Off Limits

Perhaps when the mayor decides to break his no-third-term pledge and officially announces that he's running again, interest in the book will be revived. (In the meantime, if you want to find out more about the mayor's plans, don't bother visiting his official Webb Web page on the Infodenver site. Try our Wellington Webb Super Fund-Tastic home page at instead. Guess the date he'll actually announce his candidacy and you, too, could take home a copy of To Make a Mayor.)

Pressing engagements: How quickly was the Rocky Mountain News's name change introduced? So quickly that last week, the day the paper's front page debuted its new, really long moniker, the cakes that arrived to celebrate the News's recent circulation figures ("Lucky 7," they call it, to mark growth allegedly seven times that of the Denver Post) were decorated with frosting congratulating the plain old Rocky Mountain News instead of the Denver Rocky Mountain News. No need to sugarcoat the sentiments of editor John Temple, who explained the switch in Wednesday's paper by explaining that "Denver has become a city of the world, known for its western optimism, telecommunications prowess and, yes, its Broncos."

Also its general stinginess to employees. A day later, the News proved it could have its cake and eat it, too, when members of the Denver Newspaper Guild, which represents editorial and circulation employees, among others, approved a three-year News contract that raises wages 2 percent--the first raise workers at this paper in this optimistic city of the world have seen in two years.

The Post had been waiting to see how the News deal went before it finished its own negotiations with the Guild. But the paper should have some money to spare. Publisher Ryan McKibben's doing well enough that he recently donated $500 to Bill Owens--whose gubernatorial campaign he also decided the paper would endorse last week.

Alumni reports: Former Denver radio yakker and Channel 7 reporter Harry Smith is rumored to be in line for the final of five correspondent slots on 60 Minutes II. Smith left Denver a decade ago for the big time, most recently his role as host of CBS snoozathon This Morning. The folks he left behind in Denver, though, won't soon forget his hosting of a Denver International Film Festival Halloween Party, where he made a joke about how only two things smelled like fish--and one of them isn't.

Humor like that sounds better suited to South Park than CBS. And hometown hero Trey Parker really bottom-feeds in Orgazmo, which has just been released to less than thrilling reviews. Calling the film sophomoric, Roger Ebert noted that there's an earlier film by Parker and his partner Matt Stone called Cannibal: The Musical, "which is unseen by me and has an excellent chance of remaining so." Stay away from Denver, then: The movie that began life when Stone and Parker were CU film students as Alfred Packer: The Musical--commemorating another local boy who was bad to the bone--will be shown in town next month.

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