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Boulder police are looking for three suspects (one male and two females) in connection with the theft of a wallet and credit cards from the Whole Foods store, located at 2905 Pearl St., on January 20, 2013.
The victim was grocery shopping around 3:30 p.m. and said she became distracted when a male bumped into her with his cart. She had placed her open purse in the seat of the cart while she was shopping and believes the male stole her wallet after he ran into her with his cart. She didn’t immediately notice that her wallet had been taken.
Her stolen credit cards were used a short time later at several stores, including Apple, Target, Gymboree, Sunglass Hut and Nordstrom Rack. Photos taken from surveillance video show two women using the cards to purchase a variety of merchandise and gift cards.
One female suspect is described as:
· White or Hispanic
· Between 26 and 30 years old
· Average or slim build
· Brown or auburn hair which is pulled back from her face
· Wearing dark-framed eyeglasses
· Gray sweater with a white shirt underneath, jeans and a dark-colored purse worn across her body
The other female suspect is described as:
· Between 30 and 35 years old
· Slightly overweight
· Wearing a dark-colored jacket and white scarf
· Straight, dark hair which is pulled back from her face
· Carrying a handbag with short straps
Clerks believe the women were speaking Spanish, and described them as wearing “high end” clothing and carrying Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbags. Photos of the women are attached.
The male suspect from Whole Foods is described as:
· Hispanic male
· Early-to-mid twenties
· 6’02” tall
· Tall and stocky build (not heavyset)
· Short black hair
· Wearing a white stocking cap with blue stripes, and a black jacket
The case number is 13-826.
What’s better than shopping local in downtown Boulder? How about getting free parking coupons from the city to shop! City of Boulder parking services will roll out several parking promotions for the holiday season to encourage patrons to visit and shop downtown Boulder.
Holiday parking promotions
- FREE 3 hour parking coupons (Friday, Nov. 23 – Saturday, Dec. 22)
Parking enforcement officers will surprise random shoppers each day by handing out free parking coupons; the coupons will be good for three hours of free parking at any downtown parking pay station. Parking enforcement officers will be on the lookout for customers en route to pay stations (that have yet to pay), and give them a coupon. Customers will place the coupon on their dash, just like a pay station receipt. The coupon is only valid for the day it is received.
- 30,000 one hour free parking coupons (Friday, Nov. 23 – Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013)
The city will be providing downtown merchants with 30,000 one hour free parking coupons. These coupons will be honored at the St Julien and the 15th/Pearl garages only. Inquire at your favorite downtown merchant!
- One hour free parking coupons in local ads and mailers
One hour free parking coupons will also be available in Downtown Boulder holiday ads (running through the holiday season in local publications), and in 12,000 mailers sent out by Downtown Boulder, Inc.
Boulder police are warning parents about a suspicious male or males who may be attempting to approach school-age children. Two separate incidents have been reported. No one was injured in either incident.
In the first incident, a 7-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister were walking home from Whittier Elementary on Monday, November 5, when they say they were startled by a man in the area of 24th and Spruce. The boy said the man did not attempt to contact them or follow them, but he reported that he believed the man might have been carrying a gun and/or a knife. The children ran away and told their (mother) about the incident, which occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m.
The children describe the man as:
- Dark-skinned white male
- About 30 years old
- Average build
- Dark-colored baseball hat with a smiley face emblem
A second incident allegedly occurred at 3:45 p.m. in a shopping center located in the 600 block of S. Broadway. A 12-year-old boy said that a man seemed to be following him and attempting to make eye contact with him. The boy was frightened and went to a nearby store to call his mother to come pick him up. The mother reported the incident to police at 8:12 p.m. Investigators were not able to interview the 12-year-old boy last night because he was asleep by the time the incident was reported.
Police are at Southern Hills Middle School this morning to talk to the young man and gather more information about what happened.
He described the suspect to his mother, who shared the description with police:
- Dark-skinned white male
- Dirty blue jeans
- Olive-green colored hoodie
- In his 20’s
- Approximately 190 pounds
- Short dark hair
- Dark blue baseball hat
Boulder police officers are looking for the males, and ask anyone who sees a male matching the descriptions to call 911 immediately to report his location.
Extra patrol and traffic officers are in currently in place around Southern Hills Middle School, the Table Mesa Shopping Center, Whittier Elementary School and the area of the park on Folsom between Spruce and Pearl, where the first incident occurred. Detectives are contacting businesses in the shopping center on S. Broadway to try to obtain possible video of the suspect.
If video is available or if any of the children can provide enough information to complete a composite sketch, that information will immediately be made available to the public.
Police advise anyone who sees anything suspicious to report the activity immediately to police. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Detective Kristin Weisbach at 303-441-4474. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
Consumers differ in desire for explanation,
says new CU-Brown University study
The depth of explanation about novel products influences consumer preferences and willingness to pay, according to a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder and Brown University.
When it comes to descriptions about the functions of new and unusual goods — such as a self-watering plant system, special gloves for touchscreens or an eraser for wall scratches — some people prefer minimal details. Dubbed “explanation foes” in the study, they gain a strong sense of understanding and desire for products through shallow explanations.
In contrast, other people — dubbed “explanation fiends” in the study — derive desire for products from deep and detailed explanations.
“There are these two different types of consumers,” said lead author Phil Fernbach, assistant professor of marketing at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. “On these two sides, consumers differ in the amount of detail that makes them feel like they understand and — because of that feeling of understanding — the amount of detail that will make them prefer a product.”
A paper on the subject was published online today in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Researchers say the study results can help consumers make better decisions.
“We’re not making a value judgment on whether it’s better to be an ‘explanation foe’ or ‘fiend,’ ” said Fernbach. “You don’t have to want to know how stuff works, but make sure that your intuition about whether you understand a product is based on objective information and not just a feeling.”
In one part of the study, participants were given varying explanations of a new tinted food wrapper product. “Explanation foes” highly rated their understanding and preference for the item when they read a simple description of how its “white coloring protects food from light that causes it to spoil, thereby keeping food fresh for longer.”
“Explanation fiends” highly rated their understanding and preference for the food wrapper when they read a more detailed description of how “atoms in the tinting agent oscillate when hit by light waves causing them to absorb the energy and reflect it back rather than reaching food, where it would break the bonds holding amino acids together, thereby keeping food fresh for longer.”
The study also found that “explanation foes,” who are more common, tend to have an inflated sense of understanding about novel products. Their heightened perception disappears and their willingness to pay decreases when they attempt to explain how a product works.
Conversely, “explanation fiends” tend to have a more conservative sense of understanding about novel products. For them, attempting to explain how a product works does not have a negative effect on their sense of understanding and their opinion of the product stays the same or increases, according to the study.
Attitudes toward explanation were predicted by a cognitive reflection test that measures how much people naturally engage in deliberative thinking. Each test question elicits an intuitive but incorrect answer and participants who impulsively respond tend to err. These participants are the “explanation foes” who prefer less explanation.
In contrast, those who inhibit their initial responses to the cognitive reflection test and think more deeply tend to correctly answer. These participants are the “explanation fiends” who prefer more in-depth descriptions.
While the study can help consumers with better decision-making, it also yields advice for marketers.
“Marketers should target these different consumer groups with different types of explanations,” said Steven Sloman, a study co-author and professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University.
Robert St. Louis and Julia Shube also were co-authors of the study. They were undergraduate students at Brown during the research. Unilever, a consumer goods company, supported the study.
Boulder police are trying to identify a white male in his mid-to-late forties who investigators believe robbed the First National Bank at 3033 Iris in Boulder. The robbery occurred at 12:07 p.m.
Witnesses inside the bank say that the suspect was in the lobby and then stepped up to the teller station, where he passed a note. The suspect did not say anything, but based on the note, the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. He then left the bank out the north door and was last seen outside the bank.
The suspect did not display a weapon during the robbery, and no one was hurt.
The suspect is described as:
- White male
- Mid-to-late 40’s
- 5’4” tall, medium build
- Brown hair
- Razor stubble
- Large-framed sunglasses
- Wearing a “well worn” CU Buffaloes baseball cap, a dark green hoodie with a front zipper, and a yellow shirt with a graphic of a basketball going into a hoop, dark pants & white tennis shoes
- Carrying a cream or ivory-colored cloth shopping bag with unidentifiable writing on the side
The FBI has been notified and is working in partnership with the Boulder Police Department. The case number is 12-11273.
Anyone who has information about this robbery or the suspect is asked to call Detective Tom Dowd at 303-441-3385. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
Suspects spend thousands after stealing wallet
Police in Boulder are looking for one male and two female suspects who investigators believe are involved in a wallet theft that took place in Whole Foods Market, located at 2905 Pearl St., on Feb. 9.
A female victim was shopping in the store at 10:30 a.m. and left her purse unattended in her cart while she shopped. She realized her wallet was missing from her purse when she tried to check out and pay for her items around 11:25 a.m.
The victim began calling her credit card companies to cancel her cards, but they had already been used for transactions at various stores in Boulder. Thousands of dollars worth of mostly computer items and gift cards were charged to the credit cards before the victim could cancel them.
Here are descriptions of the suspects:
- 5’5” to 5’6” tall
- 130 pounds
- Long black, waist-level hair
- Dark brown eyes
- Wearing black clothes and high-heeled black boots
- Described by clerk as “stylish”
- Approximately 40 years old
- 5’3” to 5’4” tall
- 140 pounds
- Black hair
- Light brown eyes
- Wearing a tan beanie-style cap, a tan puffy jacket & blue jeans
- Wearing a brown and black leather jacket
- No further information is available, but photo is attached
The case number is 12-1836.
The Boulder Police Department would like to offer some tips for safe shopping:
- Keep your purse in your hands or on your shoulder; never leave it unattended because criminals know your attention will be divided while shopping.
- Keep your cell phone in your pocket.
- Pre-program phone numbers for your banks and all your credit card companies into your phone.
- Alert store security AND call law enforcement immediately if you discover you have been a victim of a theft.
- Call each financial institution immediately after becoming aware of the theft. Criminals know they have a small window of opportunity to use your credit cards before they are flagged as stolen.
- Authorize financial institutions to relase any illegal transaction details to law enforcement for the investigation.
- Don’t keep your Social Security card or any password information in your wallet.
Police are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect in the attached photo. The lead investigator in this case is Detective Scott Morris, and he can be reached at 303-441-3482. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website atwww.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Iron Lady is yet another acting triumph for Meryl Streep as she plays Margaret Thatcher, the longest-seated prime minister of Great Britain in the 20th century from 1979 to 1990, the first woman prime minister, and at various times in her political career the most hated woman in Great Britain.
In fact, she was loved and hated in office as much as her contemporary President Ronald Reagan was in the U.S. and for the same reasons: They both had conservative values and free-market ideology that helped transform their respective countries into industrially depleted and increasingly unequal societies.
In addition, they both danced–sometimes together–while the countries they led were suffering.
The film opens in the present day with Margaret as an old woman out shopping, and when she returns to her flat, her daughter, Carol, tells her that she shouldn’t go out on her own, to which Margaret replies, “If I can’t go out to buy a pint of milk, what is the world coming to?”
Then we see flashbacks to when Margaret was a young woman whose name was Margaret Roberts, played by a different actress, Alexandra Roach, and she is not portrayed as a very likable woman.
And, yes, the film shifts back and forth in time so much in the style that filmmakers seem to prefer these days that you might ask yourself is the whole movie going to be like this?
And the answer is, yes, it is.
We also see Margaret’s husband, Denis Thatcher, played as an old man by Jim Broadbent, and once again the filmmakers try to trick the audience into believing that a scene of fantasy and Margaret’s delusional dotage is reality.
In fact, Broadbent might spend more screen time dead than he does alive.
Major events during Thatcher’s career as prime minister are covered, such as the 1982 Falklands War, the 1984 miners’ strike, the 1984 IRA bombing of a hotel hosting a conference of the Conservative Party, and her replacement as prime minister after a rebellion by her colleagues.
We even see some scenes in which she is advised about her clothes and the way she speaks in public.
The Iron Lady is so slapped together that when it ends, you don’t even realize that this is the scene in which the movie is ending.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
2011 Community Survey results available
Results of the 2011 Community Survey that was conducted this fall are now available online and will be presented to City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Copies of the report are also available in the Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.
In September and October, surveys were mailed to more than 3,000 households and more than 400 University of Colorado students living in on-campus dormitories. Surveys could also be completed online and were available in Spanish. A total of 971 surveys were returned, which resulted in a 33 percent response rate. That is considered a good rate of return.
The survey asked people about their priorities for the city, quality of life, and their overall satisfaction with government services. Survey responses indicated:
- Perceptions of the quality of life, quality of neighborhoods and the sense of community in Boulder remain high;
- Employment and business related ratings were also high, with 77 percent of respondents rating Boulder as “very good’ or “good” as a place to work, and 69 percent rating Boulder as “very good” or “good” as a place to do business; and,
- Respondents’ priorities for City Council included energy, housing and business development.
The survey results also provided information about public participation and how people would like to obtain information about meetings, issues and programs:
- Approximately 25 percent of respondents said that they had attended a public meeting about city matters in the last year, and about 25 percent had watched a City Council meeting on the city’s municipal Channel 8.
- The Camera (72%), direct mailings (65%), and the city’s website (55%) – www.bouldercolorado.gov – were the most common sources of public information from the city.
The 2011 survey included additional outreach to Spanish speakers through community organizations, and 43 completed surveys were received. Priorities and concerns for these respondents included safety, affordable shopping, housing, adult education opportunities and activities for youth.
A slightly revised survey was also distributed to Boulder youth to help the city determine their concerns and needs. A total of 234 returned surveys indicated that youth priorities include homelessness, improving activities for young people, jobs, discrimination, bike safety and facilities, and the environment.
Survey results will be used to inform the budget process, plan for future projects, develop community outreach and various other ways to help make Boulder a better place to live and work. A complete list of results, responses and methodologies is available at www.BoulderColorado.gov > Hot Topics > 2011 Community Survey Results.
The survey was conducted by Boulder-based National Research Center Inc. Results were weighted and the margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points from the information that would have been obtained if all Boulder adults were surveyed.
Police in Boulder are looking for a credit card thief who is likely working with a partner. On May 25, 2011, a woman was shopping with her children at the Marshall’s store located at 1875 28th St. when she realized that her wallet was missing from her purse.
While shopping, a male stranger had distracted her by asking unusual questions about recent toy recalls. During the brief exchange, she believes a separate unknown person stole her wallet from her purse, which was in a cart nearby. In just under an hour, the thief used the victim’s credit cards to make several thousands of dollars worth of purchases at local stores including the Apple store on 29th Street and the Target store on 28th Street.
Police want to talk to the man who distracted the victim. He is described as:
· Olive complexion
· 5’10” tall
· Mid-30s to mid-40s
· Thinning brown hair in a short, “mullet” cut
· Wearing a red shirt and blue jeans or denim shorts
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Kip Euler at 303-441-3393. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
The Wikipedia entry for H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel, “The Time Machine” offers the following description: “The Time Traveller tests his device with a journey that takes him to the year 802,701 A.D., where he meets the Eloi, a society of small, elegant, adultlike, and childlike people all at the same time.”
Further on, Wells’ time traveller reaches extraordinary conclusions: “Deducing that the Morlocks have taken his time machine, he explores the Morlock tunnels, learning that they feed on the Eloi. His revised analysis is that their relationship is not one of lords and servants but of livestock and ranchers, and with no real challenges facing either species. They have both lost the intelligence and character of Man at its peak.”
If Wells were time-transported today, to Boulder, he would have stood in the parking lot of the Pearl street Whole Foods and yelled, “Morlocks, come out of there! Spare the Eloi!” He would have at least certainly blinked.
If you shop for groceries, ask yourself, is it really either “green” or environmentally conscious to drive your vehicle across town for the sake of shopping at one particular store? Are you sure there isn’t a local version — less perfectly packaged — that would serve most needs and actually allow you to walk to it?
And are you sure no Morlocks lurk within the giant store that seems to have…everything?
Saturday, May 7 BOULDER AND DENVER Marshal Training for iMatter march
On Saturday, May 14th, a very exciting event is going to happen in Denver – and we need your help! Young people have organized marches across the globe to take place May 7 – 14th, and the largest march is slated to happen in Denver on May 14th – sign up to march or to volunteer at the and get detailed information at: www.iMatterColorado.com
In addition, RMPJC is organizing the Marshals for the March and organizing the Recycle Crew – If you can help with either of these please call Betty ASAP at 303-444-6981.
Training for being a Marshal will happen on Saturday May 7th. 10 – Noon in Denver: AFSC Office, 901 – W. 14th Avenue (at Kalamath) This is also a retirement community, so please be respectful of the signs in the parking lot, and of the residents in the building. We will meet you at the door and go in together.
4 – 6 PM in Boulder: RMPJC Office, 3970 Broadway, Suite 105. At Broadway and Quince. Go East on Quince off of Broadway to the second parking lot on the right. pull into paring lot and park. Our door is directly in front of you as you turn into the parking lot. By bus – take skip to Quince, and follow above directions.
Saturday, May 7 BOULDER Creative writing session for Children and Adults with Jack Collom, poet, author, teacher of children. 10 a.m. to noon at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe, Creekside Meeting Room.
Saturday, May 7 BOULDER Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Rollie Heath at Chautaqua Community House 10 a.m -12 noon.
Sunday, May 8 BOULDER Professor Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies, University of San Francisco will address the recent and ongoing struggles for democracy in Arab Countries and the power of strategic nonviolent action(s) being employed in some of those struggles. 7:00 PM at the Friends Meeting House, 1825 Upland Ave, Boulder. Please call RMPJC, 303-444-6981 for additional information. Sliding Scale $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
RMPJC is located at 3970 Broadway, Suite 105, Boulder. From Quince and Broadway go east and take a right into the second driveway into the shopping center.
Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?-Martin Luther King
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Public Transit in the ‘Most Livable City’ /One of the many reasons why Metro Vancouver stays livable!/
BURNABY, British Columbia, Canada, March 28, 2011 –/WORLD-WIRE/–
As the cherry and plum blossoms re-appear and daylight stretches
later, Metro Vancouver gets ready to welcome people from other parts
of the world. And TransLink’s integrated, modern,
good-to-the-environment public transportation system makes it easy to
With gasoline currently in the neighborhood of US$5.60 per gallon,
that makes Vancouver even more livable!
Whatever your tastes, public transit can get you where you want to
go. Service runs 21 hours a day and icons like SkyTrain and SeaBus
make it a “destination transit system.”
*SkyTrain* – the world’s second-longest (after Dubai) driverless
automated rail system launched at the 1986 transportation-themed
World’s Fair. Today, there are three SkyTrain lines:
*Canada Line* welcomes many travelers arriving at Vancouver
International Airport. You can get downtown in less than half an hour
for C$8.75 (C$7.50 after 6:30pm and on weekends), which includes a
one-time $5 surcharge for arriving travellers – a third of the cost
of a cab ride. Or change trains at Bridgeport Station and visit
Richmond, the fast-growing multicultural city with its Asian-style
shopping centers, Historic Steveston and “the best Chinese food
*Expo and Millennium Line* – these lines run 30 feet above ground
with a magnificent view of the North Shore mountains, Mount Baker in
Washington State and the city of Vancouver. It also doesn’t hurt that
the three SkyTrain lines take you to no fewer than 10 major shopping
*SeaBus* – unlike other modes, SeaBus is the one element where usage
increases during the summer. That’s because that 12-minute trip across
Vancouver harbour between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore is a
thrill in itself, with views of mountains, the working harbor,
Stanley Park and even the occasional harbor seal checking you out.
Get on the bus! With some 200 bus routes – including one of the last
remaining fleets of zero-emission electric trolley buses in North
America – it’s remarkably easy to get to beaches, nightlife on
Granville and Robson Streets, Major League Soccer and Canadian
football at Empire Field, baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium (“the
prettiest little ballpark in baseball”) or the eclectic circus on
The TransLink Trip Planner
can give you the directions you need or call Customer Information
A DayPass is the most economical way to pay fares, with unlimited
travel in any direction all day. Buy a DayPasses at any FareDealer
(you can find locations on the TransLink website – www.translink.ca
), at SkyTrain stations and on BC Ferries from Victoria and Nanaimo.
For non-English speakers, SkyTrain Attendants have access to the
provincial language service and interpreters in up to 150 languages.
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy; and what could be easier on a
summer vacation than to leave the car behind and let someone else do
the driving? TransLink makes it happen.