A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven Denver teachers who claim that the district used a provision of the state's landmark teacher effectiveness law to get rid of them without due process. Denver District Court Judge Michael Martinez found that since the law makes no mention of "tenure," lo ... More >>
Update: Earlier this morning, we shared an interview with Conley Hoskins, an indicted medical marijuana entrepreneur who decried the shuttering of two dispensaries by a state agency; see our previous coverage below. In the conversation, Hoskins mentions that about fifty employees went unpaid due to ... More >>
As Kaze Gallery prepares to close, co-owners William Thidemann and Sandi Calistro are splitting up to open two new tattoo shops in Denver. Last month we spoke with Calistro, who will open Ritual Tattoo & Gallery. This week, we caught up with Thidemann, who is equally busy with his preparations for ... More >>
Martinez.Judge Michael A. Martinez's ruling that stopped a Douglas County school voucher program has been controversial in some quarters, with the families of impacted students frequently casting blame on plaintiffs behind the lawsuit in question. But a longtime critic of the voucher plan has ... More >>
Michael Martinez."School Vouchers on Hold" read a weekend headline in the print Denver Post. But while plaintiffs, including the Colorado branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, technically requested a preliminary injunction to stop the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program, Judge ... More >>
Big pic below.A petition has been filed in juvenile court regarding a 12-year-old from Burlington suspected of killing his parents, Charles and Marilyn Long, and wounding two siblings. But prosecutor Robert Watson still hasn't decided whether to ask for a transfer to adult court. If he does, ... More >>
Jeering the judges to help cheer the bench. After the election-day stress of choosing the least objectionable candidate and making sense of the Amendments, voters are asked to decide upon the retention of a mysterious list of unknown State, District and County judges. In an effort to help edu ... More >>
Mark Matson.Fresh developments in two cases involving alleged child molesters from religious backgrounds with a past in Colorado. This week, a judge declined to toss a lawsuit against Father Mark Matson, who's accused of molesting a teenage boy at a Denver boarding school circa the '70s. And ... More >>
Prosecutors say Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams (left) was shot and killed by 26-year-old Willie Clark (right) on New Year's Day 2007 Westword is covering the trial of Willie Clark, accused of murdering Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams early on New Year's Day 2007. The mo ... More >>
Willie Clark Do Denver police detectives hide evidence in secret folders? Lawyers for accused murderer Willie Clark say they do. Other defense attorneys agree. But prosecutors do not; they say attorneys regularly have access to police files. The issue came up yesterday at a pre-trial hearin ... More >>
Terra Ramirez knows what it's like to be a victim -- and to victimize.
From the week of July 21, 2005
From the darkness, a ray of light that was Sonja DeVries.