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

    "The Transformers"

  • 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"

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

    "Lost and Found"

2007 Stories by Luke Turf

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004
  • Life Skills Offers Last-Chance High

    published December 6, 2007

    Justin Martinez missed school — again — on November 2. But this time, the nineteen-year-old's absence was excused. He had to go to... More >>

  • Late Shift

    published December 6, 2007

    Christina Clinkscales sued Justin Jahn in August 2006, claiming the former Breckenridge bellman had sexually assaulted her a year earlier, when... More >>

  • Move Your Bass

    published December 6, 2007

    For me, fishing is all about luck. I have no idea which lure catches which fish, and one time I thought I had the big one on my line —... More >>

  • Out of Bounds

    published November 29, 2007

    Justin Jahn and Christina Clinkscales met in July 2005 at the Village at Breckenridge. He was a 26-year-old bellman, and she was an... More >>

  • Glendale Prostitution Sting Has Fringe Benefits

    published November 8, 2007

    The two women that Mike Gross had ordered from Craigslist were running late, and he suspected they might not show, so he found two more in the... More >>

  • Haunted History

    published October 25, 2007

    Sometimes late at night, when wind is the only sound in Capitol Hill, if you listen closely, you can hear running footsteps — even though... More >>

  • Metro Denver Gang Coalition: Beyond Darrent Williams

    published October 11, 2007

    At least five people have been killed so far this year in gang-related homicides, but sixteen other murders remain unsolved in Denver. Several... More >>

  • Beer Bonanza

    published October 11, 2007

    Three days, 400 breweries, 1,700 beers and — finally — me. Although the Great American Beer Festival has earned a spot on my... More >>

  • Political Asylum a Long Time Coming

    published September 27, 2007

    Denver always looked like a safe haven to 36-year-old Alimata, and now it officially is one. On Monday, the Ivory Coast native was awarded... More >>

  • That's Life

    published September 20, 2007

    The day that Michael Tate was found guilty, sentenced to life in prison for a murder committed before his eighteenth birthday, 45 inmates were... More >>

  • Killer Instinct

    published September 20, 2007

    By the third week, the flower arrangements spread throughout the Jefferson County courtroom were in varying states of decay. It had... More >>

  • Dirty Dancing

    published August 2, 2007

    The dance begins in the eyes of a man, searching from woman to woman. Some of the women will make eye contact for a second, then break it off.... More >>

  • Schlep-Happy

    published July 26, 2007

    My Jewish grandmother used to make me schlep everything. Schlep the folding card-table chairs out of her basement for dinner, schlep groceries... More >>

  • Summer Lovin'

    published July 19, 2007

    Summer survival depends on barbecue. The grill sits there every day, luring you from your hot kitchen and complicated recipes. Marinated steaks,... More >>

  • Whip It Good

    published July 12, 2007

    The driver's seat in Carmelo Anthony's 1971 Chevelle is set so far back that Vett Capone can't reach the gas pedal. The five-foot-six-inch... More >>

  • Growing Pains

    published July 5, 2007

    Fourteen years have passed since sixteen-year-old Troy Chavez was dropped off at the hospital after being shot, a victim of gangland crossfire.... More >>

  • It's Tango-rific!

    published June 21, 2007

    Traffic congestion on southbound Broadway after the first day of the work week is no fun. Instead of the road rage you're bound to encounter,... More >>

  • Remembering Loss

    published June 7, 2007

    Any parent who's lived to see a child die knows there's no greater pain. Burying your offspring defies nature — but when a child dies... More >>

  • 16th Street Mall Mishandle

    published May 24, 2007

    Angelina Hergenreder doesn't usually give money to the homeless men who call out to her as she leaves her hostess job at a restaurant on the 16th... More >>

  • East Colfax Motel Hell

    published May 17, 2007

    Looking through the window of room 105 at the Dunes Motel, Amy Limon could see the kids playing outside. She opened the door and slowly navigated... More >>

  • Riding High

    published May 10, 2007

    The streets aren't safe for those of us on two wheels. Each ride a bicyclist takes — for fun or to work, the store or the bar — a... More >>

  • Believe This

    published May 3, 2007

    Denver's atheists won't be honoring any Christian or pagan gods today for the National Day of Prayer, but they will be getting together to... More >>

  • Faith, Hope...and Charity

    published April 19, 2007

    A half-moon still hangs high over Park Hill when Charity's mother begins her school-morning mantra. "Get up, get up, get up, get up, get up, get... More >>

  • Driving Force

    published March 22, 2007

    Driving used to be fun. Cruising for chicks in high school, road-tripping in college, heading up to the mountains for a weekend. But somewhere... More >>

  • In the Market

    published March 15, 2007

    On any given weekday, students from East High School can be found passing their free hours with Mohamad Aboub at the Clara Market, a small... More >>

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