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2006 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • Year in Review: The Great Pretenders

    published December 28, 2006

    In Colorado, 2006 will be remembered as the Year of the Great Pretender. Many of the most notorious newsmakers were people masquerading as someone... More >>

  • Year in Review: We’re Sorry, So Sorry

    published December 28, 2006

    Okay, we could have done better. We admit that. We lied about our age. We faked our memoirs. We called ourselves Art or Daxis and told the... More >>

  • Ten Years After

    published December 21, 2006

    She would have been sixteen now. A boy-crazy cheerleader, maybe, or the dorky president of the debate team. A wobbly-voiced contestant on... More >>

  • Trading Spaces

    published December 7, 2006

    Most special elections are humdrum affairs involving bond issues and tax questions, but the one currently facing the citizens of Lakewood promises... More >>

  • Fighting Mad

    published November 16, 2006

    When Jack Grynberg breezes through the doors of the Grynberg Petroleum Company, attention must be paid. Wearing a dark-blue pinstripe suit, dark... More >>

  • The Big Nix

    published November 9, 2006

    Forty-three states regulate private investigators in one way or another. Colorado isn't one of them, and state officials aren't inclined to do... More >>

  • Made for Each Other

    published October 12, 2006

    Swarmed by reporters outside the Boulder Justice Center this past August, Michael Tracey was in his element. After a long hiatus, the national... More >>

  • Head Games

    published September 21, 2006

    Talk all you want about bad men and madmen. The truly scary ones are those who know rage so well that they scare themselves. The anger pours... More >>

  • A Federal Case

    published September 7, 2006

    Federal Boulevard stretches almost thirty miles down the spine of the metro area, from Bowles Boulevard in Littleton, where the Southglenn... More >>

  • Farewell, My Lowlife

    published August 10, 2006

    When private investigators make the nightly news in Colorado, it's usually for the wrong... More >>

  • The Case of the Missing License

    published August 10, 2006

    "My best chance of clearing myself of the trouble you're trying to make for me is by bringing in the murderers -- all tied up. And my only... More >>

  • Parade of Groans

    published July 6, 2006

    Four years ago, Paul Lambert built one of the biggest luxury houses in Douglas County, a 9,100-square-foot tribute to Vegas excess that was the... More >>

  • The Skeptic

    published June 29, 2006

    Galileo got crosswise with Pope Urban VIII. Robert Oppenheimer didn't see eye-to-eye with Edward Teller. Every original thinker has a bête... More >>

  • Whistle Stop

    published June 8, 2006

    A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that sharply limits the rights of whistleblowers could change the landscape for a number of workplace battles... More >>

  • Clowns to the Left of Me

    published May 18, 2006

    The ghost of Ronald Wilson Reagan haunts the Marc Holtzman for Governor campaign headquarters on South Broadway. Images of the nation's fortieth... More >>

  • The Smutty Professor

    published May 11, 2006

    The University of Colorado wants you to know that it "remains committed to promoting and maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment." ... More >>

  • A Fresh Start

    published May 4, 2006

    When he was ten years old and clowning around, Shea Sweeney did something incredibly stupid with a cardboard box and a pack of matches. It left... More >>

  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    published April 13, 2006

    Cradling a sawed-off shotgun in his lap, Eric Harris glares into the video camera. He takes a pull from a bottle of Jack Daniel's and winces. Then... More >>

  • Over and Over Again

    published April 6, 2006

    Having been deep in it most of his life, John "Jake" Johnson can smell trouble coming. So last year, when the fifty-year-old inmate found out he... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published March 16, 2006

    Tony Shane Francis had his share of breaks. He pulled off bank robberies in Oregon and Idaho, escaped from jail in Arizona, made the scene... More >>

  • Caught Mapping

    published February 2, 2006

    Here's how you get from the center of Denver -- the intersection of Colfax and Broadway -- to the center of the mapping universe: Start out... More >>

  • Throw It All Down

    published January 5, 2006

    That was a crazy game of poker I lost it all But someday I'll be back again And I'm never to fall Never to fall never to... More >>

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