Just like they play sports, most people play video games for fun. But also just like they play sports, some people play video games competitively, both professionally and in organized amateur leagues. Yes, really. All over the world, big-money tournaments take place constantly, offering the top game ... More >>
This week's free offerings are all about freedom -- or at least escape. You can travel with Keanu Reeves to the surf culture of Point Break, try to develop an Everybody Loves Raymond-type sitcom in Russia, or head out into space -- all without leaving Denver, or spending a dime. Read on for our thre ... More >>
Hard to believe that just over two years ago, Lance Armstrong was appearing at the State Capitol with then-Governor Bill Ritter to announce the launch of what is now known as the USA Pro Challenge. His association with the race is long over, and so is his credibility following last night's interview ... More >>
Update below: After the passage of Amendment 64, Governor John Hickenlooper issued a statement advising folks to wait before breaking out the Cheetos and Goldfish -- an unexpected remark that quickly inspired its own Twitter hash tag. Now, a photo has surfaced featuring Hickenlooper posing with thes ... More >>
Colorado's voters may have approved Amendment 64, but the federal government is unlikely to allow implementation of the marijuana measure and will probably threaten to sue or begin making arrests to stop it. That's the prediction of Sam Kamin, a University of Denver professor and national expert on ... More >>
Our post about 60 Minutes' report on the Colorado medical marijuana scene inspired lots of conversation on a wide range of pot-related topics -- including the relative dangers of weed compared to alcohol. Here's one reader's take.
There are more dispensaries in Denver than locations of McDonald's and Starbucks combined, according to Sunday night's 60 Minutes report. But things are very different in New Jersey, the latest state to authorize retail cannabis sales.
In recent years, Colorado's medical marijuana business has been chronicled by news purveyors as varied as National Geographic (via the program American Weed) and The Daily Show (which featured our MMJ critic, William Breathes). Last night, 60 Minutes weighed in with its own report, offering a somewh ... More >>
Local skater Julian Christianson -- Westword's Best of Denver 2012 Best Skateboarder pick -- has a knack for turning local contest honors into bigger opportunities. Last year his Hometown Heroes contest win in Denver earned him an invite to skate in the amateur finals at the X Games in Los Angeles, ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Alan Prendergast reported on a supermax lawsuit alleging shocking mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners. We've added a copy of the suit, plus photos of the facility and the imprisoned plaintiffs in the case. See it below following Prendergast's piece. Original post by Alan Prend ... More >>
Talk about staying power. This week, 60 Minutes aired immediately before the Tony Awards -- but rather than conduct an interview with a new nominee, the venerable program rebroadcast a September interview with Colorado alums Trey Parker and Matt Stone. And then, the awards themselves kicked off with ... More >>
The Boulder International Fringe Festival has announced its preliminary 2012 artist lineup, which includes such past fringe faves as TinHouse Experimental Dance, Gemma Wilcox Productions, Square Product Theatre and Band of Toughs, as well as a wide range of on-the-edge artists hailing from New York ... More >>
What do you get when you combine a super-massive black hole, an eight-year-old Mars Rover, uncharted planets...and a couple of geniuses? 60 Minutes in Space, which debuts at 7 p.m. tonight in the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
And you thought you had a crazy year. Getting jiggy with a student at a Baptist school, driving a scooter without a license in Miami, possessing four grams of cocaine in Aspen, threatening to shoot out a Best Buy in Aurora over a video game and literally getting shit on in Boulder -- these are all s ... More >>
Andrew Cohen.In our 2001 profile of Andrew Cohen, we noted that the then-35-year-old had vaulted to the top of the local pundit game via a gig with CBS' radio and television divisions. Remarkably, Cohen has maintained these relationships over the decade since, and his longevity has been rewa ... More >>
Taylor Swift's shocked! Again! As seen in the Hollywood ReporterSunday was a good day for Taylor Swift. A glowing profile by 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl, followed by her cleaning up at the American Music Awards; she took home the awards for Favorite Country Female Artist, Artist of The Year, Favorite C ... More >>
Video below.HDNet, owned by billionaire and (currently very happy) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, is partly based in Denver, which explains why HDNet World Report, its signature news program, reports about so many Colorado stories. Earlier this month, the show focused on local medical mar ... More >>
Hamilton.Boulder's Tyler Hamilton made a big splash Sunday night via doping accusations made against former bicycling teammate Lance Armstrong on 60 Minutes. Is Hamilton a squealer who should be criticized, not lionized for speaking out? Not according to one reader.
Tyler Hamilton.Plenty of people have accused bike icon Lance Armstrong of doping, including Tour De Lance author Bill Strickland. But finger-pointing by Boulder-based Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong's onetime teammate on the U.S. Postal Service Team, has had the greatest impact by far, in part beca ... More >>
Before you thinking about drinking the goo inside these, read this list.One of Colorado's biggest massives is going off tonight and tomorrow at Red Rocks. We're talking, of course, about the hotly anticipated two-day edition of Global Dance Festival. If you've always been curious about dance ... More >>
Wanda James gets licked on "The Daily Show."The Daily Show's send-up of the Denver medical-marijuana scene earlier this week didn't thrill everyone in the MMJ community. Westword marijuana critic William Breathes, in a post about what viewers didn't see, noted reading "blogs and posts from f ... More >>
A Flickr photo"I've been clean for years. I just like to grit my teeth."The Washington Post is reporting that former Bronco Bill Romanowski is interviewing for a job with his old coach, Mike Shanahan, now helming the Redskins. The gig? Strength-and-conditioning coach. Cue peals of laughter. ... More >>
Tony Kovaleski's got a pretty fancy date next week.Last March, we lauded 33 Minutes to 3-4 Right, an unusually ambitious half-hour long Channel 7 documentary about the December 2008 crash of Continental Flight 1404, and the thirty-minutes-plus it took for the first ambulance to arrive on the ... More >>
On CBS last night, 60 Minutes added to the pile recent stories about brain damage being suffered by NFL football players. Among the story's lead characters was former Colorado Buffalo Ted Johnson, who went on to star for the New England Patriots. Johnson's post-career life has been marred by he ... More >>
Within the limits of the tubular milieu, the only thing more entertaining than simply watching TV is making fun of it. This is the tried-and-true tack taken by the local comedy sketch group Nietzsche's Moustache in its new spoof 60 Minutes: the Musical!, which opens today at the Avenue Theater for ... More >>
On this Memorial Day, most of us at Westword remembered that because it's a national holiday, we didn't have to come to work. Check back Tuesday for a much fuller, fatter and better tanned Latest Word. In the meantime, here's a video that commemorates the occasion -- a Memorial Day edition of "The ... More >>
The odd upside of Robert Redford’s terribly earnest, quite terrible war drama.
The Bureau of Prisons is as good at keeping prisoners in as it is at keeping reporters out.
Dylan gets to work on Scorsese’s farm in No Direction Home.
This time, the middle-aged ladies of a small English town bare it all for laughs.
The story of the Magdalene asylums raises questions about the Catholic Church in Ireland.
Metro State's basketball coach keeps old school new.
The law protects police from being sued for ordinary blunders. But what about Columbine?
From the week of April 26, 2001
Two years after the shootings, 60 Minutes brings Columbine back to prime time -- and local officials get camera-shy.
There's a thing or two you don't know about Adele Arakawa.
From South Park to Pokémon, 1999 was almost an American beauty.
Johnny Dowd, Dublin to Dakar, Afro-Celt Sound System, Andrea Bocelli, The Beautiful South
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