Around Aurora


Matt Dolezal, right, a theater shooting survivor, takes a tai chi class from Jacqui Shumway on Friday July 10, 2015 at Aurora Strong Resilience Center.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

A year after the attack, the Resilience Center — a partnership between Aurora Mental Health, the city of Aurora, Anschutz Wellness Center and Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance — opened in the basement of the old Hoffman Heights Library at 1298 Peoria Street offering free services for any Aurora resident — not just people who were in the theater.


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3:49 p.m. update: CENTENNIAL | Public defender Dan King made District Attorney George Brauchler’s closing remarks for the prosecution a key part of his closing argument on behalf of his client, Aurora theater shooter James Holmes. King began his closing speech, opting to use the courtroom’s lectern, by quoting Aldous Huxley: “Facts do not cease […]


FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. The relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son James had been strained since he was a young boy. After he left for graduate school, their communication was mostly confined to terse emails. Holmes told a psychiatrist years after his gunshots killed 12 people and injured 70 in a crowded Colorado movie theater that he doesn’t like to talk with people, even his mother and father.  (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

“This was a terrible tragedy in which great harm was caused for large numbers of people. It’s virtually impossible to divorce that question of insanity from its context,” said Valerie Hans, a Cornell Law School professor who has studied juries and the insanity plea. “I really feel for jurors who have to listen to wrenching testimony and steel themselves and look at the law and see which legal option really is the best match.”


A weathered sign marks its territory Sept. 22 at Stanley Aviation. Built in 1954, Stanley Aviation manufactured airplane ejector seats but after years of being abandoned the building will be getting a facelift. The 100,000 square footage will be transformed into a marketplace that will house a restaurant, beer garden, community park, office spaces and a variety of dining, shopping and recreational options. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“It’s clear we are getting positive attention that we have long deserved. But in the past we failed to step up and tell our own great story. With whole hearted Council support, we have now launched a branding campaign designed to change perceptions about our home,” said Hogan.