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ELECTION SECURITY-CYBER GAMES
Colorado, whose election systems are ranked among the nation’s safest, hosts a cyber-security exercise for state and county elections officials to prepare for November’s vote. Observers include officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and other states. By James Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m. Will be updated with state’s takeaways from exercise.
NIKE MERCHANDISE-PROTEST-KAEPERNICK — A Colorado Springs store is trying to permanently get rid of its Nike inventory in light of the company’s recent ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality.
BBN--FIRST PLACE ROCKIES
DENVER — The first-place Colorado Rockies have a chance to do something they’ve never done before — win an NL West title. They haven’t even been in first place this far into the season since 1995. What awaits, though, could go a long way to deciding their postseason fate. The Rockies host the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games starting Friday and then the Arizona Diamondbacks — two divisional teams within close range. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words. Photos.
OLY--MEDAL AND TORCH COLLECTION
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The collector of the world’s most thorough cache of Olympic torches, medals and other valuable keepsakes insists he does not play favorites. They are all his babies. Still, when pressed, Gordy Crawford brings up a gold medal from the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Not long ago, a family from Norway put it up for auction. The price tag soared into six figures. There was only one other bidder. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 930 words. AP Photos.
UNDATED — A few things to watch in Week 2 of the Pac-12 Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 17 Southern California at No. 10 Stanford. The conference season kicks off with a marquee game between AP Top 25 teams. The Cardinal opened the season with a lopsided win over San Diego State despite a quiet game from Bryce Love. The 2017 Heisman Trophy runner-up was held to 29 yards on 18 carries, so the Cardinal took to the air in the 31-10 victory . This is a game you won’t want to miss. SENT: 440 words. AP Photos.
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