Off Limits

There oughta be a lawyer

Hailey was the News's business manager from 1941 to 1957 and is credited by historian Robert L. Perkin with spurring the paper's switch from a broadsheet to a tabloid in the early 1940s. If Hailey spun in his grave when the News reversed direction last year and went from a tabloid design to a broadsheet on Saturdays, today's Rocky employees were probably close enough to feel it.

Nolan says any discussion about what will become of Casey and Hailey -- or at least what's left of them -- is premature. "If and when the building is ever sold," he adds, "we would certainly do everything to honor the wishes of the families and the memory of these two individuals."

So much for the News's longtime home being their final resting place...

But with a certain permanence, we can lay to rest the rumor that the late News columnist John Coit is also holed up in the News's lobby; his remains reside in Arlington, Virginia. But Coit did get married in the lobby in the mid-'80s, shortly -- very shortly -- before his sudden death, with Casey and Hailey as unofficial witnesses.

Lights...cameras...graduate: Some Columbine High School seniors and their families may have a been a little surprised to find a TV camera and a handful of reporters at their graduation ceremony at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater on Saturday, May 18, especially since the senior class -- the last group of students who were at Columbine during the April 1999 massacre -- had voted only a few weeks earlier not to allow the media into the event.

In fact, the Jefferson County School District had gone so far as to issue this advisory on May 9: "At the request of the senior class and their families, Columbine High School graduation ceremonies...will be closed to the media. The graduation ceremony is a ticketed event, and any persons without a ticket will not be allowed to enter the amphitheater. Security will be on hand to ensure persons without tickets are not permitted onto the grounds."

But that was before the district found out that Columbine's administration had already promised NBC that it could have access to the ceremony for a story that the national news network was developing on about-to-graduate Craig Scott, whose sister Rachel was killed at the school. According to spokeswoman Marilyn Salzman, the district solved the sticky situation by agreeing to allow NBC into Fiddler's if the news outlet would share footage with other networks. In addition, the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Associated Press and the Columbine Courier were each allowed to send one reporter and one photographer. "We felt that that was a way to be respectful and still meet the needs of the media," Salzman says. "We asked them not to do interviews during the graduation or to wander around."

The News took this request to heart: No one from the paper even showed up to cover the ceremony. But that decision was made more for technical reasons than philosophical ones. "Two things played into it," says News education editor Eric Brown. "The biggest was that it was on a Saturday, and we don't publish on Sunday. Since the Post would have covered it, it wouldn't do us much good to write about it on Monday." Instead, the News ran a story from the Associated Press on its Web site on Sunday.

And while the News did run a collection of graduation stories about other schools in its Monday edition, Brown points out that a package the newspaper put together last month -- just before the third anniversary of the slayings -- "pretty much addressed this being the last class going through Columbine."

So much for pomp and circumstances.

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