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DENVER — Here are your 10 Things to Know for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

1. Defendant in kidnapping case skips trial, now at large

A man on trial on charges of kidnapping, attempted sexual assault and third-degree assault failed to show up at his trial in Denver District Court, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

2. Plane that carries Ebola-infected nurse at DIA

The Ebola crisis is hitting home as the Frontier Airlines plane carrying a Texas nurse who was later diagnosed with the virus is in Denver.

3. Plane with malfunctioning landing gear makes emergency landing at DIA

A private airplane with a failure in its landing gear made a successful emergency landing at at Denver International Airport. The plane had a hydraulic failure in the landing gear that forced it to land with wheels up.

4. Arapahoe Basin wins race, will be first resort to open

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will be the first ski resort in Colorado to open to skiers and riders beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.

5. Neighbors question response firefighters to Boulder fire

Neighbors are criticizing firefighter response time to a Boulder fire that killed a little boy in a trailer. But Boulder Fire says nothing probably could have saved the little boy.

6. Denver Zoo campaign seeks crowdfunding for custom giraffe corral

The Denver Zoo is seeking crowdfunding for a custom-made padded corral that would allow zookeepers to comfortably confine giraffes while they undergo procedures.

7. Florida governor delays debate because of opponent’s fan

Florida Gov. Rick Scott refused to go onstage for the first seven minutes of a debate because his opponent had a fan. No, not a rowdy supporter in the audience. An actual electric fan.

8. Converse sues Wal-Mart, H&M over knockoff sneakers

Converse, the maker of the iconic “All Star” sneakers, is suing 31 retailers and manufacturers, including Wal-Mart and H&M, for selling copycat shoes.

9. New details released after boy, 10, confesses to killing 90-year-old woman

Tristen Kurilla, a 10-year-old fifth grader, confessed that he killed a 90-year-old woman after she yelled at him, part of new details emerging in the crime.

10. Diamond-encrusted smartphone can be yours for $250,000

With a price tag of $250,000, Savelli smartphones come complete with 18-carat white gold casing encrusted with precious diamonds.

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