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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

August 7, 2018

Colorado at 1:05 p.m.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A busy Colorado zoo was closed Tuesday as officials assessed damage from a severe hail storm that sent five people to the hospital and killed two zoo birds. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo suffered extensive property damage in Monday afternoon’s short but intense storm. The storm with baseball-sized hail hit as about 3,400 people were at the zoo southwest of downtown Colorado Springs and cars in its parking lot were pummeled by the hail. SENT: 255 words. AP Photos.


UNDATED — In 1979, a man named Ron Stallworth who was the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department also became a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan and the leader of the local chapter. He would send a white co-worker to play him for in-person meetings as part of the wild undercover operation, but Stallworth was the one on the phone, insisting his hatred for non-white races with everyone from the local chapter members to the KKK’s “grand wizard” David Duke himself. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 670 words. AP Photos.



AMALIA, N.M. — A New Mexico man said Tuesday he and his wife had pressed authorities to remove a group of people from a makeshift compound on his land where officials reported finding 11 hungry children living in filth. Property owner Jason Badger said he had concerns about the compound near the Colorado border. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 590 words. AP Photos.


BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government doesn’t have to turn over documents to an environmental law firm involving legal arguments behind President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink national monuments. U.S. District Court Judge David Nye on Monday ruled the records are protected presidential communications, making them exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.


— COLORADO-DRAGGING DEATH — Colorado police say a woman has died after being dragged for several blocks under a camping trailer in a Denver suburb in an incident that apparently began with a minor accident.

— MISSING BOY — Denver police are searching a neighborhood for a 7-year-old boy missing since Monday afternoon. Police, who are getting help from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, stopped drivers and looked in car trunks and campers Tuesday for 7-year-old Jordan Vong.


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Leprosy is an ancient disease, the oldest disease known to be associated with humans, with evidence of characteristic bone pitting and deformities found in burial sites in India as far back as 2000 B.C. It’s thus only natural that many might think the disease is a relic of the past. My recent studies in a Brazilian state where the disease is prevalent shows that leprosy is closer to us than we might think, however. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/humans-gave-leprosy-to-armadillos-now-they-are-giving-it-back-to-us-99915



DENVER — The Rockies will bring right-hander Chad Bettis off the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Pirates. Bettis hasn’t pitched for Colorado since July 1 due to a blister on his middle finger. Pittsburgh will throw righty Jameson Taillon. Both pitchers dealt with testicular cancer a season ago. “Both healthy. Both in the big leagues,” Taillon said. “Life’s good.” By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 6:40 p.m.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Chris Harris Jr. is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. For the first time in his eight-year NFL career, he’s actually the top cornerback on his own team. Harris has played alongside Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Aqib Talib during a stellar career that began with him as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas and includes three trips to the Pro Bowl and two All-Pro honors to go with a Super Bowl ring. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. Sent: 765 words. AP Photos.


WASHINGTON — The Nationals hope veteran reliever Greg Holland can return to form and use his postseason experience to help Washington make a playoff run of its own. Holland has appeared in 12 postseason games, including the 2014 World Series with Kansas City. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 310 words. AP Photos.


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