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    Games Networks Play

    While assorted waterbugs from Romania and Belarus and the suburbs of Cleveland bounded all over the mat and flung their tiny bodies back and forth between the uneven parallel bars, we had the whole thing explained to us on the boob tube by...John Tes...

    by Bill Gallo on August 8, 1996
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    Grand Illusions

    Plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years, give or take an eon. The saga of Colorado special grand jury 89-2 could stretch almost as long. On August 1, 1989, Judge Sherman Finesilver impaneled the state's first-ever special grand jury, charged w...

    by Patricia Calhoun on August 8, 1996
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    Letters

    Stir Crazy After reading the third installment in your prison series (Karen Bowers's "Bad Ol' Boys," August 1), I threw down my copy of Westword in disgust. Isn't anyone else as outraged as I am over the special treatment these criminals receive?...

    on August 8, 1996
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    Stealing Time - As its inmate population ages, the Colorado prison system discovers there's no con like an old con.

    The Insiders It's not easy getting old in prison. But in Colorado, it's getting easier. The number of elderly felons being held in the state prison system is expected to soar dramatically in coming years, as an increasing number of life sente...

    by Karen Bowers on August 1, 1996
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    Going to Ground - A private investigator tracks a toxic trail through Arvada.

    Three weeks ago an unlikely group of lawyers, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and a private investigator met with prosecutors from the Colorado Attorney General's office. The purpose of the gathering was to decide whether it ...

    by Eric Dexheimer on August 1, 1996
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    Give Until It Hurts - The story of Gale Norton's last-minute return of campaign contributions from Lloyd's of London investors.

    The timing of Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton's sudden intervention into the Lloyd's of London securities case last week wasn't half as odd as the timing of Norton's last-minute return of contributions from Lloyd's investors to her U.S. Senate ...

    by Michelle Johnston on August 1, 1996
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    Her So-Called Life - Nina Bonifacio's tattoos finally got under her skin.

    An inventory of the disappearing tattoos of Nina Bonifacio: 1. On Nina Bonifacio's right wrist--when she makes change in her job as a Target checker, you can see it very well--is the word "payasa," injected under her skin in bluish ink by a frien...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on August 1, 1996
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    Off Limits

    The name game: Pat Bowlen should send a big bouquet to Charlie Lyons and the rest of Ascent's front line. Compared with the prospect of an Arapahoe County Avalanche (or an Alabama Avalanche, for that matter), the Broncos owner's demand for a new stad...

    on August 1, 1996
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    Fighting Fire With Fire - Does Alvertis Simmons need to be so angry? He thinks so.

    Volatile black activist Alvertis Simmons says he's leaving his job of three years as the mayor's neighborhood-watch coordinator to wage his own fight against the myriad social problems he sees facing Denver. "I'm looking forward to leaving the c...

    by T.R. Witcher on August 1, 1996
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    Bum Steer - A trucker's wife battles cancer while he battles his former company.

    Howard Cobb drove trucks for nearly thirty years without an accident. His wife, Marion, worked as a bookkeeper, raised their three kids and kept the home fires burning. Three years ago he landed his best-paying job ever, making on-time deliverie...

    by Steve Jackson on August 1, 1996
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    Fake Street Bombers

    All right, then. Stay home. Seriously. Don't even bother with the road games. Forfeit the damn road games. That way, you guys will save the club a couple of million bucks in airplane tickets, and you'll always be able to have your eggs cooked the way...

    by Bill Gallo on August 1, 1996
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    Letters

    Prostate Your Case As one of your faithful--and no doubt oldest--readers, I am voicing my objections to your two new cartoons. In your July 25 issue, both "The City" and "Callahan" included cheap shots at those of us in our so-called golden years...

    on August 1, 1996
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    The Committed - The state pours millions of dollars--and controversial social theory--into a prison for mentally ill felons.

    The Insiders There is a private garden in the Colorado prison system, a place where convicted killers can tend flowers and summer vegetables alongside rapists, burglars and thieves--all in the name of mental therapy. The small but immaculate plot...

    by Karen Bowers on July 25, 1996
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    Vroom With a View - Exit here for forty years of 1-25 history.

    If you decelerate just past the 20th Street exit going north on I-25--although you really shouldn't, as this creates "curiosity slowing"--you will see a simple sign: Fortieth Anniversary Valley Highway. One recent Friday morning, a time capsule was b...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on July 25, 1996
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    Shooting for the Moon - A lobbyist targets his wife's Capitol Hill office for a funding request.

    The husband of Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell's top aide, Ginnie Kontnik, lobbied Campbell's office for a reported $10 million appropriation earlier this year, but the dream died before reaching the floor of Congress. And now the lobbyist, Lewi...

    by Michelle Johnston on July 25, 1996
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    Off Limits

    Slots of luck: Evie Dennis hit the jackpot when she resigned as superintendent of Denver Public Schools: In a secret deal, the school board awarded her a $400-a-month stipend for life. "I know I needed some compensation like other people," Dennis tol...

    on July 25, 1996
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    Jailhouse Rocker - A popular Denver musician goes from playing in bars to being behind them.

    Most musicians aren't morning people--but if police are right, Brian Nalty is the exception to this rule. On July 9, the onetime guitarist for the Jinns, a Denver-based roots-rock band that seemed on the cusp of national stardom during the late ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 25, 1996
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    Think Big

    No, you don't need to have your eyes checked: Westword has grown. As papers across the country downsize their pages, we're expanding ours (and changing printers, from the Denver Post to the Rocky Mountain News). You'll find all of our standard f...

    on July 25, 1996
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    The National Billionaires Association

    Look at it this way. The average American working stiff makes $548 a week--before taxes. Michael Jordan makes $576,923 a week--before the sneaker company and the cereal maker and the burger chain and the people who provide his underwear can even line...

    by Bill Gallo on July 25, 1996
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    Letters

    Face the Notion There she goes again. In her most recent column ("Serf and Turf," July 18), Patricia Calhoun gets all red in the face shouting over some perceived social injustice at the Palm, which even she admits is "just a restaurant" (and a "...

    on July 25, 1996
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Dear Stoner: Can non-residents buy edibles in Colorado? Dear Stoner: Can non-residents buy edibles in Colorado?

Dear Stoner: My dad lives in Aurora, and we're coming out for his 75th birthday party. My wife has never smoked pot (or anything, not even cigarettes) but suffers from… More >>

Reader: "Thank God for gardens -- they give life, food"

"Growing Concerns," Kyle Harris, july 17 Way to Grow! Excellent article. Tragic. I am afraid all of Denver has fallen victim to gentrification. One man's progress is another man's demise.… More >>

Dear Mexican: Why do your people stay in the U.S.?

Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I'll be returning to my country or to Kuala Lumpur. Since I've been in this country,… More >>

Readers weigh in on the state's fracking debate

"Frack Attack!," Alan Prendergast, July 10 What the Frack? Another excellent story by Alan Prendergast. Thank you for injecting some sanity into the hysterical — on all sides — discussion… More >>

Dear Stoner: How much THC equals a lethal dose? Dear Stoner: How much THC equals a lethal dose?

Dear Stoner: I know that you cannot OD by smoking weed, but what about ingesting it? There are some very strong eatables; what if I get the munchies on marijuana… More >>

Dear Mexican: What do you think about going back to Europe?

Dear Mexican: I have some questions and observations. During George W. Bush's administration, there was a lot of talk about comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty, to some). One remark that I… More >>

How Colorado became ground zero in America's energy wars How Colorado became ground zero in America's energy wars

At the Denver premiere of the film Dear Governor Hickenlooper last month, there were no stretch limos, no red-carpet divas, no paparazzi or moguls in tuxedos. What you got instead,… More >>

Dear Stoner: How should I talk to my children about pot? Dear Stoner: How should I talk to my children about pot?

Dear Stoner: I drive around town with my seven-year-old, and I know it is only a matter of time before he starts asking me about the "MMJ" signs everywhere. How… More >>

Readers remember Denver's early comedy scene

"Lori Story," Chris Utterback, June 26 Solid Gold Appreciate your writing and reflections on Denver's comedy scene via "Lori's Story." Just want to share that there was an active comedy… More >>

Dear Mexican: Why don't many Mexicans smoke?

Dear Mexican: I noticed that Mexican people don't generally smoke. I'm not condoning smoking, but it's interesting to see how some groups do or don't smoke, and I have yet… More >>

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