Denver homeless find winter clothes lovingly hung on trees in Civic Center park

Nicole Uriona

A Denver woman and dozens of helpers repeated an annual ritual of hanging out winter clothes on trees in Civic Center park on Sunday, continuing her “Take This and Keep Warm” campaign to help the homeless despite a tragedy that almost caused her to quit.

When Nicole Uriona began the campaign three years ago, she was inspired by her father, Craig Uriona, who had been homeless for 13 years.

Bruce Finley, The Denver PostNicole Uriona

The idea was to help him and others on Denver’s streets as temperatures dip and public space shrinks. She used Facebook, soliciting donated clothing and rallying volunteers — there were 80 this time — and then draping items on tree branches. A name tag-sized note attached to each piece of clothing read: “I am not lost. If you find yourself stuck out in the cold, please take me and keep warm.” The volunteers this year also prepared packs of personal care items such as soap and toothpaste.

“I knew his struggle, how it was,” said Uriona, 33, a structural designer for a Denver engineering firm. “He was in a shelter when I started it.”

An estimated 300 Denver residents struggling to get by, most of them homeless, benefited on Sunday. Down coats went fastest, followed by the hygiene kits. Knit scarves and gloves also proved popular, even if the gloves didn’t match.

It was one of a growing number of small-scale aid efforts happening in Civic Center park, where Denver police say heroin use is rampant. Two officers patrolling the park Sunday checked an elderly man slumped against a tree trunk, aiming a small flashlight at his pupils, to make sure he didn’t need emergency attention. A park ranger also patrolled.

Church groups sometimes hand out food near the art museum and library, but Uriona said her effort is not part …read more

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Broncos Derek Wolfe shares pregame experience with Navy Chief brother-in-law “that will last forever.”

The losses are weighing on Derek Wolfe more than the 330-pound offensive tackles trying to put him on the ground.

The Broncos’ defensive end said he was “embarrassed and frustrated” following Sunday night’s 41-16 loss to the Patriots, Denver’s fifth straight.

But even as defeat pounded at his heart, Wolfe wasn’t about it to let it wash away the heartfelt moment he shared before the game with his brother-in-law, Brian Burrows, a 30-year-old chief in the U.S. Navy.

As the two men emerged from the tunnel before the game, they both paused, arched their chests toward the sky and let out Wolfe’s trademark howl.

It was an experience, Wolfe wrote in an Instagram post late Sunday night, “that will last forever.”

Sick and tired of losing, but on a positive note, I️ got to share an experience that will last…

— Derek Wolfe (@Derek_Wolfe95) November 13, 2017

“That was the best thing to come out of today,” Wolfe said in the Broncos’ locker room after the game. “It was great for him to be able to experience that feeling. We are talking about a guy who is a chief in the Navy, has done two tours in Iraq and has sacrificed time with his children and his family. He is an all-around great guy. He has been a great brother to me. He has treated me with love from day one.

“For me to give him that experience of running out of that tunnel, to see what it’s like to be in front of 70,000 fans, to howl with me and sprint through that tunnel — it’s big. I am really happy he got to experience that.”

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Sharks’ Ward explains game-winning goal vs. Kings: ‘I started playing soccer’

LOS ANGELES — Coach Pete DeBoer spent Sunday night shuffling up his top two lines, looking to give the Sharks anemic offense a spark. In the end, his bottom line propelled the team to victory.

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Barclay Goodrow called it: from the side boards, off Joel Ward’s left skate and into the Los Angeles Kings net to give the Sharks (10-6) a 2-1 win over their Pacific Division rivals at Staples Center.

“Oh yeah, of course,” Goodrow said, chuckling about the fortunate bounce the Sharks received on Ward’s game-winning goal at 12:50 of the third.

Wardo! And the Sharks take the lead. 2-1 with 7 mins left in the 3rd. #sjsharks

— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) November 13, 2017

“You know what? I started playing soccer the last couple of days,” Ward joked, reflecting on his third goal of the season. “I saw it coming in my direction. I knew Timo Meier was on the backside and I just tried to redirect it over to his area.”

The Sharks, who hold the NHL’s best goal-against average (2.25), knew they’d be in for a goaltender’s duel against Jonathan Quick and the Kings, who have the league’s second-ranked defense (2.41).

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Oftentimes, those type of games are decided by ugly goals.

“We’re not going to win 7-6 games very often,” said goalie Martin Jones, who made 26 saves in the win. “We don’t play a pretty style of game. We make it tough for other teams to play in our end. We’re physical, we get pucks deep and we grind in the ozone.

“Those are the types of games we need …read more

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Trump does not publicly rebuke Philippine President Duterte for drug war killings

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands.

All that went unmentioned in public by President Donald Trump when the leaders held talks Monday in the Philippines.

Reporters saw the beginning of the leaders’ bilateral meeting in during which Trump praised Duterte’s hospitality, the organization of the summit he was hosting and even Manila’s weather. Trump said nothing about human rights and both leaders ignored shouted questions about the violent drug crackdown. The two men also shared a laugh in the meeting when Duterte called reporters “spies.”

Later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the 40-minute meeting focused on ISIS, illegal drugs, and trade. Human rights, she added, briefly came up in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs. She did not say if Trump was critical of the violence.

Breaking with his presidential predecessors, Trump has largely abandoned publicly pressing foreign leaders on human rights, instead showing a willingness to embrace international strongmen for strategic gain. He has cozied up to autocrats such as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And earlier in this trip to Asia he made no mention of human rights during multiple appearances in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Trump seems very comfortable with strongmen. It’s not just that he won’t criticize Duterte. I wouldn’t be surprised if he patted him on the back,” said Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California, before the meeting.

Duterte’s war on drugs has alarmed human rights advocates around the world who say it has allowed police officers and vigilantes to ignore due process and …read more

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