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    Foreclosure Encounters - By the time one of these investors gets his foot inside the door, your house is as good as gone.

    Late last year, Hortense Ross finally moved out of her house. It was a long time coming. For the past several years it had become increasingly apparent that Ross was having trouble taking care of herself. Her family helped out for a while, and t...

    by Eric Dexheimer on May 21, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Look out below: Hey, radio listeners, have you noticed how the traffic reports on KOA, KHOW and all the other Jacor-owned stations in the metro area seem to have that...not-so-fresh feeling lately? Perhaps it's because the airborne spotters who deliv...

    on May 21, 1998
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    Winning Ways

    Westword staff writer Alan Prendergast won six individual awards in the Society of Professional Journalists' "Best of Colorado" awards banquet last week. Prendergast received more writing awards than any other journalist in the contest's top division...

    on May 21, 1998
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    Uneasy Street - Is the crackdown on East Colfax's sex trade working? Ask the johns.

    In those places that tourists come from--Dubuque, Topeka, Lincoln, Rapid City--they're already gassing up the Winnebagos and planning that Memorial Day weekend trip to the Colorado high country. Some will consult road maps and dining guides, but for ...

    by Alan Prendergast on May 21, 1998
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    Reach for the Skyline - As Denver booms, a local businessman dreams of a downtown mega-scraper.

    Is Denver ready for an 86-story high-rise? A downtown Denver property owner is working on plans for the highest skyscraper ever built in the city, a behemoth that would tower almost thirty stories over the city's existing skyline. While memories ...

    by Stuart Steers on May 21, 1998
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    Ready for an Adventure?

    In honor of Take-Your-Daughter-to-Work Day, I am taking my daughters to fish. I am not much of a worker and even less of a fisherman, but everyone knows that fishing is more fun than work. Also, it requires two tons of mojo to raise a girl. Girls are...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on May 21, 1998
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    Up From Underground

    Denver likes to bury its mistakes. And it's made plenty. Ninety years ago, radium was a miracle cure, the turn-of-the-century equivalent of Viagra--and Colorado was playing doctor to the world. Marie Curie herself came out West, prospecting f...

    by Patricia Calhoun on May 21, 1998
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    Letters

    Coming Into the Country While reading Harrison Fletcher's wonderful account of Morey Davolt's life ("Country Cooking," May 14), I found myself so nostalgic over his memories, I almost felt like I'd lived in his era along with him. Or maybe just w...

    on May 21, 1998
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    Separation Anxiety - Doctors thought banding together might give them more power at Rose Medical Center. Instead, they wound up owning their own hospital.

    It was an exquisitely uncomfortable moment, and one that would mark a turning point. Dr. Ted Cooper, a Denver obstetrician, was preparing to be installed that day as chief of the medical staff at Denver's Rose Medical Center. Cooper, who had pra...

    by Judith Graham on May 14, 1998
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    Brush With Greatness - The latest career move for graffiti vigilante Mike Quintana: politician.

    Mike Quintana is still making headlines for spraying three graffiti taggers in the face last fall. Now he's thinking about running for Denver City Council and has even hired a campaign manager. There's just one problem: Quintana lives in Arvada. And ...

    by T.R. Witcher on May 14, 1998
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    The Bong Goodbye - He was the law in these parts, but now Alamosa's former DA may be one toke over the line.

    When tobacco seller Douglas Primavera was charged two months ago with peddling drug paraphernalia out of his small shop in downtown Alamosa, more than a few eyebrows were raised. After all, if anyone should have been familiar with the state law cover...

    by Eric Dexheimer on May 14, 1998
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    Off Limits

    The Denver Broncos managed to score big in the legislature this year, winning the okay to conduct a November begathon for $266 million in taxpayer funding (plus $75 million for the inevitable cost overruns) for Pat Bowlen's new pigskin theme park. Wh...

    on May 14, 1998
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    Country Cookin'

    1. INSPIRATION You could say Morey Davolt owes his big idea to a man who used goat glands to make guys horny. The man was Doc John Brinkley, and he thought impotent men could rise to the occasion with transplanted goat testicles. It worked w...

    by Harrison Fletcher on May 14, 1998
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    Letters

    Business as Usual Regarding Stuart Steers's "Incident on 17th Street," in the April 30 issue: I am absolutely amazed at the whining of the ex-Hanifen Imhoff corporate executives. These people were all on the topmost bloodthirsty rungs of an A...

    on May 14, 1998
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    The Big Cheese

    It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. At Maria's Bakery, on the corner of 37th Avenue and Shoshone Street, the best seat in the house is actually in the garden out front. From there you can hear the children playing outside the elementary sch...

    by Patricia Calhoun on May 14, 1998
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    Say It Loud - Anne Sulton missed out on the civil-rights movement of the Sixties. Now she's making up for it.

    Anne Sulton's ride looks like a gangsta Rolls-Royce: gleaming silver with flared fenders, spoked wheels and a long, snout-like hood. The car is a "Phantom," a radically modified Pontiac Firebird, and Sulton, the controversial civil-rights attorney wh...

    by T.R. Witcher on May 7, 1998
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    Chilly Reception - The cable industry pushes through a new law aimed at signal pirates.

    If you've rigged the wires on your cable box so you can get HBO for free or bought a "descrambled" black box so you won't have to pay for cable at all, a new law says you could be fined $4,000. The legislation, signed last month by Governor Roy ...

    by Stuart Steers on May 7, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Blues gaveler: Denver juvenile court judge David E. Ramirez didn't go quietly when he announced his retirement last week. In fact, Ramirez, long controversial for his alleged coddling of hardcore juvenile offenders, sent out a press release trumpetin...

    on May 7, 1998
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    The Bum's Rush - Two homeless drinkers fall prey to a self-styled "urbanist."

    Jose Luis Olivas and Fernando Torres Hernandez were hanging out in the alley off 27th and Larimer at about noon on April 10, sharing a quart of beer, when a white pickup truck pulled up to them. The man inside the truck gestured at them with his hand...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on May 7, 1998
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    Road Kill

    Is the Bolder Boulder a Racist Race? Everyone but Patsy Ramsey and a couple of blissed-out hippie leftovers up Sunshine Canyon seems to have an opinion on that. As the famous distance race draws near (May 25), organizers feeling pressure from the...

    by Bill Gallo on May 7, 1998
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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?

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

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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?

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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?

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