9/11 ten years later: What would big stories in Denver have been if the world hadn't changed?

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3. Pink slips aplenty. Qwest, one of Colorado's largest companies, announced that it would be laying off 4,000 workers, about a third of them from its home state and those nearby. The man who pulled the trigger was chairman Joe Nacchio, who eventually wound up behind bars. And this year, the company itself was swallowed up by CenturyLink, causing the permanent extinguishing of a certain blue light that shone over downtown Denver for many a year.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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