Morning Headlines: Ecstasy in Your Bath Salts, Pat Bowlen's Apology, Charges in the Burlington Murders, and More

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March 2011

Pony Up for the Slopes: Given that one-day lift-ticket prices are more than $100 in Aspen, shelling out $500 for a season pass at Vail Resorts seems like a bargain (Vail Daily). For the same price, you can share one of Denver's b-cycles for 500 half-hour sessions (9News).

Party in Your Bathtub: If you're out to score some ecstasy, look no further than your bath salts (7News). Some salts purchased at local head shops have tested positive for methylenedioxypyrovalerone, an illegal substance similar to the popular party drug.

Fifty Years of March Madness: Chances are your fondest memories of the NCAA Tournament don't compare to those of Loveland's Gerry Belko, an octogenarian who made his own tournament run in 1954 (9News).

A Bracket of Their Own: The Denver Nuggets continue their winning ways, smoking the New Orleans Hornets last night 114-103 (Denver Post). The Onion's A.V. Club thinks that makes them far more interesting than any college tournament.

Met Score: Ryan Speedo Green has the name of a swimmer but the voice of an operatic baritone. A member of Opera Colorado’s resident touring company, he is one of five winners in a recent Met audition, joining the likes of Stephanie Blythe, Nathan Gunn, and Deborah Voigt (Denver Post).

Bowlen Reaches Out: The NFL may be in full lockout mode, but the Denver Broncos are moving forward with preparations for next month's draft, says team owner Pat Bowlen, who apologizes to fans for the lockout and says he's eager to work it out (DenverBroncos.com).

Backtracking on Brutality: Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman says Officer Devin Sparks, who was accused of beating Michael DeHerrera in LoDo last year, should be fired, but Police Protective Association President Nick Rogers says Whitman can't take back his decision to suspend Sparks and Corporal Randy Murr (Denver Post).

Nine Counts in Burlington: The 5-foot-tall, 75-pound, 12-year-old boy accused of killing his parents in Burlington tried to harm his five-year-old sister with a knife, and shot and stabbed his nine-year-old brother, wounding them both severely (new documents by 9News). The boy is now facing a range of charges—nine in all—including first-degree murder.