Thursday, August 09, 2007

Regional beefs

Er, briefs.

  • A suspenseful lead from AP on the six Utah miners:
    If the six trapped miners are alive, they may be sitting in inky darkness, their headlamps having burned out. Wearing thin work clothes in the 58-degree cold, they could be chilled to the bone if water is seeping into their chamber 150 stories below ground. How much air they might have is anyone's guess.

    Today, more than three days after the thunderous cave-in, a drilling rig in the mountain above the Crandall Canyon mine closed in on the men, trying to bore a hole a mere 2 1/2 inches wide to bring them air and lower a two-way communications device and a tiny camera to check for signs of life.
    Everybody has the same story. And just by way of contrast. Oh, MIM!

  • The UNC reserve punter who stabbed his rival to get the starting job was convicted today:
    Mitch Cozad was convicted of second-degree assault in a knife attack on University of Northern Colorado punter Rafael Mendoza, but he was acquitted of a more severe charge of attempted first-degree murder.

    Prosecutors said Cozad stabbed Mendoza in a desperate bid to get the starting-punter job. The defense argued it was another student who attacked Mendoza.
    Mendooooooooozaaaa! Cozad's girlfriend initially lied to the cops to give him an alibi, but recanted.

  • Smarmarama: Peacejam nominated for Nobel Peace Prize:

    Arvada-based PeaceJam Foundation is a nominee for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, Gov. Bill Ritter announced this morning on the Capitol steps.

    Co-founders of the 11-year-old youth leadership program, Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, said they were flabbergasted by their nomination, made by six Nobel Peace Prize laureates from five countries.

    "We are incredibly humbled by all of this," Engle said. "We really are just two very average flawed people. We're from Detroit. We're the children of Detroit factory workers."

    Medium-sized barf bag, please.

    PeaceJam's mission is the creation of "a new generation of young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates."

    Suvanjieff said PeaceJam wanted to find great role models for young people because of the "Paris Hiltonization" of contemporary society and the abundance of really bad role models.

    The Drunkablog posted repeatedly on Peacejam's visit to Denver last year.

  • Cops caught a priest jogging nekkid in Frederick yesterday:

    The Archdiocese of Denver has placed a Frederick priest on administrative leave after it became public knowledge that he had been charged with indecent exposure for allegedly jogging in the nude.

    Whipkey, 53, the pastor for three Roman Catholic churches in Frederick, Mead and Erie, was stopped by Frederick police at 4:30 a.m. on June 22 for walking down the street naked. He told police he had been jogging at the Frederick High School track and was walking home.

    According to the police report, Whipkey told the officer, "I'm a heavy man, and wearing clothing while running makes me sweat profusely. I know what I did was wrong."


  • Glub glub:

    A group of 12-year-olds from Colorado hold a world record today after they became the youngest swimmers to cross the English Channel.

  • More than Ward Churchill's ever done for them:

    Wishing to build goodwill among American Indians and the broader Denver community, the Democratic National Convention Committee is helping Native American Bank increase its portfolio of small-business loans.

    The committee deposited $2 million into a zero-interest account at the Denver-based bank Wednesday morning and said it would leave the money there until late

    "It's very important to us that the convention is a team effort," said Leah Daughtry, the DNCC's chief executive, before handing over the check.

    The money is meant to bolster Native American Bank's efforts to build economic strength among American Indians, who the bank's officials contend are underserved by the traditional banking industry. About 85 percent of the bank's loans are extended to American Indians, officials said.

    The DNCC deposit is part of $16.3 million the Federal Election Commission gave to the DNCC this summer as part of the normal convention operations budgetary process. Federal rules preclude the committee from earning interest on the money.

  • White folks run screaming into streets: for the first time, Denver is majority minority:

    The U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday that Denver has crossed a cultural threshold: Sometime between 2005 and 2006, white non-Spanish/ Latino/Hispanic residents became a minority.

    Denver is the largest of eight counties nationwide to cross this line during that period, census officials said, based on population data collected over the past year that showed a continuing international influx.

  • Dumb kid? Blame it on Baby Einstein:

    Baby Einstein - the DVD and video line that turned its Centennial [CO] founder into a multimillionaire praised by President Bush - may hurt infants' language development, a study released this week has found.

    Led by Frederick Zimmerman and Dr. Dimitri Christakis, both at the University of Washington, the study's team found that for every hour per day that infants watched baby videos and DVDs from such companies as Baby Einstein and Brain Baby, they understood six to eight fewer words than infants who did not watch them.

    Jeez, pretty soon a kid would be back to not knowing any words at all. I'd rather have the Baby Eisenstein, anyway.

    And last, a light-hearted story to go out like Kent Brockman:

  • Tall horse in Denver or Arvada or somewhere (update: it's Fort Collins, and he's not there yet):

    Hay! You gotta hand it to this horse.

    Because when it comes to hands, Radar stands at 19 — plus 3 1/2 inches — which, of course, would convert his height to a mane hair over 79 inches tall.

    Read the whole thing. If you need me I'll be hanging from the shower rod. No, I'm not sure whose.

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