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  • A new look for Ramsey case in new year?

    published Dec 31, 2008

    The arrival of a new district attorney in Boulder has some people expecting that the 12-year-old murder of JonBenet Ramsey will get a "fresh look." But what exactly does that mean? This mind-bending&... More >>

  • Dear Governor: Why I should be our next Senator

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Dear Governor Bill, I hear the clamor over who gets to replace Senator Ken Salazar, and I feel your pain. Opportunists are crawling out of the rich woodwork at the statehouse, stumbling off the bars... More >>

  • Is a lump of coal a good thing?

    published Dec 24, 2008

    Gas is less than half what it was a few months ago, and Xcel is actually planning to lower rates after the new year. But savor those cheap energy prices while you can. Like Santa Claus, painful new h... More >>

  • Why is the Colorado Lottery so good to us?

    published Dec 19, 2008

    Those hucksters at the Colorado Lottery can't do enough for us poor gambling fools. Check out this announcement about an exciting new development for Powerball players. The minimum payout is incr... More >>

  • No escaping the prison system's dirty little secret

    published Dec 19, 2008

    The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice is proving to be one of Governor Bill Ritter's more promising ideas for finding ways to trim the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars&... More >>

  • CU in Court

    published December 18, 2008

    Eight years after she first reported a sexual assault to police and four years after prosecutors told her they were dropping the case, a young... More >>

  • Hearty warriors of Hyperborea at Tuba Christmas

    published Dec 15, 2008

    There must have been a time, in sunnier days, when the idea of 400 tubas playing holiday tunes in Skyline Park sounded like a really cool idea. In fact, the Tuba Christmas Concert, now in its 29th y... More >>

  • Can a troubled Colorado prison change the way inmates think?

    published November 6, 2008

    Jay Lewis assumes the position. He slouches, arms folded across his chest, knee bent and foot braced on the wall behind him. He looks like your... More >>

  • Inside one of the nation's top carnivore sanctuaries

    published October 23, 2008

    Pat Craig walks along a fenceline of his 240-acre spread outside Keenesburg, visiting with some of his latest arrivals. He calls to them in a... More >>

  • Crossing Over

    published September 18, 2008

    There's more than one way to explain the latest scandal erupting within the Bush administration. The release last week of three reports from... More >>

  • William Orr's quest for better, cheaper gas left him facing prison time

    published September 4, 2008

    Few dreamers believe in their dream the way William Orr did. He chased his idea, a search for the perfect fuel to put in a gas tank,... More >>

  • Pain Management

    published July 31, 2008

    To read Alan Prendergast's blog about the Denver jail's heavily redacted policy on pain meds and release procedures, click More >>

  • Paying the Price

    published June 26, 2008


  • The Lords of Payback

    published June 26, 2008

    In the endless muddle of battle between Mike Zinna and The Powers That Be in Jefferson County, moments of truth have been hard to find. But... More >>

  • A Hospital Without Walls

    published May 29, 2008

    Thursday afternoons in courtroom 151P tend to be less formal than other proceedings in Denver county courts. Judge Larry Bohning still hands... More >>

  • The Good, The Bad & The Mad

    published May 29, 2008

    On a bitter winter morning four years ago, Heather Gooch stood in her apartment on South Bannock Street and listened to the awful thumping. The... More >>

  • Ultrarunning Gets Younger – and Faster

    published April 10, 2008

    Three things you need to know right away about Tony Krupicka: First, the guy loves to run. Loves it. He cruises the trails above... More >>

  • Bad Execution

    published April 10, 2008

    Defense attorneys have accused her of running a death machine, but the wheels came off Carol Chambers's rattling apparatus this week. On Monday... More >>

  • Who You Gonna Kill?

    published April 3, 2008

    By most measures, Colorado isn't any more liberal than other western states. So how come the state has managed to put to death only one prisoner... More >>

  • Inmates Waitin' Around to Die

    published February 28, 2008

    Technically speaking, Colorado hasn't had a death row for several years — not since officials at the Colorado State Penitentiary stopped... More >>

  • Arapahoe County DA Charges Death-Penalty Fees to the State

    published February 28, 2008

    The State of Colorado has managed to execute one murderer in the past forty years. Its death row, current population one, is among the smallest... More >>

  • Phil Van Cise: Scourge of Denver's Underworld

    published February 7, 2008

    You can learn a lot about a crook, the Colonel knew, if you discover who his friends are. By his friends you shall know him. But in the... More >>

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