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    A Real Ball-Buster - Squeezing the truth out of the Department of Corrections.

    In the state Department of Corrections' Alternative Program, also known as "boot camp" and modeled on military-style training, guards may apply specific tactics to persuade newly arrived prisoners to follow orders. One approved method is called "ches...

    by Eric Dexheimer on April 15, 1999
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    Off Limits

    The ultimate power lunch: Steve Farber and Norm Brownstein have come a long way since the two west Denver boys partnered up in a law firm that would, three decades later, be renowned for its influence that not only smothers Denver but stretches right...

    on April 15, 1999
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    Letters

    From Whom the Baby Bell Tolls Regarding Stuart Steers's "Disconnected," in the April 8 issue: Whenever people such as Sol Trujillo talk about the thorough competitiveness of the telecommunications industry here in the state of Colorado, he ha...

    on April 15, 1999
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    Hog Heaven

    Once again, Colorado Swine Day is upon us, with its ceaseless rounds of pomp and ceremony, and-- No. Let's try that again. Colorado Swine Day dawns bright and cloudless, the sort of spring day that sets the sourest of pusses to purrin'. "...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on April 15, 1999
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    Falling From Grace - Richard Rother lived by his good name. When the cops took that away from him, he walked off a ten-story building.

    The last person to see Richard Rother alive was probably the young lover who stepped off the elevator around half-past midnight, heading for his girlfriend's place. This was Monday, November 9, 1998, on the top floor of the Bank Lofts, an apartment c...

    by Alan Prendergast on April 8, 1999
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    Disconnected - As US West pulls strings at the legislature, it could cut the lines to competition.

    The bill-signing at the Library of Congress was meant for the history books. To mark the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, President Bill Clinton flourished a pen used by Dwight Eisenhower to approve the legislation that created the ...

    by Stuart Steers on April 8, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Visions of the Apocalypse: Last September, head Promise Keeper and former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney secured a commitment from 9,000 men gathered at the Colorado Springs World Arena--they would each bring ten other families ...

    on April 8, 1999
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    Pension Tension - For Leonard Hope's grandchildren, the safety net is mighty fragile.

    Just about the time that life is supposed to get easier, Jacqueline Hope's got harder. After her husband died in December, and his pension and Social Security benefits were cut off, Hope was faced with the prospect of supporting herself and four...

    by Gayle Worland on April 8, 1999
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    No Labor Lost - Ellen Golombek plays rough with the Capitol bosses.

    Ellen Golombek has one of the most thankless jobs at the Colorado Legislature. The 44-year-old flight attendant serves as the main lobbyist for the Colorado AFL-CIO, the federation of state labor unions. With the election of Bill Owens as Colorad...

    by Stuart Steers on April 8, 1999
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    A Matter of Record

    The courtroom was quiet. Vivien Spitz walked toward her station beneath the panel of four American judges and, as protocol required, sat directly across from the defendant's box. Military policemen stood ready. The tension was palpabl...

    by Harrison Fletcher on April 8, 1999
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    A Word to the Wise

    Colorado has always been quick to forgive--and forget. In the midst of the current economic boom, with houses selling within a day for more than their asking price and the daily papers offering cash signing bonuses for new delivery people, it's h...

    by Patricia Calhoun on April 8, 1999
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    Quantum Sonics

    The first time he disappeared, John Zangrando was ten, maybe eleven years old. "I realize now, looking back, that I had experienced not being totally in my mind," he says. "I disappeared. I disappeared, and there was just the saxophone. I remember...

    by Bill Gallo on April 8, 1999
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    Letters

    He Lives! Although I'm pretty much a garden-variety atheist, count me squarely with the "shitcan it" camp on the Jesus of the Week question. At its best, this new feature is just another (yawn) style-without-substance trifle that only other hippe...

    on April 8, 1999
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    The New Turks

    The turks of Wellington Webb's generation were bound by common threads: Almost all were lawyers, they were close in age, and they worked together in the Sam Cary Bar Association and the Colorado Black Caucus. In the more free-spirited '90s, things ha...

    by T.R. Witcher on April 1, 1999
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    Mr. Clean - Superfund ombudsman Robert Martin is either a white knight -- or an EPA whitewash.

    Superfund was created to clean up toxic messes. Robert J. Martin's job is to clean up Superfund's messes. For now, though, he's just a fly on the wall. In a meeting room in the Commerce City town hall, Martin stays to the back, leans, paces,...

    by Gayle Worland on April 1, 1999
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    The Young and the Restless - As the turks of Denver's black politics grow old, what's to be made of their legacy?

    One night in August 1975, Colorado lieutenant governor George Brown stepped to the podium to give a speech at the National Lieutenant Governors Conference in Alabama. He almost ruined his own political career and certainly hastened its end. Brow...

    by T.R. Witcher on April 1, 1999
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    Ditch Glitch - Nobody seems willing to clean up after this flood.

    It was conceived in a warm, moist place. Since its birth, it has been festering in the dank recesses of the crawl space beneath Brenda Everett's home. As it matured, it started invading the rest of her house, its rancid odor seeping through any space...

    by Julie Jargon on April 1, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Hey hey, Cripple Creek Fuhrer: Dollar signs still outnumber swastikas in Colorado's casino-glutted mountain gambling towns, but the folks at the Cripple Creek & Victor Eagle see a connection between the two. In an editorial titled "The Coming of the ...

    on April 1, 1999
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    Flight Diversions - Rumors won't fly with those who lost their loved ones in a Colorado Springs plane crash.

    A sexy little secret was unraveling inside the cockpit of United Airlines flight 585 when it crashed eight years ago in Colorado Springs, killing all 25 passengers and crew members aboard. The cause of the March 1991 crash remained "undetermined...

    by Justin Berton on April 1, 1999
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    Cool and Unusual Punishment

    By acclamation, April is the coolest month. Confident that last year's ignominy will be transfigured into this year's triumph, baseball players and full-grown fans enter this month with the wide-eyed wonder of children, fond dreams intact and energie...

    by Bill Gallo on April 1, 1999
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