The blog shortcut, September 24 edition

Make ours a double.

Today in Cafe Society:Denver's Hottest Service Employees: An update. • Great American Beer Festival Q&A: Sprecher Brewing Company. • Jing chef Jay Spickelmier wins the Mile High Chef Competition by a lamb's nose. • Up Close: The dishes of Menu Affair. • Part Two: Chef and Tell with Elise Wiggins of Panzano.

Today in Backbeat Online:New Local Shakedown comp offers exclusive tracks from d. biddle, more. • Distrakt directs video for Georgia Anne Muldrow's first single. • MP3 Freeloader: SP Double offers Focus-produced EP. • DJ K-Tone, Adam Lo launch Colorado Hip-Hop Homeless Project.

Today in The Latest Word:Nice Nicole vs. the bitches on Top Model. • Ernie Duran takes on Channel 7 in PR war. • Mile Highs and Lows: Patients Choice of Colorado. • Raiders fans are one classy bunch. • Cafeteria-style is the future of social media... and everything else online, too. • Obama haters cream over video of students singing song of praise to the prez. A song of praise to Rush Limbaugh would be okay, though.

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