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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 28, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

FACIAL RECOGNITION

DENVER — More than 1,700 people walking on a University of Colorado campus were unknowingly photographed as part of a facial recognition research project funded by U.S. intelligence and military agencies, a newspaper reported. Professor Terrance Boult set up a long-range surveillance camera in an office window at the Colorado Springs campus. It captured more than 16,000 images of passers-by during the spring semesters of 2012 and 2013, The Denver Post reported Monday. SENT: 360 words.

OBIT-MATSCH

DENVER _ U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who ruled his courtroom with a firm gavel and a short temper and gained national respect in the 1990s for his handling of the Oklahoma City bombing trials, died Sunday. He was 88. The clerk of the U.S. District Court of Colorado, Jeffrey P. Colwell, announced Matsch’s death. By Steven K. Paulson. SENT: 830 words, photos.

BEAR BITES HIKER

ASPEN — Wildlife officials were searching Tuesday for a black bear that bit a woman’s leg as she hiked in Colorado. The woman and her husband told wildlife officials they saw the bear Monday walking toward them on a trail near Aspen and stepped aside to give it space to pass. As the bear walked by, they say it charged the woman and bit her thigh before running off, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said. SENT: 280 words.

With: BEAR BITES HIKER-THE LATEST

PRESERVING CAMP HALE

ASPEN — When Garett Reppenhagen returned from Iraq, the need to process the trauma of war led him into Colorado’s backcountry. “My natural instinct was to get outdoors,” he told The Aspen Times on Friday. “The outdoors became this massive healing thing for me. Without it, I don’t think I would have survived.” By Jason Auslander, The Aspen Times. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,070 words.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

SEVERE WEATHER

BROOKVILLE, Ohio — A swarm of tornadoes so tightly packed that one may have crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes, blowing out windows and ending the school year early for some students because of damage to buildings. One person was killed and at least 130 were injured. The storms were among 55 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. By Angie Wang and John Minchillo. SENT: 990 words, photos and video.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS-SCHOOLS

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ States are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but schoolchildren using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those who give no excuse at all for lacking their shots. A majority of unvaccinated or undervaccinated kindergartners in at least 10 states were allowed to enroll provisionally for the last school year, without any formal exemption, according to data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 27 states submitted information about the group, so the true size of the problem is unknown. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

NEPAL-CROWDED EVEREST

NAMCHE, Nepal — Scaling Mount Everest was a dream few realized before Nepal opened its side of the mountain to commercial climbing a half-century ago. This year the government issued a record number of permits, leading to traffic jams on the world’s highest peak that likely contributed to the greatest death toll in four years. As the allure of Everest grows, so have the crowds, with inexperienced climbers faltering on the narrow passageway to the peak and causing deadly delays, veteran climbers said. By Upendra Man Singh, Binaj Gurubacharya and Emily Schmall. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

OREGON HOUSE SLOWDOWN

SALEM, Ore. — Republicans have forced a clerk in the Oregon Legislature to read aloud every word in nearly every piece of legislation, giving granular details about farm loans, motor vehicle taxes and other government minutiae as the minority party uses the stalling tactic to try to gain leverage. Democrats have supermajorities in both the state Senate and House, and Republicans are using the strategy to push their own initiatives and weaken Democratic ones. Lawmakers in statehouses and in Congress have a history of turning to delay tactics — sometimes imaginative ones — to stall or kill legislation. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BOOK-REVIEW-THE RIVER

“The River,” by Peter Heller (Alfred A. Knopf) This novel about two Dartmouth College students on a canoe trip gone badly awry is partly an ode to the Northern wilderness, partly a survival how-to, and mostly a thriller — suspenseful and gut-wrenching. By Julia Rubin. SENT: 400 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ IMMIGRANT DRIVER’S LICENSES _ A bill increasing the number of locations where Colorado residents who are in the country illegally can obtain driver’s licenses has become law.

_ COLORADO WEATHER _ Severe thunderstorms produced eight weak tornadoes over Colorado’s northeastern plains while snow fell in parts of the mountains on the unofficial start of summer.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July gained 15.25 cents at 4.8950 a bushel; July corn rose 16 cents at 4.2025 a bushel; July oats up 8.25 cents at $3.1675 bushel; while July soybeans advanced 26.25 cents at $8.56 a bushel.

PHOTOS:

_ SPELLING BEE _ Maria Ciobanu, 14, of Denver competes in the 2nd round of the Scripts National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

_ OBIT-MATSCH

_ NEPAL-CROWDED EVEREST

SPORTS:

DIAMONDBACKS-ROCKIES

DENVER _ The Colorado Rockies have a flair for the dramatic: They’ve won three of their last four games on walk-off hits. The Rockies will throw righty Antonio Senzatela on Tuesday night against Arizona. The Diamondbacks will send right-hander Merrill Kelly to the mound in his first career appearance against Colorado. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

HALL OF FAME-BOWLEN

ENGLEWOOD — Before Alzheimer’s forced him to step down several years ago, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen began his day the same way every day: grabbing two sticks of Big Red gum from the equipment room and then stopping by the training room for updates from head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos. “Our conversations went from the players’ injuries to the players’ families to his issues,” Antonopulos recalled. “The trusted relationship that we had with each other has been phenomenal.” By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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