News for Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Reconstruction of Manning, Broncos going well

Since switching teams, Peyton Manning has made everyone around him better, from his teammates to his coaches, even the Denver Broncos' luxury suite sellers. "He's raised all boats," coach John Fox said. The biggest question in the NFL this season is whether Manning will be able to stay afloat himself after missing all of 2011 with a nerve injury that weakened his throwing arm, required four neck operations and led to his tearful departure from Indianapolis after 14 years. Manning, his surgeon, Dr. Robert Watkins, and the Broncos all believe he'll hold up just fine.

Colo. scientist wants funds for space exploration

Historically, U.S. space exploration has depended almost solely on NASA for funding, which left missions — and the researchers behind them — at the whim of the Congressional budgetary process. Boulder planetary scientist Alan Stern said he's tired of weathering the federal funding storm — the 2013 budget proposed by President Barack Obama would cut funding for planetary sciences by 20 percent — and he's guessing he's not alone. Stern is spearheading an effort to supplement government funding for space exploration, research and education with privately raised money through a new company dubbed Uwingu, which is Swahili for "sky." The plan is to sell "space-related products" — the exact nature of which have not yet been unveiled — and to use the proceeds to fund grants for space science.

Police kill gunman outside Empire State Building

Jeffrey Johnson hid behind a car in his business suit and tie near the Empire State Building, waiting for the man he blamed for costing him his job. He put a gun to the executive's head and fired five times, then walked off with his briefcase into the morning rush of midtown Manhattan. Minutes later, Johnson was dead in front of the landmark skyscraper, killed by police Friday in a chaotic confrontation that sent bullets ricocheting, wounded nine other people and left sidewalks near one of the world's best-known landmarks spattered with blood. Police released dramatic surveillance video that showed the confrontation lasted only a few seconds. Johnson was walking rapidly down the street trailed by two police officers when he stopped, wheeled around and pulled out a gun. About a dozen people ran for their lives, including two small children who were just feet away from Johnson. He pointed the gun at the officers, who quickly fired at him.

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Educational introduction

New teachers prepped for school year in Moffat County

With the start of a new school year, Moffat County School District is welcoming a group of new teachers to the area. Some of those teachers met with the Craig Daily Press this week for a short Q and A session:

Sports Briefs for August 25: Upcoming bowling league meetings next week

Meetings for the upcoming bowling seasons at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave., will all take place next week. The Tuesday Ladies Nite Out League will have its meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Call Eunice at 824-9764 with questions. The Men’s League meeting will take place 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Thunder Rolls. The Thursday Night Co-Ed Bowling League is set to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, while the Winter League, also co-ed, will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 31. For more information about the Thursday Night League, contact James Goodwin at 629-8937.

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Running wild

MCHS Football delivers against Coal Ridge in tuneup game

There was some concern about the new offensive and defensive scheme from Moffat County High School football players at the beginning of the summer. After Friday night’s scrimmage with Coal Ridge High School, all those negative thoughts were gone. MCHS controlled the scrimmage in every aspect of the game at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, scoring on its first three possessions and confusing Coal Ridge throughout. Additionally, the varsity defense did not surrender a point to the Titans.