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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 28, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

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: 1180 words, photos.

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.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

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: 1060 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

FACIAL RECOGNITION _ More than 1,700 people walking on a University of Colorado campus were unknowingly photographed as part of a facial recognition research project.

BEAR BITES HIKER _ Wildlife officials in western Colorado are searching for a black bear that bit a woman’s leg as she hiked on a trail near Aspen.

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.

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 time is 6:40 p.m. MDT.

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