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according to state regulators, allen switched syringes to get his hands on a painkiller called fentanyl. swedish has not confirmed the contents of the replacement syringe citing ongoing investigations. after the switch was discovered authorities tested allen and found he was positive for fentanyl and marijuana that. led the hospital to warn 2,900 patients they have to be tested for hepatitis b and c. two female students are dead after a high school shooting in arizona this morning. police are not searching for suspects. officers say the sophomores each sustained a single gunshot wound. they were found next to each other at the high school in glendale in an isolated area. their names have not been released. investigators say the circumstances suggest the possibility of a murder suicide or double suicide. no determination, though, has been made just yet.
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arizona today the timing was perfect as hinkley high school students participate in the annual season for nonviolence global campaign. students heard from the grandson of civil rights leader cesar chavez who led farmworkers movements in california in the 19. anthony chavez talked to students about peace and serving others. teachers say it's part of the culture of the hinkley high school students and student body to try to resolve conflicts respectfully. anthony chavez said he was honored to help students appreciate that message. >> so what i wanted to tell the youth is their voices do matter, that they can start making change now before they leave this campus. >> this season of nonviolence event was put together by the new dawn center for spiritual living and the aurora police department. we are heading into the weekend with temperatures changing in colorado. we're also expecting wind.
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meteorologist belen deleon is in the weather center, a big way. >> it's sunday it will feel a little different and the wind will be ongoing through the holiday weekend. so let's get to that forecast and where we're at now because it certainly is beautiful when you look outside the window. you want to roll the windows down in your car. in boulder we have a little mountain wave cloud that has formed close to the flat irons, but you know what? nothing to get in the way of this beautiful friday. makes it even better because it's friday, but the temperatures outside 57 in the metro area feeling still like spring, 48 out at dia, northern colorado mix of 40s and 50s. closer to the foothills those temperatures are in the 50s. that drive home should be clear sailing as far as the weather goes. nothing to get in your way around 4:00 and 5:00, 50s dropping to the 40s after the sun sets with clear skies. those winds have been gusty at times closer to the foothills.
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about 16 miles per hour in blackhawk, nederland 22 miles per hour. looking at radar and satellite, you'll notice not a whole lot is happening. we do have colder air filtering into the central part of the country that. overnight and even fogginess out toward the eastern plains. we'll look at the weekend. tomorrow a high of 63 sunday. degrees. watching those stronger winds and including today it will be 10 days without any rain or snow reported out at dia. as much as we like that spring- like weather, it's important for us to get some moisture around here. we'll let you know when that dry streak comes to an end coming up in the forecast. >> we want to hear all the details. >> i've got them. flags will fly at half staff across colorado monday to honor a deputy killed in mesa county. deputy derek geer was shot appear he confronted a 17-year- old who matched the description of a suspect with a gun. before being taken off life support deputy geer's organs
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services are planned monday at canyon view vineyard church in grand junction. deputy geer served in the u.s. navy before joining mesa county sheriff's office back in 2001. the leadville police department is under investigation at the request of the leadville mayor. the mayor has been in office a month and had to contact the district attorney about an investigation into the city's police department. with the investigation the mayor can't really talk about specifics but says the da has been looking into possible financial improprieties as well as the handling and storage of evidence. >> just within days after taking office i contacted our da bruce brown and asked if he would take over the investigation of the police department and he agreed that he would and so that's been going on for about a month. >> there's no timetable for the investigation, but the da bruce brown told 9news over the phone that more information could be released in the coming weeks.
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lakewood will not house hundreds of immigrant children after all. after taking a closer look at the plan the government said the facility isn't the "best use" of federal resources. the department of health and human services cite two reasons for the change, the price tag and the time line. experts say renovating the 125,000 square foot facility would cost too much, plus the work wouldn't be complete by april which is when it was supposed to be ready. up to 1,000 undocumented and unaccompanied kids were supposed to stay at the federal center. the mayor of lakewood says he's not surprised by the decision adding he's had concerns from day one. >> it's kind of been the hang- up all along is just trying to get them to answer questions and produce information in a timely and effective manner. at the end of the day i can say that we just wish the kids the best. we wish them well. >> health and human services says it's exploring options for other facilities in colorado
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hhs has one shelter open at holloman air force base with an additional facility set to open in homestead later this month. mark it down. we now have our first candidate tv ad duel of the 2016 election, bernie sanders already on the air in colorado. today hillary clinton joined in. the two are fighting for support in colorado's caucuses a little more than two weeks from now. >> the presidency is the toughest job in the world and she's the one who will make a real difference. >> it will be over our dead bodies if you cut social security. >> clinton's new ad is trying to build on her debate scene last night pitching her as the more realistic candidate for the nation's highest office. sanders has a couple ads. the most air time is going to one promising to protect social security. you are unlikely to see republican candidates advertise right now. they do have caucuses march 1st
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but will not announce a statewide winner. democrats will have a winner of colorado, hence the ads. things will quiet down and pick up in the summer heading towards the general election and we're getting ready for some truth test are for you. i want to bring in nbc's chuck todd and no surprise both of these candidates are on the air in colorado right now. >> not a surprise. it certainly is stated that the clinton campaign believes they're the underdog. the caucus process is one they think sanders will be stronger than they or this front, but it's an opportunity for clinton to sort of puncture a stronghold of sanders. the sanders people are counting on both super tuesday, colorado and minnesota, two of the bigger caucus states versus some of those southern primaries. they're counting on colorado and minnesota to offset potential losses in the south. >> you think we should read something into the fact she's coming on after bernie sanders started advertising in colorado.
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problem. bernie sanders is outraising her and outspending her and he's probably going to be able to outspend her in any state he chooses to do that with. so i'm not surprised. i think they're trying to be selective in what they're doing with their financial resources at this point because he has created such a fundraising juggernaut with his e-mail fundraising, throw out an e- mail, gets a bunch of money back. she does not have that same luxury. she's got to set up events to raise money and so i think you're going to see if they think colorado is unwinnable, i wouldn't be surprised if you see fewer ads on the air and they almost sort of seed it. instead she may want to focus on 1010 or alabama where there are more delegates -- or tennessee or alabama where there are more delegates that she can win. >> we heard some of the same tones from the new clinton spot. she's basically trying to make the argument she's the most qualified for the big job.
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more social security which seems like a tried and true ad message that we've heard in colorado before. >> well, this goes to the issue, brandon, that a lot of clinton supporters have been quietly whispering about, which is bernie sanders has a message he's comfortable running on and he runs on that message whether it's in iowa, colorado, south carolina, nevada. you name the state he feels he can run on this message, political revolution, establishment. the banks are corrupt. there's a whole corrupt system of wall street, banks, special money. hillary clinton doesn't have that clean of a message. she doesn't have that elevator pitch message yet. the most qualified for the job can resonate with some voters, particularly older voters, but it's not resonating with younger voters, a little more idealistic. honestly i think they're still trying to fine tune their message a little bit. last night's debate, they're trying to make this a referendum on sanders because i believe they think they can win
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sanders. they can't win when the focus is on her. i think actual start seeing a shift in her messaging on air questioning the validity of some of his ideas. >> chuck todd in washington d.c. on meet the press sunday which is back on channel 9 now with the nfl season over. thanks so much, chuck. go broncos. for the first time in nearly 1,000 years the heads of the roman catholic and the russian orthodox churches met today in cuba. pope francis sat down with the patriarch. they haven't spoken since the great skhism of 1954. few believe this meeting will wipe away centuries of distrust, but it is considered a groundbreaking step. during the five-day trip the pope will visit mexico city's cathedral. he will celebrate mass in mexico city's guadalupe
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it may not be valentine's day till sunday, but the denver clerk and recorder's office is celebrating a few days early with free wedding ceremonies. all day today judges volunteered their time to the valentine's day festivities. the couples had to pay for the license but got the actual ceremony for free. they got refreshments and were put in for a drawing to win gift cards and other prizes. today was a celebration to add a bit of romance to the weekend. >> we are gathered here today to join this man and this woman in matrimony. marine is not to be entered into lightly but -- marriage is not to be entered into lightly but thoughtfully and reverently. >> somewhere between 20 and 30 couples took advantage of the free ceremonies today at the city and county building, many of the ceremonies taking place in spanish. there won't be a usa pro challenge this year. the race has struggled to be
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taxpayer subsidies. the long time backers of the bike race walked away last year and the leadership team that took over says it isn't possible to put a race on in 2016. start. the race lost $10 million in its first year in 2011 and still lost millions last year. no family comes together like the 9news family. we want to thank everybody who donated to the dumb friends league yesterday during the have a all right for homeless pets telethon. the telethon raised more than 350,000 bucks. money raised will help the dfl continue to care for nearly 20,000 sick, injured and hopeless pets this year and on top of the money, yes, there it is, big line outside the dumb friends league adoption center this morning, a lot of folks hoping to adopt one of the animals that they saw yesterday on 9news and why not? >> so we have all kinds of love going on, people getting married and puppy love and kitten love and you name it, love in the air.
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still ahead promise of a vaccine for the zika virus. >> and what really happens when you sneeze? >> also as we head to break,
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we are following some breaking news right now regarding the death of a 6-year- old boy this week. investigators with the arapahoe county sheriff's office have obtained ab arrest warrant for the boy's -- an arrest warrant for the boy's father brandon johnson. deputies were called to the apartment by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted. brandon johnson is facing charges of first degree murder and sexual assault. again the woman said she had been sexually assaulted at knifepoint. when deputies got to the apartment, they found a 6-year- old boy dead and a man with what happened to be self- inflicted knife wounds. the female has been released from the hospital. a 2-year-old was in the home unharmed. we don't have a photo of brandon johnson just yet. authorities say that will be coming out shortly. vaccine for the zika virus are at least 18 months away from large scale trials, that coming from the world health organization today.
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companies or groups identified as possible participants in the hunt for vaccines. they also announce they believe the link between the mosquito borne virus and abnormally small heads in the newborn children is more probable at this point. the zika outbreak is spreading rapidly across latin america. there are 52 confirmed cases in the u.s. from people who have returned after traveling. a new bill would make it easier for restaurants and grocery stores to comply with fda labeling requirements, all about calories here. the rules require establishments that self- prepare foods that have 20 or more locations to post the calorie locations on menu, menu boards and displays by december. a new bill approved by the house today would make it so supermarkets would be allowed to use the menu or menu board in a prepared foods area instead of labeling individual items and restaurants like pizza chains would receive orders remotely that could post the calories online instead of
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that bill now heads to the senate. wintertime in the office is when everybody around you gets sick. maybe you felt a little cringe when everybody sneezes around you and apparently that's warranted. researchers at the massachusetts institute of technology say sneezes might linger in the air a little bit longer than once thought. after a sneeze leaves the mouth and moves through the air the saliva can do one of two things depending on its elasticity. the droplets would either fall to the ground or keep hanging in the air for a little while. experts say they plan to conduct more research on sick people with the hopes of better preventing the spread of germs. >> okay. that was descriptive to say the least. >> yeah. tough visuals there. pretty much every grocery store chain carries juices labeled cold pressed. what does that mean? juicemakers say they take several pounds of vegetables and fruits and put them into a high pressure processor. it can be anywhere from 1,000
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tons of pressure on the fruits and vegetables without using any heat. juicemakers say this process insures all the nutrients and enzymes stay intact. >> the future of green juice instead of coffee in the morning. >> i think the consumers are still discovering the benefits and weighing the value. >> now business analysts say it's too soon to tell if this thing will catch on. promoters say one bottle of cold pressed juice can give you 12 servings of raw fruits and vegetables roots included. that doesn't mean it's a meal replacement, but it can provide vitamins and minerals. most of the juices are around 150 calories and many contain 6 to 8 grams of fiber per serving. we have all heard that high heels can be dangerous not only just because they kind of hurt at the end of the day, causes feet problems and everything. try walking in them. it's difficult, especially when they're really super-duper high.
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that's how today show anchor savannah guthrie ended up with this. she took a fall this morning on the today show plaza tweeting out this picture of her ankle wrapped up in an ice pack, not broken, just a nest sprain. a few minutes after -- nasty sprain, a few minutes after that tweet she tweeted in repeated news 3-inch heels kill. she'll be in a boot and using crumples for a while. we hope -- crutches for a while. we hope she gets better soon. >> you run sometimes and don't think and there you go. >> it can happen. on camera. i don't believe it was. that. we have been all over colorado collecting stories for our black history month series. >> next one place that holds stories most people have never
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black history month is a time to reflect and reach back, but there are many people who do that all year-round.
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and photojournalist byron reed take us to a place that truly reflects black history every day. >> reporter: for this story we traveled to colorado springs. it's a city that's smaller than denver but still rich in its own history and inside this building one woman works to preserve a very special part of that history. one room. >> this room itself is over 100 years old. >> reporter: one woman. >> i just took off. >> reporter: one mission. >> i reach out and i've been reaching out. >> reporter: candace mcknight has been on this mission for a long time. >> i guess it all started with me back in '97. >> reporter: first interested in her own family tree, she branched out teaching african americans genealogy. >> felt like it was my journey that i had to do this. >> reporter: now instead of telling the history of 1 family, she helps tell the
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>> when blacks first came here in the 1800's. >> reporter: some will call them the invisible people. all of the stories find a home here. >> we are the only black historical and genealogical of colorado. vista school. >> this was a classroom. >> reporter: is once again a place to learn about colorado springs first black police officer, the nightclub owner who stood up to segregation. >> her motto was everybody is welcome. >> reporter: and the man who infiltrated the klan. >> as a matter of fact, i got his book. >> reporter: for decades candace collected history until she had enough to fill up a room where everyone could see it. >> you need to be represented in some type of way. our history needs to be here to stay, not just passing through, but it needs to be here. >> reporter: mcknight operates the small museum on an even smaller budget. >> god only knows. >> reporter: most of what you
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>> right here is one of the original tuskegee airmen and this is norville simpson and he was kind enough to give us his uniform. >> reporter: realizing how important it is to keep this door open. >> a lot of good black history here in colorado springs, just taking out the time to get it down and to do it. >> reporter: because inside one room. >> yeah, it's small to have all this history in it. >> reporter: there are so many stories. >> we have over 2,000 black history books. >> reporter: and one woman who makes sure those stories are preserved. >> i felt that this was my calling. this is my calling. >> reporter: with photojournalist byron reed, tarhonda thomas, 9news. >> mcknight would like to eventually house the museum in its own building, not just one room. for more on that mission and other stories inspiring black history month, go to our website you can watch the special
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right here on 9news at 4:00. >> tarhonda thomas put in a lot of time and it's great work, so we thank them. >> hitting all different corners of the state. >> every year we learn so much from them. so it's great. cooler weather to start off the weekend. >> yeah. belen will be back and tell us when we're getting a bit of a
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well, well, well, we just switch it up in colorado. last week cold, snowy, this week really nice, 40s, 50s, 60s. it's just been fun. >> all over the place but kind of nice. >> play around with it, if you will. we're expecting more and weekend. into this weekend we will have a bit of cooler air moving through, but it is interesting, brandon and kim we started off february snowy and since then we haven't seen really any
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so we'll look at that extended forecast and see when our next chance for any kind of moisture in colorado will come our way. you know, this weekend is valentine's day this sunday and the warmest valentine's day that we've had so far was in 1979. that was 71 degrees, the coldest in 1895 and the snowiest when we got 5 inches was in 1960. i think you'll like the forecast for this weekend, especially for valentine's day. we just got to watch out for those winds and if you still have to go out there and do some last minute shopping for your honey bunny, the weather is looking just fine. it's sunny, but you do notice on the horizon there's a bit of a little brown cloud and lower visibility. we are going to see an action day alert in effect for the rest of the afternoon continuing through tomorrow afternoon because of lots of particulates are just kind of stuck in the lower layer of the atmosphere, so something to watch out for, especially those that are part of that sensitive
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problems. you want to limit your time outside. there are going to be some wood burning restrictions in effect. we had a high of 51 degrees. our normal high at dia is 45, 40s in northern colorado and the eastern plains and in the high country in gunnison we only got to 21 degrees. lots of sunshine out there still with blue skies. it feels like 43 degrees, but the temperature says 48 out at dia. out here in the backyard it's very comfortable and we've got 53 out here. let's check the weather with the rest of the state. looking at your current temperatures across colorado and we still have some 40s in northern colorado, 50s and 60s to the south and that mix of 40s in the high country, a few spots still in the 20s. doppler 9 not all that impressive in colorado. you are seeing just a little bit of snow trying to edge into parts of nebraska, but the main core of that unsettled weather right now is over the midwest into the great lakes and also
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the country, even into the mid- atlantic. we're looking at winter storm warnings, wind chill warnings, winter storm watches, you name it. that winter weather certainly is taking a hold of the north and eastern part of the country. so into tomorrow if you have travel plans into that part of the united states, you'll want to check your flight because we are looking at very cold temperatures and snow. we have that jet stream that's dividing the country bringing that cold air into that area of the united states while high pressure is pretty much in control over the south and west, but in colorado we're on the cusp of that very cold air that will be spilling into the eastern plains and eventually onto the front range this evening. we'll see those clouds increase in the overnight hours and also some areas of fog that will develop. so here say look at your futurecast that takes us through the rest of the afternoon and evening. you'll notice that snow will stay away from us, but we'll get cloudiness from the colder air taking us through tomorrow morning. so tomorrow morning if you have
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76, visibility will be a bit low in that part of the state. be careful. 29 will be your overnight low. i'm looking for mainly clear skies in the city, but again there's clouds increasing on the eastern plains with areas of fog, temperatures above our normal low, 20s on the front range and eastern plains and in the high country 20s, teens, some of our mountain valleys still seeing temperatures drop to the single digits. tomorrow a bit warmer, the high 63 degrees. once those clouds fill out and that fog burns out we'll watch those winds that will come in from the south and warm our temperatures to about 63 degrees, but those winds will be the next issue that they'll increase close to the foothills and around the metro area. highs tomorrow are looking pretty nice, 50s into northern colorado, still above normal where we should be this time of year with 40s in the high country. as we look at your day, we'll start off cool, 31 degrees around noon, breezy, 63 and then around 3:00 those winds kick up in the foothills, temperatures at 60 degrees.
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for saturday, but i'll look ahead to sunday because we'll have a weak disturbance this will push in from the northwest, bring us 1 to 4 inches of snowfall for our north and central mountains. here's a look at the forecast on valentine's day. at 1 p.m. it's dry in the city at that time, but into late in the afternoon and evening a possibility for a rain/snow mix in northern colorado and northeast colorado now our forecast in the city looking pretty dry. so it doesn't look like any of that moisture will make it into our neck of the woods but possibly out towards the eastern plains we are looking at a little moisture there sunday afternoon and evening. there you have it. tomorrow the high 63. on sunday we're watching for very strong wind, high 48 degrees. monday 55, tuesday 57 and, oh, yeah, a double take on wednesday, 70 degrees. so yes, it's going to start to feel more like spring as we approach the middle of next week. that's kind of the beginning of summer even i would say, but a little bit of a weather coaster going on in our extended forecast.
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got your presents? >> yes. ready for valentine's day and ready for 70. >> that's what we're really looking forward to. >> that's what i was saying, 70 degrees. >> i know. it's really nice. >> windy. >> it will roll through. >> i'll take it. this week marks the 15th year of the alice 105.9 cares for kids radiothon event at children's hospital. >> the event is expected to raise $1 million for children's colorado. they are sharing stories about families that rely on the hospital and inspiring listeners to donate. all the money goes to help patients, families, doctors and researchers. joy hanson, the mother of a leukemia patient, said the money goes a long way to make patients happier while they're being treated. >> so much of the benefit that we get from being here in this place isn't covered by insurance, isn't covered by medical bills. it's little things. it's the smiles on people's
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names, that they bring special things for her and find things that they know she likes. >> i caught up with our buddies slacker and steve earlier who have spent the past two days at children's raising money. >> how's it going? we miss you. >> i know. i missed you. so tell me. tell me what's your day been like? you've been hearing i bet some incredible stories. >> as usual. of miracles that happen down here at children's hospital help. we've only got like an hour or so left of this year's radiothon. >> we could use more miraclemakers. if you're already one, thank you, but we've got to continue colorado. we need your help. >> what we're asking for, a miraclemaker is somebody who is willing to give up $15 a month, just 50 cents a day.
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your credit card information. you go on about your day, have a fantastic three-day weekend. have a great valentine's day. we just need you to call 1-800- 458-5437. >> help us provide hope! >> good work. >> there they are and trust me on this. they both are shedding a tear, even steve who i tease for being -- well, just because i like to tease him, but slacker cries all the way through these. these stories are really touching. good work. story justice. >> so we turn to music, next the story of an unlikely
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perhaps you have seen an impeccably dressed 80-year-old man walking through cheesman park. his name is billy wallace. what you need to know is the story about billy and sid. 9news reporter chris vanderveen and photojournalist chris
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>> good evening, everyone. [ piano music ] >> reporter: his notes provide the letters to the word of the musician. consider billy wallace fluid in the language of jazz. >> it creates arrangements right there on the spot, just very few pianists can do it. >> reporter: at 86 he knows each and every note to at least 4,000 songs. give him a title. he'll play it. >> i argue that he's got his own google built in, his own ipad built in when it comes to music. if you've got something you'd like to hear, by all means, let us know. >> reporter: if he had a dollar for every time billy didn't recognize a request,
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>> do you remember a song called once in a while? [ piano music ] >> if you can't come can come up with a song -- can come up with a song that he doesn't know, you win a free one-way ticket to afghanistan. >> reporter: and yet as talented as billy is, sid also knows his partner no longer recognizes the album he recorded not long ago. >> and he said to me i don't remember playing those. i said yeah, you did a marvelous job and they were all one take. he said oh, okay, okay, okay. >> reporter: one is a psychologist, the other a jazz pianist. [ singing ] >> reporter: not exactly a likely denver duo. >> i think we're an unlikely pair for crying out loud. >> reporter: they met three years ago in a club.
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sid was in the crowd. >> we're friends. >> reporter: the psychologist in sid diagnosed it not long after. >> we have 100 sunny days a year. >> 300, yes. >> reporter: misplaced facts. >> no. i think it's 300. >> could be. >> reporter: and the repeated stories. >> boy, this is a nice day today, isn't it? >> yeah. denver has 100 sunny days a year. >> is that right? >> reporter: dementia impacts one out of every four americans over the age of 80. >> nice views. boy, this is a nice park. >> reporter: it now also impacts a man who played with some of america's best. >> illinois jacket, max roach. >> reporter: charlie parker, bb king. he remembers all of them. it's the other stuff he forgets. these days every gig -- >> and he is not outside. >> reporter: -- requires patience. >> hey, billy, this is sid, i'm outside. billy, this is sid. i'm here to pick you up for the gig. >> reporter: and at least
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>> i'm outside. i'm cold. okay. you'll be right down, thank you. i'll be waiting for you. one time i had to wait an hour and a half. he just doesn't remember. >> reporter: yet sid knows without a ride a man with such an amazing past might very well live his final days in undeserved obscurity. >> it's the dilemma today with people who age. >> hey! >> how you doing? >> you know, they are designated for the back burner. [ singing ] [ music ] >> here he is 86 years old playing like he's 19, so go figure. >> reporter: yeah, go figure. those who study the mind like sid say for some reason music lingers, stays with us long after dementia sets in. >> we know so little about it. >> reporter: so little, billy
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remembers the notes to every song he's ever played, everyone, and yet -- >> and the problem i think is that we don't appreciate until we don't have it anymore. >> reporter: -- his mind often forgets where they played the night before. >> it was about 15 billion cells going on up there and it's going to take some time to figure them all out. >> reporter: as for sid, the psychologist, he's all too familiar with this. after all, his own father had dementia as well. >> yeah. you know, you don't appreciate your family members until you no longer have your family members. here's to life and all the joy it brings here's to life dreamers and their dreams . >> okay, billy, see you then.
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all this get better >> reporter: sometimes he knows when you're fluent in something, all you need in return is someone who speaks the same language. chris vanderveen, 9news. >> i would fire me if i were you. >> no. >> and billy came to denver in the early '70s. he built up quite a following over the years, but sid says it's gotten tougher to schedule gigs due to his health. billy for his part wants none of your sympathy. he does, however, appreciate a few tips in the tip jar. we are going to talk to sid.
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you just saw billy. billy can play the notes to
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his memory, but the 86-year-old jazz pianist has trouble remembering many things that st of us take for granted. so we're back with sid harriet, retired psychologist, friend of billy's, and we're also joined by chris vanderveen who brought us this incredible story and it's fascinating to understand what billy remembers and what he doesn't and how the two of you met. it's just so neat. >> how did you guys meet? >> i walked into a club. i have a lot of jazz background, worked a lot of -- hosting a lot of jazz shows all over the country. so i would play these albums and i knew billy wallace through the albums that i played on the air and i walk into this club and there's this guy that looks familiar. lo and behold it's billy wallace who has been on these albums that i still have to there day. so i introduced myself. he took a break. he sat down. we had a lot in common and we just hit it off. that was three years ago. >> he's on albums.
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he played with legends, did he not? >> all kinds of people. art take item, probably one of the -- tatum, probably one of the greatest pianists that ever lived, sat down and listened to billy and said you have great opportunity when billy was very young and that inspired him to continue playing. >> so at ms. prime you were saying -- his prime you were saying hugely successful and nobody can figure out how he can play the bass with his left hand, how he does it. >> right. just a musician with his left hand, an incredible pianist who has uncanny ability and creative ideas while he plays with arrangements. he actually makes arrangements as he plays. he won't play the same song the same way the second time he does that, just a marvelously gifted guy. the thing that grabs me the most, tears at me, is that here he is in denver and the first night that we got him into a club at this place where the
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let billy play no one showed up. he played nonstop for three hours brilliantly and i'm the only one in the audience listening to this marvelous guy to him. he kept on playing on and on, just absolutely marvelous. >> you're going to be on south broadway when? >> janet pop who is the owner who made all kinds of accusations for us, she is backing billy 100%. it's going to be this tuesday february the 16th from 7 to 10 p.m. and i'm going to pick him up probably about 4:30 in the afternoon with my fingers crossed, see if i can get him. >> you're going to call him a few times, aren't you? >> just a few times, yeah. >> he would play for hours. he just seems like he's at home on the piano. >> we finished the gig three hours nonstop playing and i said billy, the gig is over,
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back, he's still playing brilliantly and there's nobody in the place anymore. he's playing one great song after another. i said billy, you want to leave at 3? he said okay. i'll play until 3. we get in the car driving home and i mention a song and he starts singing, every lyric that you could imagine. i couldn't even remember the lyrics and he's singing these marvelous songs, just uncanny. recognized. 86 years old. >> you've done it. this story is being shared and spread and so many people can relate to it from what's going on intheir own family. >> i hope. so. >> but you are a wonderful friend, a wonderful friend. we all would hope to have a >> thanks. saying. it's the story line already for the billy and sid story. >> take it on the road. >> take it on the road.
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let's keep him playing, folks! we'll keep you posted, right, chris? >> absolutely. these guys are salt of the earth. >> i'm telling you you'll never do a story better than this. you can try, but it will never be this good, my favorite of all time.
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i'm feeling like listening to some jazz is what i'm feeling like. >> we're so excited so many neat stories that sid shared. i had no idea those little details about billy and his past and he said he wanted to be in the high school band and that's how he started learning how to play the piano. >> got a little darn bit better than that. >> just a little bit and bb king, the people he's played with, oh, my goodness. what's fascinating to me is how he said nobody knows yet why the mind is able to remember all those songs. >> yeah. >> he's able to remember all this stuff and hold that. >> so that story i think really connects with people because people can identify with seeing those like glimpses of somebody
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something that remains of the person they knew. really grateful for sid coming in. that's going to do it for 9news at 4:00. we'll see you. don't go away. next at 5:00 a school shooting in arizona leaves two 15-year-old girls dead as students here in colorado try to focus on peace and nonviolence. >> also ahead ethical questions about the proximity of colorado's newest marijuana shop to a well known denver area strip club. >> and a new television show starring three local comedians next on 9news. >> this is 9news. an arrest has been made in the death of a 6-year-old boy earlier this week at an apartment complex in arapahoe county. 26-year-old brandon johnson, the boy's father, is being held
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murder and sexual assault. he's accused of assaulting the mother of one of his other children in the same apartment. johnson is still being treated for what are believed to be self-inflicted knife wounds. the mother of the boy killed arrived in denver today from out of state. >> i don't know why. i keep asking people to give me answers and no one will tell me. i know this man says i was 15 and he's like a stranger to me because i would never think that he would do that to my child. -- since i was 15 and he's like a stranger to me because i would never think that he would do that to my child. >> a deputy was badly hurt when his patrol car collided with a vehicle. the deputy is still listed in critical condition. two 15-year-old girls have been shot and killed on the campus of an arizona high school. the shooting happened at


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