Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 23

An elder-care robot, a Rockies win, real fall weather and more.

Sunset over City Park West, Sept. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Sunset over City Park West, Sept. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hey, did you hear? It’s fall.

Yes, it’s that exciting time of year when we celebrate encroaching cold, death and darkness, all in the name of pumpkin spice and sweaters.

Today, we’re marking the changing of the seasons with clouds, rain and a 20-degree temperature drop. Also: robots.

Someday, a robot could be your caretaker

A team at DU is hard at work on Ryan, an empathetic robot that could revolutionize elder care. They programmed her with a little sass but maybe too much… real-person-ness. (Denverite)

The Rockies broke out of their slump

It started, as these things do, with a Nolan Arenado homer. (AP)

Russians tried to hack Colorado

Officials within the secretary of state’s office said Russian hackers tried to get into Colorado’s computerized voter system before last year’s election. (Colorado Politics)

ICYMI: East High School principal Andy Mendelsberg retired and athletic director Lisa Porter resigned

An investigation into a video that showed a cheerleader being forced into a split position revealed that they’d both known about it since June, but “did not sufficiently address, share or report allegations of abuse in the contents of the videos.” (Denverite)

People are not happy about possible R Line cuts

RTD wants to pull back on service because ridership on the Aurora light rail line has been lower than expected, but officials say cuts will interfere with their commutes. (DBJ)

A Trump plan threatens ski resorts

The White House is considering slashing or even eliminating the J-1 visa program. Without it, the ski resort industry could lose the international workers it relies on. (DP)

Here are some things to do once you finally decide which sweater to wear
  1. Denver’s Oktoberfest celebration is happening in LoDo.
  2. Dragondeer, a good local band, is playing at Levitt Pavilion.
  3. The Colorado Symphony will be performing one of my absolute favorite pieces of music, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
  4. Much more. (Denverite)

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.