that lots of folks made Brussels sprouts last week for Thanksgiving Day dinner — and that lots of folks also didn’t eat them then.

You might even have some still around in some nook in the frig, yes?

With this recipe, you well may wish to add Brussels sprouts to those in-demand day-after leftovers such as turkey breast meat and homemade cranberry sauce.

Especially if they’ve been roasted or sautéed (as distinct from steamed or boiled into an Army fatigue green), Brussels sprouts add buckets of flavor and texture to those meals that we can “redecorate,” foods like hash, pasta, gratin, vegetable soup, colcannon (an Irish preparation of mashed potatoes and cabbage) or bubble and squeak (a British version of the same, pan fried).

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Brussels sprouts are wee cabbages, after all, so crunch and much flavor are native to them. They’re perfect for leftover use because those elements stick around for a second or third turn.

Today’s recipe combines cut-up cooked leftover Brussels sprouts and an ample amount of lemon zest zing. It’s a terrifically delicious dish, almost as tasty as the feast where the sprouts first appeared.

Lemony Brussels Sprouts and Breadcrumb Spaghetti

Serves 4-6, thekitchn.com

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs (from about 4 ounces crusty bread)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely grated zest of 2 medium lemons, divided
  • 1 pound dry spaghetti
  • 3 cups cooked or roasted Brussels sprouts, coarsely chopped if in large pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, toast the breadcrumbs. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the breadcrumbs and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and season with pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown and toasted, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in half of the lemon zest. Transfer the breadcrumbs to a medium bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan with paper towels if needed.

Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to package directions until al dente. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the Brussels sprouts, garlic, and red pepper flakes, if using, and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and season with pepper. Cook until the wine is reduced by about half, about 2 minutes. If the pasta is not ready yet, remove the sprouts pan from the heat.

When the pasta is ready, return the frying pan to medium heat. Using tongs, transfer the pasta directly from the cooking water to the pan. Add the 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and cook, tossing constantly, until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta. Add more pasta water a tablespoon at a time as needed if the pasta is dry.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining lemon zest. Taste and season with more salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed. Sprinkle with the toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Reach Bill St John at bsjpost@gmail.com

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Douglas County Crime Blotter: Man steals a bar’s safe with an office chair

November 22, 2017 - 5:03pm

Rolling out the back door. A customer at the Clock Tower Bar and Grill, 9360 Station St., Littleton, pretended to use the restroom after having a few beers Oct. 25, according to a police report. Security footage allegedly shows the man walking toward the bathroom and then diverting into the manger’s office, where he grabbed a safe, placed it on an office chair, and rolled it out the back door of the restaurant — where he presumedly drove away.

Missing purse. A woman called police to her home on the 11000 block of Shadowbrook Circle, Highlands Ranch, Nov. 8 to report someone had allegedly stolen her purse. She told police she was unsure of when or where the purse was stolen, but fraudulent purchases had been charged to her credit cards. There are no suspects.

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Storage unit pillager. Someone cut the lock off a man’s storage unit on the 3700 block of Norwood Drive, Littleton, and allegedly took several cellphones that he usually kept on a desk inside the unit, he told police. There are no suspects, and the victim said nothing else was missing Oct. 28, according to a police report.

One down, one to go. Police arrested a man on suspicion of breaking into a home on the 6100 block of Alpine Drive, Parker, and taking hundreds of dollars in valuables Oct. 18. According to a police report, officers are still looking for another suspect.

Drunken ruckus. A minor was apprehended Oct. 29 on suspicion of breaking into a home on the 14100 block of Greenfield Loop, Parker. He was also cited with possession of ethyl alcohol, according to a police report.

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Arapahoe County Crime Blotter: Man mugged after drinking binge

November 22, 2017 - 5:02pm

It’s all a blur. Police responded to Swedish Medical Center on Oct. 15 to interview a man who said he was mugged on the 5500 block of South Windermere Street in Littleton. The man told officers that three men allegedly attacked him and stole prescription pills from his backpack, according to a police report. The man went to the hospital for treatment of a large cut. He said he wasn’t sure if he was cut during an altercation with the men or during an accident earlier in the week. The man said he was been drinking for days, according to the report.

Bank vandal leaves license plate. Greenwood Village police responded to an alarm at Key Bank, 9250 E. Arapahoe Road, before dawn Oct. 28. The front doors of the bank were shattered and hanging from their hinges, and officers found a license plate, door handle and side mirror from a car on the ground, according to a police report. They later found a suspect with a heavily damaged car and matching front license plate idling nearby, according to the report.

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Burglar washes car. A woman called police Oct. 17 after she discovered that someone allegedly broke into her unlocked car while it was parked outside her home on the 3000 block of West Prentice Avenue, Littleton. She told police that someone took her purse and made a fraudulent purchase with one of her credit cards at a nearby car wash, according to a police report.

Stolen memento. On Oct. 14, someone cut the padlock off a man’s garage storage locker on the 5600 block of DTC Parkway, Greenwood Village, and stole his $1,400 road bike that he bought in Sweden, according to a police report. There are no suspects.

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