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    Phil Bender - Art for Art's Sake

    Denver's art scene has witnessed momentous changes over the last twenty years, including the establishment of a contemporary-art department at the Denver Art Museum and the tremendous expansion of both public and commercial gallery scenes. But the mo...

    by Michael Paglia on January 29, 1998
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    Bob Cot - A Bum Rap

    Against all odds, Bob Cote finds himself in a suspended state of grace. "How else to explain why I'm here?" he wonders. "It's been a series of miracles." More than merely being here, though, these days Cote, the ex-alcoholic president of Step 13, a s...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 29, 1998
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    Walter Gerash - The Devil's Advocate

    He lurks in the bad dreams of hungry prosecutors and hidebound judges, a caped avenger in bolo tie and maroon beret. The cameras catch him exiting the courtroom in the eye of the media whirlwind, a feisty bantamweight with a large voice--a voice so t...

    by Alan Prendergast on January 29, 1998
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    Tony Church - The Center Attraction

    The December 1979 opening of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' first production was billed as the "Dawn of the Denver Decade." The DCPA was going to make Denver the Rocky Mountain entertainment equivalent of New York City, with touring produ...

    by Jim Lillie on January 29, 1998
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    Birth of a Notion

    Depending on how you measure these things, Westword was born late one night in a college newspaper office, when starting a weekly seemed like a much better idea than typing a resume and finding a real job, or at a rugby game in Washington Park, where...

    by Patricia Calhoun on January 29, 1998
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    The Hype Report Alan Prendergast's January 22 article, "City of Hype," claims that "no other city in the world has to put up with so much drivel in the name of sports journalism." While I agree that it is ridiculous bordering on the offensive, I ...

    on January 29, 1998
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    When filming begins this week on The Closer, Tom Selleck's mid-season replacement show, the California set will be littered with Colorado memorabilia. That's because the sitcom is the first TV show since Dynasty supposedly set in Denver, and Selleck,...

    on January 29, 1998
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    Phil Anschutz - The Miracle Worker

    One night in 1968, a 29-year-old Phil Anschutz sat in the bar of the Casper, Wyoming, airport cutting the biggest deal of his life with an oil wildcatter named Jeff Hawks. Outside, in the direction of Gillette, the sky was on fire, the result of an i...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on January 29, 1998
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    Tim Gill - Get With the Program

    Anyone else would surely have given up by now. Here it is, a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the powder steadily accumulating on the Copper Mountain slopes, creating the kind of ideal conditions that serious shredders only dream about. But Tim Gill is ...

    by Chris LaMorte on January 29, 1998
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    Bob Brown - Have Gun, Will Travel

    Writers for Soldier of Fortune magazine probably don't complain too much when editor/publisher Robert K. Brown monkeys with their stories. After all, how many editors keep a pair of Soviet assault rifles next to their desks? Brown grabs the rifl...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on January 29, 1998
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    Susan Barnes - Don't Ask, Do Tell

    Susan Barnes has made some pretty powerful enemies over the past five years, including countless officers and enlisted men in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, Washington politicos and the presidents of a couple of right-wing think tanks. S...

    by Karen Bowers on January 29, 1998
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    Someone to Lien On

    In Colorado, property-tax bills are due April 30; if they are not paid, the landowner receives a delinquent tax notice a few months later. In Denver, which has approximately 171,000 separate pieces of taxable property, about 10,000 people--just under...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 22, 1998
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    City of Hype - Great moments in Bronco history--and hysteria.

    Smiling, frosted-haired matrons, their teeth capped in orange and blue. A naked man in a barrel making a heartfelt plea for playoff tickets. Nightly weather bulletins on the field conditions in Kansas City or Pittsburgh, pre-empting the local snow re...

    by Alan Prendergast on January 22, 1998
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    Fight, Team, Fight!

    Eleven years ago, Bronco Vance Johnson was ready to explode into the national consciousness. A cocky little wide receiver known for his pigtails, flashy lifestyle, motormouth and allegedly artistic drawings, he parlayed the Super Bowl hoopla into an ...

    by Ward Harkavy on January 22, 1998
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    The Kiling Field Steve Jackson's January 15 "Murderer's Row" was a well-written article about this monster, Tom Luther. As the parent of a child who was victimized by a violent sexual predator (now residing in a Colorado prison), I found it obvio...

    on January 22, 1998
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    Home Sick - Is this crazy, or what? The only way Mildred Bennett can get her house back is to prove she's mentally disabled.

    Mildred Bennett was born to royalty. She is the child of a Russian czar--the proof, she tells you, being a birthmark on her back. George Washington is her grandfather. One of her husbands was the king of Spain; she was the queen. A second husband was...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 22, 1998
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    Off Limits

    No bull: On Tuesday, animal-rights activists--the Vegetarian Society of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense Fund--hung what they'd promised would be a "huge" banner, but which more closely resembled a bath towel, off the 15th Street overpa...

    on January 22, 1998
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    Spam I Am - A growing number of local crusaders log on to the fight against electronic junk mail.

    Fred Elbel spends his days as a mild-mannered Littleton computer consultant and his nights in what he describes as an epic struggle. "It's a war," Elbel says, "and I'm caught up in one of the biggest battles." Elbel's enemy is unsolicited electr...

    by Scott C. Yates on January 22, 1998
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    The Wagers of Sin - Local bookies get punished, but what about those tempting overseas operators?

    When the Jefferson County district attorney's office went after a dozen bookies from a Golden boiler-room sports-betting operation last year, the defendants contended they weren't doing anything different from those who operate supposedly legal offsh...

    by Steve Jackson on January 22, 1998
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    Trees' Company - Environmentalists gang up with--gasp!--loggers to attack the Forest Service.

    An unusual marriage of convenience between a northern Colorado environmental group and loggers could end in divorce quicker than you can say "Timber!" For the moment, however, the two sides, which have butted heads many times in the past, are united ...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on January 22, 1998
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Jerry Kern Has Made Lots of Noise at the Colorado Symphony

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Reader: "I Have Often Wondered What Motivated Even Ebel to Be So Angry"

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Why Don't Mexican-American Students Do Better in School?

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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 >>

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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 >>