Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Random round-up: Real estate, Comcast, Navy SEALS and more

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

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There's more news affecting our fair town than contained in just the local media reports. Here's what others are saying about developments in the city by the Peak.

Inman News: 'Denver market is hot, Colorado Springs warm'

Homes, especially lower-priced homes, are a hot commodity in the Denver area, which has forced their prices up. The military-dependent economy of the Colorado Springs, Colo., area makes a more stable, if precarious, market, say in-the-know real estate professionals in the two markets who shared their insights with Inman News.

PC Mag: 'Comcast, Verizon Expand 'Quad-Play' Deal'

Comcast customers in Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colo., Kansas City, Mo., Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Salt Lake City will now be able to combine their Internet, cable, phone, or mobile phone bills into one triple- or quad-play package. Comcast rolled out the service in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco back in January.

Pueblo Chieftain: 'Chostner: Springs must fix its own stormwater problems'

Pueblo County Commissioner Jeff Chostner wants to make sure Colorado Springs knows it is not Pueblo’s responsibility to help fund its neglected stormwater projects. The chairman of the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District made that crystal clear Friday.

Riverfront Times: 'Combat veterans fall prey to gambling addictions at an alarming rate. Where's the military when the chips are down?'

In 2007, having served with distinction during two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, U.S. Air Force firefighter John Brownfield Jr. took a job as a correctional officer at the maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colorado, 40 miles south of Colorado Springs. Ten months later prison officials caught the ex-senior airman smuggling tobacco to at least seven inmates at the facility and accepting at least $3,500 in payoffs.

USA Today: 'SEALs push U.S. Olympians to limit in their training'

The session starts genially enough, with a video presentation, some talk about becoming a Navy SEAL and a quick overview of the separating-men-from-boys "Hell Week" part of SEALs training.

Then the SEALs warn their audience, comprised mostly of U.S. sailing team members: "We're going to re-set your baseline today."

Within hours, some athletes are on the edge of hypothermia, some are crying, others are cursing like, well, sailors, and all are fully immersed in misery.

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