More Messages: Ganging Up

This week's Message column spotlights Rocky Mountain News columnist Dave Krieger, who's been trying to draw attention to Denver's gang problem from an unlikely location: the Rocky's sports section. Since he began his campaign, his paper has provided greater coverage to gang issues that aren't directly linked to the murder of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams -- and today, the Denver Post got into the act, too, placing an article about Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey's request for $460,000 in additional funds to fight gangs on page one.

As for Krieger, his column today is pure sports; it concerns the Colorado Rockies. But this focus only increases the odds that he'll get back to the gang topic in one of his next offerings. Plenty of Rocky readers will be unhappy if this proves to be the case. However, the more often gangs are in the headlines, the more likely it is that Krieger will continue his crusade. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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