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Kickers Headed to U.S. Open Cup Semis
TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO’s Richmond Kickers continued their remarkable run in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City of MLS in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The defeat was the first for Kansas City at their outstanding new stadium since it opened last month.
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CoBiz Financial Invites You to Join Its Second Quarter 2011 Conference Call
In conjunction with CoBiz Financial’s second quarter earnings release on Thursday, July 21, you are invited to listen to the company’s conference call on Friday, July 22 at 12:00 pm ET with Steve Bangert, CoBiz chairman and CEO.
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BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. Announces Date for Second Quarter 2011 Earnings Release and Conference Call
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. today announced that it will release its second quarter 2011 results after the market closes on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The Company will host an investor conference call at 2:00 p.m. that same day.
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Three more US banks shut down
US regulators have announced the failure of three more banks in the states of Illinois and Colorado as the country’s financial institutions continue to struggle with the weak economy.
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Louisville firm fights to end overseas piracy
From its landlocked office building in Louisville — some 8,800 miles away from the piracy epicenter in eastern Africa — the nonprofit foundation Oceans Beyond Piracy is working to end the scourge of modern-day piracy.
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School sports could evolve
One of the kids down the street from you could be the best judo competitor in the world, but he or she will never be a part of a high school state championship. In Hawaii, that’s not the case.
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Unemployment fraud is targeted
PROVIDENCE – A nationwide crackdown is coming for people fraudulently drawing unemployment payments – those who were never eligible and workers who keep getting checks after they return to work – a $ 17 billion benefits swindle last year alone, say federal officials.
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Crew Review
Next game: at Vancouver Whitecaps
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Loser Pays Governor Signs Anti-SLAPP Law; Hypocrisy In Action
Governor Rick Perry signed the Texas Citizen Participation Act (HB 2973) giving protection to parties targeted by Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or “SLAPP” suits – suits intended to censor, intimidate and silence citizens who exercise their First Amendment rights by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. The plaintiff’s …
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Baseball roundup: A look at Sunday’s games
From all-star votes to home runs, Jose Bautista keeps putting up big numbers.
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Randy Schachtili, former Vail Valley resident, 1926-2011
Randy passed away Father’s Day, June 19, doing what he loved, spending time with Jane, his wife of more than 63 years. At 84, he lived a long and interesting life and touched the lives of all who knew and loved him. Born in Ashevi Copyright 2011 Vail Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Vail Daily Randy …
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E-mail letters, June 27 2011
On June 20, the Mesa County commissioners voted to approve a resolution declaring their support for the Taxpayer Bill Of Rights.
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Driver hailed as hero for bus rescue
A local Pflugerville man is being called a hero after saving a bus full of campers from a burning blaze.
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Potts, Wassner win Philadelphia Triathlon
Andy Potts calls triathlon a “family and friends kind of sport” because it’s out of the mainstream. That truly was the case for the top male and female finisher at Sunday’s Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon.

The Week Ahead: Debt talk crunch time
Debt talks move to the White House; Michelle Obama visits Chamber; and Robert Gates ends tenure at Pentagon. Read more…
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Why Is A TV News Anchor Answering The Absolutely PR Phone?

Lakewood, CO (PRWEB) August 16, 2007

Denver public relations consulting firm, Absolutely Public Relations, seems to have a new receptionist answering the phone. But, one moment please, is that a new employee? “No, not at all,” Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, owner and founder of Absolutely PR, explains. “It’s CBS4 Anchor Jim Benemann ( making good on the silent auction prize he donated to the Denver Press Club (DPC) for the 2007 Damon Runyon event.”

“It’s all in fun and all for a very good cause at the Press Club,” Holben, a DPC member for a number of years, says. “The DPC funds scholarships for university journalism students, fostering the best in student journalism. Awards at this year’s event included the Runyon Scholarship Awards and Al Nakkula Police Reporting Award.”

This year’s Damon Runyon event honored Emmy-award winning NBC and HBO sportscaster Bob Costas. He received the DPC’s 13th annual Damon Runyon award during a sold out banquet at the Westin Tabor Center on June 22. Information about Costas’ extensive broadcasting achievements is found at

Previous winners of the DPC’s Damon Runyon award include Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, Molly Ivins, Herb Caen, Pete Hamill, Ted Turner, Maureen Dowd, Tom Brokaw, David Halberstam, Ed Bradley, Carl Hiaasen, Seymour Hersh and George Will.

About The Denver Press Club

Located at 1330 Glenarm Place in the heart of downtown Denver, the DPC is available for private rentals for events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, press conferences and corporate meetings. For more information, contact the manager Carmen Green at 303-571-5260. The website for the club and its extensive event roster is

About Absolutely Public Relations

Absolutely PR specializes in media relations. Earlier this year, Holben recapped these successes/results:

Baxa Corporation’s media relations campaign, begun in 2003 and managed by Absolutely PR since, has exceeded 27 million in circulation reach/impressions and more than $ 537,000 in dollar value based on ad value equivalency metrics. Absolutely PR is participating in its fifth media relations contract with Baxa Corporation for consulting services in 2007.

Absolutely PR represents a Fortune 500/ S&P 500 ranked company for Colorado and Denver editorial localization. Midyear last year Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Kansas were added to Absolutely PR’s area of focus for the national concern. In 2006, 22 placements were achieved locally for the organization, including coverage on Newsradio 850 KOA and CBS 4 Denver for an August event. Absolutely PR also handled the launch for the company’s new auto insurance product in Colorado in late November. Placements for the auto insurance rollout were achieved in the Denver Business Journal Online, dBusinessNews Denver, Denver Post, Boulder Daily Camera, Colorado Springs Gazette, Pueblo Chieftain, Loveland Daily Reporter Herald and The Business Times of Western Colorado.

In Holben’s role as a board member of the Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA), she serves as chair of the association’s Communications Committee and assists with media relations efforts for the organization. In 2006, 113 placements were recorded for CBSA (up from 28 in 2005). The 2006 CBSA media relations campaign exceeded 7 million in circulation reach and more than $ 94,000 in dollar value based on ad value equivalency metrics.

Holben was named CBSA “Partner of the Year” at the annual awards dinner held last year in conjunction with the 2006 BioWest Conference & Expo. In presentation remarks, Rob Reuteman business editor of the Rocky Mountain News and master of ceremonies for the event. shared these comments on behalf of CBSA: “Holben, founder of Absolutely Public Relations, has worked tirelessly to promote the Colorado bioscience industry message to local and national media. Holben works her public relations magic to promote coverage of Colorado events and industry news. Moreover, she chairs the CBSA Communications Committee, serves on the CBSA Board of Directors, and helps to organize incoming press delegations. She coordinates the industry’s media initiatives with CBSA partners, such as the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. As a media consultant, Holben represents several of Colorado’s leading bioscience companies. Due to Holben’s professionalism and effort, Colorado’s bioscience industry isn’t such a secret anymore.”        

Holben also wrote the bylined article, “Effectively using PR tactics: Seven tips to boost brand awareness,” for the ColoradoBiz Magazine’s online “Your Biz” section:

Absolutely Public Relations has been in business since April 1999. The company maintains several websites to maximize exposure and attract media attention for contracted and indemnified clients. These sites include:

For more information about Absolutely Public Relations, go to For further information about Maggie Chamberlin Holben go to or call 303-984-9801.

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This Hour: Latest New Mexico news, sports, business and entertainment
Video of a University of New Mexico football player who was arrested after wearing saggy pants onto a plane at San Francisco airport shows him insisting that his pants were up and he had done nothing wrong.
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Damaged railroad trestle reopens
The full route of the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad will be open for the first time in a year after repairs were completed to a fire-damaged trestle.
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Frazar wins first PGA title
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Harrison Frazar won his first PGA Tour title in his 355th tournament, beating Robert Karlsson with a par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday at the St. Jude Classic.
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Back pain sends Jenks to 15-day DL
Red Sox Also: Exposito in emergency role NEW YORK – Boston Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is on the 15-day disabled list again with tightness in his back and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was sent to the hospital yesterday because he was feeling sick. Jenks left Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees after throwing only four pitches in the seventh inning and said it was a flare-up of an …
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Red Sox RHP Jenks on DL; Saltalamacchia sick
MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer NEW YORK Boston Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is on the 15-day disabled list again with tightness in his back and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was sent to the hospital Wednesday because he was feeling sick. Jenks left Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees after throwing only four pitches in the seventh inning and said it was a flare-up of an injury …
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Aging Well: Conference highlights caregiver resources, support
Living in the Yampa Valley, we accept many things, including long winters, delayed springs and limited services to help us through difficult times. The challenges of living in geographically-isolated communities can be particularly hard on the elderly, people with health problems and, especially, family members who care for these individuals.
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Boys & Girls Clubs operates three facilities in Tri-state
FUN AND GAMES: Young members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River play four-square Wednesday at the Bullhead City facility. NEIL YOUNG/The Daily News
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MLB roundup
Rangers 7, Royals 6: ARLINGTON — Mike Napoli slid under the tag of catcher Brayan Pena on Elvis Andrus’ two-out single in the ninth inning, giving Texas a come-from-behind victory over Kansas City. Nelson Cruz led off the ninth with a tying home ru …
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