We accept that Alfred Packer is Colorado's most famous cannibal -- but do we have to label him a cold-blooded murderer, too? David Bailey doesn't think so, and the evidence seems to be mounting in his favor. Using sophisticated imaging technology, a team from Mesa State College uncovered bits of lead that could support Packer's contention that he shot one of his traveling companions in self-defense after the other man had hatcheted the rest of the party to death in 1874. (Okay, and then Packer gnawed on a few of them.) The fruits of Bailey's labors could be a sweet-tasting victory for historic accuracy.

We accept that Alfred Packer is Colorado's most famous cannibal -- but do we have to label him a cold-blooded murderer, too? David Bailey doesn't think so, and the evidence seems to be mounting in his favor. Using sophisticated imaging technology, a team from Mesa State College uncovered bits of lead that could support Packer's contention that he shot one of his traveling companions in self-defense after the other man had hatcheted the rest of the party to death in 1874. (Okay, and then Packer gnawed on a few of them.) The fruits of Bailey's labors could be a sweet-tasting victory for historic accuracy.

The Oxford Hotel
Technically, the downstairs restrooms in the century-old Oxford Hotel are not intended for the public -- but they're just too lovely not to share with the world. Although the smaller bathrooms that you reach through McCormick's Fish House are nice enough, the real winners are below the hotel lobby. And while the women's bathroom is spacious, well-stocked and boasts acres of vintage Victorian tile, the men's room can claim magnificent marble urinals -- the very vessels that Bat Masterson is rumored to have emptied his, er, weapon into. To pee or not to pee? That's no question when you're in the vicinity of the Oxford. Just walk in like you own the place, head downstairs and have a seat.

Technically, the downstairs restrooms in the century-old Oxford Hotel are not intended for the public -- but they're just too lovely not to share with the world. Although the smaller bathrooms that you reach through McCormick's Fish House are nice enough, the real winners are below the hotel lobby. And while the women's bathroom is spacious, well-stocked and boasts acres of vintage Victorian tile, the men's room can claim magnificent marble urinals -- the very vessels that Bat Masterson is rumored to have emptied his, er, weapon into. To pee or not to pee? That's no question when you're in the vicinity of the Oxford. Just walk in like you own the place, head downstairs and have a seat.

On World AIDS Day last December, the Denver Health and Hospitals Authority began posting messages in public restrooms around town that promoted male and female condoms -- conveniently available through DHHA. The campaign, called Prevention Option for Women: Equal Rights (POWER), was aimed at young women at risk for HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. "Minds have a tendency to open up behind closed doors," said campaign spokeswoman Sheana Bull, "and ironically public restrooms offer a very unique private environment."
On World AIDS Day last December, the Denver Health and Hospitals Authority began posting messages in public restrooms around town that promoted male and female condoms -- conveniently available through DHHA. The campaign, called Prevention Option for Women: Equal Rights (POWER), was aimed at young women at risk for HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. "Minds have a tendency to open up behind closed doors," said campaign spokeswoman Sheana Bull, "and ironically public restrooms offer a very unique private environment."
If you want to see how Denver transformed itself from a high-plains cactus patch into the West's leading cowtown, grab a bicycle and head for the South Platte River trail. Start at Chatfield Dam, built after the devastating flood of 1965, which created a crucial water source for the metro area. Heading north toward downtown, you'll pass acres of suburban bluegrass lawns soaking up enough of that water to float a cruise ship. Make a pit stop at Colorado's Ocean Journey, where you can witness an even more extravagant use of water to support sharks, tigers and assorted other creatures that were never meant to live here. Finally, just over the Adams County line, you'll come to the Metro Wastewater treatment plan, where a frothy waterfall cascades into the river and the abuse of the South Platte reaches a smelly finale. Bottoms up!
If you want to see how Denver transformed itself from a high-plains cactus patch into the West's leading cowtown, grab a bicycle and head for the South Platte River trail. Start at Chatfield Dam, built after the devastating flood of 1965, which created a crucial water source for the metro area. Heading north toward downtown, you'll pass acres of suburban bluegrass lawns soaking up enough of that water to float a cruise ship. Make a pit stop at Colorado's Ocean Journey, where you can witness an even more extravagant use of water to support sharks, tigers and assorted other creatures that were never meant to live here. Finally, just over the Adams County line, you'll come to the Metro Wastewater treatment plan, where a frothy waterfall cascades into the river and the abuse of the South Platte reaches a smelly finale. Bottoms up!
Denver mayor Wellington Webb has deftly navigated one crisis after another over the past year, and Andrew Hudson, his public mouthpiece, is a big part of the reason why. He's Denver's most effective spin doctor, and the source of more news in this city than most journalists would care to admit.
Denver mayor Wellington Webb has deftly navigated one crisis after another over the past year, and Andrew Hudson, his public mouthpiece, is a big part of the reason why. He's Denver's most effective spin doctor, and the source of more news in this city than most journalists would care to admit.

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