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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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    The Sins of Youth - Colorado gambles millions on a second last chance for violent teens

    The Insiders In the overcrowded Colorado prison system, corrections officials face a new breed of customer: the special-needs inmate. Much as public schools are now expected to tailor programs for the diverse range of children the state educates, ...

    by Alan Prendergast on July 18, 1996
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    See Dick Run. Run, Dick, Run! - The looniness of Colorado's long-distance runner.

    "Look, on this whole issue of running for President, I'm not trying to be coy at all. In fact, I want to be very direct with you. Running for President is being in the Superbowl [sic] of politics." --Richard D. Lamm and Arnold Grossman, A Califo...

    by Alan Prendergast on July 18, 1996
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    Hook 'n' Laughter - A Colorado firefighter finds humor in uniform.

    Colorado Springs firefighter Tim Casey once was called to a home where he found the brains of a recent suicide--a doctor who'd shot himself with a .44 handgun on his 44th birthday--sprayed across the ceiling. When Casey stopped underneath a light fix...

    by T.R. Witcher on July 18, 1996
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    Spies Like Us - There are 14,000 employees in the naked city--and Denver wants to keep tabs on all of them.

    Managing a city can be a sneaky business. How else to explain why Denver ran up a nearly $80,000 tab with R.A. Heales & Associates? According to its advertisement in the Yellow Pages, the firm offers "complete investigative services" including, but n...

    by Eric Dexheimer on July 18, 1996
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    Off Limits

    Independence daze: When candidates for Pat Schroeder's congressional seat gathered at an Independence Institute forum last Friday, only the remaining Democrats--Tim Sandos and big-bucks-raiser Diana DeGette--were in attendance. Although he hardly wou...

    on July 18, 1996
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    A Little Rope-a-Dope

    Horseplayers and fight guys are carried through life by the same sweet torrent of optimism. Damn the facts. Sheer belief will get you back to the cashier's window. Force of will can win the title. In the meantime, keep talking. Talking keeps the demo...

    by Bill Gallo on July 18, 1996
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    Letters

    The Light Stuff Nothing quite so disappointing as the sight of a favorite doing something really dumb. Kenny Be's pathetic stab at satire in your July 11 edition, "Let There Be Light," is an unfortunate case in point. He was somehow suckered into...

    on July 18, 1996
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    Serf and Turf

    At midnight last Thursday, I was on the outside looking in, peering through the windows of the Palm, an establishment that now occupies the old home of Hooters just off the 16th Street Mall. For voyeurs, the scenery tops even that offered by the...

    by Patricia Calhoun on July 18, 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 >>

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