Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Nov. 18

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Hi. The news roundup today includes several stories on homelessness, a feature on Star Wars, that weird mystery plane and also some Republican reflections on all-mail elections.

"A relatively harmless cabbage accident some years back." A crowd of people are gathered around a spilled truckload of cabbage and a derailed railroad train car in Denver, Colorado. Between 1920 and 1930. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-5916)  historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

"A crowd of people are gathered around a spilled truckload of cabbage and a derailed railroad train car in Denver, Colorado. Between 1920 and 1930. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-5916)

The costs of homelessness:

City research finds Denver spends about $7 million yearly on emergency, medical and jail services for its 250 most chronically homeless people. That’s part of what’s driving Denver has moved to change its approach, emphasizing “housing first.” (RMPBS)

Meanwhile, a federal report shows another increase in the estimated number of people experiencing homelessness here. (Denverite)

Also, people are continuing to resist the city’s homeless sweep at Park and Broadway. (Westword)

Can pop culture be fine art?

The Denver Art Museum says Star Wars can be part of its mission. Corey Jones has an interesting piece about the exhibit, including an interview with one of the costume designers. Unfortunately, there will not be a Chewbacca nude, unless you count just regular Chewbacca as being nude. (CPR)

The most WSJ headline about post:

“Stoner City, USA,” the Wall Street Journal titles its op-ed about Initiative 300. That’s not even a pun! Also, apparently “hipsters may have to hire a fleet of consultants. Cannabis liberationists: meet the regulatory state.” OK. (WSJ)

Also, the Aurora Hemp Marketplace, aka the weed strip-mall, is in operation now. (ABC7, with autoplay video that doesn’t care that I disabled autoplay video)

Stupid mystery plane:

The big white plane circling Denver on Wednesday was an E-6B, “used to relay instructions to submarines in case of a nuclear war.” (Inside Edition)

Here’s your chance to hang out at the Sportscastle again.

The Denver Flea will set up shop for a weekend in December in the very ornate former Sports Authority store on Broadway. (BusinessDen)

Republicans are feeling better about mail-in ballots.

The GOP really tried to kill the statewide mail elections system, but now they’re kind of happy about it. Having 92 percent of your base participate will do that. (Colorado Politics)

Still no drilling allowed in Boulder.

The county is still thinking about it. The emergency moratorium has been in place for nearly five years. (DBJ)

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