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BC-CO--Colorado Member Exchange Digest, CO

December 5, 2018

This week’s Colorado AP Member Exchange package. Please refer to national wire digests for other enterprise.

RE-THINKING TACKLING

DENVER _ He’s 27. An old 27. After seven surgeries, it’s gotten to the point where Sam Stratton’s knee and ankle take turns getting funky on him when the weather turns cold. “I’ve been asked that question so many times by doctors and reporters: ‘How many concussions have you had?’” Stratton said. By Sean Keeler, The Denver Post.

WILLIAM JACKSON PALMER-TRASH

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. _ Trash in this city’s iconic Garden of the Gods Park is usually nothing to get excited about. It’s a regular blemish on a revered place. But along the park’s northern edge, a heap of buried refuse — discovered during work to build a retention pond to control runoff after a wildfire swept through the area — has historians and archaeologists excited, even giddy, about the possibility of learning more about how the wealthy lived in Colorado Springs when it was founded. By Jesse Paul, Colorado Sun.

MENTALLY ILL-JAILS

Public defenders across the state have filed 64 requests to judges in recent weeks to get mentally ill people immediately moved out of jails. The people in jail have been charged with crimes, but have been deemed incompetent and are awaiting competency restoration provided by state officials. By Allison Sherry, Colorado Public Radio.

SENIOR HOUSING ALTERNATIVES

FORT COLLINS, Colo. _ Sheila Hillhouse’s basement felt more chaotic than usual last week with boxes, furniture and suitcases strewn around the bedrooms and kitchen. Renter Sahar Radwan was moving out, and a new renter was moving in. By Pat Ferrier, Fort Collins Coloradoan.

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