Content Tagged As 2009

4 years 2 weeks ago

Running toward recovery

Steve LaRocque, a Fort Carson soldier, has a reminder of what happened in September of 2009 every time he laces up his running shoes. LaRocque was shot in the knee while helping others who were injured during an ambush in Afghanistan; five people were shot that day, one person...

4 years 1 month ago

Distracted driving deaths fall in 2009

The government says the number of people killed in crashes connected to driver distraction fell last year but still remain an epidemic. The Transportation Department said Monday that 5,474 people were killed in 2009 in crashes reported to have involved distracted driving, a 6 percent decline from the more...

4 years 1 month ago

Suicide rate soars in Colorado

Suicides soared in Colorado in 2009, according to the Colorado Department of Health. The suicide rate is the highest in more than 20 years. Colorado annually has a suicide rate that is approximately 40 percent higher than the U.S. rate, according to Jarrod Hindman, program manager of the department's Office...

4 years 2 months ago

Worst unemployment report of the year released

New applications for unemployment insurance reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November, a sign that employers are likely cutting jobs again as the economy slows. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the...

4 years 4 months ago

2009 charitable giving falls in US

Even though a new report says charitable giving fell by 3.6 percent last year, some philanthropic experts are breathing a sigh of relief. They feared the decline would be much worse as Americans continued to struggle with the recession. The Giving USA Foundation says Americans donated almost $304 billion...

4 years 5 months ago

Top baby names in the USA

Jacob reigns, but Emma's out. The Social Security Administration said Friday that Jacob was the most popular name for boys born in 2009, the 11th straight year at the top. Emma's reign was much shorter, lasting just a year. The top girl's name is now Isabella. Religious themes...

4 years 7 months ago

Shark attacks plunge, recession cited

Shark attacks along U.S. coastal waters fell sharply in 2009, according to an annual report released Monday, and the scientist behind the data thinks the reason could have been the weak economy. "The big story is that the number of attacks in the United States dropped dramatically from 41...

4 years 8 months ago

US magazine circulation falls in 2009

Circulation for U.S. magazines slipped more than 2 percent in the second half of 2009. A new report also finds that single-copy sales, which are more lucrative for publishers, dropped more than 9 percent. With the weak economy still putting a damper on spending and with plenty of free...

4 years 9 months ago

Birds cleared in swine flu pandemic

Chickens injected with the 1918 and 2009 H1N1 swine flu virus strains showed no flu symptoms, nor did they have any tissue damage. The 1918 virus was also tried on ducks, which also stayed healthy. The study's authors was trying to determine if birds played any role in the...

4 years 9 months ago

Inspirations of '09

As we countdown the remaining hours of 2009, we wanted to take a look back at some of the year's most inspiring stories from Southern Colorado. We call them Positively Colorado, and you may just find them positively inspiring. The first happened just last week. Tracy Hermanstorfer was...

4 years 11 months ago

WATCH List: Worst Toys 2009

When Santa's making his list and checking it twice, he may want to check out another list. The people at World Against Toys Causing Harm , or WATCH , have released their list of the worst toys of 2009. The WATCH folks point to inconsistent age recommendations on packaging,...

4 years 11 months ago

Tracy receives new 3-year contract

The Colorado Rockies have rewarded manager Jim Tracy with a three-year contract. The Rockies announced the deal Wednesday, less than an hour after he won the NL Manager of the Year award. Tracy was promoted from bench coach in late May after Clint Hurdle was fired. The Rockies went 74-42...

4 years 11 months ago

Balloon Boy parents to plead guilty

The Fort Collins parents in last month's notorious "balloon boy" case will plead guilty to offenses for creating a hoax that their son had flown away in a large balloon. Richard and Mayumi Heene are to plead Friday morning in Larimer County Court, according to a statement issued by...

5 years 2 days ago

Libraries & schools team up to promote reading

Federal stimulus money is being spent in Colorado Springs to encourage students and their parents to read together. Harrison School District 2 has teamed up with the Pikes Peak Library District to create the Discover Your Library program. Students are encouraged to spend time getting to know their local libraries...

5 years 3 days ago

Anticipation growing for World Series

The 2009 World Series begins Wednesday night in New York as the Yankees entertain Philadelphia. The Phillies advanced last week by eliminating the L.A. Dodgers in a five-game NLCS. The Yankees qualified with their 5-2 victory last night over the Angels in Game 6 of the ALCS. The first two...

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