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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Pamela Geller, co-founder and President of Stop Islamization of America, is shown during the American Freedom Defense Initiative program at the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. (Gregory Castillo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Pamela Geller takes heat over shooting at Muhammad drawing contest

Pamela Geller and other hosts of the "draw Muhammad" contest were lucky to emerge unscathed after two Muslim gunmen attacked the event Sunday, but they haven't escaped the wrath of critics who insist the organizers share the blame for what happened. Published May 4, 2015

Students walk to and from classes on the campus of the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Monday April 20, 2015. The University of Colorado is open to the public on this 4/20 marijuana holiday for the first time in three years. The university has blocked public access in recent years in an effort to snuff mass smokeouts to mark the unofficial marijuana celebration. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Swarthmore College rejects divesting from fossil fuel

Swarthmore College has dealt a blow to the climate-change movement by rejecting calls to divest from fossil fuels, an unexpected move given the college's status as a birthplace of the college divestment drive. Published May 3, 2015


Male Columbia student sues school over 'mattress girl' case

The Columbia University student targeted by a mattress-carrying protester filed a lawsuit Thursday against the school, arguing that it failed to shield him from harassment even though police and campus authorities refused to pursue rape charges against him. Published April 23, 2015