Mid-Morning Headlines: CU Makes NIT Final Four, Lafayette Wonders About UFOs, Sushi Joints Rake It In for Japan, and More

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March 23 2011, 9:45 AM

Blowout: Besides whipping up wildfires across the state (Chieftain, Camera, Post), strong winds up to 75 mph knocked over a couple 18-wheelers, delayed flights at Denver International Airport, and stirred up so much snow a stretch of state Highway 125 was closed just south of the Wyoming border (Denver Post).

CU in the Big Apple: The National Invitation Tournament may be a consolation prize for the CU men's basketball team, but they're cruising through and have made it to the tournament's final four in New York City (Longmont Times-Call).

UFOs Over Lafayette? Strange reddish lights spotted over Lafayette are causing a commotion, and 9News can't find anyone who can explain them. The lights are making the rounds on YouTube, complete with X-Files theme music.

Remembering Robert McIntyre: Walking the carpeted hallway of the Broadmoor West is arguably one of the most memorable experiences guests will have at the luxury hotel, thanks to the more than 150 photographs of famous people snapped over the past 50 years by Robert McIntyre, who passed away this month (Gazette).

Buzzer Bummer: The Metro State women's basketball team posted an overall 30-3 record in Division II play this year, but the winning streak ended yesterday with a loss at the buzzer in the women's Elite Eight (Denver Post).

Artists and Foodies for Japan: A display of origami cranes and paper cubes appeared mysteriously in front of the Denver Art Museum on Tuesday in an effort to raise money for those who need help in Japan (Post), while three popular Denver restaurants keep raking in donations for the Japanese Red Cross (Post).