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Doug Linkhart didn't make the Denver mayoral runoffs, but he's getting a party anyway

5 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
Movers and shakers usually donate to political campaigns so that they can get the ear of an office-holder. But at today's debt-retirement fundraiser for Doug Linkhart, they'll be lucky if they get this lousy T-shirt... and the thanks of a longtime public servant...
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Jail beating: City says its possible liability tops out at $100K in homeless victim case

3 years ago by Michael Roberts
Update: Yesterday, we reported about a jury award of $40,000 to Robert Duran, a homeless man beaten bloody at Denver jail -- as well as the prospect that the city might decide against indemnifying the ex-deputy deemed responsible. As we noted, Denver City Attorney Doug Friednash wasn't available immediately after...
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For its new rule on liquor licenses near schools, Denver deserves extra credit

What? A sensible new rule adopted by the City of Denver without a public uproar? Amazing, but true. On August 30, Tom Downey, director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, signed a new rule — with the blessing of City Attorney Doug Friednash — that removes the hard-and-fast...
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Wayne McDonald, fired employee accused of sex harassment, sues Michael Hancock, Denver

4 years ago by Sam Levin
Wayne McDonald doesn't want his job back, but he would like to clear his name. That's the main reason McDonald -- a friend and former staffer of Mayor Michael Hancock who was fired amid sexual harassment allegations -- has filed a lawsuit against the city, his attorney says. The lawsuit...
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Denver Police Department shelves plan to distribute Bibles

3 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
The Denver Police Department was prepared to throw the book at scofflaws -- the good book. On September 6, an e-mail went out from Mary Beth Klee, the DPD's deputy chief of administration, that Chief David Quinones had okayed the delivery of "a box of Bibles to each of the...
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Michael Hancock has called and texted man planning to sue city, attorney says

4 years ago by Sam Levin
After his friend and aide was accused of sexual harassment, Mayor Michael Hancock sacked him without launching an investigation into the allegations. That's the main argument of Wayne McDonald, who plans to sue the city months after being ousted. But those aren't the only accusations made by McDonald's attorney. She...
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Michael DeHerrera beating: Cop Devin Sparks fired (again), Randy Murr reinstated (again)

4 years ago by Michael Roberts
As we've reported, Denver cops Devin Sparks and Randy Murr have been suspended, fired and un-fired since the April 2009 on-camera beating of Michael DeHerrera, who was attacked by Sparks while using his cell phone; see the video below. Now, the Civil Service Commission has rendered the latest judgment on...
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Mayor Michael Hancock's Denver bucket list for 2012

5 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
Denver has been threatened with doom many times -- when the transcontinental railroad threatened to skip the infant city, when numerous booms went bust, when the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant caught fire. Although the homegrown PeaceJam has debunked the latest doomsday scenario -- that the Mayan calendar predicts the...
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Occupy Denver: Mayor Michael Hancock talks about denied injunction and police frustrations

5 years ago by Kelsey Whipple
Following the announcement that Judge Robert Blackburn denied Occupy Denver's request for a temporary restraining order against the City and County of Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock spoke -- briefly -- about the decision's implications for the city. His take on the matter: Those implications are pretty darn good. Hancock calls...
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Michael Hancock: I care about family of Wayne McDonald, ex-employee suing Denver

4 years ago by Sam Levin
In June, Mayor Michael Hancock fired his aide and close friend Wayne McDonald amid "serious allegations of misconduct" -- which became a major distraction at a press conference on the city's structural budget gap. Now, McDonald intends to sue the city and has filed a complaint with the city's Board...

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