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It’s official: One of America’s Best New Restaurants is in Denver, Bon Appétit says

August 14, 2018 - 12:21pm

If you want to go to one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the country, you don’t have to go very far.

Call in RiNo was named one of America’s Best New Restaurants 2018 by Bon Appétit on Tuesday, one of just 10 restaurants to make the list.

Bon Appétit praised the tiny café that opened in RiNo last December for its all-day snacking, highlighted by both the menu items and ambiance. Other cities with restaurants on the list include Oklahoma City, Washington D.C., Oakland and Portland.

“The best meal of all time is the accidental long, boozy lunch,” the article said. “And the best new place to have it is at this all-day hang, with its crimson-red spritzes and endless selection of snacky things.”

And snack Denverites will.

From the early morning crave-worthy pork and fried egg sandwich that we featured in our Best Things We Ate to nighttime meals like the aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls), many more diners will most likely be answering this Call now.

And there’s more: The restaurant is one-half of the Beckon|Call concept. The fancier, second restaurant, Beckon, is shooting for a November opening next door.

Last year, we had two restaurants on the BA list: Annette and Denver Central Market.

Call: 2845 Larimer St., Denver, 303-954-0230; call-denver.com

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Maryland parts ways with assistant coach after player death

August 14, 2018 - 12:15pm

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland has parted ways with its strength and conditioning coach and has acknowledged that “mistakes were made” in the treatment of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed on the practice field and subsequently died.

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Athletic director Damon Evans said Tuesday that Rick Court is no longer associated with the program. Evans added that a decision on the status of head coach DJ Durkin, who is on administrative leave, will come “as additional information comes forward.”

Evans says “mistakes were made” in the treatment of McNair after he fell ill during a conditioning drill.

Evans and university President Wallace Loh met with McNair’s parents on Tuesday to apologize.

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Kordell Stewart headlines 2018 University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame class

August 14, 2018 - 12:04pm

One of the greatest quarterbacks in Colorado history will headline the 2018 class of the CU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kordell Stewart, who quarterbacked the Buffs from 1991 to 1994 before an 11-year NFL career, is one of 11 Buffs who will be inducted into the schools hall of fame in November.

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The 14th class of the CU Hall of Fame also includes football players Pete Brock (1972-75), Daniel Graham (1998-2001) and Steve Sidwell, who was also an assistant coach during his decade (1963-73) with the Buffs. Football player and administrator Ron Scott is part of the class, well.

Three-sport star Hatfield Chilson, who played football, baseball and basketball for the Buffs from 1923-26, will also be inducted. He was the creator of the “jump pass” during his time at CU.

The 2018 class will also include men’s basketball players Charlie Gardner (1963-66) and Chuck Williams (1965-68), baseball player Jay Howell (1974-76), 1980s track star Donna Waller (Queen) and Lucie Zikova (2005-08), who will be the first women’s skier in the Hall.

Read the full story at Buffzone.com.

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Longmont’s David Bote slamming his way into a bigger role with Chicago Cubs

August 14, 2018 - 11:43am

Even as a supremely talented high school ballplayer, Longmont native and former Faith Christian star David Bote was never expected to reach the major leagues, much less become a darling of Cubs’ fans.

But that’s exactly what happened after Bote slugged a pinch-hit grand slam with two outs and two strikes to give Chicago a walk-off win over the Nationals on Sunday Night Baseball — the first such blast with a team down 3-0 since 1936.

As Bote told Chicago media after the game, the moment was nothing short of “magical,” just as the entire season has been for the resilient infielder who’s been optioned to Triple-A Iowa five times.

“He’s the kind of guy, I’m telling you because I was a scout, who gets overlooked based on his draft status,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told the Chicago Tribune. “He is not talked about much until he really does something spectacular. He’s one of those guys who had to show it for people to believe it. He has worked his way into this situation. Give him credit. His work ethic is spectacular. His skill level is high. And it will keep getting better before it gets worse.”

After scrapping his way to a starting role at Neosho County Community College (Chanute, Kansas), Bote was the 554th overall selection in the 18th round of the 2012 draft and then proceeded to spend six-plus seasons in the minor leagues.

The 25-year-old utility infielder made his major league debut at Coors Field on April 21 due to an injury to Ben Zobrist, and he roped a double in his first at-bat. He’s since kept finding ways into the Chicago lineup, having been recalled most recently on July 26 due to a shoulder injury to Kris Bryant, and is hitting .329 (25-for-76) with three home runs, 18 RBIs and a .957 OPS. He’s played third, second and first base for the Cubs.

For Bob Bote — David’s father, the current head coach at Standley Lake and the winner of five Class 4A state championships at Niwot — one of the best parts about his son’s emergence onto the national stage is all the sweat behind it.

“More than anything, I just hope that other kids will use David as an example,” Bob Bote said. “He has worked his tail off every day for six years to try to get where he wanted to go, and lots of times it just seemed hopeless to him and to us.

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“Now, half the time I don’t even know what to think — I just watch and go, ‘Wow.'”

For his part, David Bote told 670 The Score in Chicago that he’s just “enjoying the moment — enjoying what today brings. My wife brought that up to me, saying that sometimes baseball can just give you a moment to enjoy.”

All of Colorado is surely enjoying the rise of the 2011 Denver Post Class 3A player of the year, and Bote even has his own manager believing that he might actually be much more than a minor league journeyman fill-in.

“He comes ready,” Maddon told the Chicago Tribune last week.  “He’s eager. He’s a great teammate. Just wants the Cubs to win. That’s all he wants. He’s been showing that all along. He’s been available to ride the shuttle (from Triple-A Iowa), but right now he’s showing how valuable he actually is.”

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Pregnant mom, two daughters missing in Frederick

August 14, 2018 - 10:59am

Frederick police are searching for a missing pregnant mother and her two young daughters.

The town of Frederick said on Twitter that police were notified Monday that Shannan Watts, 34, and her daughters, ages 3 and 4, were missing. Watts is 15 weeks pregnant.

There is no vehicle associated at this time with this incident.

Sgt. Robert Bedsaul told the Longmont Times-Call police don’t yet have enough information to say whether the disappearance is suspicious.

“It definitely is a concern, because we don’t know where they are,” Bedsaul said. An alert has been sent to Colorado law enforcement agencies so they will be on the lookout for Watts and her children.

Anybody with this information is encouraged to contact Detective Dave Baumhover at 303-652-4222 or dbaumhover@frederickco.gov, or the Frederick Police Department at 720-382-5700.

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On August 13, 2018, the Frederick Police Department was notified of 3 missing persons. Shannan Watts 34 years old, and her two daughters that are 3 and 4 years old. Shannan is also 15 weeks pregnant. Contact 720.382.5700 with information. pic.twitter.com/TfKtViDMjI

— Town of Frederick (@TownofFrederick) August 14, 2018

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Stinky returns: Denver Botanic Gardens’ popular corpse flower expected to bloom in September

August 14, 2018 - 10:29am

Just when Denver noses stopped living in fear, Stinky is back.

The Denver Botanic Gardens’ corpse flower — which will grow to 5 feet tall at its peak of stinkiness — is expected to bloom in all its rotting-corpse-smelling glory in early to mid-September, according to a news release from the Gardens.

In August 2016, the plant’s pal, Little Stinker, made its floral debut. But despite much hype and an hours-long wait to sniff, the Little Stinker didn’t pack much of an aromatic punch, visitors griped.

Experts are betting on Stinky to outperform Little Stinker, as its girth already bests its earlier-blooming predecessor.

Horticulturalists at the Gardens warned there is always the possibility that the bloom will be a bust, but the 18-year-old plant is enough of an anomaly — blooming only once every 3 to 15 years — to draw crowds.

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The Botanic Gardens will be open for regular hours during the bloom, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On bloom day, members can turn up an hour early to get the first sniffs.

The corpse flower is native to rainforests of western Sumatra, an Indonesian island. The bloom boasts a stench said to smell like rotting flesh. The smell, intended to attract flies and carrion beetles for pollination, gets stronger in late evening.

The plant will not get smelly until it blooms, which usually first occurs at age 7 to 15 years old, and then every 3 to 8 years after that.

Those who want to be in the know (for their noses’ sake) can sign up for the Gardens’ email newsletter to receive “bloom alerts,” and watch on their social media pages for updates.

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PHOTOS: Morandi highway bridge collapses in Italy, killing at least 20 dead

August 14, 2018 - 10:29am

A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble below. A transport official said at least 22 people were killed and eight injured in the tragedy.

A huge section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below. Photos published by the Italian news agency ANSA showed a massive, empty gulf between two sections of the bridge.

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Kiz vs. Saunders: Will Ryan McMahon or David Dahl have more impact on the Rockies’ playoff push?

August 14, 2018 - 10:25am

Question: Will Ryan McMahon or David Dahl have more impact on the Rockies’ playoff push?

Kiz: Everyone knows we live in a Broncos town. And that’s cool. It leads me to this question: Which rising star in Denver enjoyed the most remarkable last seven days? It had to be quarterback Chad Kelly. Right? Nope. It was Ryan McMahon, whose late-inning heroics against the Los Angeles Dodgers saved a Rockies’ season that was teetering on the brink. How big a role will McMahon and David Dahl play in Colorado’s quest for a playoff berth?

Saunders: A Broncos town? Really? Just because local sports-talk radio spends 95 percent of its time discussing the Broncos’ third-string tight end — in May? I digress. I think both players will be major contributors over the final 44 games. There is no doubt that McMahon provided the offense with an infusion of energy when needed most, hitting .324 in 15 games (eight starts) since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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Kiz: Pardon me for this, Rockies fans. But because this is a football town, I want to repeat some wisdom former Broncos great Champ Bailey shared with me long ago. Bailey believes the primary way a team improves during the course of any given season is from the steady maturation and increasing contributions of its young players. I think that might apply to these Rockies, don’t you? Dahl is 24 years old; McMahon is 23. Can we count on them to play significant roles down the stretch?

Saunders: They don’t call him Champ for nothing. Wise man. I think McMahon, in particular, has turned a corner. He’s made adjustments to his swing and is becoming the aggressive, yet smarter, hitter the Rockies envisioned. There is no question in my mind that both will get significant time down the stretch because of their versatility. Dahl has the ability to play all three outfield spots, and McMahon can play first, second or third. The Rockies now have quality depth.

Kiz: Let’s get down to the real nitty gritty. How much will manager Bud Black trust Dahl and McMahon to produce in critical, tense moments? Will Black take away opportunities from veterans Gerardo Parra and Ian Desmond in order to give regular at-bats to McMahon and Dahl? I’ve been bullish on McMahon since spring training. It took him time to get his act together, but I now think McMahon should be the primary first baseman down the stretch. He could provide the energy jolt this offense needs.

Saunders: Considering that Desmond is batting .150 (6-for-40), with 11 strikeouts and a .209 on-base percentage in August, I hope Black will play the hot hand. Yet Black tends to trust veterans and he’s backed up Desmond all season, through all of Desmond’s ups and downs. I think McMahon is actually better with the glove at first base than Desmond is, despite Desmond’s improvement. But I still think Desmond will remain the Rockies’ primary first baseman because Black believes in him — a lot more than we do.

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At Unite the Right, black-clad antifa again give peaceful protesters a bad name

August 14, 2018 - 10:14am

The crowd in Washington’s Lafayette Square on Sunday was buzzing and anxious, ready for the clash.

“No Nazis! No KKK! No Facist USA!” they chanted, to drum beats and that robotic, bullhorn crackle.

But the Nazis? What Nazis?

Hours into what was supposed to be the epic redux of last year’s white nationalist/neo-Nazi/fascist/whining white male hate fest, even the Popsicle and water vendors seemed to outnumber the Unite the Right marchers.

“There they are! Nazis!” someone shouted, as a knot of about two dozen helmeted, masked, jackbooted marchers clomped through the back of the crowd down H Street. A sneak attack!

“Go home Nazis!” some counterprotesters shouted, as the crowd began to turn and surge toward the militant-looking group.

“Wait! No!” someone yelled, one hand up.

“They’re on our siiiiiiiiiiiiide!” another love and unity demonstrator shouted.

“Stop!”

Oh.

It was the antifa, the flip side of the Heil Trump crowd.

Easily mistaken, yes.

And, all too often, their own worst enemy.

The antifa — antifascists — style themselves after the radical demonstrators of the 1930s who battled fascism in city streets. The hallelujah moment for this crowd is the Battle of Cable Street on Oct. 4, 1936.

On that day, about 5,000 followers of Oswald Mosley, the Hitler-wannabe parliamentarian who founded the British Union of Fascists, wore their black-shirt faux uniforms and tried to march through the heart of London’s Jewish and immigrant community in the East End.

But the residents fought back, toppling a truck at Cable Street and building a barricade, yelling “They shall not pass!” while pelting the fascists and police officers with bricks, sticks and rocks. They rolled marbles and scattered broken glass under the feet of police horses. Women popped out of the windows above and threw rotten eggs and decaying vegetables. Then they topped it all off by dumping their chamber pots on fascist heads.

The Hitler-wannabes did not pass.

This is how today’s antifa marchers see themselves.

And if 5,000 fascists were storming through the heart of Washington without a permit, damn straight the antifa should rise to stop them.

They’d have thousands cheering them on.

But on Sunday, after the sad little band of Unite the Right demonstrators retreated, the nouveau antifa was still looking for a fight.

They knocked a cellphone out of one of our reporter’s hands.

They told me to go, um, “love” myself?

Masked — in black instead of KKK white — they pinballed around the empty streets of downtown D.C., randomly chanting and looking for a fight.

“Bust some windows!” (Why?)

“Nazis go home!” (They did.)

“No border! No wall! No USA at all!” (Huh?)

Eventually, they faced off and clashed with police at G and 13th streets, in front of Au Bon Pain.

Why? Bring back the Triple Cinnamon Scone?

There were not 5,000 fascists in the streets at that moment. There were a few dozen police officers in a department that is majority African-American. The officers were not in riot gear, most of them were away from their families and working overtime on a Sunday, residents of the region, protecting the First Amendment rights of folks they probably loathe, without the luxury of being able to take a side.

The official police posters throughout downtown warned of a “First Amendment Activity Area” and warned the Second Amendment crowd “All firearms prohibited within 1000 feet of this sign.”

Officers did not face gunfire from Nazis. But they were hit with water bottles and glitterbombs, they ducked flying eggs and fireworks.

The Au Bon Pain faceoff did not stop fascism. Just like breaking the windows of a Starbucks or setting an immigrant’s business — a limousine — on fire in front of The Washington Post during Trump’s inauguration did not end hatred.

But what these moments do is hand political manipulators a gift, a snapshot of cartoonish, scattershot radicalism that undermines the very valid point the rest of the demonstrators are making.

A fire or tear gas makes much more of a splash in middle America than the simple truth of one peaceful protester’s jarring poster — my grandfathers “fought the Nazis & won. Yet here we are.”

That limo blaze on Inauguration Day propelled a sneering series of National Rifle Association videos to fight gun regulation and those who oppose Donald Trump. They depicted a violent liberal army of activists who set fires, incite violence and want to take away everyone’s guns.

Thanks, antifa.

In today’s life-as-meme culture, street violence and masked faces will do much more to sway apathetic voters than evidence of a complex system of corruption and wealth redistribution

Eventually, after the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, laws about wearing faux uniforms and marching without permission were passed in London. And, ultimately, after Mussolini withdrew financial support and the nation turned against Hitler, the British fascists disbanded.

Nothing was won in D.C. on Sunday.

The fizzled Unite the Right protest does not mean the white nationalists have given up; they simply chickened out.

The hatred and division they work to sow will continue to exist unless elections are won and underlying inequities are addressed.

I’ll go back to one of my favorite radicals, a founder of the Occupy Wall Street movement (remember them?), on how real change happens.

“Activists who rush into the streets tomorrow and repeat yesterday’s tired tactics will not bring an end to Trump nor will they transfer sovereign power to the people,” wrote Micah White in “The End of Protest — A New Playbook for Revolution.” “There are only two ways to achieve sovereignty in this world. Activists can win elections or win wars. There is no third option.”

Also — no glitterbombs.

Petula Dvorak is a columnist for The Post’s local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things. Before coming to The Post, she covered social issues, crime and courts.

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Making square dance less square: Do-Sa-Do in Denver pivots to attract new members

August 14, 2018 - 9:50am

The strains of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” are pulsing, and the dance floor is packed.

“There’s a fire starting in my heart reaching a fever pitch and it’s bringing me out the dark”

Allemande left, Do-Sa-Do, Allemande left, weave the ring

“See how I leave with every piece of you, don’t underestimate the things I will do”

Swing and promenade …

Yes, as the dark bluesy song pumped out of the speakers, the dancers — in a flurry that snapped into patterns — were square dancing. Just another Saturday night at the square dance club.

Sixty-four dancers, mostly having forgone traditional crinoline prairie skirts and Western shirts for shorts and polo shirts, packed the floor at the Maple Grove Grange in Wheat Ridge as the caller, Robert “Bear” Miller, sang out the steps.

Not your grandmother’s square dancing? Well, actually, it still is, since there was a good chance somebody’s grandmother was out there on the dance floor.

This is the Denver square-dancing scene circa 2018. In an effort to keep it fresh, sound systems have replaced fiddlers and banjos, and square-dance callers are using blues, jazz and pop. It is as likely these days to dance to Bruno Mars or Michael Jackson as Garth Brooks.

“For awhile, square dancing got stuck in time, in the 1950s, and now we are trying to get unstuck and evolve again,” said Miller, who calls for Rollin’ Wheels and other clubs in Denver.

Still, the metro area’s square-dancing clubs are getting grayer and grayer, and working hard — with various degrees of success — to recruit new members.

Part of the challenge is that it can take months of lessons to master the basics of the dance, which is sort of “Simon Says” with the complexity and speed of the video game “Cut the Rope.”

“It’s something for people who really like puzzles,” said Bob Riggs, the caller for the Sunflower Squares club in Castle Rock and owner of Square Dance Etc., which provides entertainment, lessons and workshops.

In the 1970s, Denver was a square-dancing hotbed with more than 70 clubs and thousands of dancers, as well as teen and college clubs.

This was in part the legacy of Lloyd “Pappy” Shaw, the principal of Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, who in the 1930s and 1940s traveled the country collecting square dances and calls and organizing  teaching programs. Shaw created a high school square-dance team, which toured more than 50 cities. The square dance is Colorado’s state dance.

The University of Denver’s Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library currently has an exhibition and documentary on Square Dance in the American West from the Lloyd Shaw Foundation archives.

The number of square-dance clubs in the Denver area, however, has dwindled to 18, with perhaps 900 dancers, including a good number who have danced for decades, according to the Colorado State Square Dance Association.

“Look at any group activity, (like) bowling leagues, bridge groups,” Riggs said. “They’ve all had a significant fall-off. This isn’t about square dancing; it’s about our culture.”
Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, in his book, “Bowling Alone,” called the trend a “decline in social capital.” While you can bowl alone, you cannot square dance alone, so the Denver clubs continue their battle.

One big hurdle is learning the steps. It isn’t easy. The traditional approach has been a lesson a week for 24 weeks, with sessions costing $5 to $10 each (often with discounts).

Basic square dancing involves learning 50 moves. The Mainstream program, which is what is primarily danced, uses 70 calls, and Plus takes it up to 100. Advanced adds another 90 calls.

“It seems so complex, but everybody can do it,” Miller said. “If you can walk, you can square dance.”

Riggs and Miller, who both teach as well as call, are each trying to cope with square dancing’s learning curve, such as tailoring shorter sets of classes, all-day sessions or a learn-at-your-own-pace program.

The lessons are often sponsored by clubs, and efforts are made to adjust for costs, so no one is turned away. “If money is tight, you should come and dance,” Miller said.

Dancers work in groups of eight, or four couples, called a square. (Get it?) The caller moves the dancers around, changes their partners, changes their direction.

“You are trying to create patterns, throw an unexpected call, a little surprise and get them back to their partners,” Miller said. “For the caller, it is a Rubik’s Cube.”

Each dance ends with dancers exchanging handshakes and hugs for a job well done.

A few nights after calling for Rollin’ Wheels, Miller was at the Washington Street Community Center calling for the Rocky Mountain Rainbeaus, Denver’s LGTB club. When Miller shifted from Mainstream to Plus, accompanied by Jerrod Niemann’s “Lover, Lover,” the intensity in the room ratcheted up, the dancing punctuated with claps and shouts as Miller called the Acey Deucey, Peel the Top and Explode the Wave.

While Rainbeaus have a reputation as a lively, sometimes raucous group, moving to Plus had the same effect on the Rollin’ Wheels.

Rainbeaus is the biggest club in the area, with 94 members.

“One reason is they accept everybody, straight, a married couple, everybody,” said Paula Kauffman, a straight woman, who owned up only to being north of 70 years old.

Jake McWilliams, 40, a transgender man who has been dancing with Rainbeaus for three years, said, “I think we’re all getting a lesson in being together.”

Rainbeaus may also be successful because of its $5 lessons, with a special fund to help defray the cost for those who need a little financial help.

Littleton’s Mountaineers has about 70 members. Club president Ray DeAngelis said financially, the goal is just to break even. The club’s annual dues are $20. The cover for attending a dance is $6 a person for members and $7 for non-members. Most clubs also provide refreshments.

“It is a very affordable night out,” DeAngelis said.

There is a dance someplace in Denver almost every night. Mountaineers dance the first, third and fifth Saturdays of each month. Rainbeaus dance Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays, though some of the sessions are advanced. Rollin’ Wheels dance the second and fourth Saturdays. Then, there are the 15 others clubs.

It isn’t by chance that Mountaineers is a large club, since  it has been aggressive in its recruiting.

“Part of our recruitment effort is to bring the age down,” DeAngelis said. “We did pretty well last year.”

In luring more people, age can be an impediment. “Nobody wants to dance with their grandmother,” Miller said. Moving to contemporary music and sound systems is one attempt to shake square dancing’s hayseed image.

The music has to have a strong walking beat of 110 to 130 beats a minute, good phrasing, and 2-2 or 4-4 time, Riggs said. “Country music comes closest,” he said. Still, he has called to jazz and the Hustle.

But not everyone is a fan. Lyle Gillette of Littleton came off the floor at the Rollin’ Wheels dance in his Western shirt and cowboy boots. His badge (each club has its own badge) showed he was a visiting Mountaineer.

“Square dancing was founded on country music,” said Gillette, who has been dancing for 30 years. “Some callers think they can get young people with new music. I’m not so sure.”

Miller, however, said that square dancing is just finding a “new identity” and, it is hoped, new dancers.

Interested in finding a square dance club near you or square dance lessons? The Denver area council of the Coloardo State Square Dance Association can connect you. Many clubs begin offering lessons in September. Email middlebrook.mb@gmail.com or call 303-332-4212

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Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen likely will have second heart surgery in offseason

August 14, 2018 - 9:29am

After being put on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen returned to the clubhouse Monday, but he told reporters he thinks it is likely he will need to undergo a second heart procedure this offseason, according to ESPN.

The procedure will most likely be a heart ablation or cardioversion. A heart ablation is a procedure that corrects heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias). According to the Mayo Clinic, cardiac ablation scars or destroys tissue in the heart that “triggers” abnormal heart rhythm. The procedure uses catheters, which are inserted through veins or arteries in the groin and threaded to the heart. This delivers hot energy or extremely cold energy, which modifies the tissues in the heart that cause arrhythmias.

A cardioversion, which Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh underwent in 2012, is done by sending electric shocks to the heart through electrodes placed on the chest.

Jansen was placed on the disabled list Friday after feeling some discomfort before Los Angeles faced the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. According to Doug Padilla of MLB.com, Jansen called 911 in Denver and doctors needed to use an electric shock to get his heart back to rhythm. Still, Jansen is expected to return in four to six weeks.

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Monday, Jansen told reporters that he will have a bullpen session later this week and expects to play later this season. Dodgers President Andrew Friedman said Jansen will have a follow-up appointment on Monday.

“I’m confident that it’s not going to be four weeks, and it’s not going to be six weeks,” Jansen said. “(Monday) is going to be the key to listen to what is going to happen. Right now I’m going to keep taking my blood thinners and hopefully there are no side effects from the medication I’m taking, and I am pretty confident I will be back sooner than later.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is also optimistic that Jansen will return in less than a month.

“We’re encouraged that it won’t be four to six weeks,” Roberts told reporters.

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Colorado Classic guide: course info, where to watch this weekend and more

August 14, 2018 - 8:52am

Hundreds of Front Range cyclists pit themselves against Lookout Mountain above Golden every weekend, and this Saturday, pro riders will have a go on its grinding climbs and steep switchbacks on Day 3 of the Colorado Classic.

The four-day event starts Thursday in Vail and concludes Sunday in Denver. The men will race 245 miles and the women 106 miles. Races will be televised locally, streamed online and shown around the world on Eurosport.

The Lookout ascent is part of a 100-mile men’s stage that starts and finishes in Denver’s RiNo district with more than 8,100 feet of climbing. After Lookout, the course proceeds to Red Rocks Park, Evergreen, Conifer and Kittredge. It takes a second pass through Red Rocks, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge back to RiNo. The women will be racing a timed criterium in RiNo that day

The Lookout Mountain climb was part of the old USA Pro Challenge, which incorporated it three of the five years it operated (2011-15). If those years are any indication, there will be thousands of spectators in Golden, at the switchbacks above Windy Saddle and at the top of the climb just below Buffalo Bill’s Grave at 7,300 feet. The cheers at the top will be deafening and spectators will crowd onto the two-lane road leaving a narrow corridor for riders to pass through in a scene reminiscent of alpine ascents of the Tour de France. Most of them will have ridden up the mountain themselves to get in position hours in advance.

Looking to catch the race this weekend? Here’s a rundown of what you need to know:

Route:

Thursday: Circuit races in Vail for the men (64.1 miles with 4,390 feet of climbing) and the women (35.2 miles, 2,567 feet), with the women beginning at 10 a.m. and the men going at 12:15 p.m. Where to watch: The start is at Mountain Plaza, near the terminal of Gondola 1 at Vail Village. This will be a great place to watch because in addition to putting you at the start line, you’ll see racers come through there multiple times (eight for the men, four for the women), and they have to climb up a steep dirt road there each lap. The finish line at the Vail Athletic Fields will be good, too.

Friday: Vail Pass time trial (9.9 miles, 1,574-foot ascent), women at 10 a.m., men at 12:30 p.m. Course starts in Vail’s Mountain Plaza, heads to East Vail and then halfway up to Vail Pass. Where to watch: Find a place on the climb between East Vail and the finish. You might also consider parking at Vail Pass and biking down to the finish (about 4.6 miles).

Saturday: The men ride 100 miles starting at 10:30 a.m., beginning in RiNo and heading for the hills. They will climb Lookout Mountain, descend to Red Rocks Park and climb Bear Creek to Evergreen. They will then head to Conifer and climb to High Grade Road, descending Deer Creek and Turkey Creek to Indian Hills and on to Kittredge. They’ll hit Red Rocks Park again, climb Dinosaur Ridge and swing along the south side of Green Mountain before heading to 32nd Avenue for a brisk descent back to RiNo. Where to watch: In Golden near the Coors brewery, 19th Street where it crosses U.S. 6, Lariat Loop Road on Lookout Mountain above Windy Saddle (four steep switchbacks there for those biking up), the top of the Lookout Mountain climb just before the road swings to the south before Buffalo Bill’s Grave, Red Rocks Park (riders enter at Entrance 2 and exit at Entrance 3), Cragmont Drive between Evergreen and Conifer on county highway 73 (the high point on the course at 7,700 feet), Dinosaur Ridge (the hogback east of Red Rocks), Union Blvd. between Alameda Parkway and Sixth Ave.

The women will race a timed criterium around the Velorama festival in RiNo, racing 50 minutes plus five laps (approximately 26 miles) beginning at 12:30 p.m. Where to watch: Anywhere in or around the festival as the riders do laps around it.

Sunday (Aug. 19): Circuit races unfold in RiNo, downtown Denver and City Park with the women (34.8 miles) beginning at 10 a.m. and the men (71.2 miles) going at 12:15 p.m. Where to watch: City Park, 17th Ave. between City Park and downtown, along Blake Street near the finish.

Video coverage:

There will be numerous options. For the men’s races, there will be two hours of live coverage every day online, on Altitude TV (1-3 p.m. each day), and via the Colorado Classic Tour Tracker app. Telecasts will include recaps and highlights of the women’s races. Altitude will replay its coverage nightly. Replays, highlights and recaps will be available on demand online. Races also will be shown on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Velorama Festival:

The festival takes place Friday through Sunday in RiNo on the Lot B parking lot used for Rockies games, northwest of Blake Street between 28th and 33rd streets. The official fan fest will include music, bike events, the start and finish of weekend races, an interactive bike expo, craft brews and 25 food trucks. Admission is $55 Friday and Saturday, $10 on Sunday. Fourteen bands will play, including Modest Mouse, The Growlers, Cold War Kids, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Matt and Kim. Get tickets and band lineups here.

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Aspen enacts mandatory water restrictions after low snowpack

August 14, 2018 - 8:45am

For the first time in history, the city of Aspen has declared a stage 2 water shortage.

Due to extremely low water levels due to low snowpack and little summer precipitation, Aspen City Council approved the move at its regular meeting Monday.

“After a warm spring and summer, conditions have deteriorated, so we are recommending a stage 2 shortage,” said Margaret Medellin, the city’s utilities portfolio manager. “We are asking people to be thoughtful about their water use.”

She said that it’s a result of a reduced snowpack from this past winter and she expects stage 2 restrictions to remain in effect indefinitely.

“We really need a good snowpack this year,” Medellin said.

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Council enacted a stage 1 water shortage in May, which was all voluntary restrictions.

Read the full story at AspenTimes.com.

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Teen girl accused of killing Montbello boy identified; to be charged as an adult

August 14, 2018 - 8:14am

A 16-year-old girl accused of suffocating her 7-year-old nephew when he asked her to play video games with him will face first-degree murder charges as an adult, a Tuesday morning court hearing confirmed.

Denver District Attorneys Office, suppliedJennie Bunsom

Jennie Bunsom, who turned 16 on Aug. 5, is accused of killing 7-year-old Jordan Vong, wrapping his body in a blanket and storing the body in a portable closet in her bedroom.

Vong was reported missing the afternoon of Aug. 6, sparking an extensive search by police and neighbors.

Two days later, after police obtained a search warrant for the house in the 4900 block of Fairplay Street, a Denver police detective found Vong’s body in a closet. The coroner’s office was called to the home, and the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a probable cause statement, Bunsom was in her basement bedroom on Aug. 6, upset about an earlier argument with a girlfriend. Jordan went to her room and asked his aunt if she wanted to play video games, and Bunsom said she didn’t want to play with him, the court documents said.

Jordan lay down on Bunsom’s bed, refusing to leave the room. Then, according to the document, Bunsom pushed him off the bed, causing the boy to strike his face on the floor.

“Jordan began to cry,” the statement said. “She placed her hand over Jordan’s mouth and plugged his nose as Jordan began to struggle for a few minutes.”

Jordan stopped moving, and Bunsom allegedly slid his body under her bed. Bunsom later took the body from under her bed, wrapped it in a blanket and placed it in one of two portable closets in her room, the document said.

“She didn’t tell any of her family what she had done to Jordan because she was afraid,” the statement said. “Nor did she tell any of her family where she had hid Jordan.”

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This is a developing story that will be updated.

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Colorado wildfire update: Bull Draw fire chews up another 3,400 acres

August 14, 2018 - 8:06am

Pushed by erratic winds over extremely dry pine forests, the Bull Draw fire has raced up steep canyon walls and spread at rates of up to 1 mph in Western Colorado.

The wildfire is now 25,190 acres in size, making it the 19th largest fire in Colorado history. On Monday alone, the fire devoured 3,400 acres of Pinyon, Juniper and Aspen trees. Five of the 20 largest wildfires in Colorado history have happened this year.

The Bull Draw fire, burning 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has become the highest priority wildfire in Colorado, said Phil Sneed, spokesman for the Bull Draw fire.

“We’ve been ordering more crews from around the country,” Sneed said.

Another 89 firefighters from Mississippi and Virginia joined the 33 firefighters already tasked to Bull Draw, he said. They already have firefighters from North Carolina and Minnesota. Four helicopters, including a sky crane helicopter, are making drops on the fire.

“It’s really a nation-wide effort in a very bad fire year,” Sneed said.

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Fire crews are focused Tuesday on the southern portion of the fire, trying to extend fire lines in steep, rugged terrain. The fire is at 19 percent containment.

One bright spot on Monday was that storms dropped anywhere from a tenth- to a quarter-inch of rain on the northern half of the fire. But no rain fell on the southern half.

More stormy weather is forecast Tuesday. The thunder and rain storms could help or hinder fire-fighting efforts. Brisk out-flow winds could quickly push the fire in all directions, but rain could douse the growing behemoth.

So far, no homes have been destroyed. A travel trailer was lost to the flames. Evacuation orders have been issues for eight homes.

Wildfires in Colorado and the U.S.

The map shows active wildfire locations and all 2018 fire perimeters*. The map defaults to Colorado; to see all wildfires, click “U.S.” in the view area. Click the map layers icon in the top right corner of the map to change map backgrounds and to toggle active and contained fires, and perimeters. Click a marker or perimeter for details. To view the full map and a table of all 2018 wildfires, click here.

*Data comes from two sources, GeoMAC and InciWeb, and could contain inconsistencies. Map by Kevin Hamm and Daniel J. Schneider.

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Mount Royal hiker who died in fall ID’d as 43-year-old Pa. woman

August 14, 2018 - 7:55am

A 43-year-old woman died Sunday evening after falling about 150 feet while descending Mount Royal, marking the third reported hiking death this summer in Summit County.

The county coroner has identified the woman as Regina Foley. She was from Havertown, Pennsylvania, but owned a condo at the Pointe at Lake Dillon in Frisco, according to local property records.

The Summit Daily held off publishing Foley’s name earlier Monday after speaking to a family member who said Foley came from a big extended family and not all the family had been notified.

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Rescue crews working at the trailhead to recover Foley’s body Sunday night said she had been hiking with two other men when she fell.

Read more at SummitDaily.com

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Denver’s Human Fountains to appear on live “America’s Got Talent” quarterfinals Tuesday

August 14, 2018 - 7:19am

Who knew swishing a raw egg in your mouth and then spitting it into someone else’s mouth was a talent? The Human Fountains, that’s who.

The comedy group with Colorado roots has advanced on Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent” thanks to a wildcard spot, and will appear during the live quarterfinals, Tuesday on NBC at 7 p.m.

.@HumanFountains are back as a WILDCARD and showering in your praise.

Don’t stop the stream before they go LIVE tomorrow! #AGT pic.twitter.com/CDSba5pQGJ

— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) August 13, 2018

Being called the “stupidest thing” Simon Cowell has ever seen couldn’t keep these Denverites out of the running; they are one of only 36 acts to make it through to this round.

The cringe-worthy comedy troupe of five childhood friends attended Denver Jewish Day School. For its first appearance, the group stuck with water. Things got taken to the next level for a second appearance, complete with orange juice and raw egg. If this pace keeps up, Tuesday night could get interesting — or nauseating.

To keep the hometown boys in the running, fans have a few ways of voting: NBC.comThe “America’s Got Talent” app available on the App Store and Google Play; and fancy Xfinity X1 customers can just talk into their remotes since that’s a thing now.

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LeSean McCoy sued by ex-girlfriend over July home invasion, assault

August 14, 2018 - 7:02am

LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills has been sued by his ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, who was the victim of a July home invasion in which she said she was robbed and assaulted. While not specifically accusing McCoy or a longtime associate named in the suit of having carried out the attack, Cordon blamed them for creating conditions at the residence that make them “liable for the assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress” she suffered.

The lawsuit, which was posted online by ABC affiliate WKBW in Buffalo, New York, claimed that McCoy and Tamarcus Porter, a former teammate at the University of Pittsburgh who reportedly has maintained a close relationship with the Pro Bowl running back, changed the security system at the home and did not share access to the new system with Cordon, leaving her “and her minor children defenseless in their own home.” Hours after it occurred, the incident attained widespread notice after a friend of Cordon’s posted a photo to social media, showing her with a battered face and accusing McCoy of being behind the attack, as well as of beating his son and dog and of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

In response, McCoy issued a statement describing “the totally baseless and offensive claims” made against him as “completely false,” while lawyers for Cordon followed that with a statement suggesting that a motive for the incident was McCoy’s desire to retrieve expensive pieces of jewelry he had given her. Police in the Atlanta suburb of Milton, Georgia, where the incident took place, are still investigating, as is the NFL; no charges have been filed or suspects identified.

In the lawsuit, filed in Fulton County (Georgia) state court, Cordon’s lawyers painted a portrait of a “fairy-tale relationship” gone sour, at which point McCoy made it increasingly uncomfortable for her to stay in a home he had bought for her to live in. Porter also “sporadically occupied” a room there, and while she “did not feel comfortable with various men coming in and out of the home unannounced,” Cordon “tolerated this for the sake of the relationship.”

Having moved into the home in October 2016, the lawsuit stated, Cordon found herself in the summer of 2017 arguing with McCoy over him “beating his dog and beating his son frequently, as well as other issues.” After a particularly intense argument in July 2017, Cordon was said to have left the home to visit a friend, at which point McCoy allegedly called police to evict her and “instructed Porter to begin to unlawfully remove [Cordon’s] personal belongings from the home,” Cordon alleges.

Those tensions died down, and Cordon and McCoy were even discussing an engagement in May 2018, per the lawsuit, before McCoy apparently again decided that he wanted her out of his life. Away from the home June 1, she was allegedly alerted via the home’s previous security system that Porter and others were removing her furniture, at which point she called police, who ordered them to put her belongings back inside, but the lawsuit claimed that about $13,000 worth of items of hers were not returned.

Over the next few days, the lawsuit stated, Porter changed the locks on the home, deactivated the security camera that was linked to Cordon’s cellphone and installed a new system to which she was not given access. Porter then allegedly let police know he “had access to cameras” that showed who was in the house and filed an “improper,” according to Cordon’s lawyer, eviction petition on behalf of McCoy that Cordon was able to quash.

The alleged invasion, which involved the theft of what was described as $133,000 in jewelry from Cordon, took place in the early hours of July 10, the day an eviction hearing was set to take place. That hearing was pushed back to Tuesday, but a lawyer for McCoy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the proceedings will be a “formality” because Cordon has already vacated the home.

McCoy “breached his duty to use ordinary care to protect [Cordon] from dangerous activities being conducted” at the home, the lawsuit stated. Cordon is seeking unspecified damages in the suit, including punitive damages “without restriction or cap,” as well as the reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and other expenses.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that a person familiar with the situation said the lawsuit would not affect McCoy’s status with the Bills. The 30-year-old is entering his fourth season with the team after leading Buffalo in rushing yards in each of his first three.

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College football 2018 preview: 6 players starring for losing teams

August 14, 2018 - 6:44am

Football being, in many ways, the ultimate team game can make it difficult for good players to shine when the players around them are … not so good.

Stars toiling on losing teams rarely get much recognition. They almost never win the big awards or get selected to the All-America teams. Time to give some love to those overlooked players whose teams did not reach the postseason last year and might have a hard time climbing back into it in 2018.

Marquise Copeland, DT, Cincinnati

The Bearcats are in the second year of a rebuild under coach Luke Fickell, who brought in the top-ranked recruiting class in the American Athletic Conference this year. Copeland was one of the few real keepers Fickell inherited and probably the team’s best player last year. The senior had 63 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2017. Undersized at 6-foot-2 and 282 pounds, Copeland could develop into an NFL draft pick.

Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse

Dungey has been starting for the Orange since his freshman season. The problem is he has not been finishing the seasons healthy. When healthy, Dungey is a two-way threat with athleticism and size (6-4, 228) that could draw NFL attention. He enters 2018 as the only active quarterback in FBS with at least 6,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. The Orange have not been bowl-eligible since 2013. A full season for Dungey is a must for Syracuse to have any chance to get back, but just in case, best catch him in the regular season.

Joe Dineen, LB, Kansas

The fifth-year senior has played on teams that have won six games in four seasons. He also lost most of his 2016 season, when he was poised for a breakout as team captain, to hamstring injury. That big breakout came last season when Dineen led the nation in solo tackles per game (7.6) and set a school record with 25 tackles for loss. Yes, the Jayhawks’ defense spends a lot of time on the field and that inflates some stats. But Dineen had almost twice as many tackles as any other Kansas defender. Also, deserving of a shoutout on Kansas is defensive tackle Daniel Wise (16 tackles for loss and seven sacks), who is probably an even better pro prospect than Dineen.

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

The Bears managed just one victory in 2017, but Mims was a problem for opponents. He caught 61 passes for 1,087 yards and eight touchdowns. His three-touchdown performance against Oklahoma gave the Sooners a legitimate scare. Mims was by far Baylor’s best receiver last season, but this year the Bears hope the return of senior Chris Platt from injury and the addition of Tennessee transfer Jalen Hurd, the running back-turned-receiver, gives them one of the best sets of pass-catchers in the Big 12.

Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska

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Cornhuskers fans are looking toward a hopeful future with new coach Scott Frost after going 4-8 last season under Mike Riley. There is much rebuilding to do, and Nebraska has a difficult schedule in 2018 with road games at Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin. A major turnaround would take a minor miracle by Frost. Morgan, though, should be one of the best receivers in the Big Ten as a senior. He caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.

Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee

Smith stepped into the Volunteers’ starting lineup last season as a freshman and played like a veteran. He started games at guard and tackle, and during an ugly year in Knoxville, Smith’s performance was a thing of beauty. The offseason provided a scare. He was treated for blood clots in his lungs. Cleared to play, Smith is a 6-foot-6, 320-pound building block for new coach Jeremy Pruitt.

EXTRA POINT

Six more players to watch on teams that had losing records last season:

  • Trevon Brown, WR, East Carolina
  • Trevor Morris, LB, Rutgers
  • Steven Montez, QB, Colorado
  • Kyle Shurmur, QB, Vanderbilt
  • Lexington Thomas, RB, UNLV
  • Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion
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At least 20 dead after highway bridge collapses in Italy, sending cars plunging

August 14, 2018 - 5:32am

MILAN — A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble below. A transport official said at least 22 people were killed and eight injured in the tragedy.

A huge section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below. Photos published by the Italian news agency ANSA showed a massive, empty gulf between two sections of the bridge.

Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state TV that some 20 vehicles, including cars and trucks, were caught up as an 80-meter (260-foot) stretch of the bridge collapsed.

She said two people had been pulled alive from vehicles in the rubble. Officials said they were transported by helicopter to a hospital.

Edoardo Rixi, a transport official, told Sky TV that 22 were dead and 8 were injured in the collapse.

Video captured the sound of a man screaming: “Oh God! Oh, God!” Other images showed a green truck that had stopped just short of the gaping hole in the bridge and the tires of a tractor trailer in the rubble.

Firefighters told The Associated Press they were worried about gas lines exploding in the area from the collapse.

ANSA said authorities suspected that a structural weakness had caused the collapse, but there was no immediate explanation for what had happened.

Italy’s transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, called the collapse “an enormous tragedy.”

News agency ANSA said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will travel to Genoa later Tuesday. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said some 200 firefighters were responding to the accident.

“We are following minute by minute the situation of the bridge collapse in Genoa,” Salvini said on Twitter.

The disaster occurred on a highway that connects Italy to France, and northern cities like Milan to the beaches of Liguria.

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It came on the eve of a major Italian summer holiday on Wednesday called Ferragosto, which marks the religious feast of the Assumption of Mary. The day marks the high point of the Italian summer holiday season when most cities and business are closed and Italians head to the beaches or the mountains, which means traffic was heavier than usual on the Genoa highway.

The Morandi Bridge is a main thoroughfare connecting the A10 highway that goes toward France and the A7 highway that continues north toward Milan. Inaugurated in 1967, it is 45 meters (148 feet) high, just over a kilometer (.6 miles) long.

The collapse of the bridge comes eight days after another major accident on an Italian highway, one near the northern city of Bologna.

In that case, a tanker truck carrying a highly flammable gas exploded after rear-ending a stopped truck on the road and getting hit from behind itself. The accident killed one person, injured dozens and blew apart a section of a raised eight-lane highway.

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This story corrects the height of the bridge to 45 meters (147 feet).

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Simone Somekh contributed from Rome.

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