Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 24

Grab the hot cocoa and read up.

Geese fly by DU, seen from Ruby Hill. Dec. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Grab the hot cocoa and read up.

Young black people convicted of drug offenses are far more likely to be imprisoned in Colorado

About 42 percent of white juveniles got a “deferred” sentence in drugs cases compared to only 16 percent of black defendants. (Denverite)

As Denver changes, so do schools

A look at the demographic shifts in across metro-area public school districts. (Chalkbeat)

Here comes Santa Claus

Want to know where he is? Just call NORAD.

The Avs win a game!

The Avs win a game!

But the Nuggets lost

Just barely.

The Broncos and the Chiefs meet again tomorrow

The Christmas Day showdown will be their first rematch since Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos’ 34-yard, barely successful field goal. (Denverite)

Help for homeless people

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is going to build a village of tiny homes in Five Points. (Denverite)

USPS carrier saves a life

After falling and getting stuck outside without shoes, an 86-year-old Boulder man is now recovering. (Denverite)

The deaths of a Highlands Ranch mom and her sons have been ruled a murder-suicide

All three died from a gunshot wound and the boys had pain killers in their systems. (DP)

Here are some nice warm drinks to make at home

Because the only thing better than a cocktail on Christmas Eve is a warm cocktail on Christmas Eve. (Denverite)

And don’t bother going out for the cocktail supplies

There are three ways you can get it delivered right to your door. (Denverite)

If none of those things appeal to you…

Here are the many other ways to have fun this weekend. (Denverite)

Trevor Siemian got his offensive linemen Skittles-dispensing parkas

It’s not unusual for a quarterback to get his O-line gifts, but the Broncos’ QB really raised the bar. (Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.