Colorado Springs Police Respond To Double Shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Springs Police are on scene of a shooting at North Academy Boulevard and Village Road South. Police spokesperson Lt. Howard Black confirmed that two people were hurt, but did not confirm the extent of injuries.

Police are calling it an “active scene,” but have not elaborated on whether or not a shooter is loose.

White Sox Rally Past Blue Jays Late After Losing Moncada, Garcia To Injury

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson singled in Leury Garcia with two outs in the ninth inning for his second game-ending hit in as many days, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6, on Monday night after losing top prospect Yoan Moncada to a right knee injury. Adam Engel sparked the winning rally with a one-out single against Roberto Osuna (3-2). Garcia then was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. After Tyler Saladino struck out swinging, Jose Abreu tied it at 6 with a single to right. Davidson followed with another base hit, and then was mobbed by his teammates as he ran around the infield. The White Sox trailed 6-1 before they scored four times in the eighth, capped by consecutive homers for Davidson and Yolmer Sanchez. Davidson also hit a game-ending, two-run homer in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Cleveland. Chris Beck (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, helped by right fielder Alen Hanson bringing in a foul popup tipped into the air by first baseman Abreu. Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Justin Smoak homered for Toronto, which lost for the third time in four games. Darwin Barney got a three-run double on a frightening play in the sixth, and Marco Estrada pitched seven sparkling innings. With two outs and the bases loaded, Barney hit a fly ball into shallow right field. A sprinting Moncada tried to pull up as Willy Garcia went for the sliding catch, but he kneed the right fielder in the head and the ball trickled out of Garcia’s glove. The crowd groaned as the replay was shown on the videoboard in center field. Moncada, who is widely regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, put no pressure on his right leg while he was helped to a cart by Abreu. The Cuban slugger patted his countryman on the back of his head before he was zipped away. The team said X-rays on Moncada were negative, and the second baseman is day to day with a bruised knee. Garcia, who walked off under his own power, has a head contusion and will be evaluated again Tuesday morning. The Blue Jays (49-57) were coming off a dramatic 11-10 victory against the Angels on Steve Pearce’s second game-ending grand slam in four days. But they remain in last place in the AL East, on the fringe of the wild-card race, and left-hander Francisco Liriano and reliever Joe Smith were shipped out in a pair of trades ahead of the non-waiver deadline. “It’s like having a couple friends changing schools, so hopefully they pitch well where they are at and they’re happy,” Martin said. “But we’re definitely going to miss those guys, that’s for sure.” Toronto sent Liriano and cash to AL-leading Houston for outfielders Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez. Smith was traded to Cleveland for two minor leaguers. The White Sox (41-62) had lost 17 of 20. After trading several veterans for more prospects in July, they were quiet on the final day of the month. MAKING MOVES The Blue Jays also reinstated left-hander J.P. Howell from the 15-day disabled list and brought up left-hander Brett Oberholtzer from Triple-A Buffalo. Howell was sidelined by a left shoulder injury. Aoki is expected to join Toronto before Tuesday’s game. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez, who is on the disabled list because of a recurrence of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand, is nearing a return. “He’s feeling a lot better,” manager John Gibbons said. “He said he’s going to go out and play some catch today, and obviously that’s a good thing.” Sanchez could take Liriano’s spot in the rotation. White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (strained left oblique) was placed on an injury rehab assignment with the Arizona Rookie League White Sox. UP NEXT Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.08 ERA) faces White Sox right-hander Mike Pelfrey (3-8, 4.73 ERA) in the second game of the series on Tuesday night. Stroman is winless in his last three starts despite a 1.89 ERA over that stretch. Pelfrey is 0-3 with a 7.07 ERA in his last seven games, six starts. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)

Massive Coal Mine Could Expand In Northwest Colorado

By Matt Kroschel CRAIG, Colo. (CBS4) – Federal officials are collecting input on a plan to allow a coal mine in Northwestern Colorado to dig an additional 640 acres, CBS4 has learned. Energy company Peabody Energy wants the government’s approval to mine millions more tons of coal at the Twentymile Mine near the town of Hayden in Routt County. “This community has dealt with ups and downs, economics of the mining industry for a long time, and it’s very exciting to see Peabody looking to expand,” Hayden Town Manager Mathew Mendisco said.
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Twentymile Coal Foidel Creek Mine (credit: CBS)

Hayden has a population of 19,000 people, and most have a connection to the mine. “It provides very good quality, high paying jobs,” Mendisco said. Representatives from Peabody Energy say the request is routine in nature, and they promise there will be no surface disturbances. They expect to collect 14 million more tons of coal.
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“Coal is a very, very big deal in the town of Hayden, and it’s probably one of the biggest key economic drivers for our community and the sustainability of this community,” Mendisco said. President Donald Trump’s administration has pushed for America to rely less on foreign energy sources and to mine more coal. That has given coal miners in rural areas of Colorado hope that there might be a reversal to the years of decline that has been ongoing in the industry. Many in Hayden think the Peabody request signals new growth, and that could mean even more good-paying jobs if approved. Shannon Hughes with WildEarth Guardians, an environmental nonprofit in Denver, says the expansion is not good for Colorado. “This is not the first time that we have had to beat back Peabody from digging up Colorado land for more coal,” Hughes told CBS4. Hughes says the Bureau of Land Management isn’t taking into account the interests of the rest of the state. WildEarth Guardians challenged the BLM’s approval of the Twentymile lease modification in 2016, as well, on the basis that the BLM failed to analyze and assess the climate change impacts that would result from approving the lease modification and extending both the life of the coal mining operations, as well as the attendant reasonably foreseeable coal burning operations at the Hayden power plant and other coal-fired power plants. “The Federal Government seems to have thrown away the cost benefit analysis, in favor of a pure benefit analysis, in which, if a private company receives any benefit, then it is given a green light. Where the federal government is blindly approving new coal mines, we have to step up and require them to do the right thing, actually analyze the impacts, and not just allow this private company to tear up the land without due diligence,” Hughes added. BLM officials say they want to hear about any issues or concerns the public has with the proposal before an environmental assessment begins. “The BLM supports working landscapes across the West through its various multiple-use programs like coal. We manage public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, and we welcome diverse views,” BLM Little Snake Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe said in a statement provided to CBS4. Peabody estimates it could recover 4.1 million tons of coal, generating approximately $13 million in royalties, half of which would go to the State of Colorado. The lease would help the mine to continue at its current employment level of 365 people. According to Yampa Valley Data Partners, Twentymile Coal Foidel Creek Mine accounts for more than 6 percent of the property tax revenue in Routt County and is the top taxpayer in Routt County. The proposal, including maps, is available for review at a special page of the BLM’s website. Public comments should be submitted to the BLM before Aug. 23. Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

Levine: As Trade Deadline Passes, White Sox’s Rebuild Enters Next Phase

By Bruce Levine– CHICAGO (CBS) — The heavy lifting of player acquisition is over for the White Sox now. Since early last December, they’ve acquired 18 new prospects by trading off nine big league players. With the non-waiver trade deadline passing Monday afternoon, most of the activity will be over. The only manner of moving more players off the White Sox roster would be through the complicated waiver process in August. The beginning of a long rebuild can be painful for a front office, fan base, coaches and the 25-man roster, but the White Sox are welcoming it. Notably, some will be happy that trade rumors will die down with the deadline passing. “I guess for the guys, things will be settling down a bit more now,” manager Rick Renteria said. “As far as what will transpire, it doesn’t mean nothing more can be done. Obviously to this point, most of the major action has taken place.” The White Sox still have a handful of veteran pitchers they’d be willing to deal in August. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez would seem to be the most likely candidate, as he could potentially serve as a long reliever on a contending team. Chicago is also willing to deal right-hander James Shields, right-hander Mike Pelfrey and left-hander Derek Holland, but their prolonged inconsistencies mean contending foes would be unlikely to be interested. The move that hit the White Sox the hardest was the trade of outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Royals on Sunday. He was viewed as a clubhouse leader, and others will have to step in to fill that role in the coming years. “As I told Melky, he has been outstanding for this organization,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “Not only what he did between the white lines but also what he did in the clubhouse. He is a great ambassador of the game and a very passionate player. He will be missed. That said, we have made no secrets. This is about preparing ourselves for the future. With the move, we were able to pick up another couple interesting arms for the organization.” Playing out the string of the 2017 season will take on different meanings for different players. For the next crop of core White Sox talent, it’s about developing and accumulating big league experience. For others, it may be a showcase for rival clubs and their next job. More heavy lifting will occur for Hahn and the front office this offseason as the rebuilding continues. “This was our mission,” Hahn said of his team’s flurry of trades. “This is what we set out to do. This is what we felt was the right thing for the long-term health of the organization. We have a plan now achieving what we set out to do. That said, you do have to respond to the market. You need to be able to find fits. Thanks to the hard work of our scouts and the fellows in the front office, we have been able to get things done as the opportunities have arisen.” Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.

Fans React To Steve Bartman Receiving World Series Ring

CHICAGO (CBS) — It may be the most talked about plays in all of baseball — the one that changed Cubs fan Steve Bartman’s life forever. Many thought he interfered on a key play in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, thus helping doom the Cubs’ chances of winning the World Series as the Marlins rallied in that contest and went on to win Game 7.
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While Steve Bartman didn’t cost the Cubs a World Series appearance, this play in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS became a part of Chicago’s long losing streak in championship-clinching home games. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

But Monday, Bartman and the Cubs moved to put it all behind them. The team announced that Bartman will receive a 2016 World Series ring from the franchise. “On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series championship ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the Cubs said in a statement. “We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series. While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today.” Bartman said he’s deeply moved and sincerely grateful, hoping it will be the start of an important healing and reconciliation process for all involved.
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The Chicago Cubs have given a personalized World Series ring to Steve Bartman, who infamously tried to catch a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. (Credit: Chicago Cubs)

Most fans, but arguably not all, hope so too. Bartman has never spoken publicly about that night and, despite his heartfelt statement, doesn’t plan to now.

Nearly 2,000 Chicago-Area Mechanics Set To Go On Strike

CHICAGO (CBS) — If you are getting your car fixed anytime soon, you might want to call ahead. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports that starting on Tuesday, roughly 1,700 mechanics will be on strike at more than 130 new car dealerships. The reason for the walk-off? Many mechanic’s union contracts are expiring Monday at midnight, and a new deal has yet to be reached. The union, which represents nearly 2,000 mechanics, couldn’t agree to terms with the new car dealer committee. “Sunday, a final offer was put forth by the new car dealers committee. It included five percent pay raises almost across the board over the next three years,” said Mark Bilek, who’s with the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.

Bilek says the Mechanics’ Union Local 701 didn’t take the deal, choosing, instead, to strike. Some of the sticking points for the union are mechanics not getting paid for all the hours they work, non-consecutive days off and increased health care costs. “We really hoped that we could come to this agreement without a work stoppage,” Bilek said. Customers like Michael Spada are concerned about what it means for people in need of a repair, saying, “if you need it fixed that day, it’s difficult now. You have to rush around and find another place. What if you are pressed for time?” For some perspective, there are about 420 new car dealerships in the Chicago-land area. Anyone who needs to get their car looked at is encouraged to call ahead to make sure the service garage is open and that mechanics are working.