Nancy Marks, a onetime psychic convicted of fraud for allegedly bilking clients out of approximately $300,000, has been accused of faking an illness in the past. Now, however, doctors cited in a lawsuit filed by prominent attorney David Lane say Marks has a legitimate ailment that confines her to a ... More >>
Although Kristen Parker, the surgical tech who infected dozens of Rose Medical Center patients with the hepatitis C virus in 2008 and 2009, is now serving a thirty-year prison sentence, the fallout from her crimes continues to keep a scrum of attorneys busy. In recent court filings in a patient laws ... More >>
Big pic below.In May 2010, we told you about Lafayette psychic Nancy Marks, who allegedly told clients that "money is evil" before taking around $300,000 of it from them. Yesterday, she was finally slated to go to trial over the charges against her. But -- what a coincidence! -- she checked h ... More >>
Brian Bradley's artwork reflects his struggles with diabetes and the health-care system
Walnut-a-gogoJust over a month ago, we reported that the owners of the Walnut Cafe, 3073 Walnut Street, a Boulder spot that serves up hearty breakfasts, sandwiches and salads, was planning to unveil a food truck. That truck, Walnut-a-gogo, hit the pavement today.
Libby SzaboWe can expect plenty of over-the-top negative ads and low blows in the next few days as this gruesome election cycle enters its final days. But a mailer sent out by Republican statehouse candidate Libby Szabo, trying to paint Rep. Sara Gagliardi as a typical tax-and-spend Dem, is j ... More >>
I am not a dieter. I am not equipped with the willpower required to say no to delicious morsels like pork belly buns or triple creme brie or basically anything that's battered and fried. Likewise, I'm never going to forgo a particularly good bread basket; in fact, I'm going to slather that s ... More >>
How can Kristen Parker make amends? Last Friday U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn threw out a plea bargain deal for former Rose Medical Center employee Kristen Parker, who admitted infecting surgical patients with hepatitis C through needles contaminated by her own drug use. No real surpri ... More >>
Kristen Parker in a photo from deleted MySpace page -- before she started caring.Remember Kristen Parker, the surgical tech who passed her case of hepatitis-C to at least fifteen patients at Rose Medical Center via needles she'd used on herself? As part of her plea agreement in the case, she ... More >>
It's about damn time this year ended. But before it does, we're taking a look back at your favorite stories of 2009. Here, the ten most popular Westword cover stories of the year.
Photo by Drew JaynesA Club Posh graphic from our opening night slideshow.Earlier this week, we told you about shootings at Club Posh, 4040 E. Evans, which turned a Halloween party into a true horror show. Now, one of the trio who took bullets that evening -- John Singleton, 29 -- has died of ... More >>
Photo by Drew JaynesSome of the revelers at the Club Posh grand opening in February -- none of whom were injured in the drinking of this beverage.Club Posh, at 4040 E. Evans, debuted on February 20, and judging by our slideshow from opening night, a good time was had by all. But the fun was l ... More >>
Put this on.Having to utter the words "emergency room" is almost never good. And when the sentence also involves your kid, it's even worse. Such was the case for me recently when I took my seven-year-old kid to the ER at Rose Medical Center after the fever he'd had for two days spiked to 103 ... More >>
In this week's Westword, reporter Alan Prendergast investigates the gnarly addiction and spotty oversight that led to dozens of patients at Rose Medical Center being infected with hepatitis C. The offending junkie, Kristen Parker (right), has earned the contempt of all of Denver. But she's no ... More >>
Rose Medical Center.This week's cover story, "Going Viral," looks into how one drug-seeking hospital worker probably infected dozens of Colorado surgery patients with hepatitis C -- and the emotional fallout of Kristen Parker's recklessness for the patients, several of whom are speaking out h ... More >>
The ambulance-chasing is in fifth gear in the aftermath of Hep Breakout Heard Round the World. Personal-injury lawyer Frank "Strong Arm" Azar, who's been on the case since the beginning, has hit the airwaves with quite possibly the scariest ad since Terry Tate Office Linebacker. The video of the ... More >>
Kristen Parker shows off the girls in a photo from her now-offline MySpace page. As noted in a blog yesterday, operating-room tech/accused hepatitis-C passer Kristen Parker's public comments about the possible infection of patients at two different Colorado medical facilities were limited to quotes ... More >>
A Kristen Parker photo sure to strike a chord with Rose Medical Center patients. Outrage continues to build over Kristen Parker, a surgical tech who was formally charged in federal court yesterday with multiple counts related to the exposure of patients at Rose Medical Center to hepatitis-C. The ma ... More >>
A photo of Kristen Parker from her MySpace page. In Denver, most of the coverage about Kristen Parker, an operating-room technician who's been charged with exposing patients to hepatitis C for swapping dirty syringes filled with saline for new ones loaded with the painkiller fentanyl, has focused o ... More >>
"And they call him 'Sandy Claws'!" Feeling crabby? Today in Cafe Society: • Out of the sea and into the claws of Jax Fish House. • Guess where I'm eating? • Chris Cina seen in Black Hawk. • Milking It: Cinna-Graham Honey-Comb. • The Rackhouse Pub to open in former Heavenly Daze. • Il P ... More >>
Ah, 1995: a time when entire Best Of categories were devoted to the O.J. Simpson trial, Bernie Bickerstaff and Dikembe Mutombo were still dominating the sports pages, and Mel's Bar and Grill was still new. Check out the winners from our 1995 Best Of issue after the jump.
There's room for everyone in Stapleton, but after five years, developers are having trouble finding room for affordable housing.
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>
In 1985, Westword published its second Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Cheeseburger at My Brother’s Bar to the Best Bronco (John Elway, now in his second year with the team), to another future landmark, the Best Addition to the Skyline (Herbert ... More >>
I have a confession to make. I enjoy watching reality television -- especially really terrible reality television. The drama, the fights, the sex, the tears -- what can I say? I'm a voyeur. But it's become a chore to turn the television on every Wednesday and see what our least-favorite short-term ... More >>
Ever since last week, we've known that Brooke was going to have a freak-out party in Episode 7. But that didn't make it any less painful to watch last night. In most seasons of The Real World, the producers tend to include one person who is relatively normal and relatively reasonable. This person i ... More >>
In Colorado, insurance offers little protection to badly injured motorcyclists.
Rose Medical Center's gourmet meal
Professional snowboarder Chris Klug carves his way back to the top of the mountain.
December 10 - 16, 1998
An internet venture goes bust, leaving some of Colorado's biggest business names with a major headache.
Doctors thought banding together might give them more power at Rose Medical Center. Instead, they wound up owning their own hospital.
Shock waves at the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain reach Denver.
The fight between socialite Judi Wolf and her brother has turned into the mother of all family feuds.
The nation's largest for-profit hospital chain is out to flatten its Denver competition. It's already reshaped the world of local health care.