Smart and self-assured, with jet-black hair and the faintest of goatees, Shihan Qu is the reigning king of magnet balls. His ascension to the throne wasn't so much the result of hard-won battles against other magnet magnates as it was the outcome of a process of elimination. While other companies th ... More >>
To borrow a phrase the legendary American cinema masterpiece Anchorman: In the 1930s, Chicago-based writer Floyd Gibbons was the balls. The one-eyed war hero embodied the rough, tough American male image and dazzled the public with his syndicated stories in newspapers, radio and on television, whi ... More >>
As the brass quintet launched into a sweeping rendition of an old Hollywood score, camera crews captured the historic action. This was one of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's controversial Classically Cannabis fundraisers, possibly the first-ever symphonic marijuana celebration anywhere -- even if ... More >>
Broncos all-pro Von Miller may be suspended, reportedly after testing positive for marijuana and Molly. "I know I did nothing wrong," he tweeted yesterday -- and indeed, one ex-Bronco's pot-use suspension was overturned a few years back. But that wasn't true of another Denver-affiliated player, who ... More >>
Amendment 64's passage has energized marijuana opponents like Christine Tatum. An ex-journalist and wife of addiction specialist Dr. Christian Thurstone, Tatum recently went after yours truly for, among other things, failing to contact Thurstone for a post featuring one of his critics. Since then, T ... More >>
After hearing that McDonald's, America's favorite -- and only -- purveyor of Egg McMuffins, is test-marketing a new promotion, "Breakfast After Midnight," in a few locations including Denver, I cruised into the McDoo's at 505 East Colfax Avenue at 12:01 a.m. -- only to find no breakfast. And, in fac ... More >>
Some of the biggest and boldest national names in food criticism descended on Denver over the weekend to check our city's culinary scene. Why, you ask? Let's just say that they were doing research for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Several of those critics tweeted about their experiences ... More >>
In advance of the Arvada Center's production of The Lady With All the Answers, which starts its previews tomorrow night, we started researching the woman the play was based on: Eppie Lederer. Known to the public for 47 years as advice columnist Ann Landers, Lederer was a fascinating lady. And ... More >>
Ever since he ended up as conspicuously the only member of the Breakfast Club not to get coupled up -- and was pretty much okay with it -- we knew Anthony Michael Hall was a guy we could identify with. Lanky, bug-eyed and just a little too weirdly enthusiastic, he was the quintessential geek, ... More >>
Dean Singleton.Update:As of yesterday afternoon, the Denver Post hadn't published an article about its latest circulation report -- for space reasons, perhaps? However, such a piece appears in today's print edition -- and it's less spin-happy than usual, straight-forwardly conceding that sale ... More >>
Dennis Leonard will be rocking out somewhere else.Dennis Leonard's tumultuous tenure as vice president and general manager of Channel 31 and The Deuce is over. He announced his imminent departure to staffers yesterday. While Leonard's enemies, of which there are plenty, would love to think t ... More >>
Jay Cutler: A total kitty cat?Funny story out Chicago yesterday -- especially if, like most Broncos fans, you desperately want Jay Cutler to wind up working as a bouncer at the one strip club of Santa Claus, Indiana. The story went like this: Vikings receiver Bobby Wade went on a podcast in M ... More >>
David Axelrod's 22-year-old son, Ethan, will run the Huffington Post's Denver news section.On the off chance you were worried the Huffington Post would abandon its storied brand of knee-jerk Obama-ism when it waded into local news, rest easy: Westword learned today that the news site's forthc ... More >>
The San Francisco Chronicle, the largest daily newspaper in the Bay Area, is reportedly in such shabby fiscal shape that its owner, the Hearst Corp., says it may have to close the venerable pub within weeks if expenses can't be brought under control. In the event of such a shut-down, San Francisco's ... More >>
On Oscar night, the entire food world was abuzz. Not because of anything that happened during the Academy Awards ceremony, but because of one of the (million and one) commercials that showed during the proceedings: namely, the Tom Colicchio Diet Coke spot that appeared to show the Top Chef judge an ... More >>
Our October 24 blog "Protesters Don't Want Focus on the Family's James Dobson in Radio Hall of Fame" told the tale of DumpDobson.com, a website that decried the planned induction of JD in the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications' National Radio Hall of Fame. These efforts failed, and Dob ... More >>
MediaNews Group (and Denver Post) head honcho Dean Singleton. In a memo to employees announcing the sale of the Connecticut Post and seven nearby publications to Hearst Corp., Dean Singleton, the chieftain of MediaNews Group, which owns the Denver Post and more than a hundred other U.S. newspapers ... More >>
The word that Roger Ebert (pictured) and Richard Roeper had severed ties with the film-review program At the Movies -- and that their replacements will be Turner Classic Movies' Ben Mankiewicz and E's Ben Lyons, who are TV personalities with virtually no hardcore critical background -- couldn't help ... More >>
George Clooneys ode to screwball comedies of yore is so close. And yet...
In a January 7 More Messages blog, Denver Post managing editor Gary Clark said that, to his knowledge, his paper had only received one reader complaint owing to the decision of higher-ups to distribute the January 6 Parade magazine, whose cover story presented former Pakistan prime minister Benazir ... More >>
Channel 12 personality Aaron Harber may be many things, but he's not Barbara Walters -- so landing a one-on-one with General David Petraeus the very week the military man made his long-awaited report to Congress about the American adventure in Iraq was quite a coup. The interview, first reported in ... More >>
Another day, another article about newspaper cutbacks. But while a Los Angeles Times piece that ran yesterday under the headline "Changes Feared at Daily News" concerns a publication several states away, it could forbode similar developments in these parts. The aforementioned offering focuses on th ... More >>
Since editor Greg Moore arrived at the Denver Post in 2002, his staff has been shuffled more times than cards at a Texas Hold 'Em tournament. For the most part, though, the folks switching seats have been in the reporting ranks. Now, Moore has given several supervisors similar treatment, as he outl ... More >>
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