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  • The Long and Winding Road: A Prisoner's Diary

    published December 18, 1997

    The following are excerpts from a diary kept by William Minnix, a convicted felon transported from Ohio to Colorado last July by Transcor America... More >>

  • The Touchy-Feely Approach

    published December 4, 1997

    A kiss is still a kiss. A sigh is just a sigh. And the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against a prominent educator at the University of... More >>

  • Of Mice and Men

    published November 27, 1997

    Somewhere beneath the tall grasses of Rocky Flats, not far from the small streams that wind through the buffer zone surrounding the former... More >>

  • Bitter Lesson

    published November 20, 1997

    John Hellner waited five years for his day in court. Last week it took less than two hours for a Fort Collins jury to decide that Hellner and... More >>

  • Bugging Out

    published November 20, 1997

    There are a few things Danielle Marie Dixon doesn't like about her east Denver apartment. There's the toilet on the sagging floor that she worries... More >>

  • Loft Horizon

    published November 6, 1997

    Joanne and Manny Salzman don't really mind the sounds of city life--the trains rolling through Union Station across Wynkoop Street, the... More >>

  • Divide the Ride

    published October 23, 1997

    Forget Eugene O'Neill. Never mind Tennessee Williams. To hell with Miller, Albee, Shepard, Mamet. If you're looking for intricate,... More >>

  • Spinning Their Wheels

    published October 23, 1997

    First, a pop quiz. The Guide the Ride transit plan, which metro-area voters are being asked to fund with a sales-tax increase, is: a) A... More >>

  • Scenes From an Execution

    published October 16, 1997

    With all its bureaucratic ritual and live, up-to-the-minute news bursts, Monday's execution of Gary Davis was a collective wallowing in death by... More >>

  • Where's Mikey?

    published September 25, 1997

    After more than a year of living on the streets of Denver, time was running out for Michael Allen Wells. The 29-year-old drifter may have sensed... More >>

  • The People's Hired Gun

    published September 18, 1997

    Nearly two years after it began, a federal lawsuit filed by a Denver police captain against Mayor Wellington Webb and other city officials has... More >>

  • It's the Pits

    published September 4, 1997

    Marshall "Slim" Hopkins stands on a windswept precipice in southern Teller County, a couple of miles outside the town of Victor. It is a place he... More >>

  • Hush-Hush Money

    published August 14, 1997

    After more than seventeen years of litigation, Lawrence Wollersheim knows that talk isn't cheap--not when you're talking to lawyers and your... More >>

  • It Takes a Greek Town

    published July 31, 1997

    The defining moment in the history of Denver's Greek Town passed unnoticed a few months ago, when Takis Dadiotis went to city officials to... More >>

  • Beating the Train

    published July 24, 1997

    Shortly before six on a Wednesday evening, the first wave of derailers arrives at the charmless offices of the Independence Institute, the... More >>

  • Singing Like a Canary: The Birdman's Caged Book

    published July 10, 1997

    Charles Dudley Martin was just starting his law career when he came across the Thomas Gaddis book Birdman of Alcatraz. The Springfield, Missouri,... More >>

  • Con Heir

    published July 10, 1997

    James Carey is in the hole again. He moves slowly into the visitors' room, hands cuffed and tethered to his waist, his stride reduced to a... More >>

  • Safely Behind Bars

    published July 3, 1997

    Twenty years ago, Fidel Ramos found the living conditions in Canon City's "Old Max" penitentiary so appalling that he sued the state, charging... More >>

  • Story Time

    published June 12, 1997

    The town of Laporte sits on the edge of the Roosevelt National Forest, its back turned to the interstate a few miles away, and that's how it... More >>

  • Give Till It Hurts

    published June 5, 1997

    You've got to hand it to Charles E. Blair. Thousands of people did, to their everlasting regret. This Sunday, June 8, Blair will celebrate... More >>

  • Carving a Niche

    published May 22, 1997

    Bill Potts gets along with just about everybody. Still, there was a woman at an art show in Boulder who managed to curl his lip. A sculptor... More >>

  • Liar, Liar

    published May 8, 1997

    In the fall of 1995, Kenneth Allen Coleman made the mistake of his life. Flush with cash from an insurance settlement, the 28-year-old parolee got... More >>

  • A Hard Line on the High Line

    published April 24, 1997

    Like a lot of residents of southeast Denver, Judy LaMar has come to embrace the High Line Canal trail as a refuge from the urban madness. Joggers... More >>

  • All the News That Fits

    published April 10, 1997

    From the moment he flew into town early last year, Dennis Britton noticed something strange about Denver's daily newspapers. A former... More >>

  • The Hundred Years War: A Century of Red Ink and Bad Press

    published April 10, 1997

    1895--Local curio magnate Harry Tammen and Kansas scoundrel Frederick Bonfils buy the fledgling Denver Evening Post for $12,500 and start shaping... More >>

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