Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 12

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View of 15th (Fifteenth) and Lawrence Streets. Businesses include John Thompson Grocery Company, Dr. Grant Seely (dentist), Grand Butchers, Tabor Opera House, and rooms for rent. Between 1898 and 1915. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-593) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Welcome to the working week. Here's a bunch of local news about development, civil rights, today's city council meeting, faithless electors and more. Also, there's a little Elvis Costello at the end, which you can take either as a warning or an incentive.

View of 15th and Lawrence streets between 1898 and 1915. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-593)
Expect an update on the faithless electors today:

If you've got your Hillary Clinton hopes pinned on a group of Democratic electors winning the right to vote for whomever they want and then convincing 30-odd Republicans to join them in #DumpingTrump, well, good luck. In any case, the lawsuit has a hearing today. (Denverite)

City council committee talks marijuana today:

This 3 p.m. meeting might be interesting if you've got an illegal home grow. Hint: The man is coming for you. (City of Denver/Denverite)

The city council also meets in full tonight at 5:30 p.m. Nothing particularly controversial, except maybe the requirement that apartments and large multi-family buildings track their energy usage. Also, Denver will start working with Adams County to promote economic development around the airportHere's the agenda. (Denverite/City of Denver)

Cooking at altitude:

I'm bookmarking this for the next time I make cookies. It's a guide to elevated cooking, covering everything from hard-boiled eggs to cookies. (North Denver Tribune)

A new environmental fight on the Colorado River:

A paving firm and a landowner want permission from the town of Gypsum to build a gravel pit mine and an asphalt plant above the Colorado in Eagle County. (DP)

Did Rashaan Salaam suffer from CTE?

The CU football legend's brother said Salaam showed all the symptoms of the concussion-related disease. Salaam killed himself last week. (USA Today)

Attorneys prepare for Trump:

Local litigators are forming the Lawyers Civil Rights Coalition, focusing on freedom of speech, immigration, police misconduct and more. (KDVR)

New brewery for Highland:

Zuni Street Brewing Company is trying to raise $20,000 for its new operation at 29th and Zuni, aiming for a February opening. (BusinessDen)

Big development in RiNo:

Two developers are buying land for a 4.5 acre mixed-use project (office, hotel, residential) near Wynkoop and 38th Street, which is near the 38th and Blake rail station. (BusinessDen)

First details of the aerotropolis:

Panasonic is really hyping up its involvement in a plan to build a master-planned community near the airport. Peña Station Next will include a driverless shuttle and smart street lights, among other stuff. Early work is getting underway now. (DP)


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