Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 16

Protection for sanctuary cities, the end of a neighborhood staple, Todd Helton’s visit and more.

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The Colorado Convention Center seen from atop the Le Meridien Hotel on California Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hello! It’s a relatively mild day in Denver and I wish it could be like this forever. But nothing is forever, including grocery stores and Todd Helton’s career. (His goatee, however, might never die.)

ICYMI: Denver is among the cities that fought to temporarily shut down Jeff Sessions’ threat to “sanctuary city” funding

A judge ruled that the cities had shown a “likelihood of success” in their lawsuit against the Justice Department. The temporary injunction will block the Justice Department’s threats to withhold public safety money until the lawsuit can play out in court. (Denverite)

The Cherry Creek Safeway is closing

I’ve never shopped there, but somehow this still bums me out. It’s been there for 51 years, and it’s closing because of “long-standing contractual obligations.” (DP)

A dumb game to play here is to guess when that photo was taken before you read the caption. I was two years off.

The JeffCo Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man suspected of child abuse

A toddler was treated for severe head trauma and a tear in her liver. The suspect is 21-year-old Josh Gonzales. (AP)

Westminster officers will not be charged in the death of a suspect

Four cops shot 63 bullets at the end of a six-hour standoff, hitting a 40-year-old man wanted in connection with a motorcycle theft 41 times. (DP)

Todd Helton and his facial hair are in town

“When they called me they told me about the reunion, I couldn’t believe it’d been 10 years,” Helton said. “Looking back, it was a great time in our lives. To see everybody’s faces, it was great. We were such a tight-knit group. To see them and we don’t skip a beat, it’s like we were playing 10 years ago.” (Denverite)

And the Rockies welcomed him with a win

Tyler Chatwood had a great night, pitching into the sixth and racking up his first runs of the season. Nolan Arenado did Nolan Arenado. They beat the Padres 6-1. (AP)

Meanwhile, in Commerce City…

Lakewood native Lindsey Horan helped the U.S. women’s national team in their win over New Zealand. (AP)

It’s been snowing in high country

Trail Ridge Road had to close this morning. (KDVR)

Red Rocks has announced its first show for 2018

It’s Niall Horan, which is a very poppy choice for a venue that tends to skew towards pretty much everything but pop. (303)

Why drive through the aspens when you can take a train?

Free yourself from the burden of keeping your eyes on the road with one of these four Colorado train rides through leaf-peeping country. (5280)

Get out there

There’s a chile fest in Westwood, a western film fest at the Alamo, one of the world’s most recognizable symphonies at Boettcher and more. (Denverite)

And if you’re looking for dinner plans…

Make a reservation at Tavernetta now. The new Italian spot behind Union Station is great. (Denverite)