Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 19

There’s still snow on the ground, but we’re headed into another lovely, spring-like week. Here’s some news to get you started.

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Students in the Physics Laboratory studying and working on an experiment at South High School in Denver, Colorado. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/WH1990)  high school; denver public library; dpl; archive; history;

Students in the Physics Laboratory studying and working on an experiment at South High School in Denver, Colorado. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/WH1990)

Hey, howdy. Did everyone enjoy last night’s snow storm? I think it was Denver’s way of saying, I’ll teach you to discount my winters. 

There’s still snow on the ground, but we’re headed into another lovely, spring-like week. Here’s some news to get you started.

Politics & government

Detective Leslie Branch-Wise says City Council is protecting Mayor Michael Hancock by not investigating the sexually suggestive texts he sent to her while she was working his security detail. (7)

The city of Denver will launch a $200,000 fund, called the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund, that will help immigrants get lawyers. (Denverite)

A third Democratic candidate for governor of Colorado has submitted petitions to qualify for the primary ballot: Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne. (Denverite)

Housing

In an effort to build community and offer aid in a housing crisis, some families are entering programs that help them rent rooms in their homes at below-market rates. “It’s sort of like eHarmony for affordable housing,” said Taylor Schultz, an organizer of one program. (Denverite)

Coming to Overland, maybe: a new, eight-story building and rezoning of 70 lots along South Bannock Street. (Denverite)

Crime

Police are searching for attempted murder suspect Mauricio Venzor, who escaped early this morning from Denver Health Medical Center. He is about 5′ 7″ and 170 pounds, and was wearing a dark green uniform that had the letters CCMF on it. (CBS)

A shooting on West Colfax on Saturday evening is being investigated as a homicide. Multiple shots were fired west of Knox Court. (DP)

Nice things

Nathaniel Rateliff says he and The Night Sweats “really became a band” while making their new record, “Tearing At The Seams.” (CPR)

The Centennial-based startup that wants to put digital screens on Winter Park chairlifts got $1 million in seed round funding. (BusinessDen)

Shake Shack is almost here. (Denverite)

In case you missed it

Allan had a story Saturday on the ongoing strife at Arvada’s Faith Christian Academy. “Every day I hear a lot of hate speech and racist things,” Ramya Sinha, currently a senior at FCA, said. “Every day is really tough for me.” (Denverite)