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1998 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • A Matter of Principal

    published December 17, 1998

    When two South High School journalism students attempted to cover a fight in a school parking lot last month, only to have their film seized by... More >>

  • The Killing Floor

    published December 10, 1998

    Michael Garcia must have known he would die in prison. But no one expected that his death would come so soon, in front of so many people. ... More >>

  • The Hayward Bus

    published November 19, 1998

    Dianne Tramutola-Lawson no longer slings French verbs for a living, but the former Lincoln High language instructor still has the occasional... More >>

  • One-Track Minds

    published October 29, 1998

    Have a Little Confidence In the grim, sometimes goofy race for seven seats on the Regional Transportation District's board of directors,... More >>

  • Uncivil Rites

    published October 8, 1998

    The halls of the Federal Building in downtown Denver are lined with helpful bulletins advising visitors of their right to a hassle-free workplace.... More >>

  • Horse Sense

    published September 24, 1998

    When Robin Bowman gets a notion to start something, wild horses can't stop her. In fact, for the idea she's exploring right now, the horses could... More >>

  • Dismal House

    published September 3, 1998

    The way he tells it, Robert Francis Sylvester became an instrument of God one day in the spring of 1988. He was sitting in a jail cell in Arapahoe... More >>

  • Hard Cell

    published August 20, 1998

    This is how Department of Corrections spokeswoman Liz McDonough describes the events of last June at the Colorado State Penitentiary, during which... More >>

  • Fortress of Solitude

    published August 6, 1998

    For the moment, Sergeant Attila Denes of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is a prisoner of his own department's top-notch security. He waves... More >>

  • The Final Frontier

    published July 30, 1998

    Dressed in shorts and a short-sleeved golf shirt, his face flushed with sun and wind, Dave Liniger roams his Denver Tech Center offices this... More >>

  • Good Grieve!

    published July 9, 1998

    Two attorneys can live in a town where one cannot," proverb collector V.S. Lean noted a century ago. Colorado's booming economy has brought... More >>

  • Bad Company

    published July 9, 1998

    Everyone heard the explosion. It sounded like someone had detonated a cherry bomb behind the apartment. A man named Bud opened the back door to... More >>

  • Hard Lessons

    published June 18, 1998

    Eleven men sit in a circle, giving each other the feather. Three feathers, to be exact--stiff, brightly colored plumes that are passed from... More >>

  • No Way to Treat a Lady: Victims Get Busted, Too

    published June 18, 1998

    Krystal was getting ready to go to her weekly batterer class when her husband threw a glass of water in her face, called her a slut and took her... More >>

  • Uneasy Street

    published May 21, 1998

    In those places that tourists come from--Dubuque, Topeka, Lincoln, Rapid City--they're already gassing up the Winnebagos and planning that... More >>

  • Zero for Conduct

    published April 23, 1998

    Joseph C'de Baca can see where this is going. He was supposed to be the third speaker on the agenda for the Denver Public Schools monthly... More >>

  • A Lack of Supporting Evidence

    published April 16, 1998

    Last year, under pressure from the federal government, the Colorado General Assembly finally passed a measure that had been kicked around for... More >>

  • Inn Trouble

    published March 26, 1998

    The whole mess may have started with an argument over carpets. Or maybe it had to do with a few hundred dollars' worth of phone calls. No matter... More >>

  • The Killer and Mrs. Johnson

    published March 19, 1998

    On the morning of December 17, 1992, a rangy freshman named Jacob Ind was pulled out of his first-hour class at Woodland Park High School by... More >>

  • Justice Misplaced

    published February 19, 1998

    Last Christmas wasn't merry for Arlee Martin and her daughter Rose Warren. A teenage employee of Foley's Cherry Creek department store not only... More >>

  • Profits of Doom

    published February 12, 1998

    The first time Russell Welty heard about the Year 2000 Problem--also known as the Millennium Bug or, in programmer jargon, Y2K--it sounded simple.... More >>

  • Reach Out and Gouge Someone

    published February 5, 1998

    Make no mistake about it, the inmates in the Colorado Department of Corrections are paying dearly for their crimes. So are their families. Just... More >>

  • Walter Gerash

    published January 29, 1998

    He lurks in the bad dreams of hungry prosecutors and hidebound judges, a caped avenger in bolo tie and maroon beret. The cameras catch him exiting... More >>

  • City of Hype

    published January 22, 1998

    Smiling, frosted-haired matrons, their teeth capped in orange and blue. A naked man in a barrel making a heartfelt plea for playoff tickets.... More >>

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