rss Email Author Melanie Asmar

Awards

  • 2013 - National Council on Crime and Delinquency/Media for a Just Society, published May 17, 2012

    "Bad Company"

  • 2012 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published March 17, 2011

    "Say What?"

  • 2012 - Clarion Awards/Association of Women in Communications, published May 26, 2011

    "Passing on Education"

  • 2012 - GLAAD Media Awards, published May 5, 2011

    "Coming Out in America"

  • 2011 - Education Reporting Awards/National Education Writers Association, published June 10, 2010

    "Teacher's Fret"

2009 Stories by Melanie Asmar

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  • If you're looking to build an office building, read this blog

    published Mar 26, 2009

    What's that? You want to build an $8.3 million, 51,000-square-foot office building somewhere along the Front Range? And you're wondering about building permit fees and estimated plan approval times ... More >>

  • How I accidentally celebrated St. Patrick's Day

    published Mar 17, 2009

    I'm not Irish. Not even close. In fact, I'm so not Irish that I usually forget it's St. Patrick's Day until I'm reminded by a storefront four-leaf clover or beer specials or something. So it's a to... More >>

  • Lend your vacuum at your own risk, Denverites
    FEATURED STORY

    Lend your vacuum at your own risk, Denverites

    published Mar 17, 2009

    While searching for the text of a certain Colorado law completely unrelated to inter-neighbor vacuum cleaner loan, I stumbled across a website which featured exactly that. DumbLaws.com is pretty mu... More >>

  • The Real World of Jared Polis, courtesy of CNN

    published Mar 04, 2009

    Freshman Boulder Congressman Jared Polis caused a stir yesterday -- both locally and nationally, it seems -- when the Denver Post reported that he told a progressive political group on Saturday that... More >>

  • Top five explanations for why an elk wound up with a barstool around its neck
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    Top five explanations for why an elk wound up with a barstool around its neck

    published Feb 26, 2009

    In case you missed it, the Vail Daily reported on February 13 that several Eagle-area residents have seen a female elk wandering around with a bar stool stuck on her head. But -- extra, extra! -- th... More >>

  • Only in 21st-century America: Warring fartlords head to court

    published Feb 25, 2009

    There's a flatulence flap a-brewin' in Denver's U.S. District Court. Loveland-based software developer InfoMedia, Inc. -- creator of the Apple iPhone app iFart Mobile -- has asked a judge to rule t... More >>

  • New York Times calls play about Colorado Springs "inquisitive"

    published Feb 24, 2009

    The New York Times yesterday published a review of This Beautiful City, a play about Colorado Springs that, in the words of the New York-based theater troupe that performs it, "explores the Evangeli... More >>

  • Gamer's day in court postponed while other gamers LOL

    published Feb 20, 2009

    There's no word yet on whether a boisterous game of PlayStation will lead to a criminal record for Sean Duffy. Duffy, a 38-year-old former emergency medical technician, was arrested by the Aurora pol... More >>

  • Swastika Guy was out and proud at anti-stimulus protest

    published Feb 19, 2009

    In today's Rocky Mountain News, FOX News contributor Michelle Malkin claims she didn't realize she posed for a photo with a man holding a swastika-bearing sign at an anti-Obama stimulus bill protest... More >>

  • Denverite to Obama: Hope you don't fuck it up
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    Denverite to Obama: Hope you don't fuck it up

    published Feb 18, 2009

    About a week after Barack Obama was elected, conservative Denverite Dave Griebling set in motion a T-shirt idea that he says had been percolating since last August's Democratic National Convention. ... More >>

  • Colorado conservatives' porkiest anti-stimulus protest ever

    published Feb 17, 2009

    There were plenty of pork jokes -- and about 300 people -- at today's "Barack Obama: You Don't Know Stimulus" rally on the steps of the State Capitol. The packed demonstration, the details of which ... More >>

  • The Denver Zoo asks: I can haz Valentinez Dey card?

    published Feb 13, 2009

    Cute cats rule the Internet, as documented in the February 10 Salon.com article "The Internet Is Made of Kittens." And in the hierarchy of kitty-cuteness-overload, the LOLCATS reign supreme, mostly be... More >>

  • Birthday Q&A with Abraham Lincoln -- or as close as we could get
    FEATURED STORY

    Birthday Q&A with Abraham Lincoln -- or as close as we could get

    published Feb 12, 2009

    February is to Abraham Lincoln impersonators what July is to ice cream men, Sunday is to preachers and 2 a.m. is to phone-sex operators. Busy. And Littleton's John Voehl is no exception. He starte... More >>

  • A boisterous game of PlayStation leads to arrest

    published February 12, 2009

    At about midnight on December 2, Sean Duffy and his girlfriend, Molly Knudson, were playing MVP Baseball on their PlayStation 2. As on... More >>

  • Denver no longer has to wonder: What Would Molly Brown Tweet?

    published Feb 11, 2009

    Historical Tweets, a website that imagines what historical figures -- from George Washington to Urkel -- would have tweeted on Twitter, recently waded into familiar territory with the above offering... More >>

  • How Google saved Valentine's Day
    FEATURED STORY

    How Google saved Valentine's Day

    published Feb 06, 2009

    I'm a fan of Valentine's Day. But not because of any love stuff. It's because of conversation hearts, those super-sweet wafer-y candies with the fun sayings like "Mad 4 U" and "Lover Boy." I'm al... More >>

  • Making it with the Denver Public Library

    published Feb 06, 2009

    Is it just us or does "I Made It With the Library" sound dirty? That being said, the Denver Public Library's unintentionally naughty webpage is pretty cool. Crafters are encouraged to post photos of ... More >>

  • The <em>Rocky Mountain News</em> throws one heck of a migil
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    The Rocky Mountain News throws one heck of a migil

    published Jan 30, 2009

    The mood at last night's Rocky Mountain News candlelight migil (half march, half vigil --- so coined, in the tradition of the Martin Luther King Day Marade, by someone cleverer than me) was light. Alt... More >>

  • The SPAM champ among us

    published Jan 30, 2009

    (Read Jason Sheehan's SPAM confession here.) All hail the SPAM king, ruler of all that is pink and meaty and rectangular. This year, the king is from Colorado Springs. Ron Pearman -- 48-year-old Loc... More >>

  • Frontier's economic stimulus deal's a real cockpit tease

    published Jan 28, 2009

    Those flashy online Frontier ads sure look enticing. Click and you'll find out that the airline has extended it's Economic Stimulus Package deal until today! Flights from Denver starting at $39! "Sa... More >>

  • Revelations in new Facebook and MySpace study: no duh

    published Jan 22, 2009

    The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a study last week that found young people are more likely to use social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace than old people. In other br... More >>

  • Leftovers

    published Jan 19, 2009

    Michael Harrison celebrated his Martin Luther King Day trying to sell stuff he wasn't able to sell during the DNC. Namely, Obama In a Bottle. It didn't matter that the water bottles - which are stuf... More >>

  • Icing on the Marade
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    Icing on the Marade

    published Jan 19, 2009

    What's a parade - or marade, for that matter - without free stuff? There was plenty of it today in Civic Center Park, the endpoint of the city's official Martin Luther King Day Marade. (For those of ... More >>

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