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    Shut out of the DNC's big Vanity Fair party. Again

    When we stopped by the visitor's bureau booth in Pavilion 3 outside the Pepsi Center yesterday -- chips, beer and hits of oxygen! -- the conversation turned to an e-mail that several Denver bold names had received that day, a painful slap in the face...

    @ The Latest Word by Patricia Calhoun on August 28, 2008 @ 8:07 am
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    Denver Art Museum's Focus: The Figure opens in time for the DNC

    In this week's Westword, art critic Michael Paglia writes about Focus: the Figure, a reinstallation of permanent-collection galleries at the Denver Art Museum, which opened last week in time for the Democratic National Convention. Click here for the ...

    @ The Latest Word by Joe Tone on August 28, 2008 @ 8:01 am
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    5280 web editor turns into crime-fighting vigilante during DNC

    With all the drunk and oblivious and self-absorbed people around right now, Denver is a pickpocket's wet dream - that is, unless they have the misfortune of running into Vanessa Martinez, 5280 magazine's web editor and, as it turns out, possessor of ...

    @ The Latest Word by Joel Warner on August 28, 2008 @ 7:45 am
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    Barack Obama's education plan gets help from Colorado principal

    Slide show This week's Westword features a cover story by Jessica Centers about Mike Johnston, principal at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts in Thornton and one of Obama's education advisers. For photos of Johnston, his students and teache...

    @ The Latest Word by Joe Tone on August 28, 2008 @ 7:05 am
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    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 27 edition

    Can you believe it -- a blog shortcut published on the day that's in its headline? If Demver was any more stuffed with content, it'd be Mr. Creosote before that wafer-thin mint. Cruise over for a DNC day-two slideshow, tips about getting into ritzy ...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 6:01 pm
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    After the shouting died down

    At last, they've finally come together -- in the trash bin.

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
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    All over but the attention-getting

    Once Clinton left the Pepsi Center stage, Jin Ho Kang and Yoougsook Kang, a pair of reverends from Aurora, delivered the closing prayer and the proceedings were promptly gaveled to a close for the night -- at which point the band launched into Sly & ...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 3:50 pm
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    Hillary Speaks

    At last, the night's big moment: Hillary Clinton's unity speech, which was meant to convince supporters thinking about bailing to John McCain to throw their support behind Barack Obama despite the Democratic candidates' bitter primary battle. The man...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 3:40 pm
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    The sign squad

    After a roof-raising speech by Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, whose charm and effectiveness undoubtedly reenforced his reputation as a rising Democratic star, the Pepsi Center's lights dimmed for a Hillary Clinton tribute video -- an odd mix of e...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
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    Breaking out of the pack

    It took me part of former Virginia governor Mark Warner's keynote speech, all of the talk by Ohio governor Ted Strickland and the opening section of the address by Massachusett's governor Deval Patrick to reach the opposite side of the Pepsi Center f...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 3:02 pm
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    Getting the media's back

    As those of us in the (barely) moving mosh pit inched our way around the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, we passed by broadcast platforms populated by network heavyweights. My photos of the CNN crew -- Wolf Blitzer included -- plus NBC's David Gregory...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
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    Floor scrum

    When I hit the Pepsi Center floor, former Virgnia governor Mark Warner was delivering the Democratic National Convention keynote address -- not that I or anyone else around me registered one word of it. There were far too many bodies in a too-small s...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 2:27 pm
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    DNC press row

    Once I finally made it into the Pepsi Center on Tuesday evening, I was directed toward section 106 -- press row. The area has a couple of significant advantages over other spots in the arena. For one thing, it has power -- the electrical kind, not th...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
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    The longest three-minute bus ride in history

    When it became clear that many of the people gathered outside the Pepsi Center on Tuesday evening might not make it inside in time for Hillary Clinton's big speech, Democratic National Convention personnel decided to allow anyone present who wasn't c...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 1:34 pm
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    New photos of protester being struck by police officer

    A Westword staff member took photographs before and after a woman was struck by a police officer during an August 26 protest near Civic Center Park; They can be seen below. In an August 27 Rocky Mountain News' report on the story, which includes a v...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    The Daily Show's John Oliver on the downside of equality

    In the midst of the ridiculous line to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, I found myself standing alongside none other than British-born comedian John Oliver, a correspondent for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart who I'd just enjoyed at the first of th...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 10:59 am
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    Bottleneck blues

    As soon as Tuesday's taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart wrapped (read all about it here), I raced back to Westword's 10th and Broadway office, parked my car, and began the trek to the Pepsi Center for the evening's Hillary Clinton-centric spec...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 10:47 am
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    Inside the first Denver taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

    The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is taping shows at the University of Denver's Newman Center Tuesday through Friday during DNC week, and after trying and failing to snag tickets through the show's website (admittedly, I started late), I figured I'd be...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 10:01 am
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    Big fences make cranky talk-show hosts

    On Monday morning, when Peter Boyles started broadcasting live from Civic Center Park, the park was wide open to all visitors. On Tuesday morning, same thing. But when he arrived at 3:30 a.m. this morning, the park was suddenly surrounded by temporar...

    @ The Latest Word by Patricia Calhoun on August 27, 2008 @ 9:10 am
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    Frustrated by Fox

    After my success at getting into CNN's outside-the-Pepsi Center base of operations, I moved a hundred yards or so down the perimeter to Braun's Bar & Grill, which Fox News has taken over for the run of the Democratic National Convention. Unlike with ...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 9:01 am
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