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    Charlton Heston's NRA Diary: United We Stand

    Editor's note: We requested an official copy of Mr. Heston's remarks to the National Rifle Association convention in Denver last week, held under massive protest in the wake of the fatal shooting of a dozen students and one teacher at Columbine High ...

    on May 6, 1999
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    All Pain, No Gain - A head-on collision with her insurance company left Candace Salas with more than a few scratches.

    They're usually called fender benders: Cars and trucks traveling at low speeds hit each other, causing dings and dents. The worst of the physical injuries are often headaches from filling out insurance claim forms. In fact, low-speed accidents d...

    by Julie Jargon on May 6, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Hell to pay: Organizers of the April 25 Columbine memorial service continue to express their dismay over complaints by liberal Christians, blacks and Jews that the service was too white and too evangelical. "There were fourteen different speakers and...

    by Jonathan Shikes on May 6, 1999
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    Critical Condition - Another patient, another investigation for Presbyterian/St. Luke's.

    After three years on the waiting list, Walter Andre finally got a kidney transplant at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center on January 27. He came out of surgery quite well and was soon able to call his out-of-town friends and family to tel...

    by Gayle Worland on May 6, 1999
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    The Long Goodbye

    When it was over, the big, blue-eyed man wearing the beautifully tailored charcoal suit and the pale-gold necktie left a box of Kleenex untouched on the podium and followed his blocker, wife Janet, through one last Sunday-afternoon sea of photographe...

    by Bill Gallo on May 6, 1999
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    Letters

    What's the Agenda? From Patricia Calhoun's "Opportunism Knocks," in the April 29 issue: "On Sunday, Colorado Right to Life gave birth to this announcement: 'Today our organization reminds Governor Bill Owens and all Colorado elected officials...

    on May 6, 1999
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    Life Goes On

    On the day that fifteen people died at Columbine High School, Rebecca Oakes tried to block out the barrage of news reports, the sirens and the shocked expressions on the faces of her colleagues. She closed her office door, shuffled papers on her desk...

    by Harrison Fletcher on May 6, 1999
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    The Ten Commandments

    1. Thou shalt be careful in the big city. Early Saturday morning, the mall shuttle fills quickly as it passes through LoDo and heads toward Broadway. There are grandmotherly women who've bused down from Boulder, bleary-eyed hipsters clutching the...

    by Patricia Calhoun on May 6, 1999
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    The Royal Grudge Bridge - Bill Fehr has big plans for the Royal Gorge Bridge--including a $749,600 rent increase.

    This December will mark seventy years since the Royal Gorge Bridge was strung 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River where it cuts through a sheer canyon a dozen miles outside of Canon City. The project was the brainchild of Lon Piper, a San Antonio tol...

    by Eric Dexheimer on April 29, 1999
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    !Atencion, Por Favor! - Parents in northwest Denver say the school district doesn't listen--so they're making more noise.

    Northwest of downtown Denver, a neighborhood peers out over the city's skyscrapers and railyards. In the late 1800s, Highlands was a pristine city whose residents were proud of their elevated metropolis, separated from Denver by a valley through whic...

    by Julie Jargon on April 29, 1999
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    The Church Listens

    Parents in northwest Denver say the Denver Public School District is neglecting its Hispanic students. But some people are looking out for them. Four years ago, members of the congregation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on West 36th Avenue star...

    by Julie Jargon on April 29, 1999
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    A Snake in the Grama Grass - Weeding out the good plants from the bad can leave horticulturalists blowing in the wind.

    Gardeners tend to be an unobtrusive breed, most often found grubbing in soil and mumbling in Latin while presenting their rumps to a peaceful blue sky. But threaten a garden and you find in its creator an opponent as implacable, as blindly persistent...

    by Juliet Wittman on April 29, 1999
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    Worked Over - Police and firefighters who are injured on the job say the legislature has failed to protect and serve them.

    For fifteen years, Dana Line has served Denver as a sheriff's deputy at the county jail. Dealing with inmates can be risky, but Line always assumed that if he were hurt on the job, he would be taken care of. Today he no longer believes that. ...

    by Stuart Steers on April 29, 1999
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    Follow That Story

    Calling All (Inexpensive) Social Workers Parents, teachers and authorities are struggling to understand how two kids at Columbine High School could have murdered twelve of their classmates and a teacher without anyone paying attention to the warn...

    by Stuart Steers on April 29, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Since Westword went to press last Tuesday just as news of the shootings at Columbine High School was beginning to leak out, it wouldn't be fair to criticize how the rest of the media handled the coverage. But then, as last week's tragedy so amply ill...

    on April 29, 1999
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    Paying Full Booty for Half the Monty - The owners of a downtown strip club do a dirty dance with Denver's zoning codes.

    After more than 25 years of showing full nudity at their downtown strip joint, Rusty and Ted Bullard want to give their customers a little bit more. But the city keeps playing fresh with them, so they'll have to take what they can get. The Bulla...

    by Justin Berton on April 29, 1999
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    Horse Sense

    The day may dawn clear, but Saturday's 125th Kentucky Derby will be run under a cloud--or rather, three or four clouds--that help explain the unhappy state of American horse racing. First, as twenty unpredictable three-year-olds go to the post a...

    by Bill Gallo on April 29, 1999
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    Letters

    Some Stern Talk I'm not sure what affiliation, if any, Westword has with KXPK-FM (the Peak), but in searching the Internet, I found Celebrity Death Slalom, a contest depicting Howard Stern, Leo DiCaprio and Calista Flockhart. I would ask you...

    on April 29, 1999
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    Opportunism Knocks

    A week after the massacre at Columbine High School, everybody has an agenda. Some are noble, some are not. Some seek the truth, others spin it. But everybody has one. Within minutes of the tragedy, travelers searching the Web for information...

    by Patricia Calhoun on April 29, 1999
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    Deadlines

    The only things certain in life are death and taxes. At the Hospice of Metro Denver's Aurora Care Center, the days leading up to April 15 went by peacefully and, for the most part, quietly, but death was still in the neighborhood, and some twenty pat...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on April 29, 1999
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