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CU Buffs open Pac-12 play with win over No. 24 Arizona State

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 23:42

TEMPE, Ariz. – Colorado’s football team has never had an easy trip to Sun Devil Stadium.

On Saturday night, the Buffaloes were bruised and battered, but finally got out of Tempe with a win.

James Stefanou drilled a 44-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 3 seconds to play to lift the Buffs to a 34-31 win against No. 24 Arizona State.

Steven Montez threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns – all to Tony Brown, who caught a career-high nine passes for 150 yards.

The Buffs had lost 35 consecutive games against ranked opponents away from Folsom Field, dating back to a 2002 win at UCLA.

While the victory was monumental for the Buffs (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12), it was also costly.

Star receiver Laviska Shenault left the game in the first half with unspecified injury and defensive tackle Mustafa Johnson left early with an ankle injury. Cornerback Chris Miller (sternum) also left the game and didn’t return, while several other Buffs were banged up and missed some time before returning.

Despite the adversity, the Buffs finally got their first win against the Sun Devils in this stadium, ending and 0-for-5 drought.

They did so behind the arm and leadership of Montez, the hands of Brown and a defense that stepped up when needed.

After the Stefanou field goal, the Buffs forced ASU to go 4-and-out to give the ball back to the offense, which ran the clock out.

CU became the first team to solve the stingy ASU defense, racking up 34 points and 477 yards. In their first three games, the Sun Devils had allowed a total of 21 points – seven to each opponent.

ASU, in fact, had not given up a point in the first three quarters of any game before Saturday, but the Buffs didn’t waste time getting on the board.

CU took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in 10 plays, capped by an Alex Fontenot 1-yard touchdown run.

After and ASU missed field goal, the Buffs drove 70 yards in 11 plays, with Montez hooking up with Brown for a 29-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Buffs lead.

That lead didn’t last long, though.

ASU scored on a 53-yard pass from Jayden Daniels to Brandon Aiyuk to cut the CU lead in half. Then, the Buffs’ KD Nixon fumbled the ensuing kickoff return.

Seven plays later, Eno Benjamin scored from 1 yard out to tie the game at 14-14.

It was back and from there on out.

CU scored on another Montez-to-Brown touchdown, but ASU responded with another Benjamin touchdown to tie the game.

Just before the half, the Buffs’ James Stefanou booted a 25-yard field goal, but late in the third, ASU’s Cristian Zendejas hit a 23-yarder to tie the game again, at 24-24.

CU responded to that with another Montez-to-Brown touchdown, this one from 20 yards out, to put the Buffs ahead 31-24 with 1:10 to go in the third quarter.

The Sun Devils needed just five plays to match that, as Daniels hit Frank Darby for a 39-yard touchdown pass, tying the game at 31-31 early in the fourth.

The score would stay that way until the final minutes when the Buffs would secure the win.

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Rockies beat Dodgers to end 12-game skid in LA

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 22:31

LOS ANGELES — Ryan McMahon and Josh Fuentes hit solo homers, and the Colorado Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Saturday night to snap a 12-game skid at Dodger Stadium.

It was the Rockies’ first win in eight games in Los Angeles this season, and their first here since June 30, 2018.

The NL West champion Dodgers were left sitting on 99 wins while trying to join Houston and the New York Yankees as the major leagues’ third 100-game winner for the third straight season.

Kyle Freeland started the game for the Rockies after earlier being reinstated from the injured list, where he’d been with a groin strain. The left-hander gave up three hits and struck out one in two innings.

Freeland then turned it over to originally scheduled starter Chi Chi Gonzalez.

Gonzalez (2-6) gave up two runs and two hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

Jairo Diaz retired the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

Fuentes homered on the first pitch leading off the seventh to chase Walker Buehler and extend the Rockies’ lead to 4-2.

Buehler (13-4) gave up four runs and five hits in six-plus innings. He struck out five and walked three.

The Rockies led 3-0 after three innings.

McMahon homered leading off the second. His only other hit off Buehler was a single on June 27 in Denver. He had been 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts against the right-hander.

Raimel Tapia and Charlie Blackmon added RBI singles in the third.

The Dodgers closed to 3-2 in the fourth on a pair of two-out unearned runs.

Corey Seager’s RBI triple eluded a diving Sam Hilliard in center field, with the ball rolling to the warning track. That scored Cody Bellinger after he reached on a throwing error by Gonzalez. Russell Martin followed with an RBI single that scored Seager.

Hilliard robbed A.J. Pollock of a potential home run leading off the fourth with a scrambling catch at the wall.

Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, the Dodgers’ defense saved at least one run. With runners on first and third, Hilliard singled to center and Kike Hernandez charged the ball, throwing it so hard to the plate that he tumbled over. Martin tagged out Tapia to end the inning.

In the bottom of the inning, the Dodgers had the potential tying run on when Hernandez singled with one out. But A.J. Pollock flied out to center and Bellinger fouled out to the catcher next to the netting near the Rockies’ on-deck circle to end the threat.


Rockies: INF Nolan Arenado wasn’t in the lineup because of illness.

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Dodgers: INF Max Muncy was out of the lineup after experiencing his left thigh grab in the batter’s box a night earlier. He’s expected to start Sunday. … RHP Joe Kelly will be limited until the postseason because of unspecified lower body issues.


Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (10-10, 6.83 ERA) is 1-1 with a 5.65 ERA in three starts against LA this season.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 2.35) is 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA in four starts against the Rockies this season.

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President Trump heads to UN with long list of deals he’s yet to close

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 22:28

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week.

There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not to mention a number of trade pacts. Some are inching forward. Some have stalled.

Trump has said repeatedly that he is in “no rush” to wrap up the deals. But negotiations take time. He is nearly three years into his presidency and the 2020 election looms, which will crimp his ability to tend to unfinished foreign business.

“I don’t blame the president for having so many deals open,” said Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state who has worked for Republican and Democratic presidents. He gives Trump credit for going after China on its trade practices and talking to the Taliban to try to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan.

“But I do think you have to be tough-minded as citizens and grade him,” Burns said. “How’s he doing? Well, in my book, he doesn’t have a single major foreign policy achievement in more than 2½ years in office.”

Trump’s critics say that lack of success means the president is going to the United Nations in a weakened position.

Some foreign policy experts give Trump credit for opening up international negotiations. Yet there is plentiful criticism of his brash negotiating style — blasting foreign leaders one day, making nice the next — because they think it makes the global chessboard more wobbly.

In his defense, Trump says: “It’s the way I negotiate. It’s done very well for me over the years, and it’s doing even better for the country.”

Trump’s “America first” mantra hasn’t gone over well at the United Nations before. Now, as tensions escalate between the U.S. and Iran, the president needs international support to help put pressure on Tehran.

Ever since Trump pulled the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstated crippling economic sanctions, Iran has lashed out. Iran downed an American drone, has impounded ships in the Persian Gulf and is being blamed for the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

“He’s argued in the past that each country should act solely in its own interest, and he’s argued that American might, combined with his negotiating skill, would build U.S. power,” said Jon Alterman, Middle East program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Now we have a General Assembly meeting where the president really needs allies on Iran.”

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The prospect of Trump talking with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly has evaporated.

Alterman said the best-case scenario of another negotiation with Iran would be one leading to the end of Tehran’s destabilizing activities in the Mideast, new limits on its nuclear program and greater visibility into its missile program. The worst-case scenario, he said, is that the president alienates his allies and Iran carries out more attacks on U.S. interests and allies.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was fired by Trump, told a group at Harvard University recently that successful negotiations occur when both parties leave with an acceptable outcome. In a comment seemingly aimed at Trump, Tillerson said: “If you ever think about a negotiation as a win/lose, you’re going to have a terrible experience, you’re going to be very dissatisfied, and not very many people are going to want to deal with you.”

Trump’s other disarmament talks — with North Korea — have hit a wall, too.

Trump’s initial summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore was a first, as was Trump’s historic step inside North Korea at the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea.

Still, the U.S. and North Korea have failed to gain traction on nuclear talks. Negotiations to get Kim to give up his nuclear weapons have been stalled since a February summit in Hanoi, which collapsed over disagreement about sanctions relief in exchange for disarmament measures.

On Friday, Trump claimed that his three-year relationship with Kim is the “best thing that’s happened” to the United States.

“We’ll see what happens,” Trump added. “It might work out. It might not work out.” But Trump stressed that since they started talking, Kim has not conducted nuclear tests and has only fired short-range, not long-range missiles.

Trump’s Mideast peace negotiations also have no momentum.

The administration’s long-awaited peace plan, developed by Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, has not come out and the path forward is unclear.

Tentative plans to release the proposal had been scrapped at least twice. The plan already is facing rejection by the Palestinians, who cut off ties with the administration after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinians have accused his administration of losing its standing as an honest broker by repeatedly siding with Israel.

And then there is the long-running conflict in Afghanistan.

While Trump has public backing to end the war, he just cut off nearly a year of U.S. talks with the Taliban. He said the Taliban were ramping up violence to gain leverage in the negotiations.

“They made a mistake,” Trump said Friday. “I was totally willing to have a meeting.”

Trump has the public’s support for withdrawing U.S. troops, but he was harshly criticized for planning to host the Taliban at the Camp David presidential retreat just before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Taliban were harboring al-Qaida when al-Qaida orchestrated 9/11.

Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio said that where international affairs are concerned, the president appears more interested having something showy to announce than in long-term problem-solving.

“Once he has a partner engaged, he’ll likely announce something that sounds important,” D’Antonio said. “Others will clean up the details after the election.”

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Colorado Rapids take down Sporting Kansas City 3-2

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 21:16

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tommy Smith scored in the 85th minute and the Colorado Rapids secured a 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City Saturday.

Gerso Fernandes notched the first goal for Sporting Kansas City (10-14-7) in the third minute on a shot 20 yards out from the edge of the box. Smith put Sporting Kansas City on top 2-0 with an own goal in the 14th minute.

Kei Kamara put Colorado (11-15-6) on the scoreboard in the 42nd minute on a shot 17 yards out from the edge of the box, assisted by Jack Price. Diego Rubio tied it at 2-2 for Colorado in the 76th minute with a shot 16 yards away from the center of the box, assisted by Smith.

Smith sealed the victory for Colorado in the 85th minute on a header 19 yards out from the edge of the box, assisted by Price.

The Rapids outshot Sporting Kansas City 19 to 10, with eight shots on goal to two for Sporting Kansas City.

Colorado drew six corner kicks, committed 14 fouls and was given four yellow cards. Sporting Kansas City drew six corner kicks, committed 11 fouls and was given one yellow cards and one red card.

Sporting Kansas City’s next match is Wednesday on the road at Minnesota United, and the Rapids next play Sunday at Dallas.

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Larry Scott on playoff expansion helping the Pac-12: “We just have to get better”

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 21:12

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The path is narrowing. Week by week, team by team, loses are piling up for the Pac-12’s potential playoff contenders.

Week One: Oregon loses to Auburn.

Week Two: Washington loses to Cal.

Week Three: USC loses at Brigham Young.

Week Four: Utah loses at USC.

The end result is a conference with just three undefeated teams (as of 6 p.m. Saturday) and an ever-narrowing path into the semifinals.

Unless a dominant team emerges from the parity, the Pac-12 will miss the College Football Playoff for the third time in four years and fourth time in six.

Of all the Power Five conferences, the Pac-12 would seem most in need of an expanded playoff that grants an automatic berth to its champion.

While commissioner Larry Scott told the Hotline this week that he’s “open to looking at” expansion, he believes the conference’s focus should be internal.

“The first thing I’d say,” Scott said, “is that we have to do better in football. We have to have elite teams break through.”

Scott referenced the current AP top-25 poll, which includes six Pac-12 teams, as a sign of the conference’s quality depth.

But no team is in the top five and Utah, the top-ranked entry at No. 10, will tumble following the loss to USC.

When the AP poll is released Sunday morning, the conference might not have a team in the top 12.

The playoff reality doesn’t look kindly on quality depth, and the selection process hasn’t been kind to the conferences that play nine league games.

The SEC and ACC, which play eight, have gobbled 11 of the 20 berths over the five years.

The Pac-12, Big 12 and Big Ten, which play nine conference games, have earned nine spots.

“It’s become, for many people, did you make the playoff or not? And that is what it is,’’ Scott said. “Maybe that’s an unintended consequence or byproduct, but I think it’s a fair assessment of the reality.

“So we’ve got to more frequently have teams in the playoff. That’s the expectation I have and our presidents and chancellors have and our athletic directors have.

“There’s a tremendous amount of effort and work the athletic directors are doing in terms of investing in facilities, hiring coaches, supporting them with (salary) pools for assistants and analysts and support for the student-athletes.

“People are laser focused on getting better at football because we’re not satisfied with where we’re at. And if we are (focused), I think the rest kind of takes care of itself, whatever system you’re in.

“I don’t care if it’s four teams, six teams, eight teams or 12 teams, if we’re not elite and winning regularly, I don’t think that really changes fundamentally the overall, because we’ll be compared to our peers, and we need to do better compared to our peers.”

The most likely structure for an eight-team playoff would allocate five slots for the champions of the major conferences; one for the best Group of Five team; and two for at-large teams.

Expansion would “take some pressure off this narrative that you’re either in or you’re out … so we’re open to looking at it,’’ Scott added.

“I’ve started conversations with my peers that make up the management committee of the College Football Playoff. I don’t think there’s anything imminent. We’ve got contracts through 2026 with ESPN. That doesn’t mean something couldn’t happen earlier, but there are some significant impediments …

“I’m engaged in those conversations. I’m open to the fact that there could be a better mousetrap, even though the move from the BCS to the playoff has been really good overall.

“We’ve taken some hits by not being in it, but if I take a step back as a steward of college football and the College Football Playoff, I think it’s helped elevate the popularity and interest (of the game). It’s been a positive.

“But what’s more important than the format, is that we just have to get better.”

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Avalanche come up short in road loss against Wild

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 20:13

Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Zuccarello, signed to five-year, $30 million free agent contract by the Wild on July 1, assisted on goals by Jason Zucker and Eric Staal in the second period. Matt Dumba also scored for Minnesota, and Devan Dubnyk had 30 saves.

Ty Lewis, Jayson Megna and Conor Timmins scored for Colorado, and Pavel Francouz stopped 22 shots.

The game was Wild captain Mikko Koivu’s first since last February, when he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. Koivu had two penalty minutes and blocked a shot in 16:41.


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Colorado’s top weather-related killer may surprise you

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 19:41

A map posted online this month by Washington Post meteorologist and co-founder Ian Livingston shows the “most frequent cause of weather fatalities by NWS County Warning Area,” which divides the country by the 122 National Weather Service offices.

What was the most common weather-related killer among the three Colorado-based weather service offices? Avalanches.

Most frequent cause of weather fatalities by NWS County Warning Area.

(Lots of work to do on the project but I found this early look informative and worth sharing as is. Larger version here:

— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) September 17, 2019

Weather-related fatalities along the Front Range tend to be caused more by flooding and lightning, at least based on official weather-related fatalities logged by the National Weather Service during the past 20 years.

yeah it does seem heavily skewed. I ran this as numbers to get the results so haven't added the text here but the colors are the same. wind/lightning/flash flood mostly.

— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) September 17, 2019

That said, it’s often avalanches that create the most weather-related heartbreak each year. Since 1999, 119 avalanche fatalities have been recorded in Colorado, or an average of about six per year. That’s the most avalanche-related deaths of any state in that 20-year period. Alaska is next, with 88 avalanche-related deaths since 1999.

Eight avalanche deaths were recorded in Colorado last winter, all of which took place this calendar year, according to the American Avalanche Association.

Based on a collection of outside studies, some weather-related deaths in Colorado since 1999 include:

— An estimated 68 to 75 from winter weather, based on an analysis from the Western Water Assessment.

20 to 49 from flooding, based on two studies from the National Weather Service and the American Meteorological Society.

About 50 from lightning.

Seven from heat.

Five from tornadoes (since 1950).

None from extreme cold.

Colorado is well-known for its wide variety of weather hazards, but the state’s vulnerability to avalanche-related deaths is perhaps less known. The state’s lengthy snow year, heavy snowfall, high and steep terrain and variation in different types of snow and temperatures makes it uniquely susceptible to avalanches.

For more on avalanche safety, here’s a helpful guide from Post contributor Dan England.

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Juvenile male found shot to death in Denver’s Green Valley Ranch

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 19:21

Denver police are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect or suspects after a juvenile male was found shot to death in a Green Valley Ranch park.

Officers responded to Green Valley West Park about 9 a.m. Saturday to conduct a death investigation. The park is just east of Tower Road at the intersection of Argonne Street and East 45th Avenue.

About 90 minutes later, department officials announced the case was being treated as a homicide.

Investigators say the victim was shot to death. They are appealing to anyone who may have more information about who killed him.

“We’re trying to develop suspect information, so hopefully someone out there can help us to catch them,” department spokesman Jay Casillas said Saturday evening.

The department is not releasing additional information about the victim at this time, including his age.

Anyone who may have information about the case is urged to call 720-913-7867.

UPDATE#2: The victim is a juvenile male that died as the result of a shooting. Investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. Anyone with info is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) September 21, 2019


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Wyoming falls short as Tulsa scores late TD to snap Cowboys’ seven-game win streak

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 19:05

TULSA, Okla. — Shamari Brooks’ 19-yard touchdown run and a fumble recovery at the 3-yard line lifted Tulsa past Wyoming 24-21 in a wild final four minutes to snap the Cowboys’ seven-game win streak on Saturday.

Trailing the entire second half, Wyoming (3-1) scored twice in the fourth quarter and Sean Chambers’ 15-yard run boosted the Cowboys back into the lead, 21-14, with 5:25 left in the game.

Tulsa (2-2) answered with a lightning 75-yard drive, capped by Brooks’ 19-yard score to lead 24-21 with 3:26 remaining.

Wyoming threatened once again when Sean Chambers completed a fourth-and-9 pass to Rome Weber for 34 yards and a first down at the 10. Two plays later, Cooper Edmiston hit Chambers at the 3 and forced a fumble, recovered by Reggie Robinson III with 50 seconds left on the clock.

Zach Smith completed 25 of 50 passes for 354 yards and two Tulsa touchdowns. Wyoming had rushed for more than 200 yards a game coming in, but was held to 143 yards by Tulsa.

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Arvada police pull body out of Ralston Creek near Memorial Park

Denver Post - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 18:30

Arvada police are investigating after a body was found Saturday afternoon in Ralston Creek.

About 5:30 p.m., the department announced on Twitter that it was investigating a death in the area of Brooks Drive and Balsam Street. No additional details were included in the message, which was also shared on Facebook.

A Denver Post photographer saw emergency responders pull a body out of Ralston Creek in the area of Memorial Park, near the intersection named in the police department’s social media update.

The Arvada Police Dept is conducting a death investigation in the area of Brooks Dr and Balsam St. More information will be released here @ArvadaPolice and on our Facebook page.

— Arvada Police (@ArvadaPolice) September 21, 2019

A voicemail left for a department spokesperson was not immediately returned. More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

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Cherry Creek hangs on to beat Pomona at the Stutler Bowl

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 22:31

GREENWOOD VILLAGE – In a game that went down to the wire, the No. 2 Cherry Creek Bruins defeated the No. 8 Pomona Panthers, 31-17 at the Stutler Bowl on Friday night, preserving an undefeated start to the season.

“The closeness and the hard-fought part of this game is good for us and it’s good for them,” said Cherry Creek head coach Dave Logan. “[Pomona] is going to be in the playoffs and they’ll make a deep run. I’m proud of our guys for finding a way, getting in a battle and to ultimately win.”

Two rushing touchdowns from Jayle Stacks on offense and two second half touchdowns from Myles Purchase on defense and special teams lifted the Bruins in the victory.

“That’s what happens when two really good teams play each other,” said Pomona head coach Jay Madden. “It’s the team that makes the fewest mistakes that usually wins.”

Pomona took an early 7-0 lead as Brady Ritzman connected with Chase Lopez on a 36-yard pass play on the Panthers’ opening drive.

After three failed drives to open the game, the Bruins found an offensive rhythm in the second quarter, capping an 85-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run by Stacks to tie it at 7-7.

“I wasn’t surprised,” said Cherry Creek head coach Dave Logan. “Pomona is a very good team and has an excellent defense. They’re big and physical so we knew this was going to be tough sledding.”

Cherry Creek eventually took its first lead with time expiring in the first half, as Bruins kicker Alexi Sanchez Ventura connected on a 46-yard field goal, giving the hosts a 10-7 lead at the half.

The Bruins added to their lead in the third quarter as Stacks found the endzone for the second time, this time on a 37-yard run, extending the lead to 17-7 with 14 seconds remaining in the stanza. The play capped an 89-yard drive which was highlighted by a 28-yard halfback pass from Stacks to Chase Penry.

“He had some good runs,” Logan said of the performance. “We stayed with the run and we increased it a little bit in the second half.”

Pomona responded with a field goal to draw within 17-10 with under 10 minutes left.

Cherry Creek again made it a two-score game as Purchase returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for another Bruins touchdown to extend the lead to 24-10.

Pomona answered with a 13-yard touchdown catch from Jack Pospisil to make it a one-possession game, 24-17, with under nine minutes remaining.

The Panthers had two more chances on offense to tie the game, but Purchase sealed the 34-17 win on Pomona’s final drive with his pick-six of Ritzman.

“That’s why we play them every year because it’s a lot of fun,” said Madden. “They’re Cherry Creek. They do a lot of things. They keep you off balance. They play hard. They play the right way.”

Cherry Creek (4-0) heads down to Parker to face Chaparral on Thursday (7 p.m.) while Pomona (1-3) travels to Highlands Ranch next Friday at Shea Stadium (7 p.m.).

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Aurora police warn of service delays, closed streets related to ICE protests

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 20:36

The Aurora Police Department won’t respond to routine traffic accidents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday because substantial numbers of officers will be monitoring a planned protest rally outside an ICE detention facility.

They also announced rules for protesters Friday and warned residents several streets will be closed for much of Saturday.

Police will respond to accidents only if someone is injured, if a driver fled the scene or was intoxicated, if the vehicles can’t be driven away or if a driver lacks insurance. Officers also will prioritize calls where someone is in danger, and responses to more routine calls will be delayed.

If drivers are in an accident that doesn’t meet those criteria, they should exchange names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers and insurance policy numbers, police said. The drivers could then file a police report the next day, or do so online at

Several streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the rally. Affected streets include 30th Avenue from Nome Street to Peoria Street, Nome Street from 30th Avenue to 33rd Avenue, and Oakland Street from 30th Avenue to 33rd Avenue.

Police also announced that open carrying of firearms won’t be allowed at the protest. Demonstrators also won’t be allowed to bring in poles, pipes, bats or sharp sticks. Wooden sticks with blunt ends can be used to hold up signs, banners or flags, but they can’t be longer than 40 inches.

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Woman found guilty of stealing $440,000 from Denver parking garage owners

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:39

A jury found a woman who managed two Denver parking garages guilty of stealing $440,000 from the garages’ owners, according to the Denver district attorney’s office.

Constance Volz

Constance M. Volz, 56, was found guilty of two counts of felony theft  Thursday. Her sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Volz owned Premier Parking, which managed garages on 17th Street owned by Transwestern Broadreach LLC and BRCP 17th and Grant LLC, according to an arrest affidavit. In 2015, the companies had filed a complaint alleging Volz had taken funds that should have been paid to the garages’ owners. The owners initially tried to set up a payment plan to recover the missing funds before filing the complaint, according to the affidavit.

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Volz admitted to using some of the money for a patent but argued the rest was to cover legitimate fees that had gone unpaid, according to the DA’s office.

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Man gets eight years for armed robbery of Aurora post office

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:37

A man who held up an Aurora post office in November has been sentenced to eight years in prison, followed by five years of supervision, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Colorado.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service via TwitterWillie Dewayne Phillip

Willie Dewayne Phillip pointed a gun at two clerks and a customer at the Buckingham Plaza post office on Nov. 8. He ordered the clerks to the floor and took about $5,000 from their register before escaping on foot,.a U.S. attorney’s news release said.

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Police later found a ski mask and gloves worn during the robbery, and DNA testing connected them to Phillip. He was indicted in December but eluded arrest for a month before police found him at a Denver home. Phillip barricaded himself inside, but surrendered after officers surrounded the home, the news release said.

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Frozen “pub-style” meals recalled in Colorado because of soy

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:27

People with soy allergies who like “pub-style” meals should check their freezers for mislabeled entrees, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that Astrochef is recalling 11,475 pounds of frozen entrees that contain soy but weren’t labeled correctly. The 20-ounce cartons of Marie Callender’s Pub Style Steak & Ale were sold in 10 states, including Colorado.

Affected entrees were produced June 18 and are labeled with the establishment number EST. 46299. The food inspection service urges people who bought the entrees to throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.

No illnesses have been reported from eating the entrees, but Conagra Brands did receive complaints that the package contained chicken instead of beef. For more information, call Conagra Brands Consumer Care, 866-213-1245.

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Homeless man pleads guilty to murder in Golden trailer death

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:02

An itinerant man who committed a string of violent crimes across Colorado and Utah in 2017 pleaded guilty Friday to killing a Golden man.

Austin Boutain faces life in prison without parole for the killing of a Golden man in 2017. He previously was sentenced to life for killing a University of Utah student.

Austin Jeffrey Boutain, 25, faces life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty Friday to killing Mitchell Ingle while robbing his trailer. He will be sentenced Oct. 3. His wife, Kathleen Boutain, 25, faces 20 charges in connection with Ingle’s death and is awaiting extradition to Colorado.

Austin Boutain previously was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Chenwei Guo, a student at the University of Utah. 

The Boutains in 2017 were homeless and subsisted by stealing marijuana from dispensaries to resell, which led to their encounter with Ingle, 63, Boutain said in his confession. The couple was drinking and smoking marijuana with Ingle in his trailer, but Boutain became angry when Ingle suggested the three could have sex.

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After Ingle went to sleep, Boutain attempted to kill him to steal his trailer. He initially shot Ingle with a crossbow but only wounded Ingle’s wrist. Then he slit his throat. Boutain decided not to take the trailer but stole three guns, a pickup and other items before traveling to Utah with his wife.

Boutain used one of the guns he stole from Ingle to kill Guo. Golden police found Ingle dead during a welfare check after Boutain was arrested in Utah with his clothes and gun.

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Denver man arrested for investigation of leaving the scene of a fatal accident on Colorado Boulevard

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:51

Denver police arrested a 25-year-old man for investigation of leaving the scene of a fatal collision on Colorado Boulevard.

Jordan Hale, 26, has been arrested in connection with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury.

The crash happened at 2:13 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and 12th Avenue when a Lincoln sedan speeding north on Colorado Boulevard struck a Honda Civic that was turning left on a solid green light from southbound Colorado onto 12th Avenue, according to a Denver Police Department arrest affidavit.

Jordan Hale allegedly was driving the Lincoln and fled on foot, the affidavit said. He is being investigated for leaving the scene of a crash involving death and leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury.

The 29-year-old driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at Denver Health medical center. Two adult female passengers sustained broken bones, and an adult male passenger had rib fractures and bleeding through the wall of his heart, according to the affidavit. The three passengers survived.

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The two female passengers knew Hale as “Bandman Money-G” on Facebook, and one knew the first name Jordan. One identified Hale as the driver of the Lincoln from a lineup, police said. They also connected him through three envelopes left in the Lincoln.

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President Trump, in call, urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:11

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive whistleblower complaint against Trump.

It was the latest revelation in an escalating controversy that has created a showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration, which has refused to turn over the formal complaint by a national security official or even describe its contents.

Trump defended himself Friday against the intelligence official’s complaint, angrily declaring it came from a “partisan whistleblower,” though he also said he didn’t know who had made it. The complaint was based on a series of events, one of which was a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to a two people familiar with the matter. The people were not authorized to discuss the issue by name and were granted anonymity.

Trump, in that call, urged Zelenskiy to probe the activities of potential Democratic rival Biden’s son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company, according to one of the people, who was briefed on the call. Trump did not raise the issue of U.S. aid to Ukraine, indicating there was not an explicit quid pro quo, according to the person.

Biden reacted strongly late Friday, saying that if the reports are true, “then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country.” He said Trump should release the transcript of his July phone conversation with Zelenskiy “so that the American people can judge for themselves.”

The government’s intelligence inspector general has described the whistleblower’s Aug. 12 complaint as “serious” and “urgent.” But Trump dismissed it all on Friday, insisting “it’s nothing.” He scolded reporters for asking about it and said it was “just another political hack job.”

“I have conversations with many leaders. It’s always appropriate. Always appropriate,” Trump said. “At the highest level always appropriate. And anything I do, I fight for this country.”

Trump, who took questions in the Oval Office alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison whom he was hosting for a state visit, was asked if he knew if the whistleblower’s complaint centered on his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy. The president responded, “I really don’t know,” but he continued to insist any phone call he made with a head of state was “perfectly fine and respectful.”

Trump was asked Friday if he brought up Biden in the call with Zelenskiy, and he answered, “It doesn’t matter what I discussed.” But then he used the moment to urge the media “to look into” Biden’s background with Ukraine.

Trump and Zelenskiy are to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations next week. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Trump pressed Zelenskiy about Biden.

The standoff with Congress raises fresh questions about the extent to which Trump’s appointees are protecting the Republican president from oversight and, specifically, whether his new acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, is working with the Justice Department to shield the president.

Democrats say the administration is legally required to give Congress access to the whistleblower’s complaint, and Rep. Adam Schiff of California has said he will go to court in an effort to get it if necessary.

The intelligence community’s inspector general said the matter involves the “most significant” responsibilities of intelligence leadership.

House Democrats also are fighting the administration for access to witnesses and documents in impeachment probes.

In the whistleblower case, lawmakers are looking into whether Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani traveled to Ukraine to pressure the government to aid the president’s reelection effort by investigating the activities of Biden’s son.

During a rambling interview Thursday on CNN, Giuliani was asked whether he had asked Ukraine to look into Biden. He initially said, “No, actually I didn’t,” but seconds later he said, “Of course I did.”

Giuliani has spent months trying to drum up potentially damaging evidence about Biden’s ties to Ukraine. He told CNN that Trump was unaware of his actions.

“I did what I did on my own,” he said. “I told him about it afterward.

Still later, Giuliani tweeted, “A President telling a Pres-elect of a well known corrupt country he better investigate corruption that affects US is doing his job.” Democrats have contended that Trump, in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, may have asked for foreign assistance in his upcoming reelection bid.

Trump further stoked those concerns earlier this year in an interview when he suggested he would be open to receiving foreign help.

The inspector general appeared before the House intelligence committee behind closed doors Thursday but declined, under administration orders, to reveal to members the substance of the complaint.

Schiff, a California Democrat, said Trump’s attack on the whistleblower was disturbing and raised concerns that it would have a chilling effect on other potential exposers of wrongdoing. He also said it was “deeply disturbing” that the White House appeared to know more about the complaint than its intended recipient — Congress.

The information “deserves a thorough investigation,” Schiff said. “Come hell or high water, that’s what we’re going to do.”

Among the materials Democrats have sought is a transcript of Trump’s July 25 call with Zelenskiy. The call took place one day after Mueller’s faltering testimony to Congress effectively ended the threat his probe posed to the White House. A readout of the call released from the Ukrainian government said Trump believed Kyiv could complete corruptions investigations that have hampered relations between the two nations but did not get into specifics.

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who in May called for a probe of Giuliani’s effort in Ukraine, said in an interview on Friday it’s “outrageous” the president has been sending his political operative to talk to Ukraine’s new president. Murphy tweeted that during his own visit it was clear to him that Ukraine officials were “worried about the consequences of ignoring Giuliani’s demands.”

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The senator tweeted that he told Zelenskiy during their August visit it was “best to ignore requests from Trump’s campaign operatives. He agreed.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump faces “serious repercussions” if reports about the complaint are accurate. She said it raises “grave, urgent concerns for our national security.”

Letters to Congress from the inspector general make clear that Maguire consulted with the Justice Department in deciding not to transmit the complaint to Congress in a further departure from standard procedure. It’s unclear whether the White House was also involved, Schiff said.

Maguire has refused to discuss details of the whistleblower complaint, but he has been subpoenaed by the House panel and is expected to testify publicly next Thursday. Maguire and the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, also are expected next week at the Senate intelligence committee.

Atkinson wrote in letters that Schiff released that he and Maguire had hit an “impasse” over the acting director’s decision not to share the complaint with Congress. Atkinson said he was told by the legal counsel for the intelligence director that the complaint did not actually meet the definition of an “urgent concern.” And he said the Justice Department said it did not fall under the director’s jurisdiction because it did not involve an intelligence professional.

Atkinson said he disagreed with that Justice Department view. The complaint “not only falls under DNI’s jurisdiction,” Atkinson wrote, “but relates to one of the most significant and important of DNI’s responsibilities to the American people.”

Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann, Eric Tucker, Alan Fram and Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

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Guest Commentary: Youth climate movement puts ethics at the center of the global debate

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:55

Even if you’ve never heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist who crossed the Atlantic on a sailboat to attend a Sept. 23 United Nations summit on the climate, you may have heard about the student-led Global Climate Strike she helped inspire, planned for Friday, Sept. 20.

People from more than 150 countries are expected to head to the streets to demand climate action. According to the organizers, the strike aims “to declare a climate emergency and show our politicians what action in line with climate science and justice means.”

The strike was galvanized by a global youth movement, whose Friday school walkouts over the last year were themselves inspired by Thunberg’s own three-week strike in August 2018 to demand climate action by the Swedish parliament.

People of all ages will be joining this year’s protests at the United Nations, and adults — with their environmental organizations, climate negotiations and election campaigns — are gradually getting on board. The Union of Concerned Scientists even published an “Adult’s Guide” to the climate strike to help parents of participants get up to speed.

But the kids are clearly leading on climate change — and they’re changing the way we talk about this global challenge, putting ethics at the center of the debate.

Economic assessments of climate change, such as cost-benefit analysis, have for years helped justify political procrastination. By discounting the importance of anticipated harms to people in the future, policymakers can argue that taking actions to address climate change today are too costly.

Short-term thinking by today’s “grown-ups” ignores her generation, Thunberg says.

“When you think about the future today, you don’t think beyond the year 2050,” she said in a 2018 TED talk. “What we do or don’t do right now will affect my entire life and the lives of my children and grandchildren.”

Youth climate activists argue that “our house is on fire” and insist that world leaders act accordingly. They are attuned to the ecological consequences, intergenerational implications and international unfairness of climate change for all people living today.

Scholars in my field of environmental ethics have been writing about climate justice for decades. The arguments vary, but a key conclusion is that the burdens of responding to climate change should be divided equitably — not borne primarily by the poor.

This notion of “common, but differentiated responsibilities” is a fundamental principle of equity outlined in the 1992 United Nations climate change treaty, which laid the groundwork for the many international climate negotiations that have occurred since.

Philosophers like Henry Shue have laid out the reasons that wealthy countries like the United States are morally bound not just to significantly cut their own carbon emissions but also help other countries adapt to a changing climate. That includes contributing financially to the development of climate-friendly energy sources that meet the pressing and near-term basic needs of developing countries.

Historically, wealthy countries have contributed the most and benefited the most from fossil fuel emissions. These same countries have the greatest financial, technological and institutional capacity to shift away from fossil fuels.

Meanwhile, poor countries are often most vulnerable to climate impacts like rising seas, more intense storms and eroding coastlines.

For these reasons, many environmental ethicists hold, wealthy high-emitting countries should lead the way on mitigation and finance international climate adaption. Some even argue that rich countries should compensate affected countries for climate loss and damage.

Political leaders tend to dodge questions of ethics in their policymaking and global debates on climate change.

According to Stephen Gardiner, a philosopher at the University of Washington, climate policy often focuses on “practical” considerations like efficiency or political feasibility.

U.S. climate negotiators in particular have for decades pushed back against ethically grounded differentiated responsibilities and resisted top-down mandatory emissions cuts, seeking a more politically palatable option: Voluntary emissions cuts determined by each country.

And some legal scholars say a climate policy based not on ethics but on self-interest might be more effective.

University of Chicago law professors Eric Posner and David Weisbach have gone so far as to suggest, on efficiency grounds, that developing nations should pay wealthy countries to emit less, since poorer and more vulnerable nations have more to lose as a result of the climate crisis.

Young activists like Greta Thunberg are reversing the marginalization of ethics from climate conversations.

With their focus on challenging “systematic power and inequity” and respect and reciprocity, they recognize that virtually all decisions about how to respond to climate change are value judgments.

That includes inaction. The status quo — a fossil fuel-dominated energy economy — is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Sticking with business as usual, the argument goes, places more importance on near-term benefits enjoyed by some than on the longer-term consequences many will suffer.

Polls show the youth are concerned and engaged. Youth activists are explicitly calling attention to the harm climate change is causing now and the harm it threatens for the future — and demanding action. And they are working internationally, in a global movement of solidarity.

Scholarship on climate ethics is robust, but it has had limited effects on actual policy. Young people, on the other hand, are communicating the ethical issues clearly and loudly.

In doing so, they are demanding accountability from adults. They are asking us to consider what our resistance to change means for the world they will inherit.

Recently, my high school-aged daughter pulled a wrinkled climate strike flier out of her backpack, asking, “Can I skip school and go?”

I asked myself, “What am I saying if I say no?”

Marion Hourdequin is a professor of Philosophy at Colorado College. This article originally was published on The Conversation.

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Guest Commentary: Don’t revisit the Kavanaugh fight. Learn from it.

Denver Post - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:50

When then-Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., made the agonizing decision nearly a year ago to vote against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, she was well aware that she was probably sealing her doom in her uphill race for reelection.

“Clearly, the vote hurt me,” Heitkamp said Monday. “It energized the Republican base. It for them defined the Democratic Party as — what I heard over and over again — the word that basically was used to describe the Democrats was a ‘mob.’ ”

She is not the only one who believes the fight that ensued over allegations that Kavanaugh committed sexual misconduct decades ago hurt Democrats in their quest to make gains in red-leaning parts of the country. In focus groups with conservative and moderate white working-class women, the organization Galvanize USA — which is trying to bring those voters back into the Democratic fold — was hearing much the same thing.

While many of the women said they welcomed the #MeToo movement, they worried about how their husbands and sons would fare in a climate in which “public accusations without proof or fair trial are enough to bring down powerful and successful men,” according to an analysis done by the Topos Partnership research organization.

It added: “The idea that a single transgression could permanently derail a man’s life is a deeply troubling thought to these women, whose families include husbands, sons, fathers, and nephews who may or may not have behaved blamelessly themselves.”

Here’s why this particular group of voters is important: As we head into the 2020 presidential campaign, white women without college degrees are the shakiest part of President Donald Trump’s base and a slice of the electorate that both parties see as a bellwether.

In 2016, exit polls and other post-election analyses indicated that Trump won this cohort by more than 20 percentage points, but its support for him has eroded dramatically since then. The latest Post-ABC News poll indicated the president was at best running even with his leading Democratic challengers among white women without college degrees. Only 42% said they approve of his handling of the presidency in the survey conducted during the first week of September, which marked a 12-point drop since July.

So no doubt another fight over now-Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh is one that Trump and the Republicans would love to have — and may get. According to a new book by two New York Times reporters, Max Stier, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh who now heads a well-respected, nonpartisan organization in Washington, claims to have seen Kavanaugh expose his penis to a woman at a drunken college party. That conforms with behavior in a separate incident described by another accuser, Deborah Ramirez. However, the woman Stier claims to remember as the victim in this incident has told friends she has no recollection of this happening.

There is plenty here that bears examination. Why did the FBI, when it was alerted to Stier’s recollection last fall, neglect to even interview him? And why did it fail to contact people whom Ramirez said could corroborate her account? Was this slipshod investigatory work by the FBI, or was it the product of political pressure the FBI was getting from congressional Republicans and higher-ups in the Trump administration?

What is not warranted at this point is the call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment by no fewer than four of the Democratic presidential contenders: Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro and former congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas.

Heitkamp, for one, thinks Democrats should tread cautiously. “There’s no do-overs” on the Kavanaugh confirmation, she told me. “You can talk about impeachment. It’s not going to happen. So the important thing is to figure out what in the process went wrong and how do you fix that process.”

Those who favor pushing for Kavanaugh’s impeachment will argue that there is now more evidence that he committed perjury during his Senate testimony. But this would not come as a revelation to most Americans.

Polling around the time of the Senate confirmation vote showed that only 1 in 4 believed that Kavanaugh was being entirely honest about his actions. “The problem that he had with his veracity was a pivotal point for me,” said Heitkamp. “I think he lied repeatedly about small stuff, and you know, when people lie about small stuff, they’ll lie about big stuff. But I think for the democracy, it’s more important that you get to what was happening internally at the FBI.”

The Kavanaugh fight is over. But its unanswered questions need answers. We owe future justices — and ourselves — something better than a mystery.

Karen Tumulty is a Washington Post columnist covering national politics. She joined The Post in 2010 from Time magazine and has also worked at the Los Angeles Times.

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