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    John Elway - The Man With the Golden Arm

    It seems impossible--doesn't it?--that on the first day, he was terrible. Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium, he completed just one of eight passes for a measly fourteen yards. He got sacked, hard, four times, and by game's end lo...

    by Bill Gallo on January 29, 1998
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    Clarrisa Pinkola Estes - Her Turn to Howl

    Clarissa Pinkola Estes is thinking about what story she would tell to residents of Denver in 1998. She settles on "Stone Soup," an ancient tale--but not an ancient idea. The people are starving--for soulfulness, for spirit--and they shut their d...

    by Patricia Calhoun on January 29, 1998
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    Noel Cunningham - Mmm, Mmm, Good Guy

    Noel Cunningham is almost too good to be true. The owner of two of the town's best restaurants, Strings and 240 Union, and the driving force behind several charities that have raised more than a million dollars in Denver, Cunningham is one of the few...

    by Kyle Wagner on January 29, 1998
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    Phil Bender - Art for Art's Sake

    Denver's art scene has witnessed momentous changes over the last twenty years, including the establishment of a contemporary-art department at the Denver Art Museum and the tremendous expansion of both public and commercial gallery scenes. But the mo...

    by Michael Paglia on January 29, 1998
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    Walter Gerash - The Devil's Advocate

    He lurks in the bad dreams of hungry prosecutors and hidebound judges, a caped avenger in bolo tie and maroon beret. The cameras catch him exiting the courtroom in the eye of the media whirlwind, a feisty bantamweight with a large voice--a voice so t...

    by Alan Prendergast on January 29, 1998
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    Marilyn Megenity - Mercury Rising

    December 31, 1997, 6 p.m.: The Merc fills slowly at first, but you can already feel the heady air of celebration wafting through the murky dining room, with its darkly polished honky-tonk bar, fringed dancing-girl lamps and Dede LaRue's neon-encircle...

    by Susan Froyd on January 29, 1998
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    Bob Cot - A Bum Rap

    Against all odds, Bob Cote finds himself in a suspended state of grace. "How else to explain why I'm here?" he wonders. "It's been a series of miracles." More than merely being here, though, these days Cote, the ex-alcoholic president of Step 13, a s...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 29, 1998
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    Tony Church - The Center Attraction

    The December 1979 opening of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' first production was billed as the "Dawn of the Denver Decade." The DCPA was going to make Denver the Rocky Mountain entertainment equivalent of New York City, with touring produ...

    by Jim Lillie on January 29, 1998
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    Birth of a Notion

    Depending on how you measure these things, Westword was born late one night in a college newspaper office, when starting a weekly seemed like a much better idea than typing a resume and finding a real job, or at a rugby game in Washington Park, where...

    by Patricia Calhoun on January 29, 1998
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    Letters

    The Hype Report Alan Prendergast's January 22 article, "City of Hype," claims that "no other city in the world has to put up with so much drivel in the name of sports journalism." While I agree that it is ridiculous bordering on the offensive, I ...

    on January 29, 1998
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    Artsbeat

    When filming begins this week on The Closer, Tom Selleck's mid-season replacement show, the California set will be littered with Colorado memorabilia. That's because the sitcom is the first TV show since Dynasty supposedly set in Denver, and Selleck,...

    on January 29, 1998
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    Someone to Lien On

    In Colorado, property-tax bills are due April 30; if they are not paid, the landowner receives a delinquent tax notice a few months later. In Denver, which has approximately 171,000 separate pieces of taxable property, about 10,000 people--just under...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 22, 1998
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    City of Hype - Great moments in Bronco history--and hysteria.

    Smiling, frosted-haired matrons, their teeth capped in orange and blue. A naked man in a barrel making a heartfelt plea for playoff tickets. Nightly weather bulletins on the field conditions in Kansas City or Pittsburgh, pre-empting the local snow re...

    by Alan Prendergast on January 22, 1998
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    Fight, Team, Fight!

    Eleven years ago, Bronco Vance Johnson was ready to explode into the national consciousness. A cocky little wide receiver known for his pigtails, flashy lifestyle, motormouth and allegedly artistic drawings, he parlayed the Super Bowl hoopla into an ...

    by Ward Harkavy on January 22, 1998
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    Home Sick - Is this crazy, or what? The only way Mildred Bennett can get her house back is to prove she's mentally disabled.

    Mildred Bennett was born to royalty. She is the child of a Russian czar--the proof, she tells you, being a birthmark on her back. George Washington is her grandfather. One of her husbands was the king of Spain; she was the queen. A second husband was...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 22, 1998
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    Off Limits

    No bull: On Tuesday, animal-rights activists--the Vegetarian Society of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Animal Defense Fund--hung what they'd promised would be a "huge" banner, but which more closely resembled a bath towel, off the 15th Street overpa...

    on January 22, 1998
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    Spam I Am - A growing number of local crusaders log on to the fight against electronic junk mail.

    Fred Elbel spends his days as a mild-mannered Littleton computer consultant and his nights in what he describes as an epic struggle. "It's a war," Elbel says, "and I'm caught up in one of the biggest battles." Elbel's enemy is unsolicited electr...

    by Scott C. Yates on January 22, 1998
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    The Wagers of Sin - Local bookies get punished, but what about those tempting overseas operators?

    When the Jefferson County district attorney's office went after a dozen bookies from a Golden boiler-room sports-betting operation last year, the defendants contended they weren't doing anything different from those who operate supposedly legal offsh...

    by Steve Jackson on January 22, 1998
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    Trees' Company - Environmentalists gang up with--gasp!--loggers to attack the Forest Service.

    An unusual marriage of convenience between a northern Colorado environmental group and loggers could end in divorce quicker than you can say "Timber!" For the moment, however, the two sides, which have butted heads many times in the past, are united ...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on January 22, 1998
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    Reduced to Dribbling

    How bad have things gotten for the Denver Nuggets? Well, the loudest cheer at any Nuggets home game in the last two miserable seasons, one bemused fan reports, erupted the time Rocky the Mascot, the red-sneakered mountain lion with the jagged lig...

    by Bill Gallo on January 22, 1998
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