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2007 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • Blackburned

    published December 13, 2007

    It's ten minutes to five on the afternoon of June 29, 2006, and Mark Brennan can feel the tension coiled inside him like a steel spring, wound... More >>

  • The Poisoned Pen of Fort Lyon Prison

    published November 15, 2007

    History Lesson #1 In 1829, William Bent headed west to join his older brother in the fur business. William was twenty years old,... More >>

  • Blackwater Isn't the Only Security Contractor With Something to Hide

    published October 25, 2007

    After twenty years of highly decorated service in the U.S. Army Special Forces, David Boone thought he knew the rules of engagement. But that... More >>

  • Mapping the Future of Urban Sprawl

    published October 4, 2007

    I'm going to show you a bunch of maps," David Theobald tells the undergraduates packed into the small lecture hall. "Don't get caught up... More >>

  • Fortress of Solitude

    published August 16, 2007

    A hundred miles southwest of Denver, the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum houses a killer lineup of mobsters (Salvatore "Sammy the Bull"... More >>

  • The Caged Life

    published August 16, 2007

    When the goon squad showed up at his place at five in the morning, Tommy Silverstein knew something was up. He wasn't accustomed to greeting... More >>

  • High Trauma

    published July 19, 2007

    From his Lakewood offices along the Sixth Avenue freeway frontage road, attorney David Mintz can see the towering 1-800-4INJURY sign in his... More >>

  • Darren Morrison's Virtual Aggression

    published June 7, 2007

    It takes all kinds, this argument over guns in America. Patriots and paranoids, cranks and constitutionalists, handwringers and Huns, they all... More >>

  • Too Many Fire Chiefs

    published May 24, 2007

    After it was all over — the emergency meetings and votes of no confidence, the suspensions and resignations, the backroom intrigues and... More >>

  • Douglas Glaser on Ice

    published May 17, 2007

    A decade ago, wrestling with crushing legal and financial problems and looking at months of jail time, a cocky 26-year-old stockbroker named... More >>

  • The Hunt for Green

    published April 26, 2007

    The trucks rumble through the gates of Waste Management Recycle America's plant in north Denver, lining up for their turn at the scales. A driver... More >>

  • Making Nice

    published April 5, 2007

    Earlier this year, officials at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center quietly settled a long-running lawsuit filed by Robert Schrier,... More >>

  • When Mistakes Don't Matter

    published February 22, 2007

    The justice system isn't very good at confessing its own crimes. Even when officials admit that mistakes were made, they rarely take the kind of... More >>

  • A Thumb on the Scales

    published February 8, 2007

    A cynic might regard the phone call that District Attorney Carol Chambers made to Jonathan Steiner, for which she was publicly censured six weeks... More >>

  • The Punisher

    published February 8, 2007

    As the moment of his sentencing approaches, Tristan Gilmour sits petulantly in an Arapahoe County courtroom. His put-upon attorney, deputy public... More >>

  • The Good Part

    published February 1, 2007

    After Eric Harris shot him and left him for dead on the lawn of Columbine High School, all sixteen-year-old Mark Taylor could think about was... More >>

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