Kirk Montgomery leaving 9News, latest station to target an entertainment reporter

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Kirk Montgomery.
Today brings word that Kirk Montgomery is leaving 9News, where he's worked since 2001. And while he's landed on his feet, albeit in a smaller market, the decision of 9News not to offer him a contract is indicative of an ongoing trend in the economically challenged TV-news business that threatens to turn Montgomery's specialty area -- entertainment reporting -- into a thing of the past on a local level.

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Alison Michelle Ernst, Hillary Clinton shoe thrower: Misinfo in ties to James Holmes case

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Last week, Alison Michelle Ernst hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton while the latter spoke at an event in Las Vegas. Afterward, the press found a tie between Ernst and the case against Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, and it's legit. However, major outlets such as the Associated Press are reporting that Ernst filed bizarre motions in the matter, with one claiming that Holmes had invaded her brain. That's wrong, and we bet the misinformation thrills the real man behind the document: Jonathan Lee Riches. Here's the twisted story.

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Denver Post CEO won't comment on sale rumors

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Mac Tully.
For the past week-plus, the embattled newspaper industry has been buzzing with chatter about the potential sale of print properties held by Digital First Media, the parent company of the Denver Post.

When contacted by Westword, Post CEO Mac Tully declined to comment about the possibility of a Post sale. But speculation shows no signs of dying down.

What started the rumors in the first place? The death of the Thunderdome.

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Photos: Best Hair male Denver TV personalities -- the 2014 top ten

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Yesterday, we shared our list of the top ten Best Hair on female Denver TV personalities countdown, featuring the 2014 Best of Denver champ and the nine other local on-screen talents who missed the big prize by just a hair or two.

Now, it's the guys' turn.

Look below to see the dudes who made our top ten, and keep counting down until you reach the 2014 champion.

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Photos: Best Hair female Denver TV personalities -- the 2014 top ten

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Each year, our Best of Denver awards for Best Hair on a Denver TV personality -- females and males alike -- are among the most heavily contested of any on our annual list.

Now, the top picks are out -- but what about the nine finalists in each category who finished just out of the money?

Ladies first. Continue to see those in the female category who missed by just a hair -- and keep counting down until you reach this year's number one.

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Dan Mandis, KHOW program director, leaving station amid post-Peter Boyles ratings struggle

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Dan Mandis.
Update below: Since last May, when a dust-up between morning-show host Peter Boyles and his producer resulted in Boyles being fired, KHOW, at 630 AM, has been in flux, and the situation hasn't stabilized yet. Ratings are moribund, and Boyles is consistently attracting more listeners at his new station, KNUS, than is his KHOW successor, Mandy Connell.

The latest development? Program director Dan Mandis has left the station, prompting one wag to suggest, "It's the rats leaving a sinking ship."

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Videos: "Drive high, get a DUI" campaign uses a (mostly) lighter touch to fight stoned driving

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a wide-ranging multi-media campaign intended to stop stoned motorists from getting behind the wheel. It's simple slogan: "Drive high, get a DUI."

At this point, stats showing the scope of the stoned driving problem or if it's been increasing don't exist. But CDOT wants to get out in front of the issue via advertising that blends a light touch with some tougher messaging. See videos, posters and more below.

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Denver cops: Media deal means we can't wait to report major busts even if there are loose ends

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Update: Last week, we told you about the homicide arrest of Aaron Little -- and then, a day or so later, Little's release when an autopsy suggested the victim may have died from natural causes. (See our previous coverage below.) In our post, we wondered if the Denver Police Department had jumped the gun in ballyhooing the bust. A DPD spokesman denies that even as he concedes there were some loose ends. However, he says waiting to reveal the arrest wasn't an option, because of a deal with the area press.

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"Marijuana Overdose Kill 37" satire fools police chief nearly two months after publication

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In early January, shortly after the launch of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, we posted about several pot satires that were mistaken for actual news, including one claiming that weed overdoses killed 37 people on day one of retail operations here. Michael Pristoop was among those fooled, and he stands out for three reasons. First, he's a Maryland police chief. Secondly, he cited the article in testimony before a state senate committee. And finally, his statement came nearly two months after the article had been widely debunked.

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Update: Bill O'Reilly attacks Colorado over Jessica's Law -- but not over pot

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Update: Yesterday, we talked with KNUS yakker Peter Boyles, who said he'd been contacted by a producer for Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly about appearing on a Wednesday night broadcast about Colorado -- but when Boyles said he favored pot legalization, the producer became markedly less enthusiastic and later hung up on the host. (See our previous coverage below.) So...what actually aired last night? We watched so you didn't have to, and both Colorado and pot appeared -- but not together.

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