Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 12

The Colorado Classic is in town, outdoor pools are in their last weekend, meteors are raining through the skies — let’s go.

Flight paths over homes in Green Valley Ranch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Flight paths over homes in Green Valley Ranch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Big day, Denver. The Colorado Classic is in town, outdoor pools are in their last weekend, meteors are raining through the skies — let’s go.

While you were out last night…

U.S. District Judge William Martinez threw out David Mueller’s case against Swift. Martinez determined that the former Denver radio host did not prove she personally set out to have him fired for allegedly groping her at a photo op before a concert. This still isn’t over, though. (AP)

And the Rockies lost to the Marlins 6-3 despite good showings from Arenado and Blackmon. (AP)

Today: With fun comes traffic

Because the Colorado Classic has very fast cyclists zipping through our streets, and the accompanying Velorama festival is taking over about 10 blocks in RiNo, it’s going to be difficult to drive anywhere near it. Maybe just don’t. (Denverite)

It’s your last day to swim in most outdoor public pools

Here’s a list and map of all of them. It should be decent pool weather today, though there’s a chance of rain.

And remember, six have an extended season and will stay open until Labor Day, Sept. 5: Barnum, Berkeley, Congress, Eisenhower, Green Valley Ranch and Mestizo-Curtis. (Denverite)

It’s Perseids meteor shower time

I almost forgot, but a handful of meteors I saw from my roof last night reminded me. You can definitely get a little show right here in Denver if you’re willing to be patient (or just catch a lot by accident). But if you want a big show, go east. (Denverite)

Elsewhere: The sanctuary movement continues

Jeanette Vizguerra and Ingrid Encalada Latorre have left the Denver churches where they took sanctuary to avoid deportation, but, as Jenn Fields writes, “the movement’s story in Colorado continues.”

Rosa Sabido’s mother was clearly sick. She already had health problems, but this was different. She could see it in her mother’s eyes when she walked into the fellowship hall. But to drive her to the doctor or the hospital, Sabido would have to do something risky. She would have to leave Mancos United Methodist Church, where she claimed sanctuary to avoid almost-certain deportation.

Sabido is 53, and like so many people her age, her parents are older and need her help. The family has called Cortez home for 30 years. By going into sanctuary in Mancos, 18 miles to the east, she had at least stayed close. But on this July day, watching her mother struggle, she couldn’t do much to help.

Read on.

Perlmutter has said he won’t run for governor

But he may still run for re-election to Congress. (Colorado Politics)

Traveling for the eclipse?

Wyoming would like you to please “leave the marijuana at home.” (KUNC)

Oh, and here’s your usual big list of things to do

Choose your own adventure. (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.