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Denver officials are working to legalize children's lemonade stands after police shut down a neighborhood stand earlier this year for lacking the proper city permits.

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This summer, real estate agents James Carlson and Erin Spradlin have been taking tourists around the streets of Denver. But it’s not hot properties they’re taking them to see.

The husband-and-wife team recently started the Denver Graffiti Tour, showcasing some of the biggest murals and best street artists in the city, after taking a similar tour in Bogota, Columbia.

“We got to meet locals in a way that we wouldn’t normally have,” Spradlin said. “We got to see a neighborhood we otherwise wouldn’t have. And we got to hear about the history and the politics of that neighborhood through some amazing art.”

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It started as an off-the-cuff Tweet to the Colorado Rockies: “How many retweets for you to buy an organ and let me be the Coors Field organist next season?”

Denver music producer -- and Rockies fan -- Collin Ingram didn’t really expect an answer from the Major League Baseball club, but he got one.

“5,280,000.”

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Nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver on Tuesday, firefighters said.

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After three years, “Stinky” -- the Denver Botanic Gardens’ beloved corpse flower -- may be preparing to bloom again.

Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturist Nicholas Giaquinto predicted the rare bloom, which is said to give off an odor much like rotting corpse, to occur in early to mid-September.

Officially known as the “amorphophallus titanum,” it’s related to common house plants the philodendron and the peace lily, Giaquinto said. The rancid smell is used to attract pollinators such as flies and beetles.

The potent plant also attracts humans.

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For 30 years, Annie Hamilton has handled casting for many of the television and film projects made in Colorado -- including, most recently, the Jane Fonda/Robert Redford Netflix film, “Our Souls at Night.”

Recently, Hamilton helped conduct an open-casting call for a brand of actor that is becoming more and more sought after in Colorado: “real people.”

“We’re steering away from the beauty and skinny,” she said. “They want real because that’s who the consumers are. That’s who their audience is.”

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It just makes sense to meet with CU Denver history professor Tom Noel -- also known as “Dr. Colorado” -- at History Colorado Center’s exhibit "Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects." From the Native American pottery of Mesa Verde to John Denver’s guitar, each of the 100 items tells a part of the state’s history.

“I like to tell my students, those who flunk history are doomed to repeat it,” he said.

Depending on the story, that might not be so bad.

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For the second time in a week, parts of Denver’s Civic Center Park have been damaged.

Over the weekend, a hit-and-run driver took out part of the park’s more than 100-year-old marble balustrade. Wednesday, the interactive installation “Tree of Transformation” was set on fire. The sculpture, which features an antique piano with a steel tree growing out of it, was a total loss.

“The edge of the park in particular has taken a bit of a beating lately,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Civic Center Conservancy. Especially the part of the park along Colfax Avenue, which Robson described as a bit of a “war zone.”

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When Art Comes to Town: This story is the second in a series as KUNC arts and culture reporter Stacy Nick explores the impact art has on Colorado communities — and the impact those communities have on the art that comes out of them.

Sun Valley is one of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods. More than 80 percent of households live below the poverty line and 70 percent of residents are unemployed. It also has the highest violent-crime rate, more than five times the citywide average.

But between a public-housing initiative, a proposed mixed‐use neighborhood near the home of the Denver Broncos and several arts destinations moving into the area, Sun Valley is set to see more than a billion dollars in investments in the next five years.

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Crowds of Spider Men and Wonder Women descended upon the Colorado Convention Center on Friday for the first day of the seventh annual Denver Comic Con.

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