Among the thousands of people who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001 were 343 members of the New York Fire Department. To honor their sacrifice, firefighters from all over the area, including Boulder, are taking part in a memorial stair climb at the CenturyLink building downtown. According to ... More >>
Terrorism hit close to home in September 2009, when Aurora resident Najibullah Zazi, an airport shuttle driver, was indicted for being part of a conspiracy to bomb the subways of New York -- with homemade bombs concocted from ingredients he'd purchased at local beauty supply stores. In February 2010 ... More >>
This past week, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the "Underwear Bomber" after a failed attempt to bring down an airliner in December 2009, joined the ranks of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Terry Nichols (who conspired with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing) and others as one of the most ... More >>
Big photos below.Disgraced ex-Illinois governor Rod "Blago" Blagojevich isn't the only infamous convict likely to be Colorado bound. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the Underwear Bomber after a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas 2009, has been sentenced to life ... More >>
Robert Hood.A former warden at the highest-security prison in the country -- the federal supermax prison outside Florence -- has some intriguing advice for fixing the nation's troubled, budget-draining corrections system in the coming year. Intriguing, in part, because some of the changes Rob ... More >>
Anwar al-Awlaki. Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric with alleged ties to the Fort Hood shootings and the underwear bomber, was reportedly killed in Yemen, but his death strikes close to home. Born in New Mexico, he attended Colorado State, where he studied civil engineering and attended a mosque near ... More >>
Shoshana Hebshi.Update: Early reporting about a Frontier flight from Denver to Detroit on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 suggested, inaccurately, that fighter jets had been scrambled after a couple tried to join the Mile High Club in the plane's lavatory. Now, however, the tale's morphed, with ... More >>
No. 3.The 9/11 events being memorialized on Sunday, ten years after they shook the world, didn't take place in Colorado. But our state has no shortage of connections to terrorists -- and not only because plenty of them are housed at Florence's Supermax facility. Below, we look at the most pr ... More >>
What happened to Ed?The media coverage of the upcoming ten year anniversary of 9/11 has focused on the terrorist strikes and their aftermath. But what would the big stories in Denver have been if the attacks never happened? Look below at the lost top ten from the day before the tragedy, and ... More >>
Newt Gingrich, candidate?"Newt is the New World Order!" cried a persistent protester who'd positioned himself in the middle of the balcony at the start of last night's talk by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in Denver last night. The protester and a few of his pals were quickly ejec ... More >>
Terry Jones, the bat-shit crazy pastor of the obscure 50-member Dove World Outreach Center (DWOC) in Gainesville, Florida, who threatened to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of September 11, because he's opposed to the building of the "Ground Zero mosque" (he later called off ... More >>
Michelle Malkin's coverage had a lot of ups and downs.As we noted yesterday, a jet-scrambling mid-air panic that ended at Denver International Airport happened as the result of an ill-considered joke by Qatar diplomat Mohammed Al-Madadi about lighting his shoes on fire. Considerably funnier ... More >>
Are you watching Yankee Tavern, or is it watching you?
Big, fat surprise: Lawyer and KHOW talk-show host Craig Silverman didn't reply to my latest interview request regarding the subject of two recent More Messages blogs: "Is KHOW's Craig Silverman Giving Tips to CU's Attorney in the Ward Churchill Trial?" and "KHOW's Craig Silverman Responds -- Sort Of ... More >>
The Post's 9/11 front page. Seven years after the terrible events of September 11, 2001, there's not a lot fresh to report or write on the topic, especially for journalists in cities like Denver. And yet memories of the incidents are still too prevalent for regional print and broadcast outlets to ... More >>
These filmmakers look at the loose ends of 9/11.
No, Morley Safer doesn't get to put shoe bomber Richard Reid in a headlock, and you won't see Mike Wallace interrogating Zacarias Moussaoui. ("Isn't it true that you are a certified scumbag?") But it may be worth tuning in "60 Minutes" this coming Sunday night, if you're at all interested in the go ... More >>
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn discusses the past and the present.
It took less than eight hours for the powers that be to remove the signs above westbound 470 that read "9/11 was an inside job! Google north woods;" for the details of what turned up when I followed this advice, click here. On my drive home yesterday, I checked my rearview mirror to note the status ... More >>
Covering -- or should I say overcovering -- anniversaries of big events is the journalistic equivalent of a no-brainer. It's much simpler for reporters and editors to figuratively -- and often literally -- return to the scene of past crimes than to tax their minds finding fresh material. Granted, s ... More >>
A toned-down Oliver Stone finds uplift in the rubble of the Twin Towers.
From zero to hero. Just a couple of weeks ago, Joe Nacchio's lawyer was in federal court, arguing that his client's upcoming trial must be moved, because the former Qwest CEO is one of "the most reviled figures in Denver history" and could never get a fair trial here. But today, Nacchio is being h ... More >>
Denver's about to get The Real World, but four years ago we had a shot at getting a much bigger piece of a world that was -- and remains -- all too painfully real. "In the name of Allah," began the 29-page, handwritten pleading filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on ... More >>