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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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    Breaching the CNN barrier

    Wanted to check out CNN's Democratic National Convention headquarters -- Brooklyn's, a restaurant near the Pepsi Center in an area referred to by the security staff as "the perimeter." So I ambled up to a secuirty guard at one entrance and asked if I...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 8:50 am
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    Ken Salazar: scintillating

    Colorado Senator Ken Salazar has been chosen to help formally nominate Barack Obama for president on Wednesday night, and all I can say is, brace yourself for the thrill of a lifetime. Salazar is among the most laconic, monotonal speakers ever electe...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 8:37 am
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    The Westword.com blog shortcut, belated August 26 edition

    It's never too late to look back on the blogs that were. On Tuesday, Backbeat Online paged through the diary of a DNC party crasher, offered an extensive roundup of new concert announcements and reviewed Cinemocracy Rocks!, featuring sort-of-hometow...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 8:22 am
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    John McClane for President

    In the melee of the insatiable, frenzied Obama-fucking that currently is D-town, Colorado, there are glimmers of opposition - fratty, white heads that suddenly poke out of holes, making one wish he was clutching a Whac-A-Mole baton. They are McCain ...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 8:01 am
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    Denver's Freewheelin bikes: best freebie ever

    Denver right now is essentially one big schwag bag. Everywhere you go, everyone's giving stuff away: smoothies, condoms, booze, morals, you name it. The best freebie of all, however, has to be the Freewheelin program that has 1,000 bikes stationed ar...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 7:41 am
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    Umm, sirs, that doesn't look like Barack Obama

    Some local street artists -- I'm told they go by "Jher451" and "el mac" -- had the audacity to paint this totally Obama-less mural on the side of the La Boheme strip club this week. It seems the portrait artist, el mac, was all Obama'd out. OK, fi...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 7:20 am
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    Cop shoots protester!

    Local photographer Jamie Secrest sent in this shot, of an apparently bored cop firing off some shots of his own Monday.

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on August 27, 2008 @ 7:05 am
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Dear Stoner: Can non-residents buy edibles in Colorado? Dear Stoner: Can non-residents buy edibles in Colorado?

Dear Stoner: My dad lives in Aurora, and we're coming out for his 75th birthday party. My wife has never smoked pot (or anything, not even cigarettes) but suffers from… More >>

Reader: "Thank God for gardens -- they give life, food"

"Growing Concerns," Kyle Harris, july 17 Way to Grow! Excellent article. Tragic. I am afraid all of Denver has fallen victim to gentrification. One man's progress is another man's demise.… More >>

Dear Mexican: Why do your people stay in the U.S.?

Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I'll be returning to my country or to Kuala Lumpur. Since I've been in this country,… More >>

Readers weigh in on the state's fracking debate

"Frack Attack!," Alan Prendergast, July 10 What the Frack? Another excellent story by Alan Prendergast. Thank you for injecting some sanity into the hysterical — on all sides — discussion… More >>

Dear Stoner: How much THC equals a lethal dose? Dear Stoner: How much THC equals a lethal dose?

Dear Stoner: I know that you cannot OD by smoking weed, but what about ingesting it? There are some very strong eatables; what if I get the munchies on marijuana… More >>

Dear Mexican: What do you think about going back to Europe?

Dear Mexican: I have some questions and observations. During George W. Bush's administration, there was a lot of talk about comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty, to some). One remark that I… More >>

How Colorado became ground zero in America's energy wars How Colorado became ground zero in America's energy wars

At the Denver premiere of the film Dear Governor Hickenlooper last month, there were no stretch limos, no red-carpet divas, no paparazzi or moguls in tuxedos. What you got instead,… More >>

Dear Stoner: How should I talk to my children about pot? Dear Stoner: How should I talk to my children about pot?

Dear Stoner: I drive around town with my seven-year-old, and I know it is only a matter of time before he starts asking me about the "MMJ" signs everywhere. How… More >>

Readers remember Denver's early comedy scene

"Lori Story," Chris Utterback, June 26 Solid Gold Appreciate your writing and reflections on Denver's comedy scene via "Lori's Story." Just want to share that there was an active comedy… More >>

Dear Mexican: Why don't many Mexicans smoke?

Dear Mexican: I noticed that Mexican people don't generally smoke. I'm not condoning smoking, but it's interesting to see how some groups do or don't smoke, and I have yet… More >>

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