One year ago today, nineteen-year-old Kara Nichols vanished after leaving her Colorado Springs home for a modeling shoot in Denver. Since then, her parents, Julia and Paul Nichols, have worked tirelessly to find their beloved daughter, but to no avail thus far. Kara marked her twentieth birthday in ... More >>
Late last year, when we first posted about the search for Kara Nichols, she was nineteen. Today, more than eight months after she set out from her Colorado Springs home for Denver, she turns twenty. Her loved ones are marking the date even as they're emphasizing that despite the passage of time, th ... More >>
This is a turning point in the history of music on the internet. I know, I know, it feels like a regular Friday, but trust me, things will never be the same again. The forces of capitalism, social networking and goofing off have converged at the perfect time to create the magic that is the "Harlem ... More >>
Update:Ex-L.A. cop Christopher Dorner has been the subject of a massive manhunt for more than a week after allegedly killing three , including former Denver resident Keith Lawrence; see previous coverage below. Now, the crisis appears at an end, with charred remains found in a gutted California cabi ... More >>
Last November, we told you about the search for Kara Nichols, an aspiring teen model from Colorado Springs who'd vanished en route to Denver. At the time, a photo on the website of a Las Vegas escort service was alternately thought to be a false lead or a big break. Now, we know why it was taken ser ... More >>
Great American Beer Festival week kicked off, as it has for the past fifteen years, at the Falling Rock Taphouse on Monday, when the clock hit 000 00 00 00.0 But things were a little different this year, says Chris Black, who owns and runs Denver's most famous craft-beer bar. "Some people thought we ... More >>
In the wake of the Aurora theater shooting, comics like Dane Cook and Jeffrey Ross were ripped for making jokes about the tragedy. Now, a New York professor has been suspended for treading into this same territory due in large part to a member of his audience: Weston Cowden, who was in the theater t ... More >>
In her standup appearances, Natasha Leggero critiques terrible pop culture while wearing evening gloves and pearls -- but her witty, spot-on commentary takes the gloves off, at least figuratively. The comedian, who's appeared on Chelsea Lately, Burning Love and Free Agents, is bringing her Servantle ... More >>
The media (Westword included) loves a good lost-cat-found story. Three months after a Broomfield calico named Willow made national news (and got fondled by Anderson Cooper) when she turned up in New York City, the headlines are shouting about a tabby named Waylon who was found in Golden last week af ... More >>
Kristen Stillman.When people hear Kristen Stillman's story -- how her mother left eight-year-old Kristen and her twin brother, Will, at a house where they suffered horrific abuse for a decade, with Kristen giving birth to four children by head of the household/rapist Eric Torrez by the time s ... More >>
Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by cops. Should the Scouts share the blame?
In the fall of 2009, local officials looked around and suddenly discovered that the medical marijuana business was booming in Denver. In fact, it might have been the city's only growth industry at the time. The national media discovered the story, too -- and when Westword advertised for a med ... More >>
Anderson Cooper.Last week, Anderson Cooper interviewed Willow the Cat. On Monday, he featured two more Coloradans on his new show, Anderson -- but the story of Kristen and Will Stillman, which first appeared on the cover of Westword a year ago, isn't nearly as warm and fuzzy.
Willow the cat.At long last -- and on national television -- Willow the cat was reunited with her family last week. The Today Show clip below finds Willow being lovingly caressed by family matriarch Jamie Squires while Matt Lauer asks predictable questions and she is confronted by Lola, a dau ... More >>
Willow the cat.If you thought Willow, the formerly lost Broomfield feline, experienced the adventure of her lives during the five years before she turned up in New York City, think again. Since her rediscovery, the cat has become a true American Internet meme and rubbed elbows with some of it ... More >>
The house.Last September, I told the story of Kristen Stillman. She'd survived incredible horrors while imprisoned in a home in northwest Denver, where her mother had left Kristen and Will, her twin, when they were just eight. Eric Torrez, the head of that household, tortured the twins, rapin ... More >>
Ramsey & Rousseaux.JonBenét Ramsey was murdered in December 1996 -- yet fifteen years later, there continues to be a fascination with anything connected to the case, from the Boulder house where the killing took place being put up for sale to the lives she left behind. Mom Patsy Ramsey died ... More >>
Anyone who has ever been blocked in while trying to drop off a passenger knows there are plenty of dicks at Denver International Airport. And anyone who has followed Westword knows that there are plenty of conspiracy theories about the place as well -- many, many theories. But those aren't th ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
As you've undoubtedly heard by now, tonight the biggest names in entertainment are coming together for MTV's Hope for Haiti Telethon, a unified relief effort to raise much needed funds for the disaster torn country, devastated by the recent earthquake. The relief effort is wide reaching and beyond m ... More >>
Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg is officially a very busy man. We all saw Rosenberg, the chef of Jax in Boulder, come out on top on Top Chef last week, and he's been on the talk-show circuit ever since. I tried to get into the West End Tavern for the final-episode party, but it was jammed. So instead, I de ... More >>
The curtain falls on the latest JonBenét revival.
JonBenét brings out the media's worst -- again.
The dailies are looking for characters.