If this Thanksgiving weekend with family has you thinking about making Colorado your permanent retirement stop, you’re in good company. The (usually) good weather and outdoor attractions here take on added allure if you happen to have Mile High grandkids, explaining why builders now see up to half of their market for age-50-plus homes coming from out-of-state. “There are a lot of people following their kids here; supply is still catching up with sales,” says Reggie Carveth, Colorado Division vice president of Toll Brothers, a major national builder of age-targeted homes, including 100 sold this year at Inspiration near Parker. Carveth and other builders see demand for ranch-type single-level living as a kind of perfect storm: Colorado’s own population heading into their age-50-plus years, exactly as a wave of migrants arrives to be close to kids that moved here five or 10 years ago. Denver now ranks as the No. 6 best retirement destination in the entire nation, … [Read more...] about A rush on ranches: Colorado’s attractions makes it a popular retirement target, but the sooner you start looking, the better
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IRKUTSK, Russia—It was a bitter, freezing day here in the hard-working city at the heart of Siberia, more than 3,000 miles east of Moscow. A 39-year-old woman and her 42-year-old husband were waiting for an appointment by the door of a psychologist’s office at the Irkutsk AIDS Center. They both had their woolen hats on, as if they popped in to see their doctor for just a few minutes. Their faces were sad; the flesh on their cheeks sagging. The husband sobbed. His eyes were moist with tears. The center’s doctors recommended the couple begin HIV therapy as soon as possible. But the idea of taking pills for the rest of their lives, twice a day, without missing the scheduled time, frightened them. Both still cherished a tiny hope that AIDS did not exist, that their virus was just a fake story, made up by some American pharmaceutical magnates—an opinion easily found and distributed in Russian internet blogs and in local media for years. “This process of … [Read more...] about Fake News Helped Spread HIV/AIDS in Russia. Has It Stopped?
ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 6 Oklahoma has done all it can, winning a fifth Big 12 title in a row with another close win over No. 8 Baylor. Now the Sooners wait to see if they are going to get back in the College Football Playoff. That is up to the selection committee. “I hope they see the Big 12 champions. They’ve got a job to do, I get that,“ coach Lincoln Riley said after Oklahoma’s 30-23 overtime win Saturday. “We’ve had a job to do as a team, which was continuing to improve through the year, trust the things that we could and ultimately win the Big 12 championship,” he said. “We’ve done that.” Rhamondre Stevenson had a 5-yard touchdown run in overtime, and then freshman Jacob Zeno — whose two long passes in the fourth quarter helped tie the score — was under constant pressure when the Bears got their last chance. A day after No. 5 Utah lost in the Pac-12 championship game, and before No. 4 Georgia took on … [Read more...] about After OT win over Baylor, Oklahoma waits to hear about College Football Playoff
Fiction 1. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci. When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer. 2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect. 3. The Guardians by John Grisham. Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case. 4. Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich. The 26th book in the “Stephanie Plum” series. A New Jersey gangster’s associates go after a bounty hunter’s widowed grandmother. 5. Blue Moon by Lee Child. Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. 6. Tom Clancy: Code of Honor by Marc Cameron. President Jack Ryan learns of a plot against America when he tries to help an old friend who has been arrested … [Read more...] about Bestsellers: Dec. 8
WACO, Texas (AP) — During his 26 years in prison, Richard Bryan Kussmaul heard scraps of news from the world he left behind: the death of his brother from cancer, followed by the deaths of his parents and the incarceration of his son. Meanwhile, he sewed prison clothes and found a faith that would sustain him through the battle of his life: proving he was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and double murder. When he was released on bond this spring after winning a new trial based on DNA evidence, he walked into an unfamiliar world of smartphones and new fast-food joints, owning nothing more than a shirt and a pair of pants. Now he has found a job, moved in with his disabled sister in Moody and rekindled his relationship with his son’s mother. But his battle continues as he tries to remove the last lingering doubts about his innocence, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the capital murder charge against … [Read more...] about Capital murder defendant wants declaration of innocence