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

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Good morning. This morning’s news digest includes some serious inbound weather, the economics of the supersonic jet business, the economics of Colorado in general, some opinion on a doctor’s racist comments and also holiday decorations thievery.

17th Street in the 1930s. (Denver Public Library/Harry M. Rhoads photograph collection/Rh-5368)

16th Street in the 1930s. (Denver Public Library/Harry M. Rhoads photograph collection/Rh-5368)

It’s about to get really cold.

Today will bring highs in the 40s, but Tuesday and Wednesday should see a dramatic drop in temperatures, with highs of 27 tomorrow and 16 on Wednesday in Denver. Whoa. (Denverite)

A Colorado startup is making a supersonic jet. Who cares?

Boom Technology is building a 45-seat plane that will fly nearly three times faster than your standard airliner. The Concorde, of course, tried this – but Boom hopes to improve on that earlier supersonic jet with lower operating costs. The idea is to flow routes over water, focusing on New York to London. (Bloomberg)

CU Boulder economist sees continued economic growth in Colorado.

Rich Wobbekind, chief economist for the university’s business school, expects construction, tourism and financial services to drive jobs growth. (Boulder Daily Camera)

How a family business from Mexico rebuilt a well-loved trail in Colorado Springs:

A contractor brought in a family business from the village of San Andrés Cacaloapan to rebuild the steep, steep Manitou Incline trail. The contractor couldn’t find reliable local labor for $12.60 an hour, instead turning to the H-2B visa program. (Gazette)

Denver Post op-ed on the doctor who called Michelle Obama “monkey face:”

The editorial board argues that Michelle Herren’s racist comments (she also criticized Obama’s “ebonic” speech) don’t disqualify the doctor from practicing anesthesiology on children. Many people arguing for Herren’s firing said that they wouldn’t feel comfortable with her as a doctor. Herren ultimately resigned. (DP)

ICYMI:

The five biggest fundraising hauls by Colorado startups last month. (BuiltIn)

Photos from the Parade of Lights. (Denverite)

A woman in Castle Rock is accused of stealing $300 worth of Christmas laser lights. She may have been caught on camera in the glow of the holiday decorations. She reportedly turned herself in and returned the lights. (9News)

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