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2012: The 25 Best Restaurants

From northern Italian sophistication to authentic street tacos—and just about everything in between—these restaurants are the very best of the Front Range dining scene. Make your reservation today.

5280

October 2012

Features

Chasing A Ghost

For 33 years, no one had been able to solve the homicides of three women, all of who had been assaulted and killed in the same grisly manner just months apart. When detectives from the Denver Police Department’s cold case unit recently reopened the investigations, they not only identified the murderer, but they also found one of the most brutal serial killers in Colorado history.

The Contender

Could state Senator Morgan Carroll become Colorado’s first female governor?

Urban Oasis

A Denver couple’s renovation of a 130-year-old Curtis Park home pays homage to the structure’s history—and adds a touch of modern flair.

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Front Range

Debate Prep

We recently caught up with Christopher Hill, dean of the University of Denver’s Joseph Korbel School of International Studies and a former U.S. ambassador, to chat about the presidential debates.

Fight Club

Theater can be entertaining, surprising, and even gut-wrenching—but to be successful, all performances have to be believable. Meet Geoffrey Kent, one of the Denver Center Theatre Company’s primary fight directors, who orchestrates the swordplay and gun battles onstage.

Very Superstitious

Athletes step onto the field or rink or court seeking a “W.” But even after grueling hours of practice and in-the-gym training, it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra help—so they often turn to detailed routines to get focused. Call it silly or neurotic, but these quirky customs just might be game–changers.

Paying it Forward

Get Involved: A Denver nonprofit gets cancer patients into the great outdoors.

A New Down

Boulder-based Sierra Designs revolutionizes a timeless material.

Gaming Politics

Play 5280 Bingo during the Obama and Romney debate at DU.

On Ice

Meet the Denver Cutthroats, the city’s newest hockey team.

On Tap

Two great beer festivals descend upon Denver. 

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Water Logged

Colorado has a thorny relationship with water. University of Colorado Boulder professor Patricia Limerick explores that interplay in A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water. Three fun facts we learned from the book:

The Off-Season

October in the high country is notoriously fickle—there’s often too much snow for hiking or biking, but not enough for snowshoeing or skiing. Skip the uncertainty and extend the summer trail season with these six reliable adventures.

Reader’s Digest

Step inside one Denverite’s modern home library.

Fright Night

Cooking up the world’s most terrifying animated creatures is just another day’s work for this Greeley man.

Radio Waves

The new voice of Colorado’s African community.

Mane Event

Boots are the accessory trend this season. Add a dose of classic chic with equestrian details and luxe leathers.

Curves Ahead

Designer Anne Fanganello makes fine clothes for curvier girls. 

From The Archives

Take a tour into the past of Colorado’s Brown Palace.

Eat and Drink

The Vootbeer

303 Vodka gives a childhood treat an adult boost.

Split Personality

CafeBar is a welcome addition to the West Wash Park dining scene, but does it have what it takes to be a neighborhood icon?

Growth Spurt

Hazel Dell Mushrooms thrives in Fort Collins.

Roving Gourmet

Best Bites: The Squeaky Bean’s new moveable cheese station.

How to: Herb-Infused Oil

Bright green herb-infused oils made of basil, parsley, chives, or mint are a great way to use garden herbs and add concentrated flavor to your dishes.

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Costume Party

Our tongue-in-cheek picks for what Denver big shots should wear this Halloween.

The New New Testament

The Catholic Church has had a rough couple of decades. Can a 51-year-old layman from Westminster help turn things around? The pope thinks so.

Swingers

Colorado’s shift from red state to purple state has made it key to both the Obama and Romney campaigns. But how long will we continue to play presidential kingmaker?

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