Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 17

A power outage in Capitol Hill, a leadership change at the zoo and more.

Kyle Scholtz smacks a giant volleyball in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kyle Scholtz smacks a giant volleyball in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; city park; summer; volleyball; lawn sports; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Kyle Scholtz smacks a giant volleyball in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Should be pretty standard stuff today, Denver.

To be clear: this is the version of “pretty standard” where it’s hot and maybe stormy and there are a bunch of festivals going on, not the version of “pretty standard” where it’s hot and maybe stormy and everyone is protesting.

1,093 people were without power this morning

Xcel was working to fix outages in Capitol Hill and Washington Park this morning. (DP)

Shannon Block is out as CEO of the Denver Zoo

The press release didn’t say why or make any comment on her time there. (Denverite)

DPS is fielding concerns about effort to reduce early childhood suspensions

I’ll let reporter Anne Schimke take the lead on this one:

One 6-year-old Denver student told his pregnant teacher he was going to kick her to kill her unborn baby. A first-grader tried to stab her teacher in the eye with a sharpened pencil. Another young child threw a classmate against a brick wall and gave her a concussion.

Such jaw-dropping incidents — detailed in dozens of comments submitted to Denver Public Schools in recent months — illustrate the tightrope walk district officials face as they consider a policy change that would dramatically curb suspensions and expulsions of preschool through third-grade students.

Kevin made some incredible portraits of drag queens

He spent some time with the stars of “DragOn” after a recent performance at the Garner Galleria Theatre. (Denverite)

Tyrell D. Rae as Princess Leia on stage at the the Garner Galleria Theatre after a matinee performance of "DragOn: May the Fierce Be With You," presented by Off-Center, a new division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) theater; drag; drag queen; lgbtq; pride; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Tyrell D. Rae as Princess Leia on stage at the the Garner Galleria Theatre after a matinee performance of “DragOn: May the Fierce Be With You,” presented by Off-Center, a new division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
An Aurora man got 72 years for killing his grandfather

He beat him to death after being told to be respectful of his grandmother. The judge said there isn’t room in a civilized society someone who believes this was acceptable. (AP)

The Rockies beat the Giants again last night

Ian Desmond hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs,DJ LeMahieu had four hits and Antonio Senzatela battled through six innings to tie for the major league lead in wins. It was a good night. (AP)

Be extra careful with your campfires and cigarette butts

Fire danger in the front range is moderate to high, and we’re expecting a dry spell. (9)

LCD Soundsystem (probably) and Lorde (definitely) and coming back to town

LCD appears to have a show booked at the 1st Bank Center. Lorde is coming to the Pepsi Center. (303)

I will probably cry again at the former. (Denverite)

Go do a thing or five

PrideFest is in full swing at Civic Center Park, Juneteenth celebrations are happening around Five Points, the Denver Deluxe is shutting down a block in RiNo, and that’s not all.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers culture 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.