"Should I write movies or work for a production company?" a fresh-faced Miguel Ali (formerly Miguel Ali Hasan) asked his professor, John Badham, the director of Short Circuit and Saturday Night Fever. Badham replied: "Go get some life experience. It will make you a better director." So Ali did: He f ... More >>
The THC-driving-limits bill, which could have a devastating impact on medical marijuana patients like William Breathes, our pot critic, was only one of several huge cannabis-related bills that passed yesterday. The measures still must go through a procedure or two today, the last of the legislative ... More >>
Denver City Council had an action-packed agenda last night, giving final approval on a ban for any outdoor advertising for medical marijuana dispensaries, voting any police-brutality pay-out, and giving the go-ahead to put a measure to de-Bruce Denver on this November's ballot -- exactly twenty year ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock held his second "Cabinet in the Community" town-hall meeting Saturday morning at the transformed Rude Recreation Center in west Denver -- a physical manifestation of his campaign promise to "reconnect people to their government." Even if there were more government representativ ... More >>
When developer-turned-muckraker Mike Zinna won a modest $1,791 judgement against a former Jefferson County commissioner in 2009, after years of convoluted intrigues and litigation, his supporters hailed the decision as an important, if largely symbolic, victory for the rights of online government cr ... More >>
We don't enjoy busting on Denver cops and sheriff's deputies. They have dangerous jobs, they don't make much money, and if I hear something go bump in the night, you better believe I'll call them.
It was a bloody holiday season, but there's little doubt which crime was the most startling -- the death of Rolyn Javier, age five, at the hands of a three-year-old wielding a loaded gun allegedly left out by Adam Laham, 23. Laham's slated to be back in court tomorrow for a bond hearing supported by ... More >>
It's time at last. After preliminary roundups featuring a slew of mug shot collections, spotlighting tattoos, hairstyles, weirdness, intimidation, celebrities and notables, baby faces and women on the wrong side of the law, we offer up the most memorable images of the year -- an array so large that ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.Denver blog posts are multiplying like rabbits... with calculators. Colorado Pols' NCAA-style bracket to determine the state's political powerhouse for the year is down to its final two contestants -- John Hickenlooper and Ken Salazar. Vote early and often. Square State's ... More >>
Are gays and porn really two of the biggest issues in the upcoming Colorado Springs municipal elections? According to Focus on the Family, they are. As noted by the Colorado Springs Gazette, FOTF has assembled a candidate survey in advance of the April 5 vote -- and three of its eight questi ... More >>
Natalie Menten.The folks behind Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, the three tax-slashing ballot proposals that a wide array of opponents are fighting with a multi-million-dollar ad blitz, are pretty upset with the media. So upset that campaign coordinator Natalie Menten fired off a le ... More >>
J.R. Smith.As speculation ramps up about where Carmelo Anthony will be traded (not if), ugly reports have surfaced about another Denver Nugget who may not be long for the team: J.R. Smith. But Smith attorney David Lane says assault accusations made against him are without merit and predicts ... More >>
Ali HasanMembers of the Hasan family, the wealthy backers of Colorado GOP causes, whose award of a $300,000 fellowship to Scott McInnis erupted last week in a plagiarism scandal, are also the largest single donors to three tax-cutting initiatives on the November ballot. The measures -- Amen ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Signed, Sealed, Rejected," explores the costs, intrigues and legal hurdles involved in getting citizen initiatives on the ballot in Colorado -- and the massive campaign underway to defeat three controversial antitax measures this fall. That effort just got more mas ... More >>
Lionel Rivera.Lionel Rivera, the Republican mayor of Colorado Springs, says his city has a chance to resurrect itself from pummeling budget cuts brought on by the recession and the state's tax law that limits the city's ability to fund its coffers. The medical marijuana industry boon, among ... More >>
"Gee, I wish I could afford college."Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, are brainstorming ways to keep Colorado's colleges from suffocating amid crippling losses in revenue from the state. Atop the mount of potential soluti ... More >>
Get ready, get set, insert foot in mouth. Here are some of the quotes that made us laugh, cry or just scratch our head in disbelief. "Riots in Denver at the Democrat Convention would see to it we don't elect Democrats. And that's the best damn thing (that) could happen for this country as fa ... More >>
Mike Henderson of TAG.You're it. Today in Cafe Society: • Behind the Bar: Mike Henderson of TAG. • Chapter Two BBQ closes the book. • A sneak peek of Colt & Gray. • A taste of restaurant history before LoDo Bites. • Craft breweries are on a roll. • Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Da ... More >>
Over $80 million in fees has flowed from the Wastewater building The June 9 Westword feature "Down the Drain" examined how Denver officials are using funds designated for the improvement and maintenance of the city's storm-water drainage system to pay for various non-storm expenses. The investig ... More >>
In "Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple on the future of the paper: 'We Have No Idea'" -- a blog published on February 16 -- the aforementioned Temple mentioned that approximately half-a-dozen members of his staff had left the tabloid of late, with some landing newspaper jobs despite the horrific ... More >>
What would happen to the planet if the human race were to suddenly vanish? The short answer is this: all the animals high-five, and then commence eating one another. Pretty much everything falls down. And then the plants grow over everything. That's it. Good night! Pleasant dreams. A longer a ... More >>
In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>
Marc Holtzman's got a feeling that something in the Grand Old Party ain't right.
City visionaries offer their top moments in Denver design history.
From the week of February 27, 2003
You can tell the difference between the Post and the News -- but you've got to look awfully close.
Dishing dirt on the bigmouths of Denver.
The man who drove a stake through Guide the Ride may take aim next at Pat Bowlen's stadium tax.
Last June in Costa Rica, the tobacco lobby was berry, berry good to two Colorado legislators.
Squabbles over money plague one of Denver's Oldest neighborhoods.
How a politically fortified liquor store battle gave Congress Park a hangover that won't go away.
THE BATTLE LINES ARE FORMING IN THE BREWING POLITICAL SKIRMISH OVER PARENTS' RIGHTS.