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    Parting Shots - Members of the Colorado Xplosion have one last lunch together.

    The Colorado Xplosion finally rated a front-page story in the Denver Post's December 23 sports section. The team's accomplishment? Going out of business. The demise of the American Basketball League didn't come as a complete surprise, however, s...

    by C.J. Janovy on January 7, 1999
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    Season's Greeting

    It is still the holiday season on the windy, treeless plain that is Dove Valley, and the man who's overseen the Denver Broncos media machine for 21 seasons is in a mood for parables. "Say your car is stalled on the railroad track," Jim Saccomano begi...

    by Bill Gallo on January 7, 1999
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    Savage Love

    Dan Savage has been writing "Savage Love," a nationally syndicated sex-advice column, for seven years--enough time to become an expert on everything from women's orgasms to safe sex to abusive boyfriends to Hollywood blockbusters to gerbils. Have a q...

    by Dan Savage on January 7, 1999
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    The Long Road Home

    For drama, it didn't come close to a young man tortured and strung up like a scarecrow on a fence beside a lonely strip of Wyoming asphalt. Which meant that for the media, it barely rated a mention. On November 1, 1993, a battered body was found...

    by Patricia Calhoun on January 7, 1999
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    Airheads The symbol of a blow-up doll on your December 31 Year in Review issue was particularly appropriate, since Westword is so often full of hot air. Jayne Riley Denver It has been refreshing to move to a new city and discover origi...

    on January 7, 1999
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    Home Alone

    Bryan Scheferkort left behind a hundred bad memories on the streets of Denver, but he can't shake one image that will always remind him of the year he spent without a home. One night last spring, at about 2 a.m., he and three friends were smo...

    by Harrison Fletcher on January 7, 1999
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    A New Dress for the Old Gal - If Art Greer has his way, Diamond Lil's will be a porno palace Denver can be proud of.

    A couple of years ago, Art Greer developed an interest in local history and began working to revive the decrepit neighborhood just northeast of LoDo. The area is one of the few that hasn't been goosed by the proximity of Coors Field, but convincing t...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 7, 1999
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    Nursing a Grudge - Jerry Ritchie doesn't like Meridian retirement homes or owner Trish Nagel. She'd like Jerry to keep quiet -- and she has the money to make him.

    Jerry Ritchie is dying. He has emphysema, and as he moves around his small Arvada apartment, he carefully steps over the plastic tubes that link him to an oxygen tank. For the last several years, Ritchie has been in and out of hospitals and nursing h...

    by Stuart Steers on January 7, 1999
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    Strange but True

    Colorado truly was an altered state in 1998. A Boulder manufacturer of Halloween "Dracula Fangs" sued a competitor for selling allegedly identical devices known as "Fangtastics." A fourteen-year-old sexual assault suspect was arrested in Boulde...

    on December 31, 1998
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    This Year Blows! - Kissing off a year of six-minute smooches and sex-toy cigars.

    Since the moment Michael Kennedy made unfortunate contact with a tree on an Aspen ski slope on New Year's Eve 1997, it's all been downhill for Colorado. If 1997 had been a peak year for the state--which attracted international attention with its...

    on December 31, 1998
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    Hall of Shame - You'd have to go a fur piece to find bigger embarrassments.

    Pat and Annabel Bowlen Corporate Welfare King and Queen Years ago, when Canadian millionaire Pat Bowlen started angling for a new stadium, one with deep revenue streams and luxury boxes that he hadn't already sold off, image consultants warne...

    on December 31, 1998
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    Losers No More

    It was the year of Hurricane Mitch and Typhoon Monica, of Governor Ventura and King Viagra. It was the year they finally played college football at Mile High Stadium (Colorado 42, Colorado State 14), the year Harry Caray and his "Holy Cow!" died. It ...

    by Bill Gallo on December 31, 1998
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    Green Acres I loved Stuart Steers's December 17 article, "The Village People," on the Greenwood Village annexation. Having taught at Cherry Creek High School for over 25 years, I have some experience with what Greenwood Village considers "solutio...

    on December 31, 1998
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    An Honest Living - Researchers may have fabricated state-of-the-art polygraph technology, but it can't forge the Truth.

    The examiner tells you to sit down in an old, creaky chair with high, worn-down armrests. If the chair had straps to secure your legs, it would look like the one they use to fry people at the pen. Even though the examiner has gone over the questions ...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on December 24, 1998
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    On Solid Grounds - Looking for some holiday cheer?

    As the singing Christmas tree next to the cash register slogs through its third rendition of "Jingle Bells," Robbin O'Donley stops pouring coffee long enough to gleefully pull the plug. "That thing's starting to drive me crazy," she says, then pauses...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 24, 1998
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    A Dunn Deal - How're you gonna keep those biosolids down on the farm?

    Maverick Elbert County commissioner's concern over thousands of tons of waste from Denver's sewer system being used as fertilizer has spawned an unprecedented $1.4 million agreement to monitor soil and water on an eastern Colorado farm. Since ta...

    by Stuart Steers on December 24, 1998
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    Adios AOL, Hola Problema - What's in a name? A fight, if your name is America Online.

    No one can deny that America Online is the cheapest slut on the Internet. The company hands out start-up CDs faster than a hooker spreads the clap (so far, it's managed to infect 14 million subscribers with its unique brand of easy Net access). But a...

    by Chris LaMorte on December 24, 1998
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    Tree Wise Man - Christmas-tree hawker Tony Smith carries a heavy load in Boulder.

    This time of year, you'd think a truckload of Christmas trees would be a welcome sight, a Hallmark moment to lift the holiday spirit. But that's not the case if that truck is rolling through Boulder County with Tony Smith at the wheel and a load of l...

    by Marty Jones on December 24, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Bear hug: Impeachment-happy Republicans thought the timing was a mite suspicious, but the air strikes on Iraq proved an unexpected boon for Dave Liniger, the Re/Max International founder who's planning to sail around the world in a balloon shortly af...

    on December 24, 1998
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    Sweet Home

    The people in the picture on this page are all Denver musicians with at least twenty years' seniority. Every one of them played with guitarist Tom Butters, who died of an overdose last week at age 46. And they are just a handful of the players who...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on December 24, 1998
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