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    Kill the Empire

    The most dangerous slugger in the major leagues is not Ken Griffey Jr., Larry Walker or Mark McGwire. He is a wrinkled, 67-year-old non-fan named Rupert Murdoch. And it's painfully clear that the ruthless Australian media magnate means to swing the h...

    by Bill Gallo on March 26, 1998
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    Off His Rocker

    This is a story about Jeff O'Leary trying to write a paper about the Crocker Rocker conspiracy. He's probably working on it right now. His Metro State class, Advanced Creative Writing, is--or ought to be--a place where hackneyed phrases like "This is...

    by Robin Chotzinoff on March 26, 1998
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    Letters

    The Killer Inside Us Congratulations are due to Westword and Alan Prendergast for "The Killer and Mrs. Johnson," in the March 19 issue. Although I do not believe Jacob Ind should be released from prison, I think his story should remind us of what...

    on March 26, 1998
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    Ship of State

    "Today, there is a secret plan to deprive the American people of the man they want for their president. It consists of mass-media manipulation, lies, distortions, half-truths, cheap tricks and Soviet-style news blackouts and censorships. The media ha...

    by Patricia Calhoun on March 26, 1998
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    Plans, Trains and Automobiles - Squeezed by big-bucks developments, the eccentric Forney Museum is ready to hit the highway.

    Standing outside Denver's Forney Transportation Museum, in a yard filled with antique locomotives, cabooses and passenger cars, owner Jack Forney beams at a small nineteenth-century locomotive painted in splashes of forest green. The coal-powered loc...

    by Stuart Steers on March 19, 1998
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    The Killer and Mrs. Johnson - A gruesome crime. A bizarre defense. Can a crusading author reopen her best friend's case?

    On the morning of December 17, 1992, a rangy freshman named Jacob Ind was pulled out of his first-hour class at Woodland Park High School by counselor David Greathouse. Concerned about Ind's emotional stability, Greathouse had arranged for the fiftee...

    by Alan Prendergast on March 19, 1998
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    Cowboys and Influence - A state senator and his range-riding pal team up to hog-tie a crucial piece of telephone legislation.

    It was no surprise last month when a bill giving state regulators the power to fine phone companies that provide shoddy service breezed through the Colorado House. After all, the measure is backed by consumer groups and, in a rare twist, most of the ...

    by Scott C. Yates on March 19, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Spring ranting: Some of the volunteers who run the gift shop at the Denver Botanic Gardens are feeling pretty damn contrary about the way their garden's been growing lately. Members of Associates of the Denver Botanic Gardens are steamed about the DB...

    on March 19, 1998
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    Black and Write - The city's black newspaper faces a discrimination lawsuit from a white guy.

    The Urban Spectrum, Denver's black newspaper, is no stranger to writing articles about racism and discrimination. But it now finds itself in new territory: A white male has sued the paper for failing to hire him as an editor. Jim Emery filed sui...

    by T.R. Witcher on March 19, 1998
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    The Golf War

    While the furniture-smashers of the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team were returning to vain millionairehood in the NHL, and Latrell Sprewell was explaining to his adoring public that the really important lesson in the strangling of P.J. Carlesimo is th...

    by Bill Gallo on March 19, 1998
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    Letters

    Nike Town In Stuart Steers's story about the Nike Corporation wanting to place itself upon the pedestal of the South Table ("If the Shoe Fits," March 12), he mentioned that Coors spokesman Jon Goldman had said, "I don't see these folks offering t...

    on March 19, 1998
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    Grand Illusions

    Attorney Hal Haddon is no fan of grand juries; the courts are full of filings that attest to his irritation at their general nosiness. On Monday, though, Haddon and the other lawyers representing John and Patsy Ramsey, "innocent parents of a mur...

    by Patricia Calhoun on March 19, 1998
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    Lucky Strikes

    Squirrels were dying. Lucky didn't know what was killing them off, but there they were, collecting in his Park Hill neighborhood like fallen leaves. Never one to let anything go to waste, Lucky tossed the tiny carcasses into the back of his pick...

    by Harrison Fletcher on March 19, 1998
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    Neighborhood Watch and Wait

    Carole Jensen has two words of advice for neighborhoods trying to get disruptive bars to settle down: Be patient. "It's a long, involved endeavor," she says. "I think these things always get resolved eventually. But it's a slow process, so unbelievab...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 12, 1998
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    Food Fight! - If you can't stand the heat, get out of Lupe Nunez's kitchen.

    The orders are coming in fast--so fast that Lupe Nunez has to do a little sideways skip as she keeps piling on the beans and rice. She passes each plate to her brother, Porfidio Marin, who adds the meat and then hands the finished dish to the waitres...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 12, 1998
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    Off Limits

    Post toasted: The Rocky Mountain News wasn't going to beat the Denver Post on this scoop: Post editor-in-chief Dennis Britton had won the 1998 Edgar O'Malley Award for newsroom leadership--specifically, the paper's handling of the Summit of the Eight...

    on March 12, 1998
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    If the Shoe Fits - Critics say the fix is in for Nike in Golden. But it won't be easy for the company to leave its imprint on a local landmark.

    Hiking up the steep slopes of South Table Mountain is like stepping back in time. Prairie grasses shimmer in the sun and the wind whistles across the broad mesa, which rises 1,300 feet from the Colorado prairie west of Golden. Goldenrod, sage, yucca ...

    by Stuart Steers on March 12, 1998
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    A Tip of the Cap

    Maybe Lawrence Eugene Doby was destined to be overshadowed. In the course of his thirteen-year major-league career, he batted .283, hit 253 home runs and led the American League in homers in 1952 and 1954. But because he played in the golden...

    by Bill Gallo on March 12, 1998
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    Probing a Pal - Congressman Joel Hefley gets dragged into an Ethics Committee investigation.

    If U.S. Representative Joel Hefley gets the $9 million in federal money he wants, someday Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs will feed directly into Interstate 25. If you drive north from there, then east on I-80 and keep going for a thousand miles...

    by Nancy Watzman on March 12, 1998
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    Artsbeat

    Dial straits: It's tough keeping up with all the changes in Denver's mercurial entertainment scene, but the Rocky Mountain News could at least give it a try. Its "Radio Log," published weekly in the Spotlight section, is woefully behind the times--in...

    on March 12, 1998
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