Today: Aurora flooding, Broncos win, Prep star gives up football to serve vets
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Metro area residents waking up to flooding
After a night that included flash flood warnings for parts of Denver, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, several metro area residents woke up to flooding Friday morning. It was particularly bad in several areas around Aurora, especially one park that was heavily flooded at the corner of Alameda and Havana. The forecast for Friday and the coming weekend is expected to contain less moisture.
6-year-old Colorado girl in national spotlight over medical marijuana
Six-year-old Charlotte Figi suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. Early on in her young life, she had about 300 seizures a week. After countless emergency room visits, trips to specialists and children’s hospitals, and more than a dozen pharmaceuticals, nothing worked. A year-and-a-half ago, her mom tried cannabis oil. It worked immediately, and now Charlotte is on a national platform as the debate over medical marijuana rages on.
Retired CSU professor makes it halfway in English Channel swim
Retired Colorado State University professor George Thornton was on his way home Friday after spending about 9 hours in the water Thursday. Ultimately, he was forced to give up on an attempt to become the oldest man to swim the English Channel. Thornton’s son Charles wrote a brief blog post shortly after the attempt: “Abandoned. Hypothermia.”
Broncos win 1st preseason game, 10-6 over San Francisco
While the Broncos couldn’t manage any offensive touchdowns in their first preseason contest of the year, they were still able to log their first win, beating the San Francisco 49ers 10-6 on the road Thursday night. On Friday morning, many were buzzing about the performance of backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, one of our five players to watch, as he completed 13 of 18 passes for 105 yards.
Colorado man’s fatal West Nile infection likely came from blood transfusion
A Colorado man who died of West Nile virus last year was likely infected through a blood transfusion. Eighteen days prior to showing symptoms, the patient received a blood transfusion that health officials now believe contained West Nile. Find out why a doctor at Bonfils Blood Center called it “an unfortunate perfect storm.”
Man allegedly kills wife; posts confession, photo of body on Facebook
A Florida man confessed to something sinister Thursday. He said he killed his wife. Derek Medina, 31, posted a picture of his wife’s blood-stained body — collapsed and contorted on the kitchen floor — to his Facebook feed with a note that contained a confession. He was arrested on first degree murder charges shortly thereafter.
Amber Alerts issued for California missing child inching closer to Colorado
Four states — California, Oregon, Washington and now Nevada — have issued Amber Alerts for a suspected child kidnapper. Authorities found the body of Christina Anderson in Joe DiMaggio’s San Diego-area home, and a second body likely to be her 8-year-old son, Ethan. The whereabouts of DiMaggio, 40, and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson remain unknown.
Special license plates help officials in Colorado, California avoid tickets
Many are outraged Friday morning after a report that alleges loopholes in Colorado laws designed to keep criminals from hunting down public employees are being used by local officials and their extended families as a way to avoid paying thousands of dollars in traffic and parking fines.
Autopsy of former Broncos QB reveals degenerative brain disorder
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disorder found in many former football players, was found to be a contributing cause in the death of former Broncos quarterback Cullen Finnerty back in May, according to an autopsy report released late on Thursday.
Denver man ditched football for military, now he’s helping injured vets
After a stellar prep football career at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Lacy McDonald was given a full-ride scholarship to Washington State University. Before setting foot on campus, tragedy struck the U.S. on September 11. McDonald opted out of his scholarship to fight for his country.
Three tours of duty later, McDonald is still putting others before himself, recently starting One Military United, a nonprofit organization that seeks to serve veterans and their families in their transition and recovery after returning from war. That’s why McDonald was our Feel Good Friday recipient this week.