Ronald McDonald

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    January 21, 2014

    Is sugar the new cigarettes? Fed Up, a Sundance film, thinks so

    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 >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Five meaty ideas for Smashburger's new TV campaign

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    No "McJob" here: Why Cody Teets was voted most likely to marry Ronald McDonald

    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 >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Furr's Cafeteria: Memories should stop at the buffet's edge

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Whatever floats your boat: Take a look at our first dip in the South Platte, twenty years ago

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    McDonald's serves up a wholesome photo opportunity at the State Capitol Building today

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Five McBites that McDonald's should introduce next

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    The Mobile Classroom: New nonprofit caters to ill and home-bound students -- for free

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Arches of Hope gives new bikes to deserving 'tweens, college scholarships to deserving teens

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    McDonald's bathroom door comes unhinged, unhinges woman

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Hong Kong offers a supersized marriage proposal

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    McDonald's: Send in the clown

    Ronald McDonald and his target market captured on​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Ronald McDonald versus chickens in the ultimate cage match

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Ronald McDonald gets Shanghaied

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Ronald McDonald: Has embattled mascot resorted to armed robbery in Colorado Springs?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Starbucks gets the royal treatment from Burger King

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    McDonald's: These two aren't lovin' it

    This chick loves her Chicken McNuggets​People 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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    December 31, 2009
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    November 13, 2008

    Toy Mechanics

    Scoot for Toys and help out the Ronald McDonald House.

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    November 23, 2006

    Light Up

    Making tracks to suburbia.

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    September 7, 2006

    Room With a View

    The Mayananda is at your service

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    November 3, 2005

    Mr. Big

    Welcome to McDonald's, where Steve Bigari is lovin' it.

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    February 10, 2005

    Bite Me

    The Beast of Denver

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    November 25, 2004

    Finding My Religion

    God has smiled on Oshima Ramen.

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    March 18, 2004

    Book Keepers

    The Denver Zine Library opens a new chapter in Colorado letters.

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    April 4, 2002
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    April 4, 2002
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    July 26, 2001

    Summertime Views

    Photography is a hot topic right now in the area.

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    October 11, 1995