Hundreds in Denver neighborhood on day five without natural gas

Tray Ling

Of the 700 homes impacted, Xcel Energy said gas has been restored to more than 200. Xcel hopes to restore gas to everyone by Sunday night.

DENVER — Rock blocks are at almost every corner this Sunday in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood as crews continue to fix gas pipes for the fifth day in a row.

A spokesperson for Xcel said the main gas line was damaged during a non-Xcel Energy project, and water seeped into the pipes. Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Senior Director of State Affairs and Community Relations for Xcel Energy, said the project takes several days to complete because

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Dear Annie: Sibling hurt by brother’s lack of hospitality

Tray Ling

Dear Annie: My aunt relocated to Florida from Illinois with her husband. When her sisters would come for a visit, she would make a “Whoopee List.” It was a list of things to do with them while they were there, such as going to Disney World and other neat things!

Yes, we now live in a world that has changed greatly, but I try to remember to treat our guests like royalty, as my aunt did. I believe having good hospitality is even biblically based.

I’m the youngest of five. When I went to visit a couple of my brothers,

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Parent, teacher concerns grow as Oklahoma schools reopen in COVID surge

Tray Ling

Every time the school bus passed by 7-year-old Cole Sandlin’s house, he would break down in tears.

He missed school. He yearned for the bus. He missed all of it. After a year of frustrating virtual learning, Cole would have gone to summer school if he could, his mother Chantil Baldwin said.

Baldwin and her husband decided the mental and academic toll would be too great to keep Cole home another year, but as COVID-19 cases show an alarming rise, the family has grown worried about his safety in a school setting.

Without action by the governor, mask mandates are 

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Poor neighborhoods 9 degrees hotter than rich ones

Tray Ling

As Bay Area summers get warmer, low-income neighborhoods are taking the brunt of the swelter.

Take Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, where the median annual income is under $50,000. Without much shade or greenery, the asphalt roads and concrete driveways absorb the heat, and can push temperatures nine degrees hotter than Oakland’s Lakeshore neighborhood less than two-and-a-half miles away, according to an NPR analysis of temperature data from NASA.

In Lakeshore, which has a median annual income of $200,000, rows of trees shade the road and hug the houses. The watered grass, tall trees and blooming gardens all wick water vapor into

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Florida neighborhood offering $500 reward for information on deer found with arrow through neck

Tray Ling

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Neighbors in one Florida neighborhood want answers after finding multiple deer shot with arrows.

According to Nancy Bloch, members of the East Lake community in Pinellas County have put up a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot the deer.

Bloch, who shared photos of the deer with WFLA, said she contacted Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, too.

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