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    Janitors in a Conundrum - A bitter labor dispute envelops the Denver Tech Center.

    Last August, David Rocha, a 38-year-old immigrant from Mexico, went to work at a building in the Denver Technological Center, just like thousands of other people. But it was a day he'll never forget. A janitor who worked for just over $5 an hour...

    by Stuart Steers on July 23, 1998
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    Young and Fuelish

    Another day at the office: Shelly Anderson slams her foot down and the ground shakes. The stench of tire smoke and the sting of burning nitromethane shoot into the crowd. Almost 6,000 horsepower--enough to drive an ocean liner--leaps into the rear wh...

    by Bill Gallo on July 23, 1998
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    Letters

    Field of Schemes Kudos to Stuart Steers for his July 16 "Cash and Carry," on how the Colorado Rockies took taxpayers to the cleaners on the Coors Field lease. I guarantee you the Broncos are hoping for the same sweetheart deal for Pat (Bowlen)'s ...

    on July 23, 1998
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    The Schlong Goodbye

    Ideas come to Henry Badgett. While he's watering flowers in his front yard. Taking a shower. Sleeping. Standing. Making meatloaf. Suddenly a lightbulb flashes over his head. A fairy taps his shoulder. A tree falls in the forest. A mushroom cloud blas...

    by Harrison Fletcher on July 23, 1998
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    Keeping Score - Think the Broncos want the kind of lease that made the Rockies rich? You're in the ballpark.

    Kathi Williams and Neil Macey have spent a good part of their lives working in real estate, but their biggest deal, the one they'll always be remembered for, still embarrasses them. They built Coors Field. Perhaps more than any other two peo...

    by Stuart Steers on July 16, 1998
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    Shadow of a Trout - A Missouri millionaire's fishing resort darkens the day for residents of Pitkin County's Fryingpan Valley.

    There have been several recent John L. Morris sightings up in the Fryingpan Valley, a remote area northeast of Aspen in the wilds of Pitkin County. Locals have seen Morris driving his sport utility vehicle up the valley and hanging around his three-c...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on July 16, 1998
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    A Reporter Stands Accused - The Post's David Algeo faces a charge of sexual assault on a child.

    They met in an Internet chat room. She sent him a school picture so he would know what she looked like. After a couple of weeks, he told her that he loved her. They set up a date to meet at the Westminster Mall for a Coke. But there were two pro...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on July 16, 1998
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    Global Warning - Is this planet big enough for both Earthlaw and Earthjustice?

    Earthlaw, a tiny Denver-based public-interest group, has won some pretty big court battles on behalf of environmental groups in the West. It helped protect the Preble's meadow jumping mouse, the controversial inhabitant of Colorado's Front Range ("Of...

    by Megan Hall on July 16, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Get stuffed: The price of the Coors Field Beanie Babies that sparked a feeding frenzy outside the All-Star Game last week continues to head skyward faster than a Mark McGwire batting-practice dinger. As of Monday, official All-Star Glory Beanie Babie...

    on July 16, 1998
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    Driving Drunk

    Grab a bag of peanuts, crack a cold beer and make yourself at home while we administer today's number-association test. Here goes: Fifty-six. Sixty-one. Five hundred and eleven. Seven hundred and fifty-five. Four thousand one hundred and ninety-one. ...

    by Bill Gallo on July 16, 1998
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    Letters

    Don't Have a Cow, Man Megan Hall's "Not a Pretty Picture," in the July 9 issue, paints in unintentionally comic perspective a most cherished modern sacred bovine: the notion that art and its purveyors are "loftier" than useful things like hotdogs...

    on July 16, 1998
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    An Uplifting Experience

    Sonja Winfield works in the trenches--the pink, lacy trenches of the Joslins Intimate Apparel department. What goes on here, though, is neither rakishly romantic nor deliciously self-indulgent. Most of the time, it's not even fun. "It's a good t...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on July 16, 1998
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    Pressing the Flesh

    Poor Ken Calhoun. The former Denver Post vice president of marketing, known as "Ken4Boys" in Internet chat rooms, didn't so much as get his Bermudas unzipped for that "hot oil massage" he'd talked about with a supposed teenage boy he had planned to m...

    by Patricia Calhoun on July 16, 1998
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    The Underclass - Colorado's illegal immigrants find trouble even when they try to do things legally.

    A lot of things decorate the walls at Reliable Enterprises on West 38th Avenue. There are signs advertising that the business will, for a fee, provide translations from Spanish to English, notarize documents, Xerox them, fax them, prepare tax returns...

    by Nancy Watzman on July 9, 1998
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    Bad Company - They had guns. They were after drugs and cash. What they got was trouble.

    Everyone heard the explosion. It sounded like someone had detonated a cherry bomb behind the apartment. A man named Bud opened the back door to see what the hell was going on. Big mistake. There were three of them in the parking lot, three w...

    by Alan Prendergast on July 9, 1998
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    Off Limits

    You go, Dennis!: Press releases don't usually excite us, but this one stuck out. On July 3 we received an official notice from the Denver Post on its letterhead, announcing that editor-in-chief Dennis Britton was retiring August 31. Joy in Mudville! ...

    on July 9, 1998
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    Good Grieve! - Overloaded with complaints about attorneys, the Colorado Supreme Court decides to change the rules.

    Two attorneys can live in a town where one cannot," proverb collector V.S. Lean noted a century ago. Colorado's booming economy has brought a corresponding surge in the number of practicing attorneys in the state--now estimated at around 20,000,...

    by Alan Prendergast on July 9, 1998
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    Not a Pretty Picture - When you're fighting for artists' rights, things can get ugly.

    For a man who's dedicated his life to creating art, Steve White sure knows how to make a mess. When he got out of the Army in 1969, protests over the Vietnam War were getting ugly. It was then, White says, "I decided I just wanted to spend the r...

    by Megan Hall on July 9, 1998
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    Backbackback-back! Gone!

    Last Saturday, three days before the All-Star Game, Petey Maestas waited two hours for the chance to hit a home run off Randy Johnson. Johnson, the hawk-nosed, fright-wigged, six-foot-ten-inch flamethrower of the Seattle Mariners, has not been enjoyi...

    by Bill Gallo on July 9, 1998
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    In the Mood

    HOW IT ALL BEGAN "I was selling portraits door-to-door, and the boss died, so I decided to go to the mall and play the clarinet. On my first day, I sat on a bench and made $60 playing one song after another. I didn't look up at anyone. I just pla...

    by Harrison Fletcher on July 9, 1998
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