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n a nondescript industrial park, on a dead-end road, tucked in an obscure corner of Denver, a group of “ethical hackers” made a startling discovery. Electronic data, stored by the defenseand-security branch of the Douglas Countybased information company IHS, had been breached. An Iranian hacker group had downloaded 16 terabytes of information about U.S. chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials. IHS confirmed that its system had been compromised, but company spokesman Ed Mattix insists that all of the downloaded information was already available publicly in other places. While this breach was apparently not harmful, the incident highlights a growing concern among government and corporate leaders as sensitive data increasingly go online and become the target of cyber-espionage. As the threat of cyber-attacks — from perpetrators ranging from domestic hackers to international rivals — has become more widely understood, government leaders are beginning to make an effort to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices to help companies better protect themselves against such attacks.

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THE MIX THIS DAY I N HISTORY Today is Sunday, March 10, the 69th day of 2013. There are 296 days left in the year.

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1785: Thomas Jefferson was appointed as America’s minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin. 1876: Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, heard Bell say over his experimental telephone: “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

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E 1913: Former slave, abolitionist and Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman died in Auburn, N.Y. She was in her 90s. 1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to assassinating civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1973: The Pink Floyd album “The Dark Side of the Moon” was released in the U.S. by Capitol Records. C

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Workers perform decontamination procedures in January on a Japanese dock that washed ashore on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in December. The 65-foot, concrete-and-foam dock is one of four from a Japanese fishing port city that were swept out to sea during the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, top. U.S. National Park Service/AFP/Getty Images (above); Kyodo News/Associated Press file (top)

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washington» The eight senators meet in private several times a week, alternating between Sen. John McCain’s and Sen. Charles Schumer’s offices. They sit in arm chairs arranged in a circle and sip water or soft drinks as they debate temporary workers and border security. This is immigration reform’s “Gang of Eight.” With them lies the best hope in years for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws — and they know it. That’s partly why they are, by all accounts, working amazingly well together as a self-imposed deadline approaches for their sweeping legislation to be released. The progress is happening even though the group includes some of the Senate’s most outsized personalities, failed and prospective presidential candidates, one lawmaker dogged by scandal and another facing a potential re-election challenge that could be complicated by his stance on immigration. “I tell you what, this is one of the best experiences I’ve had. Everybody’s serious, everybody’s knowledgeable, they’ve been around the issue,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham-R-S.C., who is up for re-election next year and facing a potential GOP primary challenge from the right. He said it’s “sort of what I came up here to do — sit down with serious people to solve serious and hard problems.” In addition to McCain, RAriz., Schumer, D-N.Y., and Graham, the gang includes Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a potential 2016 presidential candidate; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who is battling allegations related to prostitution and his ties to one of his donors. They meet for an hour or an hour-and-a-half at a time on days when the Senate is in session. No reporters stake out these meetings and aides stand or sit in the background. They’re assiduous about avoiding leaks and tight-lipped on the details of how their talks are going. “I’m guardedly optimistic,” McCain almost invariably says when asked. McCain and Schumer sometimes take the lead in the meetings, but others speak up as issues arise that are of special importance to them. Menendez has made family reunification a focus; Durbin has championed the cause of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Graham and Schumer have jointly tried to help broker an agreement between business and labor over a program to bring future workers to the country. The mood in the meetings varies between lighthearted and serious. McCain is given to ribbing Graham and others. Schumer appears to have developed a genuine fondness for both McCain and Graham. Mostly, there’s a focus on getting a bill that can pass and become law, and the sessions are almost an oasis from the fights over the budget that have occupied Congress much of the year. “It’s nice to be in a room where people are actually trying to solve problems and accomplish something,” Bennet said. The legislation the group is working on would secure the border; provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country, contingent on a secure border first; crack down on employers; and improve legal immigration. Senators have indicated some

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albany, n.y.» A health study cited by leading environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as pivotal in helping persuade Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold off on plans for limited gas drilling is likely years away from conclusions about whether the technology involved is safe, according to the project’s leaders. With New York entering the fifth year of review of the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, growing calls to wait for the Geisinger Health System study to be finished could push a final decision back several more years, frustrating landowners and the industry that had hoped to begin tapping the gas reserve that lies below parts of the state. Preliminary results could be released within a year. “We don’t really believe that there is a fast answer here, if you’re looking at the issue of health impacts,” said Andy Deubler, an executive vice president at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. “You’ve got to have all the data before you can come to a conclusion.” The study, in early planning stages with only a fraction of its necessary funding, is but one piece of a larger body of independent research getting underway and seeking funding. Geisinger, based in Danville, Pa., serves 2.6 million patients and operates hospitals, clinics and an insurance program in 44 Pennsylvania counties, where fracking is being done. That gives it vast troves of healthcare data, including cancer, car accidents and asthma attacks. The company says research has been “fundamental” to its mission since it was founded in 1915 but also says it has never done a study like this. Alan Leshner, chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, wrote in an e-mail that it’s “extremely rare” for any single scientific or health study to resolve a difficult question. Complex issues typically require a series of incremental studies, he said. Leaders of an anti-fracking coalition in New York state have said Cuomo should wait for results of the Geisinger study. Critics worry about the environmental and health effects from fracking, which involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into underground rock to free vast reserves of gas.

President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough leave after Saturday’s Gridiron Club and Foundation Dinner. Charles Dharapak, The Associated Press

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In recent years, the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Google, The Wall Street Journal, ThyssenKrupp, the Department of Energy, Twitter and Facebook have reportedly been hacked. Recent high-profile cases, such as one involving The New York Times, have brought attention specifically to hacking efforts originating from China. The “ethical hackers” who made the IHS discovery are a Denver-based cybersecurity company called One World Labs. The company intentionally hacks its clients in an effort to scope out weaknesses. Last month’s incident was not the first time it came across sensitive content in a suspicious place. But until recently, companies such as One World had few options when it came to notifying the government about such breaches. Similarly, the government rarely communicated its knowledge about such risks to businesses. “We all care about the common good, but we have no way of sharing it,” said Jay Weber, chief executive of One World Labs. “I think they are starting to talk in D.C. about opening up those conduits.” Signs that the channels are clearing appeared Feb. 13 when President Barack Obama issued an executive order and policy directive demanding a concerted effort aimed at improving cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. He also addressed the topic in his State of the Union speech. “Of all the things that the federal government gets a poke in the eye about not doing well, this is one of the ways that they are leading us,” said Rick Dakin, CEO and founder of Coalfire, a Broomfield-based cybersecurity audit-and-compliance company. “The work that the DHS is doing right now will convert the scary bedtime story into an actionable business step.” The recent efforts by the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security focus primarily on opening a one-way path for government agencies to share cybersecurity information with private companies. “We’ve seen more movement in D.C. in the last 30 days than in the last five years,” Weber said. Many of the efforts are focusing on what seem to be Armageddonlike scenarios, such as hijacked nuclear power plants, disruptions to the electrical grid or interference with water-supply systems, all conducted by exploiting weaknesses in the computer systems of companies that manage such facilities. The private sector, often leery of public oversight and red tape, is cautiously optimistic about the heightened engagement with Washington’s leadership. It says the government can take a lead on such efforts provided it moves quickly to establish the standards. “The government side has the money to innovate. If they can funnel that to help the private sector, great. We just have to move faster,” said Chris Roberts, co-founder and chief information-security officer at One World Labs. “The mind-set is that the public sector puts down a series of regulations on paper but conversations take three to five years. So what started as a good idea gets watered down.” Roberts feared that the information his company found regarding the Iranian hackers would never reach the desk of important officials. This time, however, was different. Roberts recently made a serendipitous connection with Colorado resident Michael Locatis, who specifically focuses on such issues. Locatis is the former assistant secretary of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, having just stepped down last month. Prior to the DHS, Locatis was the U.S. Department of Energy’s chief information officer and cybersecurity adviser to the secretary of energy. When One World Labs discovered the Iran hacking data, Locatis connected the company directly with Homeland Security, which said it would look into the information. “Folks in the DHS have really rolled up their sleeves and are working with these private companies,” Locatis said. When it comes to cybersecurity fears, a great deal of attention has recently focused on critical infrastructure. Among the 16 sectors identified as “critical” are energy, dams, health

introduced into a controller computer at the plant, possibly by an unwitting plant worker.

“BEACON” PROGRAM

3. The program collects

1. Programmers at the National

Security Agency and in the Israeli military write a “beacon” program that can map out the workings of the plant.

8. The Iranians,

information on how the plant’s computers are configured and transmits that data back to the intelligence agencies.

CASE STUDY: An example of how an Iranian nuclear plant was hacked

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4. Using that data, the

Programmers at the National Security Agency and in the Israeli military created a series of worms to attack the computers that control Iran’s nuclear-enrichment center at Natanz. The attacks were repeated for several years, and each time the programs varied to make them difficult to detect. One of the variants escaped from Natanz and became public.

alerted to what happened, take measures to secure the plant. But new attacks are being designed.

programmers design a complex “worm” program to disrupt the plant.

5. Through several methods, the new program is introduced into the plant’s computer controllers, which run thousands of centrifuges.

7. New variants of the worm

are created, each causing a slightly different failure in the plant’s operations. Some mimic mechanical failures common to the centrifuges.

6. The worm takes over the

operation of some centrifuges and causes them to spin too fast or too slowly. They become unbalanced, and in some cases explode. In the summer of 2010, a programming error sends the bug onto the laptop of an Iranian scientist. When he later connects to the Internet, the worm replicates across the Web and is discovered. It is given the name “Stuxnet.” Guilbert Gates for The New York Times

care, water, nuclear reactors, food, communications and the defense industry. “We have offensive cyber (weaponry) being developed in the U.S. We have to expect that is happening in other countries as well,” Dakin said. “China has been actively attacking U.S. companies for years. We are talking about things that control our critical infrastructure.” As risk increases, the revenues of cybersecurity companies and the budgets of the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts have grown. One World Labs was founded in 2010 and has doubled its revenues each year. Coalfire entered the cybersecurity business in 2003, has increased revenues by at least 40 percent each year and now has seven offices around the country. The DHS’s National Cybersecurity Division was given a $442 million budget in 2012. Despite the budget crisis Washington is facing, the DHS is asking for nearly twice as much money in 2013: $769 million.

Obama’s executive order mandates federal agencies holding valuable cybersecurity intelligence and methodology to specifically assist private companies that are responsible for servicing these vital functions of society. “Military-grade defense parameters are being commercialized to help industries and companies that are in the critical-infrastructure categories,” Locatis said. Marvin McDaniel, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Xcel Energy, said the company supports the administration’s efforts and hopes it succeeds. “The greatest threat for us is a focused, coordinated attack on either us as a company or an entire industry,” McDaniel said. “The (government has) so much information on attacks on U.S. industry ... and we are interested in seeing the depth of this information.” The government’s troves of information could help private energy companies such as Xcel prevent a cyberdisaster by knowing where the attacks are

coming from, when they are being planned and the nature of the attacks. In the meantime, McDaniel said his company is protecting itself in all of the usual ways — firewalls, network security and other strong measures — while also trying to develop a better framework for incident response. “We obviously have procedures to handle disasters, but the great question is: What if it affects more than one company? That was one of the great lessons of superstorm Sandy — to better coordinate our responses,” McDaniel said. And while companies that carry a huge civic responsibility through their products — such as Xcel, IHS and Lockheed Martin — take their cyberprotection seriously, other businesses and corporations do not. To many companies, the threats don’t feel real enough to warrant the time and money needed to keep up with adequate cyberprotection, experts said. “For businesses, they have the perspective of ‘Just give me what is good enough.’ What is really insidious about

Admitting to security breaches Major companies that have recently acknowledged being hacked: TWITTER FACEBOOK APPLE GOOGLE HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS RSA LOCKHEED MARTIN SAUDI ARAMCO TELVENT THE NEW YORK TIMES THE WALL STREET JOURNAL THE WASHINGTON POST

“Sophisticated” attackers may have accessed data for 250,000 users. Attackers took advantage of a flaw in Java software; no customer data was lost. Attackers exploited a flaw similar to Facebook’s issue; no customer data lost. Suspected Chinese attackers targeted the company’s systems, Gmail accounts. Attackers breached data for 130 million credit cards. Attackers breached its systems and stole information. Attacker breached its systems, in part with information gleaned from RSA. Attackers wiped out data on more than 30,000 employee computers. Told its customers that attackers breached its systems and stole project files. Suspected Chinese attackers stole e-mail and documents from two reporters. Suspected Chinese attackers also penetrated the newspaper’s internal network. Suspected Chinese attackers breached its systems. Source: The New York Times

this is that they don’t think they are big enough to be a target,” said Bud Michael, CEO of eSoft, a Broomfieldbased company focusing on firewall, email and network security. Part of the problem is that these companies do not know what resources they have and where to turn for help. Locatis is aiming to help bridge that gap. He helped catalyze the change in attitude at the DHS before leaving his position, and he is now working on the private side of the equation. He started Nexusist, a Colorado company that aims to make sense of the cyber-ecosystem to company and government players. “This is information that was trapped in government,” Locatis said. “Not only was there not informationsharing between private and public sectors, the government wasn’t sharing with itself.” And while these signs of improved public-private partnerships are beginning to address information-sharing issues from government to commerce, it is still difficult for the private companies to share with government. Roberts was able to shuttle the IHS breach information to the government because he knew the right people, but that was the exception that he hopes will soon become the rule. “We have tons of big data we want to hand off, but we don’t know where,” Roberts said. Time will tell whether the federal government’s executive branch and these private stakeholders forge a path that others will follow. “The unfortunate thing is that it is our destiny as Americans not to take the medicine,” Dakin said. “We know we have risks, but we don’t take the steps.” Kristen Leigh Painter: 303-954-1638, kpainter@denverpost.com or twitter.com/kristenpainter


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Parks force o≠enders out New green spaces keep away sex offenders, but they also limit stable housing for convicts. By Ian Lovett The New York Times

los angeles» Parents who pick up their children at the bus stop in this city’s Harbor Gateway neighborhood say they often see men wearing GPS ankle bracelets and tell their children to stay away. Just up the street, 30 paroled sex offenders live in a single apartment building, including rapists and child molesters. More than 100 registered sex offenders live within a few miles. So local residents and city officials developed a plan to force convicted sex offenders to leave their neighborhood: open a tiny park. Parents here, where state law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a public park, are not the only ones seizing on this approach. From the metropolis of Miami to the small town of Sapulpa, Okla., communities are building pocket parks, sometimes so small that they have barely enough room for a swing set, to drive out sex offenders. Within the next several months, one of Los Angeles’ smallest parks will open in Harbor Gateway, on a patch of grass less than 1,000 square feet at the corner of a busy intersection. But even if no child ever uses its jungle gym, the park will serve its intended purpose. “Regardless of whether it’s the largest park or the smallest, we’re putting in a park to send a message that we don’t want a high concentration of sex offenders in this community,” said Joe Buscaino, a former Los Angeles police officer who now represents the area on the City Council. While the pocket parks springing up around the country offer a sense of security to residents, they will probably leave more convicted sex offenders homeless. And research shows that once sex offenders lose stable housing, they become not only harder to track but also more likely to commit another crime, according to state officials involved with managing such offenders. “Putting in parks doesn’t just break up clusters — it makes it impossible for sex offenders to find housing in the whole city,”

said Janet Neeley, a member of the California Sex Offender Management Board. Restrictions on where sex offenders can live, which have been passed in most states, have already rendered most residential areas in many cities off limits. The number of homeless sex offenders in California has increased threefold since 2006, when the latest residency restrictions were passed, and a third of sex offenders on parole are now homeless, according to reports from the Sex Offender Management Board. The others cluster in the few pockets where they are allowed, like the working-class neighborhood of Harbor Gateway. The pocket park policy has

been an unmitigated political victory for Buscaino, who easily won re-election to the City Council on Tuesday. The park’s groundbreaking last month became a neighborhood celebration, complete with a marching band and residents who loudly cheered Buscaino and other local officials. “I think it’s great,” said Patti O’Connell, 58, who lives a block from the park. “I just feel sorry for wherever they’re moving to. It’s scary that there’s sex offenders all around with all these little kids here.” Two more pocket parks are planned for another neighborhood in Buscaino’s district, in hopes of breaking up a cluster of sex offenders who live there. Buscaino said he supports housing for sex offenders but

said the pocket park would improve the quality of life in Harbor Gateway. “Let’s house them, absolutely, but not in a high-population area like this one,” he said.

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Related Defense chief optimistic on reaching commando agreement • jalalabad, afghanistan» U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he thinks U.S. officials will be able to work things out with Afghan leaders who have ordered special operations forces

out of Wardak province, even as commandos face a Monday deadline to leave. Hagel is expected to meet Sunday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who ordered the U.S. forces to leave the province outside Kabul because of

allegations that Afghans working with the commandos were involved in abusive behavior and torture. “I feel confident that we’ll be able to work this out,” Hagel said at Jalalabad Airfield, where he spoke to troops. On Saturday Hagel flew to Bagram

Air Field, about an hour outside the capital, where he met with Maj. Gen. William Mayville, the U.S. commander of forces in the east. He also met with the commander of special operations forces in Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Raymond Thomas. The Associated Press

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kabul» Two suicide bombings and a host of looming disagreements with the Afghan president cast a shadow Saturday over U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first visit to Afghanistan since taking the post. Nineteen Afghans were killed — including eight children — in the suicide attacks in Kabul and in the eastern Khost province. A U.S. contractor was killed and four soldiers injured when attackers thought to be Afghan soldiers stormed their base and opened fire Friday, just hours before Hagel arrived. “This attack was a message to him,” said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in an e-mail to reporters about one of the bombings, which was outside the country’s Defense Ministry in Kabul. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, meanwhile, was standing by a demand that U.S. special operations forces leave a province neighboring Kabul by Monday for alleged abuses of Afghan civilians — charges U.S. officials deny. And a handover ceremony scheduled for Saturday of a U.S. detention facility also fell through, when U.S. and Afghan officials ran into lastminute disagreements. The barrage of crises heralding Hagel’s arrival illustrates the complex minefield of diplomatic and military issues facing the U.S.-led NATO force, and the Obama administration, as they hand over the country’s security to Afghans ahead of the 2014 deadline for the end of NATO combat operations. The violence also shows the Afghan security forces’ struggle to contain the Taliban as NATO troops slowly withdraw, even as Karzai argues for his government to have more control over Afghanistan’s security. NATO officials see the weekend violence as part of the Taliban’s coming campaign for the spring fighting season. “There’s a series of attacks that have started as the snow is thawing. We had a potential insider attack yesterday … and there’s been a number of attacks on the border,” said Brigadier Adam Findlay, NATO’s deputy chief of staff of operations. Karzai condemned the bombings, calling them un-Islamic. Hagel was nowhere near the Kabul blast but heard it across the city. He told reporters traveling with him that he wasn’t sure what it was.

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Verdicts spur riot in Cairo Egyptians are furious about the acquittal of cops and the upholding of death sentences over a soccer stadium melee. By Aya Batrawy and Hamza Hendawi The Associated Press

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cairo» Egyptians rampaged through the heart of Cairo on Saturday, furious about the acquittal of seven police officers while death sentences against 21 alleged rioters were confirmed in a trial over a soccer stadium melee that left 74 people dead. The case of the Feb. 1, 2012, stadium riot in the city of Port Said at the northern tip of the Suez Canal has taken on political undertones not just because police faced allegations of negligence in the tragedy but also because the verdicts were announced at a time when Egypt is in the grip of the latest and most serious bout of political turmoil in the two years since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. Saturday’s verdicts also were handed down against the backdrop of an unprecedented wave of strikes by the nation’s police force over demands for better working conditions and anger over what many think are attempts by President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood to take control of the police force. Tensions over the riot — which began when supporters of Port Said’s AlMasry club set upon fans of Cairo’s Al-Ahly club after the final whistle of a league game that the home team won — have fueled some of the deadliest street violence in months. Police guarding the stadium, meanwhile, faced allegations ranging from not searching people entering the stadium to failing to intervene to stop the bloodshed. Shortly after the verdict was announced, angry fans of Cairo’s Al-Ahly club who had gathered in the thousands outside the team’s headquarters in central Cairo went on a rampage, torching a police club nearby and storming Egypt’s soccer federation headquarters before setting it ablaze. The twin fires sent plumes of thick black smoke billowing out over the Cai-

A protester mourns his fatally wounded comrade after evacuating him from the scene of clashes Saturday in Cairo. Security officials say two protesters died Saturday during fights between anti-government protesters and police near two luxury hotels and the U.S. and British embassies. Nasser Nasser, The Associated Press ro skyline, prompting Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to dispatch two army helicopters to extinguish the fires. At least five people were injured in the verdict protests, a Health Ministry official told the MENA state news agency. Some demonstrators in Port Said also burned tires on the city’s dock to prevent vessels from coming in and released speedboats into traffic lanes of the Suez Canal in attempts, foiled by the navy, to disrupt shipping in the vital waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. General unrest also continued elsewhere in the Egyptian capital, which has seen unrelenting demonstrations

and clashes between security forces and an opposition that accuses Morsi of trying to monopolize power in the hands of his Islamist allies. Two protesters also were killed and 19 injured in clashes elsewhere in the capital that appeared unrelated to the soccer violence, said national ambulance service chief Mohammed Sultan. The fighting occurred near two hotels and the U.S. and British embassies. The court’s decision upheld the death sentences issued in late January against 21 people, most of them Port Said fans. The original verdict touched off riots in Port Said that left about 40 people dead, most shot by police.

On Saturday, the court announced its verdict for the other 52 defendants in the case, sentencing 45 of them to prison, including two senior police officers who got 15 years terms each. The two were charged with gross negligence and failure to stop the killings. Twenty-eight people were acquitted, including seven police officials. Defense lawyers claimed the case has been flawed from the start, with prosecutors collecting evidence in an “unorthodox” fashion and overlooking key aspects of the tragedy such as the fact the floodlights were turned off during the attack on the Al-Ahly fans and the nearest exit gate was locked.

united nations» Twentyone U.N. peacekeepers being held by Syrian rebels for three days were set free Saturday before safely crossing the border into Jordan, according to senior U.N. officials and rebel commanders. The development marked the end of one of the most dramatic U.N. hostage crises in years. It followed days of intense U.N. negotiations to secure the release of the Filipino blue helmets against a backdrop of fighting between Syrian forces and rebel fighters. “The armed group that had detained the 21 peacekeepers transported them to the Jordanian border, where they were met by Jordanian officials,” said Josephine Guerrero, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping. “All 21 peacekeepers are well and unharmed.” After the peacekeepers arrived safely in Jordan, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office issued a statement welcoming the peacekeepers’ release and urging the combatants to respect the U.N. peacekeepers’ freedom of movement and the safety of the U.N. personnel in Syria, where they are monitoring a decades-old truce along the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria. Ban also urged the warring parties to “respect and uphold the protection of civilians,” reflecting persistent concerns that Syrian authorities might retaliate against villagers in the town of Jamlah, where rebel forces were holding the peacekeepers in a series of home basements.

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GUNS «FROM 1A entire criminal-background check during a traffic stop, but they can almost instantly find out whether the motorist is wanted on a warrant or is driving with a suspended license. Federal privacy rules regarding criminal-history reports can make it complicated for law officers to access the information while working the streets — no one unauthorized is allowed to see it, even through the window or the back seat, and some agencies do not have laptops in their cars that would meet security requirements. Some do not have laptops at all. Further complicating the police work is that when officers do get the criminal history, the outcome of every arrest is not always clear, they said. At times, deputies must check the court system or call the prosecutor to determine whether the person was in fact convicted of a felony and did not plead to a lesser charge, Smith said. “For them to come back to headquarters or a police station and do that kind of work, it just doesn’t happen,” Smith said. “Some of these get caught later on; a lot of them don’t.” Some Republican lawmakers said they are interested in the idea and might turn it into legislation, but Senate President John Morse, a Democrat and former Colorado Springs police officer, was not convinced it would “solve anything.” The state should improve its current criminal-history database instead of spending money creating a new one, Morse said. “That data already exists in the criminal-background check,” he said. “Any police officer who cares about his or her cases is going to do that.” In the politically charged guncontrol debate, the idea for a database of felons is viewed by some as an attempt to dampen the momentum of gun bills coursing through the legislature. Morse backed a bill OK’d by the Senate on Friday that requires a background check on every gun sale in Colorado, including those between private citizens. He estimated that 40 percent of gun sales in Colorado happen without a background check, which is required at gun stores. Even if law officers had access to a database of felons, “we would

University of Northern Colorado student Kimberly Weeks, right, embraces Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, after Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, essentially killed his bill banning concealed weapons on campuses late Friday. Weeks testified against the bill. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post still have the problem where criminals can legally buy guns in Colorado.” Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, said that if Democrats don’t like the felon-database proposal, then they “really are interested in gun control, not safety.” “It’s so much better than calling into question the right of law-abiding people to have guns,” he said. The County Sheriffs of Colorado has not polled its members on the felon-database idea, but executive director Chris Olson said it was worth exploring. He agreed the current system for

determining who is a felon has flaws, saying that criminal-history checks sometimes do not include the final adjudication

of a case. “Officers just don’t have that much time to sit there on a traffic stop, especially, and figure

out all that stuff,” he said. If the state were to keep a quick-reference felon database, it probably would fall to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to create it. CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said the agency has not “been involved in any talks about this” and could not comment on specifics. However, she said criminalhistory checks include final disposition of a charge nearly all of the time. She also said problems could arise for innocent people who have common names, meaning their name might match a felon in the database. Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson, who is the legislative chairman for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, called a felony database an “awesome” idea and said he would “love that capacity.” The information is available on criminal-history reports, but a database would provide a “shortcut,” Jackson said. An unknown number of felons who come in contact with police while carrying guns are never caught; they are cited for speeding or some other minor infraction and drive away, law officers said. In one Larimer County case, a man with a gun in his car was pulled over near Interstate 25’s Windsor exit on a traffic violation, Smith said. When he overheard the sheriff’s deputy say he was driving with a suspended license, he took off running. He was tackled and booked into the county jail on misdemeanor charges. The man had posted bail by the time authorities realized he was a convicted felon and legally barred from carrying a gun. If the deputy had figured that out during the traffic stop, he could have booked him on a felony charge and held him longer in jail, Smith said. Jennifer Brown: 303-954-1593, jenbrown@denverpost.com or twitter.com/jbrowndpost

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What’s next Five gun-related bills are still alive in the Colorado legislature: SB197: Domestic-violence restrictions. The Senate is expected to take a recorded vote Monday. It would then go to the House. SB195: Ban of online certification for concealedweapon permits. The Senate is expected to take a recorded vote Monday. It would then go to the House. HB1229: Universal background checks. It mandates criminalbackground checks for all gun sales, including private transactions. The Senate is expected to take a recorded vote on the amended bill Monday. It would then return to the House. This bill has Gov. John Hickenlooper’s support. HB1228: Backgroundcheck fees. It would require gun buyers to pay about $10 to $12 for background checks. The state currently picks up the tab. The Senate is expected to take a recorded vote Monday. The bill would then move to the governor’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. HB1224: Limits ammunition magazines and shotgun capacity. It limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, and shotguns to no more than 28 inches’ worth of shells. Magazine maker Magpul says it will leave the state if the bill passes. The Senate is expected to take a recorded vote on the amended bill Monday. The bill would then return to the House. The governor has said he would sign it.

Sponsor of liability bill rips gun lobby Senate President John Morse’s measure was one of two dropped in the legislature late Friday. By Tim Hoover and Lynn Bartels The Denver Post

Two of the seven gun proposals in the Colorado legislature were dropped late Friday, and the sponsor of one of the dead bills ripped the gun lobby for forcing him to scuttle his proposal. Under Senate President John Morse’s Senate Bill 196, manufacturers and sellers of semiautomatic rifles could have been sued for violent acts committed by gun owners they “negligently entrusted” with an assault-style weapon if the gun buyer was someone whom they “reasonably should have known might use the weapon” to cause harm. As he announced that he was dropping his proposal, the Colorado Springs Democrat said that although 6-year-old children had “been shot in the face” at an elementary school in Connecticut in December, “the gun lobby has actually argued we need more guns and managed to convince Coloradans that they will lose their guns if we impose even reasonable restrictions on firearms.” But, Morse said, “this debate on reducing gun violence in this country needed to happen, and it finally is happening.” Republicans referred to the measure as a “radical anti-gun

bill.” “All of Colorado should be celebrating right now,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. The other bill that was dropped was House Bill 1226, a measure banning concealed weapons on campus. Sponsor Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, moved that the bill be postponed until May 10, two days after the end of the session, effectively killing the bill. Heath read from a statement in which he cited a litany of statistics to back up his argument that guns were not safe on campuses. Critics argued that the bill would create “rape havens” on campus, but Heath dismissed such an argument. He did acknowledge concerns about campus safety that came to light in the committee process. “Campus violence is a comprehensive problem that needs comprehensive solutions, and I would like this bill to address more of the concerns raised in this debate,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Republicans over the next year on solutions to campus violence, including sexual assault on college campuses and the alarming growth in suicides.” Republicans rejoiced over the bill’s demise. “This was a victory for public safety and the rights of lawabiding citizens,” said Cadman. “Criminals do not respect gunfree zones, and this bill would have only worked against public safety.”

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How a pope is elected Starting Tuesday, the College of Cardinals will meet in Rome to choose from among themselves a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict will not be involved in the selection. The conclave follows precise rules developed and refined over centuries. The name comes from “cum clave,” meaning “with a key,” signifying that the cardinals are locked in for the election.

Who is eligible to vote

INSIDE VATICAN CITY

Under a change of rules stipulated by Pope Paul VI, only cardinals who have not yet reached their 80th birthday on the day of the pope’s death may enter the conclave. Those over 80 may participate in preliminary meetings. Cardinals who are under age 80 and will be voting: EUROPE 61

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Benedict’s retirement home Mater Ecclesiae monastery The 8,600-square-foot complex on a hill, not far from the grotto where Benedict likes to take his afternoon walk, is where he plans to spend the rest of his days.

Location of conclave Sistine Chapel The election for a new pope happens here.

Map: Cardinals walk to and from the Sistine Chapel. Vatican Museums

St. Peter’s Basilica

About the 115 electors

Italy has 28 cardinals, the most.

They come from 48 countries.

Forty-eight cardinals were appointed by Pope John Paul II. Sixty-seven were appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.

The average age is 72.

Note: Two additional cardinals are eligible, but have declared they will not participate in the next conclave. Ninety cardinals are age 80 or older and are ineligible to vote for a new pope.

INSIDE THE SISTINE CHAPEL

Accommodations St. Martha’s House The cardinals live in a five-story building, a Vatican residence with 105 two-room suites and 26 single rooms, during the conclave.

St. Peter’s Square

Balcony where newly elected pope will appear

The “Last Judgment” fresco, painted by Michelangelo

Twelve panels depict the lives of Christ and Moses, six on opposite walls of the chapel.

Conclave rules Cardinals and assistants swear an oath of absolute secrecy. Leaking information would result in excommunication. The cardinals are not permitted any contact with the outside world: No cellphones, newspapers, television, messages, letters or signals.

Altar

The chapel is swept for listening devices before and during the conclave.

Three vote counters called scrutineers

Observers can see the cardinals only when they travel between their lodging and the chapel. Vatican City workers who encounter them are not allowed to speak to them. Each cardinal has to be present to vote and must cast his own ballot. Other people allowed inside the conclave: two technicians, medical personnel and several assistants.

Ballot box

Voting begins

Swiss Guard

Ballot cards with Eligo in summum pontificem (“I elect as supreme pontiff”) printed at the top are given to the cardinals. Each cardinal secretly fills in the name of his preferred candidate in a way that disguises his handwriting. In order of seniority, they walk to the altar, hold up the folded ballot and place it in a silver and gilded bronze urn (above).

Ballot card example

Locking the chapel Once all voting cardinals are inside the chapel and all unauthorized assistants have left, the doors are locked and then sealed with ribbons and wax.

Eligo in summum pontificem FOLD

When folded, the ballot is only one inch wide

Stoves

Central balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica looks out to the square.

Ballots are threaded and tied together to form a necklace before being burned in the stove.

Ballots are counted

How balloting takes place

Determining a winner

A new pope is announced

The Cardinal Camerlengo and his three assistants tally the ballots and read aloud the name of the cardinal who received each vote. The ballots and any notes are then burned. A record is kept for the Vatican archives.

Voting begins the first afternoon. If no one receives the required two-thirds of ballots cast, voting takes place twice each morning and afternoon. If after the third day no pope is elected, a one-day break for prayer can be taken. This process repeats after every seven votes.

A two-thirds majority of the cardinals present is required to win. After 33 rounds, a runoff will occur between the top two vote-getters, according to a tweak in the rules made by Pope Benedict XVI.

After each voting session, all ballots, tally sheets and notes are burned in a small stove just off the chapel. An official record of the voting is sealed and put in the Vatican archives.

Smoke signals

Introducing the pope

White: When a candidate is

Once a cardinal has received the required number of votes, the dean of the College of Cardinals asks him if he accepts, and he chooses a name. The cardinals then pledge their obedience to the new pope. The pope puts on a white cassock and skullcap; various sizes are kept on hand. The senior deacon of the cardinals steps onto the main balcony of the Vatican and declares: “Habemus papam” — “We have a pope.”

elected, the papers are burned with chemicals that cause white smoke. Bells of St. Peter’s Basilica also ring to clear up any confusion over smoke color. Black: If no one has been

elected, black smoke from the burning papers signals that to the waiting crowd.

Sources: “When a Pope Dies,” by Christopher M Bellitto; “Papal Transition” by the Rev. Thomas J. Reese; Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University; www.AmericanMagazine.org: www. catholic-pages.com; Vatican; BBC; National Catholic Reporter; staff reports

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Sistine Chapel readied as conclave draws near A chimney is installed atop the building, while a spokesman says there’s no reason the vote should take long. By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press

vatican city» The Vatican sought Saturday to quash speculation that divisions among cardinals could drag out the conclave to elect the new pope, while preparations for the vote plowed ahead with firefighters installing the Sistine Chapel chimney that will tell the world when a decision has been reached. But the specter of an inconclusive first few rounds of secret balloting remained high, with no clear front-runner heading into Tuesday’s papal election and a long list of cardinals still angling to discuss the church’s problems ahead of the vote. “You don’t have your mind absolute-

ly made up” going into the conclave, said U.S. Cardinal Justin Rigali, who participated in the 2005 conclave that elected Benedict XVI. “You have your impressions.” The Vatican spokesman, however, took pains to stress the “vast,” nearunanimous decision by the 115 cardinal electors to set Tuesday as the conclave start date and noted that no conclave over the past century has gone on for more than five days. “I think it’s a process that can be carried out in a few days without much difficulty,” spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters. While the initial voting Tuesday will likely see a broad number of candidates nominated, subsequent rounds will quickly whittle down the field to those candidates who are likely to obtain the two-thirds, or 77 votes necessary for victory, he said. “This process of identifying the candidates who can receive the consensus and on whom cardinals can converge

is a process that can move with notable speed,” Lombardi said. The Vatican was certainly going fullthrottle Saturday with preparations. Inside the Sistine Chapel, workmen staple-gunned the brown felt carpeting to the false floor that has been constructed to even out the stairs and cover the jamming equipment that has been installed to prevent cellphone or eavesdropping devices from working. Off in the rear left-hand corner sat the stove, a century-old cast iron oven where the voting ballot papers are burned, sending up puffs of smoke to tell the world whether a pope has been elected (white smoke) or not (black). After years of confusion, the Vatican in 2005 installed an auxiliary stove where fumigating cases are lit. The smoke from those cases joins the burned ballot smoke in a single copper pipe that snakes up the Sistine’s frescoed walls, out the window and up on the roof where firemen on Saturday fitted the chimney top.

Elsewhere in the Apostolic Palace, officials on Saturday took measures to definitively end Benedict XVI’s pontificate, destroying his fisherman’s ring and the personal seals and stamps he used for official papers. The act — coupled with Benedict’s resignation and pledge of obedience to the future pope — is designed to signal the end of his papacy so there is no doubt that a new pope is in charge. These steps were made necessary given Benedict’s decision to resign rather than stay on the job until death. The developments all point toward the momentous event soon to confront the Catholic Church: Tuesday’s start of the conclave to elect a new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics who must try to solve the numerous problems facing the church. For the sixth day, cardinals met behind closed doors Saturday and once again discussed the work of the Holy See’s offices “and how to improve it,” Lombardi said.

The Holy See’s internal governance has been a constant theme in these days of discussion, an indication that the revelations of corruption, political infighting and turf battles exposed by the leaks of papal documents last year are casting a big shadow over this conclave. The attention the issue has received suggests the cardinals will want a good manager in a pope — or at least a pope who would appoint a good manager as his secretary of state, the key administration job in the Vatican. Another round of secret consultations is scheduled for Monday, the last day before the conclave. Lombardi confirmed that the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica will ring once a pope has been elected, though he acknowledged that there will always be some uncertainty in the whole endeavor. In 2005, it wasn’t clear whether the smoke coming out of the chimney was black or white and whether the bells were ringing for a pope or simply because the clock had struck noon.


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Mob sets Christian colony ablaze A charge of blasphemy against a man in the Pakistani city of Lahore causes a riot by thousands of Muslims. By Declan Walsh and Waqar Gillani The New York Times

islamabad» An enraged Muslim crowd attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore on Saturday, setting fire to more than 150 houses and two churches, in a new display of religious intolerance as Pakistan reels from violent persecution against other minorities. In Peshawar on Saturday, a bomb exploded in a mosque, killing at least four people and wounding 28, the police said. In Lahore, several thousand people attacked the Joseph Colony, a Christian neighborhood of about 200 homes, after a report that a Christian sanitation worker had blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad. Blasphemy has acquired a hair-trigger sensitivity across Pakistan in recent years, with an alarming increase in mob violence. The claims of blasphemy in Lahore, the police said, stemmed from an argument Wednesday between two friends: Sawan Masih, the sanitation worker, and Shahid Imran, a Muslim barber. On Thursday, Imran accused Masih, 28, of blasphemy, sending a shiver of apprehension through the Christian population. People began to leave their homes that evening. On Friday, the police prepared charges against Masih. On Saturday morning, several thousand people, including ethnic Pashtuns who worked in nearby factories, set upon the colony. Some were armed with batons and pistols, the police said. “They vandalized Christians’ houses, desecrated churches and opened fire on the police,” said a police spokesman, Multan Khan. Several police officers were hurt as they tried to intervene. Akram Gill, a local bishop in the Lahore Chris-

A demonstrator burns a cross during a protest Saturday in the Joseph Colony, a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan. An enraged mob of thousands set fire to houses and churches after a resident there was accused of blasphemy. Adrees Hassain, Reuters tian community said the incident had more to do with personal enmity between two men than blasphemy. He said the men got into a brawl after drinking, and in the morning the Muslim man made up the blasphemy story as payback. “Poor people were living here. They have lost all of their belongings,” he said. “Where can they go now?”

By evening, about 178 houses, 18 shops and two churches had been damaged by fire, said Ahmad Raza, who was leading the rescue operation. The one-room house that Jani Masih, another sanitation worker, shared with his three sons was among the homes destroyed. “Even a single household has not been spared,” said Masih, whose name is common among Christians.

The devastation was a testament to the intolerance sweeping across Pakistani society. Once an accusation of blasphemy is made, it’s extremely difficult to get it reversed, partly because law enforcement officials do not want to be seen as being soft on blasphemers. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Preservation of Chavez’s body will take lot of work By Lisa J. Adams and Luis Andres Henao The Associated Press

No one lives forever — nor do they last forever. At least not without a lot of tuneups. As much as it might seem like the bodies of famous world leaders such as Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Mao Zedong have been preserved for all eternity, their enduring physical presence is simply an illusion aided by science. Only the Venezuelan officials who have promised to preserve Hugo Chavez and display his body “for eternity” inside a glass tomb know exactly how they’re going to do it. But if they were to follow procedures that are used in the United States, the technique might be rather simple: repeat embalming. “The first thing to remember about embalming as we do it in the U.S. is that it is designed to delay the natural deterioration of the body; it’s not forever,” said Vernie Fountain, a licensed embalmer and owner and founder of the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills in Springfield, Mo. So what does that mean exactly? In the U.S., most embalmers use a machine that injects fluid laced with chemicals, principally formaldehyde, into an artery of the body, while the majority of the blood is emptied from a vein. Often a chemical known as a humectant is added, which “helps to fill out the body, some of the hollow spaces, and adds a degree of moisture,” Fountain said. While he stressed that he has no personal knowledge about the condition of Chavez’s body at the time of his death or when it was or will be embalmed,

Posters depicting the late Hugo Chavez are seen on a street Saturday in Caracas. The election for Venezuela’s next president is set for April 14. Chavez’s vice president, Nicolas Maduro, is certain to run. Mariana Bazo, Reuters Fountain said one possible method of preserving his corpse is to follow the embalming process with a periodic injection of humectant or something similar to keep moisture in the tissues. Makeup also helps to cover areas that have gone brown with dehydration. Just to be safe, Venezuelan officials could take a precautionary step and make a face mask, using Chavez’s real face to form a mold that could be placed over the flesh in the future “and keep it looking more like he did when he died,” Fountain said. Confronted with such a never-ending and unsavory task, why do countries such as Russia, China, Vietnam, and now Venezuela, go to such lengths to preserve their leaders’ remains? “The decision to embalm

Chavez is an attempt to include him in a pantheon of communist deities,” said Nina Tumarkin, a professor of history at Wellesley College and the author of “Lenin Lives! The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia.” “It’s a throwback to Soviet, communist times, and it might seem obsolete, but it might be the only pantheon where he belongs. Better to belong to the wrong club than none at all.” Other socialist or communist leaders embalmed after dying include Russian dictator Josef Stalin, though his body was later removed, and North Korea’s father-and-son leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. But it was the famous display of Soviet founder Lenin in Moscow’s Red Square in 1924 that inspired the custom among left-leaning leaders.

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World Briefs MANDELA BACK IN HOSPITAL FOR ROUTINE CHECKUP johannesburg» Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader, was admitted to a hospital Saturday for a scheduled medical check-up and doctors say there is no cause for “alarm,” the president’s office said. Officials have used similarly soothing language to explain previous hospital stays for 94year-old Mandela, but in those cases he later turned out to have more serious conditions. The intense privacy surrounding the health of Mandela reflects in part the official reverence for a man who is seen as one of the great, unifying figures of the 20th century for helping to avert race-driven chaos in South Africa’s tense transition from apartheid to democracy.

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TARGETING AMERICANS Some wonder aloud: If the president can order the assassination of U.S. citizens overseas, based on secret intel, what are the limits to his power?

Tribesmen last month stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a 2011 U.S. drone strike in Yemen that killed suspected militants, as well as Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the son of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, also killed by a drone in 2011. Khaled Abdullah, Reuters By Charlie Savage, Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane The New York Times

washington» One morning in late September 2011, a group of American drones took off from an airstrip the CIA had built in the remote southern expanse of Saudi Arabia. The drones crossed the border into Yemen and were soon hovering over a group of trucks clustered in a desert patch of Jawf province, a region of the impoverished country once renowned for breeding Arabian horses. A group of men who had just finished breakfast scrambled to get to their trucks. One was Anwar al-Awlaki, the firebrand preacher, born in New Mexico, who had evolved from a peddler of Internet hatred to a senior operative in al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen. Another was Samir Khan, another American citizen who had moved to Yemen from North Carolina and was the creative force behind Inspire, the militant group’s English-language Internet magazine. Two Predator drones pointed lasers on the trucks while the larger Reapers took aim. The Reaper pilots, operating their planes from thousands of miles away, took aim and fired. It was the culmination of years of painstaking intelligence work, intense deliberation by lawyers working for President Barack Obama and turf fights between the Pentagon and the CIA, whose parallel drone wars converged on the killing grounds of Yemen. For what was apparently the first time since the Civil War, the United States government had carried out the deliberate killing of an American citizen as a wartime enemy and without a trial. Eighteen months later, the decision to hunt and kill al-Awlaki has become the subject of public scrutiny and debate, touched off by the nomination of John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, to be head of the CIA. The leak last month of an unclassified Justice Department “white paper” summarizing the administration’s abstract legal arguments — prepared months after the al-Awlaki and Khan killings amid an internal debate over how much to disclose — has ignited demands for even greater transparency. Some wondered aloud: If the president can order the assassination of Americans overseas, based on secret intelligence, what are the limits to his power?

A legal quandary As lawyers in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, it had fallen to David Barron and Martin Lederman to declare whether deliberately killing al-Awlaki, despite his citizenship, would be lawful, assuming it was not feasible to capture him. According to officials familiar with the deliberations, the lawyers threw themselves into the project and swiftly completed a short memorandum. It preliminarily concluded, based on the evidence available at the time, that al-Awlaki was a lawful target because he was participating in the war with al-Qaeda and also because he was a specific threat to the country. The overlapping reasoning justified a strike either by the Pentagon or by the CIA. And while the Constitution generally requires judicial process before the government may kill an American, the Supreme Court has held that in some contexts — like when the police, to protect innocent bystanders, ram a car to stop a high-speed chase — no prior permission from a judge is necessary. The law-

to about 63 pages but remained narrowly tailored to al-Awlaki’s circumstances, blessing lethal force against him without addressing whether it would also be permissible to kill citizens in other situations. Nearly three years later, a version of the legal analysis portions would become public in the “white paper,” which stripped out all references to al-Awlaki. Divorced from its original context and misunderstood as a general statement about the scope and limits of the government’s authority to kill citizens, the free-floating reasoning would lead to widespread confusion.

The hunt narrows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico and attended school in Colorado. Associated Press file

yers concluded that the wartime threat posed by al-Awlaki qualified as such a context. Months later, they began drafting a second, more comprehensive memo, expanding and refining their legal analysis. They discovered a 1997 District Court decision involving a woman who was charged with killing her child in Japan. A judge ruled that a terse overseas-killing law must be interpreted as incorporating the exceptions of its domestic-murder counterpart, writing, “Congress did not intend to criminalize justifiable or excusable killings.” And by arguing that it is not unlawful “murder” when the government kills an enemy leader in war or national self-defense, Barron and Lederman concluded that the foreignkilling statute would not impede a strike. The two lawyers finished their second alAwlaki memorandum, whose reasoning was widely approved by other administration lawyers in the summer of 2010. It had ballooned

As al-Awlaki had become one of the world’s most hunted terrorists, his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, had lived the life of a normal adolescent. But he sneaked out of the family home in Sana, Yemen’s capital, leaving a note for his mother saying he had gone to find his father. By the time the teenager headed to Shabwa, his father, accompanied by Khan, had left for Jawf province, hundreds of miles away. On the morning of Sept. 30, guided by a CIA tipster, a fleet of drones destroyed his father’s convoy. Then, on Oct. 14, a missile apparently intended for an Egyptian al-Qaeda operative, Ibrahim al-Banna, hit a modest outdoor eating place in Shabwa. The intelligence was bad: Banna was not there, and among about a dozen men killed was the young Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. It was a tragic error and, for the Obama administration, a public relations disaster, muddying the moral clarity of the previous strike on Anwar al-Awlaki and fueling skepticism about American assertions of drones’ surgical precision. Abdulrahman had been born in Denver, said a certificate from the Colorado health department. In the United States, at the time his government’s missile killed him, the teenager would have just reached driving age.

rico» Federal officials have rescued 71 Haitian migrants found stranded on the shores of a cluster of islands just west of Puerto Rico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard first rescued two migrants found on one island and then the remainder of the group from the island of Desecheo off the western coastal town of Rincon. Customs spokesman Jeffrey Quinones said Saturday that a large number of the Haitians were dehydrated and had bruises and scratches. They were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Extremists claim to have killed seven hostages B kaduna, nigeria» A breakaway Islamic extremist group said Saturday it had killed seven foreigners whom its members kidnapped from northern Nigeria, according to an online message purportedly from the group. The message, identified as coming from Ansaru, could not be immediately verified by The Associated Press, though it included photographs the group claimed showed the dead, who were kidnapped from a construction company compound in February. Those kidnapped included four Lebanese citizens and one each from Britain, Greece and Italy.

Spain’s king leaves hospital after operation B madrid» King Juan Carlos of Spain has left a hospital six days after successfully undergoing surgery for herniated discs in his lower spine. The 75-year-old monarch thanked waiting journalists for their patience and said “I’m very well, my back doesn’t hurt or anything,” from the front passenger seat as he was driven home Saturday.

Jordan’s parliament chooses prime minister B amman, jordan» Jordan’s parliament voted Saturday for the monarchy’s caretaker prime minister to form a new Cabinet, the first time in the country’s history that the legislature rather than the king has decided who will be head of government. Abdullah Ensour, a former liberal lawmaker known for fiery criticisms of the government when he was in parliament, was selected as part of a reform program aimed at defusing political unrest to stave off an Arab Spring-style uprising.

Mexican tourism minister assassinated B mexico city» Authorities in Mexico’s western Jalisco state say the recently appointed state tourism minister has been assassinated. State officials say Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez was shot Saturday while driving in Zapopan outside Guadalajara, which is Mexico’s second-largest city.

Muslim cleric sent to British prison B london» A British

The issue of drone strikes against American citizens was a key component of Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor last week. Paul, R-Ky., was opposing the nomination of John Brennan to be the next CIA director. Alex Wong, Getty Images

judge ruled Saturday that radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada must remain in custody after his arrest for allegedly breaching his bail conditions. The cleric, who has been described as a key al-Qaeda operative in Europe, was arrested in London on Friday after a series of raids by counterterrorism police. The arrest came three days before the government’s latest court bid to extradite him to Jordan. Denver Post wire services


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nairobi, kenya» Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding father, was named the winner of the country’s presidential election Saturday with 50.07 percent of the vote, but his opponent refused to concede, alleging failures in election integrity that he said has put Kenyan democracy on trial. Supporters of Kenyatta — a man accused by an international court of helping to orchestrate the vicious violence that marred the nation’s last vote — flooded the streets, celebrating in a parade of red, his campaign’s color. Refusing to accept defeat, Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the election process experienced multiple failures as he announced plans to petition the Supreme Court. Odinga asked for calm and for Kenyans to love one another, a call that might help prevent a repeat of the 2007-08 violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed and that brought Kenya to the edge of civil war. Kenyatta’s slim margin of victory increases the focus on many electoral failures that occurred during the six-day voting and counting process. His margin of victory was just about 8,000 votes out of 12.3 million cast. The United States, Britain and the European Union gave Kenya’s new political era a chilly reception. All released statements congratulating the Kenyan people but none mentioned Kenyatta by name. The West had made it clear before the vote that it would not welcome a President Kenyatta. Kenyatta faces trial in July at the International Criminal Court over allegations he orchestrated the murder, forcible deportation, persecution and rape of Odinga’s supporters in the aftermath of

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Supporters of presidential election victor Uhuru Kenyatta hold his poster as they celebrate his victory Saturday in Nairobi. Tony Karumba, AFP/Getty Images the 2007 vote. Kenyatta, as president, might have to spend large chunks of his first years in Kenya’s highest office in a courtroom in The Hague. The United States previously warned of “consequences” if Kenyatta wins, the nature of which depends on what happens in months ahead. Britain has said it would have only essential contact with Kenyatta as president. In his acceptance speech, Kenyatta gave a nod to the ICC, saying he recognizes the nation’s international obligations. He pledged to cooperate with “international institutions,” but he also said he expects the international community to “respect our sovereignty and the democratic will of the people of Kenya.” If Kenyatta’s victory holds, the son of Jomo Kenyatta, who is considered to be the country’s founding father, will become the fourth president of Kenya since its independence from British colonial rule in 1963. In the wake of the Kenyatta’s victory, minor skirmishes were reported, including youths setting tires on fire in the western

city of Kisumu, Odinga’s home region. But no major violence was confirmed around Kenya. Odinga listed election failures over the past week: a voter ID system was scrapped Monday after the technology failed; a pre-

liminary tally of early returns was scrapped Tuesday after computer servers overloaded; election officials said a computer error had inflated the number of rejected ballots by a factor of eight in the early tallying system.

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Falkland Islands’ future up for vote The archipelago’s residents will choose in a referendum this week: Britain or Argentina?

Both countries have historical claims on the islands, the British one bolstered by their continuous habitation there since the 1830s, the Argentine by the fact that Stanley lies barely 300 miles from the Argentine coast and nearly 8,000 miles from Britain. To the argument of proximity, Argentina has added in recent times the contention that Britain intends, by keeping control of the Falklands, to rob Argentina of the newly discovered deep-sea oil reserves and rich fisheries within the Falklands’ territorial waters. The referendum has been dismissed by Kirchner, who has said that islanders are “colonial implants” from Britain whose preferences count for nothing

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The benchmark is a 2002 referendum in Gibraltar, another British dependency, where the vote for retaining the British link or accepting a new status tying the isthmus on which Gibraltar stands to Spain was 98.5 percent. That, too, was not much of a cliffhanger because many of those eligible to vote were of British descent. For Argentina and Britain, the 1982 conflict was a shock — enough to lead, in time, to the

collapse of the Argentine military junta that mounted the invasion, and to propel Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in deep political trouble at home when the war gave her an opportunity to play the “Iron Lady,” to a second election victory in 1983. The hope, sustained for years after the war, was that both countries would put the bitterness behind them and build a relationship on interests like trade that pragmatists on both sides saw as more important than the Falklands. But in the past few years the old virulence has returned, driven by a surge of Argentine nationalist fervor stirred by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who has adopted measures intended to place economic pressure on the islanders, including banning cruise ships that stop at the islands from Argentine ports.

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against the fact that the islands, known as Las Malvinas to the Argentines, were “stripped” from Argentina by a British naval flotilla that expelled an Argentine settlement in 1833. That event followed on a convoluted colonial history going back to the 16th century that saw rival claims to the islands, at one point or another, by Britain, France, Portugal and Spain. To British frustration, their claim to sovereignty over the islands has failed to win U.S. backing under the Obama administration. With an eye to the strong support Argentina has won for its claim among Latin American states, the United States has urged London and Buenos Aires to reach a negotiated settlement.

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The tiny town near I-70 isn’t positioned to cash in on a drilling project. By Carlos Illescas The Denver Post

Most communities benefit economically when oil and gas exploration comes calling. But tiny Agate isn’t positioned to cash in when the first drilling in northern Elbert County in years gets going this spring or summer. Agate, an unincorporated community on Interstate 70, is the closest settlement to where a test well is scheduled to go in on land owned by the Sylvester family. If it is successful, more wells could follow. But there is no existing business in the little town, and so financially struggling Elbert County will watch valuable retail sales tax flow into other counties if the test well tapping the oil and gas below proves up. And so far, Southwestern Energy hasn’t hired locally. What passes for the town in Agate is a cluster of homes — some empty — and a post office, school and telephone cooperative. There are no restaurants where workers could stop off for lunch, no recreational-vehicle campgrounds where they could pull up their fifth-wheelers and hunker down for months, no Walmart where they could shop, no gas station where they could refuel. The nearest town is Deer Trail, which has a restaurant and a pizza joint, but that’s in neighboring Arapahoe County. The closest city, Limon, is just across the county line in Lincoln County. “Initially, there will not be much economic impact at all,” said Elbert County Commissioner Kurt Schlegel. “It’s a very slow startup process. In the short term, it’s not going to have that much of an effect at all.”

A couple walk their dog along Buchtel Boulevard, near South University Boulevard, in front of the Cable Center at the University of Denver. The snow was falling steadily during their Saturday-morning stroll. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

All over the place The snow came to the state, but not as forecast – and the totals varied far and white. By Joey Bunch The Denver Post

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“Is this how it is in Colorado?” asked Alan Schultz, leader of a Birmingham, Ala., ski group that postponed its journey to the slopes for fear of driving a rented SUV in treacherous high-country weather. Many Coloradans would answer “yes,” since Saturday’s snowstorm will be followed by sunny skies Sunday and temperatures should be back in the 60s by midweek. Although snowfall in Denver fell far short of some predictions, it did snarl traffic across the state, especially on the Eastern Plains and in the mountains. At about 6 p.m., the National Weather Service reported 9 inches of snow near Strasburg with winds gusting to 43 mph and drifts up to 4 feet high. Interstate 70 was closed between Airpark Road and Burlington, and U.S. 40 was closed from Limon to the SNOW » 7B

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Aurora family’s home-schooling base launches seven kids toward degrees By Kevin Simpson The Denver Post

aurora» Janelle Henderson leans over the kitchen counter with a mug of coffee in one hand and a multicolor pen in the other, placing green check marks by math problems that her 13-year-old son, Jordan, completed correctly, red question marks by the few he did not. After years of shepherding seven children through the same curriculum, she scarcely needs to glance at the answer key. But the daily grading reflects only one unwavering aspect of a template for success that extends beyond home-schooling to address the question that confounds many middle-class families.

How do we send our kids to college? The Hendersons’ multifaceted answer has produced one student on his way to a master’s degree, two others approaching their bachelor’s and another two working on associate’s degrees at community college before they, too, move on to a four-year institution. Two more are plowing through high school work at home, where they will — like the siblings who preceded them — finish their home-school studies at age 16 and then move on to nearby Community College of Aurora. “I have five kids in college,” says Janelle, 48. “That would be impossible if they weren’t learning at home. Then, COLLEGE » 4B

Janelle Henderson talks with her son Jordan, 13, about his math work at their Aurora home last month. Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post


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Briefs PRINCIPAL ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC CASE boulder» Boulder High School principal Kevin Braney has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, child abuse and criminal mischief after an incident at his home where police say he damaged some property, and he is on paid leave from the school. Police were called to the Boulder home Braney shares with his wife, Andrea, and their children about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday on reports of a domestic-violence incident, police say. When officers arrived, Andrea Braney said the couple are divorcing. She said that early in the evening she had been rearranging property between rooms, taking her belongings from his room and placing his items on bookshelves in his room, according to a police report. She told officers Braney was acting in an unpredictable manner when he arrived home and noticed the changes and that she was worried things would become physical.

Wagner is survived by his wife, Renee Wagner; daughters Frady “Avi” Moskowitz of New York and Chaya (Rabbi Yaakov) Meyer of Denver; stepchildren Rabbi Chanina “Chana” Rabinowitz and Shana Rabinowitz; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. in the BMH-BJ sanctuary at 560 S. Monaco Parkway in Denver. Donations can be sent to: The Rabbi Dr. Stanley Memorial Fund, care of BMH-BJ The Denver Synagogue, 560 S. Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO 80224.

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Loveland entrepreneur cuts deal on “Shark Tank” Loveland businessman Ryan “Cowboy” Ehmann, a former professional rodeo cowboy who is now a fitness entrepreneur, walked away from his appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank” with $120,000 in his pocket. Ehmann made a deal with “shark” Daymond John for the funding and also will turn over 25 percent of his company, Firm Body Boot Camp, to John. The $120,000 will help Firm Body reach a larger market by funding a high-quality TV infomercial. Ehmann told the Loveland Reporter-Herald that he believes he was chosen to be on the TV show, which airs Fridays, because of his high-energy approach to life. “Shark Tank” features entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to a panel of real-life millionaires and billionaires. The Denver Post

A spike in profits From right to left, Flatirons Volleyball Club members Maddi Kohuth, 14, Ella Connolly, 15, and Rebecca Water, 14, look at menus inside Jason’s Deli on the 16th Street Mall in Denver. Maddi’s 9year-old sister, Ella, left, joined them for lunch Saturday. Many participants in the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier, taking place at the Colorado Convention Center, patronized the downtown deli. Kathryn

District: Parents of transgender child refuse to meet B colorado springs» Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 officials took offense at comments made by the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund indicating that the school officials refused to enter into mediation for a dispute. D-8 said it turned down mediation because the family of a transgender child at the heart of the dispute shunned a meeting with district officials. The transgender defense organization had filed a state civil-rights complaint on behalf of Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis of Fountain, parents of 6-year-old Coy Mathis. The girl is being home-schooled this semester because she has been denied access to the girls’ bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School. Coy was born a boy but since around 18 months of age has thought of herself as a girl, her parents said. The district also said Friday that it will file a response to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It has until March 17 to do so.

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B wheat ridge» A gun shop that was the subject of Discovery Channel’s “American Guns” not only was recently burglarized, but it’s also part of an investigation by federal authorities. Internal Revenue Service spokesman Bryan Thiel told KMGH-TV in Denver that IRS agents executed a court-ordered search warrant on Gunsmoke Guns on Friday as part of an ongoing financial investigation. Thiel didn’t disclose details. Last month, Wheat Ridge police say, 12 handguns and three rifles were taken from the gun shop in a burglary. Denver Post staff and wire reports

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ach winter, thousands of young women fill the Denver Convention Center as they compete in Colorado’s largest volleyball tournament, the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier. The athletes, along with their coaches and families, come here from across the U.S. The influx to downtown Denver means big money to the city: about $26 million this time around, the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates. “The formula Denver uses is very conservative,” said tournament director Kay Rogness. Different cities may use different formulas to calculate the economic impact of an event. The Convention and Visitors Bureau’s formula, provided by the Destination Marketing Association International, factors in the number of attendees and the number of booked hotel rooms. Nearly 165,000 people have come to Denver in conjunction with the 27th annual edition. Seventy percent of the participants are from out of state. “The tournament has had a 20 percent increase this year,” Rogness said. She said there are 200 more teams competing in the tournament this year than last. The two-weekend tournament, which this year began March 2, is split based on divisions. This weekend, girls ages 12-15 are competing as members of 602 club volleyball teams. The

teams are trying to qualify for the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Dallas. “People don’t usually think of women’s sports as an economic engine,” said Rich Grant, a spokesman with Visit Denver. “In Denver, it’s proven to be that way.” Last year, in addition to the volleyball qualifier, Denver hosted the NCAA Women’s Final Four. The estimated economic impact of those two events was $42 million. In August, the state is scheduled to host the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s Solheim Cup in Parker. “For the city of Denver to be able to point to Crossroads has got to be a benefit when they are trying to sell organizations on coming to the city,” Rogness said. When the volleyball tournament is in town, downtown businesses see an increase in customers. Retailers and restaurants capitalize on that bump. “The tournament is welcomed with wide arms,” Denver Pavilions spokeswoman Wendy Manning wrote in an e-mail to The Denver

Post. “Due to the economic impact for the center, Denver Pavilions caters to the tournament.” In February, the shopping center began sending reminders to merchants to ramp up staffing, inventory and specials. During the tournament, the Pavilions offers free pedicabs to and from the convention center. Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza operated a similar service, transporting teams from hotels to the restaurant. “It moves the needle for sales in the month of March, which tends to be anemic in general in the annual retail-sales cycle,” Manning said. Gap, H&M and Victoria’s Secret — businesses in and near the Pavilions — declined to comment on the tournament’s economic impact. Vendors on the 16th Street Mall extended their hours during the tournament. Jason’s Deli on the mall also extended its hours to capture some of the extra traffic. “We look forward to it every year,” said deli general manager Lane Cammack. “It’s generally the only two weekends out of the year that we’re open.” The tournament spurs a significant uptick in the deli’s revenue during February and March, he said. “It increases our business about 30 percent versus a (weekday),” Cammack said. “I imagine it’s the same for every restaurant, and it just increases their business dramatically.” Adrian Garcia: 303-954-1729, agarcia@denverpost.com, or twitter.com/adriandgarcia

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Suspect wanted in Arizona killing arrested in Leadville By Kirk Mitchell The Denver Post

U.S. marshals have arrested a 28year-old man wanted in the execution-style killing of a woman who was speaking with her daughter on the phone when she was fatally shot in San Tan Valley, Ariz. Corey D. Allen was arrested Friday in Leadville for allegedly killing Linda Perelli-Brown, according to a U.S. Marshals news release.

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On Nov. 25, Nicole Frauton called 911 and told a Pinal County sheriff’s dispatcher that a man was threatening to shoot her mother, Perelli-Brown. Frauton heard her mother pleading for her life on the phone. When deputies arrived at the home, they found Perelli-Brown’s body. She had been shot multiple times. Witnesses identified Allen as the shooter, according to the news release. An arrest warrant was issued on first-

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degree murder and kidnapping. The search for Allen lasted more than three months. The U.S. Marshals’ office received tips that Allen was hiding at a home southwest of Denver. Federal agents arrested Allen without incident in Leadville. “Corey Allen is a great example of the violent offenders my deputy U.S. Marshals and task-force officers hunt down on a regular basis,” said David P.

Gonzales, U.S. Marshal in Arizona. “We never stopped looking for him, and now we hope that Allen’s arrest can give some comfort to the PerelliBrown family.” Allen was booked into the Lake County jail, where he awaits extradition to Arizona. Kirk Mitchell: 303-954-1206, denverpost.com/coldcases or twitter.com/kmitchelldp

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Six years ago, a colorful “D” arose with the sun. But the poor capital letter wasn’t used by everyone. The Denver logo was to be seen from Highland to lowland, from here to Speer, on Arts and Venues, as well as employee reviews. But, alas, the D has not been used, as then-Mayor John Hickenlooper so hopefully effused. No D’s appeared on Public Works vehicles, which include snowplows now covered with icicles. Instead, some used the city flag or seal. And even street signs resisted the logo’s appeal. Now a new marketing head is seeking a change. And she hopes the full switch to the D won’t be strange. “Changes are really more application than substance,” said marketing director Sarah Kurz. In 2007, Denver made a big marketing move under Hickenlooper to use a new Denver logo for most city-related things. The design was developed by collective brainstorming of 150 marketing experts and voted on by 1,200 citizens. They chose a colorful D composed of purple mountains, a shining sun and a red building reminiscent of the iconic Cash Register Building. The city said the distinctive symbol would represent Denver and its programs, agencies, services and events. But more than 30 city agencies did not make the change, holding tight to their distinct logos on letterhead, business cards, signs and even the city’s fleet. “I don’t know why it was never upheld,” Kurz said. “We are now saying to the departments and agencies under the mayor, ‘You can’t have your own logo.’ ” Kurz’s team has changed the font a bit, enlarging the word “Denver” next to the D on city letterhead and recoloring the phrase “The Mile High City” to blue instead of purple. They’ve also set standards for how the logo should be used to “ensure greater consistency, higher quality and an increased level of professionalism across the city.” “We felt all of the different logos that we came across made it confusing,” Kurz said. “We felt that we should have consistent identification across the city.” The marketing team has created new policies on when the city seal and flag should be used. Basically, the flag should be unfurled only on the flagpole and the city seal should be used only on official documents. Changes will be phased in, and Kurz hopes they won’t cost the city any extra money. No one is being asked to throw out anything with an old logo, just to get the new one when they are ordering new equipment or materials. Fleet vehicles with Denver’s flag on the doors will get the new logo when they are brought in for repairs. City street signs that have the flag will be repainted when they are scheduled to be replaced. Kurz speculates that the city signs

Denver wants its distinctive logo to represent the city and its programs, agencies, services and events. City of Denver will be phased in over at least a dozen years. The request to not use the city seal except for official business caused some pushback from the City Council. Some council members like handing out lapel pins with the city seal and don’t want to be restricted. Others felt handing

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rendition of Paul McCartney’s “My Love.” The gatherings form a ritual observed for 19 years, without fail, with the family band slowly gaining members as each child has embraced an instrument. They play pop songs and slip into experimentation, eventually polishing numbers they’ll take to frequent public gigs they play as “No. 7” — a band name that reflects how seven Henderson kids have learned under the same roof in preparation for the day they venture into the world. “I want the house to be a place they want to come back to,” Janelle says. “A home base. Do what you need to do at home, but then go out and explore.”

Legislators will press their case for the state auditor to conduct a performance audit of child-protection issues, including a review of caseworker workloads, when Colorado’s Legislative Audit Committee meets Tuesday. Colorado State Auditor Dianne Ray received a letter signed by 24 legislators requesting the performance audit. In the letter, they said they “are particularly interested in work being performed under the Child Abuse Prevention and Training Act grant, the caseload and workload of caseworkers and front-line staff, and the managed care activities and funds throughout Colorado.” Among those signing the letter were state Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, a longtime backer of child-welfare issues; House Majority Leader Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver; and Senate Majority Leader Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora. The auditor will ask the committee for approval Tuesday to conduct a brief review to determine how the audit would be conducted. She will report back once she has developed a plan of action. The audit request follows an eight-day series published by The Denver Post in cooperation with 9News in November. The series found that 72 of the 175 children who died of abuse or neglect in Colorado in the past six years had families or caregivers known to child-protection workers.

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Jenna and Jordan Henderson do their schoolwork at the kitchen table at their home in Aurora. The pair are homeschooled, as were their five siblings. At right, their brother Jarec, 18, studies for the English course he is taking at the Community College of Aurora. Photos By Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post school. Jake, 16, once spent an entire school day at Aurora Central in preparation for a musical theater production, but his anticipation centered on something else. “I always wanted to see what lunch looked like,” he says. But those who have worked their way into higher education don’t feel like they missed much by fast-tracking their earlier education at home. “I wouldn’t change it for anything,” says 22-year-old Jeven, now majoring in business management at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “It prepared me specifically for college, but it also prepared me for anything.” The community-college years provide an economical head start on their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree while also allowing time for academic experimentation. And the associate’s degree offers the kids an emotional boost roughly halfway through their higher education. “It was probably easier for me,” says 18-year-old Jarec, the fourth in the academic pipeline who’s about three semesters from finishing at CCA. “If I’d done it first, I wonder if I’d have bailed out. But since I saw someone succeed, I knew it could work.”

Lessons in thrift Once finished with high school studies, each works in addition to taking classes. Thrift is a lesson instilled early on. The family has cars but no car loans. Cellphones are the kids’ responsibility. Home improvements, such as the kitchen project in which Janelle takes particular pride, become do-it-yourself undertakings. Grocery shopping breeds familiarity with off brands and bulk buying power. And while the Hendersons figure they’ve probably saved well into six figures by shaping their children’s education as they have, Janelle says they’ve never sat down and done the math. The kids’ grandmother has presented each of them with a laptop computer before starting community college, but the financing of higher education has unfolded on the fly. In fact, it wasn’t until about two years after Jayde, the old-

est, had been enrolled at community college that the Hendersons even realized they might qualify for financial aid. Now, after becoming familiar with FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — they lean heavily on grants and subsidized loans but take on no more debt than necessary. “I tell them, use as little as you can, and only if you absolutely have to,” says Janelle, who over the years has taken on night jobs to help make ends meet. “They’re very aware of the fact that the more money you take, the more you have to pay back. Think about what you’re doing now because you have to make choices.” Meanwhile, Wayde works multiple jobs — his primary vocation as chaplain at the Denver Rescue Mission, plus a security-guard gig on weekends and a third job leading relationship workshops. Sometimes he has taken on part-time seasonal jobs to provide extras when he isn’t serving as a volunteer basketball coach. Though sleep often comes up last on his to-do list, he remains undaunted by the scope of the family undertaking. “I never think about it,” Wayde says, “until someone asks.” Five of the kids still live in the family’s 2,200-square-foot house, with Jayde and Jeven each having graduated to apartment life. As the pioneer for his parents’ educational vision, Jayde notes how they have seized on different roles to make it work. “There’s a motivational aspect that’s very strong in my mom, a very passionate kind of in-your-face inspirational feel,” Jayde says. “The same comes from my dad but in a more calm manner — he’s got your back at the end of the day. Same thing, but different ways of bringing it across.”

Family band grows Each parent also plays a role in nurturing interest in sports and music. Wayde has coached the kids in basketball right down to the two youngest — Jenna and Jordan, who may well be the most gifted athletically. Janelle, a jazz singer who plays piano,

sparked Jayde’s early interest in keyboards and has fanned musical passions for the rest of the family as well. On Sunday evenings, they gather in a small room in the basement, illuminated by two naked light bulbs, and settle in among a tangle of cords, microphones, amps and instruments. Then the room explodes in sound. Jayde presides over the electric keyboard. Jeven pounds out the beat on drums. Jhia, 20, strums rhythm guitar, while Jarec wails on lead and Jordan delivers the bass line. Jenna picks up an acoustic guitar, and Jake sings a song he’s been practicing in his music class at community college. Meanwhile, Wayde taps out percussion on the bongos and Janelle steps to the mike and belts out her jazz-influenced

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community college gives them the opportunity to say, ‘How can I apply all that I learn?’ I’ve seen how that works.” For the Henderson kids, the intermediate stop before a four-year school dovetails perfectly with the family academic philosophy — and the family budget. Although they essentially complete their high school studies at 16, they pursue community-college courses while living at home and continuing to participate in public high school sports — most of them at Aurora Central. They take a practice GED exam as well as the College Board’s Accuplacer tests to determine their progress in math, reading and writing. To remain eligible for public-school sports, they wait until they’re 18 before taking the GED to close their high school career. It’s a highly structured system that the Henderson parents, married for 25 years, execute with a tag-team approach: Janelle, who has used an associate’s degree as a steppingstone toward her own mechanical engineering degree, oversees the curriculum — monitoring the kids’ progress through a series of workbooks and tests in five subjects. Wayde, 51, provides the economic engine. “The older I get, the more I understand about how much they’ve had to do,” says 24year-old Jayde, now taking graduate courses at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. “They’ve been doing this forever for all of us.”

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“The new model is about reflection and feedback over time. It asks the teacher to be involved in his or her own professional development on a daily basis throughout the year.” Kevin Aten, chief human-resource officer for the Greeley-Evans school district

Educators get crash course to quell anxiety over new teacher evaluation By Kevin Simpson The Denver Post

gilcrest» In a large meeting room, dozens of educators pored over worksheets that measured the skills of imaginary teachers — practicing for the time, mere months from now, when they’ll be scoring teachers for real in their own schools. Scanning the data, they interpreted observations, keyed that information to a scorecard, assigned ratings and offered hypothetical suggestions to improve teaching practices and the evaluation process. “Anything we can do to make it less frightening and daunting, the better,” said Amy Heinsma, director of instruction for the Weld County Re-4 district that covers Windsor and Severance. Training sessions like this, designed to ease educator angst and explain the process, have been unfolding in preparation for the teacher-effectiveness law — widely known as SB 191 — to roll out statewide in the 2013-14 school year with a sort of trial run. The new evaluation system rates teachers half on professional practices, such as lesson design and their ability to motivate students, and half on student growth through standardized tests and other measurements. Observations, coupled with “artifacts” such as materials found in the classroom, aid principals in identifying a teacher’s strengths and weaknesses and form the basis of ongoing conversations geared toward improvement. But the system veers into uncharted — and somewhat contentious — territory in measuring student growth. Districts can choose from assessments approved by the Colorado Department of Education and then weigh each measure as they see fit. The training at Weld County’s Valley High School, which drew mostly administrators, focused primarily on scoring teachers according to the new state standards.

Mike Gradoz, center, gives instructions to teachers, principals and administrators during a training session for the new teacher-evaluation law last month at Valley High School in Gilcrest. RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post Even as attendees gradually grew more accustomed to the system’s metrics, some raised broader questions that have been repeated at many of the training sessions. They wondered how the teacher ratings might affect hiring practices, whether student test scores can be processed in time to link them to teacher evaluations and if elements of the evaluation will make their districts vulnerable to legal challenges. What they learned was that the complex system will evolve over many years. “It’s a process of continuous improvement,” said Mike Gradoz, the CDE staffer who led the training. Kevin Aten, the chief human-resource officer for the Greeley-Evans school district, praised the transition from what he described as the previous “dog-and-pony show” of acrossthe-table evaluations to a new system that’s “shoulder to shoulder.” “The new model is about reflection and feedback over time,” said Aten,

who will help coordinate the roll-out in his district. “It asks the teacher to be involved in his or her own professional development on a daily basis throughout the year.” Under the law, teachers earn tenure — also called “non-probationary status” — after three consecutive years of demonstrated effectiveness; they can lose that status after two consecutive years of ineffective performance. Results from the first year of implementation won’t penalize teachers rated ineffective but will count for those who earn effective ratings or better. The ratings follow teachers if they move from district to district, creating a “portability” factor that some administrators said could affect hiring decisions. In Colorado, districts can create their own evaluation systems, so long as they meet state standards, or adapt the model crafted by the CDE. “If everyone is doing something different, how will that affect portability?” said Jo Barbie, superintendent of the Weld County Re-1 district that

hosted the training. “That’s an unknown piece. I’d be very cautious of hiring people who come in with nonprobationary status.” But Katy Anthes, the CDE’s executive director for educator effectiveness, said that with the new system “we’re getting closer to consistency than we ever have before.” On the student-growth half of the equation, the CDE continues to work on identifying appropriate assessments, while individual districts consider which ones work and how they should be weighted. Timing could become an issue if test results aren’t compiled before teachers must be evaluated. Districts may experiment with using previous test data or even rolling averages of multiple years to address that issue. Or they could tweak their testing cycle to ensure that current-year data is available. “It’s going to evolve, especially on the assessment end of it, the growth part,” said Bridgette Muse, director of student services for the Eaton School District. “It’s going to be an ongoing process.” Eaton has moved forward on a couple of fronts. By having teachers do self-assessments based on the CDE evaluation rubric, everyone gains an understanding of how the system works. And by piloting some browserbased software, the district hopes to make the process simpler by allowing an evaluator to type notes, tag them and have those notes automatically linked to the appropriate element of the evaluation. But Mark Naill, principal at Eaton High School, figured that he’ll wade into the system slowly, with pencil and paper. “I know I’m going to do this by hand for a while,” he said. “As an evaluator, you want to understand this completely.” Kevin Simpson: 303-954-1739, ksimpson@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ksimpsondp

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Englewood settles with deaf man By Monte Whaley The Denver Post

A settlement agreement between a deaf man and the Englewood Police Department requires the department to provide qualified signlanguage interpreters to deaf people who are arrested, questioned or detained. The agreement, announced Friday, is the result of a federal lawsuit filed by William Lawrence and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition last May. The suit claims that on Aug. 13, 2011, Lawrence was arrested at his home on an outstanding warrant from Jefferson County. Englewood police refused to offer or provide Lawrence with a sign-language interpreter during his questioning. Police also handcuffed him. Lawrence wasn’t able to effectively communicate with anyone for at least a day until he was transferred to the Jefferson County Jail, which provided him with a sign-language interpreter, said Kevin Williams, the coalition’s legal director. “He wasn’t violent; he wasn’t resisting in any way,” said Williams. “To not provide him a way to communicate violates the basic principle of personal liberty.” Lawrence, who has been deaf since birth, uses American Sign Language to communicate. Williams said that, as with many deaf people, Lawrence’s understanding and comprehension of written English is diminished. Englewood police said they communicated with Lawrence through handwritten notes and by talking with Lawrence’s hearing roommate, the coalition said. The lawsuit says those are inadequate forms of communication and are unlawful under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Englewood police couldn’t be reached for comment. Englewood denied any wrongdoing and liability, according to the settlement agreement.

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Colorado looks to update coroner laws Bill would revise death-investigation protocol in system that has roots in Old West By Kristen Wyatt The Associated Press

last week to argue for an overhaul. “I look at this bill as modernizing what we’re already doing,� Thomas told lawmakers. Colorado’s 63 county coroners are mostly elected and aren’t required to have a medical degree. They operate under laws written in the days when Western coroners did little more than collect bodies after frontier shootouts. To qualify, candidates must be over 18 with a high school diploma or equivalent. Medical training is required later, but it isn’t a prerequisite. States still using elected county coroners tend to be Western. Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming also rely on county coroners rather than state medical examiners. Colorado’s coroners determine cause of death, based on the medical training they take after election. In

It was a suspicious suicide, an apparent self-inflicted gunshot in which the victim’s boyfriend had a trail of deceased former romantic partners, and Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas wanted to investigate. That’s when she ran into Colorado’s antiquated Old West-style coroner system. It wasn’t clear whether her office, or the sheriff’s office, should investigate. The clock was ticking, and evidence was fading. After haggling for hours over who would do the examination, Thomas’ office got the body and concluded the death was indeed a suicide, with foul play ruled out. But the case helped bring Thomas to the Colorado Capitol

about 2 percent of cases where the cause is suspect, or the coroners believe more information is needed, a medical examiner is summoned to perform an autopsy. Colorado’s coroner law was revised in 2011 to settle the question of when autopsies are required. This year’s bill continues that work by dusting off other arcane bits of Colorado’s death-investigation protocol. The coroner-update bill states that law enforcement must call coroners as soon as a body is discovered — not after a potential crime-scene investigation is complete, as happened in the Douglas County suicide. The coroner bill also eliminates the grisly but out-of-date practice of removing pituitary glands in autopsies. Located at the base of the brain, pituitary glands once were routinely removed

during autopsies because they contain human growth hormone. Growth hormone has been artificially produced for decades, and pituitary collections had stopped by the 1980s, but the grim provision remains on Colorado’s books. Suicide notes are another delicate question addressed in this year’s coroner update. Currently, the question of who keeps suicide notes — coroners or cops — varies by county. The update makes clear that coroners are to keep the notes. The head of the Colorado Coroners’ Association, Dr. Patrick Allen of Larimer County, said the update is desperately overdue. Coroners need a clear signal that they are the ones who determine how people died, whether deaths are natural or not. “That’s our job, to investigate deaths,� Allen said.

However, the bill doesn’t go as far as some wish. The National Academy of Sciences concluded in 2009 that coroner systems should be phased out and replaced with board-certified medical examiners. The report noted that coroners have roots in ninth-century England, where their job was to protect the crown from tax evaders. Coroners started being replaced by medically trained examiners in this country as early as the 1870s. The legislature rejected a 2011 bill to study Colorado’s elected-coroners system. But the delicate job of modernizing the state’s system is slow work. John Jackson, Greenwood Village police chief and the head of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, said law enforcement still needs to play a role. “Some rural coroners’ offices simply do not have the resources to deal with crime scenes,� Jackson told the Senate.

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SNOW «FROM 1B Kansas border. On Friday, forecasters had said Denver could pick up 1 to 2 inches an hour between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., and many forecasts called for a foot of snow or more, but by early Saturday evening the city had only about 3 inches of accumulation. The northern Front Range got more than 7 inches, and the foothills picked up between 10 and 15. Denver International Airport canceled more than 600 flights Saturday, more than one-third of those normally scheduled, but noted that many of the canceled flights were smaller commuter flights headed for the mountains or plains. The airport expected normal operations Sunday. The temperature peaked at 35 degrees just after midnight Friday and was 29 degrees at 3 p.m. Saturday. “Liquid snow,” said Eileen Bishop of Lakewood about her wet hair as she waited at a crossing light at Champa Street on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. “I didn’t bring a hat, because I wasn’t going to be out that long. This kind of snow is just annoying.” City streets were slushy and wet but easily passable, the Colorado Department of Transportation said throughout the storm. Forecasters expect a Sunday afternoon high near 40, with no additional snow in the week’s forecast. The high is expected to bounce back up to a seasonal 48 degrees Monday, then 57 on Tuesday, 60 on Wednesday, and 64 on Thursday and Friday.

AGATE «FROM 1B Aaron Brachfeld, who lives a few miles south of Agate, said he has spoken to locals and that many wonder why Southwestern Energy of Houston, which has a permit to drill in northern Elbert County, hasn’t inquired about hiring local residents. He estimated about 40 people live in Agate proper, while others live on ranches nearby. “Even if it would be three or four jobs, that’s 10 percent of Agate,” Brachfeld said. “That’s a major employer.

Snow surrounds a jogger and her dog as they run through the Park Hill neighborhood Saturday. Snowfall in Denver fell far short of some predictions. Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post “The melt-off will start by Sunday,” said Nezette Rydell, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder. “It’s going to be lovely.” Before Saturday, forecasters predicted the storm could leave up to 16 inches on Denver.

“It hasn’t been piling up like we expected,” said Bernie Meier, meteorologist for the Weather Service. “It has been melting more than we thought.” Accumulation varied widely across the region — from 15.8 inches in Coni-

fer to inches in Boulder. Nederland, which sits 2,800 feet higher than Boulder, got more than 11 inches by the afternoon. Road conditions forced organizers of Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland to scale back events Saturday, postponing them un-

“There had been talks that there would be jobs created, but there were no jobs created and people are frustrated. No one’s gotten a job, and no one’s heard of anything.” County planner Carolyn Parkinson said there were several public meetings held to help Agate-area residents become familiar with the project. “During the hearings, there were talks about that,” she said, “and Southwestern said there would be opportunities for jobs.” Southwestern Energy wouldn’t acknowledge its plans to drill in Elbert County — even though pipe has been delivered, a permit was issued by the

county in November and county officials say the project is a go in the next few months. Southwestern spokeswoman Susan Richardson would only say the company is redrilling an existing well near Strasburg, in Arapahoe County. Schlegel said the Elbert County test well likely will require only a small crew working for maybe a month or six weeks. Depending on what is discovered, there could be horizontal production wells drilled, and that could require fracking, the controversial process of pumping water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into wells to frac-

ture rock and release underground deposits of oil and gas. The area is so unpopulated, Schlegel said there is not much chance of conflict with homes or businesses. “The good thing is it’s a remote area of the county,” he said. “Hot-button issues such as setbacks don’t apply to homes in the area.” After the exploratory well is completed, Southwestern Energy will have up to six months to disclose its findings, Parkinson said. The company could then decide to use the well to produce, drill more test holes or leave, she said. If the initial test drill is successful,

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more wells are likely to be drilled in that area, and perhaps then jobs would be available. And down the road, taxes from the oil and gas drilling will come back to Elbert County from the state. And it could be Agate’s last chance. By then, perhaps restaurants and stores will have popped up, saving Agate from being just an interstate exit to nowhere. “If they’re doing a lot of activity out there, it could be a regenerator for reviving Agate,” Parkinson said. Carlos Illescas: 303-954-1175, cillescas@denverpost.com or twitter.com/cillescasdp

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Abeyta, Marie Lydia Romero Achenbach, Thelma Irene Horan Averill, Clive F. Malesich & Shirey Beck, Daniel El Bell, Willson Bender, Raymond Horan Bernklau, Jacqueline Horan Brooks, Christopher Taylor Burkhart, Gladys Olinger Byerly, Billy R. Fairmount Couch, John Emery Aspen Donnelly, John J., Jr. Horan Driscoll, William N. Archdiocese Emrich, Ann Freeman Ferguson, Donald R. All Veterans Friesen, Daniel M. Olinger Fritz, Theodore A. Olinger Frye, Barbara Edith Caldwell-Kirk Giersch, Ralph, Jr. Goto, Leo K.Horan Hamilton, Allen James Monarch Hanson, Robert Leo Horan Ingwalson, Brenda Horan Jacobs, Kathleen Drinkwine Kennedy, June H. Romero Lewis, Evan Olinger Little, Robert Lovato, Frances Sally Aspen Lucero, Josephine Marshall, Richard D. Marsico, Marie Dorothy Horan Martin, Remedios Horan Martinez, Helen J. Olinger Meines, Alyce Panalis Olinger Meyer, Penny Horan Missbach, Nancy Jane Mitchell, Frank G. Mohr, Mavis J. Moss, Lori Lynn Nelson, Lisa Renee Olinger Norling, Kathleen Olin, Kent Pankoski, Stanley, Jr. Archdiocese Perkins, Lloyd D. Archdiocese Peterson Jr., Kenneth All States Petralia, Nancy Olinger Power, Kristine Marie Horan Ray, William C. Horan Richey-Piz, Robyn Ritter, James W. Malesich & Shirey Rudawsky, Yedida Schmidt, June Olinger Sisk, Dorothy Prentiss Drinkwine Solis, Abelardo S. Archdiocese Sperlak, Patrick J. Archdiocese Standley, Mary Creel Stone, Bernard K. Archdiocese Swanson, Lillian Fairmount Tani, Tom Malesich & Shirey Trujillo, Florence Newcomer Varra, Ida Mae Archdiocese Veensstra, Gertrude Horan Vigil, Juanita Bullock Mortuary Weber, Helen E. Archdiocese Whalen, Patricia L. All Veterans White, Orris H., Jr. Horan Willenbring, Nora M. Archdiocese Wilson, Fern S. Wilson, WayneHoran Young, Donald K., Sr. All States

ABEYTA, MARIE LYDIA "Cookie" 74, of Denver. Went home to be with the Lord March 4, 2013. Survived by children, Phil (Cathy) Abeyta, Elaine (Dave) Deller, Loretta Lucero and David (Margaret) Abeyta. Also survived by 16 grandchildren and 24 greatgrandchildren, numerous other relatives and friends. Prayer Service tonight 6 PM. Funeral Service 11:30 AM. Monday. Viewing one hour prior to each service, all at His Love Fellowship Church, 910 Kalamath, Denver. Interment Ft. Logan Cemetery, Monday 2 PM. Family Funeral Home 4750 Tejon St., Denver, CO • 1805 S. Sheridan Blvd., Lakewood, CO (303) 433-3333

BECK, DANIEL E.

DRISCOLL, WILLIAM N.

Daniel E. Beck died February 19, 2013 at his home in Denver, Colorado.

88, of Lakewood. Visitation Tuesday, 6:00 P.M., to 8:00 P.M., at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, 10:00 A.M., at St. Jude Catholic Church, 9405 W. Florida Ave. Lakewood. Entombment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Dan was born October 20, 1950 at Tachikawa Air Force Base, Japan to Francis J. and Helen S. Beck. Dan was proud to be a lifelong resident of Colorado. His life's passion was golf. He enjoyed playing, watching, and studying the game. There was no place he'd rather be than out on the course enjoying the Colorado sunshine. Dan also had great compassion for abused and neglected animals. He adopted Buster, a loyal mutt, from the Denver Animal Shelter and he liked taking him on long daily walks. He also had Silky, a feisty feline. Dan worked for Chart Industries in quality control. His work brought him satisfaction and he enjoyed many golf outings with his coworkers. Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Helen S. Beck and his father, Francis J. Beck Sr. and his brother J. Stephen Beck. Survivors include his brother, Frank Beck, and his sister, Mary Beck Webster, and her husband Tom Webster. He is survived by his niece, Elizabeth Webster, and his nephews, Adam and Stefan Beck. He is also survived by a dear aunt, Grace Saunders, his cousin, Carol Saunders Crowder and her husband, Travis Crowder, numerous other cousins and his lifelong friend, Dave Andreff. Dan will be buried at Sacred Heart of Mary cemetery in Boulder County.

BELL WILLSON

BILL 4/6/27-3/7/13 GEOLOGIST Bill died 3/7 following a stroke in Jan. He is survived by wife, Temple, David (Margaret), Patricia (Craig). Bill lived in Limon through high school, enlisted in the Navy in 1945 & was discharged in 1947. He worked for REA in E. CO until 1948 when he entered Univ. of CO & graduated in 1952. He & Temple were married in 1955, lived happily in Denver area for 57 years. He was a Boy Scout Troup leader, enjoyed golfing, fishing, and entensive travel. They were Peace Corps Volunteers in Sierra Leone, W. Africa 1985-87. Memorial service will be 3/13 at 1:00 at Wellshire Presbyterian Church 2999 S. Colo. Blvd. Denver 80210 Memorial gifts may be sent to Metro CareRing 1100 E. 18th Ave. Denver CO 80218 or Wellshire Hunger Task Force.

BENDER, RAYMOND

JUNE 20, 1922 - FEBRUARY 25, 2013 Preceded in death by his wife Jutta, brother Carl, and sister Bernice. Survived by his children David (Julia), Doris, and Deanne (Rob); five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Raymond was an Eagle Scout and a Silver Beaver. He served with the Army Air Forces in Germany in WWII where he met his wife of 60 years. Memorial Service Thursday, March 14th at 11:00 AM, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 5400 S. Yosemite, Greenwood Village. Committal at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Raymond's name to the Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry through the church.

BERNKLAU, JACQUELINE "GINGER"

FEBRUARY 15, 1931 - MARCH 4, 2013 Survived by daughters, Linda (Steve), Lisa (Marty), Anne (Mark) and Mary; grandchildren, Errin, Nick, Neal, Ian, Coutrney, Kelley and Andrew. Preceded in death by her son, Kurt. Visitation, Friday 3/ 15 at 1-2 PM, Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Celebration of Life to follow at 3:30 PM. Please call Linda at 720-2544843 for details.

AVERILL, CLIVE F. RMVR MEMBER 1947 ~ 2013

65, passed away March 5, 2013. Survived by wife Trudy. Viewing 10-11AM. Service 11AM on Mar 11, Crossroads Church (Wheat Ridge). Details: MalesichandShirey.com

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IN MEMORY OF SHANNON VENN Her beautiful spirit lives around us. Miss You Always...Love Mom.

WEED, ROGER THOMAS In loving memory of Roger Thomas Weed who passed away on March 10, 2012. Beloved husband, father and grandpa

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Ann Freeman Emrich, 86, died surrounded by her three sons after a courageous struggle against illness on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Ann was born in Greeley, Colorado, the fifth child of an Eastern Colorado banker/ rancher and a teacher. Graduating from Greeley High School, and having started writing for the "Greeley Tribune" at 16, she went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, pledged Alpha Phi and majored in Journalism. She graduated, as a member of national honor society Mortar Board, with a Bachelors degree in 1947. She completed her Masters degree in Radio & Television journalism from the University of Illinois in 1948. A prolific and curious writer and reporter, she worked for radio stations in Greeley and Denver where she met her future husband, Paul Emrich. She continued to write throughout her life, for the "Denver Post" Zone editions, and as alumnae editor for the national "Alpha Phi Quarterly," among others. She held nearly every office in the Denver alumnae chapter of Alpha Phi, and in 1986 was presented with the Alpha Phi Michaelanean Award for her longtime work for the sorority. From singing in the church choir, to wordsmithing her clever poems, researching her ancestors' interesting history, knitting, or playing bridge or any possible word game, Ann was always game for a new experience, or a new friendship. Paul preceded her in death in 2010. A devoted and proud mother of Ron, Gary and David, she is survived by them, their spouses, grandchildren Paul and Danielle, and several nieces and nephews, who are forever grateful for our extraordinary mother, grandmother and aunt. A service to remember and celebrate Ann, her kindness, courage, curiosity and love of life, will be held at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 Belleview Avenue, at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 14. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made in Ann's name to the Alpha Phi Foundation Women's Heart to Heart Health program.

FERGUSON, DONALD R. 2/18/1937- 3/1/2013

76, of Littleton, CO. He is survived by his wife Loretta L. Ferguson; 1 sister, 2 children, 2 stepchildren, 6 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren. Service at 2:15 pm, Fri. 3/15/13, Ft. Logan Cemetery, Staging Area "C".

FRIESEN, DANIEL M. 1935 - 2013

Dan Friesen, 78, of Highlands Ranch, passed away on March 7, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife Donna; his beloved children Wayne (Brenda) Friesen, David (Jayne) Friesen, and Rhonda (Dennis) Vaughn; 11 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 2:00PM at Cornerstone Church, 9941 Lone Tree Pkwy., in Lone Tree, with viewing 1 hour prior. Burial to follow at Olinger Chapel Hill in Centennial. Memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Church. Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery 303-771-3960

BROOKS, CHRISTOPHER ALLEN MARCH 13, 1960 - MARCH 4, 2013

52, Denver. Services Monday, 11:00 a.m. Jordan AME Church 2900 Milwaukee St. To Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation: Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Taylor Mortuary (Aurora). PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Brooks will lie in state on Monday, 10-11 a.m. at the church.

BURKHART, GLADYS "GLADY" 90, passed away on March 7, 2013. A Celebration of her life will be on Tuesday, 3/12, 10am at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, Pavilion of Reflection. To view the full obituary, visit www.CrownHillFuneral.com. Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery 303-233-4611 Condolences may be offered at www.CrownHillFuneral.com

BYERLY, BILLY R. Memorial Service Tuesday 3/12 at 11:30 A.M. at Fairmount Ivy Chapel, Interment Ft. Logan.

FRITZ, THEODORE A.

84, survived by his children Dean (Jan) Fritz, Dale (Laura) Fritz, Sharla (Rudy) Westerman, Bruce Fritz (Jim Crowe), Sheryl (Brian) Carlson, Sherry (Jack) Crosby, Brad (Patty) Fritz; 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Preceded in death his wife Joyce; 3 grandsons, Allen Fritz, Jay Fritz, Scott Carlson and his sister Betty Benson. Ted was retired and an active, longtime member of the Broomfield Lions Club and the Tri-County Lions Club. He served in numerous offices. A celebration of Ted's life will be held Wednesday, March 13, 10 am at Olinger Highland Chapel, 10201 Grant Street, Thornton, CO. Burial to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery 200 E 168th Ave, Broomfield, CO. In lieu of flowers donations to: Colorado Lions Camp, Woodland Park, CO or International Hearing Dog, Inc, Henderson, CO. Highland Mortuary & Cemetery 303-451-6674 Condolences may be offered at www.OlingerHighland.com

FRYE, BARBARA EDITH 1923 - 2013

90, of Denver. Service, Monday 10:30 am, Kirk Chapel, 2101 Marion Street, Denver. Interment, Fort Logan National Cemetery.

COUCH, JOHN EMERY 02-24-53 - 03-06-13

A True Warrior Loved dearly by family and friends, will be greatly missed by many. Services will be held at Aspen Mortuary, viewing on Wed. from 4-7, Memorial Thurs. 11-12:00. Interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of lowers donations can be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital. Reception at True Community Church, 7462 So. Everett St. Littleton, Co 80128. See aspenmortuaries.com

GIERSCH, RALPH, JR. In memory of Ralph Giersch Jr. Beloved brother of Judy, Patty, Sheila, Donna and Linda.

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77, of Denver. Passed away on March 4, 2013. Preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Margaret Donnelly. Survived by his 9 children and 20 grandchildren. Visitation, Monday, March 11, 2pm to 7pm, with Rosary starting at 7pm, Horan & McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial. Funeral Mass, Tuesday, March 12, 11:30am, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 8035 S. Quebec Street, Centennial. Interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 2255 S. Oneida Street, Denver, CO 80224. Full obituary at HoranCares.com.

Legendary restaurateur, Leo K. Goto, died peacefully on March 3 of Stage IV liver cancer at Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, GA. Known especially for his charm, legions of friends and amazing memory, Leo was a fixture in the Denver restaurant scene. He was born in Sacramento, CA on June 2, 1936. Leo moved with his family to Ft. Lupton, CO during WW11, when Japanese were forced to relocate to interior areas of the country. Leo began working in the restaurant industry at Trader Vic's in Denver, starting as a dishwasher, while attending the University of Denver. He managed the restaurant in Denver and helped open other Trader Vic's restaurants in London, Houston and Portland from 1958 to 1968. In 1969, with partners Larry Atler and Howard Torgove, Leo opened his first restaurant, Leo's Place, located in downtown Denver. In 1976, before Leo's Place closed, Leo and his partners opened the Wellshire Inn. He was a past director of the Colorado Tourism Board and the Colorado Restaurant Association. He was a past chairman and president of the ColoradoWyoming Chefs d'Cuisine Association. Leo was the youngest person to be inducted into the Colorado Restaurant Association's Hall of Fame. Leo earned his BS/BA in 1967 and his MBA in 1974 from the University of Denver. Leo served as a Trustee of the University of Denver from November, 1991 through June, 2012. He was the recipient of the University's Community Service Award in 1990 and, in 1995, the University of Denver Alumni Association gave Leo its highest honor, The Evans Award. He was past chairman of the Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 1996, Leo was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Chairman of The Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, for which he served two years. He also served as Chairman of The Denver Department of Environmental Health. Leo and his wife, Helen, were amazing volunteers and contributors at Children's Hospital after the death of their beloved five year old son, Mark, in an accident. In tribute to their contribution, Children's designated a special area as "Leo's Other Place." Leo is survived by his children Leilani (Kevin) Dobbins and Tim (Jennifer) Goto; his brothers Ben and Al, his sisters Lillian Sato and Rose Sakurai, and three grandchildren Morgan Dobbins, Melia and Mason Goto. Leo was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen, who died of cancer in 1988. Leo was also preceded in death by his brother, Mitsuru, who was killed in the Korean Conflict, and his former wife, Linda. A Requiem Eucharist will be offered Friday, 1 PM, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. Memorials suggested to Children's Hospital at www.childrenscolorado.org. To share memories and expressions of sympathy, visit www.horancares.com.

HAMILTON, "AJ" ALLEN JAMES of Capitol Hill, born January 24, 1937 passed away of natural causes March 6, 2013. AJ was a consummate salesman and always had a story to tell. Preceded in death by his wife Pam Hamilton. Survived by his father Don Hamilton, son James (Nancy) Hamilton, daughter Elizabeth Hamilton, brother Jeff Hamilton, sisters Patty Martin and Susan Pasion, grandchildren Alexander Hamilton, Linnea McGraw and Madeline McGraw. At AJ's request no formal funeral services will be held.

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TED JULY 31, 1928 - FEBRUARY 28, 2013

ACHENBACH, THELMA IRENE Thelma, 95, moved to Heaven on March 5, 2013. Born March 18, 1917 in Franklin, PA. She is survived by her husband Wayne, 5 children; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren. Memorial Service Monday, March 11, 11:30 am at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E Dartmouth Ave, Aurora. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to American Cancer Society, 2255 S Oneida St, Denver, CO 80224. Please share condolences at HoranCares.com.

EMRICH, ANN FREEMAN May12,1926-February26, 2013

GOTO, LEO K.

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HANSON, ROBERT LEO 76, of Denver, passed away March 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife Helen; daughter Theresa (Ethan) Schnelle; son Bill Hanson; grandchildren Alex, Isabel, and Will; brother Don. Funeral Mass 1:00 PM Wednesday, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 2375 E. Arizona. Memorials may be made to The Denver Hospice.

INGWALSON, BRENDA May4,1947~February10, 2013 Brenda left us on Feb.10, 2013 at her home in Littleton, Colorado with her husband Jared, son Matthew, and daughter Kathryn by her side. She is also survived by one brother and three sisters. Brenda earned her Bachelors degree at Indiana University, and Masters at Colorado University majoring in Early Childhood Education. Brenda moved to Elkhart, Indiana in 1969 to student teach where she met Jared. They were married in 1970 and moved with his job for Johns Manville Corporation to Littleton, Colorado in 1975. After a rewarding career she retired from Sheridan Headstart in 2005 as their Early Childhood Education Coordinator but continued to lead the Book Bag Project, a literacy program she originated which placed thousands of books in the hands of young students. Supported by dedicated volunteers that program continues. Brenda was a wonderful mom, grandmother, a loyal friend, educator, global traveler, and hand in hand with Jared, built a loving, adventurous, stable world for everyone around her. She will never be replaced. She will always be loved, forever and forever.

JACOBS, KATHLEEN 85, went home with Jesus March 6. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roger Jacobs who owned Jacob's Plumbing of Littleton. Survived by daughters and son in laws, Judy (Hiram) Haynes & Laurie (Tommy) Phillips; grandkids, Avery and Connor. Memorial service 10am Sat March 16 at Cherry Creek Retirement Village. More information on website.


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OBITUARIES & MEMORIALS

Survived by nephew, Ken (Sheila) Lombard, nieces, Bonny, Kristy, Joy and Robin Espinoza. Private services to be held at a later date. Family Funeral Home 4750 Tejon St., Denver, CO • 1805 S. Sheridan Blvd., Lakewood, CO (303) 433-3333

LEWIS, EVAN L., RET. COLONEL Wife of Bernadine. Visitation Tues. 10am followed by Services at 11am Olinger Hampden Chapel 8600 E. Hampden Ave. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society 2255 S. Oneida St. Denver, 80224. Olinger Hampden Gardens Mortuary & Cemetery 303-771-4636 Condolences may be offered at www.OlingerHampdenMortuary.com

LITTLE, ROBERT

BOB 5/29/1925 - 12/17/2012 U.S. NAVY, SYSTEMS ANALYST FOR THE STATE OF COLORADO Bob passed away quietly at Hospice of Grand Junction, CO on December 17, 2012. He lived with his wife of 57 years, Margaret for most of their life in Arvada, CO. Bob was raised in Greybull, WY. He worked for the State of Colorado in the Departments of Education, Health and Institutions. A Memorial will be held at Arvada Presbyterian Church, March 20 at 11am

LOVATO, FRANCES SALLY Lovato Frances died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. She was the daughter of Francisco Oviedo and the late Henrietta Ruiz. Preceded in death by brother, Bob Ruiz. She was the wife of Manuel Lovato and a devoted mother to four sons, Phil (Dora) Lovato, Manuel (Jane) Lovato, Jr., Rick (Sylvia) Lovato and Donald (Loretta) Lovato and six daughters, Martha (Ben) Crespin, Rose (Nick) Maestas, Delfina Guzman, Donna (Bill) Cordova, Charlene (Dennis) Archuletta and Juanita (Mike) Sanchez. Grandchildren: Benjie, Nick Jr., Marie, Lawrence, Angelica, Phil Jr., Christopher, Brittany, Richy, Stevie, Hope, Lorentina, Anthony, Josh, Destiny, Heather, Michael, Donald Jr., Amanda, Moniquie, Carlos, Isabella, Justine, and Michael. Also survived by two sisters, Denise Benford and Dorothy Bruton. Services will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, at Our Lady Mother of the Church, 6690 East 72nd Avenue, Commerce City, Colorado 80022.

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LUCERO, JOSEPHINE Passed away 3/6/2013. Survived by siblings Ed, Shirley, Beverly and Eric. Service pending.

MARSHALL, RICHARD D., "DICK" Aug.11,1933-Feb.15,2013 Richard Daniel (Dick) Marshall, 79, of Aurora, died on Feb 15, 2013. He was born in Rock Springs, WY on August 11, 1933 to Daniel George and Bonnie Jean (Yates) Marshall. He graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1951. Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving 4 years. He later graduated from Denver University with a business degree. He married Virginia (Ginny) Berges on August 28, 1961. They were blessed by a daughter Lisa and a son Daniel. He retired from Prudential in 1992 after 24 years of service. Dick was a District Manager and was well liked by his coworkers. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying skiing, backpacking, and fishing. He was an expert woodworker and for years made hand crafted wood toys. He is survived by Ginny, his wife of 51 years; daughter Lisa Brasher of Parker; son Daniel and wife Jana and grandchildren Luke and Michaela Marshall of Estes Park; and a sister, Bonnie Jean Noll of Fallbrook, CA. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Barbara Meetz. Dick was a loving husband, father, brother and grandpa. Memorials can be made in the name of Richard Marshall to World Vision International.

MARSICO, MARIE DOROTHY Funeral Mass, Thursday, March 14th, 10:30 AM, Spirit of Christ Catholic Community, 7400 West 80th Ave., Arvada. Burial will take place the following day at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery at 1pm. Please share a memory of Marie at HoranCares.com.

MISSBACH, NANCY JANE August16,1954-January24, 2013,HandBookbinderDesigner

Nancy Jane Missbach, 55 - lifelong bookbinder & designer, loving parent and memorable teacher. Born in Indianapolis, August 16th, 1954 to Marilla Jane Thurston & Martin Arthur Missbach. Went in peace January 24, 2013. Nancy is survived by her son Chancery Arthur Denbrook (21), siblings Leah Missbach Day, Dan and David Missbach. Nancy attended Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Argo Community High School in the Chicago area & Southern Illinois University. Nancy lived life on her own terms with humor, wit, independence, a fiery spirit and a positively sassy attitude. During her three years living with cancer, Nancy braved her disease with grace and dignity from an unfathomable yet stunning place of strength, drawn from the depths of her soul. She is an inspiration to many. Celebration of Nancy Missbach's life will be held on March 15, 6pm at MATTER, 2134 Market St., Denver, CO 80205. Facilitated by Rev. Mike Morran of First Unitarian Society of Denver. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nancy's name to Guild of Book Workers or Brain Tumor Institute

MITCHELL, FRANK G. "PINKIE" Frank "Pinkie" passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 peacefully and surrounded with love. He was born in Denver, Colorado. He served in the Army and was a WWII veteran, he was a retired printer from The Denver Post and past president of the Lakewood Lions Club. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Gwen Mitchell, daughters, Dianna Marston and Susan Kaufman and their families, Randy Kaufman, Alex Mitchell, Elliot Kaufman, James Murray, Kaela, Justin and Jared Chaffin, Sorrell Marston, Felipe, Kina, and Nathan Estrada, and his sister Mary (Betty) Starbuck. He was preceded in death by his son Frank Ceil Mitchell, son-in-law Nathan B. Marston, brother and sister-in-law, George and Vie and brother-inlaw, Gordon Starbuck. A viewing will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm at Olinger Crown Hill Chapel. Service will be held at noon on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Olinger Crown Hill Chapel. Reminder of the Daylight Savings Time change, on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Denver Hospice.

MOHR, MAVIS J. 94. Beloved mother & grandmother. She will be remembered always. www.foothillsfuneral.com/

MOSS, LORI LYNN Lori Lynn (Porter) Moss, 49, Littleton, died at home on Feb. 25, 2013. Lori worked as a Travel Agent for Carlson Travel and as a clerk at Rite Aid. Lori was a kind person who loved working with people. Survivors are a daughter, Catherine Moss, Denver, two sons, Alexander and Nathaniel Moss, Littleton, one sister, Cynthia Porter, Littleton and numerous nieces and nephews. Lori is preceded in death by her husband, Scott A. Moss; father, Raymond E. Porter; brother, Stephen D. Porter; sister, Virginia K. (Porter) Lafferty and mother, Ruby I. Porter. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions maybe be made to the American Red Cross.

Survived by 9 children & loving grandchildren; Service, Wed., 12PM, Crown Hill, 29th and Wadsworth, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery 303-233-4611 Condolences may be offered at www.CrownHillFuneral.com

MARTIN, REMEDIOS

JULY 11, 1921-MARCH 7, 2013 Survived by sons Ramon & Lee; niece Jacqueline Aymami; nephew Roger Aymami. Preceded in death by husband Henry E. Martin. Visitation Tuesday 03/12/13, 4-8 PM. Funeral Service Wednesday 03/13/13, 1:00 PM, both at Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Interment Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

MEINES, ALYCE PANALIS She Loved the Lord. Alyce passed away March 5, 2013. She is survived by her husband Clarence "Clix", son Steven, 4 step children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Visitation Monday 4-7 pm. at Olinger Chapel Hill. Memorial service 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Horizon Community Church at Dad Clark Drive in Highlands Ranch. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Christian Living Community, Denver Christian School or to ToysforGods Kids.com. Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery 303-771-3960 Condolences may be offered at www.OlingerChapelHill.com

MEYER, PENNY Penny Meyer, 58, of Thornton, passed on March 7, 2013. See Horancares.com for service info.

Kent Olin of Colorado Springs passed away on March 4, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn, who passed away on March 18, 2008. He is survived by the wonderful memories of his wife and by his wife's sister and brother -in-law, Jack and Gloriann Hallett and their children Claudia (Jim) Roemmer, Christy Hallett, Craig (Peggy) Hallett, and Cathy (Mark) Wiebe. Also surviving are several cousins. Kent was born in Chicago, IL on July 27, 1930. He served in the US Air Force from 1950-1954, attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. After leaving the service he returned to college and graduated from Ripon College in 1955. After college he served as a company rep for the Speed Queen Corporation. In 1956 he began his banking career at the US National Bank of Denver which has now morphed into Wells Fargo. In 1971 he resigned from the Denver bank and became Executive Vice President of the First National Bank of Boulder. He then became president and CEO of the First National Bank of Colorado Springs. In 1985 Kent and Marilyn moved back to Denver where he became President of Affiliated Bancshares of Colorado, the parent company of the First National Bank along with 28 other Colorado Banks. Kent eventually became CEO of the holding company and retired after the company's sale to Bank One in 1992. After his retirement Marilyn and Kent moved back to Colorado Springs dividing their time between their home here and their house in Scottsdale, AZ. It was also at this time that Kent joined the Board of the El Pomar Foundation where he served until 2006 at which time he retired from the Board and became Trustee Emeritus. During his career Kent was involved in many outside activities serving on and chairing committees for both the American Bankers and Colorado Bankers Associations. He was especially pleased to serve on the board of the Colorado Graduate School of banking where he eventually became chairman. For years Kent was listed in Who's Who in America. In Colorado Springs he served on many community boards including Citizens Goals for Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries, Pikes Peak United Way, the Air Force Academy Foundation, The Fine Arts Center, and as a Trustee of Colorado College. Kent also served as president of the El Paso Club. Kent felt that he had a lot of good fortune; the best was the support and help that he received from Marilyn. She was not only his beloved wife, but also, in his opinion, the main factor in whatever success he did enjoy. Contributions may be made to The Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, Goodwill Industries, The Fine Arts Center, The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc for Kent Olin Field.

PERKINS, LLOYD D. 11/16/1929 - 3/1/2013

Lloyd "Gus" Perkins, 83, of Denver, survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Beth (Marty) Van Buskirk, Richard (Susan) Perkins, and Theresa Perkins; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Rosary at 9:30 AM preceding Funeral Mass, Monday, March 11th, 10:00am, Notre Dame Church, 5100 W. Evans Ave., Denver. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Bridge Community and Special Religious Education at 3101 W. Hillside Pl., Denver, 80219, bridge-community.org. For online condolences please visit www.archdenmort.org.

PETERSON, KENNETH R., JR. "K.R."

MAY 19, 1964 - FEBRUARY 23, 2013

NELSON, LISA RENEE

JAN. 31, 1970 - MARCH 3, 2013 of Arvada passed away March 3, 2013. Wife of Paul; mother of Tyler & Whitney. Visitation Friday, March 15, 4-7pm, Olinger Crown Hill, 29th & Wadsworth. Funeral Saturday, March 16, 10am, Peace Lutheran Church, 5675 Field St. Interment, Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Lisa Nelson Memorial Scholarship, c/o Chase Bank, 8015 Kipling St., Arvada 80004 or www.lisanelsonmemorial.org Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery 303-233-4611 Condolences may be offered at www.CrownHillFuneral.com

NORLING, KATHLEEN MARTINEZ, HELEN J.

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Norling, M. Kathleen "Kathy" 79, passed away on January 24th after a very brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Norling, who passed away in June of 2010. Kathy is survived by her daughter, Laura Roark and son, Chad (Heather) Roark; stepdaughters Lisa (Chuck) Bushman and Cindy Atherton (Steve Oxley); brothers Bob (Anne) Bergman and Don (Cynthia) Bergman of Texas and Jack Bergman of North Carolina; grandchildren Taylor Roark, Carly and Sophie Bushman; and her beloved Dalmatian, "Charo." She was born on November 2, 1933, in Kimball, Nebraska and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from Boulder High School and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Colorado. She was a Denver Public Schools elementary teacher and librarian for more than 20 years. She was also a great teacher to the four children, teaching water skiing, tennis, and snow skiing. A casual memorial gathering will be on Saturday, March 30th, from noon - 4:00 pm at the family residence. Memorial donations can be made to http:// www.donorschoose.org/donors/ viewChallenge.html?id=284491

Predeceased by his father, Kenneth R. Peterson, Sr., and his mother Darlene McCloskey. Survived by his sisters Robin (Tom) Lybeck and Stacey Peterson and by his step-mother Katherine Caughran. Memorial Service at St. John's Lutheran Church, 700 S. Franklin St., Denver, CO 80209, on March 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with reception following at the church. Sign Guest Book at:

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PETRALIA, NANCY 79, passed away on March 7, 2013. Services will be private. To view her full obituary, visit www.CrownHillFuneral.com. Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery 303-233-4611 Condolences may be offered at www.CrownHillFuneral.com

POWER, KRISTINE MARIE 1951-2013 61,passed away suddenly in her home. She was born in Medford, Massachusetts on April 6, 1951. Kris was educated in the Medford School system graduating with the class of 1969. She went on to further her education earning Bachelors and Master's Degree in Human Resources. She leaves behind parents Clare and Virginia; brother Kenneth Powers (Taylor); sister Charlene Lorenzen; nephews Michael and Steven Lorenzen; niece Aspen Kass (Darrin); her loving cats Savannah and Davis. She was preceded in death by her best friend Zeus. She also leaves behind many cousins in Colorado and Massachusetts. Services will be held at Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80227 on Friday, March 15th at 6:00pm. In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made in her name to the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley location at 2129 W. Chenango Ave., Littleton, CO 80120.

PANKOSKI, STANLEY, JR. 2/7/1926 - 3/6/2013

Stanley L. Pankoski, 86, of Westminster. Husband of Donna; Father of Linda (deceased), Stanley Jr. (deceased), Danny (Annette), Terry (Russell), Lonnie (Jennifer), Dondee (Glenn), Grandfather (11), Great grandfather (13) Stan served in WWII in the U.S. Navy and was self employed for over 20 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 12:30 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 3050 W. 76th Ave. Westminster, CO. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. For online condolences please visit www.archdenmort.org.

RAY, WILLIAM C. "BILLY" Billy, 62, born September 15, 1950, of Aurora, CO passed away Monday, March 4, 2013. Survived by wife, Karen, son Bryan grandson Jayden. Also survived by mother, Rose, brothers Gary, Randy, Ricky, sisters Brenda and Tina. Avid Harley rider, car restorer, country western dancer, stanger to nobody. He was a good man, passionate, generous, would give you the shirt off his back. He will be loved and missed greatly.

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RICHEY-PIZ, ROBYN

Robyn Richey-Piz passed away surrounded by family on March 2, 2013. She was born on October 1, 1958 in Denver and graduated from Lakewood High School and Colorado College. Robyn was a thoughtful, spiritual soul with a clever wit and a warm heart. She lived life bravely. She cherished her time with her border collies, her horse, her friends, and her family. She was a talented equestrian and a gifted and profound writer. Robyn is survived by her devoted parents, Jim and Betty Richey, her sisters Kathy (Kassie) Vaughan and Nancy Polumbus, her brother Jeff Richey, and many other loving family members. A Celebration of Robyn's Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11 at Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, CO 80135. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Robyn's name to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org/donate, 30 E. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or the Dumb Friends League, http://ddfl.convio.net/goto/ RememberingRobyn, 2080 S. Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80231.

RITTER, JAMES WAYNE 47, passed 02/25/13 in Thornton, CO. Service info at malesichandshirey.com

RUDAWSKY, YEDIDA 1934 - 2013

Yedida Rudawsky, Denver. Wife of Oded Rudawsky. Mother of Ron (Andrea Grasso) Rudawsky, Zvi (Staci) Rudawsky & Gil (Leslie) Rudawsky. Sister of David Arouch, Israel, Simon Arouch, Israel & Joshua Arouch, FL. Grandmother of Alyssa, Derek, Alex & Lily. Services were held. Contributions to Dravet.org or Jewish Family Service of Colorado. Her spirit continues with her children and grandchildren, and all of those she has touched. Shalom and Rest in Peace Safta.

SCHMIDT, JUNE 1927-2013

June M. Schmidt, 85 of Denver, passed away on March 7, 2013. She is predeceased by her loving husband Harold and a granddaughter. She is survived by her children Keith (Susan) Schmidt, Diane (Tom) Hubbard, Judy (Alan) Niederauer, and Ken (Robin) Schmidt; her brother Kenneth Louden, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Tower Community Church 1800 South Tower Road in Aurora on Monday March 11 at 2:00PM. Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery 303-771-3960 Condolences may be offered at www.OlingerChapelHill.com

SISK, DOROTHY PRENTISS Dorothy "Dotty" Sisk, 90, of Littleton, CO passed away at home March 5, 2013. Dotty was born January 2, 1923 in Baltimore MD. She was the daughter of the late Morgan S. Prentiss and Mary Elizabeth Maccubbin Prentiss Corsa. Dotty attended Strayer Business College and worked at Household Finance until her marriage to Thomas Joseph Sisk Sr. in 1950. They lived in Maryland until 1960 and then moved the family to Colorado. Dotty loved the Colorado Mountains and skied into her 80's. She loved to read, ski, swim and travel, but mostly loved spending time with her family. Dotty was preceded in death by husband Thomas J. Sisk, Sr. in 1989. She is survived by her son Thomas (Nina) Sisk Jr., daughter Nancy O'Neill, 6 grandchildren, Holly (Tyson) Schaefer, Nathan (Maricel) O'Neill, Katie Sisk, Kristina Sisk, Thomas Sisk III and Peter Sisk; 3 great-grandchildren, Zach Schaefer, Lauren Schaefer and Lainey Schaefer; and extended family and friends. Memorial service Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11:00am at Columbine United Church, 6375 S. Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO. In lieu of flowers please donate to Columbine United Church or The Denver Hospice.

SOLIS, ABELARDO S. 1927 - 2013

85, of Aurora. Preceded in death by his wife, Margarita and son, Abelardo, Jr. Father of Ros, Elaine, Sophia, Cindy and Jack. 8 grandchildren. 5 great grandchildren. Brother of Joe, Lala, and Kika. Rosary, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 4:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:00 am, both at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 13670 E. 13th Place, Aurora. Interment, Hampden Memorial Gardens.

SPERLAK, PATRICK J. "PAT"

46, of Denver. Son of Mildred Sperlak. Brother of Sandra Mink, Tina Sperlak, Timothy (Roberta) Sperlak and Mary Mares. Preceded in death by a brother John Sperlak, a sister Babe Sperlak and his father Stanley Sperlak. Also survived by nine nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 14th, 11:00 A.M., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 2190 So. Sheridan Blvd. Denver. Interment, Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area "B". In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Patrick Sperlak Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.

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Snowshoers make landscape their canvas By Nichole L. Ballard Rawlins Times

rawlins, wyo.» Sonja Hinrichsen is internationally known for her snow drawings — intricate patterns etched into a snowfield with snowshoes. She organized a communal art project Feb. 16-17, and for Hinrichsen and local participants it has opened up a new point of view. “I’m seeing it as a positive thing,” Hinrichsen said. Now she can focus on smaller, more intricate patterns she can make by herself. “It’s really more

about how the work is embedded in the landscape than about how big it becomes or how much area I cover.” Hinrichsen is an alumna of the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts residency program and a current resident artist. She began the project in Colorado in 2009 when snowshoeing for the first time. About 10 people helped with the snow drawing that weekend. Clarke Turner was one of the participants who drove in from Casper for the two-day project. “I have always enjoyed crosscountry skiing and snowshoe-

ing to experience Wyoming’s wonderful outdoors, yet I have never had the same perspective that Sonja gave us that weekend,” Turner wrote. “She looked at the landscape as her canvas, and as a result I saw the land in a different light.” Sally Patton agrees with Turner’s new perspective. Patton has been trying new ways to stay fit, she said. When she attended the Brush Creek Presents, where resident artists showed their skills and discussed art projects, Patton knew she had to join in Hinrichsen’s communal snow

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drawing. “It was one of my more fabulous experiences,” Patton said. When Patton arrived at Brush Creek Ranch on Feb. 16 to join the art project, her first impression of Hinrichsen’s plan for the snow drawing was, “This looks so mathematical.” The drawing representing the art they were supposed to make by trekking through the snow in snowshoes was a complex diagram of circle designs. After hours of snowshoeing, and an episode with the ranch dogs ruining the fresh canvas of snow, Patton said her pedometer informed her she had covered 2.62 miles. Patton returned Sunday to continue the project, but yet another storm was on the horizon. After she worked from morning to noon, the wind whipped and whisked the snow drawing away. The art she had created lasted only for a day. Still, Patton said the experience was worth it: “I will never look at a field of snow the same way again.”

Sonja Hinrichsen looks over the snow-covered land last month in Saratoga, Wyo. Hinrichsen, known for her snow drawings, organized a communal art project Feb. 16-17. Photo courtesy of Sally Patton

OBITUARIES & MEMORIALS

STANDLEY, MARY HELEN

Mary Helen Standley, 96, passed away on March 6, 2013 at New Horizons Assisted Living in Lewistown, Montana. Mary Helen was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska on June 11, 1916 to Ross and Helen Phillips. She attended East High School in Denver Colorado and then furthered her education at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. Mary Helen married Stewart Standley on August 25, 1940 in Raton, New Mexico. Together they raised four children. Stewart passed away in 1999. Mary Helen was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church. Mary Helen is survived by her children, Richard (Pam) Standley, John (Carolyn) Standley, Nancy (Rowan) McQuarrie, and Susan Standley; grandchildren, Clayton Adcock, Katerine and Elizabeth Standley, David and John (Holly) Cahill, Devan (Jason) Struppler, Colleen (Rob) Liguori, and Justin McQuarrie; and great grandson, Alex Liguori. A Service of Remembrance will be held Monday, May 13, 10am, with the inurnment of her ashes next to her beloved husband Stew, at Fort Logan Cemetery, staging area A, in Denver, Colorado. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Central Montana, 408 Wendell Ave., Lewistown, Montana 59457. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Condolences for the family can be expressed at www.creelfuneralhome.com

STONE, BERNARD K. 1920 -2013

92, of Denver. Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 9:00 am, Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Entombment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.

SWANSON, LILLIAN M. 1917-2013

Lillian M. Swanson, born March 11, 1917 in Gaastra Village, Michigan, daughter of Bert and Ida Lace. Preceded in death by husband Carl and sister Doris (Shepard). Survived by an always loving family including daughter Nancy Schell (Nick), grand-daughters Holly Christiansen (Wes), Laurie Hughes (Jeff) and 3 great grand-children; Brandon, Joe, and Hannah Christiansen. Lillian went to her eternal resting place on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Fairmount Chapel in the Pines (430 So. Quebec St., Denver, CO.) Viewing will be at 12 noon and service at 1:00 PM. Interment to follow at Fairmount. Lillian's first priority was always her family. She was always there for them to help in any way she could. She was always there if you needed someone to talk to. She had a great sense of humor. She loved playing the piano, listening to music, reading, discussing politics and keeping up with current events. She had a passion for gardening, cooking, and decorating her beautiful home. She loved sitting on her patio in the quiet and watching the birds. She always said "embrace the silence" in this noisy world. She was truly a woman with style and grace. Never one to ever give up hope, she had strong faith and determination and always tried her best at everything she did. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Seniors, Inc., Christian Living Johnson Center, and the Halcyon Hospice for all their support and care for her. She passed away peacefully with her daughter holding her hand, while listening to her favorite musician, Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra. And as was her style, she had a beautiful exit at the end of a beautiful song.

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TRUJILLO, FLORENCE "FLO" Arvada, CO passed away March 5, 2013. Beloved wife of Frank Trujillo for 67 years. Viewing, Monday, 3/11 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Newcomer Funeral Home - West Metro Chapel. Funeral Mass, Tuesday, 3/12 at 10:00 AM at St. Cajetan's Catholic Church, 299 So. Raleigh St., Denver. Entombment, Madonna Mausoleum, Mount Olivet Cemetery. To leave a condolence or share a special message please visit www.NewcomerDenver.com.

85 of Denver. Beloved wife of the late Henry "Hank" Weber. Mother of Sr. Jeannette Marie, Vern (Janet), Jerry (Patti Jo), Marilyn, Joyce (J.D.) Ruybal, Jim (Marianne) and Willis (Karen). Also survived by twenty grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, two sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. Recitation of the Rosary Tuesday March 12th 7:00 P.M., with Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday March 13th 11:30 A.M., both at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of Colorado Springs, in memory of Helen Weber, 7665 Assisi Heights, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80919.

WHALEN, PATRICIA L. Rosary 3-14, 7:00 pm., Mass 3-15, 10:00 am. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Northglenn, CO

WHITE, ORRIS H., JR.

"ORRIE" MARCH 7, 1936 ~ MARCH 7, 2013 77, of Littleton died March 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Dianne; children, Tracy (George) Peerless, Gregory Byrum, Jeffrey Byrum, and Larry Byrum; grandchildren, Derek Wollenweber and Alton Peerless; and sister, Joannie I. White. Visitation, Wednesday, 9-10am; Funeral Service, 10am, both at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Burial, Crown Hill Cemetery.

WILLENBRING, NORA M.

TANI, TOM Tom E. Tani, 79, passed away on February 22, 2013. He was born July 14, 1933 in Ft. Lupton Colorado to Shungo and Tamayo of Fukuoka, Japan. Tom graduated from Ft Lupton High School, served two years of service in the U.S. Army, he was a former employee of the U.S Mint (1964), with 31 years of service, and the winner of 1993 Secretary Treasury Award in Washington D. C. Services will be private. A Life Celebration will be held in April. In lieu of flowers.Tom asks that you take your family to Sunday dinner. For full obit and info please see coloradocrematory.com

WEBER, HELEN E.

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07/12/1921-03/07/2013 91, Wheat Ridge. Mother of Diana(Frank) Francescatti; Grandmother of 3: Allen, Sherri and Vincent; Great Grandmother of 4; Great Great Grandmother of 1. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday 10am, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St., Wheat Ridge, Interment Crown Hill Cemetery. For online condolences & full obituary please visit www. archdenmort. org.

73, of Evergreen. Wife of Tom Willenbring. Mother of Jim Willenbring, Linda Willenbring (Tim Glenn), Andrew Willenbring and Paul Willenbring. Preceded in death by a daughter Julie Willenbring. Sister of Betty (Ron) Bozik. Also survived by six grandchildren. Memorial Mass Tuesday March 12th, 2:00 P.M., at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. Services will conclude in the chapel. Private Inurnment, Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

MARCH 17, 1915 - MARCH 5, 2013 Gertrude "Trudy" Veenstra, 97, entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at her home in Aurora, Colorado. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her husband, Ferdinand; children Donna (Lorren) Ballard, Carol Shaffer, Jack (Debbra), Dwight and Marc Veenstra; her grandchildren, Erika (Tim) Keeton, Nicholas (Rachel) and Joshua (Maegan) Veenstra; and 3 great grandchildren. A private family service is planned.

Wayne, 70, of Westminster, passed away Feb. 26, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; children, Alisa (Jason) Johnson and Drew (Nicole) Wilson; granddaughters Taylor, Sydney, Isabella, and Alexandra. Memorial Service will be Saturday, March 16 at 10:30AM at Intercession Episcopal Church, 3101 E. 100th Ave., Thornton, CO. Memorials may be made to Footprints Daycare (assistance to low-income preschoolers).

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Fern Steuteville Wilson, a long time CO resident was known for her kindness, penetrating intelligence, and ready wit. Fern grew up in Nebraska and graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska with a BA in English with a concentration in Journalism. She belonged to Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and Mortar Board. She married the love of her life Jack R. Wilson, then an Army Air Corps officer in Honolulu in 1941. The newlyweds lived at Hickam Field and experienced the Japanese attack of December 7th. Fern worked at Hickam until the last wave of military dependents left Hawaii. After the war the couple returned to Nebraska and then lived in Wheat Ridge (1949-1959), and Evergreen (19701978), and in Lake Forest, Illinois (1959-1978), Littleton (1978-2008) and then to Arvada Meridian in 2008. Fern pursued a career in journalism and educational writing and was admired for her writing and editing talent. She worked for the Lake Forester Newspaper, Canyon Courier, and Jefferson County School district, and as curriculum writer for numerous educational agencies. Fern had many passions writing, tennis, cats (particularly black ones) and being "Tutu" to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by parents William V. and Stella V. Steuteville of South Sioux City Nebraska, her husband, Jack R. Wilson, and her son, Thomas R. Wilson, her twin sister Mary Steuteville Brodinsky of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, her sister Florence Fitzgibbon of Birmingham, Alabama and her brother William V. Steuteville of Virginia Beach. She is survived by her son Jack Wilson and wife Carol, her daughter Mary Wilson-Nichols and husband George Nichols, her granddaughter Heather Wilson and husband Jeff Wheeless, all of Colorado, by grandchildren, Letha and Dennis Wilson, Tom and Timothy Nichols, and by her great grandchildren Drake and Duke Wheeless, as well as many beloved family members and friends. The family visitation is from 4 o'clock until 6 0'clock p.m. at Crown Hill Mortuary. The memorial and burial will be on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at three o'clock in the afternoon at Olinger's Crown Hill Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood, Denver Rescue or Dumb Friends. vade in pace, Fern

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Grand Junction 45/25

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Colorado Springs 39/21 Pueblo 46/23

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New world after Melo

NETTING A CO-TITLE

Winning for the eighth straight time, the Nuggets improve to 28-3 at home and 42-22 overall with a 111-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center. »4C

COLLEGE SKIING

Nuggets’ roster sculpted by deal By Benjamin Hochman The Denver Post

BUFFS WIN 19TH NATIONAL TITLE Led by 15K cross country champion Joanne Reid, above, CU rallies to win the NCAA skiing championship in Vermont. The Denver Pioneers finish fourth. »10C

MARK KISZLA

TIME FOR NEW RIVALRY: CHICAGO After the Blackhawks’ streak ended in Denver on Friday, perhaps the Windy City can fill the position once held by the Raiders and the Red Wings. »2C

ROCKIES

THIS RELIEVER EASY TO RELOAD Want to please Matt Belisle? Let him pitch as much as possible. “I want the foot on the gas pedal. ... I want the ball in tough situations,” says the anchor of the bullpen. »7C

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enver senior Chase Hallam wears the right kind of necklace for March Madness after the Pioneers rip Louisiana Tech 78-54 at Magness Arena on Saturday to gain a share of the WAC regular-season title. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post » Story, 13C

Bu≠s’ home loss could be costly OREGON STATE 64, COLORADO 58

By Tom Kensler The Denver Post

boulder» As it turned out, having “laid an egg” with an awful performance Saturday against Oregon State did not affect Colorado’s seeding for the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Las Vegas. The Buffaloes (20-10, 10-8 Pac-12) were the No. 5 seed in the league tourney no matter what happened in

their regular-season finale — thanks to the other challenger for the fifth seed, Arizona State, losing Saturday at Arizona. But there’s no telling what the NCAA Tournament selection committee will think of Colorado’s 64-58 home loss to a previously underachieving Beavers squad (14-17, 4-14) that sits at the bottom of the conference standings. Colorado coach Tad Boyle said he’s not worried about anything past Wednesday. “We’re just going to focus on our next game,” he said when asked

about potential implications of this dud. “If you keep focusing on your next game, good things happen.” Boyle added that his team, which was without star forward Andre Roberson (mononucleosis), had better get itself in the right frame of mind, and in a hurry. The Buffs shot 35 percent from the field, lost the rebounding battle 38-32 and were outscored 37-29 in the second half. Colorado will open the conference tournament at 3:30 p.m. MDT on Wednesday in the MGM Grand Garden Arena vs. 12th-seeded OreBUFFS » 12C

Viva Las Vegas The Colorado, Colorado State and University of Denver men’s basketball teams finished regularseason play Saturday and now head into their conference tournaments, all in Las Vegas, this week:

T-BIRDS WILL GO OUT WITH A BANG Wasson’s final basketball team will be playing in the final four in Boulder this week after beating Thomas Jefferson in the Class 4A Great 8. »16C

BRONCOS

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY IN THE NFL Free agency opens Tuesday. That means Denver can start buying gifts to delight, and strengthen, a team that turned a 13-3 record into the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed last season. »8C

Colorado

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Saturday: Lost to Oregon State to finish 10-8 in the Pac-12 and is seeded No. 5 for the league tournament. Up next: CU plays 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against Oregon St. Where they stand: The Buffs, coming off a win over nationally ranked Oregon, fell to the conference’s worst team at home. They had better win a couple in the Pac-12 Tournament to secure an NCAA spot.

Saturday: Beat Nevada to finish 11-5 in the Mountain West and clinch the No. 2 seed in the conference tourney. Up next: CSU opens at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against Fresno State. Where they stand: The Rams lost three of their final six games heading into the tournament, but with an excellent RPI are almost certain to get at least an NCAA at-large bid.

Saturday: Beat Louisiana Tech to finish 16-2 and co-champion in the Western Athletic Conference. Up next: The Pioneers will be seeded first or second — highest RPI ranking wins the tiebreaker — in the WAC Tournament. They open Thursday. Where they stand: Despite a great finish, the Pioneers will need to win the WAC tourney to get an NCAA bid.

Air Force stuns New Mexico. Falcons win 89-88 on late 3-pointer. »12C

It was his mad moment, 36 seconds of unadulterated honesty in front of the metaphorical media firing squad. “Most of the people are going to say, ‘You can’t win without a star.’ I’m tired of it. I’m fed up with it. I’ve been angry about it,” Nuggets coach George Karl said last week on the, give or take, seven bazillionth time he’s talked about winning without a star. “It’s a team game. I know Miami won the championship and had a superstar, but they were the best basketball team. Our job is to try to become the best basketball team. I honestly think it can be done. I think it’s silly to not even have one person stand up and say it could be done.” With the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony returning to Denver on Wednesday — the first time since the NBA star forced a trade from the Nuggets in February 2011 — the star debate is back in play. Two years later, the smaller-market Nuggets still don’t have a star, though with the way point guard Ty Lawson is playing, that perception could change within the next year. But by all indications, the Nuggets made out well in the Melo deal, star or no star. Denver is rolling along at 42-22 and in a fight for home-court advantage in the playoffs, possibly even a No. 3 seed in the West. Denver is the third-youngest team in the NBA. All of its key players are under contract for next season, though Andre Iguodala could opt out. NUGGETS » 5C

WOODY PAIGE Denver Post Columnist

Rockies’ menu could use some new chow

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scottsdale, ariz.» t a back booth in an Old Scottsdale Italian restaurant the weathered, leathered coach of many a major-league spring training chewed on chicken fontina and the Rockies: “Good hit, no pitch,’’ he said between bites. “Worst rotation in baseball.’’ That’s not a news flash. So, what’s his guileful guidance? “Pray for 15-13 games at home and rainouts on the road.’’ How about some unsolicited advice from this prickly Cactus League observer: Trade today for pitchers Chris Capuano and J.A. Happ. The Rockies’ proposed five starters — Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, Juan Nicasio, Jeff Francis and Drew Pomeranz — won 13 and lost 26 last season. The alternative five — which replaces Pomeranz with newcomer Chris Volstad — was 14-29. Two other possible starters — Tyler Chatwood and Christian Friedrich — were a combined 10-14. The Giants’ starters won 71 in 2012. It has been predicted in many quarters (and taverns) that the Rockies won’t win 71 games total in 2013. PAIGE » 8C


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Snow postpones Rapids to Sunday

Peyton Manning had a pretty good first season with the Broncos, throwing for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns and finishing runner-up as the NFL’s most valuable player — after returning from neck surgery. Joe Amon, The Denver Post

MARK KISZLA

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e need to start a new blood feud. Who is there for Colorado sports fans to hate (in a good way)? Here’s hoping all those bandwagon Blackhawks fans who showed up wearing a red No. 88 to the Can didn’t cut the price tag out of their replica jerseys, so they could return the merchandise within 24 hours after the Avalanche trashed Chicago 6-2 on Friday night. “To end their streak is a good feeling,” said Avs defenseman Erik Johnson, happy to be on the first team in 25 games this season to beat Chicago in regulation. “There’s definitely going to be some animosity going forward.” As the final seconds of the third period ticked down, Avalanche fans taunted all the Hawks interlopers in the house with this chant: “End of streak! End of streak!” Al Davis is dead, and the Broncos’ rivalry with the Raiders isn’t feeling so hot itself. The Rockies? Please. They are the baseball equivalent of a homecoming win. No city hates the Rockies. They’re cuddly losers. Rocky the mascot vs. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook might be as close to bad blood as we have in this sports town. When the feud is based on a point guard blocking a furry mascot’s shot during a timeout, I’m not sure if the ESPN folks at “30 for 30” are going to be rolling in to shoot a docudrama anytime soon. It has been almost sixteen years since Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy duked it out with Mike Vernon at center ice in Detroit. We need a fresh beef. In a realignment plan approved last week by NHL players, Colorado will soon be moving to a new division. The best part for the Avs? Goodbye, Edmonton. Hello, Chicago. “That could start a rivalry,” Johnson said. As a child of Midwest winters, where the sun was no more than a rumor from Halloween until Easter, I happily fled to Colorado. The Blackhawks are a better hockey team than the Avalanche, at least until Gabe Landeskog and Matt Duchene hit their prime. But, as the hundreds of Windy City refugees in the Avs’ arena can attest, when you’re talking Denver vs. Chicago? It’s no contest. This could be the start of something beautiful.

The Rapids postponed their home opener Saturday against the Philadelphia Union as a blizzard built up over Colorado. Instead, the Rapids will host the Union on Sunday at 1 p.m. “As always, the safety of our fans, staff and athletes is paramount, and the conditions in the Denver area preclude the game from being played today as originally scheduled,” said Major League Soccer vice president Nelson Rodriguez, who is in Colorado to attend the match. The Rapids planned to play with a bright orange ball and bright orange lines on the field, making them easier to see in a snowstorm. Also, the Rapids planned to give “white out” towels to fans attending the match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. MLS commissioner Don Gar-

ber said last week he could rarely recall many MLS games called off because of snow. A blizzard warning was in effect for the Denver area, but warmer-than-expected temperatures sapped the strength of the storm. The snow was expected to end before 10 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters expect sunny skies and a high near 40 degrees Sunday with no additional snow in the forecast. A travel advisory was issued for Adams County, where up to 14 inches of snow and 40 mph wind had been forecast before the storm lost steam. All tickets issued for the Rapids-Union match will be honored Sunday. Tickets are on sale at coloradorapids.com. The match will be televised live on Altitude. Denver Post staff and wire services

Is Manning overpaid? Tell that to QB’s face Paying the toll. Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil likely is overpaid at $12 million per year. It is surprising the payroll situation with Peyton Manning on the team has come to a head so quickly. The Manning Toll, so to speak. That is, having him on your team is so prohibitively expensive that you have to cut corners at other positions, possibly weakening the team overall as much as he improves it. It’s not like Manning hasn’t been paid during the course of his career. He has enough money to buy an eye-popping number of pizza franchises, a multimillion-dollar mansion and a stake in a pro basketball team for his wife. If he is the ultimate team guy, with a burning desire to win, why won’t he take a pay cut or defer some money? Larry, Centennial Kiz: OK, I’m with you on the envy

regarding the pizza franchises. Heck, it makes me gain five pounds just thinking about the scent of that yummy cheese bubbling in all those ovens. But Manning came to Denver on a contract that was originally guaranteed for only one season, finished second in the league voting for most valuable player, and now you demand he take a pay cut? Wow, can I sit back and watch the fireworks show when you call Manning into your office and inform him of your hard-line stance?

Money matters. In regards to your sympathy for Dumervil during this time the Broncos want to renegotiate his contract, what happened to: At some point, you’ve made enough money? Bill, king of the road Kiz: Fans love the fact that in the NFL, if millionaires don’t perform to the highest standard, their pay can be slashed. And I don’t blame fans for liking to see football millionaires get hit hard in the wallet. But let me ask, in regards to another great principle of American business: Shouldn’t a contract be worth more than the paper it’s printed on?

Ice not so nice. You obviously never played hockey, idiot. On Friday, you

wrote: “The most bogus ‘winning’ streak in the history of American sports has rolled into Denver. And the Colorado Avalanche is just the team to put an end to it, by beating the Chicago Blackhawks.” Spoken like a guy that doesn’t have a clue. I won’t waste my time explaining it to you. Ricardo, Trinidad Kiz: Well, glad you asked. In college, my dorm floor rented ice time late at night. I played goalie, and was quite possibly the worst-skating netminder in the sport’s history. I played butterfly style (my story, sticking to it), because I fell down a lot. But no clue? Avs 6, Chicago 2. No more explanation required.

Big, bad shoulders. You are such a hater. If you come to Chicago, make sure you look me up, so I can show you and your sorry (rump) what we do to people who talk (trash) about our Blackhawks. Jose, badder than Leroy Brown Kiz: OK, where are you taking me for dinner when I get to Chicago? That’s what you meant, right? Being a kid of Polish heritage who grew up in the Midwest, I am partial to the food at Staropolska on N. Milwaukee.

What Miller meant. And today’s parting shot was a widely circulated criticism by sticks in the mud, when Broncos linebacker Von Miller vowed to win the Super Bowl to honor a young cousin recovering from a car accident. Here at Kickin’ It Headquarters, we’re not smart enough to know what a pedant is. We can only hope one will take the time to teach us the meaning. If Miller is saying the Broncos will win the Super Bowl in 2013, his guarantee is already in the toilet. The Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013. I know, it’s tough keeping track of what year it is. JE, stickler for detail

Kick it with Kiz by writing mkiszla@denverpost.com or listen to him on the radio 7-9 a.m. Monday through Friday on 93.7 FM and 1510 AM.

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After a big win against Chicago, Zanon turned into a raving lunatic in the Avalanche dressing room, cursing out a media member for “trespassing” over a team logo woven in the carpet. Way to represent the “A,” big guy. Did Joe Sakic, Adam Foote or Peter Forsberg ever act so bush league? Nope.

A worker clears snow from the field at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday. The storm shifted the Rapids’ home opener against the Union to Sunday at 1 p.m. Photo courtesy Colorado Rapids

Coburn wins NCAA title, nearly breaks meet record fayetteville, ark.» The University of Colorado’s latest distance running star, Emma Coburn, added to her list of glittering accomplishments Saturday by winning the mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, nearly breaking the meet record. “We’ve had some great milers at Colorado, so it’s such an honor to be the first NCAA champion amongst them,” Coburn said. “I’m proud and really happy. It’s been a great season.” An Olympian last summer in the steeplechase, Coburn finished in 4 minutes, 29.91 seconds, only 0.19 off the meet record set by Tennessee’s Sarah Bowman in 2009. Florida State’s Amanda Wilson finished second, 1.9 seconds behind Coburn. “She chose to do it in a difficult and courageous way by taking the lead right from the gun,”

said CU coach Mark Wetmore. “It’s very rare to run that way and it’s scary. But Emma has learned to run that way in the steeplechase, to get out of the collision course. She pulled the field and they started to fall off, although probably not as fast as she would have wanted them to, but she closed well to end her indoor career on a very high note.” Coburn won the steeplechase at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and is a twotime U.S. champion in that event. She finished ninth at the London Olympics. “This was something I really wanted, and the mile is not my specialty,” Coburn said. “I wanted to really conquer this distance and I think I made a step in the right direction.” CU’s Aric Van Halen finished 15th in the men’s 3,000 meters. The Denver Post

Ball in tree can’t faze Tiger doral, fla.» Tiger Woods hit a tee shot that got stuck in a palm tree. That’s about the only thing that didn’t fall his way Saturday in the Cadillac Championship. Woods made seven more birdies on the Blue Monster at Doral, the last one from 15 feet on the 18th hole that gave him a 5-under-par 67 and a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell heading into the final round. McDowell was six shots out of the lead with three holes to play when he tried to keep it close. His drive on the 16th finished just over the green, and he chipped in for eagle. He picked up another shot on the 17th when Woods’ tee shot embedded high into the trunk of a palm tree. Once his ball was identified, he took a penalty drop and made bogey. “After I made birdie on 15, I was looking pretty good with a six-shot lead, and with a drivable par-4,” Woods said. “Two holes later, it’s now cut down to three. I piped a tee shot down

Kurt Stelzer climbs a tree to find Tiger Woods’ golf ball. Warren Little, Getty Images

there, hit a little 9-iron there and was able to pour that putt in there.” Phil Mickelson overcame a three-putt from 4 feet for double bogey on the third hole by making four birdies the rest of the way. He shot a 69, along with Steve Stricker, and both were five shots behind. The Associated Press

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NBA Standings WESTERN CONFERENCE Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Denver Utah Portland Minnesota

W 46 42 32 29 21

L 16 22 31 32 38

Pct GB .742 — .656 5 .508 14½ .475 16½ .356 23½

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Latest W follows Karl’s T By Benjamin Hochman The Denver Post

Southwest Division San Antonio Memphis Houston Dallas New Orleans

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L 15 19 30 33 42

Pct GB .762 — .689 5 .531 14½ .459 19 .333 27

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Pacific Division L.A. Clippers Golden State L.A. Lakers Phoenix Sacramento

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L 20 28 31 41 42

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Friday’s results Oklahoma City 116, Charlotte 94 Indiana 115, Orlando 86 Memphis 103, Cleveland 92 Brooklyn 95, Washington 78 Dallas 102, Detroit 99 Chicago 89, Utah 88 Boston 107, Atlanta 102, OT Miami 102, Philadelphia 93 Portland 136, San Antonio 106 Sacramento 121, Phoenix 112 Houston 94, Golden State 88 L.A. Lakers 118, Toronto 116, OT Sunday’s games Boston at Oklahoma City, 11 a.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers, 1:30 p.m. Indiana at Miami, 4 p.m. Cleveland at Toronto, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Orlando, 4 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 5 p.m. Portland at New Orleans, 5 p.m. Milwaukee at Sacramento, 7 p.m. Detroit at L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m.

Wrapup Nets 93, Hawks 80 B atlanta» Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points, Deron Williams added 17 and Brooklyn won its third straight game on Saturday night. Al Horford finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who seemed lethargic after losing in overtime at Boston on Friday. Atlanta has lost two straight and five of six. Brooklyn had a better performance coming off its 17point home victory over Washington on Friday in which Williams set the NBA record with nine 3-pointers in a half and scored a seasonhigh 42 points.

Knicks 113, Jazz 84 B new york» J.R. Smith scored 24 points and New York shook off the absence of Carmelo Anthony and the shock of Amar’e Stoudemire needing more knee surgery to rout Utah. The Knicks learned earlier Saturday that Stoudemire will have right knee surgery that will sideline him approximately six weeks. Alec Burks scored 14 points for the Jazz, which completed a 0-4 road trip that dropped them into a tie with the Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Wizards 104, Bobcats 87 B washington» Washington never trailed and shot 50 percent as they handed Charlotte its 10th straight loss, most of which haven’t been competitive. The Bobcats have been outscored by an average of 21.5 points during the skid.

Nuggets guard Ty Lawson tries to score against the Timberwolves’ Greg Stiemsma during the first quarter Saturday in Denver. Chris Schneider, The Associated Press

Nuggets Recap

Furious George. He typhooned onto the court, pushing aside an assistant coach — and a power forward — all the while spewing expletives with the fury of a drunk Snooki. Late in Saturday’s third quarter, with the George Karl-coached Nuggets up by 10 points, Ty Lawson was called for a questionable charge and Karl erupted. Soon, his team did too. The Nuggets finished off Minnesota 111-88, thanks to a 36-23 run after Karl’s technical foul, giving Denver its eighth consecutive victory. “I’m definitely a believer that Ty doesn’t get many calls — and when he gets one taken away from him, it angers me,” Karl said. “It’s that time of the year where everyone’s a little grumpy.” Lawson was masterful again. The little guy scored 32 points, doing so on 12-for-17 shooting overall and a 4for-4 effort from 3-point range. “First half, we played terrible and Coach let us know it. But we regrouped,” Lawson said. “They beat us last time with a trap game. We didn’t want history to repeat itself, so we came out strong in the second half. I was able to get into open space, get the shots and knock them down.” The Nuggets entered Saturday with a sparking 27-3 home record, tarnished only by the defending champion Heat, the Denver-slaying Wizards and the Timberwolves. Yes, it was Jan. 3, and the Nuggets were coming off an eye-catching win against the Clippers, who had previously won 17 consecutive games. But against the Wolves, the Nuggets sputtered, allowing J.J. Barea to go bonkers in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points in the Minnesota road win. Well, revenge is a dish best dished. The Nuggets tallied 14 assists in the second half, in a game that in the third quarter was tied at 57-57. Much to the delight of the “Brew Crew” in section 136, Corey Brewer had a big night. The former Minnesota lottery pick, now a key Nuggets reserve, was a blur all night, swooshing down court in transition. The slithering, sinewy forward finished with 15 points, the second-most on the team, and did so on 7-for-13 shooting. All the while, the new group in the yellow T-shirts went bananas, holding up those big-head things of Brewer like the college kids do these days. “Corey’s just a great runner, and tonight his curling and cutting was effective,” Karl said. “And we have a lot of confidence in him jump-starting our game.” The Nuggets now head into what may be the biggest week of their sea-

What you might have missed Nuggets center JaVale McGee was minus-7 in his first six minutes, while committing two fouls, so he didn’t play much for the night. McGee finished with eight points and three boards in 12 minutes. … Every Minnesota player finished in the minus, with reserve J.J. Barea tallying the worst at minus-17, though he was the team’s second-highest scorer with 15.

Final thought Taking care of business.

Up next At Phoenix, Monday, 8 p.m. Benjamin Hochman, The Denver Post

NUGGETS 111, T-WOLVES 88 FG FT Reb MINN. Min M-A M-A O-T A F Pt Gelabale 31:24 8-10 1-1 1-4 3 4 19 Williams 28:44 4-14 5-9 1-6 1 2 13 Stmsma 29:14 4-7 0-0 2-4 2 2 8 Rubio 29:00 4-9 3-4 0-4 6 3 11 Ridnour 29:49 2-7 3-3 0-3 3 0 7 Shved 22:48 2-11 1-2 2-5 3 2 5 Barea 27:06 6-14 0-0 0-2 4 5 15 Cnnngm 23:51 4-8 0-0 3-4 0 2 8 Johnson 18:04 1-4 0-0 1-8 1 1 2 Totals 240 35-84 13-19 10-40 23 21 88 Percentages: FG .417, FT .684.3-point goals: 5-18, .278 (Barea 3-6, Gelabale 2-2, Rubio 0-1, Williams 0-1, Ridnour 0-4, Shved 0-4). Team rebounds: 7. Team turnovers: 23 (25 points). Blocked shots: 7 (Johnson 2, Ridnour 2, Stiemsma 2, Gelabale). Turnovers: 22 (Johnson 4, Barea 3, Cunningham 3, Rubio 3, Shved 3, Stiemsma 3, Ridnour 2, Williams). Steals: 5 (Barea 3, Ridnour, Stiemsma). Technical fouls: Coach Adelman, 5:15 third; Rubio, 0:56.5 third. FG FT Reb DENVER Min M-A M-A O-T A F Pt Gallinari 28:12 2-7 5-5 0-5 6 0 11 Faried 25:07 2-5 0-0 3-11 1 2 4 Koufos 22:05 4-5 0-0 1-8 0 1 8 Lawson 33:39 12-17 4-4 0-1 3 3 32 Iguodala 32:08 4-10 2-3 2-5 3 2 11 Brewer 24:47 7-13 1-2 0-1 2 1 15 McGee 12:22 4-4 0-0 0-3 0 4 8 Chandler 20:35 2-5 2-4 0-5 2 5 7 Mozgov 5:57 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 AMiller 22:27 3-6 2-2 0-2 6 1 8 Fournier 4:24 0-1 2-2 0-2 0 1 2 Rndolph 4:24 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hamilton 3:53 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 5 Totals 240 42-78 18-22 6-43 23 21 111 Percentages: FG .538, FT .818. 3-point goals: 9-17, .529 (Lawson 4-4, Gallinari 2-5, Hamilton 1-1, Iguodala 1-1, Chandler 1-2, Fournier 0-1, A.Miller 0-1, Brewer 0-2).Team rebounds: 5. Team turnovers: 19 (17 points). Blocked shots: 8 (Iguodala 3, McGee 2, Koufos, Mozgov, Randolph). Turnovers: 19 (Lawson 4, Chandler 3, McGee 3, Brewer 2, A.Miller 2, Faried, Gallinari, Iguodala, Koufos, Mozgov). Steals: 13 (Iguodala 4, Brewer 2, A.Miller 2, Chandler, Gallinari, Koufos, Lawson, McGee). Technical fouls: Coach Karl, 3:25 third; Defensive three second, 10:34 third; Delay of game, 4:24 fourth. Minnesota 24 25 21 18— 88 Denver 27 23 33 28— 111 A — 18,823 (19,155). T — 2:06. Officials —David Jones, Tony Brown, Kevin Scott.

son. Following a road game Monday at Phoenix, the Nuggets host the Knicks on Wednesday, the first night Carmelo Anthony will be in Denver since the big trade in February 2011. And then Friday, the Grizzlies come to town. That’s the team Denver is chasing in the West standings.

NUGGETS JOURNAL

Lawson playing like great guard By Benjamin Hochman The Denver Post

T

hese days, there are so many acronym advanced stats that there may well be one called ACRONYM. And in the NBA, there are so many intangibles that make point guards points guards. But when you simplify things, the Nuggets’ Ty Lawson is playing at a Parker-Westbrook-Curry level these days. In fact … Here is the Spurs’ Tony Parker for the season: averages of 21 points and 7.6 assists. The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook: 23.4 points and 7.7 assists. The Warriors’ Stephen Curry: 22.1 points and 6.7 assists. And here is Lawson in the past 25 games entering Saturday: 20.8 points and 7.6 assists.

Lawson has been sensational for this stretch — when does a stretch become just the way a guy plays? — notably because of the confidence in his midrange jumper, which leads to more baskets (of course) but also opens up other aspects of his game. “He’s obviously having a terrific impact on their team. They’re a very good team,” said Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman, who watched Lawson falter earlier in the season, back in Minneapolis, when Lawson was more tentative. “Their guard play is a huge reason for their success. He gets them in the open court, gets them easy baskets. And that’s why they’re where they are, knocking for that homecourt advantage.” For Lawson, it’s all about becoming a leader, which is trickier for a laid-back dude. But Nuggets coach George Karl and opposing coaches (Charlotte’s Mike Dunlap, for one) have said they’ve seen a more demonstrative and

outgoing Lawson on the court. “I think his demeanor, especially in close games, fourth quarter, has been of a leader,” Karl said. “I still think he needs to understand the responsibility that it’s an every-day, every-practice, every-locker room thing. He sometimes wants the locker room and practices to be casual and fun, and the leader has to be the policeman of the team a lot of days, and has to be the director of enthusiasm a lot of days. And that list is long. “Different days have different problems and situations that someone has to drive the car through. That’s the coach’s job, but it’s easier when it’s a shared responsibility. “I define my job of being the policeman — this line is the line. Well, it’s better for me to have other policemen in the locker room and on the staff.”

ering guard, has yet to win the NBA defensive player of the year award. He could get it this season. “For the last few years he has been a very good defender,” Adelman said. “It’s hard to tell why some guys get (recognition) and then some guys don’t. There have been very good defensive players that don’t even get a mention. “I think a lot of times it’s reputation more than anything else to do with the season. I think guys historically that if you looked at them at one point, they were very good defenders and some guys carry the load for their team. When they really buckle down defensively, it is the last 10 minutes of the game.”

High praise. It’s crazy to think that Andre Iguodala, the Nuggets’ smoth-

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Grizzlies 96, Hornets 85 B memphis, tenn.» Mike Conley scored 22 points, seven Memphis players finished in double figures and Memphis won its fourth straight.

Suns 107, Rockets 105 B phoenix» Goran Dragic had 18 points, including two free throws with five seconds left that clinched the win for Phoenix. Bucks vs. Warriors B oakland, calif.» Late game. The Associated Press

NETS 93, HAWKS 80

KNICKS 113, JAZZ 84

WIZARDS 104, BOBCATS 87

GRIZZLIES 96, HORNETS 85

SUNS 107, ROCKETS 105

BROOKLYN Wallace 4-11 1-2 9, Evans 1-2 4-6 6, Lopez 8-16 2-3 18, J.Johnson 4-13 0-0 8, D.Williams 5-13 5-6 17, Blatche 9-11 0-1 18, Bogans 2-5 0-0 6, Teletovic 1-2 0-0 3, Watson 2-4 2-2 7, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Shengelia 0-3 0-0 0, Taylor 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 36-83 15-22 93. ATLANTA Smith 5-12 1-2 12, Horford 7-14 1-2 15, Petro 5-6 0-0 10, Korver 3-7 0-0 7, Teague 2-9 2-2 7, I.Johnson 4-9 1-2 9, Harris 2-5 2-4 6, Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0, Tolliver 0-3 0-0 0, Jenkins 3-7 2-2 10, Jones 0-1 2-2 2, Scott 1-3 0-0 2, Mack 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-77 1116 80. Brooklyn 23 28 25 17 — 93 Atlanta 23 14 20 23 — 80 3-point goals — Brooklyn 6-23 (Bogans 2-4, D.Williams 2-7, Watson 1-1, Teletovic 1-2, Blatche 0-1, Wallace 0-3, J.Johnson 0-5), Atlanta 5-18 (Jenkins 2-4, Teague 1-2, Smith 1-3, Korver 1-4, Mack 0-1, Harris 0-2, Tolliver 0-2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Brooklyn 54 (Evans, Lopez 9), Atlanta 50 (Horford 12). Assists — Brooklyn 20 (D.Williams 6), Atlanta 20 (Harris 9). Total fouls — Brooklyn 15, Atlanta 20. Technicals — Brooklyn defensive three second. A — 17,282 (18,729).

UTAH Carroll 1-3 0-0 3, Favors 2-5 0-0 4, Jefferson 3-9 1-2 7, M. Williams 3-8 1-1 8, Foye 2-10 0-0 6, Tinsley 2-6 1-2 6, Hayward 3-8 5-6 13, Ma.Williams 3-6 1-1 7, Kanter 4-7 2-2 11, Burks 5-12 4-5 14, Evans 1-1 1-2 3, Watson 0-0 0-0 0, Murphy 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 30-78 16-21 84. NEW YORK White 1-3 0-0 3, Thomas 2-4 0-0 4, Chandler 2-4 2-2 6, Felton 6-10 2-2 15, Shumpert 1-3 8-10 10, Martin 4-6 2-2 10, Smith 10-18 0-2 24, Kidd 0-5 2-2 2, Novak 7-12 1-1 20, Camby 0-2 0-2 0, Prigioni 1-2 4-4 7, Copeland 4-6 3-3 12. Totals 38-75 24-30 113. Utah 21 17 21 25 — 84 New York 25 30 23 35 — 113 3-point goals — Utah 8-26 (Hayward 2-6, Foye 2-7, Kanter 1-1, M. Williams 1-2, Carroll 1-2, Tinsley 1-3, Murphy 0-1, Burks 0-2, Ma.Williams 0-2), New York 13-32 (Novak 5-10, Smith 4-8, White 1-2, Prigioni 1-2, Copeland 1-2, Felton 1-3, Kidd 0-5). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Utah 46 (Ma.Williams, Kanter 7), New York 50 (Chandler 9). Assists — Utah 13 (M. Williams 4), New York 21 (Prigioni 5). Total fouls — Utah 23, New York 19. Technicals — Tinsley, Martin, Smith, New York defensive three second. A — 19,033 (19,763).

CHARLOTTE Kidd-Gilchrist 1-4 0-0 2, McRoberts 2-4 0-0 4, Biyombo 1-6 0-0 2, Walker 11-25 4-5 29, Henderson 5-15 7-8 17, Haywood 5-7 0-2 10, Adrien 1-5 1-2 3, Gordon 4-10 4-4 13, Taylor 1-2 0-0 3, Williams 0-0 2-2 2, Mullens 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-79 1823 87. WASHINGTON Webster 7-13 2-2 20, Nene 6-12 7-11 19, Okafor 2-7 2-2 6, Wall 6-11 0-1 13, Temple 1-4 0-0 2, Ariza 7-11 7-8 26, Seraphin 4-7 1-2 9, Price 1-2 2-2 4, Singleton 0-0 0-0 0, Booker 1-2 2-2 4, Vesely 0-0 1-2 1, Martin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-70 24-32 104. Charlotte 24 18 22 23 — 87 Washington 27 32 21 24 — 104 3-point goals — Charlotte 5-15 (Walker 3-9, Taylor 1-1, Gordon 1-3, McRoberts 0-1, Henderson 0-1), Washington 10-18 (Ariza 5-8, Webster 4-8, Wall 1-1, Price 0-1). Fouled out — McRoberts. Rebounds — Charlotte 43 (Biyombo, Haywood 7), Washington 52 (Okafor, Ariza 10). Assists — Charlotte 19 (Walker 6), Washington 23 (Wall, Price 6). Total fouls — Charlotte 21, Washington 26. Technicals — Charlotte defensive three second 2. A — 16,357 (20,308).

NEW ORLEANS Aminu 2-4 3-3 7, A.Davis 9-20 2-2 20, Lopez 1-5 1-2 3, Vasquez 4-11 4-4 12, Gordon 4-7 2-2 11, Anderson 7-18 2-2 17, Mason 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 4-7 1-2 9, Sims 2-3 0-0 4, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-79 15-17 85. MEMPHIS Prince 5-11 3-4 13, E.Davis 6-11 0-2 12, Gasol 5-11 0-0 10, Conley 8-15 5-5 22, Allen 5-9 4-4 14, Wroten 1-5 0-0 2, Pondexter 4-8 3-4 13, Bayless 4-9 1-1 10, Daye 0-1 0-0 0, Leuer 0-1 0-0 0, Pittman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-81 16-20 96. New Orleans 19 22 19 25 — 85 Memphis 25 22 31 18 — 96 3-point goals — New Orleans 2-12 (Gordon 1-1, Anderson 1-5, Aminu 0-1, Vasquez 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Mason 0-3), Memphis 4-13 (Pondexter 2-6, Bayless 1-2, Conley 1-4, Wroten 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — New Orleans 48 (A.Davis 18), Memphis 46 (E.Davis 9). Assists — New Orleans 17 (Vasquez 8), Memphis 21 (Conley 8). Total fouls — New Orleans 19, Memphis 16. Technicals — New Orleans defensive three second. A — 17,501 (18,119).

HOUSTON Parsons 5-16 1-3 14, Motiejunas 3-7 0-0 8, Asik 2-6 0-0 4, Lin 4-9 2-2 11, Harden 11-17 9-12 38, Smith 2-4 0-1 4, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Delfino 8-15 0-0 21, Beverley 0-4 0-0 0, Garcia 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 37-86 12-18 105. PHOENIX Marc.Morris 4-8 1-4 9, Mark.Morris 3-7 7-8 14, Scola 1-6 4-5 6, Dragic 6-13 6-8 18, Johnson 2-7 0-0 5, Beasley 4-7 1-2 10, Dudley 8-12 3-4 22, Tucker 3-8 2-2 8, Marshall 3-7 1-2 9, Haddadi 3-7 0-4 6. Totals 37-82 25-39 107. Houston 28 18 30 29 — 105 Phoenix 24 26 27 30 — 107 3-point goals — Houston 19-41 (Harden 7-10, Delfino 5-9, Parsons 3-6, Motiejunas 2-5, Garcia 1-4, Lin 1-5, Beverley 0-2), Phoenix 8-18 (Dudley 3-5, Marshall 2-4, Beasley 1-1, Mark.Morris 1-1, Johnson 1-3, Marc.Morris 0-2, Dragic 0-2). Fouled out — Lin. Rebounds — Houston 47 (Asik 16), Phoenix 67 (Haddadi 11). Assists — Houston 22 (Harden 8), Phoenix 18 (Dudley 7). Total fouls — Houston 24, Phoenix 20. A — 16,734 (18,422).


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For Pete’s sake, wait on Rubio

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he hair. Maybe it’s the hair. People say Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio plays like “Pistol” Pete Maravich, but the stats say Rubio plays like Andre Miller. Now, Maravich was a scorer, but to the casual fan, he’s best known for his circus passes. He would speed down the court, his long hair flapping, before he whisked some acrobatic pass that lit up the grainy footage. That’s how Rubio does it, and he entered the weekend averaging 7.2 assists, along with 8.9 points for the Timberwolves. “I actually think Rubio’s a better passer (than Maravich),” said Nuggets coach George Karl, who played against Maravich. “I think Pistol Pete was a flamboyant passer but more of a scorer, where I see Rubio as a true point guard, a true playmaker. “His length, his flash, there’s no question that there are situations that he actually looks like him on film. He’s got that long gait, and then the ability to handle the ball at a high efficiency level and also a high dribbling level, that’s more Pistol Pete than anybody I’ve seen.” I’ve written before that Rubio is perhaps my favorite NBA player to watch, because of the aura of the prodigy (playing in the Olympics at age 17) and his passes that find holes in the defense that are hard to spot even on film the next day. Right now, though, he’s just an average NBA point guard starting on an injured team suited more for a TNT medical drama than a TNT game on Thursday. But let’s not forget — Rubio is only 22. He has played only 75 games in his NBA career, having had surgery on his left knee. And he has often had to play this season without big-time scorer Kevin Love, who himself is oft-injured. “Organizations are probably frustrated with the injuries. Coaching staffs are probably frustrated with not winning,” Karl said, “but sometimes injuries can be a blessing because you can grow up without the stress of winning. Getting on the court and having repetition.

question ‘Who is the most valuable player in the NBA?’ to the end of eliminating debate. That’s boring. The objective is to give voters a better guideline to adequately assess who the truly best players are in the league during a given season, and provide marks of greatness for the real elements that go into assessing a player. “Let’s stop pretending that defense is the paltry element that doesn’t really mean anything, when coaches rail on it and everyone loves to say ‘Defense wins championships.’ Let’s stop treating individual, high-volume offense with disdain because we can’t see the effect it carries on wins. Let’s leave open the ability for voters to reward having that special ‘it’ quality.”

Remember this guy? It was a sad sight Friday when the video of former Nugget Renaldo Balkman went viral. Balkman is playing in the Philippines, and the self-proclaimed “Kool” lost it. After a noncall, he argued and bumped an official. Balkman then again made contact with the official, shoved aside a teammate trying to separate the two and then pushed away yet another teammate. This guy, team captain Arwind Santos, pushed back, and that’s when Balkman put his hands to the fellow’s neck. Renaldo apologized on Twitter, but the fact is, this will stay with him forever. The whole Balkman saga is a shame. He made a name for himself in college with his hustle and intangibles, and then, once he got paid in the NBA, he lost his focus, didn’t learn the plays and basically just got in the way. It’s a shame, because players such as Balkman — at his best — have a place in this league. One wonders if he will ever be back.

Some forget that the Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio, driving on the Wizards’ Nene, has played only 75 games in his NBA career. Jim Mone, The Associated Press “He basically hasn’t even had a whole NBA season yet, and the more you play, the better you get.” So perhaps this isn’t a lost season for the Spaniard. But even though his passing resembles Maravich’s, his overall game is lacking. But talk to me in three years.

No M-V-P!? So this guy has an idea. Because the MVP is so subjective — Is it the best player on the best team?

NUGGETS «FROM 1C The Nuggets are under the luxury tax and figure to be well under next season, even if Iguodala stays. And all of this stems from the haul that general manager Masai Ujiri and the front office collected in the blockbuster Anthony trade. The Melo deal resulted in Denver getting current starters Danilo Gallinari and Kosta Koufos, key reserve Wilson Chandler, bench warmer Timofey Mozgov and point guard Raymond Felton — whom the Nuggets flipped for Andre Miller and two draft picks, one that resulted in Denver getting Jordan Hamilton. But actually 10 players on the Nuggets’ roster arrived as an offshoot of the Melo deal. A trade exception allowed Denver to get Corey Brewer from Dallas. Another trade exception from the Felton deal was used, along with Nene, to get JaVale McGee from Washington. A future first-rounder acquired in the Melo deal was included in the big swap that nabbed Iguodala last summer. And Denver used a second-round pick from the Melo trade to draft 19-year-old Quincy Miller. Also, the Nuggets gained the right to swap firstround picks with the Knicks in 2016.

Is it truly about a guy being valuable? — CBSSports.com writer Matt Moore suggested the league get rid of the MVP and give out three major awards: offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year (giving this award more clout) and, finally, a most-impact player award. Sometimes, a guy might win the trifecta. “The goal with my idea,” the Denver-based Moore wrote, “is not to develop a system that answers the

“It was a great trade,” said former NBA guard Steve Kerr, now a TNT analyst. “The pieces all fit really well with a coach who is renowned for player development and uptempo basketball. … In the end, yes, the chemistry is better. It’s not as if the team was winning in the playoffs with Carmelo anyway.” The Nuggets haven’t won without him in the playoffs, either, getting ousted in the first round the past two years, a familiar sight when Melo was a Nugget except for one run to the Western Conference finals. Lawson, who entered the weekend averaging 20.8 points and 7.5 assists in the past 23 games, is the only Nugget left who was on the team with Anthony. “Last of the Mohicans, man,” he said. Lawson was asked: “Let’s say Melo wanted to be a Nugget for life and the trade never happened. Where would the Nuggets be today?” “I think it would be the same,” Lawson said. “Melo actually is playing better in New York. He’s getting everyone involved. He’s making that open pass, which is making him more dangerous, because they can’t just double him. And he’s making the open shot. And his teammates are making shots. “We’ve gotten better on defense, but I think we’d still be the exact same at where we are. Melo brought the scoring aspect, but

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I think we’d be the same. … I think we’re a little more dangerous. You don’t know where our scoring is coming from. With Melo, everybody had their focus on him. With us, JaVale might step up. Gallo, Iguodala, we’ve got weapons all over the place.” Clearly, the Nuggets must get beyond the first round for fans to believe the team has improved and for Karl’s theory to begin to prove true. The Nuggets’ goal is to move past the first round of the playoffs in April, and perhaps be a title contender by the following April as their young players mature. Or they could plateau, as it appears the starless Grizzlies could be doing. Two years ago, Memphis extended the conference semifinals series to seven games. It appeared on the cusp of becoming a title contender. Today, the Grizzlies are battling Denver for that No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round. The reality is this: The Nuggets had a star, were forced to trade a star, and an optimist could look at the roster and believe they will be contenders — in coming years — without a star. Which is what Karl believes. “I think it was a win-win for both teams,” Ujiri said. “Both teams have moved on, even though people talk about it. We’re happy with the growth of those players. It’s kind of what we hoped it would be.”

SPOTLIGHT ON …

J.R. Smith, G, Knicks Our old buddy was in the national spotlight Thursday, scoring 36 points on 14-for-29 shooting in a marquee TNT game against Oklahoma City after going scoreless in the first quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the highest point total for any NBA player this season in a regulation-length game in which he didn’t score during the opening quarter. Alas, Smith missed the final shot of the game, a turnaround jumper that would have won it. The Knicks played without the injured Carmelo Anthony. “Whenever Melo’s out, it’s a close game, (coach Mike Woodson) always gives me the ball,” Smith told the New York Post “He gives me the leeway to do what I think is right. It shows the confidence he has in me as well as my teammates. “One through 15, everyone was expecting me to make it. It didn’t work.” The 36-point effort was impressive, but it reminded us that it takes many shots for the streaky Smith to put up a big number. He did have a good February, shooting 43 percent from the field. But in December he shot 39.5 percent. January was 36.6. Now, in March, he entered the weekend at 37.4. Along with Melo and Kenyon Martin, Smith will make his return to Denver on Wednesday with the Knicks.

Roster restoration A look at the Nuggets’ roster on Feb. 16, 2011, which was the last game Carmelo Anthony played for them; the roster on Feb. 28, nearly a week after the trade; and the roster for Saturday’s game against the Timberwolves: Feb. 16, 2011 Carmelo Anthony Chauncey Billups Kenyon Martin Arron Afflalo Nene J.R. Smith Chris Andersen Al Harrington Ty Lawson Gary Forbes Shelden Williams Renaldo Balkman Melvin Ely Anthony Carter

Feb. 28, 2011 STARTERS Wilson Chandler Ty Lawson Kenyon Martin Arron Afflalo Nene BACKUPS J.R. Smith Chris Andersen Al Harrington Danilo Gallinari Gary Forbes Timofey Mozgov Kosta Koufos Melvin Ely Raymond Felton

March 9, 2013 Andre Iguodala Ty Lawson Danilo Gallinari Kenneth Faried Kosta Koufos Wilson Chandler Andre Miller Corey Brewer JaVale McGee Jordan Hamilton Evan Fournier Anthony Randolph Timofey Mozgov Quincy Miller

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NHL Standings WESTERN CONFERENCE Northwest Division W L OT Pts 11 6 6 28 12 9 2 26 9 9 4 22 9 10 4 22 8 11 5 21

Vancouver Minnesota Calgary Colorado Edmonton

GF 64 54 61 59 54

GA 63 57 73 67 71

GF 80 66 74 54 58

GA 52 63 73 61 70

GF 81 72 54 67 62

GA 60 72 54 67 57

Central Division W L OT Pts 21 1 3 45 12 9 4 28 13 9 2 28 10 9 6 26 9 12 4 22

Chicago Detroit St. Louis Nashville Columbus

Pacific Division Anaheim Phoenix San Jose Dallas Los Angeles

W L OT Pts 17 3 3 37 12 10 3 27 11 7 5 27 12 10 2 26 12 8 2 26

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L OT Pts 17 8 0 34 11 9 5 27 12 9 2 26 11 11 3 25 11 14 1 23

GF 91 62 59 76 72

GA 75 73 57 82 80

GF 79 67 79 59 65

GA 64 48 70 51 80

GF 75 61 85 68 62

GA 69 71 79 68 93

Northeast Division W L OT Pts 16 5 4 36 16 3 3 35 15 10 1 31 13 8 4 30 9 13 3 21

Montreal Boston Toronto Ottawa Buffalo

Southeast Division Carolina Winnipeg Tampa Bay Washington Florida

W 14 12 10 10 7

L OT Pts 9 1 29 11 1 25 14 1 21 12 1 21 12 6 20

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime/shootout loss. Friday’s results Colorado 6, Chicago 2 Ottawa 3, N.Y. Rangers 2 Winnipeg 3, Florida 2, OT Nashville 6, Edmonton 0 Anaheim 4, Calgary 0 Sunday’s games N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 10:30 a.m. Columbus at Detroit, 3 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 4 p.m. Winnipeg at New Jersey, 5 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. Edmonton at Chicago, 5 p.m. Buffalo at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m. San Jose at Colorado, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Minnesota, 6 p.m. St. Louis at Anaheim, 6 p.m.

Wrapup Islanders 5, Capitals 2 B uniondale, n.y.» John Tavares scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift New York to a win Saturday that ended Washington’s three-game winning streak. Tavares scored his 15th goal at 12:13 and his team-leading 16th — the 100th of his NHL career — three minutes later. Bruins 3, Flyers 0 B boston» Tyler Seguin scored his third goal in two games and Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made 23 saves in his second shutout of the season. Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 0 B columbus, ohio» Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves in his first career shutout, and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno took advantage of Detroit giveaways to score goals. Blues 4, Sharks 3 (OT) B san jose, calif.» Vladimir Sobotka recorded his first career hat trick, and Patrik Berglund scored 72 seconds into overtime to lift St. Louis, which rallied from two goals down in the third period.

Penguins 5, Leafs 4 (SO) B toronto» Sidney Crosby and James Neal scored shootout goals, and Pittsburgh posted its NHL-leading 11th win on the road.

Hurricanes 6, Devils 3 B raleigh, n.c.» Jiri Tlusty had two goals, and surging Carolina built an early lead and carried it through.

Canadiens 4, Lightning 3 B tampa, fla.» Brendan Gallagher broke a tie with Montreal’s third goal of the third period. Wild 2, Predators 1 (SO) B nashville, tenn.» Matt Cullen scored the shootout-winning goal for Minnesota. Nashville forward Colin Wilson left the game with an upper-body injury early in the second period after he was hit by Wild defenseman Justin Falk.

Coyotes 2, Stars 1 B glendale, ariz.» Rob Klinkhammer netted his first NHL goal in his Coyotes debut, and Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix.

Flames vs. Kings B los angeles» Late game. The Associated Press

ISLANDERS 5, CAPITALS 2 Washington 0 1 1 — 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 1 3 — 5 First period — 1, N.Y. Islanders, Bailey 2 (Nielsen, Streit), 10:46. Second period — 2, Washington, Ward 7 (Perreault, Carlson), 1:26 (pp). 3, N.Y. Islanders, Cizikas 3 (Martin, McDonald), 10:03. Third period — 4, Washington, Backstrom 3 (Fehr, Alzner), 7:09. 5, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 15 (Boyes, Visnovsky), 12:13 (pp). 6, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 16 (Moulson, Boyes), 12:43 (pp). 7, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 3 (Hamonic), 16:59 (sh). Shots on goal — Washington 8-11-5 — 24. N.Y. Islanders 12-14-19 — 45. Power-play opportunities — Washington 1 of 3; N.Y. Islanders 2 of 6. Goalies — Washington, Grubauer 0-1-0 (45 shots-40 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 11-7-3 (24-22). Attendance — 14,819 (16,234). T — 2:28.

BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 0

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Pittsburgh New Jersey N.Y. Rangers N.Y. Islanders Philadelphia

Philadelphia 0 0 0 — 0 Boston 3 0 0 — 3 First period — 1, Boston, Seguin 8 (Lucic, Krejci), 11:53 (pp). 2, Boston, Kelly 2 (Caron, Peverley), 13:28. 3, Boston, Paille 4 (Campbell, Thornton), 14:11. Second period — None. Third period — None. Shots on goal — Philadelphia 5-7-11 — 23. Boston 6-13-9 — 28. Power-play opportunities — Philadelphia 0 of 3; Boston 1 of 2. Goalies — Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 11-11-1 (28 shots-25 saves). Boston, Rask 12-2-3 (23-23). Attendance — 17,565 (17,565). T — 2:27.

Detroit 0 0 0 — 0 Columbus 1 2 0 — 3 First period — 1, Columbus, Atkinson 3 (Calvert), 13:46. Second period — 2, Columbus, Johnson 3 (Brassard, Umberger), 5:12 (pp). 3, Columbus, Foligno 3 (Johansen), 6:35. Third period — None. Shots on Goal — Detroit 11-6-13—30. Columbus 76-11—24. Power-play opportunities — Detroit 0 of 3; Columbus 1 of 6. Goalies — Detroit, Gustavsson 1-1-1 (24 shots-21 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 76-3 (30-30). Attendance — 17,957 (18,144). T — 2:24.

BLUES 4, SHARKS 3, OT St. Louis 1 0 2 1 — 4 San Jose 1 2 0 0 — 3 First period — 1, St. Louis, Sobotka 5 (Shattenkirk, Redden), 4:51. 2, San Jose, Couture 9 (Wingels, Irwin), 15:19. Second period — 3, San Jose, Gomez 2 (Clowe, Sheppard), 7:45. 4, San Jose, Irwin 2 (Braun, Gomez), 16:31 (pp). Third period — 5, St. Louis, Sobotka 6 (Russell, Polak), 4:18. 6, St. Louis, Sobotka 7 (Stewart, Shattenkirk), 5:38 (pp). Overtime — 7, St. Louis, Berglund 12 (Jackman, Pietrangelo), 1:12. Shots on goal — St. Louis 12-11-10-2 — 35. San Jose 7-12-5-1 — 25. Power-play opportunities — St. Louis 1 of 4; San Jose 1 of 2. Goalies — St. Louis, Allen 5-1-0 (25 shots-22 saves). San Jose, Niemi (2825), Stalock 0-0-1 (5:38 third, 7-6). Attendance — 17,562 (17,562). T — 2:31.

PENGUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4, SO Pittsburgh 3 1 0 0 — 5 Toronto 1 2 1 0 — 4 First period — 1, Pittsburgh, Neal 16 (Niskanen, Letang), :36. 2, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 14 (Kessel, Phaneuf), 7:14 (pp). 3, Pittsburgh, Crosby 12 (Letang, Bennett), 14:31. 4, Pittsburgh, Martin 5 (Neal, Malkin), 15:21. Second period — 5, Toronto, Franson 2 (Kessel, Phaneuf), 10:12 (pp). 6, Pittsburgh, Pa.Dupuis 9 (Martin, Orpik), 13:01. 7, Toronto, MacArthur 7 (Phaneuf, Frattin), 14:01. Third period — 8, Toronto, Kessel 7 (Fraser, MacArthur), 15:40. Overtime — None. Shootout — Pittsburgh 2 (Neal G, Crosby G), Toronto 0 (Bozak NG, Kadri NG). Shots on goal — Pittsburgh 13-12-13-3 — 41. Toronto 5-11-5-5 — 26. Power-play opportunities — Pittsburgh 0 of 4; Toronto 2 of 3. Goalies — Pittsburgh, Fleury 12-5-0 (26 shots-22 saves). Toronto, Reimer 9-3-1 (41-37). Attendance — 19,418 (18,819). T — 2:39.

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Avalanche on board with realignment next season

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he first thing I thought when seeing the Avalanche’s new division starting next season: “Oh, goodie. More trips to Winnipeg in the winter and fewer to California!” OK, Winnipeg, sorry. You’re a fine city, a real hockey city. Burton Cummings of the “Guess Who” grew up and still lives there, and plays the occasional unannounced show at local watering holes. Forget about what I think about the NHL’s pending plan to have realignment next season. What do Avalanche players think of playing in the new Midwest Division with Chicago, Dallas, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Minnesota and Nashville? Most players I sampled Friday seemed OK with it, a couple even pleased. “I think the travel will be better for us, because we’ll be coming more from the same time zone or an earlier one. So we’ll get back home earlier after our flights and maybe be a little fresher for the next game because we’ll get more rest,” said defenseman Jan Hejda. Matt Duchene said essentially the same thing. “We got back at a good time from Chicago the other night and I couldn’t believe how much better I felt the next day as opposed to, say, not getting to bed ’til 4 or 5 in the morning like we did a lot coming from Western time zones,” the center said. There is one thing Avalanche defenseman Ryan O’Byrne doesn’t like about the realignment, which needs approval by the NHL’s board of governors. The realignment will have 14 teams in the Western Conference and 16 in the East — with four divisions in all, down from six. That means West teams will have a 14 percent greater chance of making the playoffs next season than East teams.

While O’Byrne admitted the conference split could help the Avalanche, as a member of the NHL Players’ Association, he has some problems with it. O’Byrne wonders if Eastern teams will be hurt competitively, the thinking being that free agents may not want to sign with them because of the playoff chance disparity. “It’s not ideal,” he said. “But it is what it is. It was something we as players went back and forth a lot with the league during the CBA talks, but in the end that’s the way it happened. I’m not sure there’s ever going to be a perfect solution for that stuff.” The NHLPA has the right to reopen discussion on realignment after the 2014-15 season. Expansion, adding two teams, could resolve the disparity in conference splits. But if that happens, one of the teams that will move to the East — Columbus and Detroit — might have to move back to the West. One thing O’Byrne likes about the realignment is the “wild card” playoff concept. Under the proposal, the top three teams record-wise in each division would earn automatic playoff berths. The remaining two playoff berths in each conference would go to the teams with the best records. About the West teams having a 14 percent greater chance of making the playoffs than the East teams? Duchene paused and said: “We’ll take it.” Adrian Dater: 303-954-1360, adater@denverpost.com or twitter.com/adater

COYOTES 2, STARS 1 Dallas 0 1 0 — 1 Phoenix 1 1 0 — 2 First period — 1, Phoenix, Doan 8 (Vermette, Ekman-Larsson), 16:59. Second period — 2, Phoenix, Klinkhammer 1 (Gordon, Moss), 7:31. 3, Dallas, Jagr 10 (Eriksson), 18:19 (pp). Third period — None. Shots on goal — Dallas 6-11-4 — 21. Phoenix 9-9-3 — 21. Power-play opportunities — Dallas 1 of 5; Phoenix 0 of 2. Goalies — Dallas, Lehtonen 9-4-1 (21 shots-19 saves). Phoenix, M.Smith 10-7-2 (21-20). Attendance — 15,842 (17,125). T — 2:25.

WILD 2, PREDATORS 1, SO Minnesota 0 1 0 0 — 2 Nashville 0 0 1 0 — 1 First period — None. Second period — 1, Minnesota, Parise 9 (Suter, Koivu), 9:01 (pp). Third period — 2, Nashville, Legwand 5 (Kostitsyn, Weber), 6:28 (pp). Overtime — None. Shootout — Minnesota 2 (Parise NG, Koivu G, Cullen G), Nashville 1 (Bourque NG, C.Smith G, Legwand NG). Shots on goal — Minnesota 5-8-10-6 — 29. Nashville 9-6-9-1 — 25. Power-play opportunities — Minnesota 1 of 5; Nashville 1 of 2. Goalies — Minnesota, Backstrom 10-6-2 (25 shots-24 saves). Nashville, Rinne 9-8-5 (29-28). Attendance — 17,113 (17,113). T — 2:42.

HURRICANES 6, DEVILS 3 New Jersey 1 0 2 — 3 Carolina 2 3 1 — 6 First period — 1, Carolina, Semin 7 (Corvo, Tlusty), 12:16 (pp). 2, Carolina, Harrison 3 (Skinner, J.Staal), 12:44. 3, New Jersey, Kovalchuk 8, 14:40 (sh). Second period — 4, Carolina, Tlusty 12 (Semin, Ellis), 4:42. 5, Carolina, Terry 1 (E.Staal, Sanguinetti), 11:09. 6, Carolina, Skinner 9 (Gleason, Jokinen), 17:15. Third period — 7, New Jersey, Kovalchuk 9 (Fayne, Greene), :22. 8, New Jersey, Elias 8 (Zidlicky, Volchenkov), 4:21. 9, Carolina, Tlusty 13 (Semin, E.Staal), 18:46 (en). Shots on goal — New Jersey 12-11-11 — 34. Carolina 8-10-4 — 22. Power-play opportunities — New Jersey 0 of 2; Carolina 1 of 3. Goalies — New Jersey, Hedberg 3-7-2 (18 shots-13 saves), Frazee (0:00 third, 3-3). Carolina, Ellis 4-2-0 (34-31). Attendance — 18,680 (18,680). T — 2:22.

Avalanche center Matt Duchene, controlling the puck in Winnipeg last season, is in favor of having shorter team flights on road trips. Tom Szczerbowski, Getty Images

LATE FRIDAY AVALANCHE 6, BLACKHAWKS 2 Chicago 1 0 1 — 2 Colorado 1 4 1 — 6 First period — 1, Chicago, Toews 11 (Hossa, Saad), 5:44. 2, Colorado, Stastny 7 (Duchene, Parenteau), 16:36 (pp). Penalties — Leddy, Chi (holding), 2:18; Bickell, Chi (hooking), 15:50. Second period — 3, Colorado, Duchene 9 (Johnson), 4:16. 4, Colorado, Mitchell 8 (O’Reilly, Palushaj), 4:49. 5, Colorado, O’Reilly 1 (Duchene, Stastny), 10:47 (pp). 6, Colorado, McGinn 4 (Duchene, Parenteau), 13:58. Penalties — Palushaj, Col (high-sticking), 1:34; Crawford, Chi, served by Carcillo (tripping), 10:43. Third period — 7, Chicago, Bickell 6 (Kruger, Frolik), 8:53. 8, Colorado, Parenteau 10 (Stastny, Hunwick), 15:46. Penalties — Stastny, Col (hooking), 6:23; Hjalmarsson, Chi (hooking), 11:58; Bickell, Chi, served by Frolik, minor-misconduct (roughing), 14:56; Landeskog, Col (cross-checking), 14:56. Shots on goal — Chicago 6-13-14 — 33. Colorado 10-9-12 — 31. Power-play opportunities — Chicago 0 of 2; Colorado 2 of 4. Goalies — Chicago, Crawford 11-1-3 (19 shots-14 saves), Emery (0:00 third, 1211). Colorado, Varlamov 7-9-3 (33-31). Attendance — 18,007 (18,007). T — 2:23.

DUCKS 4, FLAMES 0 Calgary 0 0 0 — 0 Anaheim 1 2 1 — 4 First period — 1, Anaheim, Winnik 6 (Cogliano, Koivu), 1:15. Second period — 2, Anaheim, Ryan 7 (Perry, Getzlaf), 13:38. 3, Anaheim, Souray 5 (Staubitz, Etem), 15:52. Third period — 4, Anaheim, Getzlaf 10 (Ryan, Sbisa), 16:18. Shots on goal — Calgary 10-12-7 — 29. Anaheim 4-12-8 — 24. Power-play opportunities — Calgary 0 of 2; Anaheim 0 of 0. Goalies — Calgary, Kiprusoff 34-2 (24 shots-20 saves). Anaheim, Fasth 10-1-1 (2929). Attendance — 15,839 (17,174). T — 2:16.

Oilers C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins When: The Avs host Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center in what figures to be an important division game. What’s up: After a

solid rookie season (many NHL observers thought he would have won the Calder Trophy instead of Gabe Landeskog if not for getting hurt), it’s been anything but a good sophomore season for Nugent-Hopkins. After producing 18 goals and 54 points in 62 games last season, he had only one goal and eight points in 22 games entering the weekend. The Oilers have slipped down the Western Conference standings again, and the young center from Burnaby, British Columbia, has taken a lot of heat for his play. He had no goals and one point in his last nine games entering Friday. Background: After a stellar career with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League, Nugent-Hopkins was selected first overall by the Oilers in the 2011 NHL draft, one slot ahead of the Avalanche’s Landeskog. His season ended prematurely because of a shoulder injury and some believe he is still bothered by it. Dater’s take: Sure, he’s having a bad year. But the kid is only 20 years old. He has a ton of talent, and his production last season proved he can play in this league. Still, some wonder if he has the right kind of fire as a player. He is quiet and shy off the ice, and perhaps that translates too much onto the ice. But I think he will be heard from again as a player. He’s too talented for this slump to last.

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Spotlight on Scott Gomez: After becoming something of a laughingstock for his outsized contract and paltry scoring production — which led to his contract being bought out by the Montreal Canadiens — Gomez has two goals in his last three games for the Sharks. A former Calder Trophy winner with the New Jersey Devils, Gomez signed a big free-agent deal with the Rangers in 2007.

CANADIENS 4, LIGHTNING 3 Montreal 0 1 3 — 4 Tampa Bay 0 3 0 — 3 First period — None. Second period — 1, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 19 (St. Louis, Hedman), 5:30. 2, Montreal, Plekanec 11 (Markov), 7:38. 3, Tampa Bay, Salo 2 (Crombeen, Thompson), 8:15. 4, Tampa Bay, Malone 5 (Stamkos, St. Louis), 12:20 (pp). Third period — 5, Montreal, Gionta 8 (Ryder, Bouillon), 3:49 (pp). 6, Montreal, Emelin 2 (Gionta, Ryder), 7:33. 7, Montreal, Gallagher 7 (Pacioretty), 12:03. Shots on goal — Montreal 7-9-13 — 29. Tampa Bay 10-11-2 — 23. Power-play opportunities — Montreal 1 of 3; Tampa Bay 1 of 2. Goalies — Montreal, Price 13-4-3 (23 shots-20 saves). Tampa Bay, Desjardins 0-1-0 (29-25). Attendance — 19,204 (19,204). T — 2:35.

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SHARKS (11-7-5) Statistics through Friday Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM Joe Thornton 22 5 18 23 3 18 Patrick Marleau 22 12 6 18 -2 14 Joe Pavelski 22 7 10 17 1 6 Logan Couture 22 8 8 16 1 2 Dan Boyle 20 3 7 10 -6 10 Ryane Clowe 20 0 6 6 -4 70 Martin Havlat 20 3 3 6 1 12 Brad Stuart 22 0 5 5 7 21 M.-Edo. Vlasic 22 1 4 5 3 10 TJ Galiardi 14 1 2 3 -1 6 Scott Gomez 16 1 2 3 -4 8 Adam Burish 22 1 1 2 -2 17 Michal Handzus 22 1 1 2 -7 8 Matt Irwin 13 1 1 2 -3 2 Tim Kennedy 10 2 0 2 -4 2 Douglas Murray 21 0 2 2 -4 19 James Sheppard 15 0 2 2 -1 6 Justin Braun 18 0 1 1 0 2 A. Desjardins 17 0 1 1 -1 36 Jason Demers 9 0 0 0 -5 6 Opponents 22 47 83 130 7 323 No Goaltender GP Min Avg W L OT SO 31 Antti Niemi 18 1113 1.83 10 4 4 1 1 T. Greiss 4 237 2.78 1 3 0 1 Team 221357 2.08 11 7 4 2 Opponents 221357 2.08 11 7 4 2 Ps No C 19 L 12 C 8 C 39 D 22 L 29 R 9 D 7 D 44 L 21 C 23 R 37 C 26 D 52 L 46 D 3 C 15 D 61 C 10 D 5

AVALANCHE (9-10-4) Ps No C 9 R 15 C 26 L 11 C 7 R 23 R 54 D 41 D 8 R 12 L 92 L 55 R 17 D 22 D 3 C 90 C 40 D 6 D 5 L 58 D 4

Player GP Matt Duchene 22 P.A. Parenteau 23 Paul Stastny 23 Jamie McGinn 23 John Mitchell 22 Milan Hejduk 20 David Jones 21 Tyson Barrie 15 Jan Hejda 22 Chuck Kobasew 21 G. Landeskog 12 Cody McLeod 23 Aaron Palushaj 10 Matt Hunwick 19 Ryan O’Byrne 23 Ryan O’Reilly 4 Mark Olver 19 Erik Johnson 12 Shane O’Brien 12 P. Bordeleau 22 Greg Zanon 22 Team 23 No Goaltender GP Min 35 J.-Se. Giguere 5 267 1 S. Varlamov 19 1131 Team 231405 Opponents 231405

G A Pts +/- PIM 9 15 24 3 10 10 13 23 6 28 7 9 16 -4 8 4 9 13 -4 20 8 4 12 8 10 3 6 9 -1 0 3 4 7 -9 0 1 5 6 -2 6 0 6 6 6 14 2 3 5 3 8 2 3 5 5 8 3 2 5 3 46 2 3 5 2 4 0 4 4 5 8 1 3 4 -1 37 1 2 3 0 0 2 1 3 -4 4 0 2 2 5 4 0 2 2 4 24 0 1 1 -2 48 0 1 1 -9 12 58 102 160 3 321 Avg W L OT SO 2.70 2 1 1 0 2.76 7 9 3 2 2.82 9 10 4 2 2.48 14 7 2 3

NOTEBOOK Avalanche: Defenseman Ryan Wilson was taken off the injured reserve list Saturday. He has been out since Feb. 2 with an ankle injury but may return to the lineup Sunday. ... Semyon Varlamov will start in goal against the Sharks. ... Matt Duchene, who tied his career high with four points Friday against Chicago at the Pepsi Center, didn’t practice Saturday. The Avs said he was given the day off for maintenance purposes. ... P.A. Parenteau has a five-game points streak (two goals and six assists). ... The Avs have won four consecutive games at home and are 7-2-1 at the Pepsi Center. ... Erik Johnson’s plus-4 showing Friday was the Avalanche’s best plus-minus effort since Kyle Cumiskey and TJ Galiardi had plus-4 ratings against Columbus on Feb. 2, 2010. Sharks: San Jose blew a 3-1, third-period lead Saturday against St. Louis and lost 4-3 in overtime. ... Forward Patrick Marleau has no goals in the past six games. Adrian Dater, The Denver Post

By Adrian Dater The Denver Post

John Mitchell is 28 and a Canadian, which means he is excused for never having heard of another famous John Mitchell — the late, former U.S. attorney general in the Nixon Administration who served 19 months in prison for his role in the Watergate affair of the early 1970s. “Sorry, before my time,” said Mitchell, who plays left wing on the Avalanche’s third line. Mitchell is making a good name for himself with the Avs. Sacrificed to the free-agent market by the New York Rangers after last season, Mitchell has been quite a find. Entering Sunday’s game against the San Jose Sharks, he has eight goals and 12 points in 22 games and a plus-8 rating. In 63 games with the Rangers last season, he had five goals, 16 points and a plus-10 rating. If this were an 82-game season, Mitchell would be on pace for about 22 goals. “I suppose I’m a little bit surprised, because I only had five last year,” Mitchell said after Avalanche’s practice Saturday. “To have eight (goals) in the midpoint of a short season, it’s certainly nice. Hopefully it can keep going. If I would get to 22 or 24 goals in a full season, that would be a very nice number for me. I would definitely like that.” Mitchell is a natural center, which lends to the surprising nature of his offensive output. While he occasionally played on the wing during his time with the Rangers and, before that, with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he has played center most of his hockey life. That life began in the hockey-all-the-time atmosphere of Oakville, Ontario. Mitchell’s father, also named John, was a hockey player but never made it to the professional ranks. Mitchell showed promise as a skater and became a big scorer on his youth teams. “He saw promise in me and put me in hockey camps and power-skating lessons and things like that,” Mitchell said of his dad. “Any Canadian father who saw the same things would do that.” Mitchell became a fifth-round draft pick of the Maple Leafs in 2003. He played parts of three seasons for Toronto from 2008-10, scoring a career-high 12 goals in 2008-09. But he was traded to the Rangers organization and after some time for their American Hockey League team in Harford, Conn., he played a fourth-line center role for coach John Tortorella’s Eastern Conference finals team last season.


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Bullpen workhorse Belisle uses “inner ferocity” to reload as reliever

By Patrick Saunders The Denver Post

scottsdale, ariz.» Jaw set, focus unwavering, intensity palpable, Matt Belisle is the bedrock of the Rockies’ bullpen. Over the past three seasons, the 6-foot-4, 225pound right-hander has pitched 244 innings of relief, ranking second in the majors behind the Washington Nationals’ Tyler Clippard (252). “I call him John Wayne because he’s the strong, silent type,” said Bill Geivett, the Rockies’ director of major-league operations. “Matty is always there for us.” For a team that is a combined 50 games under .500 over the past two seasons, Belisle has been an under-the-radar standout. “There is an inner ferocity in me that says, ‘Look, I’m ready, are you? Here we go,’ ” said Belisle, 32. “I want the foot on the gas pedal, I want to put my foot on the throat and I want to show my teammates that I want the ball in tough situations.” Belisle made 80 appearances in 2012, a franchise record. “There is not a day that Matt doesn’t think he’s pitching, that he doesn’t want the ball in his hand, I’ll tell you that right now,” said Rex Brothers, the club’s left-handed setup man. “If they tell him they’re going to give him a day off, he kind of gives them this look like, ‘What, are you kidding me?’ ” Last season wasn’t Belisle’s best. As the Rockies skidded to a franchise-worst, 98-loss season, Belisle went 3-9 with a 3.71 ERA. That pales next to his breakout 2010 season when he was 7-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 76 appearances. Yet, for a pitcher who spends half his time pitching at Coors Field, Belisle’s 20-17 record and 3.28 ERA over the past three seasons are impressive. Belisle came to the Rockies from the Cincinnati Reds in 2009, signing a minor-league, free-agent contract after having reconstructive knee surgery in the summer of 2008. He was a raw talent with a hop on his fastball, and a good changeup, but no identity. “He was still learning the ropes,” said Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright. “But then he decided, ‘I’m going to take ownership of my career.’ And now it’s developed to where he’s a veteran presence in our bullpen and guy who’s dependable.” There are two keys to Belisle’s development: mental toughness and detailed preparation. “If I prepare to my fullest, then I believe that my consistent thoughts and consistent actions will translate into results,” Belisle said. A successful relief pitcher must have a thick hide, able to forget about poor performances. “That’s been one of the toughest aspects for me, to move on and not lose sleep at night,” he said. “And I have had my share of lost sleep. I take losses very hard. But I’m much better now than I’ve ever been, and it’s something I look to improve every year.” Belisle vividly recalls the lesson he learned during his first full season with the Reds. On April 27, 2005, against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Belisle entered the game in the eighth inning. He set down the Cubs in order. But in the bottom of the ninth, he threw a changeup that Corey Patterson hit for a game-winning home run. “I was just destroyed,” Belisle recalled. Belisle was still stuck in self-pity mode two days later when the Reds traveled to Milwaukee. That’s when catcher Jason LaRue came calling at the team hotel. “Jason called me and said, ‘I’m coming to your

Matt Belisle, pitching at Rockies spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., doesn’t react well to losing. “I have had my share of lost sleep. I take losses very hard,” he says. John Leyba, The Denver Post

Reliable Belisle The past three seasons, the Rockies’ Matt Belisle has been one of baseball’s most effective and durable relievers. A closer look, with his majorleague ranking among relievers listed in games and innings pitched: Season Games 2010 76 (11th) 2011 74 (T-13th) 2012 80 (T-1st)

room in 10 minutes,’ ” Belisle recalled. “He chewed me out big time. He told me: ‘You have to learn to be tougher up here. I know you have what it takes, because I can see it. But you have to learn how to turn the page.’ I never forgot that.” Belisle, cut like an NFL safety, is one of the Rockies’ fittest players. Through the years he has developed a program of cardiovascular workouts, weightlifting and nutrition that allows him to shoulder a heavy workload for a 162-game season. He has also learned to train smarter. “Each year I learn a little more about what to add and what to take off,” he said. “I have to be as perfect as I can be at understanding my rest and recovery cycle, because it’s a long season.”

Rockies Briefs TULOWITZKI PUTS ON DAZZLING SHOW tempe, ariz.» Troy Tulowitzki forces fans to pay attention. This spring, the curious watch to see if he’s healthy. Saturday, eyes were affixed on his dazzling displays of athleticism and power. In the second inning, Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu executed a double-play ballet. LeMahieu dived to his right and flipped to Tulowitzki, who did a pirouette as he fired a strike to first base. After a double in the second inning, Tulo launched a high fastball from Jason Vargas over the grassy knoll in left field. It’s a special weekend for Tulowitzki. He funded a trip for 18 cancer patients from Children’s Hospital Colorado and spent time with them Friday night.

Helton hurts. Todd Helton’s right hip has responded fine to increased activity, but his left knee was sore after playing in Friday night’s rain-shortened

Innings pitched Record ERA 92 (1st) 7-5 2.93 72.0 (T-17th) 10-4 3.25 80 (T-3rd) 3-8 3.71

Belisle’s mentor is Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who taught him the importance of preparation. “We became throwing partners and friends,” Betancourt said. “I saw that Matty had talent. Something I told him was that every day you give it 100 percent, and you never take for granted having another day in the big leagues.” Belisle’s day at the ballpark begins with intensive stretching, then he and Betancourt play catch and talk strategy. Next, Belisle goes to the bullpen. “He has his baseball, his glove and his bubble gum all set up in a particular area,” Brothers said. “He has his two bags of (sunflower) seeds ready to go before the national anthem starts. Every game it’s the same. It’s not weird to me anymore, because he does it every day. New guys will come up and ask, ‘What’s he doing?’ But that’s Matty. He locks in every day. It’s his routine, his ritual.” As the Rockies prepare for the 2013 season, their bullpen projects to be a strength. Belisle is expected to be the workhorse again. “I’ve never been a numbers guy,” he said. “I just want to get the ball and keep motoring. I don’t want to reflect on it. I just want to do it.” Patrick Saunders: 303-954-1428, psaunders@denverpost.com or twitter.com/psaundersdp

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game against the Royals. Helton, 39, drove in two runs in two at-bats but aggravated the knee in a swing during his second plate appearance. The veteran first baseman made his debut last Sunday. He underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus in November. Helton resumed working out soon after surgery, but the knee bears watching as he plays more this spring.

Footnotes. Nolan Arenado continued his blistering spring with a two-RBI double off Vargas. Arenado has driven in 10 runs in eight games. … Albert Pujols’ first hit of the spring was memorable, a home run on a low sinker that nearly hit the Marriott Buttes resort. “He’s an intelligent hitter,’’ starter Juan Nicasio said of the Angels slugger. … Left fielder Corey Dickerson caught a flyball from the seat of his pants after slipping. … Eric Young Jr., who went 3-for-3, on hitting leadoff: “It’s about creating havoc.’’ Troy E. Renck, The Denver Post

Rockies 8, Angels 6 At Tempe Diablo Stadium Hits: Eric Young Jr. and Tyler Colvin, technically bench players, combined to go 6-for-6. Manager Walt Weiss is intrigued by Young’s leadoff skills and Colvin’s power. “My job is to cause havoc on the bases,’’ Young said. Outfielder Tim Wheeler started the decisive ninthinning rally with a hard single to left. Misses: Juan Nicasio continues to work on his secondary pitches, compromising his results. Unable to locate his slider, the right-hander was in deep counts. Nicasio struck out Mike Trout and Albert Pujols with fastballs. What’s next: Jeff Francis, who hasn’t allowed a run this spring, faces Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday at Salt River Fields. Troy E. Renck, The Denver Post

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Los Angeles ab r h bi ab r h bi E.Young cf 3 0 3 0 Trout lf 2 0 0 0 T.Wheeler cf 2 1 1 0 Oeltjen rf 2 0 0 0 LeMahieu 2b 3 0 0 0 H.Kendrick 2b 3 0 1 0 Manzella ss 2 1 1 0 L.Rdrgz pr-2b 1 0 0 0 Pacheco c 3 0 1 0 Pujols dh 3 1 1 1 G.Molina c 2 1 1 1 Conger ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Tulowitzki ss 3 2 2 1 J.Hamilton rf 3 0 0 0 Culberson 2b 2 1 1 0 Carlin c 1 0 0 0 Colvin lf 3 1 3 0 Trumbo 1b 1 1 1 0 C.Dickerson lf 1 0 1 2 B.Harris ss 2 0 0 0 Arenado 3b 3 1 1 2 Callaspo 3b 3 1 1 0 R.Wheeler 1b 2 0 1 1 L.Jimenez 3b 1 0 0 0 B.Paulsen 1b 3 0 1 0 Bourjos cf 3 1 2 2 J.Herrera 3b 2 0 0 0 Ma.Young lf 1 0 0 0 K.Matthes rf 2 0 0 1 Iannetta c 2 0 1 1 K.Parker rf 1 0 0 0 Shuck lf-cf 2 1 2 0 McBride dh 3 0 1 0 An.Romine ss 1 0 0 0 C.Adms ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Calhoun 1b 2 1 1 2 Totals 41 8 18 8 Totals 34 6 10 6 Colorado 031 000 103 — 8 Los Angeles 031 000 200 — 6 DP — Colorado 1, Los Angeles 3. LOB — Colorado 8, Los Angeles 4. 2B — Tulowitzki (1), Culberson (1), Arenado (3), Shuck (1). 3B — Bourjos (3). HR — Tulowitzki (1), Pujols (1), Calhoun (1). CS — C.Dickerson (1). SF — C.Dickerson, K.Matthes. Colorado IP H R ER BB SO Nicasio 7 4 4 1 3 3M McClendon 0 0 0 0 0 L Outman 2 0 0 0 2 0 W.Lopez 1 2 2 2 0 0 Ottavino 1 0 0 0 0 1 Scahill 1 1 0 0 0 1 Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO Vargas 3 8 4 4 0 0 S.Downs 1 1 0 0 0 0 Jepsen 1 2 0 0 0 0 Maronde 2 3 1 1 0 2 Buckner 1 0 0 0 0 1 R.Brasier 1 4 3 3 0 1 W — Ottavino (1-0). L — Brasier (0-1). S — Scahill (1). WP — R.Brasier. Umpires — Home, Scott Barry; first, Jim Wolf; second, Bruce Dreckman; third, Ben May. T — 3:01. A — 9,288 (9,558).

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NL West a tough place to rebound By Troy E. Renck The Denver Post

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scottsdale, ariz.» he Rockies will be better this year. Let’s agree on that, if only because it would be hard to be worse. Unless they begin casting for the return of “ER,’’ fewer players will get hurt. How much will the Rockies’ improvement be reflected in their record? Probably not much. The Rockies picked the wrong year to have a transition season. They have a shallow-pool rotation in a deep division. That’s why a 10-win bounce is ambitious when discussing any rebound from a 98-loss season. Look at the National League West and study the Rockies’ early schedule. It’s the third-toughest in baseball, with 28 of the first 41 games against teams that finished .500 or better last year. That includes trips to San Diego, San Francisco and a week-long jaunt through Phoenix and Los Angeles. “It’s a hard division. There are a lot of good pitchers,’’ said Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. “Look at the Dodgers. A great rotation. The Giants always have great pitching. The Padres can pitch. It’s the opposite with us. We have a really good offense. There’s a lot of competition.’’ The Giants are the favorites again. Maybe this is the year torture baseball turns painful, with San Francisco relievers regressing. The Dodgers are what the Yankees used to be, spending money to address every need. Talent is not a question, but the Dodgers’ pieces don’t fit all that well, and that was before Carl Crawford’s latest setback and Adrian Gonzalez’s disappearing power. Most fans don’t realize that San Diego had the division’s best record in the second half last season. The Padres are Giants Lite, built on pitching. To be competitive, the Padres need an offensive jolt from Carlos Quentin. Arizona’s gritty narrative is overplayed. Though I’m not a fan of the Justin Upton deal, the Diamondbacks will be plenty good because of their sturdy rotation and bullpen. The Rockies are improved, but the teams ahead of them in the NL West upgraded. Better health isn’t going to be enough to change the Rockies’ outlook. Only better pitching can accomplish that. “We have some nice young players impressing people in camp,’’ said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. “It still goes back to pitching. We are excited to see what takes place with the young guys. If some of these pitchers can step up, I like our chances. If they don’t, we are going to be in for a long year.’’

Cranky Yankees. “Going for the Old” appears to be finally catching up with the Yankees, whose injuries are taking a heavy toll. First baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) joins outfielder Curtis Ganderson on the disabled list. Teixeira is out eight to 10 weeks. Granderson is out until late April because of a broken wrist. Star shortstop Derek Jeter is returning from a fractured ankle that required a plate and pins to fix. Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer ever, is retiring after the season and could take Andy Pettitte with him. Who’s going to provide pop in the lineup besides Robinson Cano? For now, the Yankees will be patient, fighting the temptation to overpay for marginal players. They let several players walk during the winter to keep their payroll under $189 million in 2014. If and when the Yankees change their stance, Tyler Colvin’s name will come up. But the Rockies and Yankees have long had issues finding common ground on trades. Footnotes. The Orioles, looking for another starting pitcher, are keeping a close eye on the Dodgers’ Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly. ... Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon tweeted his suggested choice for the Rays’ runonto-the-field song: “Bang a Gong (Get It On).” No word on whether the Yankees will use “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Troy E. Renck: 303-954-1294, trenck@denverpost.com or twitter.com/troyrenck


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Canada, Mexico brawl at WBC

Plunking spurs fight; fans in fray By Bob Baum The Associated Press

phoenix» A fierce brawl that saw Alfredo Aceves and several players throw nasty punches erupted Saturday in the ninth inning of Canada’s 10-3 romp over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in a melee that also involved fans. Multiple fights broke out after Canada’s Rene Tosoni was hit in the back by a pitch from Arnold Leon with the score 9-3 at Chase Field. It quickly turned into a wild scene, as chaotic as any on a major-league field in recent years. Even when the fisticuffs ended, Canadian pitching coach Denis Boucher was hit in the face by a full water bottle thrown from the crowd. Canada shortstop Cale Iorg angrily threw the bottle back into the crowd. Several police officers came onto the field trying to restore order, and there were a few skirmishes in the decidedly pro-Mexico crowd of 19,581. Seven players were ejected after umpires huddled, trying to sort out the frenzy. There had already been several borderline plays on the bases when things got out of hand. A bunt single by Chris Robinson heightened the tension — a WBC tiebreaker relies heavily on runs and the Canadians wanted to score. Third baseman Luis Cruz fielded Robinson’s bunt and seemed to tell Leon to hit a batter. Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Morneau and Joey Votto were among the highpriced stars playing in the game. The fight was exactly the kind of thing that must have made major-league managers and general managers cringe at the thought of one of their players getting hurt in such a fracas. All in all, it was far from the worldwide goodwill that is supposed to accompany this competition, where players exchange team hats with opponents before the start of each game.

Baseball Briefs RIVERA WILL RETIRE; JETER MAKES DEBUT tampa, fla.» Saying he made the decision before arriving at spring training, Mariano Rivera announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of the season and hopes to cap his record-setting career by winning another World Series with the Yankees. Rivera was surrounded by family members and teammates when he made the announcement in a news conference at the team’s complex. The 43-year-old has a clear vision of how he wants his career to end. “The last game I hope will be throwing the last pitch in the World Series,” he said. “Winning the World Series, that would be my ambition.” The Yankees got some good news when captain Derek Jeter played for the first time since breaking an ankle last fall in the American League Championship Series, singling to left field on the first pitch he saw. Also, Phil Hughes threw 10 pitches in his first mound session since being diagnosed three weeks ago with a bulging disc in his upper back. The right-hander said he felt great.

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ariz.» The Cubs told Carlos Marmol’s agent that they expect to trade the relief pitcher sometime this summer, the Chicago-Sun Times reported. While the Cubs don’t plan to deal the closer right away, they want Marmol to build up trade value first. The 30-year-old will make $9.8 million this season, the final year of his contract.

Injury report. Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was scratched from his start because of an inflamed toe. … Toronto pitcher Sergio Santos played catch and will throw a bullpen session Sunday, his first work off a mound since experiencing triceps soreness March 3. He expects to pitch Wednesday. … Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis will be held out a little longer after his neck spasms flared up while he was playing with his kids Thursday. Denver Post wire services

Shonn Greene would fill the need for a big running back. Al Bello, Getty Images

Chris Clemons played a solid safety for the Dolphins. Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Cornerback Greg Toler could be affordable because of knee trouble. Peter Aiken, Getty Images

Christmas arrives in March for NFL

Broncos certainly won’t make as big a splash this time, but … By Mike Klis The Denver Post

Already, the kids have two drawers full of trendy T-shirts, a new bike and the hottest new video games. The wife just got a new car and some anniversary jewelry. Yet Christmas comes anyway. What, you’re not supposed to buy more presents? In the NFL, the opening of the freeagent market is Christmas for the league’s 32 teams. The Broncos are coming off a 13-3 regular season that earned them the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC. Last year they picked up Peyton Manning, a shiny new quarterback in one sense, a slightly used, rebuilt collector’s item in another. But when free agency opens Tuesday, the Broncos are supposed to stand pat? “We have a lot of holes, and we have a lot of room for improvement,’’ coach John Fox said. Free agency is different this year, at least operationally. The market started with a “soft opening’’ Saturday, when teams began contacting the agents of free-agent players to let them know there is interest. Sunday, Day No. 2, teams and agents might throw out some contract parameters. Monday, teams and agents will try to get oral commitments. Tuesday, teams can start visiting with, and signing, free agents. They become presents under the tree. Free agency won’t be nearly as exciting for the Broncos as it was last year, when Fox and John Elway led a contingent that twice flew across the country in private planes in the successful pursuit of Manning. But the Broncos will not rest on 13-3, not when they went 0-1 in the postseason. When free agency opens, the Broncos likely will be aggressive. “You’d like to say that,’’ said Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations. “But then again, we have to see where the market falls too. There are some guys out there who can help us.’’

PAIGE «FROM 1C The performances by the starters so far have been speckled, but manager Walt Weiss says it’s “early.’’ This much we do know from Weiss: The experimental four-man rotation and maximum 75-pitch count that drove his predecessor barmy and then out of town has been dumped like hazardous waste. Weiss says the Rockies will use a normal five-man rotation and that replacement of the starters generally will be considered “the third time through the order’’ of the opposition. “We intend to have bridge pitchers from our starters to our setup relievers,’’ Weiss told me. Out with piggyback, in with bridge. The Rockies are hopeful of health and consistency for De La Rosa, Nicasio and Chacin, development by Pomeranz and steadiness from Francis — and contributions at

Free agency opens simultaneously with the right to trade players. Among those on the block: Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams. The team also will be mindful of the April 25-27 draft. For the better part of last season, the Broncos’ best players were Manning, Von Miller and Champ Bailey. They acquired Manning through free agency, Miller through the draft and Bailey by trade. The positions they will try to strengthen before the 2013 season starts are: • Cornerback. The Broncos need a starter at right cornerback, opposite Bailey, so they can move Chris Harris back inside in the nickel. They visited Friday with “street” free agent Dunta Robinson but decided against signing him. • Defensive tackle. Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio can’t get enough large, brutish run stuffers who also can bother the quarterback. • Offensive line. Four of Denver’s five starters are coming off surgeries. With Manning two weeks from his 37th birthday, the Broncos can’t leave pass protection to so many wounded warriors without solid backups. • Running back. Willis McGahee gave the Broncos all they hoped for in 2011 and in half of 2012. But he is 31 and coming off a season-ending leg injury. The Broncos will seek a younger and healthier starting tailback. • Safety. Rahim Moore and Mike Adams were solid starters in 2012, and Quinton Carter returns from an injury. But the Broncos want to add competition here. • Wide receiver. Even if they resign slot man Brandon Stokley, the Broncos will want an outside receiver who can give Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker a breather. • Defensive end. An edge pass rusher would become a need if the Broncos are unable to work out a pay cut with Elvis Dumervil. Mike Klis: 303-954-1055, mklis@denverpost.com or twitter.com/mikeklis

some point by Volstad, Chatwood and (hurting) Friedrich. Based on what the veteran coach from another team and we have witnessed, it’s all too much to hope for — particularly because the Rockies still don’t have a quality ace (and haven’t even come close to deciding who will be the opening-day starter), don’t have a starter returning from a .500 season, don’t have a potential 15-game winner, don’t have a dependable, durable 200-inning eater and don’t have three steadfast every-fifth-day pitchers. De La Rosa is not back to form; Chacin, off at the World Baseball Classic, is not cha-ching yet; Nicasio, without a third or fourth pitch, is more suited to the bullpen; Pomeranz has not matured and may end up in the Springs; and the 2013 Francis is not the 2007 Francis. Volstad, a towering 6-foot-8 fifth kind of starter, could be the best of that bunch by the end of March, but he has won just eight of 50 starts in the past two years with the Marlins and

Free-agent wish list for Broncos Denver Post NFL reporter Mike Klis analyzes 10 free agents who would fill the Broncos’ positions of need , if the price is right:

CB Sean Smith, 26, Dolphins Dove Valley is intrigued by Seattle’s super-sized cornerbacks, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Smith is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds.

CB Greg Toler, 28, Cardinals Has some medical issues (knee, foot), but that helps keep his price down. Bounced back to have a nice year in 2012.

S Chris Clemons, 27, Dolphins He’s solid in coverage and tackling. Fits the desired free-agent profile of a player coming off his rookie contract.

RB Rashard Mendenhall, 26, Steelers Still young with little wear. Two years removed from ACL surgery. Might have to drop Twitter account as condition to contract.

DT Richard Seymour, 33, Raiders The Broncos tried to give Ty Warren a late-career chance and got burned. But that still says they like a proven, productive veteran.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw, 27, Giants Has to prove he’s recovered from foot surgery, but he’s a 1,000-yard rusher who’s good at pass protection and receiving. And he’s won two Super Bowls.

RB Shonn Greene, 27, Jets Has been somewhat disappointing since an electric rookie playoff run. But at 226 pounds, he’s the big back Broncos need to complement Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman.

DT Terrance Knighton, 27, Jaguars If the Broncos don’t re-sign Kevin Vickerson by Tuesday, this might be a 330pound option. Jack Del Rio drafted and played him from 2009-11.

CB Derek Cox, 26, Jaguars Has broken down the past two years, but Del Rio drafted and played him, and he’s larger-sized at 6-1, 195.

WR Brandon Gibson, 26, Rams The Broncos need a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver who can spot Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the outside. Gibson averaged 13.5 yards per catch last year.

Others: Running back: Michael Turner Cornerback: Chris Houston, Antoine Cason, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Safety: Dashon Goldson, LaRon Landry Defensive tackle: Glenn Dorsey, Desmond Bryant Offensive tackle: Sebastian Vollmer Guard: Andy Levitre, Brandon Moore Wide receiver: Devery Henderson, Donnie Avery

the Cubs. What’s the Rox brain trust of Dick Monfort, Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett thinking, or are they just not? Last year the Rockies’ home attendance of 2.6 million ranked 13th in the majors, and certainly would have been in the top 10 if they hadn’t lost almost 100 games. But their payroll in 2013 is not expected to be in the top 20. In fact, it likely will be lower than last year’s $78 million. The Hard-Knocks, not Fort Knox, Rox have only one starter making more than $1.5 million. De La Rosa will receive $10.5 million, Francis $1.5 million. The salaries of Chacin, Nicasio and Pomeranz are below $500,000. If Volstad makes the team, he will get $1.5 million. The Rockies’ starters’ total is under $15 million. The Giants’ starters will earn approximately $58 million. Somebody needs to think around here. The Dodgers, who splurged on players, have nine potential starters. Capuano, a 34-year-old left-

hander with a 12-12 record in ’12, won’t be in the rotation. His contract is in the $5 million range. The Blue Jays, who also pulled off several serious upgrades, recently indicated that Happ, a former National League rookie of the year, will not be in their rotation. The lefty was 10-11 with Houston and Toronto last year. He will be paid $3.7 million. Either one would be the Rockies’ No. 1 starter, and the other No. 2. Both can be obtained. How about giving up Ramon Hernandez and his wasteful $3.2 million salary or Chris Nelson and DJ LeMahieu, or prospects Tim Wheeler and Trevor Story, who won’t play anytime soon in Colorado, or a pair of those countless middle relievers? If the Rockies don’t do something now to enhance the “worst’’ rotation, they’ll just be chicken cacciatore again. Woody Paige: 303-954-1095, woody@woodypaige.com or twitter.com/woodypaige


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Dillon said. “I took his advice. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be standing here right now.” He has a long way to go before he’s declared the starter for CU’s Aug. 31 season opener against Colorado State. Senior Jordan Webb is a returning starter. Junior Nick Hirschman showed promise near the end of last season. Junior Connor Wood’s athleticism fits the pistol offense. Liufau is the new staff’s chosen one. But Dillon has the street cred.

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Ligety wins 4th GS crown Maze sets mark in women’s race The Associated Press

kranjska gora, slovenia» Ted Ligety of the United States won his fifth giant slalom of the season Saturday to clinch the World Cup discipline title with a race to spare. It’s his fourth GS title after winning in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He also successfully defended his GS title at the world championships last month. “To win here again is a supercool feeling,” said Ligety, who has won in Kranjska Gora five times and been on the podium every year since 2008. “I am really proud of that.” Ligety held his first-run lead to win in 2 minutes, 35.43 seconds for his 16th career victory, all in GS. He established an insurmountable 125-point lead over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who was 0.45 behind in second. “It’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Ligety said. “I had an awesome, awesome season, but Hirscher was there all the time. Even if I beat him by three seconds, he was still in second place. That makes it tough going for the title. It becomes kind of a head game when he is so close all the time. So I am pretty psyched to have it locked up now.” Ligety has finished on the podium in all seven GS races this season and became the first man to achieve that feat since Michael von Gruenigen of Switzerland in 1996.

A young team gave coach Richard Rokos his seventh NCAA title, tying him with Bill Marolt, who won seven straight (1972-78). Brett Wilhelm, NCAA Photos

CU rallies for 19th title

Nordic skiers fuel comeback of historic proportions; rival Pioneers finish fourth Daily Camera

ripton, vt.»The University of Colorado ski team came roaring from behind to win the NCAA championship Saturday with a strong effort in the nordic freestyle races. In Friday’s slalom, the Buffs played it conservative, knowing their strong suit lay in Saturday’s nordic freestyle races. And with a first place and two runner-up efforts, the Buffs rallied to come back from a 54-point deficit to win their 19th national championship in skiing — their seventh coed title to go with 11 men’s and one women’s. The largest final-day rally in NCAA championship history gave CU the school’s 25th overall national title, counting three titles in men’s cross country, two in women’s cross country and one in football. Despite competing with seven freshmen, easily the most by any contender, Colorado

tallied 708 team points, with Utah taking over second after the last event with 665 points. Vermont, which had led after each of the first three days, finished a distant third with 653, while Denver was fourth (629). The leader at the midway point had won six straight and 10 of the last 12 times, and schools leading after three days (six events) had won 16 of the last 18. “It’s never happened that we had this young of a team. There is a lot of discipline involved, and you don’t always display the maturity to do it in your freshman year,” CU coach Richard Rokos said. “Suddenly, you’re on a leash; you have to finish your runs. It was our strategy to hold back a bit, and while it’s not perfect, it’s the only way to accommodate this format of racing.” It was Colorado’s seventh national championship under Rokos, as he tied the legendary Bill Marolt, who coached CU to seven straight from 1972-78 before leaving

to become alpine director of the U.S. Ski Team. “That was my goal originally, to reach what Bill Marolt accomplished in seven years. It took 23 years, but you know, seven isn’t my lucky number, so I’ll keep going,” Rokos joked. CU’s Joanne Reid dominated the women’s 15-kilometer race and became the third-youngest female nordic champion (20 years, eight months, nine days). Reid’s mother, Olympic speed skating gold medalist Beth Heiden, won the cross country title skiing for Vermont in 1983, Colorado won with balance: In seven of the eight races, it was the only school to score 70 or more points, and with 59 in the other, the only one to score that many in all eight. Within the overall scoring, CU also won the nordic point battle with 391, as well as scoring the most by its women’s team (387).

NCAA Championships At Hancock, Vt. FINAL TEAM SCORES 1. Colorado 708 points, 2. Utah 665, 3. Vermont 653, 4. Denver 629, 5. Dartmouth 594, 6. New Mexico 576, 7. Alaska-Anchorage 493½, 8. New Hampshire 461½, 9. Montana State 422, 10. Middlebury 357. 11. Northern Michigan 278, 12. Williams 143, 13. Colby 132, 14. Alaska-Fairbanks 103½, 15. St. Lawrence 89, 16. Bates 57½, 17. Harvard 39, 18. MainePresque Isle 38, 19. St. Scholastica 35, 20. St. Michael’s 24, 21. Bowdoin 1½. MEN’S 20K FREESTYLE 1. Miles Havlick, Utah, 50:13.4; 2. Rune Oedegaard, CU, 50:14.0; 3. Einar Ulsund, Utah, 50:14.4; 4. Erik Soderman, NMU, 50:16.0; 5. Niklas Persson, Utah, 50:16.5; 6. Mats Resaland, UNM, 50:16.7; 7. Sam Tarling, Dartmouth, 50:18.3; 8. Benjamin Lustgarten, Middlebury, 50:18.6; 9. Silas Talbot, Dartmouth, 50:19.6; 10. Kyle Bratrud, NMU, 50:22.1. WOMEN’S 15K FREESTYLE 1. Joanne Reid, CU, 38:17.8; 2. Eliska Hajkova, CU, 38:44.6; 3. Marine Dusser, UAA, 38:45.0; 4. Mary O’Connell, Dartmouth, 39:18.3; 5. Silje Benum, DU, 39:21.0; 6. Anya Bean, UNH, 39:26.4; 7. Rosie Frankowski, NMU, 39:36.9; 8. Annie Hart, Dartmouth, 39:42.4; 9. Rose Kemp, Utah, 39:48.1; 10. Makayla Cappel, DU, 39:50.0.

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owner, if not the other way around. But the agency that regulates hunting, fishing and all wildlife in the state — Colorado Parks and Wildlife — has nothing to do with gun control legislation. Yet, the blamers have somehow managed to pin a target on its back. Punishing CPW by refusing to purchase hunting and fishing licenses is a bit like protesting the rising price of milk by refusing to eat hamburgers. Or protesting the price of gas by refusing to buy a new car. It’s a total misfire. According to the agency, hunting and fishing annually generate roughly $1.8 billion in economic impact for the state. The brunt of wildlife funding in Colorado comes from hunting and fishing license purchases. The majority of the agency’s hunting-related revenue comes from out-of-state licenses. Take away that funding and it’s wildlife, not state legislators, that suffers. Habitat, wildlife management and conservation efforts for both game and fish become casualties of reckless crossfire. Never mind that the legislation currently up for debate in the state Senate will have little if any impact on hunters (much less fishermen). Hunters are already restricted to three shotgun shells in the magazine and chamber combined, except during the light goose conservation order season, when they are allowed up

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL Kensler’s Corner Front Range college basketball report by Tom Kensler, The Denver Post Trending nationally

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More focus on conference tourneys

Game of the week

Bud Thomas

Because it figures to be exceptionally difficult this year for the NCAA Tournament selection committee to sort out and choose among the so-called “bubble teams” in conferences including the ACC and A-10, league tournaments will take on an added importance this season.

Denver at WAC Tournament, Thursday in Las Vegas

Junior, Mercer

Watch out for Sparty Among the Big Ten powers, don’t be surprised if Michigan State turns out to be best equipped to reach the Final Four. The Spartans have size and strength in the paint, a bevy of athletic big-guard, small-forward types and a terrific point guard in Keith Appling.

Boise State balancing on the bubble The Broncos are the classic bubble team. They entered the weekend at 20-9 (8-7 in the Mountain West) and with a 43 RPI. They probably need a couple of victories in their conference tournament this week in Las Vegas.

The former Regis Jesuit allstater is in his second season as a full-time starter for the Bears, who entered the weekend with records of 22-10 overall and 14-4 in the Atlantic Sun to clinch the regular-season league title — a first for the Macon, Ga., program. Thomas, a 6-foot-6 forward, is averaging 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds on a balanced team. In high school, Thomas led Regis Jesuit to back--toback Class 5A titles and twice was named the state’s “Mr. Basketball.”

CSU appears to be a sure bet for the NCAA Tournament, and CU not as much, but the WAC probably will be a one-bid league. That means the DU Pioneers must win their conference tournament, which is never an easy task.

The Post’s weekly rankings Pac-12 1. Arizona 2. Oregon 3. UCLA 4. Colorado 5. California

Mountain West 1. New Mexico 2. Colorado State 3. UNLV 4. San Diego State 5. Boise State

Top seeds as we see it NO. 1

NO. 3

Duke Indiana Kansas Gonzaga

Miami New Mexico Georgetown Syracuse

NO. 2

NO. 4

Florida Louisville Michigan Michigan St.

Ohio State Kansas State VCU Marquette

Photo: Kim Raff, The Salt Lake Tribune

Mountain West FLETCHER’S 3 LIFTS AIR FORCE OVER NO. 12 NEW MEXICO air force academy» Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give Air Force an 89-88 victory over No. 12 New Mexico on Saturday. Tony Snell’s 3-point attempt from the right wing clanged off the iron as time expired, and Falcons fans stormed the court to celebrate the program’s first win over a top 15 team. Fletcher’s clutch shot came seconds after New Mexico’s Kendall Williams missed the back end of a 1-and-1. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Lobos (26-5, 13-3 Mountain West) and marked the second win over a top 25 opponent for Air Force (17-12, 8-8) this season. The Falcons finished 13-2 at Clune Arena. The game was a back-and-forth sprint that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes, with the teams combining for a conference-record 30 3-pointers. Air Force was 15 of 31 from 3-point range, with New Mexico going 15 for 33. The Lobos led 87-83 with 19 seconds remaining after a pair of free throws by Williams. Michael Lyons, the conference’s leading scorer, hit a long, contested 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds left to cut the deficit to one.

Oregon State’s Joe Burton and CU’s Josh Scott battle under the boards during the second half Saturday at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. Burton’s 10 points and 10 rebounds helped the Beavers beat the Buffaloes 64-58. Scott had six points and six rebounds. Cliff Grassmick, Daily Camera

BUFFS «FROM 1C gon State in a rematch. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points for Colorado. But he went 4-for-12 from the field and finished as the Buffs’ only scorer in double figures. “This loss is on me,” Boyle said. “Our team wasn’t ready to play emotionally or mentally or physically. We laid an egg.” “The reality is, we just lost to a team that was 3-14 (in league play). They were coming into our building with a great crowd (10,105) with a snowstorm going on outside. And on ‘senior night,’ ” Boyle added. “We’d better figure it out because, guess what, the regular season is over with. It’s win or go home from here on out. All we know is, whoever we play on Wednesday in Las Vegas, we have to beat them to move on. That’s all we know.”

CU sophomore guard Askia Booker said the Buffs lacked energy, even with another lively crowd screaming its support. “There was no sense of urgency whatsoever, especially at the defensive end,” Booker said. “That’s why we lost.” Offensively, Colorado never attacked Oregon State’s 2-3 zone and played tentatively against the Beavers’ big front line. “Usually when a team plays zone, they’re playing zone because they don’t feel like they can guard you man-to-man,” said Boyle, who acknowledged giving his players an earful in the locker room afterward. “So you let them off the hook by taking quick jump shots. You let them off the hook by not attacking inside or moving the ball.” Things might have been different if Roberson were available, with his ability to slash through a zone and pick off offensive rebounds. But

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Boyle said there are no excuses, and he feels bad for the two senior night honorees, guard Sabatino Chen and center Shane Harris-Tunks, having their big day tarnished. Oregon State coach Craig Robinson told his team the Coors Events Center would be “the hardest place to play in the Pac-12.” Not on this afternoon. Tom Kensler: 303-954-1280, tkensler@denverpost.comor twitter.com/tomkensler OREGON ST. (14-17) Burton 5-12 0-0 10, Moreland 7-8 2-2 17, Collier 3-5 1-1 7, Barton 2-8 0-0 5, Nelson 5-13 3-4 15, Robbins 1-2 0-0 3, Starks 1-4 2-2 4, Morris-Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Schaftenaar 1-2 0-0 3, Reid 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 8-9 64. COLORADO (20-10) Johnson 3-7 0-0 6, Harris-Tunks 2-3 0-0 4, Booker 3-13 0-0 8, Chen 4-9 0-0 9, Dinwiddie 4-12 8-9 18, Talton 1-3 0-0 2, Stalzer 1-2 0-0 2, Adams 1-5 0-0 3, Scott 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 21-60 10-11 58. Halftime — Colorado 29-27. 3-point goals — Oregon St. 6-14 (Nelson 2-4, Moreland 1-1, Schaftenaar 1-1, Robbins 1-2, Barton 1-5, Starks 0-1), Colorado 6-21 (Booker 2-7, Dinwiddie 2-8, Adams 1-1, Chen 1-3, Talton 0-1, Stalzer 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Oregon St. 38 (Burton, Moreland 10), Colorado 32 (Johnson 7). Assists — Oregon St. 11 (Nelson 3), Colorado 13 (Booker 3). Total fouls — Oregon St. 11, Colorado 16. A — 10,105.

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ardson. UCLA also took advantage of Washington’s 19 turnovers, turning them into 29 points.

seattle» Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Larry Drew II came up with another huge shot against Washington, and No. 23 UCLA clinched the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title with a 61-54 win over the Huskies on Saturday. UCLA (23-8, 13-5) earned its third regular-season title under coach Ben Howland when Oregon lost at Utah. “Shabazz is the player of the year in the conference,” Howland said. “This win hopefully hammers that home. He was phenomenal.” Drew hit the winning shot at the buzzer against Washington in early February in Los Angeles and came up with another huge basket in the final minute again. Drew finished with seven points and became UCLA’s single-season assists leader, passing Pooh Rich-

No. 18 Arizona 73, Arizona St. 58 B tucson» Nick Johnson scored 17 points, and Solomon Hill added 12 and the Wildcats (24-6, 12-6) earned a first-round bye in this week’s Pac12 tournament. The Wildcats built a 15-point lead in the first half and answered a big second-half run by the Sun Devils with one of their own. Arizona State (20-11, 9-9) pulled within five in the second half, but had trouble holding onto the ball, its 17 turnovers leading to 21 points for Arizona.

Utah 72, No. 19 Oregon 62 B salt lake city» Jason Washburn had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jarred DuBois added 15 points and several key baskets down the stretch to propel the Utes (13-17, 5-13) over

Conference W L UCLA 13 5 Arizona 12 6 Oregon 12 6 California 12 6 Colorado 10 8 Arizona St. 9 9 Southern Cal 9 9 Stanford 9 9 Washington 9 9 Utah 5 13 Oregon St. 4 14 Washington St. 4 14 Saturday’s results Oregon St. 64, Colorado 58 No. 18 Arizona 73, Arizona State 58 Utah 72, No. 19 Oregon 62 No. 23 UCLA 61, Washington 54 Washington St. 76, Southern Cal 51

All W 23 24 23 20 20 20 14 18 17 13 14 13

TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS Wednesday’s first round (Times MDT) No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 9 Arizona St., 1 p.m. No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Washington State, 3:30 p.m. No. 7 Southern Cal vs. No. 10 Utah, 7 p.m. No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Oregon State, 9:30 p.m.

the Ducks (23-8, 12-6).

Washington State 75, USC 51 B pullman, wash.» Brock Motum scored 31 points as the Cougars (1318, 4-14) crushed USC (14-17, 9-9). The Associated Press

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Standings, tournament pairings Conference W L 13 3 11 5 10 6 9 7 9 7 8 8 5 11 4 12 3 13 Saturday’s results Air Force 89, No. 12 New Mexico 88 Colorado State 77, Nevada 66 Fresno State 61, UNLV 52 Boise State 69, San Diego State 65 New Mexico Colorado State UNLV San Diego State Boise State Air Force Fresno State Wyoming Nevada

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TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS Tuesday’s first round No. 8 Wyoming vs. No. 9 Nevada, 6 p.m. Wednesday’s quarterfinals No. 3 UNLV vs. No. 6 Air Force, 1 p.m. No. 2 Colorado State vs. No. 7 Fresno State, 3:30 p.m. No. 1 New Mexico vs. Wyoming or Nevada, 7:30 p.m. No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 5 Boise State, 10 p.m.

Fletcher finished with a careerhigh 21 points and Lyons led the way for Air Force with 30. Marek Olesinski was 5-of-5 from the field off the bench for a career-high 15 points — all in the first half.

Fresno State 61, UNLV 52 B las vegas» Kevin Foster scored 25 points, including six 3-pointers, to shock UNLV and hand the Rebels their first loss in 14 games at the Thomas & Mack Center. Boise State 69, San Diego St. 65 B boise, idaho» Derrick Marks scored 27 points, Anthony Drmic finished with 23 and Boise State led from start to finish. The Associated Press

COLORADO STATE 77, NEVADA 66

Rams’ record 24th win clinches second seed By Christopher Dempsey The Denver Post

fort collins» The appreciation flowed from pregame introductions all the way through the timeout 4:28 into the game when, once again overjoyed at what they were witnessing, the fans in the sellout crowd at Moby Arena gave their Colorado State Rams a standing ovation. The 14-6 lead at the time dictated it. CSU made it stand up. And then some. The Rams set a program record for victories in a season with their 24th, outlasting Nevada 77-66 on Saturday in the regular-season finale. With it, CSU (24-7, 11-5) finished second in the Mountain West standings, the highest finish ever for the Rams. They will play Fresno State, the No. 7 seed, which ended its season with a bang in a win over UNLV, on Wednesday in a 3:30 p.m. conference tournament game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. “I think it’s a tremendous accomplishment,” said Pierce Hornung, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. “The history of CSU basketball, there’s been a lot of good teams. To have the most wins, that’s an honor.” The only scare CSU had against Nevada was the health of its starting point guard, Dorian Green. He left the game midway through the first half with what appeared to be an ankle injury. He returned to the bench but did not play again. “As far as I know it’s just a sprain,” Green said. “Nothing’s broken. I expect to play Wednesday.” Otherwise, using an energized defensive effort, the Rams made this game look easy, sending its senior class of Green, Hornung, Wes Eikmeier, Greg Smith and Colton Iver-

son out in style. A 9-0 run early in the half took a CSU 16-10 lead and stretched it to 25-10. Nevada never recovered. That lead grew to 19 points in the first half and to 20 in the second half. As has been the case this season, CSU used a stifling defensive effort against the opponent’s leading scorer as the catalyst. This time, the task involved slowing Nevada guard Malik Story, one of the highest-scoring players in the Mountain West. Story came in averaging 16.7 points but had only two points at halftime. He finished with 14 points, but did so on 4-of-11 shooting. The Rams scored 19 points off 16 Nevada turnovers. Nevada shot 16-of-24 in the second half to make things tight, while CSU hit just 9-of-29 from the field in the final 20 minutes. Iverson’s 21 points and nine rebounds led CSU. Eikmeier had 20 points and six assists and Smith finished with 11 points. And with the victory, CSU’s Larry Eustachy became the first NCAA Division I men’s coach to win 24 or more games with five schools. “That means you’ve been fired, is what it means,” Eustachy jokingly said. “We’ve worked hard for where we’ve gotten to and I’m proud of it.” Christopher Dempsey: 303-954-1279, cdempsey@denverpost.com or twitter.com/dempseypost NEVADA (12-18, 3-13 MOUNTAIN WEST) Huff 2-6 0-0 4, Panzer 0-1 2-2 2, Coleman 4-6 4-4 12, Burton 11-16 3-7 27, Story 4-11 5-8 14, Elliott 0-0 0-0 0, Fuetsch 0-0 0-0 0, Burris 3-4 1-2 7, Fall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-44 15-23 66. COLORADO ST. (24-7, 11-5) Hornung 6-9 4-5 16, G. Smith 5-11 1-2 11, Iverson 7-9 7-13 21, Eikmeier 5-14 8-8 20, Green 0-2 0-0 0, Bejarano 1-8 0-0 3, Octeus 1-4 4-4 6, De Ciman 0-0 0-0 0, Santo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 24-32 77. Halftime — Colorado St. 39-21. 3-point goals — Nevada 3-13 (Burton 2-5, Story 1-6, Huff 0-1, Panzer 0-1), Colorado St. 3-17 (Eikmeier 2-5, Bejarano 1-4, G. Smith 0-2, Octeus 0-2, Green 0-2, Hornung 0-2). Fouled out — Huff. Rebounds — Nevada 26 (Coleman 5), Colorado St. 31 (Hornung 13). Assists — Nevada 3 (Burton, Huff, Story 1), Colorado St. 13 (Eikmeier 6). Total fouls — Nevada 23, Colorado St. 19. Technicals — Burris, Huff. A — 8,745.


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Pios share WAC crown DU awaits word on whether it or Louisiana Tech will be the top seed. By Irv Moss The Denver Post

The way the Pioneers shot the ball in the first half Saturday, 68 percent from the floor, it’s a wonder there was any net to cut off when they finally had defeated Louisiana Tech and gained a share of the Western Athletic Conference title. But sure enough, an inspired University of Denver basketball team took turns cutting down a net as the focal point of a jubilant celebration at Magness Arena after a 78-54 victory. The No. 1 seed between DU (21-8, 16-2) and Louisiana Tech (26-5, 16-2) in this week’s conference tournament in Las Vegas will be determined by the highest RPI ranking. Coach Joe Scott and his team continued down a path of win or else that had trailed them from the Dec. 29 beginning of WAC play and a loss at Louisiana Tech. The Pioneers are riding a 10-game winning streak. Their last loss was Jan. 23 at New Mexico State. “The most important thing is we came out in the biggest game of the year and did our job,” Scott said. “As the stakes got higher, our players kept playing at a high level. … I’d like to know how many teams in the country can say they lost once in January, zero times in February and zero times in March?” Louisiana Tech coach Mike White’s Bulldogs had been undefeated in conference play for the first 16 games of the season, but lost the last two and settled for a tie. “The game was over within the first eight to 10 minutes,” White said. “We wanted to come in here and win an outright championship. We got beat by a team that was significantly better tonight.” “We knew the pressure was on,” DU forward Chris Udofia said. “We came out and played like we have for a long time coming down to the end.” All five of DU’s starters scored in double figures, led

Top 25 BEARS DENY KU OUTRIGHT TITLE waco, texas» Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as Baylor finished the regular season with an 81-58 victory over Kansas on Saturday to keep the fourth-ranked Jayhawks from the outright Big 12 regular-season title. Cory Jefferson added 25 points for Baylor (18-13, 9-9 Big 12), combining his usual powerful dunks with his first three career 3-pointers. Even after their worst loss in seven years, Kansas (26-5, 14-4) will still be the No. 1 seed for next week’s conference tournament in Kansas City. The Jayhawks had won the previous four outright but have to share this one with rival Kansas State, which also lost Saturday.

chapel hill, n.c.» Seth Curry hit his first seven shots for the Blue Devils (27-4, 14-4 ACC), and finished with 20 points. Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 6 Georgetown 61, No. 17 Syracuse 39 B washington» The Hoyas (24-5, 14-4) wrapped up the Big East regular-season title by holding the Orange (23-8, 11-7) to the lowest-scoring output of their time in the conference.

No. 6 Miami 62, Clemson 49 B coral gables,

by Udofia’s 18 points. Udofia also had five blocked shots, Chase Hallam, the only senior, took special pride in his turn at the net. “There hasn’t been a greater feeling in the world,” Hallam said of his work with the scissors. “It was nice to get off to that quick lead. We haven’t lost a game this year when we were leading at halftime.”

LOUISIANA TECH (26-5) Kyser 0-0 3-4 3, Gibson 2-5 2-4 7, Appleby 4-10 0-0 9, Smith 1-6 3-4 6, C. Johnson 3-7 3-4 9, Hamilton 3-11 3-4 9, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Massey 0-0 0-0 0, Gjuroski 1-2 0-0 3, McNeail 0-4 0-2 0, J. Johnson 2-3 0-0 4, Lewis 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 18-51 14-22 54. DENVER (21-8) Love 4-9 1-3 11, O’Neale 3-8 4-7 10, Olson 4-4 0-0 12, Hallam 3-6 2-2 10, Udofia 6-11 6-6 18, Rucker 0-0 0-0 0, Webb 1-1 0-0 2, Samac 0-2 0-0 0, Logan 0-1 0-0 0, Griffin 4-7 1-2 9, Engesser 1-1 0-0 2, Byrd 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 28-54 14-20 78. Halftime — Denver 46-25. 3-point goals — Louisiana Tech 4-13 (Gibson 1-1, Gjuroski 1-2, Smith 1-3, Appleby 1-3, C. Johnson 0-1, McNeail 0-3), Denver 8-16 (Olson 4-4, Hallam 2-3, Love 2-5, O’Neale 0-1, Byrd 0-1, Udofia 0-1, Logan 0-1). Fouled out — Gibson. Rebounds — Louisiana Tech 33 (J. Johnson 6), Denver 31 (Griffin 8). Assists — Louisiana Tech 7 (Kyser, Smith 2), Denver 20 (Hallam, O’Neale, Olson 4). Total fouls — Louisiana Tech 18, Denver 19. A — NA.

Western Athletic Conference W L Louisiana Tech 16 2 Denver 16 2 New Mexico State 14 4 Utah State 11 7 Texas-Arlington 11 7 Idaho 6 11 Texas State 4 13 San Jose State 3 13 UTSA 3 14 Seattle 3 14 Saturday’s results Denver 78, Louisiana Tech 54 Utah St. 71, UTSA 51 New Mexico St. 69, Texas-Arlington 66 Texas St. at San Jose St., (n) Seattle at Idaho, (n)

All W L 26 5 21 8 21 10 21 9 17 12 11 17 9 21 9 18 8 21 8 20

Kentucky 61, No. 11 Florida 57 B lexington, ky.» Julius Mays’ two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped the Wildcats’ (21-10, 12-6) comeback from a seven-point deficit.

No. 15 Marquette 69, St. John’s 67, OT B new york» Vander Blue’s driving shot fell through the rim as the overtime buzzer sounded, giving the Golden Eagles (23-7, 14-4) a share of the Big East regular-season championship.

No. 16 Saint Louis 78, La Salle 54 B st. louis» Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 17 rebounds and the Billikens (24-6, 13-3) hit 17 of 20 shots in the second half to clinch a share of the Atlantic 10 title.

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No. 3 Duke 69, North Carolina 53 B

Louisiana Tech guard Jaron Johnson fouls the Pioneers’ Chris Udofia under the basket in the first half Saturday. Udofia scored a game-high 18 points. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post

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greensboro, n.c.» Haley Peters had 17 points and 13 rebounds — including the goahead basket with 4:06 left — to help No. 6 Duke beat No. 23 Florida St. 72-66 in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals.

Michigan State 54, No. 8 Penn State 46 B hoffman estates, ill.» Jasmine Thomas scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and the Spartans (24-7) used stout defense to upset the Nittany Lions (25-5) in a Big Ten tournament semifinal.

No. 15 North Carolina 72, No. 10 Maryland 65 B

fla.» Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the Hurricanes (24-6, 15-3) win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship outright.

greensboro, n.c.» Latifah Coleman scored 15 of her career-high 17 points in the final 6-plus minutes and North Carolina reached the ACC Tournament finals.

No. 8 Louisville 73, No. 24 Notre Dame 57 B

No. 19 Texas A&M 66, No. 9 Tennessee 62 B

louisville, ky.» Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help the Cardinals (26-5, 14-4 Big East) earn a share of the Big East Conference title.

No. 13 Oklahoma State 76, No. 9 Kansas State 70 B stillwater, okla.» Le’Bryan Nash scored 24 points, Marcus Smart added 21 and the Cowboys (23-7, 13-5), who didn’t allow a field goal for more than four minutes.

duluth, ga.» Courtney Williams’ jumper with 33 seconds remaining gave A&M the lead, and the Aggies held on to snap Tennessee’s bid for a fourth straight SEC Tournament title.

Purdue 77, No. 21 Nebraska 64 B hoffman estates, ill.» Sam Ostarello scored 18 points as Purdue advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship. The Associated Press Results »14C

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Bu≠s survive cold start, beat Huskies The Associated Press

seattle» Chucky Jeffery scored 19 points, including a game-clinching uncontested layup with 59 seconds left, and 18th-ranked Colorado survived a frigid-shooting first half to beat Washington 70-59 in the quarterfinals of the Pacific-12 Tournament late Friday night.

The Buffaloes (25-5), the tournament’s No. 4 seed and winners of 10 straight, played top seed and No. 4-ranked Stanford (29-2) in a semifinal Saturday night. Jamee Swan added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who pulled away from Washington after shooting 28 percent in the first half.

The Buffaloes scored eight consecutive points to open the second half and built a 37-26 lead — the first double-digit margin for either team. Washington answered with its own 8-0 run, getting back within 37-34. The Huskies got as close as two on three subsequent occasions, the last time at 51-49 with 5:50 to play.

Area Wrapup THOMPSON’S PUTBACK LIFTS CSU OVER WOLF PACK reno, nev.» Hayley Thompson’s putback in the final seconds gave the Colorado State women’s team a 53-51 victory over Nevada on Saturday night. The win was CSU’s third on the road this season and the third in the Mountain West. Three road wins is the most CSU victories away from Moby Arena in conference play since 2002. “I thought we had some fight,” said coach Ryun Williams. “ Our kids did a really good job in some urgent situations. I thought they engaged in the fight pretty well all night. It was nice to see them compete.” CSU increased its lead to double figures early in the second half, but the Rams (11-18, 7-9 Mountain West) scored just four points in nearly an eight-minute span, allowing the Wolf Pack (7-22, 2-14) to take the lead with four minutes left. Alicia Nichols went to the free-throw line twice, shooting 2-of-4 to tie the score at 51-51 with one minute to play. An offensive board gave Nevada possession for 40 seconds in the final minute, but Ladeyah Forte stole the ball and converted a layup. She missed, but Thompson got the rebound and converted. The Wolf Pack had 18 seconds on

the clock but was unable to convert. Meghan Heimstra led the Rams with 13 points and Mandy Makeever scored a careerhigh 12. Thompson grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. “I know coming out of the first media timeout, Coach Williams told me focus on rebounding on the weak side,” Thompson said. “I know it’s something that I can contribute to the team when I’m having an off shooting night.”

New Mexico 65, Air Force 59 B albuquerque» The Lobos (16-13, 8-8 Mountain West) kept the Falcons (4-25, 3-13) at bay after using two 10-o runs to build a lead. Cherae Medina led Air Force with 15 points. Katie Hilbig posted her second straight doubledouble with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Louisiana Tech 69, Denver 51 B ruston, la.» Sloppy ball handling cost the Pioneers, who committed eight turnovers during a 21-12 run that ended the first half with the Lady Techsters (13-16, 9-9 WAC) leading 38-21. Morgan Van Riper-Rose was the only player in double figures for the Pioneers (13-16, 8-10), who committed 15 turnovers in the first half and 19 overall. Denver Post wire services Results »14c

After the Buffs pushed their lead to 63-53 with two minutes remaining, Washington got back-to-back 3-pointers from Heather Corral and Talia Walton to cut it to 63-59 with 1:06 left. But Jeffrey followed with a layup and three free throws to put it out of reach. Colorado shot 48 percent in the second half.

Marquette forward Jamil Wilson takes the ball up against St. John's JaKarr Sampson, right, during the second half Saturday. Marquette, ranked 15th, won in overtime, 69-67. Richard Drew, The Associated Press

One tick left on the clock, Jefferson saves Roadrunners Denver Post wire services

Brandon Jefferson drained a jumper with one second remaining Saturday to give Metro State a 61-60 win over Fort Lewis and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament title. The win clinched an NCAA Division II Tournament berth for the Roadrunners (27-2), who entered the tournament ranked fourth. The game at Auraria Events Center was a defensive struggle at the end, with the two teams combing for only seven points in the last 4:07. That’s when Fort Lewis’ Alex Herrera made one of two free throws to give the Skyhawks a 58-57 lead. The Roadrunners retook the lead on Jonathan Morse’s layup with 1:34 left. The Skyhawks’ final basket came on Marcus Ayala’s layup with nine seconds left that gave them a 60-59 lead. Jefferson led Metro with 20 points, while Ayala led the Skyhawks (21-7) with 16 points.

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SEMIFINALS Friday at Metro State Fort Lewis 70, Adams State 69 Metro State 93, Colorado Mesa 64

CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday at Metro State Metro State 61, Fort Lewis 60

QUARTERFINALS Tuesday Metro State 75, Colo. Mines 55 Fort Lewis 78, CSU-Pueblo 67 Colorado Mesa 74, Regis 50 Colo. Christian 72, UCCS 70

SEMIFINALS Friday at Colorado Mesa Colo. Christian 53, Metro St. 48 Colo. Mesa 73, Fort Lewis 65

CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday at Colorado Mesa Colo. Mesa 60, Colo. Christian 47

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PAC-12 Oregon St. 64, Colorado 58 No. 18 Arizona 73, Arizona State 58 Utah 72, No. 19 Oregon 62 No. 23 UCLA 61, Washington 54 Washington St. 76, Southern Cal 51

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT Semifinals No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 18 Colorado, (n) No. 14 UCLA 70, No. 5 California 58

MOUNTAIN WEST Air Force 89, No. 12 New Mexico 88 Colorado St. 77, Nevada 66 Fresno St. 61, UNLV 52 Boise St. 69, San Diego St. 65 WESTERN ATHLETIC Denver 78, Louisiana Tech 54 Utah St. 71, UTSA 51 Texas-Arlington at New Mexico St., (n) Texas St. at San Jose St., (n) Seattle at Idaho, (n) BIG SKY North Dakota 68, S. Utah 61 Montana St. 71, Sacramento St. 55 Weber St. 65, E. Washington 57 Idaho St. 72, Portland St. 71 N. Arizona at Montana, (n) TOP 25 No. 1 Gonzaga 66, Loyola Mary 48 No. 3 Duke 69, North Carolina 53 Baylor 81, No. 4 Kansas 58 No. 5 Georgetown 61, No. 17 Syracuse 39 No. 6 Miami 62, Clemson 49 No. 8 Louisville 73, No. 24 Notre Dame 57 No. 13 Oklahoma St. 76, No. 9 Kansas St. 70 Kentucky 61, No. 11 Florida 57 No. 15 Marquette 69, St. John's 67, OT No. 16 Saint Louis 78, La Salle 54 No. 20 Pittsburgh 81, DePaul 66 No. 25 Memphis 86, UAB 71

After a disappointing snub by the NCAA Tournament selection committee in 2011, Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle was in better humor when doing phone interviews from his home on Selection Sunday last year. AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file

Formula is simple: NCAA still likes RPI

Metric carries plenty of weight when committee picks tourney teams By Tom Kensler The Denver Post

When Colorado men’s coach Tad Boyle finds a few extra minutes, he clicks on a college basketball website and scrolls down a list to check his team’s RPI. “You have to, because it’s so important,” Boyle said. Like the weather, a team’s RPI can change daily, which makes the computer-calculated power ranking maddening, interesting and, for many, perplexing. But Boyle is right. It is important. Beginning with the 1980-81 season, the Rating Percentage Index has been among the metrics used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee for choosing at-large teams. Many analysts contend the weight given to the RPI ranks near the top among “tools” used by the committee, although the committee never acknowledges it. Mike Bobinski, the tournament’s selection committee chairman, may have hinted about the RPI’s value during a recent media teleconference. “Interestingly, we asked a statistician who works with the NCAA who is really, really sharp, to do sort of a comparison of all the major rankings that exist … and compare those evaluations with performance in the tournament,” Bobinski said. “We were all surprised to see that the RPI actually did end up with the highest level of predictive value and the highest correlation with ultimate success in the tournament.” Criticism of RPI won’t go away, however. Detractors believe the formula, based on a team’s wins and losses and the strength of its schedule and of its opponents’ schedules, is too simple. RPI doesn’t account for scoring margins. A 15-point victory by Colorado State over UNLV, for example, counts the same as a one-point win. Injuries aren’t factored in. Whether or not the game was a pressurized conference matchup is of no consequence. “Archaic” and “outdated” are descriptions of RPI, which last was revised in 2004, when differences in home, road and neutral-site games were put into the equation. Home wins are worth 0.6 of a victory, while road wins are worth 1.4. Conversely, a home loss is weighted 1.4 on the negative side and a road loss only 0.6. Neutral-site games count 1.0 and 1.0. With computers much more able to crunch sophisticated data than they were three decades ago, why not, critics say, adopt a formula that uses more data and considers more variables? “Yes, yes, it’s terrible that the RPI exists in 2013,” wrote ESPN.com college basketball analyst and statistician John Gasaway. Of course, no squawking is heard from teams with solid RPIs, such as Colorado and CSU, both of whom have been in the top 30 for much of the season. A top-30 ranking almost ensures an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament. Rankings higher can mean bubble trouble.

RPI applies to other sports too The basic RPI formula is used by selection committees for nearly a dozen NCAAsanctioned sports, including men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball and softball. But it all began with basketball. Jim Van Valkenburg, then a member of what the NCAA called its “statistics service,” gathered a group of analysts in 1980, which considered a dozen or so formulas to

How to figure RPI The formula for the Rating Percentage Index, which is a factor in selecting at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament: A team’s winning percentage

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determine how each matrix reflected the performance of college basketball teams. A former Kansas City, Mo.-based Associated Press sports editor, Van Valkenburg rejected formulas that included scores and margin of victory because he felt they encouraged coaches to run up the score. Factoring in adjustment of a team’s games played at home or on the road, the basis for RPI is winning percentage: victories divided by total games. The formula is 25 percent for a team’s winning percentage and winning percentage of that team’s opponents’ opponents and 50 percent for the winning percentage of that team’s opponents. It’s as simple as that. Yes, it may seem strange that 75 percent of an RPI calculation has nothing to do with that team’s performance on the court. But RPI and other computer-based power rankings have their supporters. “I think the best yardstick,” Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said recently, “is to do away with all the pundits and analysts and all the people that have biases toward schools they went to and the leagues they play in, and to just look at the numbers. The numbers have no biases.” The NCAA began releasing its official RPI to the public via its website in 2006 on a weekly basis. Before 2006, a cottage industry emerged with statisticians offering subscriptions to publications and websites for those eager to see the “replicated” RPI rankings. Among the first to provide numbers was Jerry Palm, who majored in computer science at Purdue and was curious about what the RPI would be for a Boilermakers team that featured future national player of the year Glenn Robinson. He started CollegeRPI.com in 1996 after tracking numbers for 2½ years. Palm now works for CBSsports.com and continuously updates his RPI numbers

there. He closed down CollegeRPI.com. “The RPI isn’t something that you’d want to bet with in Las Vegas,” Palm said. “But I do think it’s proven to be a helpful tool for the selection committee.” Committee chairman Bobinski said the selectors use about a dozen “tools,” including RPI. “We have more data than any human can possibly digest,” he said.

Power conference muscle A common criticism of RPI is the formula’s reliance on strength of schedule, which favors power conferences. CU’s Boyle was an assistant coach at Missouri Valley Conference member Wichita State in 2005-06 when the MVC, a midmajor conference, was credited with “cracking the code” by getting four teams into the NCAA Tournament. Cracking the code meant beefing up the nonconference schedule of all league members to build a strong enough RPI that would hold up during conference action. The Mountain West cracked the code, so to speak, last year by getting four NCAA Tournament bids, which the conference is expected to repeat this year. “Our staff pays a great deal of attention to RPI and strength of schedule,” said UNLV coach Dave Rice. “It’s important for us to schedule as many tough nonconference opponents as we can without our team losing confidence. Our league has done a good job (of scheduling).” Boyle made sure to toughen CU’s nonconference schedule this season by adding a tournament in Charleston, S.C., and a game at Kansas. “RPI is a moving target. For example, Colorado State having such a great year helps us, and we’re even being helped by Air Force doing well,” said Boyle, whose Buffs beat both Front Range teams. “In some regards with scheduling and RPI, you also have to get a little lucky.” The NCAA committee reiterates each year that it doesn’t consider conference RPI and that data isn’t provided to the selectors. The committee analyzes teams on their own merit, regardless of conference affiliation. Those who view RPI as confusing have a lot of company. For such a simple formula, it sure causes a lot of head scratching. CU senior guard Sabatino Chen said he looks at the RPI numbers at least once a week. That doesn’t mean he understands it. “Honestly, I don’t even know how they figure it,” Chen said. “When I look at some teams’ RPIs against ours, I really don’t know why ours is so different.”

WEST Pacific 71, Long Beach St. 51 CS Bakersfield at Utah Valley, (n) Cal St.-Fullerton at Cal Poly, (n) UC Irvine at UC Davis, (n) UC Riverside at UC Santa Barbara, (n) SOUTHWEST Arkansas 73, Texas A&M 62 Cent. Arkansas 86, Oral Roberts 84, OT TCU 70, Oklahoma 67 Texas 71, Texas Tech 69, OT UTEP 76, SMU 63 Stephen F. Austin 58, Texas A&M-CC 49 Tulsa 77, Rice 71 Texas-Pan American 76, NJIT 59 Chicago St. 71, Houston Baptist 58 MIDWEST Ball St. 53, N. Illinois 51 Butler 67, Xavier 62 Cincinnati 61, South Florida 53, OT Iowa 74, Nebraska 60 North Dakota 68, S. Utah 61 Ohio 58, Miami (Ohio) 54 Pittsburgh 81, DePaul 66 Purdue 89, Minnesota 73 Saint Louis 78, La Salle 54 Toledo 78, E. Michigan 67 W. Michigan 71, Cent. Michigan 68 SOUTH Alabama 61, Georgia 58 Charlotte 52, Saint Joseph’s 40 East Carolina 86, Marshall 79 Florida St. 71, N.C. State 67 McNeese St. 91, Nicholls St. 88, 2OT Memphis 86, UAB 71 Miami 62, Clemson 49 Mississippi 81, LSU 67 Mississippi St. 74, Auburn 71, OT Northwestern St. 84, Sam Houston St. 73 Richmond 79, Duquesne 55 SE Louisiana 86, Lamar 72 Tennessee 64, Missouri 62 Vanderbilt 74, South Carolina 64 Charlotte 52, Saint Joseph’s 40 Southern Miss. 70, UCF 62 Houston at Tulane, (n) EAST Boston College 74, Georgia Tech 72 Brown 80, Princeton 67 Fordham 76, St. Bonaventure 72 George Washington 81, Dayton 80, OT Harvard 65, Cornell 56 Iowa St. 83, West Virginia 74 UConn 63, Providence 59, OT UMass 75, Rhode Island 66 Dartmouth 64, Columbia 58 Yale 79, Penn 65 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS America East At SEFCU Arena Albany, N.Y. First round Stony Brook 72, Binghamton 49 UMBC 69, Hartford 62 Vermont 61, New Hampshire 42 Albany (NY) 50, Maine 49

MOUNTAIN WEST Colorado St. 53, Nevada 51 New Mexico 65, Air Force 59 Fresno St. 90, UNLV 64 San Diego St. 86, Boise St. 45 WESTERN ATHLETIC Louisiana Tech 69, Denver 51 Texas St. 100, San Jose St. 67 Seattle 55, Idaho 53 New Mexico St. 72, Texas-Arlington 66 UTSA 80, Utah St. 72 BIG SKY Montana St. 68, N. Arizona 66 Sacramento St. 80, Montana 71 Idaho St. 61, Portland St. 54 E. Washington 70, Weber St. 53 North Dakota at S. Utah, (n) TOP 25 No. 1 Baylor 80, Texas 47 No. 6 Duke 72, No. 23 Florida State 66 No. 7 Kentucky 60, No. 12 Georgia 38 Michigan State 54, No. 8 Penn State 46 No. 19 Texas A&M 66, No. 9 Tennessee 62 No. 15 N. Carolina 72, No. 10 Maryland 65 No. 11 Dayton 74, George Washington 49 No. 20 Green Bay 80, Milwaukee 56 Purdue 77, No. 21 Nebraska 64 WEST San Diego St. 86, Boise St. 45 UC Santa Barbara 49, UC Irvine 41 SOUTHWEST NJIT 65, Houston Baptist 49 Oral Roberts 68, Cent. Arkansas 53 Stephen F. Austin 58, Texas A&M-CC 52 Texas St. 100, San Jose St. 67 Texas-Pan American 71, Chicago St. 61 MIDWEST Creighton 61, S. Illinois 42 Evansville 70, Drake 59 Green Bay 80, Milwaukee 56 Illinois St. 66, N. Iowa 61 Indiana St. 58, Bradley 53 Loyola of Chicago 78, Ill.-Chicago 68 Valparaiso 73, Detroit 53 Wichita St. 74, Missouri St. 69 SOUTH Lamar 72, SE Louisiana 61 Nicholls St. 65, McNeese St. 59 Northwestern St. 59, Sam Houston St. 50 EAST Princeton 80, Brown 51 UNC Wilmington 68, Northeastern 64 Columbia 48, Dartmouth 39 Harvard 65, Cornell 56 Yale 70, Penn 65 OTHER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS Atlantic Coast At Greensboro, N.C. Semifinals Duke 72, Florida St. 66 North Carolina 72, Maryland 65 Atlantic Sun At Macon, Ga. Championship Stetson 70, Florida Gulf Coast 64 Atlantic 10 At Philadelphia Quarterfinals Dayton 74, George Washington 49 Saint Joseph’s 73, Duquesne 60 Temple 48, Charlotte 47 Fordham 65, Saint Louis 48 Big East At Hartford, Conn. Second round DePaul 77, Marquette 69 South Florida 42, Rutgers 39 St. John’s 51, Seton Hall 45 Villanova 89, Georgetown 58 Big South At Conway, S.C. Semifinals Longwood 54, Radford 51 Liberty 70, Campbell 56 Big Ten At Hoffman Estates, Ill. Semifinals Purdue 77, Nebraska 64 Michigan State 54, Penn State 46

Atlantic Sun At Hawkins Arena Macon, Ga. Championship Florida Gulf Coast 88, Mercer 75

Big 12 At Dallas Quarterfinals Baylor 80, Kansas St. 47 Oklahoma St. 59, Texas Tech 54 Iowa State 77, Kansas 62 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, (n)

Big South At The HTC Center Conway, S.C. Semifinals Charleston Southern 71, VMI 65 Liberty 65, Gardner-Webb 62

Metro Atlantic Athletic At Springfield, Mass. Semifinals Iona 68, Siena 58 Marist 61, Niagara 36

Colonial Athletic Association At Richmond Coliseum Richmond, Va. First round Delaware 62, Hofstra 57 George Mason 60, Drexel 54 James Madison 72, William & Mary 67

AUTOMATIC BIDS Belmont, Ohio Valley Conference Florida Gulf Coast, Atlantic Sun Conference Harvard, Ivy League

AIR FORCE 89, No. 12 NEW MEXICO 88 NEW MEXICO (26-5) Bairstow 6-6 0-1 12, Kirk 8-11 0-0 16, Greenwood 3-8 0-0 9, Williams 6-10 5-6 21, Snell 7-13 0-0 21, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 4-6 0-2 9, Fenton 0-2 0-2 0, Banyard 0-0 0-0 0, Alford 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-58 5-11 88. AIR FORCE (17-12) Fitzgerald 2-8 1-1 5, Broekhuis 2-2 0-0 4, Fletcher 7-9 1-2 21, Lyons 11-21 4-6 30, Green 0-2 0-0 0, Olesinski 5-5 1-2 15, Coggins 0-0 0-0 0, Hammonds 0-0 3-4 3, Williams 1-3 2-2 4, C. Michael 2-4 0-0 5, Earls 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-55 12-17 89. Halftime — Tied 47-47. 3-point goals — New Mexico 15-33 (Snell 7-13, Williams 4-7, Greenwood 3-8, Adams 1-1, Alford 0-2, Fenton 0-2), Air Force 15-31 (Fletcher 6-8, Olesinski 4-4, Lyons 4-13, C. Michael 1-2, Green 0-1, Williams 0-1, Fitzgerald 0-2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds_New Mexico 30 (Kirk 11), Air Force 26 (Broekhuis 7). Assists — New Mexico 29 (Williams 10), Air Force 23 (Lyons 5). Total fouls — New Mexico 16, Air Force 14. A — 6,117.

RMAC CHAMPIONSHIP METRO ST. 61, FORT LEWIS 60 FORT LEWIS Ayala 6-12 2-2 16, Herrera 6-9 3-6 15, Matthews 5-9 0-0 11, Tomsick 2-7 0-0 5, Smith 2-3 0-0 5, McKenzie 2-4 0-0 4, Udall 2-3 0-0 4, Kloster 0-3 0-0 0, Weissl 0-1 0-0 0, Mazarei 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 5-8 60. METRO ST. Jefferson 6-11 6-7 20, Morse 6-13 2-2 14, Miller 5-11 0-0 12, Kay 3-9 0-1 6, McCarron 2-5 0-0 5, Cooper 1-2 2-3 4, January 0-1 0-0 0, McClerkin 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 23-52 10-14 61. Halftime — Fort Lewis 32-30. 3-point goals — Fort Lewis 5-14 (Ayala 2-3, Tomsick 1-3, Matthews 1-2, Smith 1-2, Kloster 0-2, Weissl 0-1, Mazarei 0-1), Metro State 5-11 (Miller 2-3, Jefferson 2-4, McCarron 1-1, Kay 0-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Fort Lewis 33 (Herrera 13), Metro State 28 (Morse 9). Assists — Fort Lewis 12 (Udall 4, Herrera 4), Metro State 9 (Miller 4). Total fouls — Fort Lewis 12, Metro State 12. Technical fouls — None. A — 1,125.

Ohio Valley At Nashville, Tenn. Championship UT-Martin 87, Tennessee Tech 80, OT Southeastern At Duluth, Ga. Semifinals Kentucky 60, Georgia 38 Texas A&M 66, Tennessee 62 Southern At Asheville, N.C. Quarterfinals Appalachian St. 74, Coll. of Charleston 60 Chattanooga 78, Georgia Southern 53 Davidson 70, UNC-Greensboro 47 Elon 70, Samford 60 Summit League At Sioux Falls, S.D. First round IUPUI 59, UMKC 47 S. Dakota St. 67, Oakland 53 Sun Belt At Hot Springs, Ark. Quarterfinals FIU 57, Arkansas St. 50 Mid Tennessee 59, Louisiana-Monroe 56 UALR 65, Troy 52 W. Kentucky 61, Louisiana-Lafayette 57 West Coast At Las Vegas Semifinals Gonzaga 62, BYU 43 San Diego 74, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 53 AUTOMATIC BIDS Stetson, Atlantic Sun Conference UT Martin, Ohio Valley Conference

LATE FRIDAY No. 18 COLORADO 70, WASHINGTON 59 WASHINGTON (20-11) Walton 4-13 3-6 13, Williams 0-6 2-4 2, Wetmore 0-6 0-2 0, Kingma 2-8 5-5 9, Davis 5-20 5-6 17, Gilling 3-3 3-4 9, Corral 3-5 0-0 9. Totals 17-61 18-27 59. COLORADO (25-5) Roberson 3-13 0-0 6, Hargis 0-3 1-2 1, Kresl 2-7 0-0 4, B. Wilson 2-6 2-3 7, Jeffery 7-20 3-4 19, A. Wilson 3-5 0-0 6, M. MalcolmPeck 1-2 0-0 2, Sborov 1-1 0-0 2, Reese 3-7 0-0 6, Weston 1-2 0-0 2, Swan 6-12 3-3 15. Totals 29-78 9-12 70. Halftime — Colorado 29-26. 3-point goals — Washington 7-20 (Corral 3-5, Walton 2-4, Davis 2-5, Wetmore 0-1, Kingma 0-2, Williams 0-3), Colorado 3-14 (Jeffery 2-6, B. Wilson 1-2, M. Malcolm-Peck 0-1, Roberson 0-2, Kresl 0-3). Fouled out — B. Wilson. Rebounds — Washington 36 (Walton 8), Colorado 58 (Swan 10). Assists — Washington 9 (Davis 3), Colorado 13 (Jeffery 4). Total fouls — Washington 13, Colorado 19. A — 5,452.

Tom Kensler: 303-954-1280, tkensler@denverpost.com or twitter.com/tomkensler

Interestingly, we asked a statistician who works with the NCAA who is really, really sharp, to do sort of a comparison of all the major rankings that exist. … We were all surprised to see that the RPI actually did end up with the highest level of predictive value and the highest correlation with ultimate success in the tournament.” Mike Bobinski, NCAA Tournament selection committee chairman

Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr., right, gets a hug from coach John Thompson III during the second half of the Hoyas’ 61-39 victory over Syracuse on Saturday in the final regular-season meeting between the teams before the Orange leaves the Big East. Nick Wass, The Associated Press


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Welcome to the 700 club. With a 60-55 victory over a tough Arapahoe team Friday night in Class 5A boys basketball’s Great 8 at the Denver Coliseum, legendary Denver East coach Rudy Carey picked up the 700th win of his career. Carey’s record is 700-164. Peak performance. In a double-overtime thriller Friday, Mountain Vista advanced to its first 5A final four with a 78-76 win over Cherokee Trail. Jake Pemberton and Elijah Valdez each scored 19 points for the Golden Eagles. Roderick Bernstine poured in 31 for the Cougars. Fourteener. Coach Caryn Jarocki, who picked up her 500th win earlier, is in her 14th final four — 13 with Highlands Ranch, which defeated Ralston Valley 57-43 in the 5A girls Great 8 on Thursday. Neil H. Devlin, The Denver Post

Remember the Titans. The Legend boys basketball

The Denver East Angels rallied past Arapahoe to give Rudy Carey, above, his 700th coaching victory. Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

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Tyree’s 27 points lead Jaguars past Scorpions into final four D’EVELYN 61, SAND CREEK 50 By Neil Devlin The Denver Post

D’Evelyn tried it one way a year ago. This season, the Jaguars are going by a different route. Saturday night, the Jags took command of Sand Creek, then fended off the Scorpions 61-50 in Class 4A’s Great 8 at the Denver Coliseum.

They will take on Pueblo West on Thursday at the University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center in Boulder riding a 20-game winning streak. At 25-1, their only loss was to 5A Grandview in a December tournament. They were state runners-up in 2012. “You know, I’ll tell you, in comparing the two years, last year was like a magic show,” D’Evelyn coach Chris Olson said. “We were just happy every time something happened. This year, we came in with expectations.”

team, playing only its fifth season and just its second with seniors, is headed to the final four for the first time. The Titans of the Class 5A Continental League are 21-6. Their reward is playing top-ranked Denver East on Friday at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Bowing out in style. The Thunderbirds of Wasson advanced to the final four in Class 4A boys with a lot of incentive. Wasson’s district will be closing the Colorado Springs school at the completion of the school year. Rangers trying to repeat. Lewis-Palmer, the defending state champion in Class 4A boys, took a step toward another title with a 66-49 win over Cheyenne Mountain. Justin Smith scored 19 points. Neil H. Devlin, The Denver Post

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One expectation realized involves senior guard Laura Tyree, who’s bound for the Colorado School of Mines. Tyree scored a game-high 27 points, 19 in the second half, when the Jags broke open a tie game. Most of the run was fueled by defense. D’Evelyn pulled back its full-court press into a trap just beyond half-court, primarily to deal with Sand Creek’s Mikayla Reese, a speedy junior. She scored 13 points, but had nine turnovers. Liah Davis led the Scorpions (21-5) with 15 points.

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(1) Mountain Vista (23-2) vs. (2) Eaglecrest (21-5)

(1) Wasson (25-1) vs. (1) Lewis-Palmer (23-3)

(1) Denver East (24-2) vs. (5) Legend (21-6)

(1) Valor Christian (21-4) vs. (2) Broomfield (22-4)

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(1) Grandview (24-2) vs. (1) Regis Jesuit (24-2)

(1) Pueblo South (24-2) vs. (1) Broomfield (25-1)

(1) Arapahoe (24-2) vs. (1) Highlands Ranch (22-4)

(1) D’Evelyn (25-1) vs. (1) Pueblo West (25-1)

Wrapup BROOMFIELD PASSES BIG MONTROSE TEST Having coached Broomfield since the 1994-95 season, Mike Croell knows about getting around and understanding the landscape. So when he heard some locals wonder where Montrose is located, he figured he probably had a few of his Eagles suffering from similar geographic ignorance. Basically, Croell told them: “If you don’t watch it, they’ll come over here and beat your butt.” Croell knew what he was talking about. The top-seeded Eagles needed to weather a late move by the No. 2 Indians on Saturday at the Denver Coliseum, with Broomfield winning 51-41 and advancing to another final four, a win away from Croell’s eighth state final. Broomfield (25-1) used 17-of-24 free-throw shooting and 13 points from Callie Kaiser to advance. The Eagles’ defense helped force 23 turnovers by Montrose, which finished 20-5. Kaiser also contributed a teamhigh six rebounds. Despite making only 15-of-44 shots overall, Broomfield went 4-for-14 behind the 3-point line. Bri Weber was 2-of-3 and scored nine points. Kala Keltz (12 points) and Holly Brooks (10) led Montrose.

(1) Pueblo West 40, (2) Centaurus 29. It wasn’t pretty, but the Cyclones made the final four for the second consecutive season. The No. 1-seeded Cyclones shot just 22.9 percent. But Centaurus shot 20.6 percent, didn’t make a field goal in a span of 9½ minutes in the second half and didn’t score at all for a period of more than six minutes during the third and fourth quarters. “It’s not fun to watch,” Pueblo West coach Gil Lucero said, “but you know what? A win’s a win right now. We’re moving on.”

Megan Valdez, right, celebrates with Pueblo South teammate Shannon Patterson after the Colts defeated previously unbeaten Mesa Ridge 54-33 on Saturday in a Class 4A Great 8 game at the Denver Coliseum. Pueblo South improved to 24-2. Andy Cross The Denver Post The Cyclones (25-1) forced 19 turnovers by Centaurus (18-8) and won the game because they made 25 of their 33 free throws, including 18of-23 in the second half. Haley Simental led all scorers with 16 points for Pueblo West. Bri Rodriguez contributed 12 points.

(1) Pueblo South 54, (2) Mesa Ridge 33. The Colts made a series of runs to pull away. Pueblo South (24-2), a No. 1 seed, used a 10-0 spurt early in the second quarter to turn a 16-12 deficit into a 22-16 lead. Then, as the second half started and No. 2 seed Mesa Ridge (25-1) cut its deficit to 26-24, the Colts

used an 11-2 run to break the game open at 37-26. “We talk about that a lot — momentum changes, killing momentum, and when we’re up 11, building to 15,” said Pueblo South coach Shannan Lane. “That was really good on our part to keep extending (the lead).” Pueblo South’s Shannon Patterson

led her team with 17 points. Mikala Gordon contributed 16. The Grizzlies clearly missed 6foot-4 freshman Kylee Shook, their leading scorer and top-tier shot blocker, who was out because of an ankle injury. Neil H. Devlin and Ryan Casey, The Denver Post

Student-Athletes of the Week TreShawn Wilford, Eaglecrest

Taylor Wilson, Centauri

Height: 6-foot-2. Weight: 160 pounds. Age: 18. Born: Jan. 6, 1995, in Denver. High school sports: Basketball (Class 5A Raptors’ leading scorer at 14.5 points, and rebounder at 5.3; also leader in assists), football (wide receiver and defensive back) and track (400 meters). Grade-point average: 3.2. Class: Senior. My favorite subject: Mathematics. My favorite athlete: LeBron James. My favorite team: Oklahoma City Thunder. What I listen to: Hip-hop. The best thing on my training table: Spaghetti. Planned career: Sports management; signed to play basketball at CU-Colorado Springs. My family: Parents Jeanette and Charles, and brothers Charles Jr., Jaquan and Sir-Devin. Are high school sports necessary? They keep a lot of kids out of trouble and off the streets.

Height: 5-foot-8. Weight: 135 pounds. Age: 18. Born: July 13, 1994, in Alamosa. High school sport: Basketball (guard, 2012 Class 3A all-state honorable mention by The Denver Post, averaging 14.4 points for Falcons). Grade-point average: 4.15. Class: Senior. My favorite subject: English. My favorite athlete: Peyton Manning. My favorite team: Indianapolis Colts. What I listen to: Country. The best thing on my training table: My dad’s dish with potatoes. Planned career: Nursing. My family: Parents Cindy and Curt, brother Mitchell and sister Melissa. I would love to visit: Bora Bora. Are high school sports necessary? Definitely. You will lose once in a while and you will have a bad game and get knocked down, but you will have to respond. You go to practice and get ready to work hard to make sure you can handle it. You respond like a champion when bad things happen.

TreShawn Wilford

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STATE TOURNAMENTS (All in bracket order) CLASS 5A FRIDAY’S GREAT 8 At Denver Coliseum Eaglecrest 64, Regis Jesuit 57 Mountain Vista 78, Cherokee Trail 76, 2OT Denver East 60, Arapahoe 55 Legend 46, Fairview 45 CLASS 4A SATURDAY’S GREAT 8 At Denver Coliseum Lewis-Palmer 66, Cheyenne Mountain 49 Wasson 60, Thomas Jefferson 48 Broomfield 84, D’Evelyn 65 Valor Christian 54, Sand Creek 46

STATE TOURNAMENTS (All in bracket order) CLASS 5A THURSDAY’S FINAL FOUR At CU’s Coors Events Center (1) Grandview (24-2) vs. (1) Regis Jesuit (24-2), TBA (1) Arapahoe (24-2) vs. (1) Highlands Ranch (22-4), TBA CLASS 4A SATURDAY’S GREAT 8 At Denver Coliseum Broomfield 51, Montrose 41 Pueblo South 54, Mesa Ridge 33 Pueblo West 40, Centaurus 29 D’Evelyn 61, Sand Creek 50 CLASS 3A REGIONALS DONALD WILSON REGION Centauri 73, Ellicott 36 Olathe 61, Clear Creek 29 Eaton 51, Roaring Fork 48 Bishop Machebeuf 59, Grand Valley 50 Regional championship games Centauri 60, Olathe 49 Bishop Machebeuf 52, Eaton 41 STEVE HILL REGION Moffat County 53, Jefferson Academy 40 Kent Denver 52, Middle Park 42 St. Mary’s 62, Estes Park 26 Valley 56, La Junta 46 Regional championship games Kent Denver 58, Moffat County 50 St. Mary’s 39, Valley 26 JOHN MRAULE REGION Holy Family 66, Sheridan 20 Platte Valley 35, Manitou Springs 33 Trinidad 41, Bayfield 31 Sterling 53, Bennett 38 Regional championship games Holy Family 43, Platte Valley 28 Trinidad 46, Sterling 41 CHARLOTTE JORGENSEN REGION Pagosa Springs 49, The Academy 23 Lamar 47, Salida 24 Denver SS&T 67, Coal Ridge 37 Peak to Peak 48, The Classical Academy 47, OT Saturday’s state qualifying games Pagosa Springs 30, Lamar 26 Denver SS&T 39, Peak to Peak 29

CLASS 3A REGIONALS LARRY BRUNSON REGION Kent Denver 71, Aurora West 28 Aspen 72, La Junta 47 Denver SS&T 69, James Irwin 65 Sterling 44, Jefferson 28 Regional championship games Kent Denver 62, Aspen 49 Sterling 53, Denver SS&T 52 ROBERT CHAVEZ REGION Roaring Fork 72, Middle Park 49 Faith Christian 59, Centauri 54 Brush 55, Basalt 18 Moffat County 66, The Classical Academy 64 Regional championship games Faith Christian 55, Roaring Fork 33 Brush 68, Moffat County 58 RAY LUTZ REGION C.S. Christian 52, The Academy 39 Colorado Academy 62, Pinnacle Charter 49 Pagosa Springs 67, Florence 36 University 56, Dolores Huerta 48 Regional championship games Colorado Academy 51, C.S. Christian 49 Pagosa Springs 52, University 31 DICK KATTE REGION Alamosa 49, Clear Creek 48 Eaton 64, Peak to Peak 56 Holy Family 63, Buena Vista 30 Manitou Springs 74, Estes Park 62 Regional championship games Eaton 38, Alamosa 28 Holy Family 48, Manitou Springs 21 GREAT 8 SCHEDULE At CSU’s Moby Arena (Thursday-Saturday) (9) Sterling (20-4) vs. (1) Kent Denver (23-1), TBA (21) Faith Christian (14-10) vs. (4) Brush (21-3), TBA (15) Colorado Academy (17-7) vs. (7) Pagosa Springs (20-3) (22) Eaton (15-9) vs. (3) Holy Family (20-4), TBA

Wasson players celebrate Saturday after improving to 25-1 and advancing to the final four in Boulder with a 60-48 victory over Thomas Jefferson at the Denver Coliseum. Wasson is closing at the completion of the school year. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Thunderbirds powered by plenty of incentive WASSON 60, THOMAS JEFFERSON 48 By Ryan Casey The Denver Post

This time of year in basketball, each game may be a team’s last. In Wasson’s case, each game may be the school’s last. The No. 1-seeded Thunderbirds, whose school is set to close at the completion of the school year, extended their final season by another game with a 60-48 victory over No. 2 Thomas Jefferson in the Class 4A boys Great 8 on Saturday at the Denver Coliseum. Wasson’s next game is Friday at the final four in Boulder.

“We have 11 seniors and one junior,” said Wasson star DJ Hanes, who led his team with 27 points. “If we can win it all for the seniors and for the school — because the school’s closing — it will mean a lot to all of us and all the fans that are behind us in this gym today.” Wasson’s defense sealed the Thunderbirds’ latest victory. Leading 52-48 with 1:12 remaining, the Thunderbirds forced a bad shot and then a series of Thomas Jefferson turnovers. “I put them in a lot of situations this week in practice,” said Wasson coach Damion Copeland. “I told them: ‘We worked on this. We know exactly what we need to do.’ ” Hanes also had a key offensive rebound

when Richie Perea missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 48 seconds remaining. Hanes was fouled and hit both of his free throws. “He’s a gamer,” Copeland said. “He absolutely comes through when it’s time.” Wasson (25-1) received a big game from 6-foot-10 senior Lorenz Stalcup, who contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. Perea also scored 13 points. Thomas Jefferson (18-8) was led by Cameron Brown’s 11 points. Treyvon Andres and Eric Andres scored 10 apiece. Ryan Casey: rcasey@denverpost.com or 303-954-1980

CLASS 2A REGIONALS (One team from each regional will advance to state) REGION 1 at Adams State/Monte Vista HS Sanford 58, Telluride 34 Rocky Ford 57, Simla 46 Regional championship game Sanford 58, Rocky Ford 46 REGION 2 at Northeastern Junior College Akron 83, Liberty Common 59 Resurrection Christian 63, Kiowa 54 Regional championship game Resurrection Christian 80, Akron 54 REGION 3 at Durango Ignacio 66, Paonia 49 Lutheran 68, Sargent 24 Regional championship game Lutheran 52, Ignacio 46 REGION 4 at Mullen Denver Christian 69, Highland 50 Haxtun 55, Meeker 34 Regional championship game Denver Christian 62, Haxtun 48 REGION 5 at Central (G.J.) Hayden 53, Sangre de Cristo 41 Yuma 57, Dolores 43 Regional championship game Yuma 50, Hayden 33 REGION 6 at Otero Junior College (La Junta) Swink 68, The Vanguard 50 Limon 52, Springfield 44 Regional championship game Limon 65, Swink 48 REGION 7 At Frederick Heritage Christian 47, West Grand 45 Sierra Grande 56, Holyoke 33 Sunday’s regional championship game Sierra Grande (17-5) vs. Heritage Chr. (21-1), 2:30 p.m. REGION 8 at Fountain Middle School Peyton 53, Lyons 48 Custer County 61, Crowley County 45 Regional championship game Peyton 56, Custer County 41 (Note: The CHSAA will seed the eight remaining teams after the completion of Sunday’s Region 7 game.) CLASS 1A (Winners advance to state) REGION 1 Saturday at Glenwood Springs Vail Christian 44, Deer Trail 34 Norwood 43, Elbert 33 REGION 2 Saturday at Northeastern Jr. College Shining Mountain 43, Otis 28 Fleming 52, Hi-Plains 44 Caliche 54, Pawnee 43 REGION 3 Saturday’s at CSU-Pueblo Holly 35, La Veta 28 McClave 61, Cheyenne Wells 39 Granada 49, Wiley 42 (Note: The CHSAA will seed the eight remaining teams on Sunday.)

GREAT 8 SCHEDULE At CSU’s Moby Arena (Thursday-Saturday) (9) Bishop Machebeuf (18-5) vs. (1) Centauri (21-2), TBA (12) Kent Denver (20-4) vs. (4) St. Mary’s (21-4), TBA (7) Trinidad (20-4) vs. (2) Holy Family (19-5), TBA (6) Pagosa Springs (20-3) vs. (3) Denver SS&T (22-2), TBA CLASS 2A REGIONALS (One team from each regional will advance to state) REGION 1 at Adams State/Monte Vista Sangre de Cristo 46, Swink 19 Evangelical Christian 39, Telluride 30 Regional championship game Sangre de Cristo 66, Evangelical Chr. 65, OT REGION 2 at Northeastern Jr. College Akron 69, Alexander Dawson 17 Limon 41, Hotchkiss 29 Regional championship game Akron 69, Limon 18 REGION 3 at Durango Ignacio 57, Sanford 47 Paonia 43, Del Norte 28 Regional championship game Ignacio 53, Paonia 49 REGION 4 at Mullen Lutheran 80, Heritage Christian 27 Rangely 47, Wray 43 Regional championship game Lutheran 73, Rangely 43 REGION 5 at Central (G.J.) Meeker 60, Dolores 24 Simla 63, Sargent 41 Regional championship game Simla 55, Meeker 31 REGION 6 at Otero Jr. College (La Junta) Las Animas 56, Custer County 42 Peyton 65, Springfield 49 Regional championship game Peyton 64, Las Animas 52 REGION 7 at Frederick Highland 47, Byers 27 Yuma 53, Liberty Common 23 Sunday’s regional championship game Yuma (18-4) vs. Highland (13-10), 11:30 a.m. REGION 8 at Fountain Middle School The Vanguard 74, Dayspring Christian 21 Holyoke 48, Rye 36 Regional championship game The Vanguard 51, Holyoke 39 (Note: The CHSAA will seed the eight remaining teams after the completion of Sunday’s Region 7 game.) CLASS 1A (Winners advance to state) REGION 1 Saturday at Glenwood Springs Norwood 47, Genoa-Hugo 17 Stratton 59, Dove Creek 56 REGION 2 Saturday at Northeastern Jr. College Caliche 43, Hi-Plains 34 Idalia 43, Jim Elliot 35 Belleview Christian 35, Pawnee 22, OT REGION 3 Saturday at CSU-Pueblo Wiley 40, McClave 26 Kim 43, Kit Carson 39 Eads 58, Centennial 37 (Note: The CHSAA will seed the eight remaining teams on Sunday.)

Wrapup LEWIS-PALMER BACK IN FINAL FOUR WITH BIG WIN Justin Smith gathered the ball under the basket, went up with two hands and put down a powerful slam. It was a punctuation mark late in LewisPalmer’s 66-49 Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinal win Saturday over Cheyenne Mountain, which moved the Rangers to their fifth consecutive final four. “It never gets old,” said Lewis-Palmer coach Russ McKinstry. “We knew we’d be in for a tough game today, and I thought our guys really responded.” The defending champions, a No. 1 seed this season, ended the second quarter on an 11-2 run to turn a 17-16 game into a 10-point margin. “I think it was kind of sparked by our defense,” McKinstry said. “We got some stops and some easy transition baskets. That’s how we are successful. We really live off our defense and creating offense off our defense. After that (run), we just kind of maintained our lead.” Lewis-Palmer already owned 16- and 13point wins over Cheyenne Mountain from earlier in the season. Saturday, the Rangers (23-3) got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Justin Smith, while Jordan Scott had 11 and nine. Tyler Owens scored 13. “We’re real fortunate to have players like that, and it just helps us be balanced offensively,” McKinstry said. No. 3-seeded Cheyenne Mountain (19-7) did close things to 33-29 early in the third quarter, but Lewis-Palmer answered with a 10-0 run. Cheyenne Mountain didn’t get within ten points thereafter. Ghassan Nehme led Cheyenne Mountain with 16 points.

(2) Broomfield 84, (1) D’Evelyn 65. This is not the Eagles team that was struggling in December, finding itself and trying to work out some problems. No, these Eagles have become tight and close and have an objective.

They snagged the honor of becoming the first team in either 5A or 4A to knock out a No. 1 seed as they dominated the Jaguars, who had entered on a 16-game roll. “For the last three weeks, four weeks, we’ve been playing hard and playing together,” Broomfield coach Terrence Dunn said. No kidding. Every Eagle who took the floor contributed in multiple ways. Dunn said he has his guys doing it all, such as guards posting up larger players, and his front line handling the ball. It shows. Broomfield used multiple players to handle full-court pressure, challenge inside and remain effective from the perimeter. Tops was 6-foot-5 senior Dan Perse, who scored 26 points, grabbed five rebounds and provided a mobile, explosive presence. “We’ve been playing together for so long, we’ve been a family since fifth grade, and you put on for your family,” he said.

(1) Valor Christian 54, (2) Sand Creek 46. The Eagles’ second consecutive trip to the final four has proved quite different. As opposed to last season, they weren’t in a league, they changed coaches and they played only four games in February, quite a scheduling oddity, even for a program relegated to independent status. But their early 22-6 surge carried them against the Scorpions, and the Eagles did just enough to advance. “It is odd. This is my first year, and we’re going back to my home court,” Valor Christian coach and former Buffalo Ronnie DeGray said. Valor Christian, now 21-4, withstood two late moves by Sand Creek, which beat the Eagles 76-61 last month, with sounder play, ball movement and defense. Garrett Baggett led the Eagles with 16 points, including three key baskets down the stretch, one a 3-pointer, and another on a layup off a slick fast-break past by Christian McCaffrey. Chase Foster added 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Eagles also handled a physical effort by the Scorpions. Sand Creek, which ended 23-3, was paced by Josh Smith’s 18 points. Neil H. Devlin and Ryan Casey, The Denver Post

Jordan Scott of Lewis-Palmer goes to the hoop against Cheyenne Mountain’s Ghassan Nehme on Saturday at the Denver Coliseum. Andy Cross, The Denver Post


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WGC Cadillac Championship AT TRUMP DORAL GOLF CLUB Doral, Fla. 7,334 yards, par 72 — 216 Third round Tiger Woods 66-65-67—198 Graeme McDowell 66-67-69—202 Phil Mickelson 67-67-69—203 Steve Stricker 67-67-69—203 Sergio Garcia 66-72-67—205 Michael Thompson 69-69-67—205 Charl Schwartzel 71-65-69—205 Keegan Bradley 68-68-69—205 Bubba Watson 66-69-71—206 Freddie Jacobson 66-69-71—206 Jason Dufner 69-69-69—207 Dustin Johnson 68-69-70—207 Charles Howell III 68-71-69—208 John Senden 69-69-70—208 Peter Hanson 67-71-70—208 Nicolas Colsaerts 71-71-67—209 Rickie Fowler 69-69-71—209 John Huh 71-67-71—209 Adam Scott 72-70-68—210 Justin Rose 68-72-70—210 Hunter Mahan 67-72-71—210 Webb Simpson 72-67-71—210 Ian Poulter 68-70-72—210 Alexander Noren 69-70-72—211 Scott Jamieson 70-69-72—211 Scott Piercy 70-73-69—212 Richard Sterne 70-71-71—212 Russell Henley 70-72-70—212 George Coetzee 70-69-73—212 Rory McIlroy 73-69-71—213 Lee Westwood 73-69-71—213 Louis Oosthuizen 70-75-69—214 Bo Van Pelt 68-75-71—214 Ernie Els 73-69-72—214 Jim Furyk 72-70-72—214 Brian Gay 70-76-69—215 G. Fernandez-Castano 72-70-73—215 Jason Day 74-66-75—215 Thaworn Wiratchant 69-69-77—215 Zach Johnson 71-67-77—215 Padraig Harrington 76-72-68—216 Tim Clark 72-73-71—216 Chris Wood 71-74-71—216 Ryan Moore 73-71-72—216 Matt Kuchar 72-72-72—216 Francesco Molinari 78-66-72—216 Geoff Ogilvy 69-74-73—216 Mike Hendry 72-66-78—216 Luke Donald 70-76-71—217 Carl Pettersson 71-75-71—217 Bill Haas 72-73-72—217 Martin Kaymer 76-68-73—217 Matteo Manassero 71-71-75—217 Nick Watney 69-71-77—217 David Lynn 71-70-76—217 Stephen Gallacher 74-75-69—218 Marcel Siem 75-73-70—218 Branden Grace 73-74-72—219 John Merrick 75-72-72—219 Thorbjorn Olesen 75-75-70—220 Rafael Cabrera Bello 71-74-76—221 Marcus Fraser 73-72-77—222 Paul Lawrie 78-73-72—223 Robert Garrigus 75-75-74—224 Jamie Donaldson 72-77-76—225

PGA Puerto Rico Open AT TRUMP INT’L GOLF CLUB Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 7,506 yards, par 72 — 216 Third round a-amateur Fabian Gomez 69-64-65—198 Scott Brown 68-63-67—198 Blayne Barber 66-70-66—202 Brian Stuard 67-69-66—202 Jordan Spieth 69-66-67—202 Steve LeBrun 67-65-70—202 Morgan Hoffmann 67-68-68—203 Andres Romero 65-65-73—203 Matt Jones 71-69-64—204 Brendon de Jonge 70-69-65—204 Ryo Ishikawa 70-68-66—204 Boo Weekley 71-67-66—204 Justin Bolli 67-69-68—204 George McNeill 71-64-69—204 Peter Uihlein 67-65-72—204 Graham DeLaet 70-68-67—205 Jon Curran 66-69-70—205 Camilo Villegas 71-69-66—206 Nick O’Hern 69-69-68—206 Vaughn Taylor 69-68-69—206 Luke Guthrie 70-67-69—206 Patrick Cantlay 70-67-69—206 D.J. Trahan 72-65-69—206 Robert Streb 71-65-70—206 Cameron Percy 65-70-71—206 David Hearn 68-67-71—206 Sang-Moon Bae 70-71-66—207 Luke List 68-71-68—207 Michael Bradley 69-70-68—207 Roberto Castro 69-70-68—207 Russell Knox 70-69-68—207 Sebastian Vazquez 69-69-69—207 Chris Stroud 68-69-70—207 Duffy Waldorf 69-68-70—207 Heath Slocum 68-68-71—207 Angel Cabrera 67-68-72—207 Dicky Pride 68-67-72—207

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MEN At Kranjska Gora, Slovenia 1. Ted Ligety, United States, 2:35.43 (1:22.16-1:13.27); 2. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 2:35.88 (1:22.76-1:13.12); 3. Alexis Pinturault, France, 2:36.20 (1:22.36-1:13.84); 4. Felix Neureuther, Germany, 2:36.24 (1:22.38-1:13.86); 5. Thomas Fanara, France, 2:36.65 (1:23.82-1:12.83); 6. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 2:36.73 (1:23.15-1:13.58); 7. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:37.20 (1:23.49-1:13.71); 8. Philipp Schoerghofer, Austria, 2:37.42 (1:24.93-1:12.49); 9. Christoph Noesig, Austria, 2:37.51 (1:24.36-1:13.15); 10. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 2:37.53 (1:25.03-1:12.50). 11. Massimiliano Blardone, Italy, 2:37.57 (1:23.99-1:13.58); 12. Hannes Reichelt, Austria, 2:37.60 (1:23.71-1:13.89); 13. Davide Simoncelli, Italy, 2:37.74 (1:25.16-1:12.58); 14. Manfred Moelgg, Italy, 2:37.75 (1:23.75-1:14.00); 15. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 2:37.77 (1:24.57-1:13.20); 16. Marcus Sandell, Finland, 2:37.83 (1:24.31-1:13.52); 17. Victor Muffat Jeandet, France, 2:37.89 (1:24.32-1:13.57); 18. Henrik Kristoffersen, Norway, 2:37.92 (1:24.71-1:13.21); 19. Steve Missillier, France, 2:38.13 (1:24.21-1:13.92); 20. Cyprien Richard, France, 2:38.39 (1:24.84-1:13.55). 21. Roberto Nani, Italy, 2:38.48 (1:25.22-1:13.26); 22. Marcel Mathis, Austria, 2:38.64 (1:24.61-1:14.03); 23. Gauthier De Tessieres, France, 2:38.65 (1:25.65-1:13.00); 24. Mathieu Faivre, France, 2:38.66 (1:24.66-1:14.00); 25. Andre Myhrer, Sweden, 2:38.76 (1:24.62-1:14.14); 26. Sergei Maytakov, Russia, 2:38.84 (1:25.70-1:13.14); 27. Leif Kristian Haugen, Norway, 2:38.87 (1:25.72-1:13.15); 28. Elia Zurbriggen, Switzerland, 2:39.98 (1:25.52-1:14.46). Giant slalom standings (After seven of eight races) 1. Ted Ligety, United States, 620 points; 2. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 495; 3. Manfred Moelgg, Italy, 275; 4. Alexis Pinturault, France, 266; 5. Felix Neureuther, Germany, 232. World Cup overall standings (After 31 of 36 events) 1. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 1,295 points; 2. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1,226; 3. Ted Ligety, United States, 909; 4. Felix Neureuther, Germany, 848; 5. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 740.

SKI REPORT

Matt Bettencourt Robert Karlsson Jim Herman Bryce Molder Rory Sabbatini Eric Meierdierks Brad Fritsch Aaron Watkins Josh Teater Martin Flores Erik Compton Tim Petrovic Shawn Stefani James Driscoll Brian Harman Jeff Gove Brendon Todd Y.E. Yang John Daly Justin Leonard Rod Pampling Troy Kelly K.J. Choi Henrik Stenson Ben Kohles Henrik Norlander Patrick Reed Kevin Stadler Lee Williams Will Claxton Alexandre Rocha John Mallinger Colt Knost D.H. Lee Nicholas Thompson a-Jorge Garcia Troy Matteson Rafael Campos Paul Casey Doug LaBelle II

68-67-72—207 68-73-67—208 69-70-69—208 68-71-69—208 70-68-70—208 70-68-70—208 67-70-71—208 70-67-71—208 68-69-71—208 72-64-72—208 69-72-68—209 71-70-68—209 73-65-71—209 68-70-71—209 70-68-71—209 73-65-71—209 68-73-69—210 70-70-70—210 70-70-70—210 72-68-70—210 72-68-70—210 69-70-71—210 72-67-71—210 68-69-73—210 69-72-70—211 71-70-70—211 73-68-70—211 71-69-71—211 69-71-71—211 70-71-71—212 72-68-72—212 71-69-72—212 68-71-73—212 73-66-73—212 71-70-72—213 70-70-73—213 70-71-73—214 67-74-73—214 70-71-74—215 72-68-75—215

Web.com Chile Classic AT PRINCE OF WALES COUNTRY CLUB Santiago, Chile 6,903 yards, par 72 — 216 Third round Kevin Kisner 71-67-61—199 Benjamin Alvarado 69-64-66—199 Edward Loar 65-65-69—199 Brice Garnett 66-66-68—200 Troy Merritt 69-69-64—202 Jason Gore 70-66-66—202 Danny Lee 67-65-70—202 Aaron Goldberg 68-68-67—203 Scott Harrington 65-70-68—203 Felipe Aguilar 66-68-69—203 Richard Scott 69-67-68—204 Daniel Chopra 68-67-69—204 John Peterson 68-67-69—204 Whee Kim 64-70-70—204 Guy Boros 71-67-67—205 Derek Fathauer 69-68-68—205 Mike Lavery 67-70-68—205 D.J. Brigman 68-68-69—205 Ryan Spears 68-67-70—205 Will Wilcox 69-66-70—205 I J Jang 70-65-70—205 Philip Pettitt Jr. 66-73-67—206 Martin Piller 67-71-68—206 Michael Putnam 67-67-72—206 Brenden Pappas 66-68-72—206 Byron Smith 68-65-73—206 Hunter Haas 67-66-73—206 Bronson La’Cassie 68-72-67—207 Ben Martin 68-71-68—207 Mark Tullo 70-69-68—207 Hudson Swafford 71-67-69—207 Scott Dunlap 70-68-69—207 Sam Saunders 68-69-70—207 Brett Stegmaier 70-66-71—207 Wes Roach 73-67-68—208 Kevin Kim 70-70-68—208 Franklin Corpening 68-72-68—208 Scott Sterling 69-70-69—208 Richard S. Johnson 69-69-70—208 Clodomiro Carranza 71-66-71—208 Alex Aragon 68-69-71—208 Reid Edstrom 69-67-72—208 Shane Bertsch 69-67-72—208 Marco Dawson 70-66-72—208 Chad Collins 67-67-74—208 Tyrone Van Aswegen 67-67-74—208 Jamie Lovemark 72-68-69—209 J.J. Killeen 70-69-70—209 Peter Lonard 68-70-71—209 Joseph Bramlett 68-70-71—209 Martin Ureta 67-69-73—209 Josh Broadaway 66-67-76—209 Brian Prouty 69-70-71—210 Matt Hill 69-69-72—210 Roland Thatcher 69-68-73—210 Alex Prugh 70-70-71—211 Aron Price 71-68-72—211 Michael Sims 67-72-72—211 Matt Davidson 69-69-73—211 Fernando Mechereffe 72-68-72—212 Matias O’Curry 70-70-72—212 Oscar Alvarez 69-69-74—212 Patrick Sheehan 69-69-75—213 Dae-Hyun Kim 71-69-74—214 Phillip Mollica 70-70-74—214 Andrew D. Putnam 67-73-74—214 James Nitties 69-71-74—214 Sung Kang 69-71-76—216

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After Friday qualifying; race Sunday Qualifying canceled by rain; Lineup set by NASCAR rule book At Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Lap length: 1.5 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, owner points; 2. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, owner points; 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, owner points; 4. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, owner points; 5. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, owner points; 6. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, owner points; 7. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, owner points; 8. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, owner points; 9. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, owner points; 10. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, owner points. 11. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, owner points; 12. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, owner points; 13. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, owner points; 14. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, owner points; 15. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, owner points; 16. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, owner points; 17. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, owner points; 18. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, owner points; 19. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, owner points; 20. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, owner points. 21. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, owner points; 22. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, owner points; 23. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, owner points; 24. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, owner points; 25. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, owner points; 26. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, owner points; 27. (51) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, owner points; 28. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, owner points; 29. (34) David Ragan, Ford, owner points; 30. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, owner points. 31. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, owner points; 32. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, owner points; 33. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, owner points; 34. (32) Ken Schrader, Ford, owner points; 35. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, owner points; 36. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, owner points; 37. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, owner points; 38. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, owner points; 39. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, owner points; 40. (95) Scott Speed, Ford, attempts. 41. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Attempts; 42. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, attempts; 43. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, attempts.

Detroit 110 000 000 — 2 8 0 Toronto 200 20000x — 4 7 2 Fister, T.Bell (4), Crosby (5), Alburquerque (7), D.Downs (8) and Avila, Holaday; Romero, Storey (3), Bush (4), Loup (6), Lincoln (7), Hottovy (8), Wagner (8), Beck (9) and H.Blanco, Thole. W — Bush. L — Fister. Sv — Beck. HRs — Detroit, Dirks (1). Toronto, Bautista (3).

Nationwide Sam’s Town 300 At Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Lap length: 1.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (7) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 200 laps, 145.6 rating, 48 points; 2. (23) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 117.1, 0; 3. (1) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 200, 127.4, 42; 4. (2) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 200, 106, 41; 5. (15) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 200, 103.5, 39; 6. (4) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, 111.5, 39; 7. (12) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, 102.7, 38; 8. (18) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 200, 92.2, 36; 9. (3) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, 100.2, 35; 10. (31) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 200, 79.6, 34. 11. (5) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, 92, 0; 12. (17) Brad Sweet, Chevrolet, 200, 79.9, 32; 13. (11) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 200, 81.7, 31; 14. (32) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 200, 85, 0; 15. (10) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 199, 81.4, 29; 16. (9) Reed Sorenson, Ford, 198, 70.8, 28; 17. (20) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 198, 59.7, 27; 18. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 198, 67, 0; 19. (27) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, 198, 64.3, 25; 20. (40) Scott Lagasse Jr., Chevrolet, 198, 58, 24. 21. (22) Blake Koch, Toyota, 198, 64.2, 23; 22. (36) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 197, 49.2, 22; 23. (37) Dexter Stacey, Ford, 197, 50, 21; 24. (14) Hal Martin, Toyota, 197, 52.6, 20; 25. (26) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 195, 45.5, 19; 26. (34) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ford, 195, 57.1, 19; 27. (16) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 194, 55.1, 17; 28. (30) Juan Carlos Blum, Ford, 193, 36.8, 16; 29. (29) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 192, 34.6, 15; 30. (8) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 189, 72.7, 14. 31. (25) Daryl Harr, Chevrolet, 189, 32.7, 13; 32. (13) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, accident, 182, 65.9, 13; 33. (38) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, accident, 181, 36.3, 11; 34. (19) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 167, 46.3, 10; 35. (28) Jason White, Toyota, 156, 40.3, 9; 36. (35) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, engine, 153, 33.8, 0; 37. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 144, 92.4, 0; 38. (33) Jeff Green, Toyota, vibration, 16, 33.1, 6; 39. (39) Chase Miller, Chevrolet, vibration, 5, 30.2, 5; 40. (24) Eric McClure, Toyota, oil pump, 2, 28.7, 4.

TEN N I S WOMEN At Ofterschwang, Germany 1. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 2:29.39 (1:11.84-1:17.55); 2. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 2:29.83 (1:11.87-1:17.96); 3. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 2:30.35 (1:12.38-1:17.97); 4. Eva-Maria Brem, Austria, 2:31.45 (1:13.99-1:17.46); 5. Anemone Marmottan, France, 2:31.88 (1:14.87-1:17.01); 6. Anne-Sophie Barthet, France, 2:32.11 (1:14.14-1:17.97); 7. Nadia Fanchini, Italy, 2:32.13 (1:14.44-1:17.69); 8. Julia Mancuso, United States, 2:32.24 (1:13.09-1:19.15); 9. Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 2:32.29 (1:14.23-1:18.06); 10. Veronique Hronek, Germany, 2:32.30 (1:14.23-1:18.06). 11. Irene Curtoni, Italy, 2:32.44 (1:14.64-1:17.66); 12. Elena Curtoni, Italy, 2:32.54 (1:15.22-1:17.32); 13. Tina Weirather, Liechtenstein, 2:32.61 (1:15.46-1:17.15); 14. Frida Hansdottir, Sweden, 2:32.66 (1:14.29-1:18.37); 15 Marie-Pier Prefontaine, Canada, 2:32.72 (1:15.25-1:17.47); 16. Denise Karbon, Italy, 2:32.75 (1:14.31-1:18.44); 16. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 2:32.75 (1:13.47-1:19.28); 18. Ana Drev, Slovenia, 2:32.95 (1:14.41-1:18.54); 19. Lara Gut, Switzerland, 2:33.17 (1:15.04-1:18.13); 20. Dominique Gisin, Switzerland, 2:33.18 (1:14.51-1:18.67). 21. Kajsa Kling, Sweden, 2:33.23 (1:14.62 1:18.61); 22. Nina Loeseth, Norway, 2:33.24 (1:15.14 1:18.10); 23. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden, 2:33.28 (1:15.28 1:18.00); 24. Stefanie Koehle, Austria, 2:33.33 (1:14.54 1:18.79); 25. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:33.39 (1:13.34 1:20.05); 26. Marion Bertrand, France, 2:33.40 (1:14.23 1:19.17); 27. Simona Hoesl, Germany, 2:33.46 (1:15.38 1:18.08); 27. Tessa Worley, France, 2:33.46 (1:14.20 1:19.26); 29. Sara Hector, Sweden, 2:33.67 (1:14.99 1:18.68); 30. Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada, 2:34.36 (1:13.45 1:20.91). Giant slalom standings (After eight races) 1. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 700 points; 2. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 435; 3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 382; 4. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 361; 5. Tessa Worley, France, 303.

World Cup overall standings (After 32 of 38 events) 1. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 2,154; 2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 1,065; 3. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 984; 4. Julia Mancuso, United States, 835; 5. Lindsey Vonn, United States, 740. Also 8. Mikaela Shiffrin, Vail-Eagle, 638.

Arapahoe Basin — Fri 5:35 am packed powder machine groomed 42 - 42 base 86 of 109 trails 79% open, 733 acres, 7 of 8 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p; Aspen Highlands — Thu 5:21 am packed powder 46 - 62 base 118 of 124 trails 96% open, 1028 acres, 5 of 5 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-3:30p; Sat/Sun: 9a-3:30p; Aspen Mountain — Thu 5:20 am packed powder 40 - 46 base 76 of 76 trails 100% open, 673 acres, 7 of 8 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-3:30p; Sat/Sun: 9a-3:30p; Beaver Creek — Fri 7:50 am packed powder machine groomed 49 - 50 base 149 of 149 trails 100% open, 1831 acres, 25 of 25 lifts, Mon-Fri: 8:30a-3:30p Sat/Sun: 8:30a-3:30p; Breckenridge — Fri 7:51 am packed powder machine groomed 60 - 60 base 155 of 155 trails 100% open, 2358 acres, 29 of 31 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Buttermilk — Thu 5:21 am packed powder 33 - 40 base 40 of 44 trails 91% open, 470 acres, 7 of 8 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-3:30p; Sat/ Sun: 9a-3:30p; Copper Mountain — Fri 5:08 am packed powder machine groomed 47 - 50 base 140 of 140 trails 98% open, 2390 acres, 21 of 22 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p; Crested Butte — Fri 4:43 am powder machine groomed 48 - 48 base 93 of 121 trails 77% open, 958 acres, 13 of 16 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Eldora — Fri 7:15 am packed powder machine groomed 40 - 40 base 51 of 53 trails, 97% open 6 of 11 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/ Sun: 9a-4p; Irwin — Wed 4:21 pm powder machine groomed 70 - 70 base 100 of 100 trails 100% open Mon-Fri: 8a-5p; Sat/Sun: 8a-5p; Kendall Mountain — Operating, no details Keystone — Fri 7:52 am powder machine groomed 41 - 41 base 125 of 135 trails 93% open, 3014 acres, 19 of 20 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Loveland — Fri 5:37 am packed powder 56 - 56 base 91 of 93 trails, 98% open 1570 acres, 8 of 9 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p; Monarch — Fri 4:13 am packed powder 60 - 60 base 62 of 62 trails, 100% open Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Powderhorn — Fri 2:26 pm packed powder machine groomed 60 - 60 base 44 of 44 trails 100% open, 4 of 4 lifts, Purgatory at Durango — Fri 2:29 pm 2 new powder machine groomed 55 - 59 base 88 of 88 trails, 100% open, 1360 acres, 9 of 10 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Silverton Mountain — Fri 6:26 am powder 50 - 120 base 69 of

BNP Paribas Open At The Indian Wells Tennis Garden Indian Wells, Calif. MEN’S SINGLES Second round Kevin Anderson, South Africa, def. David Ferrer (4), Spain, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, def. Fernando Verdasco (29), Spain, 6-1, 6-0. Stanislas Wawrinka (18), Switzerland, def. Wayne Odesnik, United States, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Benoit Paire, France, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (21), Germany, 6-4, 6-2. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, def. John Isner (15), United States, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4. Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, def. Mikhail Youzhny (30), Russia, 6-2, 6-3. Jerzy Janowicz (24), Poland, def. David Nalbandian, Argentina, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, vs. 6-2, 6-3. Gilles Simon (13), France, def. Paolo Lorenzi, Italy, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Ivan Dodig, Croatia, def. Julien Benneteau (28), France, 6-4, 6-2. WOMEN’S SINGLES Second round Sam Stosur (7), Australia, def. Madison Keys, United States, 6-3, 6-4. Jamie Hampton, United States, def. Hsieh Su-wei (20), Taiwan, 6-3, 6-3. Yanina Wickmayer (30), Belgium, def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Croatia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Peng Shuai (32), China, def. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Angelique Kerber (4), Germany, def. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 6-3, 6-2. Julia Goerges (21), Germany, def. Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-3. Garbine Muguruza, Spain, def. Ekaterina Makarova (17), Russia, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. Kirsten Flipkens (28), Belgium, def. Monica Niculescu, Romania, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Nadia Petrova (10), Russia, def. Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, 6-2, 6-3. Ana Ivanovic (11), Serbia, def. Taylor Townsend, United States, 6-1, 6-2. Elena Vesnina (29), Russia, def. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, def. Lucie Safarova (16), Czech Republic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Mona Barthel (24), Germany, def. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands, 6-1, 6-4.

69 trails, 100% open Thu/Fri: 9a-3p; Sat/Sun: 9a-3p; Open ThuSun; Ski Cooper — Fri 5:50 am powder machine groomed 44 - 44 base 26 of 26 trails 100% open, 400 acres, 3 of 5 lifts, Mon-Fri: 8a4p; Sat/Sun: 8a-4p; Ski Granby Ranch — Fri 6:18 am packed powder machine groomed 30 - 30 base 38 of 41 trails 93% open, 5 of 5 lifts, MonFri: 9a-4p; Sat: 9a-4p, 5p-8p; Sun: 9a-4p; Ski Hesperus — Operating, no details Snowmass — Thu 5:19 am packed powder machine groomed 46 - 59 base 94 of 94 trails 100% open, 3362 acres, 18 of 21 lifts, Mon-Fri: 8a-4p; Sat/Sun: 8a-4p; Steamboat — Fri 5:10 am packed powder 59 - 70 base 165 of 165 trails 100% open, 2965 acres, 16 of 18 lifts, Mon-Fri: 8:30a-4p Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p; Sunlight — Fri 5:36 am packed powder machine groomed 43 49 base 67 of 67 trails 100% open, 470 acres, 3 of 3 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Telluride — Fri 7:03 am spring snow machine groomed 53 - 53 base 92 of 93 trails 99% open, 18 of 18 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/ Sun: 9a-4p; Vail — Fri 8:10 am packed powder machine groomed 42 - 42 base 190 of 193 trails, 99% open 5163 acres, 31 of 31 lifts, MonFri: 8:30a-4p; Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p; Winter Park — Fri 5:47 am packed powder machine groomed 59 - 62 base 135 of 143 trails 95% open, 2683 acres, 20 of 26 lifts, sm Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p; Wolf Creek — Fri 6:02 am packed powder 70 - 80 base 77 of 77 trails 100% open, 1600 acres, 6 of 7 lifts, Mon-Fri: 8:30-4p; Sat/ Sun: 8:30-4p; Ashcroft XC — Mon No Recent Information powder machine groomed 38 - 58 base 12 of 20 trails, 28 miles Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/ Sun: 9a-4p; Aspen/Snowmass XC — Fri 6:16 am packed powder machine groomed 5 - 7 base 14 of 15 trails 75 miles Mon-Fri: 7a-5p; Sat/ Sun: 7a-5p; Crested Butte XC — Operating, no details Devil’s Thumb XC — Operating, no details Gold Run XC — Operating, no details Grand Lake XC — Operating, no details Steamboat XC — Operating, no details Tennessee Pass XC — Operating, no details Vail Resorts Nordic — Operating, no details Vista Verde Ranch XC — Operating, no details

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RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 3 Oakland 001 000 200 — 3 9 2 Texas (ss) 020 00020x — 4 9 0 Straily, Olson (4), Resop (4), Scribner (6), R.Cook (7), Neshek (7) and D.Norris, D.Freitas; N.Tepesch, Wolf (4), Frasor (5), Cotts (6), Balester (7), J.Ortiz (8), L.Bonilla (9) and Pierzynski, Schmidt. W — Balester. L — R.Cook. Sv — L.Bonilla. HRs — Texas, B.Snyder (1).

BRAVES 2, YANKEES 1 Atlanta 000 000 101 — 2 5 3 New York (A) 000 000 001 — 1 8 0 Minor, Avilan (5), Varvaro (6), D.Hughes (7), A.Wood (8) and G.Laird, E.Gattis; J.Ramirez, M.Rivera (5), Chamberlain (6), F.Rondon (7), Eppley (8), J.Miller (9) and C.Stewart, B.Wilson. W — Varvaro. L — F.Rondon. Sv — A.Wood.

TWINS 5, PIRATES 4 Minnesota 000 020 102 — 5 9 1 Pittsburgh 100 010 002 — 4 7 2 De Vries, Fien (4), Meyer (6), Slama (9), Vasquez (9) and J.Pinto; A.J.Burnett, J.Hughes (5), Mazzaro (7), A.Oliver (9) and T.Sanchez, May. W — Meyer. L — Mazzaro. Sv — Vasquez. HRs — Pittsburgh, De Jesus (1).

RAYS 15, PHILLIES 7 Tampa Bay 004 001 460 — 15 16 1 Philadelphia 000 103 300 — 7 14 3 Niemann, D.De La Rosa (4), Hellickson (5), A.Colome (7), F.Rivero (8), K.Yates (9) and Chirinos, C.Albernaz, Lobaton; Lannan, Papelbon (5), Durbin (6), Bastardo (7), J.Ramirez (7), Rosenberg (8), K.Simon (8), Diekman (9) and Quintero. W — Niemann. L — Lannan. HRs — Tampa Bay, S.Rodriguez (2), Duncan (2). Philadelphia, Howard (4).

METS 9, ASTROS 6 Houston 000 200 121 — 6 8 1 New York (N) 103 40010x — 9 12 2 White, K.Chapman (3), Owens (4), Lo (5), E.Gonzalez (6) and C.Perez, J.Castro; Hefner, R.Carson (4), D.Gorski (5), Lyon (6), McHugh (7), Atchison (8), Parnell (9) and J.Buck, Powell. W — Hefner. L — White. HRs — Houston, C.Pena (2).

DODGERS 3, MARINERS 2 Seattle 020 000 000 — 2 11 0 Los Ang. (N) 010 00020x — 3 7 0 Garland, A.Fernandez (4), J.Arias (5), B.Moran (6), Y.Medina (7), B.LaFromboise (8) and J.Sucre, Zunino; Harang, Sh.Tolleson (4), Jansen (5), League (6), Howell (7), Gregg (8), P.Rodriguez (9) and Federowicz, Flores. W — Howell. L — Y.Medina. Sv — P.Rodriguez. HRs — Los Angeles (N), Castellanos (3).

ROYALS 13, GIANTS 2 Kansas City 620 311 000 — 13 20 0 San Francisco 000 001 100 — 2 4 0 Y.Ventura, L.Coleman (4), G.Holland (5), J.Gutierrez (6), D.Joseph (7), Adcock (8), D.Wheeler (9) and Hayes, A.Moore; Petit, Edlefsen (2), Proctor (4), J.Lopez (5), R.Ramirez (6), Runzler (7), Loux (8) and Posey, J.Williams. W — Y.Ventura. L — Petit. HRs — San Francisco, Belt (4).

RANGERS 5, PADRES 2 Texas (ss) 102 020 000 — 5 13 0 San Diego 000 002 000 — 2 6 3 N.Ramirez, Scheppers (2), N.Robertson (3), C.Woods (4), Burns (5), Tateyama (6), B.Rowen (7), J.Brigham (8), J.Yan (9) and Soto, J.Apodaca; Stults, Bass (4), Street (6), Thatcher (7), Mikolas (8), Brach (9) and R.Rivera, E.Rodriguez, Hundley. W — N.Ramirez. L — Stults. Sv — J.Yan. HRs — Texas, B.Allen (2), J.Adduci (1). San Diego, Blanks (2).

INDIANS 9, CUBS 2 Cleveland 000 125 100 — 9 12 0 Chicago (N) 200 000 000 — 2 7 1 Huff, McAllister (4), Albers (8), Jo.Martinez (9) and Marson, O.Santos; Rusin, Raley (4), Al.Cabrera (5), Russell (6), Camp (8), Fujikawa (9) and Clevenger, W.Castillo. W — McAllister. L — Raley. HRs — Cleveland, Kipnis (1), C.Hunter (1). Chicago (N), J.Baez (2).

D-BACKS 11, WHITE SOX 9 Chicago (A) 040 041 000 — 9 13 1 Arizona 301 60010x — 11 17 0 Joh.Danks, Troncoso (3), Thornton (4), N.Jones (4), H.Santiago (5), Si.Castro (7) and Flowers, H.Gimenez; McCarthy, Sipp (4), Mat.Reynolds (5), E.Smith (6), Z.Spruill (7), Lewis (9) and T.Gosewisch, Nieves. W — Sipp. L — Thornton. Sv — Lewis. HRs — Chicago (A), Konerko (4), J.Bell (2). Arizona, Pollock (1).

CARDINALS 2, MARLINS 0 St. Louis 000 200 000 — 2 8 0 Miami (ss) 000 000 000 — 0 5 1 Wainwright, Choate (5), Cleto (6), Motte (7), Wacha (8) and T.Cruz; Ja.Turner, Hatcher (4), Webb (5), Qualls (6), Da.Jennings (7), A.Ramos (8), S.Dyson (9) and Brantly, A.Barnes. W — Wainwright. L — Hatcher. Sv — Wacha.

NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 7 Miami (ss) 003 300 001 — 7 12 0 Washington 022 02002x — 8 12 0 Sanabia, Hand (3), Fernandez (6), Jor.Smith (8) and K.Skipworth, J.Jefferies; C.Young, Stammen (4), E.Davis (4), Perry (6), Abad (8), Accardo (9) and K.Suzuki, C.Snyder. W — Abad. L — Jor.Smith. Sv — Accardo. HRs — Miami, Mahoney (3). Washington, Harper (2), Zimmerman (1), Z.Walters (2).

REDS 6, BREWERS 5 Milwaukee 120 200 000 — 5 11 1 Cincinnati 120 00102x — 6 9 1 W.Peralta, Kintzler (3), Badenhop (4), T.Webb (6), J.Hellweg (7), J.Sanchez (8) and Lalli, D.Buller; H.Bailey, M.Parra (3), Marshall (5), Broxton (6), Ondrusek (7), Arredondo (8), Hoover (9) and N.Ashley, C.Miller. W — Arredondo. L — J.Hellweg. Sv — Hoover. HRs — Cincinnati, C.Izturis (1).

ORIOLES 5, RED SOX 2 Baltimore 101 000 003 — 5 10 1 Boston 010 000 001 — 2 7 1 Bundy, Gausman (3), M.Belfiore (6), Z.Clark (8) and Exposito, J.Gil; Doubront, Hanrahan (4), A.Bailey (5), A.Miller (6), T.Doyle (7) and D.Butler, Saltalamacchia. W — Bundy. L — Doubront. Sv — Z.Clark.

NCAA BASKETBALL Favorite Line Underdog Wisconsin 10 at Penn St. VCU 1 at Temple at Ohio St. 9½ Illinois at Wake Forest 6 Virginia Tech at Michigan 1 Indiana at Virginia 7½ Maryland at Michigan St. 19 Northwestern NBA Favorite Line Underdog at Oklahoma City 10 Boston at L.A. Lakers 6½ Chicago at Toronto 6 Cleveland at Miami 6 Indiana Philadelphia 3½ at Orlando Dallas 6½ at Minnesota at New Orleans 2 Portland at Sacramento Pk Milwaukee at L.A. Clippers 12½ Detroit NHL Favorite Line Underdog Line at Colorado -130 San Jose +110 N.Y. Rangers -125 at Wash. +105 at Detroit -200 Columbus +170 Montreal -145 at Florida +125 at Pittsburgh -220 N.Y. Isle. +180 at Chicago -250 Edmonton +210 at New Jersey -135 Winnipeg +115 at Phila. -145 Buffalo +125 at Anaheim -150 St. Louis +130 Vancouver -140 at Minn. +120 Copyright World Features Syndicate

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SUNDAY Japan vs. Netherlands United States vs. Canada Spain vs. Venezuela Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico

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CO LLE G E HOC K E Y WCHA W L T Pts GF GA St. Cloud State 18 9 1 37 94 66 Minnesota 16 7 5 37 94 65 North Dakota 14 7 7 35 93 71 Minn. State 16 11 1 33 90 68 Wisconsin 13 8 7 33 69 64 Denver 13 9 5 31 86 80 Nebraska Omaha 14 12 2 30 92 91 Colorado College 11 13 4 26 88 98 Minnesota Duluth 10 13 5 25 75 83 Michigan Tech 8 16 4 20 75 92 Bemidji State 5 16 7 17 58 87 Alaska Anchorage 2 19 6 10 51100 Overall records: Alaska Anchorage 422-7, Bemidji State 6-20-8, Colorado College 14-17-5, Denver 18-11-5, MichiganTech 12-18-4, Minnesota 24-7-5, Minn.Duluth 14-17-5, Minnesota State 22-11-3, Nebraska Omaha 18-16-2, North Dakota 19-10-7, St. Cloud State 21-14-1, Wisconsin 17-12-7. Friday’s results Denver 7, Alaska Anchorage 1 Michigan Tech 2, Colorado College 0 St. Cloud St. 4, Wisconsin 2 Minn. Duluth 5, Nebraska Omaha 4 Minnesota 4, Bemidji St. 3 North Dakota 4, Minn. State 3 Saturday’s results Colorado College 4, Michigan Tech 3 Minnesota 5, Bemidji St. 1 Minnesota State 2, North Dakota 1, OT Wisconsin 3, St. Cloud St. 2 Minn. Duluth 6, Nebraska Omaha 0 Sunday’s game Alaska Anchorage at Denver

Atlantic Hockey playoffs FIRST ROUND Best of three; x-if necessary Friday’s results RIT 2, American International 1 Robert Morris 4, Sacred Heart 1 Canisius 4, Bentley 0 Mercyhurst 3, Army 1 Saturday’s results RIT 7, American International 1, RIT wins series 2-0 Canisius 2, Bentley 1, Canisius wins series 2-0 Mercyhurst 5, Army 2, Mercyhurst wins series 2-0 Robert Morris 6, Sacred Heart 1, Robert Morris wins series 2-0

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS ECAC Brown 4, Clarkson 3 Dartmouth 4, Harvard 1 Cornell 4, Princeton 2 St. Lawrence 4, Colgate 1

MEN CU vs. Oregon State, Pac-12 Tournament, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, PAC-12 CSU vs. Fresno State, MW Tournament, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, CBSSN

WOMEN CU-Stanford winner vs. UCLA in Pac-12 Tournament final, 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2

COLLEGE HOCKEY DU: vs. Alaska Anchorage, 11 a.m. Sunday AFA: AHA playoff quarterfinals, March 15-17, vs. TBD DU, CC: WCHA playoffs, March 15-17, vs. TBD

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Saturday’s results Colorado at Utah, (n) South Carolina 3, Greenville 0 Wheeling 3, Reading 1 Elmira 6, Orlando 5, OT Florida 6, Fort Wayne 2 Kalamazoo 5, Toledo 3 Cincinnati 5, Evansville 2 Gwinnett at Idaho, (n) Ontario at Bakersfield, (n) Alaska at San Francisco, (n) Las Vegas at Stockton, (n)

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The Finish Line College hockey Cody Bradley had a goal and an assist as Colorado College beat Michigan Tech 4-3 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Saturday. The Tigers (1417-5, 11-13-4) took a 3-0 lead on Mike Boivin’s goal at 5:32 of the second period. But Tech scored twice to make it a one-goal game before William Rapuzzi netted the game-winner at 15:33 of the second. CC goalie Joe Howe made 46 saves.

Tennis Roger Federer beat Denis Istomin of Russia 6-2, 6-3 in

at the BNP Paribas Open championships in Indian Wells, Calif. Lleyton Hewitt upset No. 15 seed John Isner and Kevin Anderson of South Africa ousted No. 4 seed David Ferrer of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. No. 7 women’s seed Samantha Stosur earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over American wild card Madison Keys. The Associated Press


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It may not surprise you to learn that a fact-challenged, bigoted line of attack against Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino came courtesy of a Fox News Channel talking head — specifically Bill O’Reilly, whose fear-mongering should offend all Coloradans, writes editorial page editor Curtis Hubbard. » 3D

The state should not compensate mineral rights owners for local bans on hydraulic fracturing. Editorials »3D denverpost.com/opinion

The monster of the spring Standardized tests are killing our students’ creativity, desire to learn By Don Batt

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Sex tra∞cking in Denver

here is a monster waiting for your children in the spring. Its creators have fashioned it so that however children may prepare for it, they will be undone by its clever industry. The children know it’s coming. They have encountered it every year since third grade, and every year it has taken parts of their souls. And not just in the spring. Every day in class, the children are asked which answer is right, although the smarter children realize that sometimes there are parts of several answers that could be right. And they sit. And they write. Not to express their understanding of the world. Or to even form their own opinions about ideas they have read. Instead, they must dance the steps that they have been told are important: First, build your writing with a certain number of words, sentences, paragraphs; second, make sure your writing contains the words in the question; third, begin each part with “first, second,” and “third.” My wife sat with our 10-year-old grandson to write in their journals one summer afternoon, and he asked her, “What’s the prompt?” I proctored a standardized test for “below average” freshmen one year. They read a writing prompt which asked them to “take a position … .” One student asked me if he should sit or stand. There are those who are so immersed in the sea of testing that they do not see the figurative nature of language and naively think that the monster they have created is helping children. Or maybe they just think they are helping the test publishers (who also happen to write the textbooks, “aligned to the standards” that are sold to schools). Those test-creators live in an ocean of adult assumptions about how children use language — about how children reason. They breath in the water of their assumptions through the gills of their biases. But the children have no gills. They drown in the seas of preconceptions. They are bound to a board, hooded, and

Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post

Who to call for help? If you suspect a case of human trafficking, call the Colorado Network to End Trafficking hotline at 866-455-5075

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It’s a crime that’s di∞cult to see, but more efforts at rescue are underway By Kristen Kidd

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History omitted: The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., has opened a new exhibit. You may be surprised to discover what was left out. »5D

f you want to knock a middle-class mom out of her comfort zone, paint her the picture of a young sex trafficking victim in desperate need of rescue being kept hidden away somewhere in the metro area, right this second. Describe the tragedy of a 12-year-old being controlled by someone, perhaps a parent, who takes payment from scumbags for acts that shatter the child’s innocence, and repeatedly damage her body and soul. First, vigilante Mom-bo fantasies come to mind, then the questions: “How big is our problem, and what is being done about it?” This is where the picture goes fuzzy. “We are definitely seeing an increase in the number of cases involving the commercial sexual exploitation of children, forced and coerced prostitution and organized prostitution,” according Kristen Kidd is a freelance journalist who lives in Highlands Ranch.

to the FBI’s Dave Joly, who supervises the new Innocence Lost Task Force, a partnership between the FBI, Denver and Aurora police departments and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. “Between 2006 and 2011, Denver PD identified and rescued approximately 47 children from commercially sexually exploitative environments,” Joly said. “In 2012 alone, the Innocence Lost Task Force and our Metro Area partners identified and rescued 49 children.” It’s called sex trafficking when a vulnerable person (of any age) is forced, coerced or lured by false promises into providing sex acts for cash that goes not into his or her own pocket, but into the trafficker’s. In these cases, the prostitute is a victim who may not even recognize that fact. Sadly, the rest of us, including law enforcement, may not, either. I have lived comfortably unaware that such atrocities are happening within miles of my family-friendly community, perhaps within it. This is the kind of thing that goes on in Cambodia, right? Yes, and in Colorado, too. “Sex trafficking in suburbs and more rural areas often occurs in private resiKIDD » 6D

Don’t let Al-Turki go free, Colorado VINCENT CARROLL

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f Homaidan Al-Turki — a sexual predator who kept a young Indonesian woman in servitude for 4½ years in Aurora — is transferred from the Colorado Department of Corrections to Saudi Arabia, he will almost certainly soon go free. The Saudi government has never accepted Al-Turki’s guilt. It gave him the money to post bail, complained about the 2006 trial, and pestered the State Department until it sent state Attorney General John Suthers abroad to smooth King Abdullah’s ruffled feathers. The Saudis’ attorneys later filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court claiming Al-Turki was victim of an anti-Muslim trial and jury. Al-Turki may not receive quite the hero’s welcome rolled out for Pan Am terrorist Abdel Baset al-Meghahi when he returned to Libya from a Scottish prison in 2009, but as an alleged victim of bigoted U.S. justice, he is sure to be greeted with widespread sympathy. Gov. John Hickenlooper and Corrections chief Tom Clements can avert this travesty. They can deny Al-Turki’s petition to be CARROLL » 4D


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OPINION The Week in Review Feb. 4-8 Highlights from The Denver Post’s opinion pages and The Idea Log blog.

Monday Ensuring a safer U.S. food supply In an editorial, we wrote: The Food and Drug Administration’s warning to the cantaloupe industry that growers and packers will face additional inspections this year should not be a surprise. Two very serious food-borne illness outbreaks traced to cantaloupes — including one Colorado operation — and the enactment of stricter federal food safety regulations should have made a cantaloupe crackdown a foregone conclusion. Frankly, it’s about time.

Tuesday The evolution of gay marriage In an editorial, we wrote: The federal government’s challenge of the constitutionality of California’s voter-initiated gay-marriage ban is a welcome development in the Obama administration’s evolving view on marriage equality. American opinion on gay marriage has evolved quickly during the last several years, with a plurality now supporting it. The country is ready for it. The Supreme Court should find gay marriage is a basic civil right and rule broadly so state gay-marriage bans could be overturned.

A little sanity returns to post-9/11 airline security In a post on The Idea Log, we wrote: The U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s rules on what you can bring on an airplane and how much dignity you have to part with during security screenings have been maddening. So it was with some sense of relief we noted the TSA was relaxing prohibitions on small pocket knives and allowing some sporting goods — golf clubs and lacrosse sticks — on board airplanes.

Wednesday Smearing gun owners in the liability battle In a column, Vincent Carroll wrote: In approving a gun liability bill this week, a state Senate committee casually smeared thousands of Coloradans who own certain popular weapons — or who would like to own one — as prone to violence and criminal activity or indifferent to it. This judgment is embedded in the bill’s language: “A person who sells or transfers an assault weapon is deemed to be aware ... of the extreme likelihood that an assault weapon that is sold or transferred will be used in a crime or will result in serious injury or death.” That statement is of course factually incorrect. It is quite possibly much worse than incorrect, since supporters of the bill must know — or should know — that the vast majority of assault-style weapons will not be used in a crime and will not result in serious injury or death.

Thursday State Sen. Evie Hudak disrespected rape victim In an editorial, we wrote: You might think a twice-elected state senator would have the good sense to treat a rape victim with respect during testimony at the state Capitol. That’s not what happened Monday during a hearing on a bill that would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, however. State Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, seemed bent on contradicting Amanda Collins, a Nevada woman who testified that she felt she could have defended herself against her attacker if she had been carrying her weapon. The episode made Hudak look like she cared not a whit for a rape victim. We’re glad she at least had the good sense to apologize.

10 things that changed since Dow was last this high In a post on The Idea Log, Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer of Foreign Policy wrote: It’s been a long, slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, and the last time the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit the kind of heights it hit Wednesday was October 2007. To give you some perspective on the meaning of the market surge, here’s a look at 10 ways the world has changed since the fall of 2007: 1. Justin Bieber wasn’t famous yet. 2. Neither was Lady Gaga. 3. Sarah Palin was an Alaska governor with sky-high approval ratings. 4. Blackberry’s (RIM) shares were trading at more than $100/share (price this week: $12.73). 5. The first iPhone had just been introduced in the United States three months earlier. 6. The first “Twilight” film had yet to be released. 7. Tiger Woods was still just a really great golfer. 8. The U.S. was winding down its surge in Iraq. 9. The world still had fewer than 7 billion people. 10. Vladimir Putin was president of Russia. (Oh … wait.)

Friday Our recommendations for state gun legislation In an editorial, we wrote: The gun-control debate returns to the spotlight at the state Capitol Friday as lawmakers take on a slew of bills intended to tighten screens on gun ownership and ban sales of magazines holding more than 15 rounds. We hope lawmakers approve all but two of the seven pending measures, though one of the bills we oppose needs only a tweak for us to support it. The one bill that does not make sense at all is the one that would make manufacturers and sellers of assault-style weapons liable for crimes committed with the guns. A summary of our positions on the bills: • Ammunition magazine limits: Yes • Manufacturer liability: No • Universal background checks: Yes • Background checks fee: Yes • Ban of concealed carry on campus: No (unless amended) • Online concealed-carry training ban: Yes • Domestic violence restrictions: Yes

The Open Forum Letters to the Editor

Guns as a way of life in Colorado Re: “Guns in Colorado; A way of life,” March 3 news story.

Re: “Readers respond to article on growing marijuana at home,” March 3 letters to the editor.

Having read your article supposedly regarding why Coloradans are so proud of their gun heritage, I was left disappointed by its lack of analysis. This article not only simplified the reasons people buy them (“If you just like to shoot for practice, it’s a great gun” as the only reason one would buy an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle), but also lacked insight as to why people would be fearful of the potential limits being placed on them (why, for instance, would 10-bullet magazines be less effective for target practice ones with 30?). Overall, I expected better from such a normally insightful news agency and was left both frustrated by the waste of time taken to read this empty piece as well as disheartened that the reasons of gun owners remain so elusive to those of us who may not take a similar viewpoint.

The outraged responses to The Denver Post’s article about growing marijuana ranged from absurd to reactionary to completely uneducated. Teaching teenagers to grow pot? Most teenagers would quail given the work involved; it’s still much easier to buy on the black market. Yes, the article appeared in the section with the comics — as do prominent beer articles every Wednesday. The “idea that any plant needs exactly 12 hours of sunlight a day … is nonsense” is the most ignorant statement of all. The reader apparently missed basic biology in school. Many species — from plants to mammals — are photo-determinate. Horses growing winter coats, chickens laying eggs, and deciduous trees changing leaves are all triggered by light. And the absurd notion that marijuana wouldn’t exist in nature if it was hard to grow? Ask cattle ranchers how easy their job is. While I have never eaten wild ox, I am sure well-raised, prime-grade Angus steak tastes much better.

Sophia Wolfenden, Golden

BBB So a beer can impaled on a stake at a makeshift shooting range, littered with spent shotgun shells, is considered a way of life? And the owner of the assault weapon outfitted with a 30-round ammuni-

Mac Holder of Rocky Ford displays his AR-15 with a 30-round magazine attached. AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post tion magazine says it’s a “fun gun.” Oh, and metal zombies are very popular shooting targets these days. What, a beer can or a zombie might get away if there were only 10 rounds of ammo in a semi-automatic weapon? State hunting laws already prohibit semiautomatic rifles holding more than six rounds because, God forbid, too many deer or elk might be killed. But no limit on how many people an assualt weapon can kill? Lynda Drewry, Evergreen

BBB My folks let each of us boys buy a gun on our 12th birthday. I bought my grandfather’s .22 rifle. When we were a couple years older, we each had a shotgun. My brother was hunting along a lake when

three ducks flew up simultaneously. He took all three of them with his Wingmaster Pump. For years we’d line up with 20 other farmers and walk the fields hunting pheasants. These careful farmers never had a gun accident. Many had singleshot shotguns, and most needed only one shot to bring down a pheasant. Those of us who had fiveshot pumps or autos felt a little embarrassed, since having more than one shot suggested you weren’t a good shot. We’d have been laughed out of the country if we had come with a 10- or 15-shot gun. Delmar H. Knudson, Denver To read more comments on this issue, go to blogs.denverpost.com/eLetters.

Disgusted by dog’s killing

No cause for celebration

Re: “Deputy who killed dog at wrong address cleared,” March 2 news story.

Re: “Ruling: Choice system is legal,” March 1 news story.

I am an animal lover. I worked as a Gal Friday for the Boulder Police Department’s detective unit. I am disgusted with decision by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to absolve the Adams County deputy who shot the pet dog. The dispatcher sent the deputy to the wrong address. The homeowner complied with the deputy’s orders and put his hands up. He could not hold onto his dog. The dog got out and (as dogs do when a stranger bursts into their home) barked. The deputy, not caring about this pet, shot and killed the dog. Ziggy was a border collie. Not a Rotweiller or a pit bull. It was a gentle pet. My uncle was sheriff of Converse County in Wyoming. He never shot a dog. Ever. He brought mass murderer Charles Starkweather into jail with one shot (which hit Starkweather’s ear). Uncle Earl Heflin was a calm, intelligent man. So were the detectives I worked with. I am disgusted by the careless deputy’s killing of an innocent dog. I am shocked that the court would OK this action. The court’s decision makes citizens feel unsafe in their homes.

The Douglas County School Board’s recent appeals court victory is little cause for celebration. After spending more than $1 million dollars in “private donations” mounting a legal defense of their actions, they are no closer to their aspirations of being able to hand out public funds in the form of individual vouchers to students attending private religious schools than when first challenged. A certain appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court will consume at least two more years and presumably another $1 million reversing or upholding the previous ruling, but even if favorable to the school board, there would likely be additional litigation over Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provisions with uncertain cost and outcome. Given the school district’s large budget deficits, reduction in curriculum, elimination of teaching and staff positions, and aging infrastructure, it is almost incomprehensible that elected officials utilize millions of dollars feeding their egos for no measurable public benefit.

Dixie J-Elder, Longmont

Arnie Neiss, Franktown

Making the hard choices on the federal deficit Re: “Divided and conflicted over the federal deficit,” March 3 editorial.

Your editorial elucidated exactly the financial dilemma our nation faces. Separate Pew Research polls showed that a majority of Americans want to maintain or even increase spending on key areas — education, energy, agriculture, defense. However, 73 percent wanted to cut overall spending. It would help if we could stop demonizing those who advocate on one side or the other. In fact, most of us want to cut our cake but keep it too. As Pogo said,“We have met the enemy and he is us.” We need to allow —

even encourage — our representatives to make hard choices which may compromise our own sacred cows. Otherwise we’ll continue to live in “a budgetary fantasy land.” We need to accept plans like Simpson-Bowles which seek adult solutions. Maybe everyone hates something in such plans, but maybe that’s exactly the medicine we need to take. Let’s negotiate. Kathy Taylor, Louisville

BBB Your editorial lost credibility in the first paragraph. You stated that one party wanted to solve the deficit by emphasizing taxes and the other by emphasizing spending

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cuts. The reality is that the president has posted a plan on whitehouse.gov that offers both spending cuts and tax reform. House Speaker John Boehner, on the other hand, has categorically declared new revenue off the table. A better way to phrase your editorial would be that one party has offered a mix of revenue and spending cuts with an emphasis on the latter and the other party demands only spending cuts. Furthermore, that party refuses to say exactly what they will cut. They would prefer that their opponents take the fall for that unpopular task. Dick Buckley, Conifer

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Hank Greenberg was a big part of AIG’s near collapse Re: “Ex-CEO Greenberg: Don’t blame me for AIG collapse,” March 1 business news story.

As a former AIG employee, I was amazed at Hank Greenberg’s comments about what happened at AIG in 2008. It was during Greenberg’s tenure at AIG when the financial products division was set up, which caused AIG’s near collapse. Nothing happened at that company without Greenberg’s approval. His successor barely had time to figure out all the areas in which AIG was involved, much less implement any new activity. AIG’s near collapse has Greenberg’s fingerprints all over it. In this particular instance, he is no hero or victim. Clarence Colburn, Thornton

To the Point Re: “Gun bill dangerous, unnecessary,” Feb. 27 guest commentary by state Sen. Greg Brophy.

As a native Coloradan, it did my heart good to read this article. Sen. Greg Brophy presented the complete lunacy of House Bill 1229 and showed that outside the cities of Denver, Aurora and Boulder, common sense is still alive. Kudos. Sheldon McClaury, Aurora

I’m sure somebody has already suggested this, but just in case they haven’t: Apply 100 percent of the spending cuts required by sequestration to the salaries of employees in the executive and legislative branches of government. They will come up with an agreement before lunch. Donna Jorgenson Farrell, Broomfield Re: “The country doctor is in,” March 3 Parade magazine story.

That country doctor Howard McMahan of Ocilla, Ga., has trouble making a living wage (let alone what he deserves) constitutes a national dramatic violation of common sense. H. Paul Zeiger, Denver

Interesting that in last Monday’s Post there was an article about grounding public flyovers at the Air Force Academy due to Washington’s financial problems and another article about John Kerry’s announcement that we’re giving $250 million to Egypt. John Furjanic, Castle Pines

“Limiting” ammunition clips to 15 rounds and calling that meaningful gun control is laughable. Robert R. Tiernan, Denver

One of the earliest and surest signs of a very badly governed state is citizens feeling it’s necessary to define their rights. Paul Kelly, Delta To have your comments published in To the Point, send letters of 40 words or fewer to the address below.

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No state money for fracking bans It would be wrong for the state to compensate mineral rights owners who are denied royalties due to local fracking bans.

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he governor seems to think there’s a role for the state to play in helping compensate mineral rights owners who are denied royalties due to local fracking bans. We disagree, and strenuously so. It’s a bad idea from both practical and philosophical standpoints. Last week, just after the Fort Collins City Council voted to ban fracking, Gov. John Hickenlooper visited with the city’s newspaper, The Coloradoan. He acknowledged the oil and gas extraction technique known as fracking was troubling to some residents. And he expressed concern for those who own mineral rights, saying a fracking ban is equivalent to a “taking” of their property. The governor, according to The Coloradoan, said the value of those mineral rights would have to be determined so the owners could be compensated. While we agree that if mineral rights owners were to see their property taken they ought to be paid for those rights, the process of determining value would be a messy one. Would it be the cost owners paid to acquire rights, or the market rate? And how would one determine market rate? It’s the next part of what Hickenlooper said that concerns us even more. “Maybe there’s a way a community can put up some of the money, the state puts up some of the money,” he said, according to the Coloradoan. And: “How can the state be a part-

ner in this? How can we compensate the property owners of the minerals?” The state? Why in the world would the state underwrite local bans? This is a mess created by local government officials who have banned fracking, and we think illegally so. The Colorado Supreme Court said in 1992 that a city, in that instance Greeley, could not ban oil drilling. It’s not a stretch to believe they’d rule the same way on fracking. The law is not on the side of local governments enacting bans, and they ought to bear the financial burden of their decisions. Furthermore, just where would state compensation money come from? It’s not as if Colorado has uncommitted wads of cash laying about. Another concern is that the state getting involved in compensation would undercut Colorado’s painstakingly crafted oil and gas drilling rules, which are designed to provide statewide health and safety standards. Joining communities that have banned fracking in compensating mineral rights owners implicitly endorses community fears about the extraction process. It insinuates that Colorado’s recently hashed-out statewide standards aren’t good enough. We understand as well as anyone that the governor is a man of compromise, one who is always looking to find common ground to solve problems. Most of the time, it is an approach that serves him well. But on this matter we think he is going down the wrong road.

Where does state stand on broadband build-out? Officials with EAGLE-Net need to explain the logic behind the way it has gone about high-speed Internet expansion.

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he jury is out on whether the stimulus-funded expansion of Internet broadband in Colorado has wasted money, but it’s certainly the right question to ask. It has been dismaying to read about the government paying to install duplicative fiber-optic lines when this grant was intended to light up parts of the state that do not get high-speed Internet. We understand how some overlap may be necessary as the network expands like a spider web to cover the state. However, officials with EAGLENet, the quasi-government agency in charge of a $100.6 million federal stimulus grant, have done a lousy job explaining the logic behind the way it has gone about high-speed Internet expansion. That’s assuming it’s defensible. The grant, one of the largest in the country when it was awarded in 2010, was intended to connect 230 institutions to high-speed Internet. The idea was that once the government did the heavy lifting of laying fiber-optic lines in rugged mountain terrain and the far reaches of the Eastern Plains to connect schools and other educational institutions, private companies would build out the system from there, enabling business and residences eventually to benefit from this “middle mile” project. According to a story in last Sunday’s Denver Post by Andy Vuong, 104 institutions can have access to the EAGLE-Net system, but only 39 are

connected, and those have multiple contracts for Internet access. Only 21 institutions that could have access are on the Western Slope — and just two are getting services. That track record is part of what has prompted scrutiny of the project, and deservedly so. We think those running EAGLENet ought to address these issues: • Give the public a firm schedule about which of the so-called community anchor institutions will be connected and when. • If there is duplication, note it and explain why additional fiber is a wise investment. • EAGLE-Net is six months from its supposed completion date. Will the project be finished on time and — given the $96 million spent so far — on budget? If not, officials need to ask the federal government for an extension and provide an explanation. • EAGLE-Net should address the issue of compensation for its employees and oversight of expenditures in general. The Post reported the entity has had three chief executives and two chief financial officers, each earning more than $200,000. Why? The grant for broadband expansion in Colorado provided an opportunity to achieve a laudable goal — bringing a modern platform for communication to poorly served or unserved communities. Its aim was to go places that private business had found too costly to connect. Policymakers cannot allow such an opportunity to go to waste.

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olorado lawmakers this year have taken on several highprofile issues that have resulted in heated debates and regrettable comments. From tackling gun laws to legalizing civil unions, from authorizing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants to changing rules on teaching sex education in public schools, the issues have provided ample opportunity for everyone from politicians to pundits to taste their shoes (just ask Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, or Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster). But it was a less-contentious bill proposing mandatory 25-year minimum sentences for sex offenders whose victims are children that drew the sexual orientation of House Speaker Mark Ferrandino — who is gay — into the debate for the first time. It may not surprise you to learn that a fact-challenged, bigoted line of attack came courtesy of a Fox News Channel talking head — specifically Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly wants to see a version of “Jessica’s Law” passed in every state. As The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels reported last week, the law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old from Florida who was sexually assaulted and buried alive by a convicted sex offender who had served his sentence. O’Reilly explored the issue in a Feb. 22 interview with Colo. Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada, who sponsored the legislation in Colorado

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this year. The measure was defeated on a party-line vote of the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee — where unpopular bills often go to die — on Feb. 13. Its death at the hands of the majority party was not surprising given the bill was not supported by police, prosecutors or defense attorneys. Add in the fact that previous votes on the issue have been used in political attack ads against Democrats and that the measure has only been introduced in the state when Republicans are in the minority, and you get a sense of the politics. But O’Reilly was miffed and decided to make Ferrandino — who sent the bill to the so-called “kill committee” — his villain. In the interview with Szabo, O’Reilly pondered the reasoning behind the bill’s demise. His only hypothesis was an error-filled declaration that showed all that is wrong with cable punditry. “Now this Ferrandino” (he pronounced it Fair-nan-dino), “I understand he is the, what, the first openly gay House speaker in Colorado? He was a fervent gay-marriage person. He objected when gay mar-

riage was first tabled because they sent it into the same committee to kill it that he sent Jessica’s law in. All of that true so far of this guy?” “So far you’re correct,” Szabo responded. Is there a rule somewhere that says Republicans who appear on Fox have to agree with every softball thrown their way by the talent? You’d think so, given that, in fact, O’Reilly was confusing gay marriage with civil unions. But when the pitchforks are out and the camera is rolling, why bother with the facts? O’Reilly’s fear-mongering should offend all Coloradans. He was saying “gay,” but what he wanted his listeners to hear was “pervert-pedophile.” Disagree? Then you try explaining what Ferrandino’s sexual orientation and stance on civil unions has to do with Jessica’s Law. Are Colorado’s sentencing guidelines for child sex offenders too weak or, as some some opponents of them contend, among the strongest in the nation? Those are fair questions. In fact, lawmakers are going to ask the state’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to look into them in advance of next year’s legislative session. What’s not fair — and, in fact, is deplorable — is dragging sexual orientation into the debate. E-mail Curtis Hubbard at chubbard@denverpost.com. Follow him on Twitter: @curtishubbard

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re you nuts? Got a screw loose? Few tacos short of a fiesta platter? Couple heat tiles missing from the ol’ space shuttle? A hump short of a camel? Playing solitaire for cash? When you listen to your iPod, do the earbuds touch? Like to catch a Frisbee in your teeth and bring it back to your dog? If you answered any of those questions by staring at a tree for seven minutes and then shouting “VICE PRESIDENT ALBEN W. BARKLEY,” you may want to apply for one of several vacant jobs in the Boulder Police Department. Seriously, after months of disturbing news about that village’s police officers, I think I speak for all of us when I ask this question: Just what the heck are the Boulder cops putting in their pot brownies? Among the cops who recently resigned before they could be fired were a stalker; the department’s DUI officer, who was charged with drunken driving; an alleged drunken -driving detective who may have been pulled over 44 times previously; and two cops who love elk — with a baked potato and a salad. Batting leadoff today for the Boulder Bedlamites is Christian McCracken, a former town cop who sent an ex-girlfriend 10 to 20 text messages a day and called her five or six times daily, she said. Then he started hanging around in a menacing way at her place of work, which was, unfortunately for him, the police station. He pleaded guilty to felony stalking.

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Last November, Boulder detective Scott Morris was stopped on U.S. 36 by a sheriff’s deputy who noted the cop had bloodshot and watery eyes and had alcohol on his breath. This, deputies suspect, was probably because he’d been drinking heavily. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, when asked to perform a roadside DUI test, Morris asked, “Can’t you just cut me a ticket?” The answer was “no,” and when deputies searched Morris’ car, they found SWAT team gear and loaded magazines for an assault rifle. Oops. Then we have Elizabeth Ward, the Boulder Police DUI officer. She was spotted in her car by an off-duty Arvada police officer while allegedly weaving on Interstate 25. She pulled over even before on-duty cops arrived. When asked why she pulled over, she allegedly said, “I’m drunk.” She apparently wasn’t kidding, proving her point moments later by nearly falling down during the sobriety test. Then, of course, there are cops — now ex-cops — Sam Carter and Brent Curnow, who like to hunt elk but don’t like to venture into the mountains because, as you know, a person can be horribly mauled up there by all kinds of animals, such

as marmots, ground squirrels and gigantic rogue blue jays. So Moe and Larry — I mean Carter and Curnow — allegedly planned an elk hunt right there in a residential area of Goofyville. I mean Boulder. Related footnote: Animal-loving Boulderites spent weeks recently trying to chase coyotes off a popular hiking trail by, among other techniques, shaking jars containing pennies. Carter and Curnow exchanged text messages about their plans to shoot the elk, investigators said, and on the night of Jan. 1, Carter took a department shotgun from his police car, crept with great stealth across Ninth Street and killed the quite tame elk with a shotgun blast, dropping the huge animal in someone’s front yard. Carter whipped out his phone, and moments later Curnow showed up with his pickup truck. The elk was loaded up and taken away. No police report was filed, either because the officers didn’t want to leave a paper trail or, more likely, because neither of them could spell e-l-k. Each man is charged with four felonies and five misdemeanors and could spend time in prison if convicted. I say it’s time for the Boulder administrators to look a bit closer at the men and women they hire. I say it’s time they chase off any more bad cops. Perhaps by shaking jars of pennies at them.

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OP-ED CARROLL «FROM 1D transferred to Saudi Arabia under the terms of the Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad. They can stand up for the principle of equality before the law. “This would be a miscarriage of justice if it were to take place,” says George Brauchler, district attorney for the 18th Judicial District that includes Arapahoe County. “It doesn’t make sense that we’re going to cut a guy loose to go back to a country that doesn’t view this as a crime and doesn’t view our evidence as good enough.” Brauchler wasn’t DA when Al-Turki was convicted, but the chief deputy who prosecuted the case, Ann Tomsic, remembers the victim well. “I’m primarily a homicide prosecutor,” Tomsic told me. “Most of my crimes take place as fast as you can pull a trigger and as fast as someone can run. … The thing that is overwhelmingly different about human trafficking is that this man had possession, ownership, of this young woman for years. And day after day, week after week, month after month, he continued his abuse … keeping this woman against her will when she’s asking to go home. And not paying her. “Think of someone living in the United States during the period she was here and having no idea of current events. She was in the basement of the Al-Turki home when 9/11 happened. She’d never heard of it. … That’s how isolated she was.” The victim — a sexually and socially naïve 18-year-old when she arrived in Colorado with Al-Turki’s family in 2000 — slept next to the water heater in the upper-middle-class home, where she was sexually assaulted again and again. “Her day would start literally before sunrise and she’d be up until midnight finishing the laundry after she got the kids to bed,” Tomsic said. “She worked seven days a week. She didn’t have weekends off or vacation.” She received medical care once, for an abscessed tooth. And she was intimidated by repeated threats Al-Turki in of what would happen if she 2006. bolted to local authorities. By the time prosecutors interviewed her, “she was just a shutdown person,” Tomsic says. “Federal authorities recognized pretty quickly that she was probably a human trafficking victim, so … she was taken to a battered women’s shelter. Even women in the shelter would talk about how she was afraid to go into a secure courtyard. She was so subservient after 4½ years of being a slave that she would do the other women’s chores.” Al-Turki was convicted of 12 counts of unlawful sexual contact, criminal extortion, theft of services and false imprisonment, and was sentenced to 20 years to life for each of the sex charges alone. But then, with his high-priced legal team exploiting every angle, things started going his way. Two years ago, a judge reduced Al-Turki’s sentence to eight years to life, making him eligible for parole — in part because of a glowing letter of support by former prison chief Ari Zavaras, who claimed Al-Turki had “devoted himself to helping others.” And although Al-Turki was denied parole that year, just two weeks later Saudi Arabia ratified the very treaty under which Al-Turki is now seeking a transfer. Finally, just last month corrections officials confirmed that he has cleared initial administrative hurdles to be transferred, with the final decision pending. The governor’s spokesman tells me Hickenlooper is not involved in the Al-Turki decision, so it will be Clements’ call — which, if it’s a green light, will then require a Justice Department sign-off. Fortunately, the local U.S. attorney, John Walsh, has voiced opposition to the transfer, but that doesn’t guarantee his boss in Washington will agree. And as Brauchler argues, it shouldn’t get that far. “He’s refused to acknowledge responsibility. He’s refused to participate in sex offender treatment,” Brauchler tells me. “What his supporters will tell you is, well, he’s got religious objections. So, we just throw in the towel and say he’s good to go?” Would any American sex offender in such complete denial be released like this? “The victim does want him to acknowledge his wrongdoing to her,” Tomsic says. “And she wants him to try to better himself through treatment … . She is also cognizant that if he goes back to Saudi Arabia, he will have opportunities” with servants again. That’s putting it delicately. “Saudi Arabia is a destination country for men and women subjected to forced labor and, to a lesser extent, forced prostitution,” according to the State Department’s 2012 report on Trafficking in Persons. Moreover, “the government of Saudi Arabia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so. … Domestic workers — the population most vulnerable to forced labor — remained excluded from general labor law protections, and employers continued to regularly withhold workers’ passports as a means of keeping them in forced labor.” Withhold a worker’s passport? Why, that’s what Al-Turki did with his victim. Is it any wonder that he and the Saudi government were shocked at his conviction? Too bad. If he won’t seek treatment, then let him stay where is he is, quarantined far from the next unsuspecting maid who might fall into his grasp. E-mail Vincent Carroll at vcarroll@ denverpost.com. Follow him on Twitter @vcarrollDP

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My winter as a frack rat

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YES: A≠ordable Care Act will usher in reforms

NO: Free market can fix flaws in the health system

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he new Affordable Care Act provides both short- and long-term plans for health improvement. Its success depends on full implementation of short-term health insurance access and long-term public health elements. Public health is the act’s long-term game plan to improve health and reduce cost, because it addresses the determinants of health — those conditions that make us well or sick. Without public health systems and programs, our sick care system will continue to grow in size and cost. This point should not be lost during our current debate the impact of budget cuts. ACA’s short-term game plan expands health insurance access using public and market mechanisms. Important patient protections and incentives for preventive health screenings will identify leading causes of illness and death. This will lead to early and manageable treatment, resulting in healthier populations and reduced health system costs associated with late diagnosis. Our short-term success is mediated by our system of government. States decide whether to expand insurance access for the working poor through Medicaid. As of today, 14 states will not do so. Of note is that people in these same states have the burden of the worst health outcomes in our country. So, the jury will be out about the full extent of health benefit from reform for these Americans. Enter: the public health system. ACA’s public health system investments are historic, and bolster the safety-net health system to assure access for those estimated 24 million people who will not be granted insurance access under ACA. Examples include community health centers, mental health centers, local health departments, family planning clinics and migrant health centers. While health-care access is an important determinant of health, it is by far not the only one. Let’s face it. We’re overweight or obese. We smoke. We eat food about which we know little, and we are sedentary. Reducing our weight, eating well, stopping smoking and increasing activity would significantly reduce our chronic health conditions, lead to more productive lives and reduce the need for sick care. The job of the public health system is to make these life changes easier by addressing the environmental, policy, social, community and behavioral conditions that must change in order to make healthier behaviors possible and easier. The ACA provides unprecedented support for public health because it is the only reform component focusing on reducing demand for health care by addressing the determinants of health. This public health game plan, however, is less certain because of our historic tenuous relationship with public health investment. Congress threatens to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund that provides grants to states and communities to reduce chronic disease, improve nutrition and increase physical activity. The fund also strengthens the primary care safety net, prevention research centers, public health workforce, laboratory infrastructure, breast and cervical cancer screening and all the other safetynet and preventive activities that sustain population health and reduce system cost. We lose that fund, and we lose the health game in the long run. Health insurance access is part of our health, but it alone cannot go the distance to assure health for all populations. Public health’s preventive, systems approach to health determinants will help us win the long race toward health. The vision of ACA — with both short and long-term game plans — will usher in the reforms America needs. We must fully invest to benefit.

he Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has failed to live up to its promises — or even its name. Instead, health-care costs continue to climb. Millions of Americans remain, and will continue to remain, uninsured or underinsured, while millions of others will lose the coverage they have. Patients have inadequate information about the quality and value of many health-care services, limiting their ability to make well-informed choices. More Americans than ever are suffering from preventable chronic diseases, which significantly drive up costs. But one thing seems certain: The law isn’t going anywhere. Therefore, additional efforts to advance the meaningful health-care solutions we need must be done in conjunction with implementation of the law. The business community is advocating several crucial changes. First, we must find ways to bend the cost curve significantly. Our medical liability system breeds excessive litigation, encourages needless tests and procedures, and drives specialists from their practices. It must be reformed to bring down costs. We must expand competition, transparency and consumer choice. And we must reduce duplication and spending by deploying health information technology and attacking fraud and abuse in both public and private programs. We also must address entitlement programs, which are on course to bankrupt the federal government and our states and threaten to leave future generations without a safety net. We can put these programs on sound footing by enacting reasonable and gradual changes. Higher premiums and co-pays should be phased in for those who can afford them. There must be incentives for greater choice and competition. We must do more to encourage and help low-income individuals obtain private insurance coverage and states should have greater flexibility in running their Medicaid programs. We must prevent and manage chronic conditions and diseases such as obesity, high-blood pressure and diabetes, which are the leading drivers of health-care costs. Employers should promote workplace wellness and have the flexibility to incentivize healthy behaviors. Providers should be rewarded for improving health and wellness, not just treating illnesses. And it should be a national priority to promote wellness and personal health responsibility. We must continue efforts to cover 45 million uninsured Americans and make sure that all citizens have access to affordable health services. There should be a level tax playing field for those who have insurance through their employers and those who buy it on their own. We should allow greater flexibility in both employer-sponsored and individually purchased plans so consumers can choose the plan that’s right for them. We should encourage the expansion of community-based medical clinics to expand access to basic services. We must improve quality through transparency and innovation. Consumers must have access to the performance records of doctors and hospitals, and they must share in the responsibility of making informed choices regarding treatments and services. Providers should be more clearly rewarded for quality care, health outcomes, and overall performance. Finally, U.S. businesses, scientists and research institutions must continue to create new health care advances in products, treatments, and technologies — America can’t afford to lose this competitive advantage. We can’t reform American health care by simply passing another bill or enacting a new federal program. Genuine reform requires a society-wide effort.

Beth Myerson is an assistant professor at Indiana University’s School of Public Health and national policy director of Cervical Cancer-Free America.

R. Bruce Josten is executive vice president for government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These essays were distributed by McClatchyTribune News Service.

he thing I remember most from my winter as a frack rat is the KCl bags. KCl is the chemical symbol for potassium chloride, a salt we used in the water pumped into underperforming oil and gas wells. It came in crystals the size of playground sand grains, and it was packaged in 100-pound bags. You had to pick the bag up from a pallet and carry it up a long flight of metal stairs that were, in January, often ice-slicked. The experience was terrifying and, physically, almost more than I could manage. We’d get to the yard at 2 a.m. for most jobs. The company men liked to start fracking at dawn, and often there was more than one stage, which took the day. We’d load up the sand and the chemicals, and fill the tank trucks with water and hydrochloric acid. The fumes came up out of the tank hatch; you choked and coughed if you turned your head the wrong way, and you always made sure to put the water in first. Do it the other way, and acid foam would cover the yard. Then we’d convoy to the site, 10 or 12 trucks cruising through gears up hills toward the breathtaking sunrise, Waylon Jennings and Queen on the radio. Once we got to the dirt square of the wellhead, we’d unload the iron pipe, and hammer the joints together. I’d “beat iron” tentatively, but the wind-burned young “hands” shone at it, swinging the 6-pound hammers high above their heads and landing precisely on the joint, making it move a little with each impact. They were heroic against the pink sky, early light glinting off hard hats and safety glasses. Once the job started, the noise was overwhelming. Even with ear protectors, it was sometimes painful to walk across a site when the pumps were going. We would pull water from huge tanks, mix it with a gelling powder, then turn up the sand flow gradually until we were pumping enough sand with the water to increase the permeability of the oil- or gas-bearing formation. The pressure was high enough to kill someone, if a hose or pipe got loose, and invariably somewhere there was a leak. Most wellheads were 6 inches deep in gelled mud by the end of a job. In mid-afternoon or evening (some jobs went for 20 hours), we’d pull into the yard, clean up the trucks, and try to make sure our Department of Transportation logs didn’t break the law. The company man would come in later, open the valve on the wellhead, and the waste water would stream out, to a toxic lake lined with plastic. On a gas well, if there was too much coming out with the water, he’d sometimes light the stuff coming out of the exhaust pipe, to burn it off in a spectacular fume. I only worked in the field for a year or so. And I never agreed with the politics around me, didn’t understand the single-minded quest for hydrocarbon that so routinely trashed the wild land. One afternoon, a friend and I found a baby bird in a nest on the ground close to a wellhead, mouth open, weakly chirping. We checked later, and it was dead. We never told anyone. There was never a place in the conversation for it. When I consider those days, it is with some regret; it’s the one time when the civil treatment of the natural world, in my life, took a decided back seat to the singleminded pursuit of a resource, when I left the land behind me not just denuded but also destroyed. And yet, the scent of diesel mixed with dust never fails to bring me back to that truck yard in Artesia, N.M. It’s honest, challenging, wellpaid work out there in the oil and gas fields, but to do it, you have to forget about the costs. Eva Syrovy is a sixthgrade science teacher in Colorado Springs and 2010 Colorado Voices writer.


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et’s say you are terminally ill, and someone asks if you would like to have the choice to end your life when you no longer want to struggle or suffer, and to have a physician help you do it. Close to 80 percent of you would answer “yes.” However, if you were asked if this choice should be enacted into law, you would be less sure. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, only 45 percent of you would agree that a terminally ill patient should have the legal right to receive lethal medicine from a physician and then self-administer it to achieve a peaceful death. Legislation to allow physician aid in dying has long been controversial, even when people admit wanting it themselves. This is partially because its opponents have conjured up such scare phrases as “death panels,” “slippery slopes,” and “mercy killings.” And opponents continue these fear tactics despite the fact that the Oregon Death with Dignity Act passed in 1994 belies all of the above fabrications. The Oregon law, enacted in part through the efforts of Compassion and Choices — the only consumer advocacy group in the Nation for those facing end of life issues — includes very stringent protections: • To receive a lethal prescription from a doctor, two physicians must confirm that the person is terminal and has six months or less to live. • The patient must be of sound mind when requesting the prescription, and must make the request twice verbally at least 15 days apart. • The person must then make a written request witnessed by someone other than a family member or caregiver. • The patient then can administer the medicine at a time of his choosing and must administer it himself. The only “assist” from the physician is filling the prescription. In Oregon, there has been no evidence of any “slippery slope” that would abuse the poor, the uninsured, minority populations, or the otherwise disenfranchised. In fact, a study of those terminally ill patients who have requested lethal medicine reveals exactly the opposite characteristics: 97 percent are white; 67 percent have attended college; and 98 are insured. Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion and Choices and a former nurse and physician assistant, is proud of the fact the organization lobbied for the Oregon law, along with the more recent Death with Dignity Law in Washington state and a Montana Supreme Court ruling which allows the same. However, in a speech to board members and supporters in Denver last month, she emphasized that it is the care, the education and the advocacy the group does for the dying in general that is even more important. Nationally, Compassion and Choices has grown by 30,000 members over the past three years, and expects to grow it by 12,000 more this year. Although Colorado has no law allowing physicians to assist dying patients with a lethal prescription, that could change. Various versions of such legislation are presently being considered in at least six other states. Coombs Lee says that physician aid in dying is an issue in which “the people are way ahead of the politicians.” No wonder, when you realize that baby boomers, who are now retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day, will want control over their deaths just as they have always wanted control over their lives. Dr. Charles Hamlin, a retired Denver surgeon and member of both the National and Colorado Boards of Compassion and Choices, calls control over one’s death, the “major civil rights movement of the next 10 or 15 years.” Is there, just perhaps, someone in the Colorado legislature who would want to “catch up with the people” and lead this burgeoning civil rights movement? I hope so. Dottie Lamm, former first lady of Colorado is a psychiatric social worker and a political activist. Compassion and Choices can be reached at 800-247-7421 or www.Compassion AndChoices.org.

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Part of a new exhibit — “Patriot. President. Peacemaker.” — at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press file

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he Nixon Presidential Library and Museum opened a new exhibit in Yorba Linda, Calif., and online last month, called “Patriot, President, Peacemaker.” It covers Richard Nixon’s entire life, like the permanent installation there, and claims to present “a fuller picture” than ever before. But there’s a gap, reminiscent of the 18½ -minute gap in the famous White House tapes. On one panel, it’s October 1973 and the Yom Kippur War is underway. Nixon is telling Henry Kissinger, “Whatever it takes, save Israel.” On the next panel, it’s Aug. 9, 1974, and Nixon is landing in Orange County, telling a crowd that he promises “to continue to fight at home and abroad for the great causes of peace, freedom and opportunity.” We go from “Peacemaker in his Time” to “Life after the White House.” What’s missing is Watergate. Forty years after Watergate, you might think the Nixon Library would have accepted its place in American history. You certainly would think the National Archives had; it operates the presidential libraries. But the new exhibit in Yorba Linda shows that the Nixon people are still working on a coverup. And the National Archives is not stopping them. Defenders of “Patriot, President, Peacemaker” say the Watergate story is already told in the museum’s permanent galleries, in an exhibit that went up in 2011. That’s true, but the permanent galleries also cover most of the rest of what’s

in the “fuller picture.” Now, in one part of the museum, visitors find the Watergate story told completely and fairly; in another, it’s all but nonexistent. This is something special in the world of presidential libraries: a museum at war with itself. The new exhibit is symptomatic of a deeper malaise at the library. After installing the 2011 Watergate exhibit to widespread acclaim, the library’s director, Timothy Naftali, resigned. He has not been replaced. And the final release of the Nixon White House tapes, which was scheduled for December, has been delayed for nearly a year. What is going on in Yorba Linda? And what is going on at the National Archives in Washington? “Patriot, President, Peacemaker” is framed as part of an ongoing celebration of Nixon’s centennial. Along with a virtual version, engagingly designed for tablets, it addresses Watergate purely as an aside. Under the “Life after the White House” heading, there’s a photo “Leaving on Marine One,” with a two-sentence caption: “On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency rather than continue the political battle over the Watergate scandal, which was leading to a vote on impeachment in the House of Representatives.” But what was Watergate? Why was it a “scandal”? Why was Nixon forced out? Here’s what’s missing: Nixon is the only president ever to have resigned because even his fellow Republicans in Congress were convinced he was guilty of obstruction of justice and abuse of power. There was a “smoking gun”

tape recording: Nixon telling his assistants to get the CIA to tell the FBI to stop investigating the White House coverup of a break-in at the Democratic National Committee, headquartered at the Watergate complex in Washington, during the 1972 presidential campaign. As to what’s going on at the library, it appears that in the absence of a new director, the Nixon Foundation, staffed and funded by Nixon loyalists, is asserting itself again in Yorba Linda. The foundation built the facility, managed it for 17 years and still sponsors programs there. It portrayed Watergate, in an early museum exhibit, as merely a third-rate burglary exploited by Nixon’s enemies. But in order to become the official repository of Nixon’s presidential papers and to join the federal presidential library system, the library agreed to cede control to the National Archives, and a new Watergate exhibit was set in motion. That project faced fierce resistance from the foundation. When the Nixon Library put up its unvarnished Watergate portrayal in 2011, it did something brave and immensely valuable. Instead of serving primarily as a shrine for the veneration of the president, it presented a more responsible, independent and accurate historical account. We need more of that, at all the presidential libraries — and especially in Yorba Linda. Jon Wiener is a professor of history at the University of California Irvine. He wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.

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odney Francis is insufficiently ambitious. The pastor of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church in St. Louis has entered the fray over guns, violence and humanity’s fallen nature with a plan for a “buyback” of children’s toy guns. And toy swords and other make-believe weapons. There is, however, a loophole in the pastor’s panacea. He neglects the problem of ominously nibbled and menacingly brandished breakfast pastries. Joshua Welch — a boy, wouldn’t you know; no good can come of these turbulent creatures — who is 7, was suspended from second grade in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County last week because of his “Pop-Tart pistol.” While eating a rectangular fruit-filled sugary something , Joshua tried biting it into the shape of a mountain, but decided it looked more like a gun. So with gender-specific perversity he did the natural thing. He said, “Bang, bang.” But is this really natural? Or is nature taking a back seat to nurture, yet again? Is Joshua’s “bang, bang” a manifestation of some prompting in our defective social atmosphere, and therefore something society could and should stamp out? Joshua’s school, taking its cue from Hamlet, did not allow its resolve to be “sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought.” More eager to act than to think, the school suspended Joshua and sent a letter to all the pupils’ parents, urging them to discuss the “incident” — which the school includes in the category

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“classroom disruptions” — with their children “in a manner you deem most appropriate.” Ah, yes. The all-purpose adjective “appropriate.” The letter said “one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures” and although “no physical threats were made and no one was harmed” the code of student conduct stipulates “appropriate consequences.” The letter, suffused with the therapeutic ethic, suggested that parents help their children “share their feelings” about all this. It also said the school counselor is available, presumably to cope with Post-Pastry Trauma Syndrome. By now, Americans may be numb to such imbecilities committed by the government institutions to which they entrust their children for instruction. Nothing surprises after that 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl was labeled a “terroristic threat,” suspended from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation because she talked about shooting herself and others with her Hello Kitty gun that shoots bubbles. Perhaps we should welcome these multiplying episodes as tutorials about the nature of the regulatory state that swaddles us ever more snuggly with its caring. If so, give thanks for the four Minnesota state legislators whose bill would ban “bullying” at school. They define this as the use of

words, images or actions that interfere with an individual’s ability “to participate in a safe and supportive learning environment.” Bullying may include, among many other things, conduct that has a “detrimental effect” on a student’s “emotional health.” Or conduct that “creates or exacerbates a real or perceived imbalance of power between students.” Or violates a student’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.” Or conduct that “does not rise to the level of harassment” but “relates to” — yes, relates to — “the actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, sex, age, marital status, familial status, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, academic status, disability, or status with regard to public assistance, age, or any additional characteristic defined” in another Minnesota statute. If this becomes law, it will further empower the kind of relentless improvers and mindless protectors who panic over Pop-Tart pistols and discern terrorism in Hello Kitty bubble guns. Government is failing spectacularly at its core functions, such as budgeting and educating. Yet it continues to multiply its peripheral and esoteric responsibilities, tasks that require it to do things for which it has no aptitude, such as thinking and making commonsense judgments. Government nowadays is not just embarrassing, it is inappropriate.

his past summer at the University of Colorado Hospital, doctors discovered a rare superbug had infiltrated their hospital after the bacteria was detected in eight patients. Nearly 2,000 miles away, this superbug quickly spread through the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, killing seven people. The bug, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, adapts quickly, is resistant to the most potent antibiotics, and preys on the most vulnerable populations in health-care facilities. Because CRE are resistant to most available antibiotics, they are difficult to treat, and can result in death for up to 50 percent of patients who become infected. The Vital Signs report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals CRE is increasingly finding their way into intensive-care units and long-term health facilities in the United States. Although the numbers of infections are likely still small, this looming public health threat is one that must be decisively addressed. “We only have a limited window of opportunity to stop the spread” of these superbugs, said CDC director Tom Frieden, who added he was “sounding an alarm.” Over the last decade, CDC has tracked the spread of these bugs from a single health-care facility in North Carolina in 2001 to health-care facilities in at least 42 states. A new study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology reports a significant increase in CRE bacteria found in health-care settings like long-term care facilities and nursing homes. This trend suggests that patients are unknowingly transferring the bug between hospitals and longterm-care facilities. We have a small window of opportunity to control this serious threat, when it is potentially manageable. Data from CDC suggest that in the first half of 2012, only about 200 hospitals and long-term acute-care hospitals have cared for patients with CRE infections, but the recent upward trend in infection rates is cause for concern. To effectively combat superbugs like CRE, we need to confront the problem at hand that has allowed them to thrive — the overuse of antibiotics in health care. Studies have shown that one-third of antibiotics prescribed to patients in hospitals are unnecessary. The overuse of antibiotics breeds drug-resistant infections, which negatively affects patients, hospitals and our entire health-care system. One study showed that simply giving a patient carbapenem (a strong antibiotic that can sometimes kill off healthy gut bacteria) increases the risk of contracting CRE by a factor of 15. Improving the use of antibiotics in a hospital can actually save the hospital $400,000 or more per year. The entire health-care system benefits when we improve antibiotic use and decrease drug-resistance. Health-care facilities must take a proactive approach to implement programs that improve antibiotic use. Health-care professionals should take every precaution to prevent the spread of deadly infections, including simple tasks like hand washing. Patients should feel empowered to question their doctors and nurses about whether an antibiotic prescription is necessary. There has been much attention on the rising costs of health care. Here, we have an opportunity to invest in a proven approach that will provide rapid health benefits and cost savings to the American people. Through a coordinated effort, we can ensure the health and safety of patients by staving off the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs like CRE, save healthcare dollars, and most important, save lives. Sara Cosgrove is an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Ramanan Laxminarayan is senior fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy.


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Photo caption contest Go to The Idea Log, our opinion blog, to submit captions for the photograph on the right: blogs.denverpost.com/opinion Here are our favorite reader-submitted captions from last week’s contest, at left: The WWE’s latest celebrity tag team beach match seemed destined to fail from the start. — Urban Leopard Their civil union finally sealed, Woody and Waldo enjoy a carefree honeymoon in Acapulco. — Lori Tanner “I’m warnin’ you, call me driftwood one more time and I’ll post your whereabouts on Facebook!” — Lisa Gross And the real caption:

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BATT «FROM 1D then immersed in lessons that make them practice battling the monster. “How much do you know?” the interrogators scream. The children, gasping for air, try to tell them in the allotted time. “Not enough!” the interrogators cry. Back under the sea of assumptions to see if they can grow gills. “This is how you get to college!” the interrogators call. And on and on, year after year, the children are college-boarded into submission. What do they learn? That school is torture. That learning is drudgery. There are those who rebut these charges with platitudes of “account-

KIDD «FROM 1D dences, whether as a residential brothel or as an in-call service with a family member or intimate partner trafficking their victim out of their own homes,” explained Becky Bullard of the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance. Prax(us), a local non-profit victims support group, works to connect trafficking survivors with services in the city, a struggle on any given night due to the shortage of shelter space. “We find folks experiencing severe forms of exploitation are also homeless,” said Prax(us) director of education and advocacy, Emily Lafferrandre. “I would say shelter is the number one important need that is lacking. There’s never enough beds.” Lafferrandre’s group believes another barrier to preventing runaways and homeless youth from ending up in vulnerable situations is Denver’s urban camping ban. Enacted in response to last spring’s Occupy Denver campaign, in which scores of protesters set up camps in city parks and sidewalks, Lafferrandre and many other advocates for the homeless say the ban has served to criminalize homelessness without providing enough alternate means of shelter. She says the ban pushes the homeless further underground where they are more likely to fall victim to traffickers. Prax(us) has built relationships with the service providers around Denver so that when the group connects with a person in need, they go through their list and find what’s available at that moment, based on the age, gender and condition of the one seeking help. Sometimes help may not be available for days. “International trafficking victims are eligible for benefits such as food stamps and ongoing case management. Unfortunately, not a lot of institutions exist for domestic trafficking survivors, so we are constantly borrowing from other systems,” Lafferrandre said. “One difficult challenge is ensuring there are long-term services for both adult and minor victims of sex trafficking that address their complex needs as a result of the physical, social, spiritual, economic and psychological trauma they have endured,” explained Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance program manager

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ability,” but, just as the fast food industry co-opted nutrition and convenience in the last century, the assessment industry is co-opting our children’s education now. As Albert Einstein said, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Would that the measurement advocates would measure the unintended consequences of their decisions. Our political leaders — surprise — have bent under the pressure of businessmen wearing the masks of “rigor” and “accountability.” They have sacrificed our children’s joy of learning on the alter of expediency. Here’s what should happen: Teachers in their own classrooms, using multiple performance assessments where children apply their knowl-

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edge in the context of a given task, determine what their students know and what they need to learn, based on standards developed by that school, district or, possibly, state. Teachers should take students where they are and help them progress at their own developmental rates. And good teachers are doing that every day. Not because of standardized tests, but in spite of them. Students’ abilities can be evaluated in many, creative ways. The idea that every student take the same test at the same time is nothing more than the warmed-over factory model of education used in the 1950s, now laughingly called “education reform.” As Oscar Wilde has observed, “Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

Third-grader Royce Hill takes a peek at a mock CSAP test at Stedman Elementary School in Denver. Denver Post file

How a sex trafficker asserts power and control over a victim Coercion and threats B Threatens to harm victim or family B Threatens to expose or shame victim B Threatens to report to police or immigration

B Forces victim to have sex multiple times a day with strangers B Treats victim as an object for monetary gain B Normalizes sexual violence and selling sex

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Economic abuse

B B B B

Harms other victims Displays or uses weapons Destroys property Lies about police involvement in trafficking situation

Sexual abuse B Uses sexual assault as punishment or as a means of control

B Plays mind games B Makes victim feel guilt or blame for situation B Convinces victim that they are the only one who cares about them

Using privilege

B Creates debt that can never be repaid B Takes money earned B Prohibits access to finances B Limits resources to a small allowance

B Treats victim like a servant B Uses gender, age or nationality to suggest superiority B Uses certain victims to control others B Hides or destroys important documents

Emotional abuse

Isolation

B Humiliates in front of others B Calls victim names

Becky Bullard. Just three weeks ago, a treatment and housing facility, Amy’s House, opened for girls under 18 who have been rescued from sex traffickers. (A 9News story on the facility can be seen at http://on9news.tv/UAeO7Z.) Other groups like Street’s Hope, which serves women over 18 who have come out of the sex industry, are in the trenches everyday, relying on charitable donations, fundraisers and whatever grants they can get. “When I tell people our budget is $168,000 a year — that covers staff, the yearlong program for residents, the outreach we do four times a year on Colfax, everything — they can’t believe it,” said Nina Martinez, executive director for Street’s Hope. Martinez sounds a bit like lady liberty when she speaks of the women her facility has been able to shelter since 2008, “They come to us tired and broken and wanting rest.” Which is what they receive, along with individual and group counseling, job training, food and hygiene items, even spiritual ministry if they would like, and Martinez finds many of them do. “We are unique in that we are faithbased, and right now a lot of our funding comes from churches, but it’s not our agenda to evangelize these women. Our priority is treating them holistically and helping them get to a place where they can recover. We try to do our work with grace and love,” Martinez said. The U.S. Department of State says human trafficking responds to market demands, inadequate laws, weak

B Keeps them confined B Accompanies them to public

penalties and economic instability. In other words, it’s happening everywhere and in many forms. “We’ve seen that Colorado is different from the East and West coasts,” stated Amanda Finger, co-founder of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT), a group working to develop guidelines for Colorado communities to better identify and address gaps in combating human trafficking. The group hosted a first-of-its-kind conference in Denver in early March to share results from its comprehensive research study, the Colorado Project. The goal of the conference was to improve understanding and collaboration among anti-trafficking groups. LCHT’s mission to end all forms of human trafficking focuses on four key elements: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships. In 2000, the United States enacted the Trafficking Victims Protection Act the same year that the United Nations adopted the Palermo Protocol, also known as the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. But so far, “No country has yet attained a truly comprehensive response to this massive, ever-increasing, ever-changing crime,” according to the State Department’s 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report. Researchers at the LCHT have certainly found that to be the case in Colorado. “We see a landscape of scattered efforts, frustrated communities that must cobble resources to

places B Creates distrust of police and others B Moves victim to different locations B Doesn’t allow victim to learn English or go to school B Denies access to children, family and friends

Physical abuse B Shoves, slaps, hits, punches, kicks, strangles B Burns, brands, tattoos B Denies food/water B Exposes to harmful chemicals B Forces pregnancy termination

combat a vast and complex problem, victims falling through the cracks and traffickers escaping punishment,” according to their website. “Our state law has only been utilized twice because trafficking is being prosecuted under other laws,” Finger noted. But steadily, the focus is starting to sharpen. In December, eight people, including some claiming allegiance to the Crips street gang, were arrested in several Colorado cities for human trafficking and pimping-related activities after allegedly advertising juvenile girls for sex on Backpage.com. Four suspected “johns” were also taken into custody. The state attorney general’s office will prosecute the case in cooperation with the Denver District Attorney’s Office. State lawmakers are starting to grapple with ways in which to strengthen Colorado laws. House Bill 1195, sponsored by Reps. Jared Wright R-Fruita, and Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, seeks to punish those convicted of attempting to engage in human trafficking as severely as those who are actually caught in the act. The bill passed the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee last week, but was sent to the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice for further study and recommendations. Billie McIntire, who heads an advocacy group called the Sex Workers Alliance Network, believes it is important that any new laws distinguish between those who work in the industry by choice from those who are

Left to right: Lawrence Richard Martinez, Hollie Gene Mintour, Reginald James Ryan, Lewis Jerome Smith, Mercedes Devon Sanders, Angela Jeanine Ryan, Robert Kenth Drinkwater-Mills and Phaedra Lanee Robinson “made up the criminal enterprise” of a child sex ring that operated in Denver, Aurora, Commerce City, Lakewood, Parker and Colorado Springs, police say. Denver Post file

B Induces drug addiction as means of control

Denying, blaming and minimizing B Makes light of abuse or exploitation B Denies that anything illegal or exploitative is occurring B Places blame on the victim for the trafficking situation Adapted from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project’s Duluth Model Power and Control Wheel, available at www.theduluthmodel.org. © Polaris Project, 2010

being trafficked. McIntire says the issue of sex trafficking has been seized by activist groups she describes as “abolitionist feminists” and members of ultra-conservative Christian groups, as a way to help push their desire to eradicate the sex industry entirely. She points to a law Gov. John Hickenlooper signed in June 2011, allowing the creation of so-called “John Schools” to give first-time solicitation offenders the option of attending classes designed to educate them about the dangers of prostitution, and thereby theoretically reduce demand for commercial sex. The approach has had poorly measured results in other cities where similar programs exist. Susan Dewey, who teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Wyoming and has conducted extensive worldwide research on the sex industry, agrees the topic of sex trafficking has become heavily politicized. “What I would like to see is evidence-based law and public policy based on empirical findings, rather than ideological assumptions,” said Dewey. This is a wish that cannot be granted just now. “One of the biggest challenges with trafficking as a human rights issue is that it’s relatively new to the greater field, and therefore there are few accurate numbers,” noted Kristianna Berger, LCHT’s public information officer. “Data the LCHT has been gathering will help us to understand what we can do to improve our responses. However, not even this project will give us the numbers everyone wants in terms of how many people are trafficked every day or year. That number will come with time, but first we need to understand the issue as best we can, in order to know where to look for that number.” It’s encouraging that solid efforts are underway to rescue victims and punish their abusers. We can all help focus on this complex and seemingly invisible problem by supporting the groups dedicated to helping those victims heal.


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adio listeners have long welcomed Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Ira Glass and Rush Limbaugh into their cars and cubicles. But lately those names have been competing for air time with Larry the Cable Guy, Chelsea Handler and Lewis Black. The culprit? A wave of allcomedy radio stations that are aggressively courting listeners from other formats, such as sports talk and pop country. And Denver’s Comedy 103.1 FM, the city’s first (albeit mostly syndicated) all-stand-up station, is the most ambitious of the bunch. “We hope to be the model for the format,” said program director John E. Kage. “And if we’re the model, that’s a reflection on the whole city. It’s a real chance to put Denver in the comedy spotlight.” Denver has already proven that it comes out to live

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As Metropolitan Opera debuts go, Guanqun Yu’s was spectacular. The Chinese soprano was an unknown, cast to sing Giuseppe Verdi’s troubled Leonora in “Il Trovatore” last October, but she left the crowds stunned and the critics crowing. In The New York Times, the review that really matters, Zachary Woolfe was exuberant over her “excellently sung, impressively assured” showing. “Ms. Yu conveyed a startling

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intimacy in the huge Met, as if you were peering into Leonora’s fevered thoughts,” he wrote. And for that star-making moment, the soprano offers thanks to the Denver-based Asian Performing Arts Council, which stepped in when her career was foundering just a few years ago, coaching her through everything from voice lessons to living arrangements. She’s returning the favor by singing in the council’s 25th anniversary concert here Saturday night, featuring a rare and talented lineup from both the U.S. and China — many full of gratitude for the

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Disney wagers big with its costly return to “Oz” By Sandy Cohen The Associated Press

los angeles» Returning to the mystical land of “The Wizard of Oz” took more than 70 years and several hundred million dollars. Disney released its highly anticipated prequel to the 1939 movie classic on Friday. Directed by Sam Raimi, “Oz the Great and Powerful” explores the origins of the wizard (James Franco) and the witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz) in a three-dimensional Oz. The $200 million production, not counting another $100 million in estimated marketing costs, is a huge gamble for everyone involved, considering “The Wizard of Oz” is among the most enduring and beloved films of all time. Even Raimi, director of the first three “Spider-Man” movies, described the project as “daunting.” The risk is compounded by a general box-office slump and a poor showing for last weekend’s $200 million big-screen take on another popular tale, “Jack the Giant Slayer,” based on “Jack and the Beanstalk.” “The plus side is that there’s such incredible awareness of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ that it’s going to translate into a mammoth opening weekend for ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ ” said Dave Karger, chief correspondent for fandango.com. “The danger is that many people’s natural tendency will be to compare this to ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and there’s no film that will ever live up to that.” According to a survey done by the site, nearly all those buying tickets for the new “Oz” film have seen the original, and the film is far and away the most popular of the week, making up almost 80 percent of tickets sold. Franco has loved the world created by L. Frank Baum since he first saw the 1939 movie on TV as a kid. It inspired him to read all of Baum’s books, which led him to other fantasy fare such as “Alice in Wonderland” and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. But the notion of revisiting the Land of Oz with an A-list director wasn’t enough to lure Franco to the leading role. “I already had a lot of faith in

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the movie because Sam was attached, but as an Oz fan, I wanted to be sure that the approach was sound,” the actor said. “They very smartly did not just do a boy version of Dorothy and have the same trip through Oz.” For one, Franco notes the wizard is a con man and his trip through Oz is very different than Dorothy’s was. “He’ll be getting into awkward situations, basically kind of bouncing off of Oz in ways that Dorothy didn’t,” the actor said. While the new “Oz” has plenty of familiar elements — the yellow brick road, Emerald City, witches, munchkins (now multi-ethnic) — “the ways they’re interacting with the

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Some critics have questioned the casting of Franco as the wizard. The AP’s Christy Lemire wrote that he’s “too boyish for the role” Yet Raimi believes Franco was the perfect actor to portray the wizard: “He was born to play the part.” Franco and Raimi are personal friends, and the director said he’s seen the actor’s growth as a performer and an individual since they first worked together on 2002’s “Spider-Man.” “I knew James was a moody dreamer, and that’s who Oz is,” Raimi said. “He dreams of being this great man, even if he doesn’t know what greatness is.”

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A band of “Brothers,” introducing acclaimed playwright McCraney By Lisa Kennedy Denver Post Theater Critic

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he three actors entrusted with introducing local audiences to the work of the much-heralded young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney sit in the back room of the converted church that is home to the Curious Theatre Company. They are a cordial, handsome, sweetly humble lot. It was a week before Damion Hoover, Cajardo Lindsey and Laurence Curry would don the names of fierce Yoruba deities and portray three present-day Louisiana bayou denizens who, as one of them says, don’t much like each other in McCraney’s “The Brothers Size,” which opened Saturday. Last year, Curious artistic director Chip Walton called Lindsey and asked him to look at a play. The actor recalls that he was really too busy: “I don’t remember if it was some legal stuff or I was working on a play.” (Yes, you heard right: Lindsey is an attorney as well as an actor.) “But I read the first page, and I was like ‘Uh-oh.’ ” He thought, “I am doing this — either here or somewhere else. When I read it, I was like, ‘That’s me. That’s Damion. That’s Laurence.’ I could hear everybody. When it came together, I felt this was meant to be. “ Lindsey plays driven garage owner

“the brothers size.” A Curious Theatre Company production. Directed by Dee Covington. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Featuring Laurence Curry, Damion Hoover and Cajardo Lindsey. Through April 13 at the Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $18-$44, via curioustheatre.org or 303-623-0524.

Ogun Size. Curry is his younger sibling, Oshoosi, who has only recently gotten out of prison. Hoover is Elegba. He and Oshoosi became friends in prison. The men’s Yoruba names resonate. Ogun rules iron. Oshoosi is the solitary hunter. Elegba, says Hoover, “is a shape-shifter, a manipulator. He’s so dark. He’s a lover, but he’s dangerous.” The praise preceding McCraney’s work make the actors want to get it right. In 2009, the then 29-year-old received the New York Times inaugural Outstanding Playwright Award for the debut of “The Brother Size.” (His successors have been Kristoffer Diaz for “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety,” Dan LeFranc for “Sixty Miles to Silver Lake” and Amy Herzog for “After the Revolution.”) “When I read the play I was excited but apprehensive at the same time,” says Curry. “I was curious to know what the direction would be like. This is a piece that could go sour, a piece that could go south.” McCraney was also the recipient of the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, a 2009 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Play, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Whiting Award and the first Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. “McCraney is remarkable in his risk-taking as a writer,” says Dee Covington, longtime Curious company member and the play’s director. “He tackles the human condition of these three African-American men with such grace and depth, honoring and yet still pushing the cultural norms of intimacy. So much of the heart of the play rests in what is unspoken. Moving into the shadows of what we dare not acknowledge because of heritage, culture and gender.” While this version of “The Brothers Size” is meant to be performed on its own, the play is also the second in McCraney’s trilogy called “The Brother/Sister Plays.” All three are set in a Louisiana bayou and offer the sweep of a community of characters. If that sounds vaguely familiar, it may be BROTHERS » 5E

RADIO «FROM 1E comedy in droves, with successful clubs like Comedy Works and the Improv regularly attracting top-tier names. Homegrown comedians such as T.J. Miller, Ben Kronberg, Adam Cayton-Holland and Josh Blue have also been representing Denver on Comedy Central, “Conan” and the touring and festival circuit in recent years. Comedy 103.1 is looking to latch onto that momentum. And the station is quickly gaining traction with a demographic coveted by advertisers: Men age 25-54, who are considered to be short on attention spans and long on disposable income. The latest ratings report from industry watcher Arbitron placed Comedy 103.1 as seventh in the Denver market for men 1834, beating “heritage” stations such as Denver’s 92.5 The Wolf. That’s impressive for a station that’s a little over 4 months old. But it’s not good enough. “I want to be No. 1. I always do,” Kage said. “And I’m not patient about it. I want to be No. 1 quickly.”

Denver’s big appetite for comedy A 20-year radio veteran, Kage admits that he hasn’t attended many comedy shows. But he’s been immersing himself in the culture to understand it better. “It’s just a different vibe than anything I’m used to,” said Kage, who has also been program director for hip-hop station KS 107.5 FM since 2008. “I believe there’s a really thriving comedy culture in this city, and there’s a real appetite to hear some of the local talent on the air.” Kage has already brokered a Comedy 103.1 partnership with the Comedy Works clubs and begun localizing his station’s satellite feed with contests, call-in lines and in-studio interviews with comedians. He wants to add local comedy bloggers and podcasters to the station’s website in the coming months. It’s all about creating a Denver-specific identity for the station. Among the 37 other radio stations that carry Comedy 103.1’s “24/7 Comedy” format in North America, none have customized their broadcasts for the local market as much as 103.1. “This is a syndicated product, but a lot of

From left, Laurence Curry, Cajardo Lindsey and Damion Hoover star in the threeman play “The Brothers Size.” The play runs through April 13 at the Curious Theatre Company. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

followers on Comedy 103.1’s Facebook page. And with nearly 10,000 followers, Comedy 103.1 has about three times as many as any of the other syndicates’ Facebook pages — and twice as many as 24/7 Comedy’s main profile.

Plenty of rivals

Lewis Black is a regular on Comedy 103.1’s “24/7 Comedy” format. Denver Post file

folks don’t realize that,” said Barnes Goutermout, the sales manager for Comedy 103.1 and Cruisin’ Oldies 950 AM — both of which are owned by Lincoln Financial Media of Colorado. “It’s really just in its infancy right now.” The 24/7 Comedy brand, which is carried online by Clear Channel Broadcasting’s iHeart Radio, was created in 2008 by George Gimarc and Bill Bungeroth after they sensed an opportunity for a new radio format that would parallel stand-up’s resurgent popularity. “It’s a hybrid,” Gimarc said by phone from Dallas, where 24/7 Comedy’s programming originates. “We are doing comedy, which is a talk format and has never really successfully been done before, and wrapping it into a delivery that you would find at a high-powered hit music station.” Gimarc said the reason Denver has quickly become one of 24/7 Comedy’s most important markets is because the staff at 103.1 love and understand it. Kage noted that the other DJs at Lincoln Financial Media’s office — which also houses country’s 98.5 KYGO FM, 104.3 FM The Fan and others — frequently volunteer to help with 103.1’s interviews and promos. “It’s whatever you want to make of it, but some people get it more than others, and Kage has been tremendous,” Gimarc said. “He has actually brought ideas to the table that have affected everybody in the chain,” such as tracking when particular jokes air and other formatting tweaks. Although its target market is men, Kage notes there’s a 50/50 gender split among the

From a distance, the format has a lot of competition. Subscription-based SiriusXM has offered all-comedy stations since at least 2008. The Internet is heavy with stand-up clips from funnyordie.com or Comedy Central. And the number of comedy podcasts continues to grow exponentially. But a free, terrestrial radio station that plays nothing but stand-up is as unprecedented for Denver as it is for the dozens of other markets it occupies, from Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Bakersfield, Calif. Each day, Comedy 103.1 airs local listener testimonials that praise the station for providing an alternative to the stale chart-toppers that make up many radio playlists. Comedy 103.1 needs all the help it can get. The Denver radio market’s ad revenues are expected to rise only modestly from their 2012 total of $155 million, according to Chuck Lontine, managing director of media brokerage firm Marconi and a radio industry veteran. But that’s where Kage thinks Comedy 103.1 has the advantage. “There’s more engagement with this format,” he said. “You get into drive-time rush

Comedian T.J. Miller, originally of Denver and now living in Hollywood, was recently 24/7 Comedy’s “Comic of the Week.” AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file

hour or you’re at lunch, and once the bits begin, you want to listen through all the way to the end.” The 24/7 Comedy format aims for broad appeal. It spans genres and decades in a way that would make a similarly programmed music station sound disjointed. SiriusXM’s comedy channels, for example, are specialized by genre or host. But on Comedy 103.1 artists such as Henny Youngman, Bob Newhart and Richard Pryor alternate with Ron White, Hannibal Buress and Maria Bamford. That’s like tuning into a music station that plays big band, folk, funk, pop country, hip-hop and indie rock — all within the space of a few minutes. “Like the bag of jelly beans, there’s a precise measure of how many blue ones are in there, how many red ones, how many black ones,” said 24/7 Comedy creator Gimarc. “There’s a crafted element to make it the most appealing but broadly based thing that it can be.” Gimarc programs most of the 3-to-5-minute bits to include newer comics such as Denver native T.J. Miller — recently honored as 24/7’s “Comic of the Week” — mixed with more recognizable jokes from Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and Bill Hicks.

A win for comics, too The growing number and popularity of stand-up radio stations is a boon not just for Comedy 103.1’s advertisers, but comics and the clubs that book them. “I get a (royalty) check at the end of every three to four months, and it can be anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000,” said Lewis Black, whose material airs regularly on 24/7 Comedy and other stations. “With more channels, more would be coming in.” Black, whose recent Front Range shows were heavily promoted on Comedy 103.1, enjoys a fame that most comics will never achieve. But any touring comedian can benefit from being played on the radio. “I was surprised how many folks at my Denver shows said they’d heard me on that station,” said Bobcat Goldthwait, who stopped by 103.1’s studios last month for an on-air interview before performing at Comedy Works. “You’re impacting the audience that actually wants to hear comedy, instead of just being a speed bump on some (shock-jock) morning show.” John Wenzel: jwenzel@denverpost.com or twitter.com/johntwenzel


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SNITCH(PG-13)10:00 12:55 3:45 6:45 9:35

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1:30 3:00 6:10 7:50 9:20

GANGSTER SQUAD(R)7:00 9:20

3D(PG)(10:30 1:30) 4:30 7:30 10:30

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4:20 6:45

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because McCraney was assistant for a spell to the late August Wilson, whose 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle owns a place in the American theatrical canon. Still, “The Brothers Size� — with its mix of poetry and African fable, movement and music — isn’t likely to sound familiar. “I can tell you, this is the most difficult show I’ve ever done,� says Lindsey, who co-starred last fall in Cherry Creek Theatre’s “Visiting Mr. Green.� “He writes in verse. Then he switches to prose, and he has all these rhythms. This is New Orleans, that cadence,� he adds with a mix of relish and awe. If you fear we’re getting ahead of ourselves, it’s understandable. McCraney’s work hasn’t yet been performed here. Even so, here’s what New York Times critic Ben Brantley wrote when the trilogy was staged in its entirety at the Public Theater in 2009: “Watching ... you experience the excited wonder that comes from witnessing something rare in the theater: a new, authentically original vision.� The arrival of “The Brothers Size� is precisely the kind of new work local audiences should hope for — and demand from — their most vigorous theater companies. Meanwhile, since committing to the play, the actors have been doing their own shapes-shifting, taking to heart, mind, flesh their characters. They’ve even been texting each other in character. “He sent this to me out of the blue,� says Hoover, looking down at his phone at a January text from Lindsey. “It says, ‘Stay away from my brother, Elegba.’ � To which Hoover replied, as only the West African god of chaos might, “Too late, he’s curled up in my lap as we speak.� Upon hearing this, the three burst out laughing.

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ASIAN «FROM 1E members or supporters, like Celeste Fleming or John and Anna Sie, or Paul Ramsey, take on a pet cause. It’s their way of connecting two varied cultures through art. “We are a small group of people, but we’ve had a big impact,” said Ramsey, longtime owner of ShaverRamsey. Indeed, the intimate gestures have added up. Many of the singers have gone on to international careers, starting with bass Hao Jiang Tian, now a two-decade veteran at the Metropolitan Opera, and leading to more recent successes, like soprano Jing Zhang, tenor Yang Bo and baritone Yungpeng Wang, who took secondplace at Placido Domingo’s 2012 Operalia Competition. Domingo recently signed on as honorary chair for the council’s newest endeavor, the highly touted “I Sing Beijing,” which turns the tables on its mission, introducing Western singers to China . Heading into its third year, “I Sing Beijing” holds auditions in the U.S., Italy and China, choosing 20 Western singers to join 10 Chinese counterparts for a month-long training session lead by coaches from the Central Conservatory of Beijing and The Met. The Western singers are given language lessons, and the event culminates in a concert where they sing traditional pieces in Mandarin. Saturday’s concert at the Elaine Wolfe Theatre in Denver is a greatest-hits package from that event, but also a culmination of APAC’s 25 years of cross-cultural intentions. Guanqun Yu will sing Verdi, and Jing Zhang takes on Bernstein. In between, Michigan soprano Juliet Petrus performs a Kazakh folksong. Petrus was twice an apprentice for “I Sing Beijing.” The program, she said, changed her. Singing in Mandarin, as she did in Beijing and will do Saturday, is exhilarating. “You feel like you can do anything on stage — and you do,” she said.

Good intentions, meager methods The Asian Performing Arts council was founded by Martha Liao, a geneticist with a taste for classical music, a talent for serving Peking duck, and a

Hao Jiang Tian in the center of the cast of “I Sing Beijing,” which took place Feb. 16 in New York. Tian was artistic director of the event. Chris Lee, Asian Performing Arts Council

knack for making things happen. Opera, she believed, could offer a chance for genuine connections between China, the country of her heritage, and the U.S., where she lived. But it was difficult then for Asian opera singers to develop their talents. China was, in no small way, reeling from the effects of its Cultural Revolution when all things Western were officially reviled. Singers had little chance to even hear opera, let alone master it. So she began helping in small ways and over time assembled a board that was generous and handy at the same time. Nancy Elkind was an immigration attorney, restaurateur Johnny Hsu had good food and connections on both continents, Celeste Fleming was well-traveled, and all were wellconnected to Denver’s own movers and shakers. The group (then called Asian Performing Arts of Colorado, a name it still uses locally) put on its first Denver concert in 1986, featuring the teacher known internationally as Madame Zhou, director of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and four of her star students. It sold out. Since then — and as China has changed, dramatically opening up its cultural attitudes and embracing outside art — APAC has presented 50

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concerts in places in like Denver, New York, Hong Kong and cities in China. More than 300,000 people have attended. Among the group’s accomplishments was presenting composer Tan Dun’s “Water Passion” in 2005 and commissioning the opera “Poet Li Bai” by composer Guo Weinjing, which premiered five years ago. While the concerts have drawn crowds, board members say their real work has been assisting individual musicians in navigating a Western way of doing business. “Many of these people had no English, no sense of what Western culture is all about. They only ate with chopsticks, no knives and forks,” Liao said. “To succeed, you need to know the

language, you need to know the culture.” There have been lots of introductions, to teachers, hosts, benefactors (that’s where the Peking duck comes in), and plenty of little pushes, like getting singers standing room passes for Met performances. APAC assisted Guanqun Yu spiritually and financially. Most important, she said, when she was stranded in Parma, Italy, where she had made her way from her hometown of Yantai, to study with a voice teacher. She ended up broke and at a career dead-end. “I was despondent,” she said. “If you can imagine, a Chinese girl living in Italy with no money, it was impossible.” APAC banked on her talent, and she was soon in the U.S. training hard again. She’ll be back at The Met in the fall in a production of “Cosi Fan Tutte.” Still, it may be Hao Jiang Tian who is APAC’s biggest success story, and also a reason it remains strong. His story is the stuff of ChineseAmerican legend. As a youth in China, his parents were caught up in the Cultural Revolution and sent to work in a factory. Tian worked in a factory himself before entering a voice competition and winning a spot in the Central Music Conservatory.

He fell hard for opera, eventually making his way to New York with just $35 in his pocket. Right away, he spent $8 for a standing-room ticket to see Luciano Pavarotti at The Met. Ten years later, he shared the stage with the legend in a production of “Lombardi.” In between was his schooling at the University of Denver, where he won a scholarship. Local opera fans lent a hand. “I really started from zero in Denver,” he said. “So many people helped me.” In a twist to the story Tian and Liao are now married. In between Tian’s singing engagements around the globe, they shepherd APAC’s efforts, including “I Sing Beijing.” Tian heads the bill Saturday night, but the concert has a wide-ranging program of both singers and players who will celebrate APAC’s past. As for its future, that’s full of promise. Tian is working hard to produce a new opera, in Mandarin, being written by a Chinese composer. “It would be sung by an all-Western cast, in Chinese,” he said. “It would be amazing.” Ray Mark Rinaldi: 303-954-1540, rrinaldi@denverpost.com or twitter.com/rayrinaldi


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Jazz by Brett Saunders, Special to The Denver Post

Big month for unique acts

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few unique and pioneering acts are coming to the Front Range in March. One of the most accomplished saxophonists in jazz history will be stopping by Dazzle for a couple of nights; a beguiling vocalist will perform a solo show in Boulder; and one of the smartest contemporary collectives going will perform in Lone Tree. I’m looking forward to the eclecticism of it all.

Set List: Mark Diamond hosts jazz and blues jams on Sunday nights at the Boulder Outlook Hotel ‌ Freddy Rodriguez plays at El Chapultepec on Wednesday and Thursday ‌ the Queen City Jazz Band plays at the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden on Saturday ‌ trumpeter Brad Goode celebrates the release of his “Chicago Redâ€? CD at Dazzle on March 22.

Meredith Monk — Wednesday, Boulder Theater: You might wonder if

singer and composer Monk falls under the jazz banner. She arrived at her wildly original and soaring style from a variety of influences, including the criminally under-acknowledged Mildred Bailey. Over the course of her career she has collaborated with a number of noted improvisers, and has had a long association with the jazz-identified ECM label. Her singing is mesmerizing, and she utilizes the full range of her voice. Monk is capable of achieving otherworldly heights with just a microphone, and this Colorado appearance, co-sponsored by Naropa University, is an event to be savored. (Wednesday, 8 p.m, $20-$40. bouldertheater.com.) Lee Konitz Trio — March 23-24, Dazzle Jazz: The 85-

year-old saxophonist is mythic in part because of where he was: on Miles Davis’ “Birth Of The Cool� sessions; on the alltoo-few recordings with early piano explorer Lennie Tristano, which are considered by some to be the first “free jazz� excursions; as part of Stan Kenton’s band at its zenith, and more. But Konitz isn’t just great by association — he remains one of the most inspired and fearless alto players ever. Dig out a vinyl copy of his 1961 LP “Motion� (OK, it’s also on Spotify)

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There aren’t enough of these medium-sized bands working and fleshing out the possibilities of harmony and assembled excitement, so the SF Jazz Collective is special. (March 26, 7:30 p.m., $36-48. lonetreeartscenter.org.)

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Avant-garde composer and performer Meredith Monk will be at the Boulder Theater on Wednesday and Naropa through March 17. Jesse Frohman, Naropa University and take in his inventiveness and unmistakably wispy tone. He had and has few peers. For his Dazzle appearances, Konitz is bringing along bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller. The saxophonist has worked with numerous collaborators, but his most expressive music usually flows from the trio format. Who knows the next time he will come our way? (March 23, 7 and 9 p.m.; March 24, 6 and 8 p.m. $25. dazzlejazz.com.) The SF Jazz Collective — March 26, Lone Tree Arts Center: The SF stands for San

Francisco, and these represen-

tatives of the San Francisco Jazz Festival tour to spread the good vibes of a given jazz composer from tour to tour. This time they are tackling the knotty compositions of Chick Corea, and yes, the vibraphonist with the band is a good one. It will be worth hearing the band live just for Stefon Harris on the vibes, whose virtuosity and searching nature make him the Bobby Hutcherson of his generation. The rest of the band is stellar, too, and includes saxophonists Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez, trombonist Robin Eubanks and trumpeter Avishai Cohen.

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NASA file

The invention that lit up America

By Marcia Bartusiak The Washington Post

Wireless Internet, hybrid cars, smartphones, high-speed rail, video streaming. We imagine ourselves at the apex of a technological revolution. But nothing at present can compare to the societal upheavals experienced by those at the end of the 19th century. Today we largely undergo variations on a theme — faster, easier, cheaper. Those in the Gilded Age, however, witnessed mind-bending changes in communication, infrastructure, transportation and entertainment hardly imagined beforehand. Buildings soared into the sky, people talked over wires, and steamengine trains linked a nation. “Men and women of the nineteenth century were the first to live in a world shaped by perpetual invention,” writes Ernest Freeberg, professor of humanities at the University of Tennessee, in “The Age of Edison.” And if there is one person who stands out as a chief architect in that transformative era, it is Thomas Edison. Edison is renowned for his wide range of inventions, from the stock ticker and phonograph to the motion picture camera. But to Freeberg, Edison’s greatest legacy was his

HISTORY: TECHNOLOGY

The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America by Ernest Freeberg (Penguin)

contribution to incandescent lighting. He sees this as a linchpin to America’s rise in entrepreneurship. We now take the availability of electric light, both public and private, for granted. Flip a switch and our way is instantly illuminated. But back then, Freeberg writes, people were just realizing that “the light was creating them — changing their relationship to the natural world, shaping the rhythm of their days, and transforming their culture.” EDISON » 9E

Hitting the Shelves

Regional Nonfiction by Sandra Dallas

Fiction A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki. A woman finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on shore in the Northwest. A teenage girl sits in a cafe in Tokyo contemplating suicide. How are these two people connected?

Custer Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster) The story of Custer and the Little Bighorn has been written about in hundreds of books, but it’s unlikely anybody ever told it the way Larry McMurtry does. He makes no effort to be objective. In McMurtry’s view, George Armstrong Custer was an arrogant bungler who deserved to lose the battle. He “did not expect to find so many Indians,” McMurtry says. The significance of the Battle of the Little Bighorn does not stem from body count, he writes. The Little Bighorn is important because it was the last big hurrah of the Indians. From that battle, it was all downhill, as the Indians and their land were overcome by whites. The Custer legend was brought about by a combination of the press, a public addicted to dime-novel history and the general’s determined wife, Libbie, who outlived most of her husband’s detractors. This is a brief, colorful look at the most famous battle in the American West, is written in pop style by an entertaining author. It also has great illustrations. It is not likely to be considered one of the great Custer histories.

High Country Summers: The Early Second Homes of Colorado, 1880-1940 Melanie Shellenbarger (University of Arizona) Almost from the time gold was discovered here, Colorado was promoted as a tourist destination. Many of those who came to enjoy the mountains stayed — at least for the summer. “High Country Summers” tells about the vacationers, often from the East, who built summer retreats in the state. Many of those visitors preferred simple cabins. Newspaper editor William Allen White built a rustic complex with an outhouse. But others constructed lavish mountain homes. F.O. Stanley, whose Stanley Hotel is an Estes Park landmark, built a house with Palladian windows that resembled his mansion in the East. Many homeowners were among the nation’s wealthiest men, including A.A. Hyde, the inventor of Mentholatum. They liked to think they were roughing it, although they included plenty of creature comforts in their homes. The wife of Colorado Gov. William Sweet refused to have an electric refrigerator, insisting on an ordinary icebox. But she kept a cook and chauffeur at the Sweets’ Estes Park retreat. Then there was Genevieve Chandler Phipps’ 10,000-foot Greystone, near Evergreen. It had eight fireplaces, but the architect forgot to include a servants’ staircase.

Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave W.C. Jameson (Taylor Trade Publishing) This seems to be a time for debunking myths. It’s commonly accepted that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in a shootout in Bolivia. Now writer W.C. Jameson presents a case that Cassidy may not even have been in that infamous gunbattle and that he died in the 1930s in Seattle. Cassidy’s sister, Lula Parker Beteneson, wrote a book about her brother in which she claimed the outlaw did indeed survive South America and returned to the U.S., where he lived a quiet life. Jameson cites several first-hand accounts in which friends told of meeting up with Cassidy long after the Bolivia gunfight, and presents a long list of reasons underscoring his contention. The conundrum has intrigued historians as much as the question of whether Billy the Kid really was really gunned down by Pat Garrett. Many believe he wasn’t and that the Kid lived to be an old man. Jameson is one of them and in fact, wrote another book identifying an old rancher as that outlaw. Both Jameson and his opponents present a good many facts to support their positions. But until there is definitive proof, nobody knows for sure the fate of one of the West’s most famous outlaws.

The Liars’ Gospel, by Naomi Alderman. A seemingly inconsequential Jewish preacher wanders first-century Judea. Is he Jesus? Is he a prophet? The author reimagines the young man’s life. Honor, by Elif Shafak. An honor killing in 1970s London tears a Turkish immigrant family apart. Will the remaining family members survive?

Memoir Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala. The author lost her parents, husband, and two sons in the 2004 tsunami, but she survived. Her crystal-clear writing recalls the events and her subsequent journey out of grief.

My Name is Jody Williams, by Jody Williams. The Nobel Peace Prize winner details her life, from her childhood in Vermont to her anti-landmine activism.

Here and Now, by Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee. Two of the premiere writers in the world struck up a correspondence in 2008. The result: a rollicking series of letters.

Ideas Frankenstein’s Cat, by Emily Anthes. How is biotechnology influencing the future of our furry companions? Will the pet of tomorrow be recognizable as a cat or dog? A journalist investigates.

The Bankers’ New Clothes, by Anat Admati & Martin Hellwig. The subtitle promises: “What’s wrong with banking and what to do about it.”

Math on Trial, by Leila Schneps & Coralie Colmez. Is math as clear-cut as it appears? Or can numbers be made to tell any story you want? This book’s subtitle: “How numbers get used and abused in the courtroom.”


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Uncovering the secret about a father’s untimely end By Tucker Shaw The Denver Post

It’s a tricky thing for a journalist to investigate his own family history and then write about it. Traps loom: Self-indulgence, clouded judgment, fear of offending someone you’ll have to share beers with at the next annual family reunion. Michael Hainey, deputy editor at GQ magazine, mostly avoids these traps in “After Visiting Friends,” his engrossing new book about his father’s puzzling, unexpected death at age 35. While careful not to muddy his methods or cloud his conclusions with emotional vapor, Hainey solves the mystery convincingly, but still makes the story immediate and personal and human. Hainey’s father Bob was an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times who died suddenly in 1970 when Hainey was just 6. But why? The details of the death were washed over by his family. Particulars were unspoken. Questions were waved away. In his 30s, Hainey decided to dig deeper, but wall after wall of secrecy and denial stymied his search for the truth. His mother — Bob’s widow — offered no real explanation, perhaps because she never

After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey (Scribner) really asked for one. The three Chicago newspapers that ran obituaries disagreed on the cause of death. Bob’s now-aging co-workers, citing a newsman’s code of silence, clammed up: “I don’t remember anything about that night,” was a repeated refrain. Restive Hainey was certain that his father didn’t, as the obituaries suggested, just collapse and die in the street in an unfamiliar part of town. He quickly uncovered a coverup — a deal made between Bob’s coworkers and the cops, brokered by Bob’s brother, to protect the young widow and her two sons from the potentially awful truth. But what was that truth? The explanation of what happened (no spoilers here) is short, easy to understand, and increasingly obvious as the book progresses. But what makes “After Visiting Friends” magnetic isn’t so

EDISON «FROM 8E “The Age of Edison” is not a detailed history of Edison’s role in the development of electric lighting but rather a grand overview of the invention’s sweeping repercussions on America’s very soul. Digging deeply into archives and old newspapers, Freeberg takes us on a captivating intellectual adventure that offers long-forgotten stories on the birth pangs of the electrical age that are amusing, surprising and tragic. It did not start with the incandescent bulb but rather with the carbon-arc, a harsh and intense light emitted as current leaps the gap between two carbon rods. This type of lighting was first used in large public spaces — train stations, department stores, factories. For a while in the 1880s, cities around America competed with one another to install the powerful arcs atop tall towers, bathing an entire town in a ghostly light at nighttime. But arc lights flickered and hummed, and were totally inappropriate for homes. For that setting, warmer and cozier incandescent light was the holy grail, the perfect replacement for smelly gaslight: no fumes, no flicker, no matches, no maintenance. Despite the legend, Edison did not “invent” the light bulb. Others, such as Joseph Swan in England, had been working on the concept for years. What Edison brought to the table was the vision of a complete system: not just a reliable bulb but a central power station that could distribute the electricity, powering the lights, to houses over many city blocks. He was the one who thought of the challenges of “safely burying his wires and delivering current at a reasonable cost across a wide area, with switches that allowed customers to turn

way that makes them sound sexy when maybe they really weren’t. Were journalists as consistently drunk as Hainey suggests they were? Did reporters really steal photos of the recently deceased from grieving families and print them without permission? Were newshounds and cops so cozy that they’d conspire to keep details about a suspicious death under wraps? These characterizations aren’t sexy. They’re troubling. Police departments and newspapers are supposed to deal in the truth. When Hainey swims delicately in the troubled pool of his family’s relationships, he reveals himself as a lucid and economical writer. He doesn’t weave intricacies into his prose, he just lays bare crystalline moments like this one, when he asks his mother about her one-time circle of friends:

NONFICTION: FAMILY SECRETS

Thomas Edison holds the “Edison Effect” bulb on which all the science of modern electronics is said to be based today. J. Walter Thompson, Historical Collection

their lamps on and off without disrupting the entire system,” Freeberg notes. Edison and his lab crew in Menlo Park, N.J., knew it would be a huge enterprise, and he was its greatest salesman. By 1885 more than 600 companies were vying for business across the United States. City skies were thick with overhead high-tension wires. Electrical accidents were rampant. In New York a telegraph lineman died instantly upon touching a live wire, but his body remained trapped in the wiry labyrinth. “As comrades struggled to free his corpse,” Freeberg writes, “thousands of New Yorkers gazed up, watching flames shoot from the lineman’s mouth and nostrils and roast his hands and feet.” Genuine fear led to government regulation and safety laws, as well as fierce debates over public versus private ownership that still resonate today. But the genie was out of the bottle. Here was the start of 24/7. With better illumination, both at night and indoors, came a quicker pace of

Barbara Hainey and GQ deputy editor and author Michael Hainey. Neilson Barnard, Getty Images North America much the mystery of Bob’s death as Hainey’s rendering of 1970 Chicago, and the convergence of newspaper, police and political cultures. This was Mayor Daley’s town, still reeling from the violent pro-

life. Factories could produce round the clock, and nightlife flourished. Migration from rural outposts to urban cities accelerated, not just because of jobs but also due to the expanding range of evening entertainments — “fancy balls that began at midnight, ball games and amusement parks, luxurious hotels and boulevards blazing with light all night long ... long after farmers and country villagers had gone to bed.” It was at this moment that America was first recognized as a leader in technological innovation, aided by public education for all citizens, generous patent laws that rewarded engineering improvements, and employment shortages that encouraged the search for labor-saving devices. Although the gap between rich and poor widened at the turn of the 20th century, electric light gradually became available to all. By 1930, 70 percent of America was wired. For the first time in history, a well-lighted house was not the sole privilege of the wealthy. Family ties loosened as parents and siblings ventured beyond the hearth at night for individual pursuits. Edison himself never imagined the many fields that would experience vast advances with better lighting: photography, deep-sea exploring, microscopic investigations, medical surgery. Taming the glaring light inspired artists to fashion sculpted lamps, shades and lampposts. And universities began offering degrees in electrical engineering, a vital step that fueled the current high-tech revolutions we enjoy now. And it all started so simply, as Freeberg so engagingly puts it, with “a glass globe shaped like a dropping tear, enclosing a slender horseshoe of glowing carbon.” More than a century later that bulb, even though now fluorescent or LED, still remains the classic icon for new and creative ideas.

tests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The newspaper business was vital, dirty, cutthroat. Corruption pervaded. Hainey paints those days with a patina of nostalgia, in a

She is playing solitaire at the kitchen table. The shuffle, the cut, the deal to herself. “Married women don’t like single women,” she says. “If one appears in the group, they cast her out. That’s when I saw that I was alone.” She looks back at her cards. 1, 2, 3. No match

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