Two vie for VR’s hand
Hot on the grapevine: Vail Resorts is choosing between two suitors to buy the company. It ain’t news because it ain’t first-hand, at least not admitted first-hand, knowledge. The Florida Keys have Jimmy Buffet and Margaritaville. This week we have Bob Woodward and Rumorville. Our own Deep Throats say the suitors – both with ties to folks you’ve heard of if you’ve lived here for any length of time – are bidding up during meetings in Beaver Creek this week.And so it goes. Stock traffic continues heavy and even the analysts are hearing the rumors. Now that the giant flagpole is shrinking as an issue, Vail Valley denizens have to have something to talk about. Stepping in itPoor Judge Terry Ruckriegle, hassled by that irritating U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer with his pesky little demands while the judge guides the rape case against Kobe Bryant toward trial.This week Ruckriegle wrote that he hadn’t been able to get to the oh-so-important question of whether to let TV cameras in court during the trial, adding: “Unfortunately, the Court has had to expend an inordinate amount of time responding to issues raised in the Colorado and the United States Supreme Courts.”Hey, what’s the First Amendment compared to cameras in court, really? Of course, the District Court’s problem here is self-inflicted. A clerk mistakenly e-mailed the transcripts from a private hearing to the media, and the judge exercised prior restraint – censorship – to prevent publication. So now the Supreme Court has an issue objectively more important than any rape trial to chew on. What a case. D.R.
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