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Brothers, Bandmates Step In To Save Family Business

By Joel Hillan ARVADA (CBS4) – For Seth and Josh Larson, music is everything.
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Seth and Josh Larson (credit: CBS)

They grew up singing with their family in church. Later they formed the band Something Underground, playing at venues from the Soiled Dove to Red Rocks. For several years the two made a living primarily through their music, but then fate would call on the brothers to save the family business. “I came in on a part-time basis, they needed some help with customer service and order entry. Josh came in on a few marketing projects and quickly we realized that the company had been in really tough shape since the collapse of the economy in 2008,” Seth said.
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So much so that they were down to just three employees. Their father Steve who ran the business even suffered a heart attack. S&H Products Inc. in Arvada is the leading supplier of nozzles and valves to the U.S. Forest Service.
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Josh and Seth admit that at first they didn’t know what they were doing, but like any good musician, leaned on the standards. “We can apply a lot of the things we’ve learned in music and doing the band for so many years right here, we talk about it all the time,” said Josh. Principles like communication, business savvy and harmony. “I’ve always appreciated that they’ve worked well together. There has really been very little acrimony and difficulty within our family which is somewhat unusual I think for a small business,” said Steve. Now the company has over 40 employees. A business in crescendo. Joel Hillan anchors CBS4 This Morning on weekends as well as reports stories for CBS4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Follow Joel on Twitter @joelhillan.

Gunman arrested after taking hostages at UK bowling alley

LONDON (AP) — A gunman who reportedly held two employees hostage at a central England bowling alley was arrested Sunday night after armed police moved in. He was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital for treatment. The two workers held for roughly four hours were released unharmed, police and ambulance officials said. Details about the gunman’s condition were not released. He has not yet been charged or identified. Warwickshire Police Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith said specialist firearms squads and police negotiators rushed to Bermuda Park, the shopping center where the bowling alley is located, when reports of a possible hostage situation came in. “We are pleased that we were able to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution and that there were no injuries,” he said. The bowling alley’s operations director, Chris Clegg, said the two hostages were checked by medical personnel and appeared to be fine. Earlier, Warwickshire police had warned the public to stay away from the shopping center in Nuneaton, about 7.5 miles north of the town of Coventry, but said the problem was not terrorism-related. Mehdi Amshar, chief executive of the MFA Bowl bowling alley chain, told Sky News that he was informed the two employees were being held at gunpoint at the company’s Nuneaton branch. Amshar said he believed the gunman was an ex-husband or former boyfriend of an employee, but he couldn’t be sure. Police did not confirm those details. All customers were able to leave the premises and were unharmed, Amshar said. A witness from a nearby restaurant, Carl Lenton, described what he saw outside as alarm spread through the shopping center. “There were police cars arriving, there was a helicopter, police dogs, armed police stood all around the bowling alley, around the outside of it,” Lenton said. The police response may have been heightened by concerns about a possible extremist attack. Britain’s official terrorist threat level is set as “severe,” indicating an attack is thought to be highly likely. Gun crimes are rare in Britain, which has strict firearm control rules. One man who said he was at a children’s party at the bowling alley said he initially thought it was a joke when a staff member told him to leave because a gunman was inside. “I looked up and there was a guy, probably 20 or 30 feet away, walking towards us with a sawn-off shotgun sort of slung over his shoulder,” Lawrence Hallett told Sky News. He added the man was “basically shouting and had a very aggressive demeanor about him.”
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Stanford Shows How Fiber Optics Might Enable Global Quake-Warning Network

STANFORD (KPIX) — A web of fiber optic cables beneath the Stanford University campus is doing more than transferring data — it’s part of an earthquake monitoring network that may help scientists implement a quake early-warning system. Miles of fiber-optic cables have been buried under the Stanford campus for years. They transmit digital data and Internet traffic at high speed to the students and faculty.
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Stanford researcher Biondo Biondi has developed a fiber-optic-cable-based seismic detector. (CBS)

Geophysics professor Biondo Biondi repurposed some of those cables, along with an existing underground network of sensors, to create a virtual three-mile-long, figure-eight-shape subterranean seismometer. A breakthrough came when Biondi discovered that the fiber wires themselves could detect seismic vibrations. Last year, Prof. Biondi and graduate assistant Eileen Martin began experimenting with the fiber optic array and they have recorded about 800 seismic events since then. The tremors ranged from imperceptibly-tiny to the major 8.1-magnitude Chiapas quake in Mexico last month. Perhaps the most promising part of their research is the fiber array’s ability to record the faint, fastest waves from a distant quake — called P waves — which arrive before the ground begins shaking. Could this someday become part of a relatively cheap and ubiquitous earthquake early-warning system? Prof. Biondi thinks it’s possible. “The hope for this technology is to have large-scale seismic observatories everywhere in the world,” Biondi said. Fiber-optic networks are being installed across oceans and even in remote jungles — perhaps one day to become part of a global, glass ear always listening for the next quake.

Englewood Hosts Annual 5K: “Ditch The Weight & Guns”

CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of runners came out Sunday morning for a race in a Chicago neighborhood eager to show a different side. Decked out in light blue shirts, runners warmed up to hip hop tunes in Ogden Park, ahead of the fourth annual Ditch the Weight & Guns 5K.

Plenty of people who spoke to WBBM Newsradio said they were running to show support for Englewood, which is consistently one of the most violent areas in Chicago. The warm and dry weather helped encourage runners and walkers — whether they live in the neighborhood or not — to complete the race.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the crowd before he ran that he hopes Englewood is soon known for the number of new jobs, families and businesses that move there rather than the number of people who are robbed or shot. Organizers say proceeds from the race go to the athletic and culinary departments at nearby Harper High School.

Detective’s Specialized Wheelchair Allows Him To ‘Look People In Eyes’

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4)– Recovering Douglas County Sheriff’s detective Dan Brite has a new level of independence. The deputy was injured in a September 2016 shooting incident while he was on duty in Parker, and now he has a specialized wheelchair that will help him be more mobile outside.
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Dan Brite (credit: CBS)

“I never knew this thing existed. I’ve never seen one in my entire life,” Brite said. Adsit Strong and other charities raised the money to get the Action Track Chair for Brite, which wasn’t an item that was covered by insurance. Brite tried out a loaner chair for a short time and on Saturday in Castle Rock he was presented with the new chair that should be a better fit as he continues to work towards walking again.
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“It feels great just to be able to stand but now, the ability to go wherever I want,” said Brite as he used the Action Track Chair to talk to CBS4 from a standing position. Former Denver police officer John Adsit, who had to retire from his department due to injuries he got while he was on duty, started Adsit Strong to help others like Brite.
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Dan Brite gives John Adsit a high-five. (credit: CBS)

“He now has his own chair that he can take and go hunting, go fishing, spend time with his family,” Adsit said. Additional Resources: The Adsit Strong organization helps first responders that was severely injured while on the job. More than $17,000 in donations helped to pay for the Action Track Chair. Other organizations like MC-1 and Shield616 also collected donations for Brite. Visit their websites below: – Adsit StrongMC-1 FoundationShield616

Jason Aldean Releases ‘I Won’t Back Down’ For Charity

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Aldean’s moving rendition of “I Won’t Back Down” on “Saturday Night Live” will soon be raising money to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The song was made available on Friday on various sites. Aldean’s representative says all proceeds will be donated to the Direct Impact Fund dedicated to victims of the tragedy. Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 2 when a gunman fired on the crowd a hotel room, killing 58 people. Hundreds more were injured. The country star made his first public performance on “SNL” five days later and sang the Tom Petty song. It was in part a tribute to the late rocker, who died that week, but also a show of resiliency in the face of tragedy. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

France faces butter shortage amid global demand for pastries

PARIS (AP) — Blame the croissant. French pastries and butter have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini-shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets. The price of butter rose 60 percent in a year, reaching 6.7 euros ($7.9) per kilogram in August, according to official data. The increase has created problems for pastry exporters in France and fears of a shortage of Christmas delicacies such as the traditional Yule Log dessert. French regions like Brittany and Normandy have reportedly been hit hardest by the butter shortage, which is also linked to a drop in Europe’s milk supply. Dominique Charge, the head of the national cooperative of dairy products, told French radio RTL that butter is “more and more in demand in emerging economies like China and the Middle East.” Claude Margerin Francois, who runs a small company specialized in pastry dough in central France, told The Associated Press she has not been able to fulfill orders from Lebanon, China and Vietnam because of the shortage. “I’m looking for butter everywhere,” she said. Margerin Francois, who has been buying her top-shelf labeled Poitou-Charentes butter from a local producer for 15 years, said she had to furlough eight employees because of the shortage. She added that she could have opted for a cheaper butter made abroad but was not convinced by the quality. “Just by smelling it I could tell it was not good enough.”
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Northwestern Grad Headlines National Tour Of ‘Les Miserables’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Tony Crane always knew he wanted to be an actor, especially after his mother took him to see ‘Le Miserables’ in London more than 30 years ago. “I wept like a baby. I completely loved it,” said Crane, who graduated from Northwestern University in 1993.
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Tony Crane. (Photo: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Majoring in theater at Northwestern, he says his training has given him opportunities both on the stage as well as on the screen. “As you move from your drama classes, you realize 15 years later, those essentials start to come back. I really feel Northwestern qualifies. Not only is there great acting training, it’s sort of a literary, academic tour through theater. You appreciate it as a medium. A lot of people come out of that program as writers, producers and adapters of fiction,” Crane said. He plays Monsieur Thénardier, who is the villain of the show. “It’s great to finally get to do the weirdos, the crazy, sort of scandalous scoundrels. It’s super fun.” The California native says he loves returning to Chicago to perform before a familiar audience.
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“I’ve been lucky to come back here almost every year for the last 3-4 years. A couple of years ago, I did a play a the Goodman. Last year, I got to come back and do “Chicago PD,” and so it’s great to feel comfortable in a city like Chicago,” said Crane. He has performed in four Broadway shows so far, most recently ‘The Country House.’ He was also Scar’s replacement in the 2002 national tour of ‘The Lion King,’ but says performing in ‘Les Miserables’ is a long-time dream. “It’s been around long enough to affect a new generation. I never thought I’d do this show and I’m thrilled.” Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the musical tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
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‘Les Miserables’ is at the Cadillac Palace through Oct. 29th. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, ‘Les Miserables’ is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

KFC Twitter follows 11 Herbs and Spices, intrigues internet

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Twitter user has earned kudos online for discovering a subtle message on KFC’s account. The KFC account follows just 11 users; five of them are former members of the Spice Girls and the other six are men named Herb, including Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters and music legend Herb Alpert. It adds up to 11 herbs and spices, part of the famous secret recipe KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders touted for his fried chicken. The connection was noticed on Twitter by a user who goes by “Edge.” His tweet about it has been shared hundreds of thousands of times on the platform. KFC tells The Associated Press it has been following the 11 Herbs and Spices for about a month.
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