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    Caller ID - Colorado's gun battle could cost a hometown company.

    On Sunday, when Colorado returns to using its own employees to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, the state will become the first to drop the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NIX) since the program began last Nov...

    by Jonathan Shikes on July 29, 1999
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    Don't Turn That Dial - Reading, writing and arithmetic add up to money for Channel One.

    In the wee hours of the morning, an electronic signal beams out of the heavens and splashes into satellite dishes mounted on 12,000 schools across America. Later in the day, hundreds of TV monitors within each school switch on automatically and stude...

    by Gayle Worland on July 29, 1999
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    Dry and Mighty - Earl Dodge is a party animal, but he doesn't have a shot.

    Earl Dodge could use a drink. That is, if he believed reports that a daily alcoholic beverage or two drastically reduces the risks of coronary artery disease. But Dodge, who is recovering from multiple bypass surgery, is the last guy to have a cool o...

    by Marty Jones on July 29, 1999
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    The Basement Tapes

    Pity poor Montreal. In that northern outpost, you can hear the vendors pouring Molsons up in the third deck while everyone waits for hockey season to begin. And Baltimore. On the shores of Chesapeake Bay, another expensive chemistry experiment has bl...

    by Bill Gallo on July 29, 1999
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    Savage Love

    Right Schwing Hey, Dan: This may seem like a naive question, but where in New York can one take a friend for a discreet lay? Central Park? The city appears to be specifically designed in order to prevent privacy (most frustrating: the Ramble). ...

    by Dan Savage on July 29, 1999
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    Law and Ardor

    Ted Carpenter is a sore winner. "I find it depressing that the Denver Art Museum did what they did and the press either protected them or stood aside," he says. Underlying that blanket statement is a peculiar saga that says a lot about the w...

    by Patricia Calhoun on July 29, 1999
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    Letters

    Sam on Wry In regard to Patricia Calhoun's July 22 column, "The Answer to a Riddle," I'm glad to see that Sam Riddle is taking some heat! I've heard Tom Martino and Peter Boyles speak their minds about Sam, but it was nice to see a lengthy and th...

    on July 29, 1999
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    Follow That Story

    Hold On for the Ride Denver District Judge Michael Mullins ruled on July 12 that Deborah Lee Benagh, who claims she was injured on Six Flags Elitch Gardens' Mind Eraser, will get her day in court ("Twists and Shouts," June 17). Elitch's had asked...

    by T.R. Witcher on July 22, 1999
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    Bottoms Up - Neighbors toast a rare victory as the city turns down a liquor-license application.

    John Sadwith sees a neighbor up ahead and lets his foot off the gas, bringing his gold Toyota Camry to a stop in front of a split-level house in Denver's tony Crestmoor neighborhood. "We won!" he yells out the window. "Won what?" the woman asks....

    by Julie Jargon on July 22, 1999
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    Taking a Swing at the Century

    For the twentieth century, it's suddenly the bottom of the ninth with two outs, and that fact has unleashed a wave of nostalgia in the nation's baseball fans unmatched since, well, since Big Mac hit number 70. For instance. Prior to last week's ...

    by Bill Gallo on July 22, 1999
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    A Place in the Crowd

    Two guys, one with a walker and the other with a cane, sit at opposite ends of a long table at the boarding home. "Hey, there. How are you doing?" "Getting along. Getting along." "Better than me." "Oh, I don't know about that." ...

    by Harrison Fletcher on July 22, 1999
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    Guerra de los Peridicos - A new weekly paper wants to fight for Denver's Hispanic readers.

    Denver's newspaper wars are going bilingual. Even the New York Times took note of the vicious fight-to-the-death between the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post in a May 31 story, duly reprinted in the local press. But while the Big Two conti...

    by Gayle Worland on July 22, 1999
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    The Answer to a Riddle

    Last Friday night was not Sam Riddle's finest hour--on or off the clock. But his arrest for disobeying a lawful order and mouthing off at a pair of Denver police officers--followed by a sobering night in the slammer--was just the capper on what had b...

    by Patricia Calhoun on July 22, 1999
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    Missed Diagnosis - When a doctor makes a rare but horrible mistake, who should bear the scars?

    This two-story house in a cozy subdivision just northeast of Boulder, with its bountiful flower garden, shutters and gables, and a kid-sized bike propped up on the broad front porch, doesn't seem like the home of a starving child. But for the fi...

    by Gayle Worland on July 22, 1999
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    Letters

    A Word to the Wives Juliet Wittman's July 15 "Dead Reckoning" was an excellent story. Well-researched and very evocative as to person, place, time and the circumstances of both women's lives. I loved how a "rough-and-tumble" life such as Robson's...

    on July 22, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Overexposure: On the 15th Street side of the Denver Dry building, a dusty Waxman's window display showcases the city's Kids, Cops and Cameras program, started back in 1992 by Denver police officer Steve Rickard. Working in conjunction with the photo ...

    by Jonathan Shikes on July 22, 1999
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    Dead Reckoning - Only Michael Furlong knows how his wife fell to her death. But the authorities know this isn't the first time he's lost a mate.

    By the beginning of this year, Deanna Furlong had been thinking about divorcing her husband, Michael, for over two years. On the afternoon of January 5, she left work early and returned to their Longmont home, intent on getting him to sign divorce pa...

    by Juliet Wittman on July 15, 1999
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    Piano Man - Give Louis Colaiannia a hand--he'll need one after his 24-hour marathon.

    There was a time when Louis Colaiannia gave up playing the piano. The decision to quit came shortly after a large, drunk and clearly unhappy patron of the arts tried to heave one on top of him. This was twenty years ago, in the decade of wide la...

    by Alan Prendergast on July 15, 1999
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    I'm Sorry, Really I Am - Communities rely on old techniques for a new style of justice.

    No lawyers, jurors or judges are in this small room in southwest Denver, but a seventeen-year-old boy is about to be sentenced for spray-painting four buildings along Federal Boulevard. Minutes before he is led into the room by his father, five ...

    by Justin Berton on July 15, 1999
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    Letters

    Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow I can't thank you enough for the incredibly realistic portrayal of the Coors Field vendors in Justin Berton's "Blood Sweat and Beers," in the July 8 issue. Having been a vendor with the Rockies for their first five years...

    on July 15, 1999
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