Alan Prendergast has been a staff writer for Westword since 1995 and teaches journalism at Colorado College. His stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including the 2012 true-crime anthology Seven Sins, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 and The Best American Sports Writing 2009. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Outside, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men’s Journal and other national publications and is the author of a book about child abuse and parricide, The Poison Tree.
3 hours ago | Education
The ACLU of Colorado has filed a lawsuit against Adams State University on behalf of a former professor who started a website critical of hiring practices and was then banned from campus — and subsequently accused of posing a public safety risk by...
1 day ago | Construction Watch
The only remaining plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging a high-rise development across the street from Sloan's Lake have withdrawn from the case — a move that a frustrated neighborhood group claims is the result of "improper influence" on the part ...
7 days ago | Environment
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16 days ago | Crime
Thousands of prisoners across the country who were sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes committed when they were juveniles could soon have their sentences significantly reduced, thanks to a United States Supreme Court ruling on Monday. That g...
16 days ago | Media
The good news is that the Denver Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl for the eighth time. The bad news is the blizzard of blather that we can expect right up until kickoff. Once again, our city is drowning in a tidal wave of Orange Gush. Every t...
21 days ago | Business
Environmental groups claim that U.S. Forest Service officials felt politically pressured to aid a Texas billionaire's plans for a massive resort development on Wolf Creek Pass and made various attempts to conceal or destroy records in order to avo...