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.
10 days ago | News
How do Colorado jails and prisons house transgender prisoners? In part, it depends on their policies. In reporting this week's feature, "No Way Out," we researched the policies of the federal Bureau of Prisons, the Colorado Department of Correctio...
11 days ago | News
Samantha Hill knew it was going to happen.Her cellmate was leering at her and acting strangely. Although Hill had only been housed with him for a few days at the U.S. penitentiary in Florence, she’d been in prison long enough to recognize the warn...
22 days ago | Aurora Theater Shooting
James Holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison. On Friday, three and a half months after Holmes's trial began, a jury of nine women and three men delivered his punishment. Judge Carlos Samour read the verdicts just after 5 p.m. They were a...
23 days ago | Business
On August 4, a small but important election will take place in Glendale, a tiny city with big ideas. A total of twelve people who own property or lease space within a few blocks along Cherry Creek will vote on whether to create a “downtown develop...
26 days ago | Aurora Theater Shooting
The death penalty is still a possibility for Aurora theater shooting gunman James Holmes. Starting tomorrow, the jurors in his trial are expected to hear from the loved ones of the twelve people he murdered in the attack. Their testimony will make...
1 month ago | Education
The parents behind a move to recall three controversial Jefferson County school board members turned in twice as many signatures today as are required to get the recall questions on the ballot. Election rules require 15,000 voter signatures, and t...