This Sunday thousands of ganja enthusiasts will gather in Denver's Civic Center for what has become an annual rite of spring, the embrace of cannabis culture at 4:20 on 4/20. But this weekend also marks the peculiar collision of several more somber anniversaries, commemorating some of the worst days ... More >>
Among the thousands of people who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001 were 343 members of the New York Fire Department. To honor their sacrifice, firefighters from all over the area, including Boulder, are taking part in a memorial stair climb at the CenturyLink building downtown. According to ... More >>
Last month's shocking bombing at the Boston Marathon was followed by a manhunt that ended with the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar's older brother and the presumed mastermind of an attack that killed three and injured hundreds. Since then, controversy has ari ... More >>
Last night, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff visited the grand reopening of the CELL, the downtown terrorism prevention center, to discuss cyber security and impending concerns in the Middle East. In front of a packed house at the Denver Art Museum, Chertoff talked both Al-Qaed ... More >>
Eric Holder called it the most serious terror threat to the United States since 9/11. And the bombs that could have blown up New York's subway system got their start in Denver beauty-supply stores, where Najibullah Zazi bought the ingredients to make homemade detonators. But that plot exploded, and ... More >>
Terrorism hit close to home in September 2009, when Aurora resident Najibullah Zazi, an airport shuttle driver, was indicted for being part of a conspiracy to bomb the subways of New York -- with homemade bombs concocted from ingredients he'd purchased at local beauty supply stores. In February 2010 ... More >>
This past week, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the "Underwear Bomber" after a failed attempt to bring down an airliner in December 2009, joined the ranks of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Terry Nichols (who conspired with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing) and others as one of the most ... More >>
Big photos below.Disgraced ex-Illinois governor Rod "Blago" Blagojevich isn't the only infamous convict likely to be Colorado bound. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the Underwear Bomber after a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas 2009, has been sentenced to life ... More >>
Anwar al-Awlaki. Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric with alleged ties to the Fort Hood shootings and the underwear bomber, was reportedly killed in Yemen, but his death strikes close to home. Born in New Mexico, he attended Colorado State, where he studied civil engineering and attended a mosque near ... More >>
No. 3.The 9/11 events being memorialized on Sunday, ten years after they shook the world, didn't take place in Colorado. But our state has no shortage of connections to terrorists -- and not only because plenty of them are housed at Florence's Supermax facility. Below, we look at the most pr ... More >>
The toastmaster.I watched Barack Obama's speech about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan more closely than any presidential address ever -- but not for the expected reason. I was a (sober) judge in a speech-related drinking game suggested yesterday by none other than super-conservative Rush ... More >>
Videos below.Barack Obama's announcement of Osama bin Laden's slaying presented newscasters with a tongue twister -- and some lost the game. 9News reported that "in 2001, Obama was linked to the 9/11 terror attacks" -- because he's Muslim, I guess -- and CBS4 anchor Kathy Walsh said Obama tol ... More >>
Our post yesterday about Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's visit to Denver to promote the expansion into Colorado of the "If You See Something, Say Something" anti-terrorism campaign drew a strong response from one reader, who sees terrorists as only the latest in a ... More >>
Jihad Jamie.Janet Napolitano is in town today for the National Fusion Center Conference, a meeting of the country's joint intelligence centers. Not included in that local fusion lineup are some of our homegrown terrorism experts, including John Elway, who narrated "8 Signs of Terrorism," a fi ... More >>
Paulin Ramirez.Last April, Leadville's Jamie Paulin Ramirez was accused of providing material support to terrorists. Nearly a year later, she's followed in the footsteps of her co-defendant, Colleen LaRose, and pleaded guilty. Look below to read a U.S. Attorney's Office release, as well as t ... More >>
It's almost an affront to the word "news" that the Rupert Murdoch-owned umbrella conglomerate that oversees media outlets like Fox News and the UK's The Sun is generically called News Corporation, since that term generally implies facts. Facts, however, have never been the specialty of either ... More >>
Gary Faulkner.Westword is asking readers to help us select a Shmuck of the Year by rolling out a new candidate each week throughout the month of December. The winner -- loser -- will be announced on January 3. Our first two candidates were Josh McDaniels and Scott McInnis. This week, say ... More >>
Tavis Smiley has a new take on Columbine.More than a decade after the attack on Columbine, the high school's name remains a buzz word -- and an infinitely flexible one. Example: Public Broadcast Service talk-show host Tavis Smiley used the massacre as an example of violence done by Christian ... More >>
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez: Not exactly Leadville's pride and joy.Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Leadville may already have earned her own Kenny Be spotlight comic. But until today, she hadn't been formally charged with wrongdoing in relation to an alleged terrorist plot to slay a Swedish cartoonist. Now ... More >>
Mohammad Zazi, the center of attention -- here, anyway.The federal indictment against Mohammad Zazi is a lot less substantial than the one handed to his son, terror suspect Najibullah Zazi. The gist of the false statement charge against Mohammad reads as follows: "Defendant ZAZI denied that h ... More >>
Michael Bennet.The "send" key: It's so easy to push -- and so dangerous when it's pressed prematurely. Witness the chain of events that followed an unwise forward inadvertently shared with assorted reporters by a member of Senator Michael Bennet's staff as information about a Colorado connect ... More >>
It's official: Hillary Clinton yesterday confirmed that the Obama administration is no longer fighting a "War on Terror" in its battle against al-Qaeda and militant Islam. So are those prisoners still incarcerated in Gitmo considered "terrorists"? Some of those prisoners could soon be living at Sup ... More >>
Friday, August 29, Oriental Theater, 1-866-455-2263.
Leaving no gimmick unturned, that Super Size Me guy goes searching for Public Enemy No. 1.
Multi-perspective, mega-annoying Vantage Point.
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn discusses the past and the present.
A young, female, would-be suicide bomber prepares to detonate — her cause unknown — in the harrowing Day Night.
It can be tricky, running the toughest prison in the entire country, but it's hardly ever dull. One day you're getting blasted by lawmakers because security is too lax and convicted terrorists are managing to send letters out to new recruits. The next you're in the doghouse with a federal judge beca ... More >>
Covering -- or should I say overcovering -- anniversaries of big events is the journalistic equivalent of a no-brainer. It's much simpler for reporters and editors to figuratively -- and often literally -- return to the scene of past crimes than to tax their minds finding fresh material. Granted, s ... More >>
A toned-down Oliver Stone finds uplift in the rubble of the Twin Towers.
Denver's about to get The Real World, but four years ago we had a shot at getting a much bigger piece of a world that was -- and remains -- all too painfully real. "In the name of Allah," began the 29-page, handwritten pleading filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on ... More >>
You may not want to see United 93, but you should.
Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph)
Paradise Now finds humor in the mission of suicide bombers.
The yolk's on us
The Cover Up (Gammon Records)
In The Dancer Upstairs, Bardem is the calm amid the political storm.
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Denver is such a world-class town that even terrorists want to visit!
Bleeped words and dropped balls mark the media frenzy around the suspension of Dan Issel.
Donald Miller has rewritten one of the best books on World War II, but will anyone care?
24 has been the most talked-about show of the season, and for all the wrong reasons.
How will Hollywood react now that real life is more terrifying than fiction?