The Denver City Council's May 22 agenda overflowed with typical items -- zoning matters, leasing pacts, the designation of May 21-27 as "Public Works Week" -- but one entry qualified as mighty unusual. The paragraph described a bill calling for the approval of a one-year, $504,875 agreement between the City and County of Denver and KUSA-TV/Channel 9 "to provide a variety of services related to the 'Parents Are the Power' Initiative" -- a drug-and-alcohol-abuse prevention program promoted via public-service announcements. These spots are certainly well intended, but they also provide considerable promotional value for the station, since they frequently... More >>>