Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 11

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Hey there. Today, we’re watching the real-estate market for signs of trouble, examining some of the forces shaping next year’s elections, things to do this weekend and more.

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The Colorado State Capitol. (Denver Public Library/Western History & Genealogy Dept./George D. Begole Papers)

Something to do:

First, consult Ashley’s massively helpful list of things to do.

And may I also recommend stopping by the Square on 21st, near Lawrence Street, to see some of the final events at this experimental pop-up park? (Denverite)

Business and real estate:

Denver-based Good Times lost money in the recent fiscal quarter, which they blamed on rising wages as well as construction costs for its Bad Daddy’s chain. (DBJ)

Single-family home sales and prices dipped more than usual this July. The lower end of the market is still going strong, though, and it’s hard to say if this is a blip or not. Aldo Svaldi explains. (DP)

Politics:

Medicaid spending is emerging as a big topic in the Republican primary for governor. John Ingold has a helpful explanation here of how Medicaid spending has and hasn’t grown here. (DP)

Rep. Ed Perlmutter is not running for governor, but he may still run for reelection to Congress. That would really shake up the race. (ColPol)

Parks:

The City Park tennis courts will be resurfaced to post-tension concrete within about a month, as Lynn Yen reports. (BusinessDen)

Causes of death:

The elderly man whose body was found in an elevator apparently had pressed the emergency call button twice. He got no response, despite requirements that elevator operators monitor notifications around the clock, as Kirk Mitchell reports. (DP)

There’s much more detail coming out on the terrible fall that killed a man on Capitol Peak and the subsequent recovery operation. (Aspen Times)

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