In September 2006, a gunman took several students hostage at Platte Canyon High School -- among them Emily Keyes, who texted "I love you guys" to her family shortly before she was killed. In the years since then, Emily's Parade, a motorcycle rally and gathering to benefit the I Love You Foundation, ... More >>
In their first group message focused on gun policy, family members of those who died in the Aurora theater shooting have come together to urge presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer to press Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the topic of firearms violence when the candidates face off in Denver tomor ... More >>
John Suthers.Yesterday, my seventeen-year-old daughters, Lora and Ellie, helped sing the "Happy Birthday" song used at Red Robin restaurants to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. And no, I'm not kidding. Suthers was the star attraction at a Monday press event at Chatfield High School int ... More >>
Evil comes in many forms, and often isn't identified until it's infiltrated a community. But if a community is prepared for evil's unpredictable appearances, good can often triumph -- or at least stop evil dead in its tracks, making recovery easier. Bryan Krause knows all about evil. He's the princ ... More >>
In the television business, February is sweeps -- the month when ratings are watched most closely, because they do much to dictate advertising rates moving forward -- and TV news operations tend to trot out their grabbiest material during this stretch. Some of these packages constitute strong stori ... More >>
Did an urban legend inspire a true tragedy?
The current Message column deals in part with the hefty number of Colorado stories that go national -- and the network morning shows this a.m. provided two more examples. During the 7:30 a.m. segment of the Today show, Meredith Vieria (pictured) presented a sample from her first major out-of-town ... More >>
As one media squall weakens, another strikes.
For those of us who watched the media in action following the 1999 killings at Columbine High School, coverage of yesterday's football matchup between Platte Canyon High School, site of last week's slaying of student Emily Keyes (pictured), and Colorado Springs Christian School provided another dose ... More >>
Yesterday's despicable school assault in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was considerably more deadly than the one that took place at Platte Canyon High School near Bailey last week. The Pennsylvania slayer, Charles Carl Roberts IV (pictured here -- and no relation, thankfully), shot ten girls exec ... More >>
The electronic signs placed along Highway 285 outside of Platte Canyon High School flash the warning "No Stopping." But even as your car keeps moving past the place where Emily Keyes was shot last Wednesday, your mind stops, fixated on the horrors of that day. Last Friday, Ellen Keyes, Emily's m ... More >>
If there was any doubt about the continuing resonance of Columbine on this planet of ours, it was quickly quashed by the call made to Westword as the Platte Canyon High School hostage drama was unfolding yesterday. The person on the other end of the line was a representative from a radio station in ... More >>