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

A crowd gathers at a covered stage to hear music during the Cinco de Mayo festival hosted by the West Side Coalition on Santa Fe Drive, 1973. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/)

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Good morning. Today’s news roundup includes a new campaign for affordable housing, a tragedy in Westwood, an innovative new project for Westwood, a minor cemetery scandal and more.

A crowd gathers at a covered stage to hear music during the Cinco de Mayo festival hosted by the West Side Coalition on Santa Fe Drive, 1973. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/) archive; denver public library; history; cinco de mayo; chicano; santa fe drive; denverite; denver; colorado;
A crowd gathers at a covered stage to hear music during the Cinco de Mayo festival hosted by the West Side Coalition on Santa Fe Drive, 1973. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/)

Cinco:

Kevin has pulled together a visual history of Cinco de Mayo in Denver. Take a look. (Denverite)

The new affordable housing campaign:

Community groups are gearing up for a new push on housing issues in Denver, even as city leaders have to some extent shifted their focus. Erica details the nascent new movement. (Denverite)

Tragedy:

A 15-year-old girl was killed a week before prom when a gunshot struck her in her family’s Westwood home. Last year, her younger brother was killed while he handled a gun. Noelle Phillips reports from the scene. (DP)

Westwood:

About $3 million will go toward renovating Westwood Park and toward programs that will get kids into the outdoors. Details and plans here. (Denverite)

The Hindenburg survivor:

The last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster of 1937 now lives in Parachute on Colorado’s Western Slope. “They toured the control car and the catwalks inside the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg. They could see an ice field as they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, he remembered.” (AP)

Cemetery stuff:

Riverside Cemetery has nearly 70,000 souls, but it’s kind of easy to overlook. Now it has a new challenge: RTD wants to move its entrance. (Denverite)

A Line:

A pedestrian was struck by the A Line. RTD says she was sitting on the tracks several blocks from a crossing. (Denverite)

TABOR survives:

A federal judge has ended Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood’s lawsuit that aimed to dismantle the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, as Dan Njegomir reports. (ColPol)

Arapahoe Square:

John Wenzel scored some new details and a rendering of the Rocky Mountain PBS facility planned for Arapahoe Square, east of downtown. (The Know)

Coffee shop: “Obviously, we don’t hate babies.”

#Drama on the Onefold Instagram after a customer complained about spilled coffee. (Eater)

The latest at MCA:

Rupert Jenkins has the review of the latest exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s… a little saucy. (One Good Eye)

Andrew Kenney

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