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    A Matter of Record

    The courtroom was quiet. Vivien Spitz walked toward her station beneath the panel of four American judges and, as protocol required, sat directly across from the defendant's box. Military policemen stood ready. The tension was palpabl...

    by Harrison Fletcher on April 8, 1999
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    Quantum Sonics

    The first time he disappeared, John Zangrando was ten, maybe eleven years old. "I realize now, looking back, that I had experienced not being totally in my mind," he says. "I disappeared. I disappeared, and there was just the saxophone. I remember...

    by Bill Gallo on April 8, 1999
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    A Word to the Wise

    Colorado has always been quick to forgive--and forget. In the midst of the current economic boom, with houses selling within a day for more than their asking price and the daily papers offering cash signing bonuses for new delivery people, it's h...

    by Patricia Calhoun on April 8, 1999
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    Letters

    He Lives! Although I'm pretty much a garden-variety atheist, count me squarely with the "shitcan it" camp on the Jesus of the Week question. At its best, this new feature is just another (yawn) style-without-substance trifle that only other hippe...

    on April 8, 1999
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    The New Turks

    The turks of Wellington Webb's generation were bound by common threads: Almost all were lawyers, they were close in age, and they worked together in the Sam Cary Bar Association and the Colorado Black Caucus. In the more free-spirited '90s, things ha...

    by T.R. Witcher on April 1, 1999
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    Mr. Clean - Superfund ombudsman Robert Martin is either a white knight -- or an EPA whitewash.

    Superfund was created to clean up toxic messes. Robert J. Martin's job is to clean up Superfund's messes. For now, though, he's just a fly on the wall. In a meeting room in the Commerce City town hall, Martin stays to the back, leans, paces,...

    by Gayle Worland on April 1, 1999
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    The Young and the Restless - As the turks of Denver's black politics grow old, what's to be made of their legacy?

    One night in August 1975, Colorado lieutenant governor George Brown stepped to the podium to give a speech at the National Lieutenant Governors Conference in Alabama. He almost ruined his own political career and certainly hastened its end. Brow...

    by T.R. Witcher on April 1, 1999
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    Ditch Glitch - Nobody seems willing to clean up after this flood.

    It was conceived in a warm, moist place. Since its birth, it has been festering in the dank recesses of the crawl space beneath Brenda Everett's home. As it matured, it started invading the rest of her house, its rancid odor seeping through any space...

    by Julie Jargon on April 1, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Hey hey, Cripple Creek Fuhrer: Dollar signs still outnumber swastikas in Colorado's casino-glutted mountain gambling towns, but the folks at the Cripple Creek & Victor Eagle see a connection between the two. In an editorial titled "The Coming of the ...

    on April 1, 1999
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    Flight Diversions - Rumors won't fly with those who lost their loved ones in a Colorado Springs plane crash.

    A sexy little secret was unraveling inside the cockpit of United Airlines flight 585 when it crashed eight years ago in Colorado Springs, killing all 25 passengers and crew members aboard. The cause of the March 1991 crash remained "undetermined...

    by Justin Berton on April 1, 1999
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    Cool and Unusual Punishment

    By acclamation, April is the coolest month. Confident that last year's ignominy will be transfigured into this year's triumph, baseball players and full-grown fans enter this month with the wide-eyed wonder of children, fond dreams intact and energie...

    by Bill Gallo on April 1, 1999
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    The Blessing

    Jefferson County's first synagogue ever is a ranch house located between a nursing home and a vet's office in Evergreen. "It was built in 1962," says congregation president David Froman, the man who galvanized members to raise enough money to buy the...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on April 1, 1999
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    Letters

    All Vets Are Off After reading Gayle Worland's March 25 "Doctor's Orders," about a distinguished physician dying in his own hospital, I've decided to take the necessary steps. Instead of sending my ailing body for treatment to Presbyterian/St. Lu...

    on April 1, 1999
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    Dog Eat Dog - From shooters to lawmakers to developers to environmentalists, prairie dogs are wagging everyone.

    It's a sunny morning, with no clouds overhead--a perfect day for shooting prairie dogs. Mark Mason is dressed in Carhart coveralls and a camouflage cap emblazoned with the logo of his group, the Varmint Militia. Patches decorate his khaki jacket: One...

    by Julie Jargon on March 25, 1999
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    Doctor's Orders - Physician Karl Shipman devoted his life to medicine. But when he needed it most, the health-care system let him down.

    On a golden September afternoon, Karl Shipman climbed two rungs up a ladder to trim a tree near the 150-year-old Vermont farmhouse he owned with his wife, Claire. Shipman had grown up near this maple-lined patch of countryside; from the ladder, he co...

    by Gayle Worland on March 25, 1999
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    Dog Eat Dog

    An endangered species is one that is threatened with extinction; a threatened species is one that is likely to be endangered in the near future. When a species is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, people are not allowed to hunt, imp...

    by Julie Jargon on March 25, 1999
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    The Truth Is Exposed - In her sexual-harassment suit, an erotic dancer says strippers deserve their privacy.

    As far as Tracey Bolton is concerned, the argument simply comes down to this: "I deserve the right not to have anyone looking at my cooch if I don't want anyone looking at my cooch." It's an argument she believes a jury of her peers will agree w...

    by Justin Berton on March 25, 1999
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    Letters

    Honk If You Hate Jesus of the Week Let me second Sandra Metz's March 18 letter as to your offensive Jesus of the Week feature. Would you do the same for the leader of any other religion? I have defended your paper due to its sometimes excellent a...

    on March 25, 1999
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    No Fighting in the War Room - After a thirty-year open house, NORAD declares Cheyenne Mountain off-limits to tourists.

    High security and high profile have never been an easy mix at the headquarters of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD--probably the most celebrated top-secret military command post in the world. Hidden deep inside...

    by Alan Prendergast on March 25, 1999
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    Off Limits

    The bottom of the tenth: The hottest race in the May 4 election is now smoldering in Capitol Hill, where four candidates are vying for the District 10 Denver City Council seat. For starters, while the incumbent, Ed Thomas, is a former cop and still h...

    on March 25, 1999
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After the Murder of Tom Clements, Can Colorado's Prison System Rehabilitate Itself? After the Murder of Tom Clements, Can Colorado's Prison System Rehabilitate Itself?

When Tom Clements accepted the job of executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections three years ago, he knew he was taking on an enormous challenge. Two particularly alarming… More >>

Dear Stoner: The Taxes on Recreational Pot Are Crazy! Dear Stoner: The Taxes on Recreational Pot Are Crazy!

Dear Stoner: These taxes are nuts. I just paid like $25 in tax on a quarter of bud. Colorado is going to have some shiny new schools next year, huh?Dank… More >>

Reader: "Is Same-Sex Marriage All You People Think About?"

"State of the Union," Kyle Harris, August 14 Sex Marks the Spat With all that is going on in the world, is same-sex marriage (a clear oxymoron) all you people… More >>

Dear Mexican: Why Do Mexicans Let Their Children Watch Violent Movies?

Dear Readers: The Mexican just got married to a chica caliente, and he's taking her on a honeymoon to the motherland so she can learn the proper art of tortilla-making.… More >>

State of the (Same-Sex) Union

This summer, the Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall issued more than 200 marriage licenses to same-sex couples before the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to consider Colorado Attorney General John Suthers's… More >>

Dear Stoner: Why Can't MMJ Patients Own Guns? Dear Stoner: Why Can't MMJ Patients Own Guns?

Dear Stoner: Why can’t I own a gun if I’m a medical marijuana patient? Angel Dear Angel: Because you’re a criminal. Not in our eyes, of course, but in the eyes of… More >>

Reader: "Captain Kill-Joy" Makes a Visit to the 88 Drive-In

"One fish, two fish," Melanie Asmar, August 7 Something's Fishy Excellent story by Melanie Asmar that shows how foolish our endangered-species programs can be. Now that she's debunked the story… More >>

Dear Mexican: Why Is the Legalization Process So Difficult?

Dear Mexican: I'm not Mexican, but my son-in-law is. He is intelligent, bright, enthusiastic and pleasant to spend time with. He came here, illegally, at the age of eighteen, with… More >>

The Uphill Journey of the Greenback Cutthroat Trout

State and federal biologists have been trying to protect the greenback cutthroat trout ever since it was included on the first-ever Endangered Species Act list in 1973. But in 2007,… More >>

Dear Stoner: What If You're Caught With More Than an Ounce? Dear Stoner: What If You're Caught With More Than an Ounce?

Dear Stoner: I know that an ounce of weed is legal for adults 21 and up, but what happens if you have more than that amount on you? Are you… More >>

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