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 | News
The Denver Zoo has reportedly done a bang-up job of breeding and managing African wild dogs. According to the zoo, 28 puppies have been born there since it began housing the species in 2001. And the baby boom could continue thanks to the recent ac...
5 days ago | Immigration
On the afternoon of Friday, March 20, more than one hundred marchers set off from the First Unitarian Society of Denver, bound for the federal immigration court downtown. Arturo Hernandez Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who has taken sanctuary i...
8 days ago | Crime
Will Dynel Lane be charged with murder for the death of a seven-month fetus that authorities say she cut from a pregnant woman's womb? That may depend on the results of an upcoming autopsy. District attorney Stan Garnett said at a press conference...
16 days ago | News
The bullet that paralyzed Karina Vargas wasn't meant for her. In 2010, Karina, then sixteen, was standing outside of Aurora Central High School. Her classes were over for the day, and she was hanging out with a group of friends, showing off her ne...
22 days ago | Marijuana
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner is co-sponsoring a bill to legalize hemp nationwide. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (on view below) would remove industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana" in the federal Controlled Substances Act, ma...
24 days ago | News
The first bedbug that Tim ever found was in an unlikely place: his kitchen sink. He’d been living in his apartment near Jefferson Park for a little more than a month when he noticed something crawling on one of the clean plates he’d left out to dr...