Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 2

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Good morning. Today’s news roundup includes news on several harassment allegations, housing and development, a certain Texas baseball coach and more.

Teenagers at an Owl Club function, circa 1960. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/MCD-223)

Teenagers at an Owl Club function, circa 1960. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library/MCD-223)

Housing & development:

About 60 churches around Denver have recently been sold or listed for sale. Neighbors — and developers — wonder what they might become. (Denverite)

Mayor Michael Hancock hinted that he would support more money for affordable housing. “If we needed $75 million today, $15 million’s not going to help us, right?” (Denverite)

The land where the skyscraper was supposed to go is back on the market for a higher price. No one agrees on whether it’s still happening. (CREJ)

Alleged harassment:

Senate President Kevin Grantham, a Republican, says that some alleged incidents “rise to the level of assault” — and should be handled by the Denver District Attorney. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives will vote on the potential expulsion of Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock today over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. (Denverite)

Republicans have questioned the independent investigation company that is looking into sexual harassment claims at the Capitol — and now a different company is taking on investigations. (KUNC)

The president of the Urban League of Denver has resigned, reportedly over allegations of inappropriate text messages. (KDVR)

Transportation:

Denver’s deadliest roads are also thick with drive-through restaurants. Dave Sachs argues that this needs to change, for pedestrians’ sakes. (Streetsblog)

Miscellany:

For the second time in two weeks, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s computers have been hit with a ransomware attack. (9News)

That Texas baseball coach was fired for saying that he wouldn’t accept Colorado recruits. (ABC)

Fun:

Among this weekend’s options: the Colorado Dragon Film Festival, Lucha Libre and Laughs and a free Colfax Speed Queens show. (Denverite)

We took an in-person tour of the new Kirkland so you can take an online tour. (Denverite)

Review: “Hamilton” in Denver — yes, it’s very, very good. (DP)

Amethyst Coffee plans to open a second location in Berkeley this May. (BusinessDen)

Here’s a fun feature on Top Chef. (Refinery29)