Lone Tree repeals panhandling ordinance in wake of court protections for those bumming a nickel

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LONE TREE — This suburb 20 miles south of Denver has become the latest Colorado city to peel away laws targeting panhandlers, as a high-level court decision from 2015 continues to prompt municipalities to look anew at how they treat people asking for spare change at intersections and highway off-ramps. Lone Tree repealed its panhandling ordinance Tuesday night in a 4-0 vote by the City Council. “We can’t have an ordinance on our books that precludes people from asking, but we can have rules that prevent menacing or threatening behavior,” Mayor Jacqueline Millet said Tuesday. The city, an affluent community of 13,500 that sits at the crossroads of two of the metro area’s busiest highways, had taken a hard-line approach …

Your chances of getting a bigger raise or bonus in 2018 just went down

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Middle-class incomes are on the rise, corporate profit growth has been particularly strong and unemployment is low. But don’t expect all that good economic news to translate into a big bonus next year: Companies are actually projecting a decline in their budgets for bonuses in 2018, according to a survey released Monday. Human resources consultancy Aon Hewitt released its annual salary increase survey of more than 1,000 companies and found that spending on “variable pay” — merit pay and annual bonuses — is projected to decline to 12.5 percent of companies’ payroll budget in 2018, the lowest level since 2013. Raises to base salaries are also expected to be meager, with companies budgeting 3 percent for base pay increases, roughly …

Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh lead U.S. women to shutout victory over New Zealand

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CINCINNATI — Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women’s national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night. The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the team’s 2017 schedule. The U.S. defeated the Ferns 3-1 in the first game last Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado. Julie Ertz led the way with two goals. Two players from Colorado helped lead the U.S. to a shutout victory over New Zealand. Lindsey Horan got the Americans off to a nice start in the rematch, scoring on a header in the 36th minute after coming in for Rose Lavelle. Mallory Pugh made it 2-0 in …

Man shot by police during violent chase in Colorado Springs last year gets 27 years in prison

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The Gazette Christopher Lee Liles COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado man who was shot by police last fall after being suspected of breaking into a home in an attempt to steal the owner’s vehicle has been sentenced to 27 years in prison. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Christopher Lee Liles was sentenced on Tuesday to four years for aggravated motor vehicle theft and 27 years for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon specification, to be served concurrently. Seventeen other charges were dismissed, including burglary charges. Police were executing a search warrant related to a burglary investigation in September 2016 when their suspect, Liles, took off in a stolen vehicle. Liles led officers on a short chase, which ended …

Time for PGA Tour to add more sizzle to FedEx Cup finale

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ATLANTA — Dustin Johnson had a chance to win $10 million while sitting in front of a television. For all the drama the final day of the FedEx Cup can provide, it must have been just as entertaining inside the clubhouse at East Lake last year. Johnson was the No. 1 seed and had squandered his chances to win the Tour Championship with a 73 in the final round. He still could capture the FedEx Cup provided Rory McIlroy didn’t win. Just his luck, McIlroy holed a shot from the 16th fairway for eagle and got into a playoff when Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore both missed birdie putts on the last hole. And all Johnson could do was watch. …

“Stronger” spawns a friendship for Gyllenhaal and Bauman

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TORONTO — As the cast and makers of “Stronger” collectively rose to take a bow after the film’s Toronto International Film Festival premiere, Jake Gyllenhaal realized that Jeff Bauman, whom he plays in the film and who wears prosthetic legs, was still sitting, overwhelmed with emotion. “Jake was like, ‘Get up!’” Bauman said. “And I stood up.” “As soon as he got up, everyone else stood up,” Gyllenhaal said. “I realized: This movie just showed them everything he went through just for that moment. I’ve never had an experience like that making a movie.” “Stronger,” directed by David Gordon Green, is the kind of movie that holds as much drama off the screen as on it. The movie chronicles Bauman’s …

New adviser to Governor John Hickenlooper will focus on aging-related issues

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Colorado will soon have a senior adviser to the governor who is focused solely on issues related to aging. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday announced that he will use grant money to create the new position. The grant comes from the NextFifty Initiative, a nonprofit created from the proceeds of the sale of the senior-care company InnovAge. The grant provides $450,000 to fund the position over three years. Nearly one out of every five Coloradans will be over the age of 65 in 2040, according to the State Demography Office. In 2010, slightly more than one out of every 10 Coloradans was over 65. Related Articles September 19, 2017 Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, other governors oppose Graham-Cassidy health care plan …

Casa Bonita shopping center in Lakewood home to more than just cliff divers these days

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Its pink, fountain-fronted anchor is the same but much else has changed at the shopping center at the northeast corner of West Colfax Avenue and Pierce Street since 2014. That year Broad Street Realty bought the Lakewood shopping center that for more than 40 years has been home to entertainment icon Casa Bonita restaurant. At the time, the 190,000-square-foot center sported 30 percent vacancy, a pockmarked parking lot and a reputation for being a place you didn’t want to be at night. In three years since, the center has been renamed Lamar Station Plaza, building facades and the parking lot have been upgraded and the tenant list has grown longer and longer. Last week, Ross Dress for Less announced it …

“Rebel in the Rye” an all-too-conventional portrait of literary iconoclast J.D. Salinger

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One and one-half stars. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. It is ironic that films about trailblazing artists are so often filled with cliches. Reclusive author J.D. Salinger (1919-2010) famously forbade anyone from adapting his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye” for the big screen. Shane Salerno’s ridiculous 2013 documentary “Salinger” — based on Salerno’s even worse book — proved that Salinger was right to keep filmmakers away from him, and from a novel whose iconoclastic take on adolescent rebellion would become, paradoxically, iconic to the point of cliche. Based on Kenneth Slawenski’s 2010 book “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” the biopic “Rebel in the Rye” is a marginal improvement on Salerno’s documentary. But like that misguided film, writer-director Danny Strong’s feature …

Devils’ Brian Boyle diagnosed with cancer, expects to keep playing

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New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team’s doctor said can largely be treated with medication. Boyle has been away from the team during training camp while getting diagnosed. On a conference call Tuesday, Boyle said he hopes to start playing hockey again soon. “We have a good plan of attack here and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice and playing,” Boyle said. “When that happens I don’t know, but my mindset is Oct. 7.” Boyle, who played last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs and whose wife, Lauren, had a baby girl in May, said he felt mostly fatigued but …