Early November 2006 brought a huge news week to Colorado Springs — not least because of New Life Church founder Ted Haggard being linked to meth and a gay masseuse in Denver. Reporter Naomi Zeveloff looked into how New Life's younger parishioners were feeling in the aftermath.
From "You've been punk'd":
Unlike their elementary-aged counterparts, the megachurch's massive number of high school and tweenage kids were not asked to leave the service when Pastor Larry Stockstill read the letters penned by Ted and Gayle Haggard, epistles that sought to explain the kind of sins that evangelical young people are repeatedly warned about.
But after the service, several high school members of _tag, New Life's high-tech youth ministry, expressed sympathy for the pastor and pledged not to leave the church even as they predicted that some of their peers would.
"Just because he messed up doesn't give us the excuse to run away," said one 15-year-old who has attended the church for two and a half years. "Everyone sins." ...
"I am sure some people might leave," said one 17-year-old who has attended New Life for nearly two years. "That is separating the wheat from the chaff."
And then there was Doug Lamborn being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time. Cara DeGette caught up with him on Election Night.
From "Lamborn's magic carpet ride":
Mr. Lamborn is going to Washington. Is he ready for Stephen Colbert?
"I don't think anyone's ever ready for Colbert," said Doug Lamborn, who, at last, showed the type of good-natured cheer on election night that his constituents, frankly, haven't seen for awhile. The race between Lamborn and Democrat Jay Fawcett had its ugly, ugly moments like the one during a Cañon City debate, when Lamborn pointed to an audience member who had refuted something the candidate was saying and sternly advised the man, "Why don't you keep your mouth shut?"