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No Charges for Man Who Drove Jeep Through Aurora Protest on I-225

Two months after a man drove his Jeep through a protest on Interstate 225 in Aurora, the district attorney of that jurisdiction just announced that the driver will not face charges.

“I don’t have that evidence here,” 18th Judicial District District Attorney George Brauchler said during a September 23 press conference as he discussed the incident and possible charges. “I just don’t see it.”

In announcing his decision, Brauchler delivered a presentation that included video footage, photos, statements and internal car data all related to what took place on the northbound lanes of I-225 on Saturday, July 25.

During that demonstration to honor the memory of Elijah McClain and protest federal law enforcement activities then taking place in Portland, protesters headed out onto I-225 and began ...

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Stocks fall on Wall Street as September churn continues

New York (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are falling Wednesday morning, as Wall Street’s tumultuous month continues to churn.

The S&P 500 was 0.6% lower after giving up an earlier gain, the latest erratic trading for a market dominated by several sudden turns of momentum recently. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 59 points, or 0.2%, to 27,228, as of 11:36 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was down 1%.

This week alone, a Monday swoon brought the S&P 500 near the edge of a 10% drop from its record high set on Sept. 2. It rebounded the following day to snap its first four-day slide since stocks were selling off in February, though momentum has been quick to shift even by the hour.

Nike jumped 9...

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Bobcat fire investigation includes Southern California Edison equipment

Federal officials are focusing on utility equipment around Cogswell Dam as part of their investigation into what sparked the massive Bobcat fire, according to paperwork filed with state utility regulators.

In an incident report filed with the California Public Utilities Commission last week, Southern California Edison indicated its grid experienced an issue near the area where the Bobcat fire started. The report was made after U.S. Forest Service investigators requested some of the utility’s equipment for inspection, the report states.

Ignition of the Bobcat fire was reported near the dam at 12:21 p.m. Sept. 6, the utility wrote in its filing.

Five minutes earlier, at 12:16 p.m...

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Time Magazine Puts Megan Thee Stallion at Red Rocks on Its Cover

Look at the cover of Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People of 2020,” and you’ll see Megan Thee Stallion standing in dirt in front of some weeds. But those aren’t just any weeds: The Houston rap sensation was photographed in front of Colorado’s most iconic venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The photo and the story’s accompanying video were shot when the rapper was in town early in September for a virtual performance sponsored by mobile-phone company Visible.

During this year of COVID-19, when most Red Rocks shows and music tours were canceled, the venue and the musician somehow made the cover of one of the world’s most prestigious magazine issues.

While it might be a shocker that Anthony Fauci or some other boring-looking figure fighting COVID-19 didn’t make the 2020 cover, Mega...

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Jaguars seek 5th straight prime-time win at home vs Dolphins

MIAMI (0-2) at JACKSONVILLE (1-1)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network

OPENING LINE – Pick-em

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Dolphins 1-1; Jaguars 2-0

SERIES RECORD – Jaguars lead 5-4

LAST MEETING – Jaguars beat Dolphins 17-7 on Dec. 23, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Florida

LAST WEEK – Dolphins lost to Bills 31-28; Jaguars lost at Titans 33-30

AP PRO32 RANKING – Dolphins No. 27; Jaguars No. 19

DOLPHINS OFFENSE – OVERALL (22), RUSH (27), PASS (17).

DOLPHINS DEFENSE – OVERALL (30), RUSH (29), PASS (26).

JAGUARS OFFENSE – OVERALL (20), RUSH (12), PASS (21).

JAGUARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (23), RUSH (10), PASS (30).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Six of the teams’ nine meetings have been decided by 10 points or more. … The Jaguars have won the last two. … Jacksonville (average age 25...

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Newsom orders 2035 phaseout of gas-powered vehicles, calls for fracking ban

Emphasizing that California must stay at the forefront of the fight against climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday issued an executive order to restrict new car sales in the state to only zero-emission vehicles by 2035 and threw his support behind a ban on the controversial use of hydraulic fracturing by oil companies.

Under Newsom’s order, the California Air Resources Board would implement the phase-out of new gas-powered cars and light trucks and also require medium and heavy-duty trucks to be zero-emission by 2045 where possible. California would be the first state in the nation to mandate 100% zero-emission vehicles, though 15 countries already have committed to phasing out gas-powered cars.

Newsom did not take executive action to ban the controversial oil extraction metho...

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Falcon Haptics Bridge the Chasm Between Metal and Nerd

Falcon: the perfect bird for metal. Knives on face and feet, all-seeing evil eyes. It’s a feathered, flying death machine that kills its prey without mercy. Haptics: The technology that makes your iPhone vibrate when you touch it. Not metal. Not metal at all.

A band called Falcon Haptics? Not exactly metal either, but the Denver outfit offers up eight tracks of space haze on its debut record, Run to the Sky. Once you hear it, you’ll say, “Yeah, the name fits,” but you won’t exactly know why.

“It’s so hard to name a band,” drummer Tyler Lindgren says. “Nowadays, I like to think of like 400 things and 399 of them are taken and the other one sucks. You have to get creative. Especially, in metal, like where it’s so blood drenched and all that stuff...

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Montenegro lawmakers return to forge new path after election

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s new parliament has convened for the first time since last month’s election, with lawmakers from formerly opposition groups set to form a new governing majority and oust from power a party that has ruled the Balkan country for some 30 years.

Although the pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists won most votes in the Aug. 30 vote, a coalition of three other parties together garnered a majority of 41 seats in the 81-member assembly. The coalition leaders said Wednesday they have agreed on who will be the new parliament speaker and the future prime minister.

There have been fears that the new government could push Montenegro off its pro-Western course because it includes parties advocating closer ties with traditional allies Serbia and Russia...

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Cal State gets its first chancellor of color: Fresno State president Joseph I. Castro

Joseph I. Castro, the grandson of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college student who rose during a career in higher education to lead Fresno State, has been named chancellor of the California State University system, trustees announced Wednesday.

Castro, 53, will be the first chancellor of color to lead CSU, the nation’s largest four-year system, serving 480,000 students, nearly two-thirds of whom identify as Latino, Asian American or Black.

He will succeed Timothy P. White, who is retiring after eight years on the job.

“There is no other institution that makes this great of an impact on the entire state — the CSU is key to a growing and thriving California,” Castro said in a statement. “I am truly grateful for and excited about this unique and wonderful opportunity...

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Colorado Ties to Facebook Lawsuit Over Kenosha Protest Murder

Denver-based attorney and Westword profile subject Jason Flores-Williams is behind a potential blockbuster lawsuit against Facebook related to the August 25 murder of Anthony Huber by alleged gunman Kyle Rittenhouse during protests over the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And while the complaint doesn’t deal directly with counter-protesters tied to violent militias in Denver, Flores-Williams says that some of the abuses that happened in Wisconsin have also taken place here — and he’s ready to take action against them, too.

“We’re monitoring everything to see what the militia’s next moves in Colorado will be in regard to trying to repress protests — and then we’ll file in Colorado,” he maintains. “It’s almost inevitable.”

The lead plaintiff in the suit, filed in the Eastern...

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