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    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    January 23, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D The American Mid-West | The story of how On The Road was written is perhaps a better known story than the plot of On The Road itself: In 1951, a young writer named Jack Kerouac rolled several scrolls of te...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 14, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    January 23 by David Amram The American Mid-West | As boy brought up on a farm in Pennsylvania in the late 1930s, I have never forgotten the love of trains, which our generation shared. The distant rattle and rumble of the steam locomotives pulling...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 14, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Haunted DIA Strikes Again, Befuddles David Byrne's WiFi

    The conspiracy theorists must be right: Denver International Airport is a gate to Hell. After all, what other than some diabolical force would deign to upset nerd-tastic musician David Byrne (he of the Talking Heads) as he tried to access his favorit...

    @ The Latest Word by Joel Warner on February 13, 2008 @ 6:22 pm
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    The Rest Is History

    After running with the idea of building a new and mostly subterranean Colorado History Museum within Civic Center for months (as discussed here in "Going Under?") the board of the Colorado Historical Society, in a rare moment of clarity, formally r...

    @ The Latest Word by Patricia Calhoun on February 13, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
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    Rocky Road

    Single-game tickets for Colorado Rockies games will go on sale Febuary 16, and yes, the club will once again rely on Paciolan (now owned by Ticketmaster) for Internet purchases. Paciolan is the California company that handled last October's World S...

    @ The Latest Word by Jonathan Shikes on February 13, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
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    Shmuck of the Week

    Back in Representative Larry Liston's day, people called 'em as they saw 'em, and Liston calls 'em sluts. Or at least, that's how the Colorado Springs Republican chose to describe unwed teenage parents on February 6 during a Republican caucus meeting...

    @ The Latest Word by Jonathan Shikes on February 13, 2008 @ 10:05 am
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    French Twist

    A few months ago, I got an e-mail from Sean -- one of my original commandoes, a hired gun whose long and noble service to the cause dated back to my first days here. An ex-chef and patissier, Sean was one of the first guys to eat with me profession...

    @ The Latest Word by Patricia Calhoun on February 13, 2008 @ 8:29 am
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    Stupid Audience Tricks: Seeing Dave, Part One

    I got this call at work two weeks back. It was someone asking me if I wanted tickets to go see David Letterman. Now, it's been a longtime goal of mine to see David Letterman's show in person. Late Nite or Late Show, either one, doesn't matter. ...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 13, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    January 19, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D Denver | Jack Kerouac's On The Road, based in part on Kerouac's own life traveling back and forth across the United States in the mid to late 1940s, was written in a spontaneous but highly disciplined styl...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 13, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    January 19, 2008 by David Amram Denver | When I first came to Denver in the mid-forties with my family, and later on when traveling through with different bands, I was always aware of Larimer Street and Five Points as the two places in Denver that...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 13, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    2002 Best of Denver Winners

    In 2002, Westword published its nineteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best New Festival (Frozen Dead Guy Days took the chill off March in Nederland) to Best Start for a New Neighborhood (the Mille...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 13, 2008 @ 7:00 am
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    Makovsky Snags the McClintock Building

    As described in the story "Evan Almighty," developer Evan Makovsky made celebratory headlines last summer when he managed to buy up most of decrepit Block 162 in the middle of downtown Denver so the eyesore could be redeveloped. The only building on ...

    @ The Latest Word by Joel Warner on February 12, 2008 @ 11:02 am
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    Haunted Sculpture Arrives at DIA. Flyers, Rejoice!

    The enormous "Mustang" sculpture finally made its way to the ground of Denver International Airport yesterday, only fourteen years past deadline. Crews installed the 32-foot fiberglass horse where Pena Boulevard splits south of the main terminal. The...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 12, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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    Strike Two

    Hollywood writers have already begun to return to work, even though the strike isn't officially over--which is a sign of either how much trust exists now that the picketing is done, or how many people realized that they need to delete their stuff (...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 12, 2008 @ 10:29 am
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    So Louisville's Got That Going For It, Which Is Nice

    My personal commitment to the Froggish arts is nothing when compared to the two-line backstory of Uttam Lama, chef at the five-month-old Tibet's Restaurant in Louisville. Uttam spent fourteen years as the chef at a Tibetan monastery. While there,...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 12, 2008 @ 9:58 am
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    Another Behind-the-Scenes Rocky Departure

    Reporters and other byline earners aren't the only folks fleeing the Rocky Mountain News these days. Employees assigned to the paper's all-important website are also moving on with a regularity that has to be disheartening for those who remain. The...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on February 12, 2008 @ 7:51 am
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    On the Dimming of Shine Magazine

    The November 22, 2007 Message column focused on the prospect of a local magazine war involving at least three publications -- 5280, the existing champ, which had proved that Denver could support a glossy in style; Denver magazine, whose execs were ...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on February 12, 2008 @ 7:04 am
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    The Rocky's John Temple Warns Staffers About Consequences of Caucus Participation

    The Colorado caucuses are over, but they're not forgotten -- particularly at the Rocky Mountain News. In a column published on February 9, four days after the vote, John Temple, the Rocky's editor/publisher/president, wrote that journalists who cho...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on February 11, 2008 @ 1:34 pm
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    Charting Graf: The CIA Wall

    Slide Show As Charting Graf reported in this blog, and spotlighted again here, the private wall that graffiti writers refer to as "The CIA Wall" has a long and storied past. Here's a slide show sample of some of the production pieces, or murals, t...

    @ The Latest Word by Sean Cronin on February 11, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
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    The Monday Squeeze Play at the Denver Post

    The last item in the February 7 Message found Denver Post editor Greg Moore explaining the decision to combine the broadsheet's Denver & the West and Business sections Monday through Friday. However, Moore didn't mention another squeeze play -- one...

    @ The Latest Word by Michael Roberts on February 11, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
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Ask a Stoner: The search for low-priced MMJ recommendations Ask a Stoner: The search for low-priced MMJ recommendations

Dear Stoner: What is the cheapest place to get a medical marijuana recommendation? I've got all my paperwork, and I'm disabled.Malcolm Dear Malcolm: This is one of the most-asked questions on… More >>

Letters: Gretchen Kurtz is a well-seasoned reviewer

"Shock of the New," Letters, April 10 Critical Ass Regarding the letter about Gretchen Kurtz from "Name Withheld": Am I the only one who loathes a person who scathes people and… More >>

Dear Mexican: Who's bilingual in the U.S.?

Dear Mexican: Our grandparents came from Mexico. The entire next generation spoke Spanish. However, in my generation, pretty much none of us do. One cousin's daughter does because the cousin… More >>

The Ludlow Massacre must not be forgotten

This week, Westword looks back at one of the darkest episodes in Colorado history: the Ludlow Massacre, a shooting war between striking coal miners and state troops that had a… More >>

Could a casino help commemorate the Sand Creek Massacre? It has before.

Ka-ching. Coloradans could vote on at least three new gambling proposals this November, including one that would allow Kiowa County to host a single casino. That proposal's boosters want legislators… More >>

Reader: "DPS felt I was disposable"

"Game Time," Off Limits, April 10 Going to Pot The sun is out and the weather is gorgeous, so therefore my neighborhood smells like 4/20. Can't wait to see how… More >>

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On April 12, 1864, Black Hawk became the second city in Colorado to be incorporated — three years behind Denver and just a few hours ahead of Central City, the… More >>

Dear Mexican: Where did "Latino" come from?

Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles — they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times. One thing I find a little… More >>

Ask a Stoner: Celebrating 4/20 in Denver

Dear Stoner: It's our first 4/20 in Denver. Give us some tips.Mountain Mark Dear Mark: While the organizers of the two-day 4/20 rally are asking people not to light up at… More >>

Teachers fight back against Denver Public Schools in court Teachers fight back against Denver Public Schools in court

At 55, Cynthia Masters wasn't ready to stop being a teacher. The energetic single mom had come to the profession late in life but had quickly grown to love it.… More >>

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