Yesterday's post about a dog shot by a police officer generated a lot of comments, much of it negative toward law enforcement. But one reader's take represented a notable exception -- and was critical of the media in general, and Westword in particular, for the way cop news is covered.
Opponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act are hyping a letter endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatric's Colorado branch decrying the measure. Backers responded with their own pediatrics-approved physician and a promise of support from more medical pros. How many? As wi ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the DUI arrest of Crocs co-founder George Boedecker Jr., who allegedly claimed that a "batshit crazy" Taylor Swift had actually been behind the wheel of his car; look below to read the extraordinary tale and the police report from which it springs. After the repo ... More >>
Laura Shunk, who chose Fruition for a farewell dinner with her parents and a last review in this week's Westword, isn't the only one who considers that restaurant a go-to spot. Foodies from Chicago who've eaten around the world focused on Fruition as their number-one dining destination in Denver, an ... More >>
Colorado Street Medics, subject of this week's feature, "Medic!," are protected by Good Samaritan laws, but their practice only goes so far: They will rinse out your eyes post-pepper spray, bandage your cuts, offer you sun-screen, keep you awake for your concussion and splint your limbs, but they wi ... More >>
Charles Tuft.For the most part, skiing is safe. But sometimes, tragedies can occur even when folks engaging in one of Colorado's signature pastimes take the recommended precautions. Case in point: The Friday death on Vail Mountain of Dr. Charles Tuft, a 62-year-old who appears to have done e ... More >>
Make up by the GeneralUpdate (7/25/11): Full video added below in its entirety. Taking one of the most compelling cuts from his album The Ugly Truth, Mane Rok enlisted a small army to help him create a video for the song "This One's," a track dealing with the timely and incendiary topic of police ... More >>
Terrence Lakin.KHOW's Peter Boyles partly credits his number-one ratings to taking risks -- such as giving plenty of airtime to the birther controversy, which even Glenn Beck regards as loonbaggery. And he's got plenty of fresh fodder now that Greeley Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin has bee ... More >>
Louis Hampers.Dr. Louis Hampers, the Children's Hospital ER doctor charged with writing 654 fake prescriptions, appeared for the first time in a Colorado court today after being arrested in Virginia on September 7. At a 2 p.m. hearing, Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tafoya denied him bail.
Boulder cops like these see plenty of weirdness after the sun goes down.Cameron Boll, a nineteen-year old CU student, was allegedly drunk last week when he used concrete to smash the top of a Boulder Police car. But at this point, Boulder Police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley doesn't know whether ... More >>
Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, who's refusing to return to Afghanistan for a second tour until President Barack Obama produces proof that he was born in the U.S., is a Colorado native. Which makes perfect sense given the case of birther fever that continues to run through the state more than a ... More >>
Put this on.Having to utter the words "emergency room" is almost never good. And when the sentence also involves your kid, it's even worse. Such was the case for me recently when I took my seven-year-old kid to the ER at Rose Medical Center after the fever he'd had for two days spiked to 103 ... More >>
View Larger Map This just in from the Englewood Police Department: An investigation is ongoing into the death of a man found in an alley near the intersection of East Oxford Avenue and South Lincoln Street, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View La ... More >>
Talk about a change in bedside manner. In a presentation to members of City Council Wednesday, hospital administrators from Denver Health publicly acknowledged for the first time that their ambulance response times are not meeting national standards. The admissions, however subtle, came as the tas ... More >>
Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher presented his office's long-awaited report on the city's emergency medical response system yesterday, saying that the information his team has compiled "speaks for itself." His choice of such a careful phrase to describe the scathing assessment is indicative of the bi ... More >>
Buy local week continues through December 5. And while, with Barack Obama's appointments announcement today, it doesn't look like many Coloradans will be heading to D.C., there's plenty to do here at home. Nothing gets the home fires burning like neighborhood fights, and Denver's Neighborhood S ... More >>
UPDATED BELOW The Colorado department that oversees EMT certification in the state is investigating a veteran paramedic for forging documents and working for six months without proper authorization at Denver Health Medical Center. Westword has learned that Robert Loop, who began working as a para ... More >>
Denver Health, the city’s safety-net hospital, has been operating its ambulance service under an inadequate response-time standard, according the city watchdog. The Denver Auditor’s Office on Thursday issued an alert to Mayor John Hickenlooper and various Safety Department agencies, warning th ... More >>
Letters from the week of 6/19/2008
Denver Health finally responds to response-time queries.
On Wednesday, June 4, administrators at the Denver Health and Hospital Authority admitted that they have been miscalculating the ambulance-response times of their paramedic division for the past four years. This admission came in the wake of a Westword investigation which revealed that Denver Health ... More >>
What's So Funny celebrates a birthday. Sort of.
Denvers Court to Community program is showing promise.
You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.
For drunk CU students, SEMS volunteers lend a helping hand.
Sharon Guisinger, High Street Speakeasy
Shop till you drop
The camera doesn't lie -- but every picture tells more than one story.
Denver C.A.R.E.S. picks drunks off the streets, then puts them right back out there.
Scorsese's New York is alive and kicking in Bringing Out the Dead, but the vital signs are weakening.
A three-hour wait for Elitch's Mind Eraser makes some people lose their heads.
LAWMAKERS NEAR THE END OF A PAINFUL JOURNEY TOWARD LANDMARK TRAUMA-CARE LEGISLATION.