When sharing our recent post about Natalie Carpenter, a Connecticut teen jailed for making threats against schools apparently inspired by the Columbine tragedy, we asked why so many remain obsessed with the shooting nearly fifteen years after it happened. Readers responded with plenty of passionate ... More >>
Ken Gordon is a crusader. Term-limited out of the Colorado Senate, the one-time candidate for Secretary of State, a position that oversees elections, has now decided to fix the system from the outside. Last year, he founded CleanSlateNow.org, a non-partisan organization working to get money out of p ... More >>
In the aftershocks of the shootings at an Aurora theater that left twelve dead and dozens wounded, it's inevitable that the tragedy would evoke comparisons to the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. Certainly, the instant online speculation about the shooter and his motives is eerily reminiscent o ... More >>
Each anniversary of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High massacre seems to bring disturbing new events -- like Earl Moore's attempted bombing of a nearby mall. This year's shocking tie-in: An announcement that a Basalt High student had been busted for an alleged plan to kidnap, beat and starve another ... More >>
This week's feature, "The Columbine Effect," reports on the controversy over a proposed miniseries about the shootings at Columbine -- and the way filmmakers have made use of the tragedy to advance various agendas of their own. But references to Columbine in indie films and documentaries, however up ... More >>
This morning, a freshman girl at Columbine High School allegedly attacked two fellow students with a hammer. It's a story that would likely have remained local had it happened elsewhere. But because the incident took place at Columbine, outlets from ABC to the Sydney Morning Herald are covering it. ... More >>
Columbine, 1999.Inspired by the 1999 assault on Columbine High School and the horrific roster of school shootings since then, officials developed a "zero tolerance" approach to disciplining students whose actions touch on violence, no matter how tangentially. Now, a panel appointed by the sta ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: At 2 p.m. this afternoon, Earl Albert Moore is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver to be advised of the charges against him in relation to an attempted bombing at Southwest Plaza mall on the twelfth anniversary of the shootings at nearby Columbine High ... More >>
When 13 Families, a new documentary about how the families of the thirteen victims of the Columbine shootings cope with their loss, premieres tonight at the Denver FilmCenter, it will be a new experience for the public. After so much media focus on the more sensational and political aspects o ... More >>
After twelve years of investigations, expos√©s, books, videos and Michael-Moore-sized pontifications, what more is there to say about the 1999 Columbine shootings? Plenty, according to the makers of Thirteen Families, a new documentary set to premiere in Denver on April 18, which focuses on t ... More >>
Kristin HermelerIt didn't make much sense that Candice and Kristin Hermeler would travel halfway across the world to enact a suicide pact at a local gun range -- until reports began to surface about the Australian twins' obsession with the Columbine shootings. While police have tried to downp ... More >>
Kristin Hermeler.Last week, we learned that Australian twins Kristin and Candice Hermeler, whose suicide pact left the former dead and the latter seriously wounded, had an interest in the 1999 Columbine massacre, but we didn't know the roots of the connection. Now, however, Judy Brown, whose ... More >>
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter.Whenever there's a mass shooting of the sort that burst out at the Fort Hood military base in Texas yesterday, the vast majority of people who lived in the Denver area in 1999 immediately flash back to what happened at Columbine High Scho ... More >>
Another month, another high-profile reference to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Yesterday marked the start of a trial in London focusing on Matthew Swift, 18, and Ross McKnight, 16, who are accused of planning to blow up their school. This scheme would have triggered memories of Columbine ... More >>
The Columbine Steak House, home of the last $10 steak.Da Capo's Best Food Writing 2009, is out, and once again it includes a piece from Jason Sheehan: "The Last of the Great $10 Steaks," his wonderful Westword review of the Columbine Steak House. Here's a taste: The smell of cheap steaks b ... More >>
Alex Youshock.Alex Youshock, an appropriately named 17-year old, has been identified as the person arrested yesterday for bombing his old school, San Mateo's Hillsdale High; no one was injured in the attacks. And predictably, the word "Columbine" figures in much of the coverage, even though n ... More >>
Okay, so say you've got a friend. And this friend, for whatever reason (religious aversion, misguided sense of moral outrage, PETA brainwashing), has chosen not to eat meat. Still, you, as a proud carnivore, want to go out somewhere where both of you can have a decent feed. This week's question? Wh ... More >>
A word that applies to the vast majority of the stories I've seen, heard or read about today's tenth anniversary of the killings at Columbine High School is "obligatory." Although fewer commemorative efforts have appeared on April 20 in recent years than in the immediate aftermath of the bloodshed ... More >>
One of Dylan Klebold's pipe bombs. A film crew from Munich-based FOCUS TV Produktions was in our southwest suburbs during the past few days, interviewing people whose lives have been altered by the Columbine shootings ten years ago -- school and police officials, parents and survivors of the massac ... More >>
It's coming up on the ten-year anniversary of the Columbine High School murders -- so what better time to introduce a bill in the state legislature that would ease a restriction on certain people who want to buy firearms? The bill, pushed by Republican senator Greg Brophy of Wray (pictured) and R ... More >>
There have been other school shootings in the ten years since Columbine, horror scenes with even bigger body counts. But for some reason, Columbine is the crime that resonates; "Columbine" is the word that keeps getting repeated in the tales of similar plots -- some carried out, some foiled. It w ... More >>
A report that suggests an aroma for CSU perfume -- the topic of today's blog "Colorado State University Smells Like... Deer and Locker Rooms?" -- wasn't only the unusual mention of this state we're in on National Public Radio yesterday. An unexpected local reference popped up in "Mumbai Attacks Of ... More >>
A Columbine survivorís journey to a new life takes a few detours through film, Michael Moore, God and book deals.
From the week of October 7, 2004
Days after the Columbine shootings, Jeffco officials were already lying about what they knew. What about now?
The horrors of Columbine, reduced to a single page.
Columbine-based Bingo Boyz targets the obvious.
Truth is the first casualty of war -- and Columbine.
The Second Amendment triggers dialogue.
The Denver Film Festival looks at the effects of screen violence.
From the week of April 11, 2002
Jeffco is a public-records embarrassment.
Elvis is dead -- but Columbine lives on.
The truth will out -- just not in Jefferson County.
Dismissed lawsuits leave victims' families frustrated.
Are we having funds yet?
Tracking the official story of the secret Columbine affidavit.
Columbine Steak House & Lounge