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  • 2008 - Education Reporting Awards/National Education Writers Association, published June 12, 2007

    "Last Chance High"

  • 2008 - Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, published April 19, 2007

    "Faith, Hope... and Charity"

  • 2008 - National Council on Crime and Delinquency/Prevention for a Safer Society Award, published February 22, 2007

    "The Transformers"

  • 2006 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published June 2, 2005

    "Lost and Found"

2006 Stories by Luke Turf

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  • Of Meth and Men

    published December 7, 2006

    In public, gay men once called meth "Christina" because it sounded like "crystal." The nickname was soon shortened to "Chrissy," then changed... More >>

  • Carjacked

    published November 23, 2006

    The Audi TT coupe is a quick little sports car that handles well -- particularly the automatic version, thanks to a computer-assisted transmission... More >>

  • Guest Wishes

    published November 9, 2006

    A muddy path leads up to the equestrian center, where Batman, Spider-Man, pirates and princesses trick-or-treat through a haunted horse stable. ... More >>

  • Wed Alert

    published October 26, 2006

    Happily ever after? Not quite yet for the six men who signed up for the February installment of Thailand Romance Tours, a find-a-bride service... More >>

  • Special Teams

    published October 19, 2006

    The thirteen- and fourteen-year-old boys in the Redskins jerseys are leading 6-2. They need to stop the Hawks from scoring a touchdown, or all... More >>

  • Woman to Woman

    published October 5, 2006

    ¿Todos hablan español? the dance teacher asks the ten teenagers gathered in Alejandra Ramos's garage. "Good." But one... More >>

  • Them's Fighting Words

    published September 14, 2006

    It's not the size of the cock in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the cock. And it's not the strength of the 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 >>

  • Follow That Story

    published August 31, 2006

    The girl was twelve on August 7, 2004, when she told Aurora police how four men, all immigrants from Honduras, had overpowered her at the... More >>

  • Step Up

    published August 31, 2006

    About 400 expert tango dancers will dance the day into night this evening as the sun sets on the Cheesman Park pavilion. And while tango may not... More >>

  • Girl Crazy

    published August 17, 2006

    A gray Monte Carlo with a damaged front bumper rolled slowly through the McDonald's parking lot. It was Sunday night, and the fast-food joint on... More >>

  • Bitch, Bitch, Bitch

    published July 27, 2006

    The first person Becky Due ever called a bitch was her mother. She caught a whuppin' for it, and since then, Due says, she's never called anyone a... More >>

  • Rocket Men

    published July 13, 2006

    They rode north on I-25. Two dozen riders lined up in pairs, rolling side by side, bent low -- very low -- over engines hissing high-pitched... More >>

  • Bike to the Future

    published July 13, 2006

    Samantha Peters kicks up dirt as she chases the boys around the track. She's the only girl in this race of about a dozen seven-year-olds riding... More >>

  • Fair Fight

    published July 6, 2006

    "If anything, I'm the underdog in this fight," Denver tattoo artist Mike Nickels said to the Spike TV cameras before his June 1 bout for The... More >>

  • Strip Search

    published June 29, 2006

    Nobody wants to talk about Jennifer Marcum. Not the girls who stripped with her at Shotgun Willie's. Not the man with whom she was living. Not the... More >>

  • Exit This Way

    published June 8, 2006

    For several years, life was one long, lovely road trip for Sandy and Joann Bush, as the retired couple cruised from state to state in their RV.... More >>

  • Let's Get It On!

    published June 1, 2006

    Let's Get It On! The season's winding down for Spike TV's The... More >>

  • No Pain, No Gain

    published May 11, 2006

    Mike Nickels was closing up shop when he saw a crack deal going down right outside the door. "I can't have drug deals going on out there,"... More >>

  • The Fight Is On!

    published May 11, 2006

    "Kick his ass! I want to see some blood!" a woman shouted from her front-row seat at the two men circling inside a cage. "Fight like a man, not... More >>

  • The Doctor Is Out

    published May 11, 2006

    No one but Dr. Phillip Mallory himself will ever know why he wanted to buy a Bushmaster AR-15 so bad that he lied about a felony when he filled... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published May 11, 2006

    There was no reason to delay Timothy Kemp's sentencing after he was convicted of first-degree murder on May 1. On that point, both the prosecution... More >>

  • Taking the Shot

    published April 27, 2006

    On a folding chair along the sidelines is where soft-spoken Denver Nugget DerMarr Johnson spent most of his season. But with the playoffs under... More >>

  • Love, American Style

    published April 13, 2006

    Jon Vaupel had been cooling his heels in a federal immigration detention facility in Aurora for three months when the guards finally told him to... More >>

  • Until Death Do Us Part

    published April 6, 2006

    Larysa Maslenko was depressed when her first marriage failed after just six months, but instead of posting a profile on, the Ukrainian... More >>

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