Denver: Mile High and Nine Inches Deep

Denver Mayor Federico Peña had officially declared it "Orange Monday" in honor of the Denver Broncos' team colors. With ABC Monday Night Football scheduled to show the Broncos taking on the visiting Green Bay Packers and with gorgeous Indian-summer weather prevailing throughout the Rockies, civic boosters hoped the national exposure would lure conventioneers, new business, tourists and—who knows?—maybe even a long-awaited major league baseball franchise for Colorado.

A few hours before kickoff time, however, Orange Monday had become a white nightmare as an unusually early blizzard dumped 9 in. of snow on the city. With many of the city's snowplows...

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