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AGENCY MOVES TO BAN NICOTINE AMONG ATHLETES Lab reports widespread use in 43 sports to increase performance, reduce weight by GRAHAM DUNbAR The Associated Press —

GENEVA • The World AntiDoping Agency can take the first steps toward classifying nicotine as a performanceenhancing drug today, when

it meets to update its list of substances prohibited in sport. WADA has received a report from its accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, that describes “alarming

evidence” of nicotine use by athletes across 43 sports studied. “WADA and sport federations should evaluate the inclusion of nicotine to the Prohibited List or/and Moni-

toring Program,” the Lausanne lab reported after a year-long study published by the Forensic Science International journal. The performance-enhancing effects of nicotine included increased “vigilance and cognitive function,” and

reduced stress and body weight. “Interestingly, nicotine also triggers a significant increase of pulse rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and epinephrine release owing to simultane—

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Serbians, hide your silverware A woman in Serbia says her 4-year-old son and his cousin are able to attract metal objects. An Associated Press photographer caught a shot of silverware sticking, unassisted, to one of the boys. Some experts are skeptical that a human magnet is possible. A10

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one way to bring the city together The Doherty High School cheer team rallies the crowd Friday during the community pep rally at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

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Leaders shift focus to chronic diseases Instead of setting goals to fight infectious diseases such as AIDS, global health leaders will target oftenpreventable illnesses such as lung and heart diseases, diabetes and emphysema. A12

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Suspect may have taped abuse

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An investigator says a former Colorado Springs policeman accused of molesting 22 children at Horace Mann Middle School used a video camera to record some of his alleged assaults. A3

Area man drowns in Fountain Creek A man who disappeared after leaving home Thursday night drowned after falling into a drainage canal and being swept into Fountain Creek south of the Springs, officials said. A3

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Rams, Buffs will play today Undefeated CSU is reeling from major injuries, while CU is looking for its first win as the teams meet in Denver at 11:30 a.m. for their annual showdown. B1

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Progressive plans even more hiring In its third hiring push in 13 months, the insurance giant said it will hire 150 people for its call center in the Springs. Progressive will host a career fair next week that’s focused on military but open to everyone. B10

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Ancient feathers show dino diversity You know how amber preserved dinosaur DNA in “Jurassic Park?” Feathers found preserved in amber may not be quite as cool, but a researcher says they are “solid evidence for a fluffy, colored past.” A9

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High 75 • Low 46 Last weekend of the summer is great to play outdoors.

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Bach organizes ‘pep rally’ in attempt to make city more of community by John Schroyer john.schroyer@gazette.com —

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach enticed a couple of hundred people to the lawn of the Pioneers Museum on Friday afternoon to tell them he wants to recruit more people.

“We want to connect, more than we have in the past,” Bach told the gathering, during a city “pep rally” he organized for the afternoon. The small community festival had all the trappings of a summer ice cream social, from face painting to

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a dunk tank (which even featured City Councilman Tim Leigh). There was volleyball, sidewalk chalk, barbecue sandwiches and a giant inflatable play castle. Not to mention the endless music and performances by local high school bands and

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WASHINGTON • The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show. Administration officials defended the loan restructuring, saying that without an infusion of cash this year, solar-panel maker Solyndra Inc. would likely have faced immediate bankruptcy, putting more than 1,000 people out of work. Even with the federal help, Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this month and laid off its 1,100 employees. The Fremont, Calif.-based company was the first renewable-energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus-law program to encourage green energy and was frequently touted by the Obama administration as a model. Obama visited the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters last year, and Vice President Joe Biden spoke by —

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company can buy most of land, judge rules But Colorado court to decide about use agreements by Rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com —

A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of the lion’s share of the sprawling Banning Lewis Ranch in Colorado Springs to a Houston-based company that wants to drill for oil and gas on the property. But as part of his approval Thursday of Ultra Resources’ purchase, the judge agreed that a Colorado bankruptcy court should decide the thorny issue of whether city land-use agreements that were intended to govern the ranch’s development — including an annexation agreement, utilities agreement and other land-use

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media could be a tool toward that end, he said — Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming the best way to spread the word about parties. The city could organize free buses to shuttle in residents from the far reaches of the city for events such as Fri—

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liquor board The ranch’s owners put the property up for auction in June after a bankruptcy filing.

Restructuring of loan draws heat The Associated Press —

cheerleading squads. And there will be more, Bach promised. “I’m looking for ideas to bring the city together. This is just one example,” Bach said. “This is just one way to get started.” The mayor said he’s looking for ways to make the city more of a community. Social

controls — should remain in effect. The ranch’s owners put the 21,500-acre property up for auction in June after a bankruptcy filing in October of last year; Ultra submitted the winning bid for 18,000 acres of the land. Ultra’s previous purchase price of $26.3 million was reduced to $20 million, according to an amended purchase agreement that accompanied the judge’s order approving the sale. A final sale order and a closing on the property will take place by Oct. 10, the amended agreement shows.

hooters beats suspension in a photo finish Video fails to support case report by Daniel J. ChaCón daniel.chacon@gazette.com —

An alleged liquor code violation against Hooters at The Citadel mall was dismissed Friday after the restaurant produced a videotape that two lawyers say refutes what Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division detectives described in a police report. “The video contradicts the factual narrative that was presented by the investigating officers in the case. It completely contradicts it,” said attorney Pat Mika, who represents the waitress who was charged with serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated patron. The case against the waitress, an 18-year-old single mom who commutes from Pueblo, is pending, but Mika said the City Attorney’s Office plans to dismiss that charge, too. Hooters, part of an international chain that bills itself as “delightfully tacky yet unrefined,” was up for a suspension and revocation hearing of its liquor license Friday for allegedly serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person June 23. But before the hearing began, a city prosecutor made a motion to dismiss the charge, which was approved by the city’s liquor board.

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