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The same goes for perky Winter Park spokeswoman Joan Christensen, who insists that attendees at last weekend's Winter Park Jazz Festival enjoyed spending the majority of their grooving hours underneath umbrellas and tarps as rain pelted the mountain resort. "The festival has a very loyal following, and the people who come know what to bring," she says. "They just whipped out their ponchos and pulled out their slickers.

"I know the rain really slowed down traffic," she adds, referring to the mudslides that caught Schum. "But it didn't seem like it had too much impact on business."

And since the city, which owns Winter Park, helped the festival promoter, Winter Park Music Inc., with media relations, Christensen can't think of anything Denver did to offend the good-weather gods.


The state pen is mightier than the sword: David Graham, the former Air Force Academy cadet whose deadly love triangle with two teenage girls resulted in national headlines five years ago and a true-crime movie of the week, has officially joined the Fourth Estate. The Dallas Morning News reports that Graham, who is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison, will be the new co-editor of The Echo, the state's prison newspaper.

Graham, who attended the academy in Colorado Springs, and his ex-fiancée, former Naval Academy midshipman Diane Zamora, were both convicted of kidnapping and shooting sixteen-year-old Adrianne Jones in December 1995 in their hometown of Mansfield, Texas. Prosecutors said Zamora ordered Graham -- both were seniors in high school at the time -- to kill Jones after Graham had a one-time sexual encounter with her. The 1998 trials were carried live on Court TV and resulted in the NBC sleazoid movie Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder.

According to the News, Graham, now 23, was selected as co-editor of the prison paper because he's completed an associate's degree while behind bars, has strong computer skills and has written short stories and entered essay contests. Unfortunately, the paper was shut down for security reasons after the escape last December of the Texas Seven -- the group that was eventually rounded up in Woodland Park. But publication of The Echo will resume this fall.

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