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2003 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • Chicanismo, Reloaded

    published November 27, 2003

    When Nick Morales began teaching Chicano studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver several years ago, he relied heavily on the standard... More >>

  • The Plot Sickens

    published November 6, 2003

    The sign on the door at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office read: "News Conference: Go up stairs and turn right." Reporters who followed the... More >>

  • Skin City

    published October 30, 2003

    After hours of walking the streets of Sheridan, hiking up driveways and picking her way through trailer parks, Vicki Johnson has this part down.... More >>

  • House Rules

    published October 23, 2003

    When Renee McGaw purchased her East Washington Park home five years ago, she knew the kind of investment she was making. A single mother, she... More >>

  • Denver's Chronicler of Crime

    published October 9, 2003

    Sam Howe loved being a Denver cop. He also loved to clip stories about crime and police... More >>

  • Love Crazy

    published October 9, 2003

    Forget Kobe. Adios, JonBenét. To hell with Court TV. Crime ain't what it used to be. A place is shaped by its resident evil as... More >>

  • A Simple Case

    published September 25, 2003

    Debi Drewes was in the kitchen of her Athmar Park home when she heard the crash. It was shortly after seven in the evening on September 11, 2001... More >>

  • Pro Boner

    published September 11, 2003

    As an aspiring attorney-to-be, William Safford figured he'd found the ideal job at Auraria's Student Legal Services. The 23-year-old Metropolitan... More >>

  • Toxic Shock

    published September 4, 2003

    Randy Goin remembers his first visit to a methamphetamine lab six years ago. It was the... More >>

  • The High Cost of Free Speech

    published July 31, 2003

    Jack McCroskey is a man of many opinions -- some pungent, some pure acid. Take, for example, these barbed appraisals from his recently... More >>

  • Ten Ways They Got It Wrong

    published July 31, 2003

    In pursuing a murder case against Krystal Voss for the death of her son, Kyran, the... More >>

  • The Death of Innocence

    published July 31, 2003

    An accident. A terrible accident. That was the first story told about how Kyran Gaston-Voss got hurt. The baby fell. The baby hit his... More >>

  • The Law Firm of Smith & Wesson

    published July 10, 2003

    Depending on your job, there could be fifty good reasons to bring a gun to work. If you happen to work in a law firm, make that a hundred. ... More >>

  • Cowboy Justice

    published June 26, 2003

    The seven men sat around the defense table Tuesday afternoon, murmuring quietly to each other and exchanging hearty good-luck handshakes with... More >>

  • The Revolving Door

    published May 22, 2003

    Atif Gamal can open the door or close it. Either way, he loses. If he keeps the door closed, the walls start to close in on him. His... More >>

  • The Long Road Home

    published May 22, 2003

    "Welcome to the John Inmann Work and Family Center. Welcome home." Mario Salinas stands in a cramped conference room, studying the faces of... More >>

  • Busting a Cap

    published May 8, 2003

    It's spring. The birds are singing, the bees are strumming their little guitars, and in the petition-happy town of Berthoud, the locals are headed... More >>

  • Female Trouble

    published April 24, 2003

    Former guard Duane Coleman got to go home. Embattled director Brian Gomez got a new job. And the teenage girls of Colorado's Youthful Offender... More >>

  • A Lasting Tribute

    published April 17, 2003

    Four Aprils ago, as investigators strung yellow crime-scene tape and boarded up bullet-riddled windows around Columbine High School, snow began to... More >>

  • From Locusts to Limos

    By Alan Prendergast

    published April 10, 2003

    When the Tea Party first burst on the scene in Glendale five years ago -- in response to Mayor Joe Rice's effort to impose new restrictions on... More >>

  • Coup de Condo

    published April 10, 2003

    Looking back, Sharon Kratze says, she should have asked more questions. When she decided to run for the board of the Cedar Pointe Condominium... More >>

  • Leave the Driving to Bill

    published March 6, 2003

    It isn't that the governor of Colorado hates you soccer moms out there. He just thinks you people shouldn't have the right, when some drunk driver... More >>

  • Prisoners of Sex

    published March 6, 2003

    The night her roommate was raped, Angel Castro says, she had a ringside seat. She was in the upper bunk when the bed below her began to... More >>

  • Bruce Talk

    published January 30, 2003

    At first glance, the Golden Corral on the north side of Colorado Springs doesn't seem to be the right place to be talking about tightening the ol'... More >>

  • Locked and Loaded

    published January 2, 2003

    Stabbings and beatings are common. Drugs are plentiful -- although ingesting them sometimes has unforeseen results. A restraint chair comes in... More >>

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