Denver news in 5 minutes: Here’s what you need to know today, March 21

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Good morning. Today’s roundup includes a tough question about how we should handle “criminal aliens;” the impact of Trump’s arts cut; the latest on the parking debate; and more.

"Denver underprivileged- under viaduct - 1933 photo by E.W. Milligan," read the handwritten caption on this photo. (Edward Milligan/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

"Denver underprivileged- under viaduct - 1933 photo by E.W. Milligan," read the handwritten caption on this photo. (Edward Milligan/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

When the past is not the past:

Isidro Quintana was taken into the United States at age 5, some 40 years ago. He got his green card as a child under President Ronald Reagan – and for years he has thought he was safe. Now, though, he faces deportation because he is considered a “criminal alien,” stemming in large part from a felony marijuana arrest in 1996. The question, according to immigration attorney Hans Meyer, is whether it’s worth disrupting a family over that decades-old conviction. Erica and Kevin have the story. (Denverite)

Who would the NEA cut hurt?

Colorado and organizations in the state got about $3.1 million in 2016 from the National Endowment for the Arts, which President Donald Trump wants to eliminate. Recipients include Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the Denver Art Museum and Su Teatro, as Corey Jones reports. (CPR)

Why, Jimmy Buffett?

Federal officials have ruled that a proposed trademark for “Marijuanaville” was just too similar to “Margaritaville.” Makes you wonder if Jimmy Buffett has plans for a dispensary. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

The new approach to parking:

The Denver City Council still hasn’t decided whether or how developers should be allowed to build small projects without parking spots. However, the council did agree that the city should create a program to manage transportation demand for new buildings, potentially requiring features that make it easier for residents to go without cars, as Erica reports. (Denverite)

Bookmark this one:

Nic Garcia has answers to a bunch of good questions about how Colorado funds its schools. It’s worth knowing. (Chalkbeat)

Learn hand lettering:

Want to write fancy stuff in fancy letters? This April 1 workshop will teach you for $85. (Denver Egotist)

You have two more weeks to enjoy a giant dog park:

Most of Elk Meadow is set to close indefinitely. It’s really fun, but apparently it’s full of too much dog poop. (Denverite)