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By: Joe Strupp

While lacking the resources or desire to produce a Sports Illustrated-style swimsuit issue in print, the Rocky Mountain News in Denver has provided the next best thing for those seeking swimwear-clad hunks and babes: a 12-month collection of calendar girls (and a few guys). It’s a current option for the News’ Web users, who can download a year’s supply of images showing models in the latest swimsuits, one for each month.

Starting with June 2005 and running through May 2006, each computer “wallpaper” option features a man, woman, or couple modestly clad in swim attire, with a calendar for that month. (One male model waves two American flags, while another hauls home a frozen turkey.)

The shots, which came from a pre-summer News swimsuit feature, drew a “batch of complaints,” reported the alternative newsweekly Westword, quoting News editor and publisher John Temple as being surprised at the opposition, which he deemed a coordinated attack. “They were meant to be fun, and I think they are,” Temple responded. But he added that the backlash was not the paper’s first such outcry, adding, “we get complaints about bra ads.”

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