TODAY: Maya Angelou Dead, JeffCo Approves New Superintendent, Cash Left in Public

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DENVER — Here are your 10 Things to Know for Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

1. Maya Angelou dies at 86

Renowned author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died in North Carolina. She was 86.

2. JeffCo approves McMinimee as new superintendent

The Jefferson County Schools Board of Education voted to make Daniel McMinimee the next superintendent in a 3-2 vote, which came after several thousand parents, teachers and community members had signed a petition hoping to convince the board to change course.

3. Opening statements expected in trial of ex-officer

Jury selection continues and opening statements are expected in the trial of a former officer Sam Carter, who is accused of shooting and killing a trophy elk in Boulder County.

4. Search for missing men halted

The search for three missing men caught in a massive landslide in Mesa County was suspended because of unstable conditions at the site of the massive slide. The men are presumed dead.

5. Getaway driver in Grizzly Rose murder sentenced

Jennifer Lewis, 32, the getaway car driver in the 2008 murder of a security guard at the Grizzly Rose nightclub was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 48 years.

6. Landslide closes Loveland Pass

A landslide closed U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass and crews are working to get the road reopened. Hazardous materials vehicles must use the I-70 Eisenhower Tunnel at the top of each hour.

7. Google’s driverless car has no gas pedal or steering wheel

Google has revealed a prototype of its latest driverless car. It has no steering wheel or pedals, just a stop and go button.

8. Snowden: ‘I was trained as a spy’

In an interview to air Wednesday night, Edward Snowden says: “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word — in that I lived and worked undercover, overseas, pretending to work in a job that I’m not — and even being assigned a name that was not mine.”

9. Violin virtuosos kicked off flight, plays on tarmac

A man couldn’t convince a US Airways flight attendant his violin — valued at $250,000 — would fit in the overhead compartment, so he was kicked off the flight, then began playing the violin on the tarmac.

10. Anonymous philanthropist leaving cash in public places

An anonymous, wealthy California man is hiding up to $100 or so in public places in San Francisco and then posting clues on the money’s whereabouts through his Twitter page.

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