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Michael Roberts

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    November 13, 2014

    Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: 5 to 7 Tries to Warm a Frigid Opening Night

    We're guessing the faces of the folks behind the Starz Denver Film Festival fell as the temperatures dropped in advance of Wednesday's opening night at the Buell Theatre. They'd already taken a gamble by booking 5 to 7, a low key romance that's generated relatively little buzz to date, as the fest's ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Reader: I'd feel safer in a restaurant if the waitresses and customers had guns

    Our post about Shooters Grill in Rifle, which encourages open carry for waitresses and customers alike, prompted a debate about whether such displays of firepower would make diners feel more or less safe. The following comment is an enthusiastic vote in the "more safe" column.

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    June 26, 2014

    Video: Denver police active-shooter clip the bloodiest public-service footage ever?

    We tend to think of videos made by public agencies as staid, safe and dull. Not so the latest clip from the Denver Police Department showing law enforcers simulating an active shooter situation in a building at the old University Hospital site. The footage includes gunshots, explosions, hysterical s ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Reader: Are teachers really too clueless to notice kids smoking pot using vape pens?

    Our post about reports of students consuming marijuana in class using vape pens generated lots of strong reactions. Here's a post by a reader who's equally tough on teachers and vape-pen users.

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    January 10, 2014

    Reader: You don't need to be unhealthy to have a bikini bridge

    Yesterday, we posted about negative reactions after 9News posted about the bikini bridge, an online hoax suggesting that women thin down so that there's a gap between their stomach and the suit's fabric when it's stretched hip to hip. Some readers were unhappy at our suggestion that striving for suc ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Roofing scammers trying to sucker flood victims, police say

    The flooding that's swamped so many communities would seem to provide plenty of repair work for people who specialize in flooring and landscaping -- but not necessarily roofing. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, though, roofing scammers are leading the pack when it comes to potentiall ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Photos: Peyton F*ckin' Manning T-shirts but no Peyton F*ckin' Manning at Broncos game

    Everyone knew last night's Broncos preseason closeout against the Arizona Cardinals was meaningless. But when someone gives you free tickets at the last minute, does any of that matter? Hell, no. Even though the game ended with a 32-24 Cards win (and, reportedly, a serious injury when a man fell fr ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Photos: Sniagrab tents finally show up -- but is anyone home?

    Last year, the tradition of camping out at the Sports Castle on Broadway before Sniagrab, the annual pre-skiing-season sale at Sports Authority, seemed in danger of extinction due to the urban-camping ban. Sports Authority had to get a special permit from the city to make it happen, albeit for a lot ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Photos: The terrifying attack of the hail-storm-chasing roofers

    On Friday, we shared a slew of videos featuring the crazy hail storm that pummeled much (if not all) of the metro area the previous day. But Mother Nature's assault on my Ken-Caryl Ranch neighborhood was only a prelude to an even more terrifying attack over the weekend, from a veritable army of rep ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Reader: 4/20 at CU Boulder doesn't cause problems, so why are administrators freaking?

    In our latest post about 4/20 at CU Boulder, a university spokesman refuted claims a police crackdown was in the works but acknowledged that officers would be "more active." A reader who wasn't reassured responded with questions about why administrators see the event as so problematic.

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    February 3, 2012

    Videos: First celebrations of a Colorado snow day

    In today's world, as we know, an experience doesn't seem real until it's been captured on video. With that in mind, check out the very first YouTube documentations of our ongoing Colorado snowstorm -- all of them posted hours before sunrise. They're capped by a clip from a Broomfield High student w ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    8 MPH bicycle crosswalk speed limit in Boulder: Will the idea stand up? (VIDEOS)

    Videos below.​No, we're not making this up: According to the Daily Camera, Boulder city officials will soon consider whether or not to impose an eight mile-per-hour speed limit for bicycles entering or traversing a crosswalk. Strikes us as totally unenforceable, unless the city installs new ph ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Food bank turns down food! Were the cans tainted by cannabis?

    Urban Cannabis business manager Dave Crook and sales director Amy DiIullo​ The pot-for-food campaign seemed like such a smart idea to do some good and get some attention: Urban Cannabis, a medical marijuana dispensary on South Downing Street, would give away pre-rolled joints in exchange for c ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Is it against the law to like large (chicken) breasts?

    ​A Lakewood man got a trespassing notice for telling a Safeway deli employee that he likes large chicken breasts, Michael Roberts reports.

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    June 23, 2010

    Michael Roberts wins 5280 Top Blogger award

    ​5280 is out with its annual Top of the Town issue, and Michael Roberts -- the powerhouse behind the Latest Word -- has been named the town's Top Blogger. He deserves the honor...and then some. He's made this blog the talk of the town.

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    May 6, 2010

    Tim Tebow: His jersey's putting up big numbers -- but will he?

    Photo by Michael RobertsCome and get 'em.​Welcome to our Denver blogs roundup. Today, three little doggies are in the coral. Mile High Report's ejruiz links to a report about April jersey sales, with the Broncos moving from tenth place to first thanks to a certain Tim Tebow. He sports the bes ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Nuggets in Denver Blogs: Will the Suns set on Melo and company again?

    Photo by Michael RobertsWill they feel like dancing after tonight?​Blogs about Denver are floating around everywhere. Here are three we grabbed. In his preview of the Nuggets' final game of the regular season, Denver Stiffs' Andrew Feinstein notes that a Nugs victory will likely translate to ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Furries race for the cure, too!

    Photo by Michael Roberts​Yesterday, the Race for the Cure took over the area near the Pepsi Center, with the total participants estimated at well over 50,000. The Race may be growing more commercial as time goes by, but it remains one of the most positive community events in Denver each year - ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Anti-abortion zealots think Race For the Cure's about them

    Photo by Michael RobertsAnd the protests go on.​Each year, the positivity of Race For the Cure, the subject of a huge slideshow today (complete with a shot of a friendly furry!), is disrupted by anti-abortion protesters, who scream at walkers as if they're all guilty of committing womb homicid ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Renegade graffiti crew makes Capitol Hill hate peace

    Photo by Michael Roberts​ Give peace a chance? Not in much of Capitol Hill today. Over the weekend, a graffiti practitioner and/or crew with, presumably, a keen sense of irony, tossed up hastily scrawled peace signs on businesses, government buildings and even some private residences, much to ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Death-defying repair work at Denver Art Museum

    Photo by Michael RobertsCareful, guys. It's not a thrill ride.​ The Denver Art Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is an architecturally striking building on any day. But lately, it's been even more eye-catching than usual due to a noteworthy visual element: crews of repairmen walking ginger ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    One year ago today at the DNC: Spike Lee just wants to eat his hot dog

    Crappy Razr photo by Michael RobertsSpike Lee, with relish.​This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Westword wins five AAN awards, proves paying off judges still works*

    Illustration by Craig Hoggatt. He didn't win anything, but he's got a killer beard.Michael Roberts' coverage of the Rocky's closure helped him nab an AAN award for media reporting. *Just kidding. Maybe. The degenerates at this humble (but glossy!) rag took home five awards at the recent Associati ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    At the Rocky Mountain News' headquarters as word of its impending closure breaks

    Around noon today, the lobby of the Denver Newspaper Agency building was populated mainly by reporters and photographers from other news organizations, hoping to get some info on the big news of the day: E.W. Scripps' announcement that the Rocky Mountain News' last edition would hit driveways and ne ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Denver Post to add Rocky Mountain News voices

    Almost two months ago, Michael Roberts offered an all-star list of five Rocky Mountain News staffers that he suggested the Denver Post hire should the News shut down.Now, with the News's last day tomorrow, the Post has announced that it's adding a handful of News employees, and three of them were on ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Thanks for nothing, highway crews and city snowplow drivers

    My occasional rants in this space about local highway officials being asleep at the plow are obviously having no impact whatsoever. This morning, for example, I emerged from my Ken-Caryl Ranch garage at about 6 a.m. to see a snowfall predicted by every forecaster I caught over the weekend. Neverthel ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    My lovely parting gift from Rocky Mountain PBS

    More evidence of the changing economics impacting old-technology journalism. For reasons that were never entirely clear to me (but always appreciated), Rocky Mountain PBS has paid an appearance fee for guests on its public-affairs programming. Ever since the folks there began asking me to gab, the s ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Rumor confirmed: Blackout Pact to record followup to Hello Sailor. Really.

    Looks like the rumor first floated last week by my cohort Andy Thomas on Mile Hi-Fidelity is true. (Not that I ever doubted you for a minute, man.) The original members of the Blackout Pact are indeed reconvening to record a followup to their stellar 2005 Astro Magnetic debut, Hello Sailor. When the ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    The highway department was overprepared for bad weather -- and that's a good thing

    Last night, the local newscasts were filled with foreboding about a.m. nightmares today, due to a major snowstorm slated to hit the metro area after midnight. Turns out those predictions were premature: During my 23-minute commute this morning, which began at 5:51 a.m., I saw nary a flake. However, ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008

    Over the weekend: Halloweenies on display in Westword slideshows

    "Say 'hello' to my not-so-little friend..." Whenever and wherever people dress up in bizarre costumes and let it rip, you can bet Westword will be there -- and we were this weekend. Check out our huge slideshow commemorating Halloween at Beta Nightclub (with DJ Pete Tong) as well as an equally mas ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    Buttoned Up: Pat Buchanan for the unborn

    Did a chill just go down your spine? Editor's note: To get you in the mood for ballot-casting, The Latest Word is kicking off each weekday between now and the November 4 election with Buttoned Up, a look at political buttons from my family's extensive collection... As is clear from this pin, pund ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, October 31 edition

    Is that one o' them Three Tenors? Below: sweet blogs that won't rot your teeth. Today in Cafe Society: • La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar comes to you courtesy of Richard Sandoval and Placido Domingo. • Dazzle offers a dazzling Halloween deal. • Tambien and Mezcal feature lively Day ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    Race For the Cure photo gallery

    The crowd gathers. For all of its commercialization, the Komen Race For the Cure, a breast-cancer fundraiser that took place on Sunday, remains one of the most positive annual events in Denver -- a gathering at which all of the things that divide us are set aside in favor of care, compassion and a ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 24 edition

    No clowning around. No need to search for more blogs. We'll hook you up. Cafe Society opens the dictionary to one of food writer Jason Sheehan's favorite F-words. Other than "fun," that is. In addition, contributor Kimberly Berkey cracks the Blake Street Vault as Neighborhood Flix takes its final ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Journalists react to the Rocky Mountain News Twittering a funeral

    For tweet's sake. Word that the Rocky Mountain News tasked a reporter with using the Twitter micro-blogging service to provide minute-by-minute commentary at the Wednesday funeral of three-year-old Marten Kudlis has triggered plenty of outrage in the larger journalism community. Prime example: a b ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008

    A kidnapping word to the wise

    Who says size doesn't matter? Seen in a Park Meadows parking lot this past weekend: good advice for rich people afraid of being seized and held for ransom. Apparently security guards and high-tech alarms aren't nearly as effective as eating two boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes at every meal for ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    DNC crowds overwhelm 16th Street Mall shuttles

    The second shuttle I passed -- by walking. The Rocky Mountain News' front-page headline described the mobs that have descended on the 16th Street Mall as a "hundred-year flood of humanity," and that's about right. How packed with people is the area? Yesterday, I walked from Westword's offices, at ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    MSNBC versus the blue elephant at the DNC

    As you can see, the elephant is topless. Amid MSNBC's coverage of the Wednesday roll call of votes at the Democratic National Convention, a truck affiliated with a conservative organization -- I didn't catch the name -- rolled up to the curb opposite the net's headquarters to deliver the message, ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    Wanted: DNC credentials

    Please give generously. Seen on Market Street en route to the Democratic National Convention festivities at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. Hope everything worked out for this guy -- because clearly, the people of the Big Easy have suffered enough. -- Michael Roberts

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    August 28, 2008

    DNC press gets Pope'd

    "How do you spell 'lunatic'?" The funniest thing about the scene from Wednesday captured here? Not the costume of the guy on the right. No, the most amusing part was that the reporter was seriously interviewing His Holiness as if he was an expert on church abuse. Then again, the journalist's confu ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    Preparing for spontaneity at the DNC

    Look what they found. Upon entering the Pepsi Center on Wednesday, I tried to rendezvous with Westword cartoonist Kenny Be, who was working in the bloggers lounge, located in a part of the venue I hadn't visited the day before. This attempt took me into the bowels of the building, which served as ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    The bloggers lounge at the DNC

    Bloggers of the world, unite. The so-called "bloggers lounge" at the Pepsi Center during the Democratic National Convention, which I got a chance to eyeball on Wednesday, was a small room accessible through a door in the press room. The space was small, poorly lit, and had an ugly couch in one cor ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    DNC press row

    The press minions tapping away. Once I finally made it into the Pepsi Center on Tuesday evening, I was directed toward section 106 -- press row. The area has a couple of significant advantages over other spots in the arena. For one thing, it has power -- the electrical kind, not the political bran ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Denver cops' new ride -- pedicabs?

    Here comes the fuzz? According to a longtime media observer, Channel 7 painted quite a visual picture of the Denver Police Department's transportation equipment during a DNC-eve news report. He writes that in a live shot on the station's 10 p.m. broadcast, a reporter talked about undercover police ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Pepsi Center danger: spigots

    Scrub up, politicos. Water stations have been placed at several locations around the Pepsi Center during DNC week -- the idea being that delegates can refill their bottle rather than pitching it and opening up another one. Also included: hand sanitizer mounted on the side -- because shaking hands ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Newest DNC collector's items: no-longer embargoed speeches

    Word power. Another lonely item in the practically deserted broadcasters corridor on Tuesday morning: a rack filled with copies of speeches by everyone who yakked on day one of the DNC -- and I do mean everyone. All of them are marked "EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE ON DELIVERY," and since delivery has alr ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    The DNC media: practice, practice, practice

    Once more, with feeling. Don't know the name or network affiliation of the reporter in this ultra-mediocre photo from the Pepsi Center on Tuesday morning -- but I do know she's a perfectionist. She had to deliver the following rather awkward line about the DNC festivities to date: "The effort to b ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Alaskans get the cool treatment

    It's all about who you know. What did Alaska do to piss off the DNC? Its delegation has worse seats at the Pepsi Center than Guam, which, for those of you who started skipping geography in first grade, isn't even a state -- and it's a helluva lot smaller besides. Before the convention is over, I p ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    Now Announcing His Presidential Candidacy: Me!

    Welcome to the Internet, where weirdness is as close as your mouse. Today's example: The video clip below, which allows users to insert any name they'd like into a mock news story about swelling support for an unknown presidential candidate. Of course, I entered my name, which magically pops up on ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008

    The Westword.com Blog Shortcut, July 22 Edition

    Blogs straight ahead. No pushing and shoving necessary. Cafe Society offers news about Moon Time and Panzano -- and Jason Sheehan previews his critique of Hamburger Mary's, which he describes as "the first gay-themed burger restaurant I've found." Check out those buns. The Cat's Pajamas puts local ... More >>

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