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Today in Backbeat Online:Beyond Playlist presents Xmas-rated, part one: Noel Notables. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout on reading a top-ten list and checking it twice. • Swallow Hill is calling the next generation of Denver bands. • Chairlift continues its ascent... upward, of course. • Moovers & Shakers: Backbeat scribes weigh in on their favorite local releases of the year.

Today in Cafe Society:The 411 on the 212 Salad and Sandwich Company. • Mezcal's fifth anniversary party, day one. • Tocabe brings Native American food to the Denver dining scene. • Johnny Rockets franchisee lands on bankruptcy court. • Colorado wine sure is fine. • Holiday happiness is a Red Trolley gingerbread-house kit. • Yoga meets wine; yuppie spirits rejoice.

Today in The Latest Word:Sharles Johnson gets a day in court. • Clear Channel's Lee Larsen talks about possible layoffs at Denver stations. • Environmental group rips Obama's choice of Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary. • Basil the robot makes a movie. • Pure Evil: The 12 most evil robots of all time and how to thwart them. Unfortunately, it's not always as easy as pulling the plug. -- Michael Roberts

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