Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 25

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Hi. I’ve been thinking lately that I need to spend more time east of Denver. Everyone’s always going to the mountains. What would you include in a plains roadtrip besides Pawnee National Grassland? Let me know, and then read today’s local news roundup.

Harry Hoffman's liquor store at Curtis and 18th streets, circa 1950s. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Harry Hoffman's liquor store at Curtis and 18th streets, circa 1950s. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Weather:

It’s going to be dreary for most of the week, although tomorrow could be sunny. Temperatures won’t climb out of the 60s until the weekend. (Denverite)

Culture:

Priscilla Blossom wrote about the Spanish-language cinema scene in the Denver area. If anybody had a complaint, it was that more people don’t know about it. (Denverite)

Curious Theatre Company will focus on race and social justice in its new season in a historic church near Civic Center, as Corey Jones reports. (CPR)

Development & government:

John Rebchook goes into detail on a few more potential Amazon sites in Denver. (CREJ)

Councilman Rafael Espinoza weighs in on the proliferation of new neighborhood names in North Denver. His takeaway: “Branded enclaves” like SloHi have deepened the identity of the area as a whole. (North Denver)

The Beloved tiny-home village will leave its current site at 38th and Blake in the near future. It will be replaced by affordable housing and other stuff, which will be made more permanent through a neat real-estate trick, as Megan reports. (Denverite)

Jon Murray reports that Denver’s municipal government workforce may increase “by nearly one-fifth between 2012 and 2018.” Here’s why the city says it’s been necessary, and what it means for the budget. (DP)

Environment & science:

Luke Runyon has an interesting story about a bunch of farmers who decided to tax themselves for water use. Facing the threats of an empty aquifer and state regulators, they agreed to pay more for water in order to drive down usage — and it worked. (KUNC)

A team at DU is hard at work on Ryan, an empathetic robot that could revolutionize elder care. They programmed her with a little sass but maybe too much… real-person-ness. (Denverite)

Sports:

Most of the Broncos kneeled during the national anthem as part of nationwide protests of inequality and injustice. One teammate, though, said that anyone who doesn’t think the United States is the greatest country in the world can just leave.

The Broncos lost 26-16, their first defeat of the season. Christian reports. (Denverite)

The principal of Manual High School said that someone from a Weld County school brought a Confederate flag to a football game, prompting violence. Weld Central has strongly denied the allegation, and player accounts vary. (9)