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    Pop-top Flop - A neighbor raises the roof over a city board's reluctance to follow its own rules.

    Has Denver's much-ballyhooed "pop-top" ordinance gone flat? The ordinance was passed five years ago by the city council after Washington Park residents complained bitterly about huge second-story additions to area homes that dwarfed neighboring h...

    by Stuart Steers on July 2, 1998
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    On the Road Again - A low-rent Jack Kerouac mooching his way across the West gets a wake-up call in Littleton.

    New York writer Ray Jadwick had been through a lot in his journey out West. Roswell, New Mexico: He bought a pair of rattlesnake boots from a roadside Indian who kept calling him "Bro." Tombstone, Arizona: He ran into a guy who thought he wa...

    by T.R. Witcher on July 2, 1998
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    Kickin' It

    If you had a nickel for every man, woman and child watching the World Cup on television, you could buy Denmark--or maybe a decent lunch for two in Paris. Astonishing but true: Around the globe, 37 billion people are currently glued to their sets as a...

    by Bill Gallo on July 2, 1998
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    Letters

    Yawn Care Your (yawn) Best of Denver (yawn) issue had such (yawn) variety from the (yawn) past few years' issues (yawn). It was really interesting (yawn) reading all about Aimee Sporer's (yawn) hair again, and (yawn) all those neato paragraphs by...

    on July 2, 1998
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    You Can't Get There From Here

    The bus stops here. During last year's State of the City address, Wellington Webb urged the Broncos to give up on Stapleton and instead support a new stadium downtown. Even in these heady economic times, Webb warned, a Stapleton site was too dar...

    by Patricia Calhoun on July 2, 1998
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    Think! - Use your brain: Make it rain. This is Neil Slade's big moment. Fifteen million people will be listening.

    There's not a cloud in the sky. If Neil Slade were just another picnicker at Mt. Falcon Park, this would be an auspicious sign. But Neil was looking forward to something cushy and cumulus. If it were floating in the sky above him right now, he'd ...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on July 2, 1998
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    Justice Delayed - With the right defendant pulling the strings, Colorado's domestic-violence system can be tied into knots. A victim's story.

    I did not see the attack coming, even though the marriage was in crisis. My husband was troubled. For the past four months, he'd medicated himself with a nightly dose of alcohol and television. He was hostile. He was depressed. He was contemptuous an...

    on June 18, 1998
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    No Way to Treat a Lady: Victims Get Busted, Too

    Krystal was getting ready to go to her weekly batterer class when her husband threw a glass of water in her face, called her a slut and took her car keys away from her. No wife of his was going to be counseled about domestic violence--not without a f...

    by Alan Prendergast on June 18, 1998
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    Young Guns

    Janice didn't know why she tried to kill the other girl. "She just pissed me off," she told counselor Adolph Montana. So Janice had lain in wait, and when the girl approached, she stabbed her and kept stabbing her until the knife broke. Mont...

    by Steve Jackson on June 18, 1998
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    Fighting Back - Some of the state's cutting-edge science makes sense. Some of it doesn't

    Patricia Ann Burns had been dead less than six years when her killer was paroled from prison. Today, Clarence Burns, who walked out of a state penitentiary on April 2, 1988, is alive and living in Denver. He is 62 years old and reportedly in ill...

    on June 18, 1998
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    Hitting Close to Home

    Domestic violence doesn't affect just the two people involved in an abusive relationship: It also hurts their children. And those children, the most vulnerable of victims, can't afford to wait for the system to right itself. This month, Westword is d...

    on June 18, 1998
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    Men Who Beat Women and the Woman Who Treats Them

    Therapist Nancy Lantz asks Gary to recite the rules for men who attend her domestic-violence treatment group. "You have to be on time," Gary says. "No missing classes. No violence, no drugs, no firearms, no alcohol. You got to pay. And if you ca...

    by Alan Prendergast on June 18, 1998
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    Hard Lessons - Ten years ago, Colorado began to force batterers into treatment programs. but do they work?

    Eleven men sit in a circle, giving each other the feather. Three feathers, to be exact--stiff, brightly colored plumes that are passed from hand to hand, twirled and talked about. Each man says something about the person who is to receive the fea...

    by Alan Prendergast on June 18, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Essential seating: Now that Denver Post editor Dennis Britton is back from his bus tour of the state, the out-of-focus "Snapshot of Colorado," he's got a clear picture of priorities. Britton recently issued a micro-managing memo (shown above) detaili...

    on June 18, 1998
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    Size Matters - A Capitol Hill resident's search for privacy leads to a fencing duel with the city.

    Call it the fence from hell. A Denver man has spent thousands of dollars fighting a city board's ruling that a ten-foot-high fence between his house and garage must be lowered to eight feet. Despite receiving no objections to the 24-foot-long fen...

    by Stuart Steers on June 18, 1998
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    Horse Sense

    In his storied playing career with the Denver Nuggets, Dan Issel amassed 16,589 points and pulled down 6,630 rebounds--both club records. Now his daunting task is to score a few points with the fans. And any kind of Nuggets rebound will be welco...

    by Bill Gallo on June 18, 1998
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    Look Out Below!

    Bringing a paring knife to school accidentally. Giving an elementary-school classmate a vitamin C tablet. Signing a yearbook "Have a kick-ass summer." Distributing an "unknown substance"--organic lemon drops. From Longmont to Colorado Springs, s...

    by Harrison Fletcher on June 18, 1998
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    Letters

    Domestic Abyss Westword has provided a very valuable public service with its June 11 report on domestic violence, "Hitting Them Where They Live." But you didn't stop there: The domestic-violence stories were also good (if depressing) reading, tol...

    on June 18, 1998
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    A Lawman on Domestic Violence

    Forgive Dave Thomas if he brings a private perspective on domestic violence to work with him. He lives with a small reminder of its devastation every day: his six-year-old niece. As the district attorney for Jefferson County, Thomas says he was ...

    by Steve Jackson on June 11, 1998
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    Facing Off

    Despite the efforts made to streamline Colorado's domestic-violence system, it can still move dangerously slowly for some victims. Afraid and frustrated, some reach out to the extreme end of the victim-services spectrum: They call Mike Newell. N...

    by Steve Jackson on June 11, 1998
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