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    Watch the Birdie

    There was a day when working men in America carried hod or baked bread or laid bricks or descended into the hell of the mines to blacken their lungs and die young. In scant off time, such as it was, working men visited houses of worship and toted blo...

    by Bill Gallo on January 8, 1998
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    The Party Line

    Was it good for you? A year ago, Colorado was barely a blip on the political map, a handy way station where national candidates could drop in to stuff their pockets on cross-country junkets, a state more notable for Monkey Business than real mone...

    by Patricia Calhoun on January 8, 1998
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    Letters

    I Am Furious, Yellow The January 1 Year in Review cover may have been intended as a parody, but with it, Westword showed its true colors: yellow, for yellow journalism. You people are as trashy as any of the tabloids you mock. Ginger Foster ...

    on January 8, 1998
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    Hate State Sets New Record: 365 Days of Rage!

    Colorado was all the rage in 1997. We had road rage. We had Ramsey rage. We had ragin' Caucasians. We raged against the injustice of it all when John Denver splashed into one more drink off the California coast. We were frazzled, irked, ince...

    on January 1, 1998
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    Strange but True

    It was a sad state of affairs. Their Mother, "Butt Breath," Could Not Be Reached for Comment "Dumb Face," a female grizzly bear at the Denver Zoo, died of cancer at age 26. She was survived by her brother, "Fat Mouth." The Lost World Fo...

    on January 1, 1998
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    Men (and Women) Behaving Badly

    They may be fools, but they're our fools. BILL McCARTNEY Occupation: Hot-for-Jesus love machine Coach Mac wasn't content to have other guys get together in big, sweaty masses and talk about how bad they'd been to their women. He had a deep n...

    on January 1, 1998
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    A Year of Games

    First and last, 1997 marked the golden anniversary of Jackie Robinson, hero. Otherwise, the sublime and the ridiculous kept bumping into each other. Tiger Woods, age 21, chewed up the Masters field by a record twelve strokes, while Mike Tyson che...

    by Bill Gallo on January 1, 1998
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    Letters

    That Was Zen, This Is Now If I lived in Boulder, I wouldn't worry so much about what's being built on the land as what might be in the water. Judging from everything from the Ramsey case to Eric Dexheimer's "Karma Crash" (great article!), in the ...

    on January 1, 1998
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    Aisle Be Seeing You - For insomniacs, Super Kmart is a gift that keeps on giving--24 hours a day.

    It's 10 p.m. and two weeks from Christmas, and a father and his two young boys are standing before the monster-sized gumball machines at the front of the store. "No, you can't get any of that crap, goddammit," the man says through his teeth. "You hav...

    by Kyle Wagner on December 25, 1997
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    The Horse Soldier - After years of making the fur fly, a veteran animal-rights activist puts herself out to pasture.

    There are no moments of luxury in the life of a horse-abuse investigator. It's a world of hiding in bushes with video cameras, sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes while staking out some lonely pasture, looking for signs of animal mistreatment. ...

    by T.R. Witcher on December 25, 1997
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    Fight the Power - Public Service's juiced-up power lines to Park Meadows spark a lawsuit.

    A group of Highlands Ranch homeowners is not exactly thrilled with the hum of progress and has filed suit against Public Service Company of Colorado, saying that the company should bury its noisy power lines. The lines were recently upgraded to ...

    by Scott C. Yates on December 25, 1997
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    Off Limits

    Dem bones: Henry Solano, Colorado's U.S. Attorney and a former Roy Romer cabinet member, may be headed for Washington. He's been nominated as the Department of Labor's next solicitor general, the agency's No. 3 job, which would put him in charge of h...

    on December 25, 1997
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    Bombs Away - Frustrated by federal inaction, state health officials sue to clean up the old Lowry Bombing Range.

    A lawsuit filed by a Colorado state agency against the U.S. Department of Defense to try to force removal of unexploded munitions from the former Lowry Bombing Range could send shock waves throughout the West. Officials of the Colorado Department of ...

    by Tony Perez-Giese on December 25, 1997
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    All Choked Up

    The millions of working stiffs who fork over their hard-earned dollars for tickets to football, baseball, hockey and (in some cities) real, live NBA basketball games are justifiably fed up with the sour culture of American sports--in which spoiled at...

    by Bill Gallo on December 25, 1997
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    Letters

    The Hard Cell Although I had heard of the paranoia that corporations are taking over corrections institutions, it was actually only a fleeting thought in my consciousness until I read Alan Prendergast's "Just Hop on the Van, Man," in the December...

    on December 25, 1997
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    A Family Affair

    In some guardianship cases, the court can be overly intrusive, interfering in natural relationships while guardians rake in the money. And as a recent case in Arapahoe County demonstrates, not all problems lie within the Denver system. Ginny Rog...

    by Steve Jackson on December 18, 1997
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    Changing of the Guard - After eighteen months as a ward of the court, Letty Milstein will finally get her day in court.

    Letty Milstein didn't believe she needed a guardian to look out for her best interests. All the feisty, opinionated 82-year-old widow really wanted in the spring of 1996 was to spend her remaining years in the home she'd occupied with her husband, Ju...

    by Steve Jackson on December 18, 1997
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    Karma Crash - A developer's search for Nirvana has turned Boulder's Fourmile Canyon into a living hell.

    Betty Gibbs carefully aims her Isuzu Trooper down a steep dirt road carved out of the side of Fourmile Canyon. It is snowing, and the narrow path has become slippery; with hair-raising dropoffs to the south, drivers must cooperate to negotiate the ro...

    by Eric Dexheimer on December 18, 1997
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    Just Hop on the Van, Man - Transported by private companies, wayward inmates discover that their journey to prison can be a long, strange trip.

    When William Minnix was arrested in Ohio last summer, he thought he knew what to expect. He knew he would be extradited to Colorado to face a charge of violating his parole on a felony theft conviction. He also knew that the 1,000-mile trip back to p...

    by Alan Prendergast on December 18, 1997
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    The Long and Winding Road: A Prisoner's Diary

    The following are excerpts from a diary kept by William Minnix, a convicted felon transported from Ohio to Colorado last July by Transcor America to face a charge of parole violation. Minnix claims the trip covered twenty states in twenty days. May...

    by Alan Prendergast on December 18, 1997
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