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Today in Backbeat Online:Over the Weekend: Vendetta Festival. • Beer today, gone tomorrow: Synthetic Elements shoot new video at LoDos. • Katie Herzig and Frito-Lay are evidently Made for Each Other. • The String Cheese Incident readies Trick or Treat in time for Halloween release. • Endotrend Q&A with Jeremy Gregory of Bands For Lands.

Today in Cafe Society:What's cooking? Pete Marczyk kisses up to sticky lips chicken. • Behind the Bar with Bryan Dayton of Frasca Food & Wine. • America's Most Wanted: The criminal cereal-mascot edition. • Tonight: Beer pairing dinner at Second Home Kitchen & Bar. • Mangiamo Pronto! could be opening pronto.

Today in The Latest Word:Aaron Thompson conviction legal magic trick. • The seven worst blown calls in baseball history. • Peter Boyles talks about the new birther billboards. • Boulder DA Stan Garnett and medical-marijuana advocates: Together again. • Calling all potential pot reviewers: Westword wants you! Hope it makes you feel better.

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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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