First, the sad news (or not-so-sad news, depending on how you feel about hunky sitcom actors): Ashton Kutcher will not be filming a movie in Colorado this year. Or at least he won't be filming The Violent Separation of Flesh and Blood, a Western-type flick that was approved in May to receive $1.5 mi ... More >>
The thirty-plot community garden lies in the shadow of Liggins Towers, a brick high-rise full of Section 8 apartments in northeast Park Hill. The property is owned by Zion Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation west of the Mississippi, but the garden is relatively new; the Eastside ... More >>
The Holly keeps rising from the ashes. Yesterday, the new Nancy P. Anschutz Center, home of the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club, celebrated a grand opening attended by notables such as Mayor Michael Hancock, Phil and Nancy Anschutz, John and Paige Elway, and Jack A. Vickers; see photos below. Many ... More >>
Our crime reporting during the month of September touched on everything from the bust of a new Broncos star to some startling crimes allegedly committed by unlikely people, including Isabella Guzman, seen here. What's her story? Look below to see the twenty most memorable booking photos of the mont ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, Terrance Roberts, a former gang leader who'd transformed himself into an inspirational anti-gang activist, was arrested for a shooting at a Friday unity rally he'd planned. We've now obtained the probable cause statement in the case (see it below), and in it, Roberts claim ... More >>
"Terrance Roberts is one of Denver's great comeback stories," Westword's Joel Warner wrote back in January. "A one-time shot-caller in the Park Hill Bloods," Roberts, now 37, had turned his life around and founded the Prodigal Son Initiative, an anti-gang youth program in northeast Park Hill. When a ... More >>
It is going to be hot today. It was a hot day two years ago, when Alonzo Ashley was at the Denver Zoo, went to get a drink of water at the fountain, and set off a chain of events that resulted in his death at the hands of the Denver Police Department, which used a contact-taser to subdue Ashley. Suf ... More >>
Yesterday, in announcing a reprieve for quadruple murderer Nathan Dunlap noted that Lisa Clements remains against the death penalty even after what happened to her husband, the late Colorado prison chief Tom Clements. What happened to Clements is that Evan Ebel allegedly murdered him, then took off ... More >>
Last week, Joel Warner wrote about the financial difficulties being experienced by a Montbello anti-gang initiative spearheaded by activist Terrance Roberts -- problems so severe that the program may have to close. One reader believes that demographics have everything to do with Roberts' troubles.
Terrance Roberts is one of Denver's great comeback stories. A one-time shot-caller in the Park Hill Bloods, Roberts turned his life around and founded the Prodigal Son Initiative, an anti-gang youth program in northeast Park Hill. When a 2008 gang-related arson attack destroyed the Holly Square Shop ... More >>
In May 2008, Crips gang members burned down the Holly Square Shopping Center in northeast Park Hill. More than four years later, the scorched earth is experiencing a rebirth. On Saturday, The Prodigal Son Initiative, a youth organization headquartered across the street, is leading a clean-up effort ... More >>
In light of the death of Denver police officer Celena Hollis, the Colorado Progressive Coalition, ACLU of Colorado and others have postponed the "Summer Against Police Violence" protest. The rally, originally scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, would have fallen at the same time as Hollis's funeral se ... More >>
Less than a day after Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight at City Park, more than 150 people -- activists, preachers, mothers and teenagers -- gathered at the District 2 police headquarters in northeast Denver to thank the officers who worked alon ... More >>
Early on May 18, 2008, a car full of Crips drove into Park Hill. They were were young gangbangers who'd just beefed with some Bloods in LoDo, and they were still spoiling for a fight: Michael Asberry, co-founder of the Denver Crips, had been shot and killed in Aurora just a few hours before. Now it ... More >>
Isaac Sirota.Update: Yesterday, we shared with you AM760 host David Sirota's announcement about the birth of his son Isaac. As for who'll be filling in during his current leave, we know who'll be rockin' the mic today and tomorrow: Flobots frontman Jonny 5. Jonny is so progressive that he mak ... More >>
Terrance Roberts at the Holly.As recounted in the July feature "Up from the Ashes," northeast Park Hill residents are hoping the site of Holly Square Shopping Center is ready to turn the corner after years of drug deals, gang skirmishes and, most recently, a gang-related arson attack that lev ... More >>
Anthony CameraTerrance Roberts.In this week's feature, "Crips Burned Down the Holly in Bloods Territory, But Can Peace Emerge from the Ashes in Northeast Park Hill?," we recount the story of the Holly Square shopping center, burned to the ground in a 2008 gang attack and now poised for rehabi ... More >>
Rigoberta Menchú Tum.Rigoberta Menchú Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, visited two at-risk Denver communities yesterday, not to preach peace but to preach "harmony." For Menchú Tum and Mayan spiritual teachers Don Pedro Yac Noj and Doña Faviana Cochoy Alva, who are traveling wi ... More >>
It's a long way from LoDo to Haiti, but Dan Jeune wants to bridge the gap. With friendship.
From the Himalayas to the Rockies, Tibet’s chief oracle is bringing his positive energy to help overcome negative forces and obstacles facing the Mile High today. He’s the Dalai Lama’s advisor, protector of Tibet, all Tibetan people and Tibet’s government. So the organizers of Denver’s Sum ... More >>
Safe Night Colorado has a new name.
Against all odds, this nine-year-old has been voted the most likely to succeed.
They created Denver's gang life. A generation later, can they break free?