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    Doing a Slow Burn - The Colorado AG grabs a hot potato in the state's tobacco lawsuit--and hopes she won't get scorched by the legislature.

    Colorado attorney general Gale Norton is investigating one of the most controversial charges yet against tobacco companies: that the firms encourage kids to shoplift cigarettes as part of an effort to hook them on smoking. But even as Norton is turni...

    by Scott C. Yates on March 5, 1998
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    An After-Death Experience - First Mordecai Mayhew was murdered. Then things got really ugly.

    When Jannette Mayhew popped open the trunk of her car and discovered the bullet-pierced body of her son, she probably thought things couldn't get much worse. But that was before her husband reached into a box he'd been told contained his son's person...

    by Eric Dexheimer on March 5, 1998
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    The Rockies Take Up Arms

    That confidence wafting up from Tucson, Arizona, that unmistakable whiff of spring hope, might be real this year. A lot of baseball folk believe the Colorado Rockies improved their roster in the off-season more than any other team in the National Lea...

    by Bill Gallo on March 5, 1998
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    Artsbeat

    The art of the deal: In the face of encroaching development, the Robischon Gallery is holding down the artistic fort at 18th and Wazee streets--a stand that earned founder Jim Robischon an award of appreciation from the Lower Downtown District Inc. a...

    on March 5, 1998
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    Backfield in Motion

    While the Broncos prepare for the second half of their big playoff game in the Colorado Legislature, why don't we just sit back and enjoy the halftime show? The high-priced entertainment, of course, is reserved for the VIPs--the Very Important P...

    by Patricia Calhoun on March 5, 1998
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    Letters

    Better Read Than Dead Regarding Harrison Fletcher's "Seeing Red," in the February 19 issue: Has Westword ever met a Communist it didn't like? Forgive me if I don't break out the crying towels over Pat Blawis's passing. In the early part ...

    on March 5, 1998
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    Building for the Future

    Even after five months, he can feel the chill. "There's definitely something about the place," Doug Gradisar says, looking up the side of an abandoned flour mill northwest of Coors Field. "It gives you the creeps." Gradisar is an outreach wo...

    by Harrison Fletcher on March 5, 1998
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    The Boom Years - Twenty-eight years after a nuclear bomb rocked Colorado, its shock waves still reverberate on the Western Slope.

    On the day they bombed Colorado, Rifle mayor Lesley Estes was a guest at the reviewing station, standing under a large circus tent. He knew that important people such as Dr. Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb, were among the crowd gathered at...

    by Scott C. Yates on February 26, 1998
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    Hell to the Chiefs - What's happening to Colorado's top cops?

    The first volley of bullets smacked into police chief Kris Monson's parked squad car at 1:30 a.m., while he was sitting behind the wheel in downtown Olathe, doing paperwork. The windshield shattered into a spider web, and the young Western Slope lawm...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on February 26, 1998
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    Caution: Judge on Board - You never know who Denver attorney Brent Martin's going to run into next.

    Denver drunk-driving lawyer Brent M. Martin is on a collision course with justice. Make that with a judge. Attorney Martin, who regularly defends people accused of driving under the influence, is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court Fe...

    by Scott C. Yates on February 26, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Belly up to the barbecue: Three years after local uranium magnate turned po' boy Oren Benton first filed for bankruptcy, lawyers and accountants still have their snouts buried in his estate. And, man, is the eatin' good. Featuring hundreds of million...

    on February 26, 1998
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    Worse Than a Pledge Drive - A southeast Denver neighborhood howls about a public-TV station's profit-making development proposal.

    A three-acre plot of land along Leetsdale Drive has become a major headache for nonprofit KRMA-TV Channel 6, which has been battling neighbors over its proposed profit-making commercial projects on the property it's owned for the past decade. A ...

    by Stuart Steers on February 26, 1998
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    Warning Signs

    Somewhere in there, in the dense limbo of the classified section, somewhere between "Beautiful Russian Ladies Want to Meet YOU!" and "Improve Your Sex Life With Penile Enlargement" and "Wendelstedt Umpire School," you'll almost always find the shimme...

    by Bill Gallo on February 26, 1998
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    Artsbeat

    Take one: When the curtain goes up at the Academy Awards next month, Denver filmmaker Donna Dewey will be there--nominated for her documentary A Story of Healing. The 28-minute film--which follows a California medical team, Interplast, on a volunteer...

    on February 26, 1998
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    Power Rangers

    The Team knows how to tantalize a twelve-year-old. "Don't be trying any of this at home, kids. What you are about to see is very, very dangerous. We don't even do what Trey Tally does--breaking concrete and ice with his head! So don't you try it!...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on February 26, 1998
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    Letters

    Babes in Royland Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Strange Bedfellows," in the February 19 issue: Roy Romer proved himself a serial liar and a man without honor. Making a total ass of himself and exposing his wife to the cruelest kind of public h...

    on February 26, 1998
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    The Unusual Suspect - Does this look like JonBenet's murderer to you?

    A year ago, Boulder police chief Tom Koby faced the cameras and promised that "our guy won't walk." Since then, of course, the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation has limped along. Thus far, the only arrests remotely related to the case have be...

    by Steve Jackson on February 19, 1998
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    Fallout in the Family - Eranium made Charlie Steen rich. But the fortune became too hot to handle.

    There are peaceful uses for atomic energy, and then there's the Steen family, blown apart by the biggest uranium bonanza in American history. Shreds of memories and court documents now litter the landscape of what started out as one of the centu...

    by Ward Harkavy on February 19, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Better homes and stadiums: Since Pat Bowlen wants taxpayers to build him a $320 million home for the Broncos (see story at left), we're sure he won't mind if we take a peek at his own crash pad, a three-story brick beauty (latest assessed value: $1,9...

    on February 19, 1998
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    A Whole New Ballgame - The man who drove a stake through Guide the Ride may take aim next at Pat Bowlen's stadium tax.

    Following the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl win last month, Denver's movers and shakers tripped over themselves in a rush to endorse a new taxpayer-financed stadium for the team. Mayor Wellington Webb, Governor Roy Romer and the Denver Metro Chamber of ...

    by Stuart Steers on February 19, 1998
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