• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Twenty Colorado Police Agencies That Arrest the Most Black People by Population

    USA Today set out to discover if the racially lopsided arrest statistics in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer, were an anomaly. Sadly, no: A fascinating new report reveals a racial gap in arrest stats in many locations across the cou ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Photos: Top Ten Haunted Houses in the U.S.A., Including a Terrifying Denver Attraction

    To mark the Halloween season, USA Today assembled its picks for the country's top haunted houses -- and one from Denver made the cut. Count down all ten below, featuring images and text from each of the attractions -- and be sure to click on the links to learn more about the scares offered up at ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Photos: Shooters Grill's waitresses are armed -- and so are a lot of the customers

    Back in May, our Melanie Asmar told you about Chipotle's request that customers not bring guns to restaurants in the chain after members of the group Open Carry Texas posed for pics with automatic rifles at one eatery. We have a feeling these dudes would be welcome at Shooters Grill in Rifle, wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Wall Street Journal offers an "Insider's Guide to Denver"

    The Wall Street Journal just posted its "Insider's Guide to Denver" -- and it's a lot more insightful than the Denver destinations for foodies list that USA Today produced earlier this year. But there's a lot more than food here, too. The Journal spoke to actress AnnaSophia Robb, Museum of Contempo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder

    USA Today and its 10Best blog surveyed readers to determine the best cycling cities in the country. Now the results are out, and it's no surprise that Colorado landed two places in the top ten -- but unexpectedly, Boulder, which was among the twenty finalists from which participants could choose, di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    USA Today picks Denver's top ten foodie spots -- but eat fast!

    Last week USA Today came out with its "10 Best Foodie Spots in Denver. But you'd better move fast if you want to hit two of them: D Bar is closing this coming weekend in anticipation of a move, and Restaurant Kevin Taylor is closing for good at the end of March. And two others -- the Cherry Creek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    USA Today's ten best foodie spots in Denver -- and the two that are closing

    Denver blogs are here today, here tomorrow. At our Cafe Society blog, Patricia Calhoun makes note of USA Today's picks for Denver's top ten foodie spots -- and points out that two of them are about to disappear. The Ralphie Report recaps the CU Buffs' route to a third consecutive NCAA basketball t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    DIA flying high as Best U.S. Airport for Art: Did blue Mustang kill the competition?

    Was it "Mustang" that killed the competition -- just as the sculpture killed its creator, Luis Jimenez? Maybe it was Terry Allen's bronze gargoyles by baggage claim that had victory in the bag. Or perhaps it was part of some New World order conspiracy, as presaged in the murals by Leo Tanguma. Whate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Does DIA have the best art of any airport? Or just the freakiest?

    Denver International Airport has an out-of-this-world art collection -- literally, if you believe the people who think some of the pieces speak to the Martians that inhabit those underground tunnels, or predict the coming of the New World Order, or simply signify hell on earth -- in the form of "Blu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Denver's Ho Mei named third-worst restaurant in the United States!

    Denver blog posts are working up an appetite. Over at our Cafe Society blog, Patricia Calhoun reveals that Yahoo's The Daily Meal has named Denver's Ho Mei the third worst restaurant in the entire country. Congrats! At Colorado Pols, Michael Lund criticizes what he sees a USA Today headline about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Denver Post to hire new Broncos reporter amid sports department shuffle

    Last week, we shared comments from Denver Post execs about changes at the paper online, in print and at the sports department; Broncos beat reporter Jeff Legwold had just jumped to ESPN. Post types initially declined to say whether the position would be filled. But now, the section's boss confirms t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Hogshead Brewery turns one; beer fests abound this weekend

    This week USA Today announced the results of its hunt for the "best" craft brewery in America. Experts whittled the list of this country's 2,538-plus breweries (the latest number from the Brewer's Association) down to 72 nominations, and those went to a vote of the readers. More than 11,500 people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    McCormick's happy hour ranked No. 1 by USA Today

    The current happy-hour menu at the McCormick's Fish House & Bar in the corner of the Oxford Hotel may not seem as much of a bargain as the legendary "cheap time" that denizens of LoDo remember so fondly, when every item -- including a big fat cheeseburger and fries -- was $1.99, but the chain's happ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Barack Obama losing his lead among Colorado women?

    Denver blog posts understand how you feel. Colorado Pols sites a post-debate poll showing Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama among women voters in Colorado, 51-45 percent. South Stands Denver's Colin D. on Lindsay Jones leaving the Denver Post for USA Today and ESPN Radio 102.3's Jo Jo Turnbeaugh go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    USA Today names Denver one of the top 10 beer cities in the WORLD!

    Not only did USA Today just name Denver one the best beer capitals in the world -- the whole fucking WORLD, y'all! -- but the internationally distributed daily newspaper also gave a shout-out to Patty's Chile Beer, named, of course, for Westword founder and editor Patty Calhoun, who likes things spi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    James Holmes: Strange new mug shot, ten new counts -- and five more victims?

    On the same day that a new, wild-eyed mug shot was released of James Holmes -- one that shows his hair close-cropped and returning to its natural dark color -- the accused Aurora theater shooter has been charged with ten additional counts of attempted murder at the request of prosecutors. The docume ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Top five Colorado-animals-behaving-badly stories

    Yes, animals are adorable. But they can also be destructive, as witnessed by the havoc wreaked by a certain squirrel this week -- more on that below. The chaos-loving rodent inspired us to round up five recent stories about critters gone wild, in a manner of speaking. Count down our favorites below ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Lingerie and silk boxers come together for the Super Bowl

    If you think the Super Bowl and sexy men's underwear have nothing in common, you'd usually be correct. But this year, there's a connection -- and a local one at that. Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Englewood is running an ad in USA Today's glossy preview publication for Super Bowl XLVI -- which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Glenwood Springs ups its game to become "Most Fun Town in America"

    Glenwood Hot Springs.​Most lists of the country's cutest, prettiest, drunkest, most livable/affordable/promiscuous places and/or people are, well, about as stupid as they sound. Standard response: "Sez who?" But there's reason to believe that Glenwood Springs earned being singled out as the " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    The underage sex trafficking panic was fueled by anything but science

    ​Where are the hundreds of thousands of teen prostitutes some advocates say are engaged in underage sex trafficking? Village Voice Media spent the past two months collecting arrest data for underage prostitution in 37 of America's largest cities. Reporters found the average number of arrests o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Royal wedding: So far, 12 Denverites pay $329 to Marriott to watch William & Kate get hitched

    The Marriott.​Amid all the hype and hoopla about Prince William getting hitched to Kate Middleton during the wee hours of Friday morning Denver time, the JW Marriott Cherry Creek is offering a special Royal Wedding package beginning at "just" $329. Ridiculous? Maybe so -- but at least a dozen ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    In USA Today's best burger joints roundup, Park Burger nabs another honor

    The Park Burger Croque wins accolades from USA Today​Park Burger, 1890 South Pearl Street, has received accolades from Bon Apetit, the Denver Burger Battle judges and here at Westword, which gave the joint Best French Fries in this year's Best of Denver awards. Now, USA Today is giving Park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Police brutality: Denver incidents tie into national police-misconduct upswing

    ​Much has been made of several high-profile incidents of alleged police brutality involving the Denver PD, culminating in the resignation of Denver Manager of Safety Ron Perea. Number crunchers even suggest Denver's number-one for excessive-force complaints. But while the focus may be on Denve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Ken Buck gets a wet kiss in USA Today piece about Colorado as national election bellwether

    Ken Buck.​Lucky Scott McInnis: Instead of spotlighting McInnis's plagiarism problems, the latest USA Today focuses its attention on Colorado's senate hopefuls. Although the Michael Bennet-Andrew Romanoff race earns some virtual ink, the focus is on Ken Buck's transition from electoral also-ra ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2010
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    June 28, 2010

    Would you like a roach or rodent with your meal, sir? FDA finds those and more in airline catering company kitchens

    ​Jesus. It's not horrible enough cruising at altitude with a full two inches of legroom, a middle seater with flatulence and seat belts slimed with Jell-O. Now FDA inspectors are unearthing everything from fruit flies and ants to live roaches and dead rodents in the country's airline catering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Worst blown calls in baseball history: Armando Galarraga's shoulda-been perfect game joins list

    A Flickr photoArmando Galarrago got jobbed.​Last night, Detroit's Armando Galarraga got screwed out of a perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce mistakenly called a runner safe with two outs in the ninth. Had Joyce, who's admitted his error, seen straight, Gallaraga would have joined an extremely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Tiger Woods "Unfaithful" art project goes global

    It wasn't quite pop art, but close -- and readers and viewers everywhere are chugging it down. This weekend, Channel 9 reported about bottles of Gatorade on local store shelves featuring a photo of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word "Unfaithful" -- an art project pulled off by Longmont's Jason ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: DIA plays Scrooge

    ​Denver International Airport has the money to start planning a transformation of the Jeppesen Terminal into a massive mall (and move security screening to the perimeter) -- but it's put the Scrooge to its annual holiday entertainment, blaming budget constraints for the $50,000 cut. For twent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Shmucks of the Week: Hammered airline pilots

    You know you're drunk when you look at this thing and say, "Yeah, I can totally fly that."​ Pilots are casual enough as it is. Whether explaining why you've been sitting on the tarmac for 45 minutes or forecasting the Hail-Mary-inducing turbulence ahead, they're always so relaxed. It's as if t ... More >>

  • News

    October 8, 2009

    Are you Westword's new pot critic?

    Some lucky writer is waiting to inhale in the really Mile High City

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Twitter haters hate Twitter, says USA Today

    ​In a groundbreaking story printed yesterday, one of USA Today's crack investigative journalists broke the story that people who hate Twitter don't see the point of using Twitter! And in related developments, people who find marriage pointless rarely marry, vegetarians don't like meat, and wat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    No more trashing bicyclists, rednecks

    Suggested rules of the road courtesy of​Today, a new law goes into effect requiring automobile drivers to give bicyclists at least a three-foot berth, and to refrain from chucking trash or other nasty objects at them when passing. When this last aspect of the regulation was re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    3OH!3: Your weekly update on the world's most ubiquitious act

    It's been a few weeks since our last 3OH!3 post. (Forgive us, father, for we have sinned.) Fortunately, you'll be happy to know that the Boulder-based hooligans, slated to appear at this weekend's Mile High Music Festival, haven't budged from their ubiquitous perch. And their influence appears to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    It's World Cocktail Week! Drink up with Jared Boller

    Jared Boller knows how to mix it up.World Cocktail Week ends today. So let's raise a glass to Jared Boller, the award-winning mixologist who represented Denver in a recent article in USA Today that profiled a handful of alcohol alchemists around the country. Boller will be behind the bar at TAG, Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Denver Post editor Greg Moore knocks down rumors about move to USA Today

    Ever since the Rocky Mountain News was put up for sale, John Temple, the tabloid's editor, publisher and president, has been the focus of much attention. Not so Greg Moore, editor of the Denver Post (seen here in a photo from several years back), who's stayed in the background even as reports surfac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    The blog shortcut, January 20 edition

    Anyone miss George W. Bush yet? Today in Backbeat Online: • Live review: The Killers and M83 at Magness Arena. • Harpoontang at Lion's Lair. • Jesse Manley is ready for his closeup. • Derek Trucks Band tops Twist & Shout's top-sellers list. • (hed) p.e.'s New World Orphans tops Independen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Snowblower safety tips for Joe Sakic

    As soon as I heard that Joe Sakic had broken three fingers in a freak snowblower accident, I immediately flashed on all the other bizarre injuries suffered by Colorado athletes in recent years -- and I wasn't alone. The Rocky Mountain News' Dave Krieger -- who made our list of marquee talents the De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Back to school with DPS

    Marilee Utter. Although Denver would seem to be all DNC, all the time, it appears that the city will carry on after August 28. Evidence of this came in an August 19 Rocky Mountain News story, which reported that the Urban Land Institute has recommended the DPS facility in the next block -- curren ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007

    Risk Averse

    Colorado Springs police don't name a crime victim because of his advanced age, even though he shot and killed his attacker.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Please Don't Play the Jesus Card, Rockies

    The Colorado Rockies' current run is so beyond the hopes and dreams of even the most optimistic fan that it simultaneously inspires delight at the way events keep turning in the team's favor and fear that the slightest cosmic miscalculation will bring the whole crazy streak to a premature end. After ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Jesus at the Bat

    Heaven help the Colorado Rockies this season.

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    May 22, 2006

    More Messages: Rockies Rediscovered

    The Colorado Rockies' early-season success -- at this writing, they're atop the National League West -- has apparently caused the nation's largest newspaper to remember that the team exists. Among the guests on today's edition of "The Press Box," Z-560's fine morning-drive show, was a baseball writ ... More >>

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    Phone Home

    Seeing stars and stealing cells.

  • News

    December 15, 2005

    Shop Over

    The sky's the limit at DIA for last-minute giving.

  • Dining

    March 18, 2004

    A Capital Idea

    Things to do in Denver when you dine.

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Off Limits

    Dollars and sense

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