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1996 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • The Circle Game

    published December 19, 1996

    Oscar Lopez Rivera knew what he had to do to get out of the toughest penitentiary in the entire federal system. He had to endure 22-hour-a-day... More >>

  • The Fall Guy

    published December 5, 1996

    One might suppose that Jacob Stone is the king of klutz, the big kahuna of bad luck. That would explain how, back in March 1991, he happened to... More >>

  • Mental Anguish

    published December 5, 1996

    Ask Sam Haigler how things are going and he'll give you that perplexed look, the one that seems to ask: What planet are you from, pal? Twenty... More >>

  • Unfinished Business

    published October 31, 1996

    In past years, the Regional Transportation District board elections have had all the political excitement and heart-pounding suspense of a Ross... More >>

  • Motion to Dismiss

    published October 24, 1996

    Attorney Tom Handley remembers the case: a hand-to-hand drug deal behind Argonaut Liquors on East Colfax. Another lawyer in his office had worked... More >>

  • Last Ditch Effort

    published October 3, 1996

    Growing up in the 1950s on the outskirts of what was then east Aurora, Robert Michael Pyle discovered a child's paradise a short walk from his... More >>

  • Virtual Ruckus

    published September 26, 1996

    C. Lodge, executive director of Adult Care Management, considers himself an innovative guy. He talks about breaking away from "the patriarchal... More >>

  • Shut Up and Deal

    published September 19, 1996

    Ruth Blackmore leads a few of her south Boulder neighbors on a field trip, down a path she's taken many, many times before. The excursion begins... More >>

  • Wheels of Fortune

    published August 29, 1996

    Down at the Regional Transportation District's lofty LoDo headquarters, good help has never been hard to find. The pay at the troubled transit... More >>

  • Taking It to the Max

    published August 22, 1996

    The attorney for the plaintiff wore a khaki jumpsuit and leg irons. Most of the witnesses were merely disembodied voices in the air. The audience,... More >>

  • This Jail for Hire

    published August 8, 1996

    The Insiders The Colorado Department of Corrections has spent millions of dollars in recent years to accommodate its new crop of "special... More >>

  • See Dick Run. Run, Dick, Run!

    published July 18, 1996

    "Look, on this whole issue of running for President, I'm not trying to be coy at all. In fact, I want to be very direct with you. Running for... More >>

  • The Sins of Youth

    published July 18, 1996

    The Insiders In the overcrowded Colorado prison system, corrections officials face a new breed of customer: the special-needs inmate. Much... More >>

  • Isn't It Romantic?

    published July 4, 1996

    In one of the stranger tests of the University of Colorado's new get-tough policy on sexual harassment, an internal committee has found "no... More >>

  • Speak No Evil

    published June 20, 1996

    John Deans learned a hard lesson about office politics: Be careful what you say about your boss. Particularly if you're a federal employee... More >>

  • Fear and Groping in Boulder

    published June 6, 1996

    Jennifer Miller had put up with all she was going to take. An employee of the University of Colorado for almost thirty years, she'd risen from the... More >>

  • Mystery Train

    published May 16, 1996

    The sun refused to appear last Thursday morning at the Regional Transportation District's light-rail station at I-25 and Broadway, but nobody... More >>

  • Adding Insult to Injury

    published May 9, 1996

    We help injured people...that's our job!" "I know how to handle insurance companies; I used to be their attorney!" "I will fight for... More >>

  • Dear *#%&!!

    published April 25, 1996

    When Karen Jenkins went to work for a market-research company a few years ago, she expected to spend her time talking to consumers about their... More >>

  • Winging It

    published April 11, 1996

    When Phil Burgess gets up to speak, he doesn't just take the floor. He takes the whole room--floor, walls, ceiling, people and every last scrap of... More >>

  • Wire Me Up, Wire Me Down

    published March 21, 1996

    In the cross-wired, deeply incestuous world of communications conglomerates, nothing lasts forever. Telegiants swap partners with abandon; today's... More >>

  • Take My Bus - Please.

    published March 14, 1996

    Take your pick: Either the Regional Transportation District is in the process of paying $15 million too much to buy a bunch of used buses, or the... More >>

  • Mean Spirits

    published February 29, 1996

    All Alex Pappas wanted was a liquor store. All his neighbors wanted was for him to sell his booze somewhere else. Out of that fundamental... More >>

  • Apocalypse Now (But First, a Word From Our Sponsors)

    published February 22, 1996

    Ask religious broadcasters, from the elfin Pat Robertson to the funky Reverend Ike, and they'll tell you: Doing the Lord's work takes plenty of... More >>


    published January 31, 1996

    Reyel Simmons knew he was in trouble when his mother-in-law told him about the poster she'd seen at her nail salon--the one that screamed... More >>

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