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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

September 28, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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INTERSTATE SHOOTING-UBER DRIVER

A man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his Uber passenger on a Colorado highway is due back in court. Prosecutors are expected to reveal some of the evidence against Michael Hancock, who was charged in June, during Friday’s preliminary hearing. Hancock’s family has said he was trying to defend himself. By Kathleen Foody. Developing from 1:30 p.m. court hearing.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

SUPREME COURT-SCENES

WASHINGTON — Two women cornered Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator Friday, moments after he announced he would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as emotions ran high in the U.S. Capitol. Through tears, the women implored the Arizona Republican to change his mind. A day earlier, the senators heard hours of testimony for Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor who told them Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied that he sexually assaulted Ford. By Colleen Long and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 433 words, photo.

AIRPORTS-MARIJUANA

LOS ANGELES — Here’s another thing travelers can consider bringing when a trip takes them through Los Angeles International Airport — marijuana. Just be careful about carrying it onto the plane. By John Rogers.

THEATER-DEAR EVAN HANSEN

NEW YORK — The stage musical “Dear Evan Hansen” is about a lonely young man desperate to be liked. Mission accomplished, we’d say. In addition to selling out each night on Broadway, the show is launching a 50-city national tour from Denver. The first international production is slated for Toronto next year and another will bow in London. A new song collection and a 390-page novel based on the story are coming out this fall. Never has a misfit been this popular. By Mark Kennedy.

IN BRIEF:

HOCKEY VOLUNTEER-SEX ASSAULT— A former volunteer hockey coach accused of molesting two boys in northern Colorado has pleaded not guilty to child sex assault charges. The Coloradoan reported that Andrew Vanderwal entered his plea Fort Collins on Thursday as family members of the children cried.

MARIJUANA SMUGGLING KILLINGS — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in the 2015 deaths of two Oklahoma men in a marijuana smuggling dispute.

BEAR KILLING PROTESTER — A Colorado man who was charged after allegedly berating a hunter for legally killing a bear next door to his property may face a third charge related to the incident.

SPORTS:

BBN--NATIONAL-ROCKIES

DENVER — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies have won seven straight as they open a three-game series Friday night against Washington. The Rockies will send Kyle Freeland to the mound. He’s been one of their most consistent pitchers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:40 p.m. game.

FBC--UCLA-COLORADO

BOULDER — Colorado plays winless UCLA in Boulder with a chance to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1998. Since the Buffaloes started Pac-12 play in 2011, they’ve gone 1-6 against the Bruins. This is a trend Colorado would very much like to curb in the conference opener for both schools. The Bruins hope to prevent dropping to 0-4 for the first time since 1971. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7 p.m. game.

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