Southwest passenger in Denver asked to deplane after criticizing agent on Twitter

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Photos courtesy of WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. More images, tweets and a video below.
In a recent airline quality survey that hammered Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines finished in the middle of the pack. But Minnesota's Duff Watson would no doubt rank the carrier much lower. He says he was asked to deplane prior to a flight home from Denver because he criticized a Southwest agent on Twitter.

See also: Frontier gets hammered in latest airline quality study, finishes last in customer complaints

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Photos: Roadkill, death and more in Arvada police animal-management tweet-along

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Animal lovers who've considered becoming an animal control officer may have had their minds changed by a tweet-along staged yesterday by the Arvada Police Department's animal management department. Incidents in what appears to have been a normal day included a roadkill pickup, a corpse recovery, a neglected pet that couldn't be saved and more. Granted, it wasn't all tragedy, but the circle of life's last phase is on view plenty of times in the photo-filled tweet string below.

See also: Photos: Behind the scenes at Aurora's first-ever Teen Citizen Police Academy

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Videos: Ultrarunner Adam Campbell on being struck by lightning in race and finishing third

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Adam Campbell as seen at the Hardrock 100 in a photo tweeted by Ian MacNairn. Videos and more below.
Canada's Adam Campbell is an elite ultrarunner who decided to challenge himself by competing in the Silverton area's Hardrock 100, an incredibly difficult one-hundred-mile course featuring "33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet and an average elevation of 11,186 feet," according to the event's website.

Campbell finished third in the race. That's an impressive accomplishment under any circumstances, but especially so in his case -- since he was struck by lightning during his run.

See also: Micah True, aka Caballo Blanco, R.I.P.: Videos recall famed ultrarunner

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William Breathes's DIA hell night: How not to travel home in a thunderstorm

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Traveling is always a learning experience. Sometimes you learn things when you get where you're going, and other times the journey itself was the lesson. And sometimes that lesson is a real fucking pain in the ass.

Take last night, for example, when I learned more about DIA than I have since 1995, when it opened.

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The EPA's Denver office has an environmental problem of its own to clean up

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The EPA's Denver office.
The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. The agency oversees the cleanup of asbestos in buildings and chemicals in our soil or drinking water, for example. It provides grants to government agencies and companies that want to clean up landfills, restore wetlands and mitigate Superfund sites. And it makes sure that those agencies and companies do it right.

But the EPA's regional office in downtown Denver appears to have a foul-smelling environmental problem of its own, according to a June 25 story on GovernmentExecutive.com, a website that covers news for managers and executives working for the federal government.


See also: Cody JC Dutton, Colorado escape artist, fails to fool deputies with his neck tattoo


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Cody JC Dutton, Colorado escape artist, fails to fool deputies with his neck tattoo

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The rest of Cody JC Dutton on view below.
As our recent gallery of the fifteen best face-and-neck-tattoo mug shots proves, alleged criminals and above-the-shoulders ink make a memorable combination. But can tats also be used to create a false identity?

Cody JC Dutton, a serial escape artist who's a wanted man in Colorado, gave this gambit a try using his own neck tattoo. Bad news, though: Not only didn't it work, but it led to him being both captured and tased. The strange details below.

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Peyton Manning busted for drugs? Not that Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning -- really. More photos below.
When headlines started popping up about Peyton Manning being busted on drug charges, some Broncos fans likely hit the panic button. But frankly, we feel sorrier for Manning herself.

Yes, herself. This particular Peyton Manning is an eighteen-year-old woman from Nashville whose relatively modest arrest has made headlines across the country because her parents chose to name her after a certain legendary quarterback who played his college ball at Tennessee. Here are the details.

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"Suck Fail:" DMV-hearings password list prompts investigation

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Big photos and more below.
Fox31 has discovered a list of passwords being circulated among government employees in charge of driver's license suspension hearings. They include such gems as SuckFail, CuzUDrnk ("Because You're Drunk") and URSkrood ("You Are Screwed").

At this point, it's unclear whether the passwords, designated for each month from 2011 through 2014, are real or a joke. But the station reveals an investigation is underway to determine if they indicate a bias against the folks who come to these employees on a daily basis seeking to get back driving privileges.

Do you think these passwords an example of people in a high stress job simply blowing off steam? Or offensive proof of impartiality? Judge for yourself after reading the complete photo-illustrated list, followed by the Fox31 report.

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Why 4/20 is the absolute worst day of the year in Colorado

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This Sunday thousands of ganja enthusiasts will gather in Denver's Civic Center for what has become an annual rite of spring, the embrace of cannabis culture at 4:20 on 4/20. But this weekend also marks the peculiar collision of several more somber anniversaries, commemorating some of the worst days this part of the country has ever seen. "April is the cruellest month," T.S. Eliot wrote in the opening line of The Waste Land, "breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire." And some of the memories of April 20th in Colorado aren't exactly blissful.

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Painting of Full House's Joey stolen from restaurant, returned in trash bag

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A Facebook photo of the "Full House" paintings at Big Al's, with Joey missing.
Big Al's Burgers and Dogs has an attribute unique in Fort Collins and, probably, on planet Earth -- a series of paintings that pay tribute to characters from the iconic '80s/'90s sitcom Full House. So you can imagine the heartbreak when someone stole the portrait depicting Joey Gladstone, portrayed by the brilliant Dave Coulier. But fortunately, this shocking tale has a happy ending.

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