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Amazon’s ruthless practices are crushing Main Street

The Amazon story, part 2: The tax-dodging predator

By Jim Hightower

Even by the anything-goes ethical code of the corporate jungle,’s alpha male, Jeff Bezos, is considered a ruthless predator by businesses that deal with him.


Letting the colors sing

Matisse exhibit invites visitors to sit a while among the ‘wild beasts’ 

By Elizabeth Miller

Not many people in the world get to live with a Matisse in the living room — to look at it over time and let it slowly explain itself. So for Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art, design staff filled the galleries with arm chairs, sofas and end tables topped with vases or a clock, even a bird cage. Get comfortable, they say. Spend a while.



Where is downtown’s dining scene heading?

By Hudson Lindenberger

The place downtown Boulder´s changes are perhaps most evident to the average person is downtown restaurants.


Lyons businesses bare all

Businesses in the flood-devastated town of Lyons strip down for a fundraiser calendar

By Caitlin Rockett

“I talked to other businesses in town and it was the same thing — we were back in town, but we weren’t back to normal,” says Muldoon, owner of Lyons Physical Therapy. “I wanted to fundraise, but I also wanted to promote business and at the same time I wanted to have fun doing it.


Fight the power

Panahi defies Iran once more with ‘Closed Curtain’

By Michael J. Casey

In 2010, after arrests for civil disobedience, Panahi was sentenced to six years of house arrest and a 20-year ban on filmmaking. Iranian director Jafar Panahi, never one to play by the rules, continued practicing his craft, even though his movies would never play in his native land, and could land him a much stricter punishment if he were caught.


2C or not 2C isn’t the question

Should Boulder follow Longmont’s lead and provide a public option for faster, more affordable Internet?

By Gavin Dahl

With upload and download speeds of 1 gigabit per second for around $50 per month, soon Longmont residents will be able to download entire HD movies in 10 seconds while paying the best price in the state. Construction began in August and customers can begin signing up for Longmont’s new service in November.


Wind turbines may lure bats into fatal errors

Researchers find bats may confuse turbines for trees

By Tim Radford

Scientists might just be about to answer one of the great puzzles of biodiversity and renewable energy: why one of nature’s most agile flyers, a creature with the most sophisticated ultrasonic tracking system, should be so fatally attracted to wind turbines.


Westward ho!

BETC gets ambitious

By Gary Zeidner

When is a meditation still water. The backstage wall holds a really an illustration? collection of white rectangles of various Though I don’t believe sizes. Reminiscent of the memorable set playwright Anthony for the Avenue Theatre’s 2004 production of Metamorphoses, Ambition Facing.


Riding for a lifeline

A biking trip to explore a family’s Slovakian roots takes some surprising turns 

By Adam Perry

You do not look like a person who has just biked over 100 kilometers,” Jan “Jano” Rohac of Greenways Travel Club told me, very matter-of-factly, in his thick Slovakian accent as I entered the Grand Hotel Matej in Banská tiavnica, Slovakia, after sunset.

Savage Love


By Dan Savage

Four years ago, I met a man on a “married but looking” website. We exchanged fantasies, which included wanting to have threesomes and a D/s relationship. He was 19 years my senior.