Editor's note: Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- a federal holiday. The Westword office is closed, but we'll be posting occasional updates on westword.com today. The country's largest parade in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. -- the Marade -- will kick off this morning by the MLK memorial in C ... More >>
This month, state officials are hashing out just who can and can't make marijuana concentrates in Colorado -- setting safety guidelines for producers and consumers for both the recreational and medical marijuana industries. Most rules for the recreational and medical marijuana industries were set m ... More >>
In April, we told you about the Respect State Rights Marijuana Act of 2013, which calls on the federal government to respect state marijuana laws. Among the original co-sponsors: Colorado Representative Jared Polis. Since then, the legislation has made little progress, but it's just gotten a boost. ... More >>
As we've reported, the International Drug Policy Reform Conference is taking place in Denver. And while the gathering will feature plenty of in-depth panel discussions and distinguished speakers (see the full program below), several events will feature a celebratory feel -- among them today's "No Mo ... More >>
At 4 p.m. today, the Senate's State Affairs committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 13-1303, a measure intended to make it easier to vote in Colorado. The NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Area Conference has endorsed the proposal even as it decries one particular attempt to rally oppositi ... More >>
Franklin Sain, the government contractor arrested last week after sending racist and sexist e-mails to Representative Rhonda Fields, a prominent backer of gun-control legislation (see our previous coverage below), has now been formally charged with two counts, including harassment-ethnic intimidatio ... More >>
The debate over gun control continues to get ugly. The same week Franklin Sain was arrested for sending Representative Rhonda Fields allegedly harassing, racist e-mails vocal, pro-gun audience members at an Aurora Town Hall meeting antagonized Senator Morgan Carroll, who felt the need for a securit ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, CEO Franklin Sain was arrested over threatening e-mails to state rep and gun-control advocate Rhonda Fields; see examples below. (Warning: They're explicit.) The firm for which Sain works has now suspended him, but that's not enough for the region's NAACP affiliate. The org ... More >>
For months, there's been tension aplenty between supporters and opponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act -- and with the election a week away, it's still rising. Example: The No on 64 campaign says claims by backers don't hold up under scrutiny, prompting proponent Mason Tv ... More >>
Last week, we noted that actress Susan Sarandon is voicing robocalls on behalf of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Now, a new website, MarijuanaMajority.com, is pushing such measures here and elsewhere using the words of other notables who've questioned drug policy, including F ... More >>
At 10:30 a.m. today, the NAACP's Colorado/Montana/Wyoming conference will formally endorse Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Rosemary Harris Lytle, communications director for the local branch, who's among the speakers at the event, taking place in Denver's Five Points neighborh ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
You wanna party? Oh yes you do. It's Friday and you don't have anything better to do! It's the third day of the Greatest Show on Turf celebrating DJ Ktone's birthday, the Analog Space crew is getting down at Meadowlark, there are tons of reggae parties tomorrow, as well as hip-hop house parties galo ... More >>
Update: Now that the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act has been approved for the November ballot (get more details below), proponent Mason Tvert is busily lining up allies for what should be among the season's most interesting campaigns -- and at a 2 p.m. news conference, he'll be introducing thre ... More >>
Dunkin' Donuts is being sued again. Danielle Jordan, 47, a diabetic, alleges that the cup of coffee she ordered from her local DDs was laced with sugar instead of the artificial sweetener she'd asked for, and is seeking "unspecified damages" (code for a shload of coinage) after allegedly exp ... More >>
Brian Vicente.Update: The Sensible Colorado staff has been hard at work trying to determine if any of the community or county attempts to ban medical marijuana dispensaries were unsuccessful -- and they've found seven bright spots amid the disappointments in places like Aurora and Douglas Cou ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.The resolution of the latest case against tax-hater Douglas Bruce has been portrayed by the press as a mixed bag. True, Bruce wasn't held in contempt for not testifying in a lawsuit involving Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 -- but the judge ordered him to testify about ... More >>
Jon Caldara.Jon Caldara's Channel 12 show is now called Devil's Advocate, and plenty of politicians are dancing with the devil. Not only did Caldara get his job as head of the Independence Institute after Tom Tancredo moved on to Congress, but Tancredo was at the Institute's annual ATF party ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo loves this flag -- and he wants voters to know what's behind it.Last week, ex-Congressman and former presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, delivering the keynote address at the First National Tea Party Convention, drew accusations of racism when he suggested ... More >>
As federal holidays go, there are few more worthy than next week's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But unless black people celebrate the good doctor's achievements with some raucous party I'm not invited to -- entirely possible, since I'm whiter than a Cheers cast reunion -- it's not exactly the most ro ... More >>
Why Mexicans keep the colonial name game alive.
OutKast's Depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the Old South.
Denver's plummet from the summit.
Life of the Party
The music rings true in the sanitized Hi-Hat Hattie.
State of infamy
From the week of August 8, 2002
A river of controversy runs through it.
With several controversial cases coming up, Colorado's death-penalty decision moves to a three-judge panel.
A class-action suit becomes a vehicle for racial justice.
John Rocker delivers a pitch.
Denver Pan African Film Festival opens with a film about a black TV executive.
HEC is a bust, but the Black Entrepreneur Channel is poised for launch.
February 4 - 10, 1999
Anne Sulton missed out on the civil-rights movement of the Sixties. Now she's making up for it.
A Denver reverend with a stubborn streak keeps the city's police-watchdog commission on its toes--and off-balance
ADAM'S MARK DEVELOPER FRED KUMMER LOST A $5 MILLION RACIAL-DISCRIMINATION SUIT IN ST. LOUIS--BUT WON $25 MILLION FROM DENVER.