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Lisa Rab

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    July 25, 2011

    Beauvallon Corp and developer Craig Nassi win a round in Colorado Court of Appeals

    ​Craig Nassi and the Beauvallon Corp, original owners of the beleaguered Beauvallon building, won a round in the Colorado Court of Appeals, where last week a three-judge panel reversed the findings of Denver District Court Judge Norm Haglund, and tossed a verdict worth more than a million to M ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    JBS Swift lawsuit: Greeley meatpacking plant accused of descrimination against Somali staff

    ​"There's No Place Like Home for Somali Refugees in Greeley," a November 2008 feature by ex-Westword staffer Lisa Rab, told the tale of the Somali community in Northern Colorado, and those members who'd lost jobs in what Rab described in a followup post as "a clash over prayer breaks at the JB ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Read the judgment against developer Craig Nassi, recipient of a $1 million parking ticket

    Craig Nassi. Last week, we told you about a Denver District Court finding against developer Craig Nassi, who was judged to be liable for more than $1 million in damages for fradulently misrepresenting the availability of parking spaces in the Beauvallon, on East Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Street, to ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009
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    June 15, 2009

    Developer Craig Nassi gets $1 million parking ticket

    Craig Nassi. This week, the Denver Post reports, a Denver District Court judge ruled that developer Craig Nassi is "personally liable for $1,046,250 in damages for fraudulent misrepresentation as he negotiated how many parking spaces would be available for Club Matrix, a high-end fitness gym and sp ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009
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    February 5, 2009
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    January 6, 2009

    Some required reading by Lisa Rab

    It's been a mighty tough year or so for Lisa Rab, one of the staff writers laid off at Westword yesterday. She came to Denver from the Cleveland Scene, a onetime Village Voice Media property whose assets were sold to another firm and its archives taken offline. Hence, her award-winning work for the ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, January 6 edition

    Now... where were we? Today in Backbeat Online: • Apples in Stereo energize Pepsi's new ad campaign. • Hello Kavita checks in from the studio. • The new, improved Aubrey Collins. • Mile High Makeout: My head is spinning. • Rap-up: DJ Sabotage makes the finals for Scion Hypeman contest. ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Layoffs strike Westword

    In the December 18 blog "Westword: All About Us," publisher and Village Voice Media Chief Operating Officer Scott Tobias offered a relatively sunny assessment of the paper's health, particularly in comparison with daily newspapers in major metropolitian areas. But today, the forecast is far less pos ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    The YMCA's In and Out List

    The New Depression thriftiness is forcing ad execs to get creative. Car commercials brag about how much money their tiny hatchbacks will save on gas. Banks insist they're the only trusted sources of financial wisdom left. Weird late-night TV ads urge you to stick your gold jewelry in a plastic bag, ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Happy Holidays, Colorado! Here's some prison furniture

      The holidays are nearly over, but your state government remembered to renew its annual gift to Colorado taxpayers: furniture made by prisoners. By law, all state agencies, from the Community College of Denver to the unemployment department, are required to buy office furniture from Colorado ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Times are tough: Work for the government as...a yoga teacher?

    When times are tough, it's comforting to know you can always get a nice, cushy government job. And at the City and County of Denver, this can mean earning $28 an hour as a yoga teacher.Yes, Denver is currently advertising for a long list of jobs, including an  "on-call fitness instructors" to t ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    LeBron, the Nuggets, and the mascot who poops lightning

    My obsession with LeBron James is no secret. After spending 27 years ignorant of everything sports-related, I fell head over heels for the King while living in Cleveland, and watching one absurdly talented athlete lift an entire city from its jobless, weather-beaten depression. It got so bad that I ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Yoga meets wine; yuppie spirits rejoice

    For devotees of yoga, the practice is all about cleansing and strengthening the body, searching for a higher purpose by standing on your head, and twisting your ankles behind your ears. Hardcore yogis don't smoke, or eat burgers after class, or pour too much Splenda in their organic, free-trade tea ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Heebonism: How Denver Jews do Christmas

    It's that time of year again, when Jewish people everywhere stuff themselves with General Tso's and buy overpriced tickets to the latest Reese Witherspoon flick, desperate to stave off the boredom of another neon-tinted, Christ-loving holiday. But Denverites refuse to settle for such misery. Instea ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Obama supporters keep "change" alive this weekend in Denver

    The Obamamania that ruled Denver this summer has died down in the last couple of months. Maybe it's the economy. Maybe it's because we stopped getting weekly visits from The Man once he actually won the election. Maybe the shine wore off when "the change we need" translated into a gaggle of Clintoni ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Denver Realtors protest West Washington Park's anti-duplex plan

    Yesterday, the Denver Board of Realtors made a last-ditch effort to protest a proposal to keep mega-duplexes out of West Washington Park. As we chronicled here last week, Councilman Chris Nevitt's rezoning plan to preserve the bungalow, single-family feel of one pocket of the city has exploded into ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Wells Fargo recruits Somali bankers in Greeley

    Now is a great time to enter the banking industry, wouldn't you say? As our economy collapses, some unlucky schmuck still has to make cold calls from the vacant desks at the newly merged WaMu Chase Wachovias of America, asking customers to entrust their savings to the corporate titans who so recentl ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    West Wash Park rezoning fight gains steam

    In October, we introduced you to  the battle over monster duplexes and neighborhood character in West Washington Park. Now, as a December 15 City Council hearing approaches, the controversy is exploding into a debate over the future of development in Denver's older neighborhoods. Some resident ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    December 2, 2008

    Giving thanks for that drunk guy on the plane

    My flight back to DIA last night from an extended Thanksgiving vacation was remarkably stress-free. I was flying United, which always makes me nervous (This is the airline, after all,  that once stranded me in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a $15 meal voucher and a Best Western room with no ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    The rise of the great, red beet

      Notice something red in your greens lately? Beets have been showing up on lots of Denver menus, mostly in salads, decorated with goat cheese and nuts. Gelman's Restaurant serves a version with green beans and onions, Jonesy's Eat Bar lets the red and gold beets shine without too much dressin ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Somali refugees face new hurdles in bringing their families to America

    This week, Westword's cover story, "Wage War," introduced you to Greeley's Somali refugees, many of whom lost their jobs in a clash over prayer breaks at the JBS Swift & Company meatpacking plant.   But Somali refugees throughout the United States are facing a bigger hurdle: Seeing th ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Denver Public Schools: A battleship in the city?

    The logo of Rishel Middle School. Last night, emotions were high at the Denver Public Schools' board meeting. Many controversial issues were on the table: new charter-school proposals, a plan to have several schools share space with one another, and the much-protested idea of closing struggling Ri ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    The Beer Gauge helps you get your pint's worth

    A hidden curse on beer drinkers. If the economy has driven you to drink, you might as well get your money’s worth. That’s the philosophy behind the Beer Gauge, a Boulder scientist’s invention to avoid getting ripped off on his microbrews and to address a problem that has long plagued serious ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    November 4, 2008

    The perils of easy voting in a swing state

    Don’t you miss those hanging chads? It happened again. I woke up this morning, filled with the sense of wildly inflated self-import that comes from voting in a historic election in a hotly contested swing state. At around 9:20 a.m., I leisurely walked across the street to my polling place, the D ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Disenfranchisement of Spanish speakers in Weld County?

    A banner from the Colorado Progressive Coalition's website. Earlier today, the news from the Colorado Progressive Coalition sounded dire. A press release from the nonpartisan group, which had been conducting get-out-the-vote campaigns in Weld County, said that Spanish-speaking voters were "running ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Goodwill hunting for Halloween costumes

    The Goodwill branch at 21 S. Broadway. In these trying economic times, it’s hard to justify doling out extra dough for a Halloween costume. If you must dress as a slutty nurse, should you really have to pay $44.99 for the privilege? So this weekend, my friend Marci and I hit up the costume shop ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Mystery solved: We know who Will is

    You don't look a day over 89, Will. Congratulations to all you brilliant commenters who suggested that the mysterious, one- word "WILL" billboards around town -- whose meaning we pondered fruitlessly last week -- referred to the 90th birthday of the non-profit Goodwill Industries, which I just app ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008
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    October 23, 2008
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    October 21, 2008

    Feds refuse to give up their quest to send Ugandan refugee home

    The cover illustration for "Open Secrets." The eleven-year battle of one Ugandan immigrant to win asylum in Denver hit a roadblock last week when an attorney for the local office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appealed his case for a third time. Earlier this month, Westword brought ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Ethiopians for Obama: A new political voice in Denver

    A logo from the Ethiopians for Obama website. This fall, Tsilat Petros will vote in her first American presidential election. She’s 29 and has lived in the United States since she was a young girl but only became a citizen three years ago. Now she’s one of dozens of Ethiopian immigrants in Den ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    Death of a flower shop -- Maison de Fleur

    Maison de Fleur in happier days. The sprawling, pale-pink building near the corner of 12th Avenue and Logan Street looks like a storybook castle. From the turret windows to the vine trellises painted on the columns framing the front door, it reeks of romance and history. According to the website ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    The joys of being Jewish in Denver

    Rabbi Jamie Korngold. The holiest days of the Jewish year have arrived, which means it’s time for cynical, kvetching people everywhere to count their blessings and remember why, even in the midst of the Great Depression Sequel, they have reason to celebrate. Last Tuesday was Rosh Hashanah, the J ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Watching the debate? Pick your party

    "Why does Richard Nixon look so sweaty, mom?" Now that it looks like both John McCain and Barack Obama will make it to their first presidential debate in Mississippi tonight, you've got a choice to make: where to drink while watching it. Obama’s campaign website shows a whopping 141 debate-watc ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

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    September 19, 2008

    Flat-screen TVs in the immigration jail?

    The Rocky Mountain Chronicle's ICE center cover. The private, for-profit immigration detention center in Aurora has gotten some bad press lately. Last year, the Rocky Mountain Chronicle detailed complaints about overcrowding, poor medical care, and trouble making phone calls from the facility. The ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Julia Ormond comes to the Westin, talks about human trafficking

    Julia Ormond. Most Hollywood stars could safely say they’re against modern slavery and might even pose for a protest picture about it. But you’d be hard-pressed to find one who could spell “trafficking.” Luckily, Julia Ormond is not your average movie star. As founder and president of the ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Denver stopped processing new voters just as the DNC arrived

    Does Uncle Sam really want you to vote? Voter registration drives have descended on Denver in the last few months. You can now find eager young volunteers tempting you with voter applications at Whole Foods, at the corner of Colfax and Broadway, even in line for ice cream at Liks. These foot sold ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    No thinking allowed at the Denver parking office

    "What's wrong with thinking?" Note: In a blog posted earlier today, Jonathan Shikes salutes the positive side of city bureaucracy. The following represents the other side of the coin. Yesterday, I was standing in line at the Denver parking cashier’s office, about to receive a much-coveted permi ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Freecycle: the joy of getting free stuff, all year round

    Modern-day dumpster diving: Want a free TV? As the DNC taught us, there’s nothing better than getting free stuff. Free bikes, free water bottles, free condoms to protect us from John McCain. Now, there’s a way to keep the free swag flowing all year round. DenverFreecycle is the cheap, enviro ... More >>

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    September 9, 2008

    Carpenter protest adds color to your downtown commute

    The logo for the Carpenters' District Council of Kansas City & Vicinity. Here’s a new one for your downtown Denver commute: The enormous red-and-white billboard on Court Place, protesting a construction company that hires undocumented immigrants. "Shame on Spacecon Specialty Contractors, LLC fo ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008
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    August 28, 2008

    DNC delegates who care about saving the world? Not so much

    Save me. As you may have noticed, this DNC thing is all about drinking and free stuff. The open bars at some delegate-friendly hotels start serving Bloody Marys at 10:30 a.m., and the Dems can hardly sneeze without stumbling on a free shuttle, water bottle, or bike. But as for public service… we ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    During the DNC, check out the cop car that tells immigrant stories

    This fomer cop car is art. Really. When Miami artist Steven Gagnon decided to bring his latest "video sculpture" to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, he had no idea how good his timing would be. Gagnon’s Border Cruiser is a converted police squad car designed to make some pointed c ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    Who will save the hookers at the DNC?

    An image from the Street's Hope website. The hookers are coming. Get your prayer books ready. That’s the mantra of a local Christian group planning to help save sex workers during the Democratic National Convention. Streets Hope, a group dedicated to getting hookers off the streets, claims tha ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 15 edition

    Kind of blue. Welcome to the blog days of summer. The Cat's Pajamas struts to a Riverfront Park fashion show. Meanwhile, Cafe Society welcomes 8 Rivers to LoDo as the Candy Girls stage a Japanese candy extravaganza. As a bonus, Jason Sheehan introduces you to Troy Guard, cottage cheese pimp. Noth ... More >>

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