Sixty years ago, Fred Flintstone hawked Winston cigarettes. Today, he pitches cereal. And both can kill. Stephanie Soechtig's rabble-rousing documentary Fed Up argues that it's time to attack Big Sugar just like we successfully demonized Big Tobacco. Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up is the first do ... More >>
Smashburger, our locally born and quickly proliferating burger chain, is taking its wares to the small screen with its first-ever television ads. One thirty-second spot, created by Denver-based Definite Productions, is a burger-fan dream sequence, reportedly complete with actual beef patty-smashing ... More >>
McDonald's has long had a bad rap for offering low-paying, entry-level work, spawning the pejorative term "McJob." But Cody Teets recently authored a book, Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Began at McDonald's, about her jobs under the Golden Arches, where she started as a cashier in 1982 ... More >>
Some restaurants sure did seem better when I was a kid. Chuck E. Cheese was a magical wonderland of singing animals and perfect pizza; the ball pit at McDonald's was spotlessly clean -- and Ronald McDonald was always smiling down upon me benignly as I ate my cheeseburger that looked exactly like t ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Water World," takes a look at the river that runs through Denver: the South Platte. Two decades ago, then-Westword staffer Robin Chotzinoff wrote her own cover story (with Kenny Be illustrations) about the Platte, a true piece of immersion journalism. For "I Cover the Wate ... More >>
Colorado legislators work hard, and apparently deserve a break today -- with a catered lunch from McDonald's, complete with the Ronald McDonald mascot. Representatives from America's favorite Quarter Pounder-pimps will be visiting the State Capitol at 11:30 this morning to "highlight its economic i ... More >>
In yet another burst of menu non-creativity, McDonald's is introducing Chicken McBites: popcorn-style chicken micro-nuggets that will differ from Chicken McNuggets in that they are ostensibly made from actual cuts of chicken, rather than the bizarre breaded avian mash that gives McNuggets the ... More >>
It took almost losing her job for Sara Woodyard to realize she couldn't have done enough with it anyway. Facing the end of the probation period that marked the first three years of her work life, Woodyard, a fifth-grade teacher, developed an acute awareness of what budget cuts can mean to tho ... More >>
Yesterday, 300 local fifth- and sixth-graders showed up at the Manual High School gym, nominated by their teachers to be part of an event dubbed "Arches of Hope." After listening to a lineup of speakers, the kids rode home on brand-new Huffy bicycles. In addition, ten high school seniors lef ... More >>
Greetings from the Great White North, where the men are men and the women are wimps. Holly McDermott recently filed a $300,000 claim against the burger behemoth, complaining that a bathroom-stall door fell on her while she was doing what people usually do after consuming anything at McDonald' ... More >>
Are you lovin' it? Although many couples, including the happy pair pictured here, have made McDonald's part of their nuptials, McDonald's devotees now have a place where they can officially consummate their affection for the Clown: Hong Kong is the first city in the world to host weddings un ... More >>
Ronald McDonald and his target market captured on www.retireronald.org. The clown at the center of the controversy had nothing on the clowns outside the annual McDonald's investor meeting in Chicago last week. Ronald McDonald has been under fire recently as a provider of both bad meals and ... More >>
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get away from McDonald's. Ronald McDonald apparently wants his laying hens to spend their days inside a cage too small even for a waif supermodel s addicted to binging and purging her morning Egg McMuffin. The Humane Society of the United States has flo ... More >>
Ronald McDonald is under fire in this country, with activists encouraging McDonald's to retire its longtime mascot. But in Shanghai, now home to a brand-new McDonald's University -- it's known as Hamburger U-- they're down with the clown. The Chinese people crave fast food, which is why McDo ... More >>
Take the money and run?On Friday, Corporate Accountability International called for McDonald's to dump Ronald McDonald as its mascot, arguing that he's a negative factor when it comes to addressing childhood obesity. Cut to early Sunday morning, when the Colorado Springs Police Department re ... More >>
Starbucks must be in a cup of hot water. Why else would it team up with Burger King to sell its branded "Seattle's Best Coffee" this summer, at prices ranging from $1 to $2.79 for a cup of java? McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts have been pumping out their own signature coffee for the past couple ... More >>
This chick loves her Chicken McNuggetsPeople love McDonald's in the worst way. And as two recent incidents show, although there have been billions served by the burger chain, it has not always been happily. On December 27, a still-unidentified woman completely trashed a McDonald's in Kansas ... More >>
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