O.J. Simpson will not be welcomed back by USC, says Trojans’ coach

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Being widely considered a double-murderer didn’t prevent O.J. Simpson from attending a 2002 practice for the football team at Southern California, the school for which he won a 1968 Heisman Trophy. But now that Simpson is soon to be a free man again, with his release from a Nevada prison set for October, he won’t be welcomed back by the Trojans. That’s according to USC Coach Clay Helton, who told reporters Thursday (via ESPN), “Right now with USC, what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, O.J. will not be a part of our functions. That’s been the statement.” Helton had been asked if Simpson might be invited back to watch the Trojans work out, much as …

Chuck Schumer on Republican John McCain: “I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly”

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday was singing the praises of the three Republicans who blocked the GOP’s “skinny repeal” health care legislation overnight Thursday, calling particular attention to U.S. Sen. John McCain, who cast the deciding vote killing the bill. “I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly, as well and as frequently as John McCain,” Schumer, a Democrat, said of the Arizona Republican. “The very same courage he showed as a naval aviator during Vietnam he showed last night and has shown time and time again.” .@SenSchumer on @SenatorCollins and @lisamurkowski: “They were amazing. Women are in so many instances stronger than men.” pic.twitter.com/jiXNl3ymMn — POLITICO (@politico) July 28, 2017 Related Articles …

Bear euthanized in Colorado campground after pouncing on tent, terrifying woman

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A bear was euthanized early Wednesday, a few hours after it pounced on a tent at the Aspen Acres Campground northwest of Rye, bruising and severely traumatizing a woman who had gone inside the shelter to eat dinner because it was raining. The 350-pound bear did not bite or claw the woman and it moved away when the woman’s friend approached the tent, but the bruin was a repeat offender, according to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman, whose name has not been released, was checked by emergency medical technicians, who determined she was not seriously injured, CPW spokesman Bill Vogrin said in the news release. When the bear …

Ezekiel Elliott case shows limits NFL faces in probing abuse claims

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Last August, NFL Director of Investigations Kia Roberts emailed a top city official in Columbus, Ohio, where police were investigating allegations Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott assaulted a woman. Roberts mentioned her background as a former homicide prosecutor in Brooklyn, explained she was also looking into the allegations for the NFL and asked to speak about the police investigation. The Columbus official replied, via email, that he’d let her know when the investigation was over. Last November – weeks after Columbus prosecutors decided not to charge Elliott and publicly released a cache of documents from the case – Roberts emailed a prosecutor and asked for some of his personal investigative notes. He declined to turn them over. A month …

Red-light cameras might return to some Colorado Springs intersections

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Red light cameras watched Colorado Springs’ intersections for less than a year before then-Mayor Steve Bach pulled the plug on the program. But with recent changes to the technology, police say the devices might deserve another shot. Mayor John Suthers recently gave police chief Pete Carey the green light to see if reintroducing the cameras might help the department curb traffic violations and address staffing shortages at the same time. “We’re looking at the different technologies that are out there,” police Lt. Howard Black said. “The biggest piece of change is that there’s no longer that big flash that occurs if you hit that intersection and you’re in violation. That’s all gone.” Newer cameras use lasers instead of lights, he …

DA clears Larimer County deputy in June 30 officer-involved shooting

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A Larimer County Sheriff’s deputy has been cleared for his role in the June 30 shooting death of a suspect between Loveland and Fort Collins. Details of the June 30 incident near Carpenter Road and Timberline Road, as well as the previous encounters law enforcement officers had with the victim, 23-year-old Chet Knuppel, were released by Larimer County district attorney Cliff Riedel in an eight-page ruling Thursday. According to the report, Knuppel died from a single gunshot fired by Larimer County Sheriff’s deputy Derek Signorelli, who was using an AR-15 rifle at a distance of about 25 yards. Knuppel was the third suspect killed by Larimer County law enforcement officers this year. Riedel’s report outlines the chaos that led to …

John Boyega on his brutal new film “Detroit,” and Disney’s Star Wars machine

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Whether playing a wide-eyed Stormtrooper going AWOL in “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” or a South London teen battling aliens in “Attack the Block,” John Boyega has swiftly carved a niche for himself as a kinetic, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him performer. But there’s more to Boyega than rebooted franchises and edgy sci-fi, as the 25-year-old British actor has shown in TV series like “24: Live Another Day.” For his latest project, director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega portrays security guard Melvin Dismukes, who played a central role during 1967’s 12th Street Riot. Specifically, Dismukes became entangled in events at the Algiers Motel in which three black men were murdered and nine others brutalized during a chaotic, racially motivated interrogation by white …

National Chicken Wing Day is every day in our hearts (but actually Saturday)

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We may consume chicken wings, but really, they consume us — our thoughts, the space in our stomachs, our hearts. Thank goodness there’s a day devoted to them. National Chicken Wing Day is Saturday, July 29. Below, some choice spots to wing it. Fire on the Mountain – Where better to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day than at a restaurant whose sauce won first place at the National Buffalo Wing Festival? (Note to self: Plan vacation around National Buffalo Wing Festival next year.) Also please note that the last four digits of its phone number spell ‘WING.’ 3801 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, 303-480-9464; fotmdenver.com Wing Hut – The only downside of Wing Hut is that there might be too many …

Half-off treats for National Cheesecake Day and other cheap things to do around Denver, July 28-Aug. 3

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Say, “Cheese!” For National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering 50 percent off any cheesecake slice on July 30 and 31. The restaurant sells more than 30 flavors. The newest addition: Celebration Cheesecake, made of layers of vanilla cake and cheesecake, as well as strawberry, chocolate and vanilla mousse — all topped with cream cheese frosting. The sweet deal is limited to one slice per guest for dine-in only. There are four locations in Colorado: Denver, Boulder and two in Littleton. thecheesecakefactory.com Inside scoop End July in a cool way, with this end-of-the-month promo from Baskin-Robbins. The ice cream shop continues its year-long Celebrate 31 special on July 31. A single scoop of ice cream in a cup or …

Woman accused of killing Kim Jong Un’s half-brother had “no guilty intention”

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SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — A chemist’s report that shows the banned VX nerve agent was used to kill the half brother of North Korea’s leader needs further scrutiny, a lawyer for one of the two women accused of poisoning the man said Friday as he examined evidence ahead of a trial set for October. High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin set an Oct. 2 trial date for Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who are accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam’s face with banned VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13. He died about 20 minutes later. The women, who face a possible death penalty if convicted, say they were duped into …