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Luke Turf

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    February 20, 2012

    Justin Martinez, featured in our Life Skills story, dies; school could go next

    Justin Martinez and friends in 2007.​Back in 2007, Luke Turf wrote a cover story on Life Skills, the last-chance high school in the Golden Triangle. The piece started out with why nineteen-year-old Justin Martinez had missed school again: He had to go to Pueblo to see his father. In the morgue ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Is trying juveniles as adults cruel and unusual?

    The Denver-based Pendulum Foundation has made some significant progress in challenging the laws that can send juveniles to adult prison, serving life without parole for violent crimes committed when they were fifteen- or sixteen-years old -- a wrenching issue Luke Turf explored in his 2005 feature ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Nathan Ybanez gets his week in court

    By June of 1998, sixteen-year-old Nathan Ybanez couldn't take it any more. So he called his friend, seventeen-year-old Eric Jensen, to get him out of the house. And he got out, all right: In separate trials, both boys were convicted of the murder of Julie Ybanez, as detailed in Luke Turf's "Headed f ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008
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    March 25, 2008

    Jack Kevorkian and Colorado's Right to Die Movement

    Although Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s name is often synonymous with the right-to-die campaigns around the world, people were fighting for control of their demise long before Kevorkian’s name shot to the forefront of the debate. While Kevorkian, pictured, was locked up for assisting a suicide that he fi ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008

    Chrysalis Graduates Two More

    Chrysalis, a social services program managed by Lois Clayton (pictured) that tries to get drug-addicted prostitutes off the streets and off drugs (profiled in this Westword feature), will graduate two participants from its intensive program today despite recent financial woes. Until recently, the pr ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008

    Demolition Begins on the Dunes Motel

    Demolition is underway at the Dunes Motel on East Colfax Avenue, the beginning of the end for a line of motels that once stood as the gateway to the great American West, but has more recently become known as a string of flops for drugs, prostitution and homeless families. The Dunes has stood empty ... More >>

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    January 9, 2008

    Pendulum Foundation Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

    Although the mandatory life without parole sentence for first degree murder no longer applies to juveniles in Colorado, the fight continues for the 45 people who are still serving life sentences for murders that they committed before turning 18. Still in the corner of the juvie LWOPs, as they’ve ... More >>

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    January 7, 2008

    Over the Weekend ... Concerts, Haiti, and Protesters

    A quick guide to what you missed at Westword.com over the past two days: 3Oh!3 and the Photo Atlas lit up the stage on Saturday. Bela Karoli and the Wheel did the same at the Lion's Lair. Luke Turf recounts his trip to Haiti. Three prominent Columbus Day protesters' criminal cases were dismi ... More >>

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    January 6, 2008

    Haiti Travelogue: School in the Dark, Soccer without Shoes

    Westword reporter went to Haiti for his recent feature story "The Social Conscience of a Missionary." Be sure to check back in for the next few days as he recounts his personal journey through the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Slide Show The town of Grand Goave is our last stop. There ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 12/20/2007

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    November 29, 2007

    I-70, Again

    The Colorado Department of Transportation announced this week that the I-70 viaduct between Brighton Road and Colorado Boulevard will receive $20 million in overhauls beginning next year. Officials hope that the work will extend the life of the bridge by 10 to 20 years, but CDOT has been looking at ... More >>

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    November 15, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 11/15/2007

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    November 11, 2007

    A Killer Special

    Tonight, KBDI Channel 12 will repeat of "When Kids Get Life," a Frontline special that profiled five young men in Colorado who received the mandatory sentence of life without parole when they were convicted of first-degree murder in adult court -- even though they were juveniles when the crimes were ... More >>

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    November 5, 2007

    Lowdown on the LoDo Shooting

    Like so many others, my friends and I wanted to take advantage of the extra hour of drinking Saturday night (and into Sunday morning) after the clocks turned back. A close friend was moving out of the country, and we headed to LoDo so that we could send him off with a bang – but as it turned out, ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007

    CCN Honors Homeless Motel Resident Kids

    We are all products of our environment and it is scary to imagine what products stem from the environment of the sleazy East Colfax motels. But, in the face of homelessness, seven young boys and girls are being honored for the hardships they’ve overcome. The end of the East Colfax motels began wi ... More >>

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    October 19, 2007

    Nobody Is Safe from the Zombies

    At 6 p.m. Saturday, as day winds down to night on the 16th Street Mall, the zombies will be out in force, limping and moaning, invading the space of the living. There’ll be zombie men, zombie women, zombie children, and zombie drunks alike. Maybe a zombie dog or two. Zombie victims won’t seek r ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 10/4/07

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    September 27, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 9/20/2007

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    August 16, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 8/16/2007

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    August 9, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 8/9/2007

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    July 13, 2007

    Seeds of Hope

    The farming techniques of Africa are being handed down from one generation to the next on a tiny farm in East Aurora. Each day, Somali Bantu parents are there with their young children, planting seeds, tending crops or harvesting a small bit of produce. Their profits are meager, but the tradition is ... More >>

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    June 29, 2007

    Ride for Recovery

    It’ll be comforting to many of the bikers in tomorrow’s Ride for Recovery that they need not fear the police, DUI, getting busted for drugs or drug paraphernalia.

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    June 7, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 6/7/2007

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    May 24, 2007

    Keep the Field in Broomfield

    Driving to work today I saw a bumper sticker that said “Keep the Field in Broomfield,” obviously some sort of open space plea. But it was stuck to an old Chevrolet Suburban cruising down a tiny Capitol Hill street, which inspired me to come up with a new bumper sticker. --Luke Turf

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    May 24, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 5/24/2007

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    May 3, 2007

    Summer of Peace Begins on Cinco de Mayo

    As pimped out rides with boomin’ systems cruise Federal Boulevard for Cinco de Mayo this weekend, not everyone will be out just to represent Mexican Pride. It’s summertime in the Mile High City, when gunshots ring out with more frequency as gangsters crawl out of hibernation. But not this year ... More >>

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    May 3, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 5/3/2007

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    April 26, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 4/26/2007

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    March 8, 2007

    Tased and Confused

    A Fox 31 reporter and her cameraman were getting into an elevator at the Denver City and County Building this morning when they were approached by a man in a red, zoot-ish suit, who handed them a business card for a tanning spot. The man with the card, who had big curls in his hair and a diamond-stu ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 3/8/2007

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    February 27, 2007

    It's a pisser

    Offense Report No: 07-100558 Date: 2-15-07 Type of Offense: Attempted Robbery/Unlawful Sexual Assault/Aggravated Assault Location of Offense: Near City Park Weapon/Tool Used: Penis Getting robbed would really piss most people off, and although they say it's better to be pissed off than pissed on, o ... More >>

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    January 25, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 1/25/2007

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    January 3, 2007

    Meth America

    "Our data indicates that the rate of methamphetamine use has doubled in the last five years," Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said at the release of the first Methamphetamine Task Force Report yesterday. And for the gay community, that estimate could be low. While meth use is soaring every ... More >>

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    December 15, 2006

    Mother's Day

    Baby Girl has a baby girl. About a year has passed since the former Colfax streetwalker graduated from the Chrysalis Project, a program designed to rehabilitate women who've been selling their bodies for crack. It hasn't all been smooth sailing for Baby Girl. She did a little time this past spring ... More >>

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    December 14, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 12/14/2006

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    July 6, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of July 6, 2006

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    June 22, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of June 22, 2006

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    March 16, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 16, 2006

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    March 9, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 9, 2006

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    February 16, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of February 16, 2006

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    January 26, 2006

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    From the week of January 26, 2006

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    November 17, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of November 17, 2005

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    July 28, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 7/28/2005

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    July 14, 2005

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    June 23, 2005

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    June 9, 2005

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    May 12, 2005

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    March 3, 2005

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    January 27, 2005

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