To mark National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the U.S. Postal Service has assembled an unusual list: The top fourteen cities during fiscal 2012 when it comes to dog attacks on postal workers. No, dogs biting mail deliverers isn't just a staple of old sitcoms. It actually happens a lot, and Denver made ... More >>
CardHub.com has come up with its summer 2013 list of the best and worst travel cities, and Denver finished first in the domestic category when it comes to the combo of inexpensive flights, short travel times to popular destinations and accessibility, both logistically and financially. The methodolog ... More >>
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>
The 2011 feature "Mean Streets" described allegations of discrimination and abuse at Yellow Cab, the city's oldest taxi company, as well as detailing taxi drivers' inability to find alternatives because the state's Public Utilities Commission made it nearly impossible to start new cab companies. But ... More >>
Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's frontwoman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever been ... More >>
Brace yourself, my aging hipster friend: If you haven't heard, your favorite band from nearly a decade ago is back together and playing shows again. While the Coachella date is the one that got everybody hyperventilating, the Postal Service's tour actually kicks off a few days earlier in Reno. After ... More >>
This week, the folks behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, have been ballyhooing a new ad featuring the endorsement of singer Melissa Etheridge. But act opponents are focused more on another commercial -- a spot highlighting revenues for school construction. They say the spot ... More >>
It's the stuff of Saturday-morning cartoons and "The Far Side:" a hapless postal carrier being chased around the neighborhood by the family dog. But the vicious attack on a Denver postal carrier on Monday demonstrated that mail carriers face real danger even on their regular routes. In fact, Denver ... More >>
I can't claim to own this idea. I picked it up secondhand from my sister, who told me that when her friend gets junk mail with return envelopes that say "no postage necessary if mailed in the United States," he sends it back. With stuff in it. What kind of stuff, I'm not sure. But I stole the idea - ... More >>
In the summer of 2010, 21 past and present Yellow Cab drivers -- all African immigrants -- filed a lawsuit in federal court, charging that the taxi company had favored American drivers and billed plaintiffs for questionable fees. The lawsuit was dismissed at the request of the filers after Yellow Ca ... More >>
Jason MewesOn Thursday, February 2, movie theaters across the country will screen a one-time-only film: Kevin Smith: Live From Behind. The evening will comprise a live recording of Kevin Smith's podcast with longtime pal (and film sidekick) Jason Mewes -- but you probably know him better as t ... More >>
In the past three months, Civic Center Park has been lived in, spray-painted on, used as a venue for First Amendment freedoms and even set on fire during its tenure as the physical and ideological home to Occupy Denver. This month, the well-loved and well-used park earned national attention on a mor ... More >>
South Pole StationMore than two years past its original deadline, the National Science Foundation has finally awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to handle the U.S. government's vast operations in Antarctica. The thirteen-year, $1.9 billion contract begins April 1 and its headquarters will ... More >>
What's next for Frontier Airlines? Charging to use the bathrooms? Selling off the mascot animals to a circus? The latest cost-cutting move for the onetime hometown airline is the end of its inflight magazine: The Wild Blue Yonder is heading off into the mild blue yonder. Here's the announcem ... More >>
It's only been two years since Republic Airways Holdings bested Southwest in the Frontier Airlines sweepstakes -- but the Republic-Frontier pairing is already headed for Splitsville. This week, Republic CEO Bryan Bedford said the firm is looking at selling Frontier, prompting speculation that ... More >>
James Denton The play Enrique's Journey, adapted by Su Teatro artistic director Anthony Garcia from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nazario, debuted last weekend in Denver, bringing to light the harrowing story of Central American immigrants who risk life and limb riding the top ... More >>
Who put the "international" in Denver International Airport? Not just the Martians living in those underground tunnels at DIA. Next May, Icelandair will introduce non-stop flights from Denver to Reykjavik, Iceland -- and the airline just launched a photo contest for two round-trip tickets on that in ... More >>
Katie ByronJimmy Tamborello of DntelJimmy Tamborello. While the name might not register immediately, you've probably heard his work with the Postal Service, an outfit that also features Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard. On his own throughout the '90s, Tamborello, who plays under the name Dntel (due ... More >>
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Folks who have tried to start taxi companies in Denver -- an industry long fraught with controversy -- often butt heads with the Public Utilities Commission, the body charged with regulating cabs. Lately, PUC officials seem to swing back and forth as to whether the city needs more taxis, and ... More >>
Yesterday the Colorado Public Utilities Commission reversed PUC Judge Paul Gomez's March ruling to allow 300 more cabs in Denver streets. Gomez's ruling was divisive because he had earlier denied a politically fraught attempt by local drivers to start Mile High Cab, saying Denver didn't need ... More >>
Denver's homegrown airline, Frontier, was once a local darling. Its local ties, funny animals and scrappy attitude gave people the alternative they needed a decade ago to United Airlines, which dominated the gates at Denver International Airport for a long time and pissed off just about ever ... More >>
In March, United Express pilot Aaron Jason Cope was indicted for flying drunk. He's now been convicted of the charge, and court records on view below show how close he came to guiding a second plane while sozzled.
Bryan Bedford.Update: Frontier Airlines has just announced that pilots have approved a cost-saving agreement, with 89.6 percent offering their approval. That's not the end of the austerity plan, but in a statement, Frontier CEO Bryan Bedford says the carrier is more than halfway toward its " ... More >>
Last Saturday, a DIA cab porter told me that as of 11:30 p.m., the airport was essentially out of cabs and that me and my family would have to consider other options, such as renting a car or spending the night in the concourse. But according to DIA Media Relations Director Jenny Schiavone, t ... More >>
It was 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night as my family lugged our suitcases to Denver International Airport's taxi stand for a ride home after a week-long trip. While we'd always parked at DIA in the past, we'd decided to skip the hassle and take local cabs, the topic of my Westword feature "Mean S ... More >>
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The fight over how many taxicabs to allow in Denver, detailed in the November feature "Mean Streets," took a strange turn in March. After rejecting taxi drivers' application to start Mile High Cab because he said the market was saturated, PUC Judge Paul Gomez green-lit 300 other new Denver ca ... More >>
Helene DaxFormer University of Colorado football standout Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime foundation grants wishes for senior citizens -- some of them as simple as a new back yard or a date. But for the most recent wish, the sky was the limit: These seniors wanted to fly again.
What does it say about the U.S.A. in 2011 that our Postal Service accidentally used the replica Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas rather than the real thing as a model for its stamp honoring Lady Liberty's 125th anniversary? For one thing, it says we Americans love our landmarks so much that we ... More >>
www.thehobosoul.comThere is a long and storied tradition in this country of hobos jumping freight trains and riding across the country, looking for work. It's a tradition that began during the Civil War and gained prominence during the Great Depression. Hobos have to be brave and a little (or ... More >>
Hot off the heels of the announcement made by Naked Pizza that it'll bust into the Mile High market comes word from another green pizza chain that Denver's its next stop: Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Pizza Fusion will open its first restaurant in Denver in May, in conjunction with Colorado ... More >>
Denver International Airport rolls up the moving sidewalks early. As anyone regularly taking red-eye flights knows, most shops and bars on the concourse close before 10 p.m., and in the terminal, one fast-foot outlet and one sundries store stay open all night.
Our November feature "Mean Streets" focused on the lengthy and fruitless attempts of local taxi drivers to start Mile High Cab. Last August, PUC judge Paul Gomez rejected Mile High's application because he deemed the Denver taxi market was at or near capacity. Now, however, he's approved 300 ... More >>
The November cover story "Mean Streets" revealed allegations of discrimination and abuse at Yellow Cab, the city's oldest taxi company, and detailed how attempts to launch alternative companies have been stymied by Colorado's restrictive taxi regulations. That may change, however, since Senat ... More >>
November's "Mean Streets" detailed how politicians with ties to existing taxi companies -- Mayor John Hickenlooper among them -- stymied attempts to start new operations such as Mile High Cab. Now, Metro Taxi, which opposed Mile High Cab, has donated $10,000 to Hickenlooper's inauguration.
Westword's recent cover story "Mean Streets" focused on East African immigrants who claim they were victims of abuse and discrimination at Yellow Cab, Denver's oldest cab company. But it turns out immigrants aren't the only Yellow Cab workers with complaints. Former Yellow Cab driver Doug Wen ... More >>
Wikitag wikimarks a wikiengine in west WikiDenver. The graffiti painted on the train engine in the photograph above is not remarkable for its quality, but for its incredible timeliness. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is Google trending across the world as this is being written, and yet some ... More >>
Ahmed OdawaayWestword's recent cover story about alleged abuse and discrimination at Denver's Yellow Cab and complaints about the regulatory system that's supposed to prevent such issues has generated heated debate, as well as one unique response: After reading the story, a Greeley couple dec ... More >>
Brad Whittle, president of the company that operates Yellow Cab in Denver, refused to comment for last week's cover story, "Mean Streets," in which former taxi drivers described alleged abuse and discrimination at the operation. But after the story came out, Whittle apparently weighed in on t ... More >>
Last week's cover story, "Mean Streets," detailed allegations of discrimination, abuse, assault and bribery at Yellow Cab, Denver's oldest taxicab company. The accusations came to light courtesy of a federal lawsuit filed last summer by 21 former Yellow Cab drivers -- the details of which you ... More >>
Some Denver taxi drivers say they've been taken for a ride by their employers
Monday, November 29, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
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