FLORISSANT • It would seem impossible to miss, a point like no other in the Pikes Peak region, mistaken throughout history as some ancient pyramid or dormant volcano.Yet it is easily passed heading west to the Tarryall Mountains and Puma Hills. It is missed as a heap of rubble beside U.S. 24 is missed.“That pile is as old as 34 million years probably,” says John Rakowski, observing it across the street from the museum, where he is president. It is, he says, likely as old as the Florissant Fossil Beds, the national monument designated long after the natives’ removal.They knew the vast fossil deposits as the Valley of the Shadows, formed by deep time. A volcanic eruption forever altered the once-tropical environment, encasing all former life here. 7 things to see and do in Colorado this winter“Only living things cast a shadow,” says the Ute medicine man’s quote on the museum wall. “This shows that the soul is in the body. These fossil … [Read more...] about The legend of Crystal Peak, treasure-stocked hub of the Pikes Peak region
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Global stock and bond markets have been battered in recent weeks by investor worries over rising interest rates, slowing economic growth and tough trade talk out of Washington and Beijing. But the giant U.S. tech stocks that long powered the bull market have been downright bloodied, with investors unable to find a safe haven even in Apple Inc., the world's most valuable public company. The iPhone maker's shares are down more than 20 percent from their all-time high after Apple's market value vaulted past $1 trillion earlier this year. Apple and the other five horsemen of today's Internet economy -- Google parent Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix -- together have lost nearly $1 trillion in market value in recent weeks, dragging down not just the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite but also the Dow Jones industrials index and the S&P 500-stock index. "The tech sector has been hit particularly hard in the recent stock market pullback," noted Oxford Economics' chief … [Read more...] about Tech stocks, once high-flyers, are now Wall Street’s turkeys
By Chris Quinn, mySA.com / San Antonio Express-News Published 3:53 pm CDT, Thursday, October 11, 2018 21. Alliance Data Sector: Financial servicesBenefits: Variety of health plans, including wellness reimbursement; 401(k) plans; employee stock purchase program; and tuition reimbursement. 21. Alliance Data Sector: Financial servicesBenefits: Variety of health plans, including wellness reimbursement; 401(k) plans; employee stock purchase program; and tuition reimbursement. Photo: Fotolia 20. Gillman Automotive Group Sector: Automotive Benefits: Health, dental and vision insurance; disability and life insurance; 401(k) with company match; sales achievement program with year-end bonuses; paid time off; employee discounts; and management certification program. less 20. Gillman Automotive Group Sector: Automotive Benefits: Health, dental and vision insurance; disability and life … [Read more...] about 2018 Top Workplaces in San Antonio: Midsize companies
The president once raged at the North Korean leader as a 'madman' and a killer, but showed little concern for his brutal style during their meeting in Singapore. Almost exactly one year ago, North Korea returned an imprisoned 22-year-old American college student to his family in the United States. It was not a happy reunion. Otto Warmbier, whom the North Koreans had imprisoned for more than a year, arrived in a coma and died a few days later — spurring President Donald Trump to rail against the “brutality” of a North Korean government that lacked “basic human decency.” Trump gradually focused his attacks on the regime’s leader, Kim Jong Un, calling him a “sick puppy” and a “madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people.”Story Continued Below In Singapore this week, Trump warmly embraced that so-called madman. He called Kim a “smart” and “funny guy” who “loves his people.” He … [Read more...] about ‘What the hell?’ Trump-Kim lovefest ignores human rights nightmare
WASHINGTON — A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a powerful and popular tool to simplify the management of your charitable giving. According to the 2017 Donor Advised Fund report from the National Philanthropic Trust, donor-advised funds reached a record $23 billion in contributions in 2016. Donor-advised funds offer many of the benefits of a private foundation without the headaches. Some of the advantages are that it allows you, as the donor, to receive an immediate tax deduction for the full amount of your charitable donation, invest the principal free of taxes and distribute funds to charities that you and your successors care about most over time. Establishing an account in a DAF can be arranged at most major brokerage firms, as well as through community foundations and single-issue charity sponsors. The initial amount needed to open a DAF account and the required future minimum additions and charity gifts varies based on the specific sponsor. Other than your donation into the … [Read more...] about Are donor advised funds right for your charitable giving?