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    Musicians to the Corps - Denver's once-moribund Junior Police Band is back in action.

    The Denver Junior Police Band, once plagued by scandal, has returned after an eight-year hiatus and is again trying to keep kids off the streets by getting them out there pounding the pavement as a marching band. Originally struck up in 1937, th...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on January 2, 1997
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    War of the Heavy Weights - Prop up your coffee tables: Two big Denver books are coming.

    This old cowtown is finally big enough to merit a splashy, 500-page coffee-table book filled with full-color photos and glowing prose. But Denver's collective coffee table may not be big enough for two of them. The new year will see the appearan...

    by Stuart Steers on January 2, 1997
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    Distaff Dis Regarding Bill Gallo's "Avs and Have-Nots," in the December 26 issue: Perhaps Bill Gallo has a hard time remembering any great athlete who doesn't have a penis (unless the athlete is "perky"--a pathetic adjective in any case). Her...

    on January 2, 1997
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    Happy Newt Year

    Newt Gingrich is still hunting that giraffe. Three hours each week, the smug Speaker of the House pops up on Knowledge TV--the former Mind Extension University on cable--touting his own peculiar view of history in what is surely the country's mos...

    by Patricia Calhoun on January 2, 1997
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    Strange but True

    Some funny things happened on the way to the Pepsi Center. Jurassic Parker A mystery mourner left a wreath of plastic flowers at the westside gas station where "Dino," a green fiberglass dinosaur representing the Sinclair Oil Company, had bee...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Boomtown Rats

    For a few dullards moreJOHN JACOB DINGLEHEIMER JORG PETER SCHMITZ Occupation: Shlock artist/German national The close-brush artist of LoDo was known mostly for his insufferable science-fiction-themed paintings until he showed up in the BMW th...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Big Bang Theory

    Grab your crying towels--and wipe away a flood of '96 tears. Denver was a boomtown this year. In fact, the whole state seemed ready to blow at any minute. The speed limit accelerated to a rip-roaring 75 miles per hour, allowing residents to ...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Avs and Have-Nots: The Year in Review

    Above all, 1996 was the year Denver wore the Scarlet Letter--that big red "A" at once symbolizing the city's first professional sports championship and its shameless dalliance with the new kid in town. All hail immediate gratification: Marc Crawford'...

    by Bill Gallo on December 26, 1996
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    Home for the Holidays I have read Westword for a long time, and during that time there have been a lot of great articles--but none as great as Kyle Wagner's "Trash Landing," in the December 19 issue. I would just like to compliment you and the Mulh...

    on December 26, 1996
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    Black Marks - The Denver Police Department acts like it has something to hide about its clash with students at Thomas Jefferson High School. It does.

    Quentin Jones's cheek pressed into the grit of the asphalt parking lot. His head was immobilized by the nightstick a cop had jammed into his neck, and his arms and legs were pinned down by other officers. From the corner of his eye, sixteen-year-old ...

    by Karen Bowers on December 19, 1996
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    Trash Landing - The Mulherns make merry with ghosts of Christmases past.

    Of the nearly 500 Christmas decorations Mary Mulhern has rescued from dumpsters over the past twenty years, the recently acquired Mr. and Mrs. Snowman are her favorites. Made from aluminum cans covered with cotton batting, their cheery faces fashione...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 19, 1996
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    Ire of Newt - One of Denver's most promising young Republicans defects to the pagans.

    The former treasurer of the College Republicans on the Auraria campus became disenchanted with the party and has found a new campaign: He's organizing a student club for pagans. These days, "I'm basically a conservative libertarian," says Nichol...

    by Stuart Steers on December 19, 1996
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    Sprechen Sie Interactive? - The revolution may not be televised; the German class will be.

    Six sophomores enrolled in German II file into room 208 at South High School and find their seats behind an array of microphones set up as if they were at a congressional hearing. There's a television where the teacher usually stands. The ki...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on December 19, 1996
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    The Circle Game - A "prisoner of war" plays ball with the feds--and gets beaned.

    Oscar Lopez Rivera knew what he had to do to get out of the toughest penitentiary in the entire federal system. He had to endure 22-hour-a-day solitary confinement, demonstrate "positive adjustment," follow the rules--in short, get with the "carrot-a...

    by Alan Prendergast on December 19, 1996
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    Off Limits

    Big dame deal: On Friday First Lady Wilma Webb added to her title--she now has an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Colorado Institute of Art. This wasn't just her first doctorate: It was also a first for the CIA, which up until now hasn'...

    on December 19, 1996
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    Fueling Controversy - Does Texaco discriminate against blacks? Ask Roy Phillips, Denver's black Texaco owner.

    Roy Phillips has run Texaco stations in Denver since the Seventies, and in that time he's learned a painful lesson. As a black man, he says, "you can operate stations as long as they're inside the black community." Over the years Phillips made a...

    by T.R. Witcher on December 19, 1996
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    Robinson U.

    Here's to you, Mister Robinson. Down in Ruston, Louisiana, the administration of Grambling State University and the same contingent of sour, win-crazy alumni you find at any losing school want to get rid of the head football coach. The coach...

    by Bill Gallo on December 19, 1996
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    A Dunn Deal I found Stuart Steers's December 5 article, "All Fired Up," very interesting but a little over-Dunn. Yes, John took a strong anti-pipeline stand--but he seemed to drop the ball at the southern end of the county. We in Simla are uninfo...

    on December 19, 1996
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    Sustaining an Empire

    When last we heard from Marshall Kaplan, the embattled dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver was hinting that the public might not have him to kick around for much longer. No more big community confabs,...

    by Patricia Calhoun on December 19, 1996
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    Bad Connections

    The biggest pay-phone scam yet uncovered involved a San Diego-based company called AmTel. But Colorado has had its share, too. By 1994, eight years after it was founded, AmTel was the third-largest private pay-phone company in the country, with 8,50...

    by Eric Dexheimer on December 12, 1996
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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 >>

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

Dear Stoner: These taxes are nuts. I just paid like $25 in tax on a quarter of bud. Colorado is going to have some shiny new schools next year, huh?Dank… More >>

Reader: "Is Same-Sex Marriage All You People Think About?"

"State of the Union," Kyle Harris, August 14 Sex Marks the Spat With all that is going on in the world, is same-sex marriage (a clear oxymoron) all you people… More >>

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 >>

Reader: "Captain Kill-Joy" Makes a Visit to the 88 Drive-In

"One fish, two fish," Melanie Asmar, August 7 Something's Fishy Excellent story by Melanie Asmar that shows how foolish our endangered-species programs can be. Now that she's debunked the story… More >>

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?

Dear Stoner: I know that an ounce of weed is legal for adults 21 and up, but what happens if you have more than that amount on you? Are you… More >>