Melanie Asmar's report about a man who received a disorderly conduct citation for saying "Fuck it" at a Sam's Club in Aurora incited a passionate response that's definitely giving the First Amendment a workout. Here's a case in point. See also: Reader: There's nothing natural about breastfeeding wi ... More >>
Readers continue to react to Melanie Asmar's post about Chipotle asking customers not to bring guns to its restaurants and a Comment of the Day from a Second Amendment supporter who says members of Open Carry Texas who posed with huge gats at one outlet made responsible gun owners look bad. This re ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's post about Chipotle's request that gun owners leave their weapons at home after open-carry advocates in Texas brought assault rifles to one of the chain's restaurants brought a lot of criticism for the latter group, and not only from those who argue in favor of gun control. Take the ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's post about a report that found landlord bias against blacks, Latinos and families stirred up a lot of conversation among our readers. Some believed the results, while some doubted them. This reader falls into the latter category.
Melanie Asmar's post about a drunk woman who got into an elephant exhibit at the Denver Zoo notes that new signage is intended to prevent something like this from happening in the future. In the view of one reader, though, the Zoo shouldn't be considered off the hook for what could have been a dange ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's post about the final Colorado hemp regulations inspired a wide variety of comments: some celebratory, some accusatory. Additionally, one reader wondered why the state is bothering to test hemp when it has a negligible amount of the psychotactive ingredient in marijuana....
Yesterday, our Melanie Asmar wrote about the closure of West High School until Wednesday following the discovery of bedbugs in a classroom. Asmar, the author of a feature article on bedbugs, asked our readers if the incident suggests a wider bedbug problem in Denver, and here's one of the uncomforta ... More >>
Yesterday, Melanie Asmar wrote about the first legal hemp crop in Colorado (and the U.S.) in more than fifty years. It's a big step forward for advocates, who would like to see hemp return to the legal, useful status it once enjoyed. Like, for example, as a way to rid your fields of truly pesky w ... More >>
Yesterday, Melanie Asmar reported about Denver City Council lifting its 1,000-foot buffer from schools for needle-exchange programs. However, medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools remain against the rules -- a fact mentioned by a slew of our readers, including this one.
The Colorado-made hemp flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington on the Fourth of July has made its way back to the Centennial State. And today -- which is known as Colorado Day, in commemoration of the day on which the state officially joined the union in 1876 -- the hemp flag flew at the Color ... More >>
A recent Melanie Asmar post reported about Clarisa Mesta joining the ranks of undocumented immigrants who have stopped deportations after speaking publicly about their cases. Her story stirred up back and forth among people on opposite sides of the immigration-reform issue. Here's the take of a read ... More >>
Our Melanie Asmar reported about a Supreme Court challenge to the Colorado law that forbids displaying aborted fetus photos near churches where children might see them. As you might expect from this topic, debate is divided. Here's a reader who sees contradictions in the views of many pro-choice typ ... More >>
Lovers of the Denver diorama, rejoice! On Friday and Saturday, visitors to the History Colorado Center can watch the Lilliputian tribute to circa-1860 Denver being reassembled in the museum's lobby. The much-loved exhibit, which was crafted in the 1930s by federal work programs workers, was cut apar ... More >>
Last week, Melanie Asmar shared an immigration report estimating the cost of Colorado's "show me your papers" law at $13 million. But the price tag on porous borders and a flood of illegal immigrants depleting American resources is much higher, maintains one particularly passionate commenter. Here's ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's post about the transformation of Union Station from a sleepy train stop to a multi-modal hub featured photos of construction and renderings about what the place will look like when it's finished. But one reader hopes some things are preserved.
It's been thirty years since Denver's 16th Street Mall opened for business, and this week's cover story "It's a Mall World After All!," takes a look at the attraction's past, present and future. That future includes new life for Denver Union Station, the 131-year-old train station at the west end of ... More >>
Update:James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in the Aurora theater shooting, walked slowly into a packed, wood-paneled courtroom this morning to be advised of his rights. He wore a maroon jumpsuit, but the most shocking thing about his appearance was his hair, which was a bushy tumble of neon orang ... More >>
Less than a day after Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight at City Park, more than 150 people -- activists, preachers, mothers and teenagers -- gathered at the District 2 police headquarters in northeast Denver to thank the officers who worked alon ... More >>
In our recent epic tome about the rehabilitation of the South Platte River, we told you about improvements to Lakewood Gulch. The trickling tributary in Sun Valley was for years walled in by concrete in an attempt to corral its flow -- a dangerous situation that proved deadly in 2007 when a two-year ... More >>
We're a forensics-obsessed society, if what we watch on the boob tube is any indication. And who doesn't get lost in a well-written police procedural after reading the first paragraph? What a crime leaves under its own dirty fingernails fascinates us, and the thrill of step-by-step discovery, with a ... More >>
Peter Miles Bergman is drawn to the unsanctioned. In 2004, the founder of art-prank society The Institute of Sociometry made his backyard into a faux parking lot to showcase how ridiculous it was that homeowners near the Broncos stadium couldn't sell parking or even to give it away. This year, Bergm ... More >>
This is it, zoo fans. This is what you've been waiting for and dreaming of since you approved that $62.5 million zoo-improvement bond in 1999. Big, hulking male elephants -- up to eight of 'em -- living in City Park. Big, hulking male elephants and their big, hulking...trunks. Today is the day tha ... More >>
Denver's new crime lab smells like fresh paint and virgin plastic. Some of the office furniture is still wrapped in it, or stacked in boxes. But all of the major stuff -- the lab benches, the fingerprint examination tables, the walk-in freezer and the test-firing range -- is in place, waiting for t ... More >>
At noon, a day after Republican lawmakers defeated a bill to legalize civil unions in a special legislative session, conservatives rallied on the steps of the Capitol building. The event had been planned days in advance, but due to the demise of civil unions, the tone was celebratory. House Speaker ... More >>
Colorado's archives include eighteen dioramas that were displayed at the old history museum -- but are nowhere to be seen at the new History Colorado Center. Is that dumb?
The most common question state historian Bill Convery hears about the new History Colorado Center is, "Where is the Denver diorama going to be?" That huge diorama depicts the Mile High City in 1860, complete with the old Rocky Mountain News building, an Arapaho Indian camp and, Convery says, "fantas ... More >>
In a post yesterday, Melanie Asmar broke down a new study of prostitution in Denver, which documented harsher punishment toward women and a proclivity for treating men who patronize this service with much greater deference. One reader thinks the situation would improve of this dynamic was reversed.
Colorado is under attack! By Miller moths! This earlier-than-usual invasion has inspired plenty of grumbling, as well as Melanie Asmar's list earlier this week of the top five alternative uses for the irritating little buggers. Note that Asmar didn't include anything about moths causing car crashes ... More >>
What does it look like when a bunch of mascots converge on the Capitol steps? Kinda goofy. That's what happened at today's Discover Colorado Rally, a yearly meetup that could be summed up in two words: "Yay, tourism!" Grown-ups dressed as sharks and bears listened as officials rattled off statistics ... More >>
We first told you about the Denver Zoo's plan to turn a shitload of shit into electricity and heat back in 2009. The key is a scientific process called gasification. Basically, it works like this: Poop and trash and other waste goes in, science happens, and then voila! The end product is a useful c ... More >>
Melanie Asmar's post about reported low wages and overwhelming workload at Colorado Virtual Academy inspired a number of readers to share positive comments about online education in general. Here's one example from a reader who sees such institutions as giving parents more educational options.
This week's cover story, "A World Away," tells the story of Drucie Bathin, a 46-year-old refugee from Burma who has made it her life's work to help other, newer refugees. She has a soft spot for the teenagers. To help them connect to their heritage, and stay out of trouble, she plays chauffeur and c ... More >>
Tomorrow is a city holiday, which means legions of city employees won't have to show up to work (with the exception of police and fire folks, Denver Health doctors, airport workers and the animals at the Denver Zoo; what's a giraffe have to do to get a day off around here?). There's a bonus ... More >>
The Internet has dramatically changed how we learn. In some ways, the change has been worse than others, considering that students are sometimes Googling their way to a diploma; see Melanie Asmar's story, "Passing on Education". But on the plus side, access to knowledge is now in students' ha ... More >>
Melanie AsmarFor the past 28 years, Juanita's has been a Pearl Street mainstay, holding onto its sliver of storefront space that led to a well-worn front dining room and back lounge, even as other establishments turned over for newer, trendier concepts on either side of it. But on March 1, t ... More >>
Our post yesterday about Colorado signing on to the Secure Communities program sparked a debate among commenters after reporter Melanie Asmar used the term "illegal immigrants." Should the word "illegal" be used in that way? Or is it unnecessarily pejorative? Here are two strong views:
Welcome to In the Weeds. Kyle will be right with you -- most likely to complain about something. Usually he is pleasant, but this is his place to blow off some steam. Don't take it personally; he just needs to vent because he's been doing this for about thirteen years. Enjoy your meal. By it ... More >>
An image from the Pole's faux bathroom web cam. Indie 101.5 has spent most of 2009 at death's door. In January, music director John Wilbur, aka Whip, went public with his fight to save the low-rated but highly enjoyable station's format. Then, in May, he went on the air to ask advertisers to ... More >>
After 12-plus hours of testimony, the state health board on Monday rejected a key restriction on medical marijuana dispensaries -- a rule that would have limited them to five patients each. You have to imagine this was the most attention ever heaped on the health board, which played host to hundreds ... More >>
Photo by Melanie AsmarAre those kids playing catch with an eyeball? Grody. Spilled entrails. Dogs guarding picked-over bones. Men dangling raw flesh above their mouths like bunches of grapes. Children tossing an eyeball back and forth. Sound like the apocalypse? A cannibal's birthday party? No, i ... More >>
Photo by Melanie Asmar Want some free king crab legs? How about a gratis rack of lamb? From now until at least the end of the summer, the Broker Restaurant, at 821 17th Street, is offering a free dinner to anyone who mentions its new billboard at Broadway and 18th, advertising -- what else? -- a fre ... More >>
The photos captured by Melanie Asmar for "Colorado Conservatives' Porkiest Anti-Stimulus Protest Ever," a blog about a State Capitol rally yesterday, were plenty weird -- but as a commenter to that post pointed out, they were nowhere as jaw-slackening as the image above, captured by ProgressNow Colo ... More >>