Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 13

Today’s news roundup is heavy on design and architecture, but we’ve also got stories about health and politics here in Colorado.

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Hi there. Today’s news roundup is heavy on design and architecture, but we’ve also got stories about health and politics here in Colorado.

View of an Owl Club function. A group of African American (Black) teenagers stand in a circle on a ballroom floor in Denver, Colorado. The young women wear formal dresses and the young men wear tuxedos. Other couples crowd the room. Decorations in the distance read: "Be My Valentine" "Love" and "I Love You." (Burnis McCloud/Denver Public Library Western History Collection/MCD-223)

View of an Owl Club function in Denver. (Burnis McCloud/Denver Public Library Western History Collection/MCD-223)

Weather:

We might get a break from our snow drought with an inch or two tonight. (Denverite)

Development:

Groundbreaking is still a few years out, but the Western Stock Show Association has a new replica of the Legacy Building, a four-story piece of the redevelopment that will have seating for up to 700 people and space for National Western’s art and archives. (Denverite)

Civic Center Station is nearly open. Have a look, courtesy of Kevin. (Denverite)

Denver’s public housing authority has rolled out some eye-catching new designs for its affordable projects in recent years. (Confluence)

Politics:

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora became the first Republican to say the FCC should delay its vote on net neutrality so that Congress can act instead. (Denverite)

A Democrat won the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Sen. Cory Gardner has already invited him to team up with the Republicans. Seems unlikely. (Denverite)

Health:

Obesity became more common in Colorado this year, but it remains the least obese state. Its health ranking was dragged down by drinking and inequality, John Ingold reports. (DP)

Food:

What’s your favorite Denver coffee shop? We want to know for our tournament. (Denverite)

Stanley Marketplace just welcomed Misaki, a new sushi place. (Denverite)