Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
4 days ago | Aurora Theater Shooting
Potential jurors in the James Holmes case were asked about mental illness, the death penalty and if they'd already formed an opinion about whether Holmes is guilty of murdering twelve people and injuring seventy more by opening fire in an Aurora m...
8 days ago | Education
Nine candidates have applied to fill a vacancy on the five-member Adams 12 Five Star school board. They are: Merylee Appel, Amira Assad-Lucas, Brian Batz, Andrew Been, Jessy Hamilton, Joseph Holt, Nicholas Jonson, James Joy and incumbent Ric...
12 days ago | Education
The battle over public education policy in Jefferson County has gotten ugly, as we explain in this week's cover story, "Class Warfare." And the free-market Independence Institute is aiming to call out some of the perpetrators with a new website, M...
13 days ago | Education
In November 2013, three new school-board members were elected in Jefferson County. Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams — or “WNW,” as they called themselves — ran as a group of fiscal conservatives who were in favor of school choice and oppo...
14 days ago | Business
Glendale is proud to announce that it's going backwards. City officials hope to restore Glendale's reputation as a social hub with a $175-million dining and entertainment district along Cherry Creek. They unveiled plans Monday for the new developm...
15 days ago | News
A nationwide ban on tiny magnet balls has been temporarily lifted. The ban went into effect on April 1, though only briefly. That afternoon, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay while it considers a motion by Denver-base...