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Wake-Up Call: Signs of the times

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The Rocky Mountain News sign came off the Denver Newspaper Agency building (and how long will it have that name?) on Sunday. But this speedy erasing of the past didn't extend to the Sunday Denver Post, which included numerous reminders of the two papers pairing to promote a charitable endeavors, including the Post-News Colorado Colfax Marathon, hyped in a big ad.

By the time that race actually hits the streets on May 17, odds are good the News portion of the name will have disappeared, too. But in one welcome development, the Colfax marathon is returning to a stretch of the Bluebird District that course planners had abandoned last year.

Still, the loss of a paper doesn't bode well for the non-profits that depend on free support. And that will undoubtedly be discussed today and tomorrow, when Regis University hosts an emergency recession summit on "The Economy and New Opportunities for the Non-Profit Sector in Colordo." You can find all the details here.

Ed Mueller, chairman and CEO of Qwest, will be offering more insights as the featured Voice of Experience speaker at the Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Boulevard, at 6 p.m. today. Given the recent Nacchio trial decision, there's a lot of experience to draw from. Get the details here.

On Tuesday, March 3, the discussion is all about "Prison Spending, Recidivism and the Colorado Budget: How Many More Prison Beds Can We Afford?" The panel talk, co-hosted by the Independence Institute, runs from 5-7 p.m. at the Unviersity Club, 1673 Sherman Street; it's free with an RSVP at 303-279-6536.

Expect the conversation to be heated on Thursday, March 5, when a bill to offer in-state tuition for illegal immigrants moves to a comimttee at the Colorado Legislature. That's also the day when Ward Churchill and Bill Ayers will be the featured speakers at a panel on academic freedom at the University of Colorado.

For what's bound to be a more business-like conversation, try the 22nd Annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Seawell Ballroom (for information, go to www.cbca.org). And that evening, VISIT DENVER will host its Denver Tourism Hall of Fame Dinner at the Colorado Convention Center. All the details are available at www.visitdenver.com.

Finally, if you loved "National Velvet" (also known as "Saggy Boob Electric Penis") and "Mustang" (a.k.a. an endless source of national mockery), will you adore Denver's latest piece of public art? Find out at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, when Virginia Folkestad's "Current3" will be dedicated at Manny's Bridge, over Cherry Creek at Wynkoop Street.

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