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Photo: Alexander Heit's final text message -- which he was sending when he crashed and died

4 years ago by Michael Roberts
A Colorado ban against texting while driving went into effect in 2009 -- not that Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle thought it would make a huge difference. At the time, he shrugged off the measure as a "feel-good law" that would be tough to enforce. More than three years later,...
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Mike Coffman questions the value of liberal-arts majors, Joe Miklosi pounces

4 years ago by Sam Levin
Update below: The time has come to question whether many liberal arts degrees are really worth it. So says Representative Mike Coffman in a recent newsletter, in which he also admits to regretting his own political science major and notes that he probably would've been better off primarily studying business...
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No charges against Boulder County deputy in apparent suicide by cop

3 years ago by Michael Roberts
In the last few months, we've reported about two incidents that fall under the heading of "suicide by cop," including a shooting involving a despondent CSU student and a Denver face-off during which the gunman reportedly said, "If they don't fucking shoot me, I'll stab them in the goddamn eyeball."...
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Highlights from the Westword Music Showcase

2 years ago by Backbeat
The twentieth annual Westword Music Showcase brought over 11,000 people to the Golden Triangle to watch more than 150 bands of every possible variety. Our writers and photographers saw excellent lunacy and affecting songs -- the bands and artists of Denver have built a music scene that contains the best...
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Congratulations, Jordyn Lucas: You just received Aurora's first texting-while-driving ticket

7 years ago by Michael Roberts
On December 1, Colorado's ban against texting while driving went into effect, and in an interview with Westword, Representative Claire Levy, who co-sponsored the original bill, defended the measure despite complaints by Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle about the difficulty of enforcing it. "When confronted with the difficulty of enforcement,...
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Texting while driving: a passionate defense of the new ban

7 years ago by Michael Roberts
Today, a ban against texting while driving takes effect in Colorado -- not that Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle expects it to have an enormous impact. In widely quoted comments, he called the measure a "feel good" law that would be tough to enforce. State representative Claire Levy, a Boulder...
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Maria Hardman, Muslim busted for DUI on scooter, can wear headscarf in mug shot

6 years ago by Michael Roberts
On Friday, our Shmuck of the Week deciders anointed Maria Hardman, a CU student who refused to remove her headscarf, called a hajib, for a mug shot because of her Muslim faith -- although that didn't stop her from riding a scooter while drunk, which led to her arrest in...
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Rick Ferguson, Boulder deputy, allegedly used squad car computer to chat up underage girls

5 years ago by Michael Roberts
Rick Ferguson was a member of the Boulder Sheriff's Office for thirty years -- an impressive run by any measure. But it's come to an end, at least for now, and in an extremely distressing way. This week, Ferguson was arrested on five counts, most pertaining to Internet luring of...
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Girl Scouts won't be arrested for selling door to door in Boulder, 'cause sheriff needs Thin Mints

6 years ago by Michael Roberts
Earlier this week, local Girl Scouts of Colorado troop leaders received an e-mail warning that anyone who doesn't get approval in Boulder to sell cookies door to door or from a booth "will be arrested." If Boulderites see cops slapping cuffs on six-year-old Brownies, the Pearl Street Mall will look...
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Fire bans in Boulder and Golden as Lower North Fork Fire blazes out of control

5 years ago by Michael Roberts
The Lower North Fork Fire has already resulted in two fatalities and remains uncontained at this writing -- and the conditions that have fueled it are clearly not lost on officials in other communities. Below, see information about newly announced fire bans in Boulder and Golden, as well as a...

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