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    Strange but True

    Some funny things happened on the way to the Pepsi Center. Jurassic Parker A mystery mourner left a wreath of plastic flowers at the westside gas station where "Dino," a green fiberglass dinosaur representing the Sinclair Oil Company, had bee...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Boomtown Rats

    For a few dullards moreJOHN JACOB DINGLEHEIMER JORG PETER SCHMITZ Occupation: Shlock artist/German national The close-brush artist of LoDo was known mostly for his insufferable science-fiction-themed paintings until he showed up in the BMW th...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Big Bang Theory

    Grab your crying towels--and wipe away a flood of '96 tears. Denver was a boomtown this year. In fact, the whole state seemed ready to blow at any minute. The speed limit accelerated to a rip-roaring 75 miles per hour, allowing residents to ...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Avs and Have-Nots: The Year in Review

    Above all, 1996 was the year Denver wore the Scarlet Letter--that big red "A" at once symbolizing the city's first professional sports championship and its shameless dalliance with the new kid in town. All hail immediate gratification: Marc Crawford'...

    by Bill Gallo on December 26, 1996
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    Letters

    Home for the Holidays I have read Westword for a long time, and during that time there have been a lot of great articles--but none as great as Kyle Wagner's "Trash Landing," in the December 19 issue. I would just like to compliment you and the Mulh...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Black Marks - The Denver Police Department acts like it has something to hide about its clash with students at Thomas Jefferson High School. It does.

    Quentin Jones's cheek pressed into the grit of the asphalt parking lot. His head was immobilized by the nightstick a cop had jammed into his neck, and his arms and legs were pinned down by other officers. From the corner of his eye, sixteen-year-old ...

    by Karen Bowers on December 19, 1996
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    Trash Landing - The Mulherns make merry with ghosts of Christmases past.

    Of the nearly 500 Christmas decorations Mary Mulhern has rescued from dumpsters over the past twenty years, the recently acquired Mr. and Mrs. Snowman are her favorites. Made from aluminum cans covered with cotton batting, their cheery faces fashione...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 19, 1996
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    Ire of Newt - One of Denver's most promising young Republicans defects to the pagans.

    The former treasurer of the College Republicans on the Auraria campus became disenchanted with the party and has found a new campaign: He's organizing a student club for pagans. These days, "I'm basically a conservative libertarian," says Nichol...

    by Stuart Steers on December 19, 1996
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    Sprechen Sie Interactive? - The revolution may not be televised; the German class will be.

    Six sophomores enrolled in German II file into room 208 at South High School and find their seats behind an array of microphones set up as if they were at a congressional hearing. There's a television where the teacher usually stands. The ki...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on December 19, 1996
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    The Circle Game - A "prisoner of war" plays ball with the feds--and gets beaned.

    Oscar Lopez Rivera knew what he had to do to get out of the toughest penitentiary in the entire federal system. He had to endure 22-hour-a-day solitary confinement, demonstrate "positive adjustment," follow the rules--in short, get with the "carrot-a...

    by Alan Prendergast on December 19, 1996
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    Off Limits

    Big dame deal: On Friday First Lady Wilma Webb added to her title--she now has an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Colorado Institute of Art. This wasn't just her first doctorate: It was also a first for the CIA, which up until now hasn'...

    on December 19, 1996
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    Fueling Controversy - Does Texaco discriminate against blacks? Ask Roy Phillips, Denver's black Texaco owner.

    Roy Phillips has run Texaco stations in Denver since the Seventies, and in that time he's learned a painful lesson. As a black man, he says, "you can operate stations as long as they're inside the black community." Over the years Phillips made a...

    by T.R. Witcher on December 19, 1996
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    Robinson U.

    Here's to you, Mister Robinson. Down in Ruston, Louisiana, the administration of Grambling State University and the same contingent of sour, win-crazy alumni you find at any losing school want to get rid of the head football coach. The coach...

    by Bill Gallo on December 19, 1996
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    Letters

    A Dunn Deal I found Stuart Steers's December 5 article, "All Fired Up," very interesting but a little over-Dunn. Yes, John took a strong anti-pipeline stand--but he seemed to drop the ball at the southern end of the county. We in Simla are uninfo...

    on December 19, 1996
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    Sustaining an Empire

    When last we heard from Marshall Kaplan, the embattled dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver was hinting that the public might not have him to kick around for much longer. No more big community confabs,...

    by Patricia Calhoun on December 19, 1996
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    Bad Connections

    The biggest pay-phone scam yet uncovered involved a San Diego-based company called AmTel. But Colorado has had its share, too. By 1994, eight years after it was founded, AmTel was the third-largest private pay-phone company in the country, with 8,50...

    by Eric Dexheimer on December 12, 1996
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    Smooth Operator - Gene Kelley plugged into the lucrative pay-phone business--until someone dropped a dime on him.

    In the mountain town of Frisco, Bobby Gene Kelley was known as a drinker of great persistence. Soon after receiving one too many citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, he purchased a Lincoln Towncar limousine. When he felt like having ...

    by Eric Dexheimer on December 12, 1996
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    Neighborhood Botch - Squabbles over money plague one of Denver's Oldest neighborhoods.

    Denver police officer Tyrone Campbell is a familiar face in north Denver's Cole neighborhood. He's one of the few Denver cops who carries a personal pager for calls from residents and has a souped-up, bass-thumping CD player wired into his cruiser. ...

    by T.R. Witcher on December 12, 1996
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    Hell to Pay - Search teams are miffed at a Motorola ad.

    Motorola ad campaign for its new high-tech Sport Radio walkie-talkie that pokes fun at the supposedly high cost of wilderness rescues has inflamed Colorado's search-and-rescue squads. "You can't find a decent rescue for under $100,000 these days...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on December 12, 1996
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    Truth or D.A.R.E. - The anti-drug program definitely works--in trying to promote its own survival.

    Six months ago the Colorado state legislature passed a bill allowing people to make voluntary contributions to the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) anti-drug program on their income-tax returns. It may be one more victory for one of the cou...

    by T.R. Witcher on December 12, 1996
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