When a single spotlight illuminated the bottle of Black Grouse whiskey resting on a bar stool center-stage, the 2,800 people in the audience at the Temple Buell Theatre rose to their feet, their deafening applause seemingly cheering the bottle of booze itself until Southern sass-man Ron White casual ... More >>
Denver blog posts believe they can fly. Big Media's Jason Salzman notes that high-capacity magazines made by Colorado's Magpul were used to kill Osama bin Laden. But he wonders: Were they also used during the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut? Denver Frank gets serious with ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
The year 2012 was a big one for creeps -- living, breathing, oozing, killing-Batman creeps. So we asked Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl to choose the year's twenty baddest from the scores of contenders. Continue reading for his picks -- a spoiler-free selection of this year's spookiest scr ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Case of the Kidnapped Coed," revisits the wild press coverage surrounding the 1948 murder of eighteen-year-old college student Theresa Foster -- and explores how the Denver Post's rabid campaign to catch a killer tainted the subsequent trial. It's a cautionary ta ... More >>
Author Benjamin Runkle will be at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch tonight to talk about his new book, Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden. In preparation for his appearance, we caught up with Runkle to talk about his book, the importance of manhunts and the effect ... More >>
The toastmaster.I watched Barack Obama's speech about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan more closely than any presidential address ever -- but not for the expected reason. I was a (sober) judge in a speech-related drinking game suggested yesterday by none other than super-conservative Rush ... More >>
For most Coloradans, the term "spring runoff" has nothing to do with Denver mayoral candidates Michael Hancock and Chris Romer and everything to do with the whitewater competition between tubers and kayakers. The fiercest fight for foam is often found at the Clear Creek Whitewater Park in Go ... More >>
Tom TancredoWhile Governor John Hickenlooper was tangling with legislative leaders Tuesday, Tom Tancredo, the renegade candidate who got 36 percent of the vote in the gubernatorial race last November, was tangling with MSNBC host Martin Bashir. Who won? You be the judge.
For The Rock's eyes only.Last week, we got the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed and shortly thereafter, we learned that the news had leaked to a couple of people -- including actor/professional wrestler The Rock -- before the White House informed the press and public. Today, the maj ... More >>
Among the juicy details emerging in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death last week was the fact that a bunch of marijuana plants were found growing next to his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. The discovery has launched an Internet's worth of bad puns and stupid jokes: "Osama bin Smokin,'" "Bi ... More >>
Osama and... friends?Just for you: three Denver blog posts. Colorado Pols: Jon Caldara (via Ann Coulter) tweets that if Americans can deal with a shot of Hillary Clinton's ankles, they can handle Osama bin Laden's death photo. WhoSaidYouSaid: Rollie Heath, aspiring taxman. Purple Row' on R ... More >>
OBL or UBL?In our post about how Osama bin Laden's death was experienced by the Facebook generation, we noted that Fox News continues to spell his first name "Usama" and abbreviate his moniker as "UBL," while the rest of the major American media prefers "Osama" and "OBL." The situation prompt ... More >>
Gary Faulkner.Alan Prendergast's post suggesting five more targets for Greeley Osama bin Laden hunter Gary Faulkner prompted a surprising defense of the one-man army and David Letterman show fave. The scribe? A distant relative who thinks Faulkner came closer to finding bin Laden than did the ... More >>
Osama bin Laden.Update: The U.S. has decided not to release an Osama bin Laden death photo. For now, that means the image won't join the following list of the most iconic post-mortem shots of notorious dictators, revolutionaries and criminals. The roundup includes Mussolini, Rasputin and a fa ... More >>
Videos below.Barack Obama's announcement of Osama bin Laden's slaying presented newscasters with a tongue twister -- and some lost the game. 9News reported that "in 2001, Obama was linked to the 9/11 terror attacks" -- because he's Muslim, I guess -- and CBS4 anchor Kathy Walsh said Obama tol ... More >>
Gary FaulknerThe death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of an elite American strike team sure put a crimp in the travel plans of Gary Faulkner, the Greeley man detained on the Pakistan-Afghan border last June. Armed with sword and pistol, Faulkner told authorities he'd been hunting the terrori ... More >>
Dancing in the streets and cheering U!S!A! to celebrate the murder of an enemy may seem vulgar. However, there's no denying that Osama bin Laden's death will do wonders for America's economic recovery efforts as May holiday celebrations push increased demand for dead bin Laden party favors.. ... More >>
OBL or UBL?Osama bin Laden's death was an instant Twitter sensation. But likely more people shared their immediate reactions on Facebook -- especially those under twenty, like my seventeen-year-old twin daughters. Last night, while my wife and I channel-surfed, 20th century style, in advance ... More >>
Video below.In our post about how Osama bin Laden's death was experienced by the Facebook generation, we noted that localizing this story was unnecessary, because it impacted all of us, wherever we were. Which is why spontaneous celebrations broke out in New York City, Washington, D.C. -- an ... More >>
Why pound 'em down before and after midnight on a Sunday night at the Giggling Grizzly? Maybe because Osama bin Laden is dead -- or because (fill in the blank). Whatever the case, photog Aaron Thackeray caught the action in the gallery linked above -- and other Westword shutterbugs were busy, ... More >>
Von Miller.How about some Denver blog posts about people who are still alive? Mile High Report's John Bena rounds up grades of the Broncos' draft -- with some of the lower marks noting the lack of a D-tackle among the team's picks. People's Press Collective: Rossputin's must-do list for Nav ... More >>
#OMG, they killed #OBL. And finally, tonight, Gary Faulkner can sleep soundly, Samurai swords safely sheathed. We heard "Bin Laden is dead" about 500 times from Wolf Blitzer in about 30 minutes, listened as Geraldo tried to articulate his joy at the death of Usama bin Laden, but the real en ... More >>
Photo detail shown below. The wheat paste technique is most often used to slap printed movie posters onto wooden pedestrian walkways in construction zones -- but its use to display an original drawing on a cell-phone tower is more rare than a spotted owl sighting. As seen in the photo above, ... More >>
Watch out, Gary!The vote is in: Here's our latest Shmuck of the Week: Bend over, media. You -- and by "you," I mean "us," too -- have been enabling self-proclaimed Osama hunter Gary Faulkner. With Greeley's latest micro-celeb now claiming bin Laden's put a hit on him, the story's gone from e ... More >>
"Up yours, Osama!"America can't get enough of Gary Faulkner, who recently returned from Pakistan following his quizzical quest to bag Osama bin Laden. Just days after a remarkable CNN interview during which he almost imploded, he hit CBS' Early Show in advance of his planned appearance on Dav ... More >>
And here we thought Ryan Snodgrass and Justin Lariscy, the rafting guides who rescued a thirteen-year-old girl from Clear Creek and got arrested as thanks, were take-charge guys. Now comes news of Gary Faulkner, the Greeley man who made it his mission to kill Osama Bin Laden -- and was pack ... More >>
Cap'n Crunch's Touchdown Crunch Quaker Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: If you're not Osama bin Laden, you'll recognize the standard Cap'n Crunch design: yellowish corn and oat squares that puff with deliciousness at their center. Supplementing the main attraction just in time f ... More >>
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As of this moment, the Rocky Mountain News is the most entertaining daily newspaper in Denver, if only because it's equally capable of excellent journalism and questionable judgement from one day to the next. At this writing, the Rocky is in the midst of a five-day series, "Immigration: The Border ... More >>
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