jeff.and.jenny.johnsonBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At 41 years old, Jeff Johnson is discovering all sorts of new wonders he’s never experienced before, like Rip Van Winkle waking from a long slumber. Sentenced to life in prison without parole for a crime that occurred when he was seventeen, then re-sentenced three weeks ago and released, he’s trying to negotiate a world that didn’t exist back in 1994 — a world of smartphones and smart cars, Google and Facebook, YouTube and #MeToo. Westword has the story.

mike.macintyre.youtubeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: After the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes football team was crushed 30-7 by the Utah Utes for its sixth straight defeat (after five wins to begin the season), head coach Mike MacIntyre was fired just over a year after he signed a pricey five-year contract extension.

Pamela Fine, who says MacIntyre dropped the ball after she told him about being abused by former Buffs assistant coach Joe Tumpkin, took no delight in this development. But while she expressed sympathy for MacIntyre’s family in a series of tweets that followed his November 18 sacking, she also wrote that he should have been dismissed for his actions ( or lack thereof) regarding her long before a losing record sealed his fate. Westword has the story. reading from the Voice Media empire: Chris Watts became infamous nationwide thanks to sweeping coverage of his arrest and subsequent conviction for killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella. But a civil suit filed by Shanann’s parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, and brother, Frank Jr., on behalf of her estate seeks to ensure that his name recognition doesn’t turn into cash. The document is accessible below, and its language echoes that of a complaint that the family of another murder victim aimed at arguably the most notorious alleged American killer of the past century. Westword has the story. reading from the Voice Media empire: Art can and should be ugly at times. But what is the responsibility of the artist and exhibitor in terms of preparing a viewer for such material? And does this obligation change depending on where and how the art is displayed?

These subjects arose during closing night of the 41st annual Denver Film Festival, when the forthcoming film Vox Lux was given the red-carpet treatment at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.Most attendees probably knew little about the film beyond its description as a satirical portrait of a pop star portrayed by Natalie Portman, with original music by Sia. But the tale opens with a graphic school shooting set in 1999, when the Columbine attack took place. To make the allusion even more direct, the gunman, seen above, is clad in a long jacket that recalls what the Columbine killers wore. Westword has the story.

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