This week's cover story, "A Sporting Chance," traces the rise of the Niyakko Rush, a grassroots youth soccer club made up primarily of refugees living in a single apartment house in Aurora. Many of the players have come from countries ravaged by political and military upheaval, including Myanmar, So ... More >>
Update: National and even international attention continues to focus on three Denver-area girls who were taken into custody because of suspicions that they planned to join the ISIS terror group in Syria (see our previous coverage below). But even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was thanking Ge ... More >>
Like a lot of newcomers, Jason Hicks was a bit flummoxed by his first visit to the Shadow Tree apartments last year. The complex, just a short stroll off East Colfax in Aurora, is home to a growing number of refugee families, relocated from places like Nepal and Burma and Somalia. It's a population ... More >>
Here's an idea: If, like me, you are bored to tears with the corporatization of sport and want to celebrate in some way those who play for pure love of the game -- and maybe grab a burger, some hot dogs, and a cheap car wash in the bargain -- then I've got a deal for you. Point your car to the heart ... More >>
It had been about three years since I was last in The Herbal Cure to check out the herb. And within a minute of my most recent visit, it was easy to tell the shop has done a lot of, um, growing in that time. Not that the herb was shoddy before. But staffers have clearly spent the last three years ... More >>
The 2011 feature "Mean Streets" described allegations of discrimination and abuse at Yellow Cab, the city's oldest taxi company, as well as detailing taxi drivers' inability to find alternatives because the state's Public Utilities Commission made it nearly impossible to start new cab companies. But ... More >>
This one's officially for the kids, but it's really about the whole world, and the suffering of people in other nations. As part of its ongoing Monthly Creative Literacy program in collaboration with the Denver Public Library, RedLine will host the second of two One Million Bones art events in Denv ... More >>
Editor's note: Election day is near, and if you haven't voted early, you have decisions ahead of you, not the least of which is whether to vote at all, as Josiah Hesse postulates in "Your vote doesn't matter: Why there are better things to do on election day." Hesse's colleague, Chris Utterback, tak ... More >>
Yesterday, while Barack Obama's Denver appearance, Sam Levin asked ten supporters of the presidents explaining why they attended the speech. One person who spoke with him said she feared presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would lead the nation into war -- which prompted this fie ... More >>
Where's the best place to find wild asses in Denver? If you guessed Shotgun Willie's, you're probably right. But we would have also accepted the Denver Zoo. Why's that? Because the zoo is now home to two 600-pound Somali wild asses named Kalifa and Kamowa. The two half-brothers recently arrived fro ... More >>
Weld County is launching a campaign to educate immigrants about the importance of reporting crimes to the police. "We want everyone to report crime, every time," Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney, said today at a press conference in Greeley. That includes undocumented immigrants and refu ... More >>
After months of planning and fundraising, this year's BoldLeaders trip to Kenya has been grounded, thanks to threats of violence from the Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab. The Denver-based group had flights arranged and was within a week of departure when the U.S. Department of State and its embass ... More >>
The only heavy-metal band in Iraq. A charter school in the most diverse square mile in America. A letter written by a Maine mayor asking Somalis to keep out. Those are the subjects of three of the six documentaries to be screened at the three-day 2012 Refugees In Focus Film Festival, which starts at ... More >>
A steady trickle of African immigrants has made the Denver metro area, and Aurora specifically, a haven for quality African cuisine. But closer to downtown, and just down from the white-hot TAXI development in RiNo, is a taste of Somalia at the Safari Cafe.
In the summer of 2010, 21 past and present Yellow Cab drivers -- all African immigrants -- filed a lawsuit in federal court, charging that the taxi company had favored American drivers and billed plaintiffs for questionable fees. The lawsuit was dismissed at the request of the filers after Yellow Ca ... More >>
www.egos-school.com Five years ago, teachers at the Emily Griffith Technical College Language Learning Center, which offers free English classes to refugees, recognized a problem: Even when refugees landed jobs, they had trouble holding onto them. "We noticed that they were lacking in America ... More >>
Author Benjamin Runkle will be at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch tonight to talk about his new book, Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden. In preparation for his appearance, we caught up with Runkle to talk about his book, the importance of manhunts and the effect ... More >>
It started with a vacant lot. But where others saw a scrubby, rectangular piece of land strewn with rocks and broken glass, the refugees living in the adjacent apartments saw a soccer field and a gathering place and spot to grow vegetables. On Monday, the city Parks and Recreation Department ... More >>
Sarah Palin.Wouldn't you know it -- the day after Osama bin Laden was killed by an elite Navy Seal team in Pakistan, former vice presidential candidate and political star Sarah Palin will offer a salute to the troops at Colorado Christian University. And surprisingly enough, she may not be t ... More >>
Watch your back, Blackbeard.When Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Wydah at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Machines Like Us at the Theatre Company of Lafayette come to town simultaneously tomorrow, it will set the stage for one of the most epic battles ever conceived by nerds ... More >>
Some Denver taxi drivers say they've been taken for a ride by their employers
"There's No Place Like Home for Somali Refugees in Greeley," a November 2008 feature by ex-Westword staffer Lisa Rab, told the tale of the Somali community in Northern Colorado, and those members who'd lost jobs in what Rab described in a followup post as "a clash over prayer breaks at the JB ... More >>
Tavis Smiley has a new take on Columbine.More than a decade after the attack on Columbine, the high school's name remains a buzz word -- and an infinitely flexible one. Example: Public Broadcast Service talk-show host Tavis Smiley used the massacre as an example of violence done by Christian ... More >>
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It's been a mighty tough year or so for Lisa Rab, one of the staff writers laid off at Westword yesterday. She came to Denver from the Cleveland Scene, a onetime Village Voice Media property whose assets were sold to another firm and its archives taken offline. Hence, her award-winning work for the ... More >>
Now is a great time to enter the banking industry, wouldn't you say? As our economy collapses, some unlucky schmuck still has to make cold calls from the vacant desks at the newly merged WaMu Chase Wachovias of America, asking customers to entrust their savings to the corporate titans who so recentl ... More >>
The nature of print media is strange these days. Pages shrivel and shrink, then disappear altogether, while paid positions dry up like teens on Proactiv, resulting in a frenzied scramble toward writers and editors doing more with less, pissed off at their frozen salaries yet unable to bitch about i ... More >>
This week, Westword's cover story, "Wage War," introduced you to Greeley's Somali refugees, many of whom lost their jobs in a clash over prayer breaks at the JBS Swift & Company meatpacking plant. But Somali refugees throughout the United States are facing a bigger hurdle: Seeing th ... More >>
You know the greatest thing about Greeley mayor Ed Clark? He really knows how to relate to the young people of America. Like in June, Clark spotted a fifteen-year-old boy riding his motorbike down a neighborhood street, and somehow the former cop just knew that what the boy really wanted was to be v ... More >>
Cyanide -- it's not just for Nazi leaders anymore. The bizarre death-by-cyanide of Abdirahman Dirie, a Somali native turned Canadian citizen whose body was found in Denver's Burnsley Hotel earlier this month, has been ruled a suicide, and the modest amount of space devoted to the report by the Den ... More >>
Culture abounds at the fifth annual African Extravaganza.
The farming techniques of Africa are being handed down from one generation to the next on a tiny farm in East Aurora. Each day, Somali Bantu parents are there with their young children, planting seeds, tending crops or harvesting a small bit of produce. Their profits are meager, but the tradition is ... More >>
Over the past few months, there have been religious riots, killer floods, a full-scale war, a government overthrown, U.S. bombing and more religious riots in the Horn of Africa. Don't feel too bad if you've been too distracted by news about The Real World: Denver and the iPhone to pay attention to t ... More >>
I'd never understood Ethiopian food -- and then Haime Asfaw showed me the way.
Diversity unfolds at the African Market
The Denver Center's supple staging is designed to delight.
In this early battle of the Vietnam War, they were Soldiers -- and then some.
Black Hawk Down pays grim, gritty homage to real American warriors.