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Martino subsequently lined up an attorney to represent the Marquettes on something of a trade-out basis; the lawyer promised to do $5,000 worth of work in exchange for a spot on Troubleshooter.com. The Marquettes said before their vow of silence that they decided against this offer because the lawyer's charges were too far above that amount. Martino, in contrast, writes that the lawyer "decided NOT to take the case." In any event, the Marquettes hired a different attorney and began moving forward on the legal front prior to a meeting at which the combatants and their representatives hammered out a secretive peace treaty.

In his e-mail, Martino notes that after consulting with various "experts," he concluded "that Anthony Marquette exaggerated his claims in this case.Ö There were definitely problems with the job, and according to all parties concerned, Nickels settled the matter to the satisfaction of the consumer as specified in a written settlement. Many of the claimed additional problems resulted from the poor condition of the home to begin with and the consumers' desire to cut costs." Martino adds, "I reviewed Nickels' past record and saw no reason not to reinstate him." Hence, Nickels is back in Martino's good graces, albeit under a slightly different name: He changed his company's moniker from American Hardwood and Tile to American Hardwood and Stone.

Nickels's rehabilitation should hearten any future Troubleshooter scofflaw. If someone who sent an impersonator to a consumers' abode and disregarded the odd construction permit is now worthy of Martino's endorsement, what else can folks with enough bucks do wrong and still win his favor? Sample everything in the liquor cabinet? "Borrow" the jewelry and silverware? Put the family shih tzu in the blender? Hard to say -- but in the meantime, more of Nickels's nickels have apparently landed in Martino's pocket. When the Troubleshooter aims at someone's wallet, he seldom misses.

Christopher Smith

On the Outs: At the time of its September debut, "Colorado Sunday," a new Denver Post section, included a feature called "Out There" -- a name that was already being used for ex-Westword-er Robin Chotzinoff's travel column. After the duplication was mentioned in this space, Chotzinoff's column was rechristened "Way Gone." Dana Coffield, who oversees "Colorado Sunday," says she didn't request the switch, and Kyle Wagner, the travel editor (and another Westword alum), declined comment. That leaves Post managing editor Gary Clark to provide an explanation. "After some discussion, features editors thought it indeed made sense to limit the use of this name to one section, and they opted for 'Colorado Sunday,'" he e-mails. As for why this happened in the first place, Clark stresses that "the editors knew at the time they titled'Out There' for 'Colorado Sunday' that they were using the same name in two different sections. They believed readers would understand that the two columns contained different content that would appeal to each sections' readers." Nevertheless, he adds, "they have reconsidered their decision."

Going, going, "Gone."

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