Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 4

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Hello. I don’t like the word “content.” To me, saying you read some good content is like saying you ate some good materials.

The word is journalism, and we’ve got a bunch this morning — from an investigation of Denver sheriff’s brow-raising punishments to an immigrant’s risky legal victory, the latest on health care, the G Line and more.

View toward Denver skyline from inside pavilion's archways, Sunken Gardens, near Speer Boulevard, Denver, Colorado, with raised pond or lake with cement walls; skyline includes Evans School at Eleventh (11th) and Acoma, Colorado State Capitol with gold dome and rotunda, and residences fronting park. Between 1911 and 1920. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1944) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
View toward Denver skyline from inside the now-demolished Sunken Gardens, between 1911 and 1920. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1944)

Skipping work vs. causing death:

Denver sheriff’s deputies who left work early received harsher punishments than the deputies involved in the death of Michael Marshall, an inmate who suffocated while being restrained during a psychotic episode. Erica got an explanation. See what you think. (Denverite)

Tesla coming to Cherry Creek:

Tesla, the electric-vehicle company, will put a dealership on the lower level of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, next to J. Crew, as John Rebchook reports. (Colorado Real Estate Journal)

Immigration:

Ingrid Encalada Latorre, who has lived for nearly six months in a Quaker church to avoid deportation authorities, won a crucial and risky victory today in her legal fight to stay in the United States, as Kevin reports. (Denverite)

Coffman on health care:

Rep. Mike Coffman is leaning toward voting in favor of the new Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, as Blair Miller reports.

The new version doesn’t yet have a score from the Congressional Box Office. It would get rid of the tax on people who don’t get insurance and it would phase out the Medicaid expansion that has given millions of low-income adults get coverage. Like earlier versions, it also would significantly cut tax credits available for poor and rural residents of Colorado, likely driving up costs. (ABC7, Vox, Denverite)

G Line:

RTD has the feds’ permission to start testing the G Line, as Mark Harden reports. They hope to have the line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge operational this year. (DBJ)

A bridge for Elyria-Swansea?

David Sachs sums up the argument for a pedestrian bridge over the rails at 47th and York, which is gaining momentum. (Streetsblog)

Need a tree? Find some bear scat.

Rocky Mountain National Park managed to germinate 1,200 seedlings from a bunch of bear poop found in the park. The tree species normally are hard to germinate. Great job, guys. Everyone else, please don’t actually try this. (9News)

BMW addiction:

Jalopnik has a long read on the “BMW addiction that completely destroyed” a Longmont man’s life. (Jalopnik)

Colorado Field Guide:

The state tourism office is giving you some good reasons to get off the beaten path and see more of the state.

Next Door in Stapleton:

With the launch of a Next Door restaurant in Stapleton, the entire brand will be separated from its sister restaurant, The Kitchen. They want to open 50 of these suckers by 2021. The Stapleton location includes a new menu, detailed here by Mark Antonation, which maybe we can expect to see at other locations too? (Westword)

Also, Stapleton’s getting a King Soopers soon. (Denverite)

Odd spot:

I got to go inside the super ornate and unusual church in Cheesman Park. I also played the piano in its main hall, but that’s not relevant. (Denverite)

House prices:

The new median is $420,000, up from $405,000 a month earlier; Megan reports. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

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