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Paint by numbers.

In the meantime, though, all he gets to take is that big neon "Denver" sign atop the Pavilions -- a garish advertisement that another city department decided fit within Denver's parameters for its 1 percent for art program.

Three's a crowd: The Rocky Mountain News finally acknowledged in a November 18 correction that when a political candidate runs against a third-party candidate, he's not running unopposed -- no matter how pathetic the third-party candidate's chances may be. In its October 22 Voters' Guide, the paper had excluded all third-party candidates -- much to the dismay of those candidates and their supporters, who protested outside the Rocky three days later -- and focused exclusively on Republicans and Democrats, except for the Presidential race (and we all know how that turned out -- or didn't turn out, as the case may be). Adding insult to injury was a subsequent story claiming that Republican U.S. Representatives Bob Schaffer and Joel Hefley were running "unopposed." In reality, the two faced competition from Natural Law and Libertarian candidates and, in Schaffer's case, the American Constitution Party, as well.

Exit stage left: Last week's funeral services for Katherine "Kay" Schomp, who died on November 20 at the age of 83, were packed with an A-list crowd of Denver Democrats: Diana DeGette, Dick and Dottie Lamm, Bea Romer, Omar Blair, Evie Dennis and Susan Barnes-Gelt all came to pay their respects to Schomp, who, as the matriarch of a prominent Denver family, became an education and arts activist and a political powerhouse in her own right. There were warm speeches from former colleagues recalling many of Schomp's accomplishments, including her tireless efforts to create the Denver School of the Arts (the school's jazz band performed during the service). Also noted were her ten years on the Denver school board and her work to ease racial tensions while DPS was being desegregated. But even though he had called the family and asked to be allowed to speak at the Saturday service (his name was even listed on the program), Mayor Wellington Webb was nowhere to be seen at the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. Then, just ten minutes before the funeral was to begin, the Schomps -- whose name is well-known in Colorado because of the auto dealership founded by Kay's late husband, Ralph Schomp -- received a message from the mayor saying he wouldn't be able to make it. His whereabouts were a mystery until one funeral attendee left early to make the opening scene of Tantalus at the Denver Performing Arts Complex -- and there was the mayor, settling in for the all-day theater marathon.

So the mayor got to hear countless eulogies for ancient Greek warriors, but none for a woman who played a heroic role during Denver's own years of civil strife.

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