Today: Heat forces school closures; recall elections, ski sales kick off

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1. More than 50 area schools cancel Friday classes due to heat

More than 50 area schools have cancelled Friday due to unseasonably warm temperatures. All 50 schools in Larimer County’s Poudre School District are are closed, for starters, but schools in Denver, Lakewood and Fort Collins are also closed due to the heat. Click here for the full list.

2. Fan rushed to hospital after fall from escalator at Broncos game

A fan fell on an escalator during the Broncos game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Thursday night. Police say the fan, who fell from the second level, was conscious and talking when he was taken to the hospital, but he was reportedly in serious condition as of Friday morning. Police said the initial investigation showed this was an accident.

3. U.S. Justice Department will not block Colo. marijuana law

The Justice Department will not seek to block the implementation of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington as long as the industry abides by state regulations. However, the Justice Department did still leave many questions unanswered questions, and said it is expecting Colorado’s legislature to address them.

4. Voting in Giron recall will begin Friday

Voters in Senate District 3 will be able to start casting ballots in a recall election against Sen. Angela Giron starting Friday. Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz has decided to open an early voting center at his office on Friday after a Denver Judge settled the remaining questions over new rules for the looming recall elections in court.

5. Two synthetic marijuana batches landing users in Denver hospitals

The University of Colorado Hospital was warning marijuana users about two particular batches of synthetic marijuana on Thursday, after they said their hospital and others in the Denver Metro area have seen a spike in patients over the previous 24 hours. Later in the day, many other hospitals in the Denver metro area issued similar warnings.

6. Police locate teen suspect in murder of mother

Police located a teenage female wanted in connection with a south Aurora killing after spending most of Thursday searching for her. The suspect, 18-year-old Isabella Guzman, is thought to be connected to the killing of her mother.

7. Number of people driving in metro Denver declining

The number of people driving vehicles in metro Denver is on the decline. Experts cite a number of reasons, including the growing availability of public transportation, high cost of gas and other expenses involved with operating a vehicle and crowded streets.

8. Metro Denver police keeping close watch on drivers in school zones

For those who are still driving, you might want to start watching yourselves in school zones. Sheriff’s deputies, police and state troopers everywhere are keeping a closer watch on drivers in such areas, and will not shy away from handing you a $298 ticket if you’re caught speeding.

9. Ski sales abound around the state this weekend

Tent city is in full swing out front of Sports Authority’s annual Sniagrab sale, the largest ski and snowboard sale in the country. It kicks off Saturday, but many other massive ski and snowboard sales have already begun across the state. Christy Sport’s Powder Daze sale has some great deals on gear and passes, as does Colorado Ski and Golf’s Ski Rex sale.

10. U.S. may go it alone in Syria after British vote against military action

The United States may have to take action against Syria without the support of one of its staunchest allies, after British lawmakers voted down a proposal for military action. Get the latest about how close the U.S. is inching towards an attack.

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