The disorderly conduct case against a man who dropped the F-bomb at an Aurora Sam's Club has been dropped. Russell Blackburn, the 59-year-old computer programmer ticketed for the offense, says he showed up for his July 15 jury trial only to hear the prosecuting attorney tell the judge that the case ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's report about a man who received a disorderly conduct citation for saying "Fuck it" at a Sam's Club in Aurora incited a passionate response that's definitely giving the First Amendment a workout. Here's a case in point. See also: Reader: There's nothing natural about breastfeeding wi ... More >>
Should saying the F-word at Sam's Club be a crime? Russell Blackburn doesn't think so. Back in January, the 59-year-old Blackburn was checking out at an Aurora Sam's Club. He paid for his dog food, cheese, milk and other items and then stood at the end of a long line of people waiting for yet anoth ... More >>
Thanksgiving -- or Black Friday Eve, depending on your perspective -- is filled with holiday joys, like listening to your uncle's uncensored feelings about Obamacare, your kiddos smearing Cool-Whip on every surface with their mouths, your unemployed cousin digging through your couches for loose chan ... More >>
Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones could use some levity right now: The latest episode, "The Rains of Castamere," was rough in the way that a bunch of beloved characters were completely and utterly slaughtered in such a shockingly revolting manner that fans who haven't read the books are still cry-barfin ... More >>
Back in December, we told you about a group of neighbors in RiNo who have been raising a stink over what they say are "putrid" smells coming from a pet treat factory called Kasel Associates Industries. The same month that the factory's owner sued the neighbors for harassment, batches of his products ... More >>
Boulder and Walmart are an unlikely combination. But after months of speculation, rumors and protests, it now appears that one of the nation's most progressive communities will soon be home to the retailer most liberals love to hate. And judging by early reaction to reports that a Walmart will be in ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler was not at his "election integrity" hearing in Denver yesterday -- but his mother was. Barbara Gessler, mom of Colorado's chief election officer, sat in the front row and waited for her turn to offer public comment which, included a plea for voter ID laws and conce ... More >>
I thought the Freestyle Coke machines and touch-screen, meal-ordering systems that keep popping up in restaurants were going to be all the unmanned, automated, de-humanizing product-offering and/or dispensing machines out there for a while. Nope. After finding a "Freeosk" that dispensed Rice Krisp ... More >>
Applebee's just hired hot Boulder-based Crispin Porter Bogusky -- the same creative outfit that Arby's recently signed -- to give the ubiquitous American meat-starch-veg spot an image boost of some kind. But here's the rub: Unlike Arby's, Applebee's doesn't really need a facelift. If the chain's g ... More >>
Green Solution anchors a run-down strip center filled with discount stores, nail salons and a coin-op laundry. It's nothing impressive, and my initial reaction was to begin questioning my decision to drive to the 'burbs in the first place. (Like most people I know who grew up in the suburbs, I do my ... More >>
For such a big shop, Heartland Pharmacy's exterior has a low-key vibe. Because it's partially obscured by large trees out front, I drove past it twice before its green-cross sign caught my eye -- and I wasn't even medicated.
J. WohletzIt's the season of shopping, and the jing-a-ling of purses and wallets can be heard all over the 16th Street Mall -- all the way into the Denver Pavilions, our convenient downtown mid-priced clothing mecca. And just in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season, the newly opened H&M ... More >>
Mary Celeste.Update: The 18th Judicial District DA's office decided not to charge County Court Judge Mary Celeste with a state criminal law violation for leaving her six-year-old granddaughter alone in a car on a blazing hot day while she picked up olive oil and a movie at Sam's Club. However ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Nick Jonas.Miley Cyrus's opinion aside, is there anything more wholesome than Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers -- the Disney Channel success story turned legit boy band -- and Quaker Oats? We think not. And now, Nick Jonas has scheduled a trip to Denver to find a childhood sup ... More >>
Marston is Denver's land-o-lakes neighborhood. The fertile land that lies between the six bodies of water (Grant Lake A, Grant Lake B, Grant Lake C, Bowles Lake, Lake of the Lake and Marston Reservoir) is filled with urban farms that are famous for growing summer squash. Naturally, it has be ... More >>
Stone Mountain Wellness first caught my eye months ago when they took home prizes for top buds at a Boulder cannabis cup. Since that time, the shop has come under new ownership as a member of the Canna Club dispensaries. Among other things, this means the award-winning chronic Stone Mountain ... More >>
Ellen JaskolThe Tasting Cafe: looking good, and good for you.When the Rocky Mountain News folded in February 2009, food editor Marty Meitus's job disappeared, too -- so she approached the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC), administered by the Tri-County Healt ... More >>
The ChronicCareConnect discount card.The medical marijuana industry in Colorado has been booming since at least last year, with plenty of ganjapreneurs coming up with concepts intended to help them grab a piece of the pot profits. But despite the competition, Chad Bardon thinks he has a uniqu ... More >>
Soda, like most everything else in the world, has a lifespan. Some sodas live long and prosper, while others die and fade away (or, as is true of a few on this list, end up in the bargain section at Walmart). This list is devoted to those drinks that quenched our thirst, kept us awake, and ... More >>
Ellen JaskolHow do you make kids happy with healthy food? Ask Mary Meitus.Marty Meitus's longtime job as food editor disappeared with the Rocky Mountain News last February. But she's been putting her down-time to very good use: She created a pilot program for the Supplemental Nutrition Progra ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerSee more photos from the contest at westword.com/slideshow.John Proctor, a supervisor at the Park Meadows Sam's Club, knew he could eat a lot of hot dogs -- but downing eight and a half in ten minutes in the amateur hot-dog eating competition on Saturday afternoon unlocked a hidden ta ... More >>
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, is kicking off its inaugural Garden Grapes & Hops party tonight at 5:30 p.m. with a flower pot auction, live music from Chris Daniels & the Kings and all-you-can-eat food and drink from 15 local restaurants, including Steuben's, Wynkoop Brewing Company ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerThe man to beat on the 4th, Joey Chestnut Eating 20 hot dogs (with buns) in under 12 minutes used to be such a feat that competitive eaters coined the phrase "doing the deuce" for the achievement. But that was before winning totals in the annual July 4th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contes ... More >>
Franchise owners thought they'd make a fortune serving the toasted sandwiches created by Quiznos. Instead, they got burned.
Sparrow should be grounded.
From the week of January 2, 2003
Denver's best-known ambulance chaser rolls over Rollback Smiley.
There are a million Qwest stories in the naked city. This is just one of them.
Sports gizmos spring up.
Can't find your car? You may be an RTD commuter.
August 27 - September 2, 1998
The streets aren't paved with gold down in the brand-new city of Lone Tree --yet.