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  • 2007 - National Council on Crime and Delinquency/Prevention for a Safer Society Award, published October 19, 2006

    "All Grown Up"

  • 2006 - National Council on Crime and Delinquency/Prevention for a Safer Society Award, published December 1, 2005

    "Focus on the Family"

2006 Stories by Jessica Centers

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  • Skate Fever

    published December 28, 2006

    “How can it get any better?” asks Mark Ray, manager of the Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza, located at 1801 13th Street. “Downtown... More >>

  • All In

    published December 14, 2006

    This is no bluff. Chuck Humphrey swears it -- and his face is giving nothing away. Even though the Lakewood attorney is the sole plaintiff in... More >>

  • To Your Health

    published December 14, 2006

    A Denver jury last week found Atlanta-based Mariner Health Care Inc. -- the third-largest nursing-home company in the country -- liable for... More >>

  • Cookie Monsters

    published November 16, 2006

    The sweet smell of chocolate-chip cookies in the oven always makes me feel like a kid — watching, waiting as my mom moved each soft, buttery... More >>

  • Athena Rising

    published November 9, 2006

    The Athena Festival was so named because "Goddess Festival" sounded a little too creepy, says founder Dana Cain. A few years ago, the... More >>

  • Into the Scrum

    published November 2, 2006

    It's a sunny fall afternoon at the rugby pitch in Denver's Cook Park, and fans of the Denver Highlanders are restlessly watching their club fight... More >>

  • All Grown Up

    published October 19, 2006

    Stephanie Wooten learned a lot as a foster kid. She learned to pack light. She learned to keep her mouth shut. She learned that some foster... More >>

  • Leaning Left

    published October 12, 2006

    As a 23-year-old, Joe Thomas isn't terribly interested in the death tax or Social Security — and he doubts his peers lie awake at night... More >>

  • High Time for Wine

    published October 5, 2006

    Each year at harvest time, John and Birdie Balistreri and their daughter, Julie, throw a huge party at their Denver vineyard to release their new... More >>

  • Smoke Screen

    published September 14, 2006

    The fates of David and Dina Weller all came down to a cigarette butt and blood. In the spring of 2005, the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde were... 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 >>

  • Top of the Town

    published August 31, 2006

    Kersten Hostetter commands attention with words so soft and slow they're almost a whisper. It's as if she's always about to share a secret. Today... More >>

  • Coffeehouse Talk

    published August 17, 2006

    Is it any surprise that City Auditor Dennis Gallagher, who holds office hours at Common Grounds and has a brew named after him there, would single... More >>

  • Colorado Prison Blues

    published August 10, 2006

    Eric Reynolds may be a 29-year-old man, but he still looks like a teenager, even a kid. His face is smooth and unlined, his body small and lithe... More >>

  • Scalped!

    published August 3, 2006

    Last week, a discrimination trial in federal court between Kroenke Sports Enterprises and a former employee offered a behind-the-scenes look at... More >>

  • Jazz It Up

    published August 3, 2006

    As a boy growing up in Denver in the 1950s, Purnell Steen would head down to Five Points to hear jazz from such international icons as Ella... More >>

  • All the World's a Stage

    published July 27, 2006

    Doug Ishii watches his wife, Wendy, from across the room as she mingles with her guests. He's traded in his lab coat for a collared shirt, and... More >>

  • Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

    published July 27, 2006

    When I watched Ferris Bueller's idyllic ditch day for the first time — as a teen growing up in the same Chicago suburbia immortalized by John... More >>

  • Summer Lovin'

    published July 27, 2006

    Take it from someone who's walked through at least six dozen houses with her boyfriend in recent weeks: Touring homes can be romantic. There's a... More >>

  • American Ace

    published July 13, 2006

    From a dingy stepstool, the auctioneer announced that he was starting with a bulk bid: one price for everything left in the pale-blue store at 46... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published July 13, 2006

    It turns out that 24-year-old Matt Buschbacher already had experience leading underground groups of men when he moved out to Colorado and started... More >>

  • Liar, Liar

    published July 6, 2006

    Denver comics Anthony "AD" Demmer and Akwame D say comedy is one of the oldest art forms in black history. For hundreds of years, laughter's been... More >>

  • Horse Play

    published June 29, 2006

    After seven days of deliberation in Arapahoe County -- the longest trial Judge Stephen R. Ruddick's courtroom had ever seen -- Bill Stiffler was... More >>

  • Family Affair

    published June 29, 2006

    In January, it looked like the McAdam family was finally on their way to a happy ending. Denver Juvenile Court was letting parents David and... More >>

  • Watch and Learn

    published June 8, 2006

    "No, I'm not going to relax!" "Stop strangling me, fucker! Fuck you! Just fucking shoot me!" The raving man was being held to the ground... More >>

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