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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

August 11, 2018

Colorado at 3:15 p.m.

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BBN--DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland feels right at home at Coors Field. The Denver native takes a 7-2 mark and a 2.18 ERA at home this season into the game Saturday against Los Angeles. The Dodgers will throw Walker Buehler. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:10 game.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

BANK OF THE WEST-FOSSIL FUELS

Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in states that get much of their revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be “investing where we feel we can make the most impact” and withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.” By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Mead Gruver. SENT: 850 words.

NEWSPAPERS VS TRUMP

BOSTON — A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S. to President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media. “We are not the enemy of the people,” said Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term “fake news” often when describing the media. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 390 words.

INDEPENDENTS-DARK MONEY

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hoping to capitalize on voter frustration over growing polarization in politics, a group fueled partly by so-called “dark money” plans to spend $3 million this year to elect independents. But some free-spirited lawmakers are declining their help. Unite America, formerly known as the Centrist Project, is endorsing and providing polling for independent gubernatorial and legislative candidates across the country. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 770 words, photos.

FILM-SPIKE LEE

NEW YORK — Spike Lee heard the whispers. Just a few years ago, some were suggesting that Lee was no longer the essential filmmaker he had once been. As Lee readies his latest “BlacKkKlansman,” his incendiary satire of white supremacy, those whispers are long gone. Lee was introduced to the story of “BlacKkKlansman” by Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) who called up Lee with the true-life tale of African-American police detective Ron Stallworth, who in 1979 infiltrated a Colorado Springs, Colorado, cell of the Ku Klux Klan. There was already a script, but Lee reworked it with Kevin Willmott to add what he calls “more flavor.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TARIFFS-CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Add this to the challenges facing California wildfire victims: Tariffs. The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing their houses to natural disasters, such as the wildfires scorching parts of California. By Geoff Mulvihill and Jonathan J. Cooper.

IN BRIEF:

STRIP SEARCH SETTLEMENT — Colorado officials have agreed to pay $1 million to the families of 20 developmentally disabled patients who were strip searched without permission from their families or guardians in 2015.

MONSOON SEASON-COLORADO — Southwestern Colorado is missing out so far on a typical monsoon season. The Durango Herald reports that while Arizona and New Mexico have received above average rainfall this summer, a high pressure system is keeping the stream of moisture from hitting southwestern Colorado.

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FBN--VIKINGS-BRONCOS

DENVER — The two biggest free agent quarterbacks of 2018 meet in the preseason opener between the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, but the real intrigue begins when Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum give way to the QBs battling to serve as their backups. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

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