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    ESPYs Offer Shout-Out to Denver Broncos Groundbreaker Marlin Briscoe

    Colorado sports personalities and franchises made a handful of appearances in ESPN's sixteenth-annual ESPY awards, broadcast on July 20 -- not all of them flattering. Carmelo Anthony (accompanied by significant other LaLa Vazquez) could be seen in ...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on July 21, 2008 @ 10:55 am
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    Alex Markels Makes Contestants Earn Their Concert Tickets

    Boulder journalist Alex Markels (pictured) is a mighty creative fellow, as numerous major news organizations have learned; the credits listed on his extremely impressive rsum include staff work for or contributions to the New York Times, the Wal...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on July 21, 2008 @ 8:47 am
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    James Dobson Flirts with McCain -- and the Press

    Not so long ago, Focus on the Family chieftain James Dobson (pictured) was at risk of becoming irrelevant in regard to the 2008 presidential campaign due in part to his oft-stated dislike for both John McCain and Barack Obama, one of whom will take...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on July 21, 2008 @ 8:30 am
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    The Gong Show Returneth

    The great irony of the original Gong Show, which has been resurrected by Comedy Central with Dave Attell as host (check your local listings for airtimes), was that the program itself would have gotten gonged. And to its credit, it (and its creator,...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on July 21, 2008 @ 8:24 am
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    The Future of Movies Arrives... in Grand Junction?

    I spent much of last week in Grand Junction, the town of my birth, and between visits with relatives, my family and I escaped the scorching heat for a few hours by going to a couple of movies, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and The Dark Knight. When I...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on July 21, 2008 @ 7:13 am
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    Ex-Denver Post Columnist Cindy Rodriguez Resurfaces -- In the Classroom

    In April 2007, Cindy Rodriguez, a Denver Post metro columnist known for prose that tended toward metaphysical dopiness or the painfully obvious, announced that she was leaving her high-profile gig for a reporting position at the Detroit News -- goo...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on July 21, 2008 @ 6:40 am
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    Letters to the Editor - Letters from the week of 8/28/2008

    "Rise of the Flobots," Adam Cayton-Holland, August 21 Go With the Flobots Adam Cayton-Holland, what a bunch of shit. First off, great job at being an impartial journalist and letting your understandable bias toward your friends' band not i...

    on August 28, 2008
  • Speer Boulevard corners the market on views -- and Obama souvenirs

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    Speer Boulevard corners the market on views -- and Obama souvenirs

    The whole world is in my back yard. From the bluffs right above the confluence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek, the layout of the Democratic National Convention spreads before me -- from the Colorado Convention Center to the Pepsi Center to ...

    by Patricia Calhoun on August 28, 2008
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    Don't Fence Me In

    The world may be in my back yard -- but it's not easy to join the party. On Monday, I decided to go green and hike along Speer Boulevard to the Pepsi Center for the start of the Democratic National Convention. Although Speer had already been clos...

    by Patricia Calhoun on August 28, 2008
  • Michelle Malkin can't handle the 9/11 Truth

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    Michelle Malkin can't handle the 9/11 Truth

    As of Tuesday night, Denver was still in one piece. Although the carnival atmosphere downtown, the sign-wavers handing out fliers, the vendors, the riot police and the closed streets thrilled some Denverites and irritated others, nothing had blow...

    on August 28, 2008
  • The DNC proves it: Denver loves black people

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    The DNC proves it: Denver loves black people

    The last time I can recall seeing this city even vaguely like it is right now -- mired in a whirlwind of excitement over the Democratic National Convention -- was in 2005, when we hosted the NBA All-Star Game. Then, as now, Denver was aflame with ga...

    by Adam Cayton-Holland on August 28, 2008
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    Why do Mexicans make asses of their donkeys?

    Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans paint stripes on their donkeys in Tijuana? Avenida Revolucin Reveler Dear Gabacho: Same reason we put worms in tequila bottles, celebrate Cinco de Mayo and star in Beverly Hills Chihuahua: to cheat gabachos out o...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 28, 2008
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    Max Karson bids adieu to CU

    When last we checked in with Max Karson, the controversial University of Colorado at Boulder student was in the headlines for "If It's War the Asians Want...," a satirical essay that many readers interpreted as racist even though he says he intended...

    by Michael Roberts on August 28, 2008
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    The Colorado Daily changes course

    Colorado Daily reporter Richard Valenty is a self-described "political junkie" who has covered the doings of Boulder's activists and office-holders for years -- so he was understandably thrilled when his supervisors managed to land press credentials...

    by Michael Roberts on August 28, 2008
  • Barack Obama gives principal Michael Johnston extra credit

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    Barack Obama gives principal Michael Johnston extra credit

    At 3:10 p.m. on May 28 -- dismissal time on the last day of school at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts in Thornton -- 500 students in the seventh through eleventh grades gave a final cheer that echoed through the gymnasium. "Have a great su...

    by Jessica Centers on August 28, 2008
  • Superintendent Charlotte Ciancio may have super powers

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    Superintendent Charlotte Ciancio may have super powers

    When Charlotte Ciancio became superintendent of Mapleton Public Schools in 2001, she took a long, hard look at the district that had always felt like home. After all, she'd attended elementary school in Thornton and worked for Mapleton in various ca...

    by Jessica Centers on August 28, 2008
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    Flipping the Bird at the Army

    How convenient! Even as Representative Wes McKinley and southeastern Colorado ranchers were complaining about the Army's revised plans to take part of Pinon Canyon for a training facility, a ranch family was revealing that they had had found a rare...

    @ The Latest Word by Patricia Calhoun on July 18, 2008 @ 8:37 pm
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    The Westword.com Blog Shortcut, July 18 Edition

    Things were a little slow here in the Latest Word, but the rest of our site was jumping. Here's a roundup of what you'll find around the site's blogs today. Cafe Society bit into the strange, new apple fries at Burger King. Sounds ... processed. You...

    @ The Latest Word by Cory Casciato on July 18, 2008 @ 6:07 pm
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    Zombies on the Brain

    Tonight and tomorrow, as part of The Dead of Summer film festival, the Denver Film Society will be presenting the 1985 horror-comedy classic Return of the Living Dead. It's scary, it's funny and it introduced the idea that zombies hunger for the swee...

    @ The Latest Word by Cory Casciato on July 18, 2008 @ 5:51 pm
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    Shmuckalo Bill

    Jeffrey Scott Hawn, a 44-year-old Austin, Texas, businessman who owns a ranch in Park County, was charged with 32 counts of animal cruelty earlier this week, one count of criminal mischief and theft to the tune of $20,000. You may remember Hawn (p...

    @ The Latest Word by Jonathan Shikes on July 18, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
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Dear Stoner: I've always wanted a hemp houseplant. What are the rules and regulations for growing hemp on a small, non-commercial scale? And does that count as one of the… More >>

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