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    Letters

    For Adults Only It upsets me that your recent covers--the December 31 Year in Review and the January 7 issue--have been so vile. You have a right to print whatever you like, but surely parents have a right to go out to dinner with their kids with...

    on January 14, 1999
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    Election Losers - Migrant petition carriers say they helped put issues on November's ballot and then got stiffed.

    Last summer, Thomas Hendrix canvassed the sidewalks of Denver, hustling up signatures for the petition drive that got Amendments 15 and 16 on the ballot in November's election. The amendments, pushed by Gary Boyce's Stockman's Water Company, would ha...

    by Marty Jones on January 14, 1999
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    Hell, No, We Won't Grow! - A new bill proposes leaving rural areas openand developed areas denser than your average pro-growth legislator.

    A proposal that would radically change the way Colorado grows and curb urban sprawl is on a collision course with the Colorado Legislature. And if lawmakers turn the idea down--again--Colorado voters will likely have the final say. The Colorado ...

    by Stuart Steers on January 14, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Look out below! On Monday, as officials of Colorado Ski Country USA proclaimed their neutrality on the issue of helmets on the slopes (last week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommended that skiers and snowboarders use that pesky prote...

    on January 14, 1999
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    Everybody Wasn't Kung Fu Fighting - The Law brothers' kangaroo movie was an epic failure, but they keep on kicking.

    The warriors are in trouble when the tale begins. Their leader has accidentally broken their vow never to kill anyone and has exiled himself. Their only hope may be young Ryan Jeffers, a kid with a limp, parents who are never around, and low ...

    by T.R. Witcher on January 14, 1999
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    The Sprawful Truth - Overwhelmed by growth, the town of Superior struggles to transform a subdivision into a community.

    Buy Now, Pay Later You can feel the urgency in the Rock Creek Ranch sales offices of Richmond American Homes. You can see it in the eyes of the young couples who arrive there in weather foul and fair, brochures in hand and toddlers in tow, their ...

    by Alan Prendergast on January 14, 1999
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    Hoop-De-Doo

    Have you heard? The Denver Nuggets are serious about winning. About winning games and winning back the hearts of the fans. Of course, Napoleon was serious about winning at Waterloo. The Germans probably liked their chances in Stalingrad. And the...

    by Bill Gallo on January 14, 1999
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    Nursing a Grudge - Jerry Ritchie doesn't like Meridian retirement homes or owner Trish Nagel. She'd like Jerry to keep quiet -- and she has the money to make him.

    Jerry Ritchie is dying. He has emphysema, and as he moves around his small Arvada apartment, he carefully steps over the plastic tubes that link him to an oxygen tank. For the last several years, Ritchie has been in and out of hospitals and nursing h...

    by Stuart Steers on January 7, 1999
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    Don't Call the Cops! - Employees at the Denver VA say they're being harassed by their own police.

    The Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a place where people expect to get healed, not hurt. But one center employee says he was in serious pain after the hospital's chief of police confronted him about $80 worth of unpaid parking tickets he'd ...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on January 7, 1999
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    Off Limits

    Be afraid. Be very afraid: Bill Owens has yet to take office, and already people are raining on his parade. For starters, there's Tracy Rogers, former office manager for his brother, lieutenant governor-elect and student-loan scofflaw Joe Rogers, who...

    on January 7, 1999
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    Parting Shots - Members of the Colorado Xplosion have one last lunch together.

    The Colorado Xplosion finally rated a front-page story in the Denver Post's December 23 sports section. The team's accomplishment? Going out of business. The demise of the American Basketball League didn't come as a complete surprise, however, s...

    by C.J. Janovy on January 7, 1999
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    Season's Greeting

    It is still the holiday season on the windy, treeless plain that is Dove Valley, and the man who's overseen the Denver Broncos media machine for 21 seasons is in a mood for parables. "Say your car is stalled on the railroad track," Jim Saccomano begi...

    by Bill Gallo on January 7, 1999
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    Savage Love

    Dan Savage has been writing "Savage Love," a nationally syndicated sex-advice column, for seven years--enough time to become an expert on everything from women's orgasms to safe sex to abusive boyfriends to Hollywood blockbusters to gerbils. Have a q...

    by Dan Savage on January 7, 1999
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    A New Dress for the Old Gal - If Art Greer has his way, Diamond Lil's will be a porno palace Denver can be proud of.

    A couple of years ago, Art Greer developed an interest in local history and began working to revive the decrepit neighborhood just northeast of LoDo. The area is one of the few that hasn't been goosed by the proximity of Coors Field, but convincing t...

    by Eric Dexheimer on January 7, 1999
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    The Long Road Home

    For drama, it didn't come close to a young man tortured and strung up like a scarecrow on a fence beside a lonely strip of Wyoming asphalt. Which meant that for the media, it barely rated a mention. On November 1, 1993, a battered body was found...

    by Patricia Calhoun on January 7, 1999
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    Letters

    Airheads The symbol of a blow-up doll on your December 31 Year in Review issue was particularly appropriate, since Westword is so often full of hot air. Jayne Riley Denver It has been refreshing to move to a new city and discover origi...

    on January 7, 1999
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    Home Alone

    Bryan Scheferkort left behind a hundred bad memories on the streets of Denver, but he can't shake one image that will always remind him of the year he spent without a home. One night last spring, at about 2 a.m., he and three friends were smo...

    by Harrison Fletcher on January 7, 1999
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    Hall of Shame - You'd have to go a fur piece to find bigger embarrassments.

    Pat and Annabel Bowlen Corporate Welfare King and Queen Years ago, when Canadian millionaire Pat Bowlen started angling for a new stadium, one with deep revenue streams and luxury boxes that he hadn't already sold off, image consultants warne...

    on December 31, 1998
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    Losers No More

    It was the year of Hurricane Mitch and Typhoon Monica, of Governor Ventura and King Viagra. It was the year they finally played college football at Mile High Stadium (Colorado 42, Colorado State 14), the year Harry Caray and his "Holy Cow!" died. It ...

    by Bill Gallo on December 31, 1998
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    Strange but True

    Colorado truly was an altered state in 1998. A Boulder manufacturer of Halloween "Dracula Fangs" sued a competitor for selling allegedly identical devices known as "Fangtastics." A fourteen-year-old sexual assault suspect was arrested in Boulde...

    on December 31, 1998
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