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2001 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • Shocking the Conscience

    published December 6, 2001

    Last week's dismissal of most of the lawsuits against police and school officials stemming from the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School left... More >>

  • "I'm Full of Hate and I Love It"

    published December 6, 2001

    A year before the shootings at Columbine High School, Eric David Harris already had the plan worked out in his head. He knew what time to... More >>

  • Bones of Contention

    published November 29, 2001

    This all started around 65 million years ago, when a large carnivore died badly in the wilds of what is now eastern Wyoming. But no human paid any... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published November 15, 2001

    The developers had money, business leaders and most of the town's elected officials on their side. But last week, the citizens of Berthoud decided... More >>

  • The Berating Game

    published November 8, 2001

    Confused? So are we. Parents, teachers, kids -- everyone involved in public education in Colorado, it seems, eagerly awaited this fall's... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published October 25, 2001

    Even in these troubled times, respect for the law sometimes depends on who's wearing the badge. Last week, voters in rural Costilla County ousted... More >>

  • More Whoppers from Jeffco

    published October 25, 2001

    For the past eighteen months, ever since Columbine families filed nine lawsuits against... More >>

  • Back to School

    published October 25, 2001

    The Fire Last Time They dreamed of fire. It would be a cleansing fire, fueled by propane, gasoline, gunpowder, homemade napalm --... More >>

  • A Click in Time Saves Minds

    published October 4, 2001

    Go to GoTo.com, an Internet search engine that provides "sponsored" search results for America Online, Lycos,... More >>

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Schmidt

    published September 20, 2001

    After nearly two dozen surgeries in twenty years, Nyla Bailey thought she knew what doctors could do about her excruciating pain, which wasn't... More >>

  • Be Seeing You

    published August 23, 2001

    Joseph Adams has flashbacks sometimes. In those moments, he practically relives the time he spent in a prison cell in Kuwait, the beatings and... More >>

  • Scenes from a Sprawl

    published August 9, 2001

    Two weeks ago, John Meyer came across a man with a clipboard outside Toddy's, a grocery store in a busy strip mall on the edge of downtown... More >>

  • Attention, Kmart Shoppers

    published July 12, 2001

    Two weeks ago, when Kmart officials announced that their stores would stop selling handgun ammunition, they described the decision as a shift in... More >>

  • The Siege

    published June 21, 2001

    Cynthia Devereaux is on the phone, calling everybody who's anybody in Costilla County. She calls Father Pat Valdez, the parish priest in San... More >>

  • Unhappy Returns

    published May 24, 2001

    Judging from the Denver dailies, the Governor's Columbine Review Commission completed a masterful bit of finger-pointing last week. Following the... More >>

  • The Hit Man Nobody Knows

    published May 17, 2001

    This much is certain: On the morning of November 27, 1989, Avianca Airlines Flight 203 took off from Bogotá, Colombia, headed for the city... More >>

  • Wirtz Case Scenario

    published May 10, 2001

    This all started over twenty-five bucks. Maybe if his jailers had let him keep his money five years ago, Robert Wirtz Jr. wouldn't have... More >>

  • The Do-Nothing Defense

    published May 3, 2001

    For a moment last Friday, U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock sounded like one of the Brothers Karamazov -- the brooding, metaphysically challenged... More >>

  • Chronology of a Big Fat Lie

    published April 19, 2001

    The last two weeks have not been the best of times for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The agency has been in serious damage-control mode... More >>

  • Lights, Camera...No Comment

    published April 12, 2001

    David Gelber adjusts his tie. He tugs it left, then right again. It's as if he's trying to get more oxygen without disrobing, as if what's needed... More >>

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