Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 31

Two Native American men (no further information provided) play ping-pong in front of assorted other men including cavalrymen and Russian Cossacks in 1901, according to a library connection. The match was related to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hi. Today’s news roundup includes Charlie Blackmon, religious freedom in jailhouses, credit-card breaches and more.

Also, regarding today’s historic photo — it appears to be part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, so it’s unclear whether this game of ping-pong was a genuine moment or part of a show. If you can figure out more about this scene, please email me.

Two Native American men (no further information provided) play ping-pong in front of assorted other men including cavalrymen and Russian Cossacks in 1901, according to a library connection. The match was related to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
Two Native American men (no further information provided) play ping-pong in front of assorted other men including cavalrymen and Russian Cossacks in 1901, according to a library caption.(Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

How Charlie Blackmon happened:

Christian has a nice little bit of reporting about how the ever-lovable Charlie Blackmon got to be playing the best season of his career with the Colorado Rockies at age 30. (Denverite)

Comcast relaunches gigabit:

The ISP’s gigabit service is $160 a month now, about half its prior price. Discounts will put it around $110. Not much competition in that space yet, but Longmont’s NextLight is about $50 for similar service, Tamara Chuang reports. (DP)

Faith in jail:

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office agreed to change policies and procedures so that Muslim inmates have access to holy texts and meals that accommodate the observance of Ramadan, as Erica writes. (Denverite)

Beer research:

No, seriously. Colorado is home to a cluster of grain research teams, as John Frank writes in this feature. (DP)

How the Western changed with the West:

Kevin has a solid write-up of the new exhibit on the evolution of the Western at Denver Art Museum. (Denverite)

Dinero para El Diablo:

Zocalo Community Development is asking for $7 million from the city and the urban renewal authority to turn the building at 1st and Broadway into affordable housing, Adrian reports. (Denverite)

DUI:

A 25-year-old woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for striking and killing a bicyclist in Boulder while she was driving under the influence of alcohol. The final day in court was harrowing, as John Bear reports. (Camera)

Mountain biking Colorado:

I hate mountain biking. Last time I went, my wheel fell off and rolled down a hill. Regardless, I would consider riding near Steamboat Springs on 5280’s advice. (5280)

Chipotle breach:

That’s a weird combination of words. Anyway, lots of Colorado Chipotle restaurants were affected by a data breach. If you think you used your credit card at Chipotle between March 24 and April 18, check this list of stores and consider getting credit protection or putting a security freeze on your card.

Related: Thieves are installing ever-more advanced “skimmers” that steal information from credit cards placed in ATMs and other readers in the metro. Watch your bank statements and cover the keypad with your hand. (ABC7)

Emily Griffith:

The old Emily Griffith school building at 13th and Welton sold for $26 million to local hotelier Stonebridge, as Amy DiPierro reports. No plans on file yet. (BusinessDen)

Arvada theater:

The Olde Town cinema reopens this fall under new management. (Denverite)

 

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