Morning Headlines: Is H&M Really Coming to Denver?, Widespread at Red Rocks, Pushing Millet Beer, and More

March 30 2011, 9:07 AM

CU's Heartbreak: The University of Colorado men's basketball team made a comeback this season, but it all came to an end after a 62-61 loss to Alabama last night in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals (Denver Post).

Race Bait: The increasingly scrutinized Denver Police Department is now facing two lawsuits alleging racial bias. In one, a Mexican immigrant in the country legally says he was wrongly arrested and jailed for five days. In the other, two African-American men say officers pulled them over for no apparent reason (Denver Post).

Denver H&M? Will fashion retailer H&M set up a Denver shop at the Pavilions downtown? 9News reports that's the case, but neither the business office at the Pavilions nor an H&M spokeswoman will confirm it for the Denver Business Journal. In fact, H&M says, "We've got nothing to announce in that market."

Panic on the Rocks: Colorado has always been good to Widespread Panic, which has announced a string of concerts at Red Rocks from June 24 to 26 (Denver Post). Other recently disclosed summer shows include Sade with John Legend, Peter Gabriel, and many, many others (Westword).

Unstable: Is Denver International Airport spending too much money? Moody's Investors Service thinks so. As the airport plans to sell $400 million in order to re-fund debt, DIA's debt rating has dropped to "negative" (Denver Post). Increased oil-and-gas drilling on DIA land will be a drop in the bucket (Gazette).

Head State: Colorado now has the most strict laws in the country governing youth sports concussions, after Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act yesterday (Education News Colorado).

Drink Local: Millet might make good birdseed, but state agriculture officials working with Colorado State University hope beer brewers will consider it as a gluten-free alternative (Denver Post). Meanwhile, Aspen is thinking about marketing its own tap water (Aspen Times).

AJ Vicens contributed to this post.