Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 4

Aerial view of the Colorado State Capitol building, a park, 15th (Fifteenth) and 16th (Sixteenth) Streets, Broadway and Lincoln Street in the Central Business District of Denver. Colorado. Shows the Denver City and County Building annex, the Carnegie library building, the Voorhies Memorial, reflecting pool and fountains in Civic Center Park, First Presbyterian Church on Broadway, the State Medical Examiners Office, the State Museum, the Colorado State Bank, the Republic Building, the Denver Theater Building, the Conoco building and the Paramount Theater. Businesses line the streets, signs read: "Gump" "Walgreen Drugs" and "Used Cars." Bill boards and standing signs read: "Country Club Beer, Famous For Its Flavor" "Phillips 66 Runs Smoother" and "Burlington Route Zephyr." The excavation site for the Hilton Hotel is on Court Place. (John A. Myers/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/(Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11640)  cityscape; capitol hill; civic center; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Aerial view of the Colorado State Capitol building. (John A. Myers/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection)


Shoppers in Broomfield and surrounding communities are only years away from picking up matching furniture at Colorado’s second IKEA location. The company announced plans for a new store today.

The Denver Broncos now have responsibility for getting Mile High Stadium renamed. The team paid to take over Sports Authority’s contract for the sign. Might we suggest, “The University of Colorado A Line Field at Mile High?”

Crime & justice

A Greenwood Village homeowner is suing the city after police destroyed his property last year when a gunman took shelter in the home. He was reportedly offered $5,000 for the damage. He’s looking more for $600,000. (DP)

The pipe-wielding man captured on video this summer is saying he suffered a mental health crisis at the time of the attack on 16th Street Mall.


Colorado is seeing more “buy and dry” deals divert water from farm fields to city pipes for condos and subdivisions. That could be bad for the survival of farms on the Front Range. (KUNC)

The documentary “Killing the Colorado” will explain how the serious water crisis in the West came to be and what needs to change to prevent a future catastrophe. It airs tonight at 7 on the Discovery Channel.


The Arizona-based hospital operator Banner Health is notifying 3.7 million people after health and social security data was compromised. Banner Health has several locations in Colorado. (Coloradoan)


The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning that marijuana grow houses in Colorado may be “the new meth houses.” (WaPo)


The Rockies had a home-run fest and climbed above .500. They are three games out in the NL Wild Card race.

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