TODAY: Deep freeze ends, Sedalia train derailment, Google’s pro-gay message
1. Deep freeze ends
Friday is the start of a warmer weather pattern thanks to winds coming in from a more southerly direction. Highs are in the low- to mid-30s throughout Metro Denver. Winter storm warnings are in effect for the mountains this weekend, as some areas could see 10 to 24 inches of snow.
2. Freight train derails in Sedalia, 17 cars off track
A train derailed in the small town of Sedalia Thursday. Seventeen cars went off the track, said officials. Crews worked around the clock through bitter cold temperatures to clean up the wreck. No injuries or spills were reported, but Highway 67, the main road into town, was closed during the cleanup.
3. Google makes bold statement about discrimination on homepage
The search engine sent a pro-LGBT message Thursday. Typically, the company integrates its brands color into its frequently changing logos. However, one day before opening ceremonies, it posted a rainbow Olympic-themed doodle. Underneath, Google quoted the Olympic Charter, which gives all athletes the right to practice sports.
4. Burglary victim catches suspects herself
A group of Denver burglars got caught when they tried to sell the stolen goods back to the woman they stole them from. Lacinda Robinson walked into her house Jan. 31 to find a smashed kitchen window and missing belongings. While that was shocking, Robinson was even more stunned when three men approached her in a McDonald’s parking lot, attempting to sell her the possessions they had taken from her home.
5. Viewers debate, is ‘Biggest Loser’ winner now too thin?
When Rachel Frederickson, 24, was crowned the winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser in Tuesday’s night finale, some questioned if she went too far. Viewers took to social media, sparking a huge debate about whether or not the winner looks unhealthy.
6. Suspected norovirus sickens 100 students in Broomfield
About 100 students were out of class at Legacy High School in Broomfield Wednesday, apparently stricken with the norovirus, the school district reported. Pat Hamilton, executive director of operations for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, said it has not been fully confirmed that the students have the norovirus, but officials are “pretty sure.”
7. Identity theft ring on crime spree from Parker to Boulder
Police said they are searching for suspects involved in an identity theft ring who are on a crime spree stretching from Parker to Boulder. The suspects have already hit 50 different law jurisdictions and stolen more than $100,000, said investigators.
8. Colorado lawmakers look to strengthen marijuana laws
Colorado lawmakers are taking another look at marijuana policy and legislation, hoping to tighten state laws in a few places to ensure that legal pot is only available to and consumed by people over the age of 21. Other gaps in marijuana law are also being addressed.
9. Bail hearing resumes for man accused of killing texting father in Fla. theater
Curtis Reeves, 71, could learn his fate Friday, some three and a half weeks after he allegedly shot a man dead inside a Florida movie theater. He has been charged with second-degree murder. The drama-filled, emotionally charged hearing started Wednesday.
10. All eyes on Russia as Opening Ceremony kicks off in Sochi
Ready or not, Russia kicks off the Opening Ceremony Friday, as the world turns its attention to Sochi for the costliest games in history. Spectators from all over the world will watch the lavish event and introduction of athletes, marking the official start of the Winter Olympics.