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The ordinance against aggressive solicitation was put in place nearly a year ago, but arrests during a gay pride festival two weeks ago were perhaps the first time the law had been enforced.

The ordinance passed in October bans spreading “any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.” City officials say it’s a public safety measure to keep people moving at night along the crowded, raunchy strip.

During the Southern Decadence festival over Labor Day weekend, a group of nearly 10 street preachers were arrested. They are vowing to challenge the ordinance.


Widow of hijacked 9/11 pilot died accidentally

DENVER — A Colorado coroner said the widow of a man who piloted a plane hijacked on 9/11 died accidentally in May.

Deputy Coroner Carl Blesch said Friday that Sandy Dahl, 52, died in Jefferson County of acute heart failure caused by the combined effects of alcohol and multiple prescription drugs.

Her husband, Capt. Jason Dahl, was the captain of United Flight 93.

The flight was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco. It went down in Pennsylvania as passengers fought terrorists onboard.


Death Valley recognized as world’s hottest spot

DEATH VALLEY — California’s Death Valley has racked up another extreme accolade — it’s now deemed the world’s hottest place.

Long known as the lowest, driest and hottest spot in the United States, Death Valley this week was named as the hottest place on the globe by the World Meteorological Organization.

An international team of weather experts said the title comes after it investigated a long-held record from El Azizia, Libya, and found that an inexperienced weather observer recorded the temperature incorrectly.

The Libyan record was logged as 136.4 degrees on Sept. 13, 1922 — 90 years ago Thursday. It was set after the observer broke a more reliable instrument and used a complicated and less reliable type of thermometer, experts said. They believe the temperature was off by about 5 degrees.

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