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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 25, 2018

Colorado at 3 p.m.

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HISPANIC CHURCH CLOSURE

DENVER _ Members of a small Denver Catholic church built by Hispanic families are fighting to re-open their parish over a year after it was closed by the archbishop. A group of about 50 people gathered outside the locked Our Lady of Visitation Church for a Christmas Eve vigil as a way to keep their community alive and draw attention to their fight with the church hierarchy. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 557 words, photos.

TRUMP-CHRISTMAS

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished U.S. troops stationed around the country and the world a merry Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, answered telephone calls from children who were wanted to know where Santa was on his gift-giving journey, with the president at one point asking a 7-year-old named Coleman “Are you still a believer in Santa?” By Darlene Superville. SENT: 415 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

COLORADO POPULATION _ The U.S. Census Bureau says Colorado grew by nearly 80,000 people between mid-2017 and mid-2018. The Denver Post reported Monday that Colorado’s population grew by 1.4 percent in the 12 months ended July 1.

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HISPANIC CHURCH CLOSURE

SPORTS:

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

JuJu Smith-Schuster began Week 16 with a promise to tough it out for all those fantasy football owners trying to win their league championships and ended it with an apology for a mistake that might have wrecked Pittsburgh’s playoff plans. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words.

COLORADO-CHARLOTTE _ Lucas Siewert scored 17 points, freshman Daylen Kountz added 12 and Colorado beat Charlotte 68-53 on Tuesday in the seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic. Colorado trailed by eight points with 5:20 remaining in the first half, but closed on a 19-2 run — with nine points from Namon Wright — for a 35-26 lead. Both teams were 11-of-23 shooting in the first half but Colorado attempted 10 more free throws. Charlotte was held to just six points in the first six minutes of the second half as Colorado pulled away with a 49-32 lead.

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