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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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    Letters

    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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    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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    Letters

    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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    Letters

    Mary Christmas Thank you for Harrison Fletcher's "Virgin Rebirth," in the December 10 issue. What a pleasure to read--and what a nice story this holiday season! Joy Friedel Denver The statue described and pictured in the article appear...

    on December 24, 1998
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    The Birth of a Notion

    Giving birth to a new town is exciting, but running one can be far more challenging than city fathers and mothers ever imagined. Just ask the folks of Foxfield, a 1.3-square-mile town at the corner of Parker and Arapahoe roads. Foxfield is only ...

    by Stuart Steers on December 17, 1998
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    The Village People - Arapahoe County's most aggressive town wants to swallow up the area's prime commercial real estate. Can anything stop Greenwood Village?

    The weekly meeting of the Arapahoe County Republican Men's Club is the ultimate power breakfast. Over scrambled eggs and ham, influential business and political leaders gossip and scheme in a usually well-behaved manner. The opulent Metropolitan Club...

    by Stuart Steers on December 17, 1998
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    Court and Spark - Despite financial uncertainty, media apathy and a shortage of fans, the women of the Colorado Xplosion still make net gains.

    Debbie Black goes flying over a bank of chairs. A whistle blows; time stands still while she's airborne and then buried under a tangle of spectators. Her teammates are frozen, sweaty on the hardwood, their chests heaving as they catch their breath, w...

    by C.J. Janovy on December 17, 1998
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    Hands Out - For ex-employees of Caring Hands, a libel suit and bankruptcy filing are all about getting paidor not.

    The company that Velma Gilbert worked for was called Caring Hands, but it didn't seem to care much about one very important thing. Last summer, Gilbert, a licensed practical nurse, quit her job with the Littleton home health-care company after h...

    by T.R. Witcher on December 17, 1998
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From the Print Edition

A tour through the ten states of Colorado

Denver may be the state capital, but it’s surrounded by areas so different they could be different worlds -- or at least separate states. In honor of Colorado Day, which… More >>

Prosperity in Texas has a way of rising and falling with the oil business. But not for everyone. Prosperity in Texas has a way of rising and falling with the oil business. But not for everyone.

It was like landing on the moon. The thought ricocheted through Joleena Malugani's mind as she took in the vast, dusty expanse of the corner of West Texas claimed by… More >>

Readers weigh in on art, food and farming

"Hard Realities," Gretchen Kurtz, July 17 On Guard I have dined at Guard and Grace twice and no more. I prefer to support the ethos that guides the kitchen at… More >>

Dear Mexican: All Mexican food is the same

Dear Mexican: What is with the many gringos/gabachos who constantly slaughter Spanish words? Spanish is easy to pronounce (and spell) compared to English. The vowels (a, e, i, o, u)… More >>

Dear Stoner: What's the difference between earwax and shatter? Dear Stoner: What's the difference between earwax and shatter?

Dear Stoner: Can you just brew up cannabis like tea and drink it to get stoned? I figure a bud in a teabag in the morning is much easier than… More >>

Dear Stoner: Can non-residents buy edibles in Colorado? Dear Stoner: Can non-residents buy edibles in Colorado?

Dear Stoner: My dad lives in Aurora, and we're coming out for his 75th birthday party. My wife has never smoked pot (or anything, not even cigarettes) but suffers from… More >>

Reader: "Thank God for gardens -- they give life, food"

"Growing Concerns," Kyle Harris, july 17 Way to Grow! Excellent article. Tragic. I am afraid all of Denver has fallen victim to gentrification. One man's progress is another man's demise.… More >>

Dear Mexican: Why do your people stay in the U.S.?

Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I'll be returning to my country or to Kuala Lumpur. Since I've been in this country,… More >>

Readers weigh in on the state's fracking debate

"Frack Attack!," Alan Prendergast, July 10 What the Frack? Another excellent story by Alan Prendergast. Thank you for injecting some sanity into the hysterical — on all sides — discussion… More >>

Dear Stoner: How much THC equals a lethal dose? Dear Stoner: How much THC equals a lethal dose?

Dear Stoner: I know that you cannot OD by smoking weed, but what about ingesting it? There are some very strong eatables; what if I get the munchies on marijuana… More >>

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