Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Boulder's Storm Warning

A year ago, Michael Brown was at the center of the storm. Today, the former FEMA head is back in Boulder, where he's set up a disaster-consulting business. So far, he hasn't been asked to consult on the disaster in his own back yard -- but over the past two weeks, he's certainly thought about how he'd handle the JonBenet Ramsey debacle. And he had plenty of opportunities to think about it today, when so many national news shows interspersed Hurricane Katrina anniversary coverage (and interviews with Brown himself) with the latest reports on John Mark Karr, the little suspect who wasn't.

"Look, I don't want to compare my situation to JonBenet," he says. "But if she [Mary Lacy] had just stepped forward and said, 'Here's what we're doing,' I think people would have been more accepting. Now there's this whole charade."

With Boulder's DA in the eye of the hurricane. - Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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