Oh, shut up, already: Apparently mistaking The Hill for Kent State--and the People's Republic of Boulder for Tiananmen Square--Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby suggested to the Boulder Planet last week that his officers "would have been justified in killing some of these young people" who rioted for the right to party hearty earlier this month. "I think the ultimate demonstration of professionalism," Killer Koby continued, "is when you have the power and don't use it."
At last: The Ramsey case explained!
Other potentially justifiable homicides: Tom Koby, for standing by his statements; Geraldo Rivera, on general principles.
And the next person who writes about David Letterman's all-too-successful publicity stunt that filled last Friday's Late Show studio audience with Denverites who were no advertisement for this city's high education level. The delayed departure of one of the charter flights, however, did give Letterman the chance to make yet another DIA joke that had publicists back home cringing: "Those of you on Plane 3 will find your luggage on Carousel 3 at Dallas-Fort Worth."
Flights of fancy: Unlike Denver International Airport, the new Colorado Springs Airport opened on time and on budget back in October 1994--and almost immediately was swamped by travelers lured to the facility by Ed Beauvais's upstart Western Pacific Airlines. The WestPac traffic grew so heavy, in fact, that the airline started campaigning for a $47 million, fifteen-gate addition to the airport. But the city, which had already rushed to add parking spaces, bathrooms and baggage carousels to the new facility, ultimately balked at building WestPac a new concourse--prodded to that position by the complaints of other airline tenants. Now the city owes those airlines a debt of thanks, because come next month, most of WestPac's business--and all those passengers--will move to DIA. This despite the fact that Robert Peiser, who replaced Beauvais, told the city last fall: "We view Colorado Springs as an extremely integral part of this airline, and no way will be considering moving the airline or diminishing its importance to Colorado Springs."
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Hey! Wasn't that just what Continental Airlines told Denver when it was planning a new, $780 billion (according to Letterman) airport? Conveniently, WestPac can now take over many of the gates at DIA's Concourse A, the space originally designed for Continental.
Set your sites: Korean Air puts the international into DIA Friday, when it debuts its service from Denver to Seoul. But it's not exactly nonstop--the three-times-a-week flight lands in Los Angeles before heading overseas...Kelvin McNeill, who served as Boulder's mouthpiece in the early days of the Ramsey case (back when people actually thought there might be an arrest), is now spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Outgiving Fund... The Rocky Mountain News finally recognized the approach of the millennium and dropped its abysmal "Women of Distinction" awards, an annual Mother's Day special that recognized a handful of women more for their society connections (this week's cover girl, Judi Wolf, won in '93) than their actual achievements. The Denver Post, however, appears to have forgotten that you've come a long way, baby. Shortly after running stories on family-friendly workplaces and holding an in-house seminar on the same subject, the Post told two reporter/ mothers on 32-hour-week schedules that they'd have to switch to full-time.
Corrections of the week: From Thursday's News: "A headline on page 23A Wednesday incorrectly stated that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright rushed to Wilma Webb's side during an event to encourage children to participate in the arts. Albright was not at the event." Come to think of it, neither was the Sultan of Brunei. And from Friday's Post: "In Thursday's golf lesson on how to start your swing, the photos were swapped. The correct takeaway, left, ensures that the clubhead moves away from the target, producing a wide arc. The photo on the right is an example of too little width on the takeaway. The golfer has rolled his hands inside the toe line."
Printed just below the correction was a letter headlined: "Denver has morons, too.