Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 18

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Hello. It’s Wednesday morning. Here’s what we’ve been reading around Denver today, from the great parking debate to the new momentum in the mayor’s race.

View of 16th (Sixteenth) Street in Denver, Colorado; shows pedestrians, traffic, automobiles, a streetcar, and horse drawn buggies and wagons. Street lights, a clock and the Daniels & Fisher Tower line the sidewalks; signs read: "Starr" and "Gano Downs." (Denver Public Library/History Colorado Collection/CHS.X5354)

View of 16th Street in Denver. (Denver Public Library/History Colorado Collection/CHS.X5354)

Hot tip:

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Transportation:

Parking disappearing in downtown? Streetsblog says it ain’t so. (Streetsblog)

Politics:

Kayvan Khalatbari raised more money than Mayor Michael Hancock in the first quarter of 2018, but the mayor’s campaign probably isn’t too worried about that. We’ve got a nifty chart. (Denverite)

A school finance act will significantly increase spending on K-12 education. It’s looking more likely to pass, but there’s some debate about paying teachers more. (Chalkbeat)

A homebuilders association in Colorado Springs paid the $409.12 tab when EPA administrator Scott Pruitt stayed at The Broadmoor, Politico reports. It was apparently legal. (Politico)

Health & harm:

In four years, the number of Coloradans dying of heroin overdoses doubled. A coalition of public and private agencies is tackling the epidemic with a two-part initiative that includes Operation Poison Pusher and Operation Helping Hand. (Denverite)

City Council President Albus Brooks will undergo surgery for a cancer recurrence. He had been cancer free for a year. (Denverite)

A University of Denver professor says an Uber driver tried to abduct her during what should have been a ride to DIA. (9)

Weather:

Kevin explains yesterday’s insane windTwo homes in Castle Rock burned in fires stoked by the wind. The vegetation on the roof of the Xcel parking garage also apparently caught fire. (Denverite, AP, Reddit)

Tech:

Denver-based coworking brand and coding school Galvanize (where Denverite once had its office) locked down $5 million in funding. (BusinessDen)

The feds have subpoenaed Colorado’s Riot Blockchain, which previously was a biotech company. Apparently, the SEC says that it’s “not acceptable for companies without a meaningful track record in the sector to dabble in blockchain technology, change their name and immediately offer investors securities without providing adequate disclosures about the risks involved,” CNBC reports. (CNBC)

Leisure:

Upper East Side French restaurant Le Bilboquet, at which Zagat says “outrageous pricing extends to all,” is coming to (duh) Cherry Creek. (The Know)

Here’s a sweet little blog about Colorado’s lost ski areas.

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