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Cockaigne is vandalized

The bad news continues for Cockaigne, the ski area in Cherry Creek that lost its chalet to fire last January.

For the second time this summer, the resort was burglarized and vandalized over the weekend of July 29 to August 1, according to a resort news release.

Among the items stolen were an ATV and tools including chain saws, wrenches and a heavy-duty oxyacetylene outfit.

Earlier, vandalism resulted in damage to all of the lifts and eight buildings that are part of the lift operation.

In other resort news, Holiday Valley announced the delayed opening of its Mountain Coaster at the Sky High Adventure Park, now occurring Aug. 20.

The Mountain Coaster will operate daily through Sept. 5 and then weekends through at least Oct. 9. The coaster will also operate during the winter season.


Ohio State got PR help

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State spent more than $400,000 on PR advice and outside expertise dealing with NCAA investigations in the wake of its football program's memorabilia-for-cash scandal, according to records released Friday.

The $429,000 in expenses is just over half of the $800,000 the university's athletics department says it has spent on the scandal to date.

One set of records shows that Ohio State paid New York-based PR firm Kekst and Co. $267,000 for help with public relations between March and mid-July. The invoices don't give details of the work Kekst did.


Rodman center of attention

Thanking his coaches and apologizing to his family for his shortcomings, Dennis Rodman has been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Choking up often during an emotional speech, Rodman said his regret was not being a better father, and praised his coaches for being the father he never had a relationship with.

The enshrinement of the flamboyant five-time champion capped the enshrinement of the 10-member class of 2011 on Friday night. Chris Mullin, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, opened the night as the other headliner.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.