Colorado News Roundup: Right-to-die on upcoming ballot; Snowmass hotel likely hacked (08.15.16)
COLORADO VOTERS TO CONSIDER SUICIDE DRUGS FOR TERMINALLY ILL
DENVER — Colorado voters this fall will decide whether terminally ill people should be allowed to receive prescriptions for drugs to end their own lives.
The “Medical Aid in Dying” measure was certified Monday as having enough petition signatures to make ballots this fall. It becomes the third citizen petition to make ballots, after a universal health care measure and a higher minimum wage.
Five other states have some law to assist terminally ill end their lives, though specifics have been tied up in court in some states.
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Colorado’s version would require two physicians must agree that a person is terminally ill and has six months or less to live, is at least 18, and is mentally competent.
Similar measures have twice failed in the Colorado Legislature.
HOTELS IN 10 STATES AND DC MAY HAVE BEEN HIT BY HACKERS
NEW YORK — Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin hotels in 10 states — including Colorado — and the District of Columbia may have been targeted by hackers for months.
According to the hotel operator HEI Hotels & Resorts, malware put into place in at least 20 locations may have collected names, card account numbers, card expiration dates and verification codes.
The Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village is presumed to be part of this attack.
Data from customers may have been collected from early December, through late June. At some properties, HEI said, data collection may have begun as early as March 2015.
HEI said in a company release that “We are treating this matter as a top priority, and took steps to address and contain this incident promptly after it was discovered.”
The company says the incident has been contained and customers can safely use cards at all of its properties.
MAN, WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR CHASE IN COLORADO
DURANGO, Colo. — Officials say a man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of car theft after a high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods in Durango.
The Durango Herald reports that La Plata County Sgt. David Griggs says the Sunday afternoon chase followed reports of a man checking parked cars for unlocked doors in the southwestern Colorado city.
Griggs says a deputy spotted the car described in the reports, but it sped away during a traffic stop. The 15-minute chase ended when the vehicle crashed through a gate.
Griggs says the 18-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, trespassing and driving under the influence of marijuana. He says a male passenger was also arrested but that case is expected to be handled by Durango police.
SUSPECTS WITH GUN ROB ARAPAHOE COUNTY POT DISPENSARY
DENVER — Authorities are looking for four suspects involved in an armed robbery of a medical marijuana dispensary in Arapahoe County.
The Denver Post reports that sheriff’s spokeswoman Julie Brooks says no shots were fired during the Sunday incident and no one was injured.
Deputies say a woman and three men with their faces covered robbed the Cure Colorado dispensary. At least one of them had been wielding a gun.
Deputies say the suspected robbers were last seen leaving the store in a four-door white sedan.
Authorities have not yet disclosed what was stolen from the business.
— The Associated Press
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