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    Off Limits

    Good fellows: An effort to recruit minority teachers to the Denver Public Schools spearheaded by Denver mayor Wellington Webb hasn't done diddly to get black and Hispanic role models into teaching jobs at DPS. In fact, the "Mayor's Fellows" program p...

    on April 2, 1998
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    Remains of the Day - A new Wal-Mart in Pueblo means no rest in peace for a group of Colorado pioneers.

    Colorado's future ran headlong into its past on a dusty piece of land north of Pueblo last month. A bulldozer driver preparing the ground for a new Wal-Mart store unearthed a grave site within view of Interstate 25. At first he thought he'd foun...

    by Scott C. Yates on April 2, 1998
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    Tyson's New Careers

    When Mike Tyson announced last week that he was willing to part with the unabridged, uncensored story of his life for, say, three or four million bucks, you can bet the Pulitzer Prize committee and the people who hand out the Nobels sat up and took n...

    by Bill Gallo on April 2, 1998
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    Lost and Found

    Who knows what compelled the man--if indeed it was a man. Clues are few. One day about ten years ago, someone walked into the First National Bank in Cortez and rented safe-deposit box number 509. Inside it, he placed a battered 1979 Durango ...

    by Harrison Fletcher on April 2, 1998
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    A Big Zero Regarding Michael Roberts's "Double Trouble," in the March 26 issue: One would have to be a masochist to call the Jay Marvin radio talk show, particularly if one doesn't agree with the so-called leftist's rantings and ravings. The ...

    on April 2, 1998
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    Double Trouble - Meet Jay Marvin, Denver's only one-man radio team.

    The federal law enforcement officer lurking around the downtown studio of KHOW-AM/630 pleads to remain anonymous. Not that he's doing anything wrong. It's just that his visit to KHOW isn't official. He's on a break, see. His time is his own for the n...

    by Michael Roberts on March 26, 1998
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    Game of the Century - The high-stakes real estate maneuvering behind Vail's newest expansion dreams.

    For such a high-stakes game, not many people knew about it. After years of struggle, a cowboy named Glenn Miller and a ragtag assortment of investors lost a potential pot of gold to lawyers bankrolled by the giant Vail ski resort. If it had been a po...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on March 26, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Captive audience: The bad news at the Arapahoe County Jail is that the video rentals once available to inmates on weekend nights have been discontinued. The good news: We got cable! Yes--in the future, should you find yourself a weekend guest of Sher...

    on March 26, 1998
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    Inn Trouble - An employment dispute mushrooms into a multi-million-dollar headache for a Denver hotel.

    The whole mess may have started with an argument over carpets. Or maybe it had to do with a few hundred dollars' worth of phone calls. No matter how it began, though, the dispute between Rabah Khatib and Herbert Wasserman just keeps getting more expe...

    by Alan Prendergast on March 26, 1998
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    Just Vote on It - Jeffco's open-space advocates unveil a bond-issue plan to stop Nike.

    Plan Jeffco, the citizens' group that launched a pioneering open-space program in 1972, is working on a plan to ask Jefferson County voters to approve a $160 million bond issue for open space that could halt a proposed Nike plant on South Table Mount...

    by Stuart Steers on March 26, 1998
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    Kill the Empire

    The most dangerous slugger in the major leagues is not Ken Griffey Jr., Larry Walker or Mark McGwire. He is a wrinkled, 67-year-old non-fan named Rupert Murdoch. And it's painfully clear that the ruthless Australian media magnate means to swing the h...

    by Bill Gallo on March 26, 1998
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    Off His Rocker

    This is a story about Jeff O'Leary trying to write a paper about the Crocker Rocker conspiracy. He's probably working on it right now. His Metro State class, Advanced Creative Writing, is--or ought to be--a place where hackneyed phrases like "This is...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on March 26, 1998
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    The Killer Inside Us Congratulations are due to Westword and Alan Prendergast for "The Killer and Mrs. Johnson," in the March 19 issue. Although I do not believe Jacob Ind should be released from prison, I think his story should remind us of what...

    on March 26, 1998
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    Ship of State

    "Today, there is a secret plan to deprive the American people of the man they want for their president. It consists of mass-media manipulation, lies, distortions, half-truths, cheap tricks and Soviet-style news blackouts and censorships. The media ha...

    by Patricia Calhoun on March 26, 1998
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    Plans, Trains and Automobiles - Squeezed by big-bucks developments, the eccentric Forney Museum is ready to hit the highway.

    Standing outside Denver's Forney Transportation Museum, in a yard filled with antique locomotives, cabooses and passenger cars, owner Jack Forney beams at a small nineteenth-century locomotive painted in splashes of forest green. The coal-powered loc...

    by Stuart Steers on March 19, 1998
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    The Killer and Mrs. Johnson - A gruesome crime. A bizarre defense. Can a crusading author reopen her best friend's case?

    On the morning of December 17, 1992, a rangy freshman named Jacob Ind was pulled out of his first-hour class at Woodland Park High School by counselor David Greathouse. Concerned about Ind's emotional stability, Greathouse had arranged for the fiftee...

    by Alan Prendergast on March 19, 1998
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    Cowboys and Influence - A state senator and his range-riding pal team up to hog-tie a crucial piece of telephone legislation.

    It was no surprise last month when a bill giving state regulators the power to fine phone companies that provide shoddy service breezed through the Colorado House. After all, the measure is backed by consumer groups and, in a rare twist, most of the ...

    by Scott C. Yates on March 19, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Spring ranting: Some of the volunteers who run the gift shop at the Denver Botanic Gardens are feeling pretty damn contrary about the way their garden's been growing lately. Members of Associates of the Denver Botanic Gardens are steamed about the DB...

    on March 19, 1998
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    Black and Write - The city's black newspaper faces a discrimination lawsuit from a white guy.

    The Urban Spectrum, Denver's black newspaper, is no stranger to writing articles about racism and discrimination. But it now finds itself in new territory: A white male has sued the paper for failing to hire him as an editor. Jim Emery filed sui...

    by T.R. Witcher on March 19, 1998
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    The Golf War

    While the furniture-smashers of the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team were returning to vain millionairehood in the NHL, and Latrell Sprewell was explaining to his adoring public that the really important lesson in the strangling of P.J. Carlesimo is th...

    by Bill Gallo on March 19, 1998
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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"

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Ask a Stoner: Celebrating 4/20 in Denver

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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 >>