Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 13
City Council’s plan to protect immigrants, Colorado’s slowed economic growth, things to do and more.
Denver! This weather is extremely [heart eyes emoji]. I hope you’re doing your reading in a park or on a porch. Let’s make this snappy.
Petty theft can get a legal immigrant deported
But Denver City Council might change that. A proposed reduction in maximum sentences would help non-citizens avoid deportation when they are convicted of theft and other lower-level crimes, but not more serious crimes like domestic violence. (Denverite)
Colorado’s economic growth slowed down for the first time in five years
Colorado’s gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, rose 2 percent last year — behind 3 percent rise in 2015 and 4.7 percent rise in 2014. (DP)
Today is Lucky Cat’s last day
Troy Guard is shuttering the Lowry restaurant in order to focus on his many other projects. Lucky Cat opens for dinner for the last time at 4 p.m. (Denverite)
The Rockies lost to the Dodgers last night
Clayton Kershaw has now won 20 games against Colorado. That’s the most any pitcher has ever recorded versus the Rockies. (AP)
Wells Fargo is planning more cuts
Colorado’s largest bank is preparing for another $2 billion in cuts and hundreds of branch closures by the end of 2019. That’s in addition to a previously announced $2 billion in cuts to happen by the end of 2018. (DBJ)
Vance Joseph says the running back job is wide open
“The running back position, you need two or three guys who can carry the load. It’s no longer a one-guy position. So, I’m excited to have Jamaal, C.J., Book, even De’Angelo in the mix there. It’s a good group. It’s going to be competitive and that’s the way it should be,” he said. (AP)
Go have fun
As ever, you have tons of options. This weekend, they include the Edgewater Community Festival in Citizen’s Park, the Youth on Record album release and block party and DIIV at Summit Music Hall. (Denverite)
Or stay home and make a frozen drink
To make the Cheesman Park Chill, you’re going to need a watermelon and blender, so buckle up.