TODAY: Search of assault suspect, NSA spying, anti-bacterial soap, $1 billion lottery?
Here are your 10 Things to Know this Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013.
1. Denver police looking for man who assaulted woman
Police are looking for a man who assaulted and tried to rape a woman near Cheeseman Park. The victim was able to give police a description of the man and police released a composite sketch. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call Denver police.
2. Arapahoe High shooting victim still in coma
A 17-year-old girl who was shot at Arapahoe High School Friday remains in a coma. Community support for Clair Davis continues to build with nightly vigils. Meanwhile, the shooting suspect’s family released a statement saying they don’t know why their son Karl Pierson opened fire on his classmates. “As parents, we loved our son Karl dearly and we are devastated by what happened Friday,” they said.
3. Teen wrote good-by message on wrist
Matt Bowers, an aspiring graphic designer, posted the details of the shooting at Arapahoe High School in his personal blog. The post was an effort to begin processing the terrible and traumatic set of events that day, he said. It included a photo of a note Bowers scribbled on his hand — a message to his family should he be killed during the shooting.
4. Security experts believe schools should do more to be ready for shootings
A Colorado security expert believes schools across the country should be doing more to prepare for “active shooter scenarios.” Jimmy Graham, who spent 15 years as a Navy Seal, now trains schools, government agencies and others in emergency response. Although school districts have beefed up security post-Columbine, Graham thinks more comprehensive response plans involving students, faculty and staff at schools are needed.
5. Mom whose child drowned while she was on phone to be sentenced
A Thornton mother who pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting death will be sentenced Tuesday. Kayla Barnett was arrested after he 4-year-old son drowned in a swimming pool in June. Police said he could not swim and was not wearing a life vest.
6. Democrats hopeful budget will have enough votes
The budget deal struck by Republican and Democratic lawmakers that easily passed the House of Representatives last week has run into some opposition in the Senate. But according to CNN’s vote count, the deal appears to be nearing passage.
7. Mega Millions jackpot surges to $586 million
Ticket sales are pushing the jackpot toward a record. It could pass the $1 billion mark by Christmas Eve should no one win on Tuesday’s drawing.
8. President Obama to meet about NSA spying
Yesterday, a federal judge added another word to describe the NSA’s spying: Unconstitutional. Today, President Obama will meet with a group of tech company executives to discuss the issue.
9. FDA criticizes anti-bacterial soap
Are all those new fancy hand soaps and body washes that have been popping up better than regular soap? Makers of those products will now have to prove it, the Food and Drug Administration says. Manufacturers of some antibacterial soaps will now have to prove their products are safe for long-term use.
10. Denver Bronco Wesley Woodyard to kickoff donation drive
Denver Bronco Wesley Woodyard will help kickoff Goodwill’s end-of-year donation drive Tuesday. Woodyard will be at the Broadway store in Denver at 11 a.m. to accept donations and take photos with fans.