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The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 28 edition

Pity those fools.

Today in Backbeat Online:Freaky Friday: "Treat Your Mother Right."Q&A with John Osborne of KingBilly. • Last Night: Desolation Wilderness at Rhinoceropolis. • The Denver Boot: Lion Sized at the Larimer Lounge -- 08/02/09. • Five movie hippies who make us wish we lived the '60s.

Today in Cafe Society:Free BBQ for Daves at Famous Dave's. • Get your junk food fix at the Colorado State Fair. • The List: Denver's top ten pho spots. • The pizza battle continues between Belmar and Virgilio's. • Oskar Blues Liquids & Solids has yet to solidify.

Today in The Latest Word:Jared Polis' fondness for polar bears and afterbirth. • Why Denver beats Indianapolis in Frontier sweepstakes. • Shmuck of the Week: Who else?Xcel Energy, others accused of OSHA violations in incident that killed five. • The next biggest series of the year for the Colorado Rockies. Batter up.

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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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