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"We are in the ninth month of gestation, and one of the large pieces is the consideration of stable neighborhoods," said Jim Peiker, owner of the Castle Marne B&B and chairman of Capitol Hill United Neighbors' Historic Preservation Committee. "You have violated one of those principles by moving into one of those stable neighborhoods, not an 'area of change.' You have got the right, yet I think you have a responsibility to the people of Denver. We want you here more than you can imagine, but I don't want you in here raping us and taking our heritage away from us. Please, please consider what you're doing."

At that, the audience burst into thunderous applause -- and Goldberg exchanged a what-the-hell-did-we-walk-into look with his assistant.

And hell suddenly got a lot hotter when a couple in the audience gasped. On a posterboard display of Goldberg's previous projects, they'd spotted the row house where they now live. "It's very poorly done," the woman said, revealing that she can't even get shelves to hang because the walls are so bad.

Just the 'fax, man.

Hack to the future: "You have lied to the American People over and over again," read the surprising message at www.colorado.indymedia.org last week. "You attend The Fifth Hope and spread your wicked ideology there. Expect more of this. American Imperialism is non-existent. Our soldiers are dying over sees to give men, women, and children a taste of freedom and you call them imperialists. You are nothing but pigs. You are not against Bush you are against Republicans, you are against anyone who has a different opinion and way of thinking than you. Your box got rooted for lying to the American people."

Colorado Independent Media Center, the group that runs the five-year-old website, is all about open access and independence -- but this posting from Clorox was too much even for them. Particularly since in the process of hacking into the system, Clorox and his g00ns.com stripped away five years of archives. "It's really not a big deal, because there's a group called www.archive.org that has the Waybac Machine that archives the entire Internet every month," says [deproduction] executive director and COIMC volunteer Tony Shawcross. "But it was a lot of work, and it's all volunteer work. Thousands of hours of people's work have gone into creating the site, and it's going to take hundreds of hours to find it all. But this is galvanizing our support, and hopefully we'll be able to put it back together better."

What to do with Clorox is another matter. Turns out he's really Brett Chance, a fellow at Collins County Community College in Texas who attacked numerous indymedia sites last fall, changing them to reflect pro-George W. Bush and anti-John Kerry sentiments. "We magnanimously agreed not to disclose it or pursue action against him as long as he would agree not to attack IMC sites in the future," says Ryan Kaldari, editor of the Tennessee IMC. "He broke that agreement this week, however, so we decided to finally turn him in."

Although Chance's www.rightwingextremist.net takes responsibility for the October attacks, he has yet to confess to the Colorado caper. And g00ns.com has only this to say: "We are assuming that you are here for one of the following reasons. You have heard of us and you are curious or you have been directed here by some other means and you wish to know what the hell is going on. If you are here for the first reason then all we can say is you may remain curious. There is no info here nor will there be. We are not here to satisfy you nor grant you anything. If you do not like that answer then oh well, that is your problem. If you are here for the second reason. Then please read the response for the first reason and add, 'You deserved it' on the end of it."


On the Record

When Off Limits saw the headline "Middle School Bans Hugs" in the Boulder Daily Camera last week, we knew we had to talk to the principal who'd reportedly put the kibosh on canoodling at Centennial Middle School. So we left an urgent message asking Cheryl Scott to give us a call. Five minutes later, we instead heard from a Boulder Valley School District official, who said she was faxing us the letter that the district had just sent home with Centennial students, rebutting the Camera's hugging-hate allegations -- and answering most of our questions.

Q: How could you ban hugging?

A: For the record, we did not discuss and/or verbalize the banning of hugs at Centennial. We think Centennial is a great school and we take great pride in our strong academic reputation as well as the fair and respectful treatment of our students.

Q: Isn't hugging a middle-school rite of passage?

A: As always, we will support developmentally appropriate displays of affection among our students, while monitoring for excessive displays. Academics will always come first at Centennial.

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