Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 24

Before you get out, read up on the public lands debate, what it means to be an 18-hour city, development on Tennyson Street and more.

It’s National Public Lands Day and RMNP is free today

Because Erica a certain kind of nerd, that makes it a good day to dig into the politics behind the public lands debate. (Denverite)

Our big weekend list

Featuring: Comedy meets the symphony, Oktoberfest festivities, a Beach Boy at Tattered Cover, the corn maze at Chatfield and many, many other things to do this weekend. (Denverite)

Denver is an 18-hour city

That means we could occupy ourselves for 18 hours straight, which is pretty clear from that list of things to do. (Denverite)

New climate change report looks ugly for the Front Range

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization predicts increasingly extreme weather if we don’t reduce emissions. (Denverite)

Five Denver jail inmates were taken to the hospital

It’s suspected that they overdosed on crack cocaine, though no drugs were found. (Denverite)

Progress in a grizzly case

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found burning in Montbello back in July. (DP)

The Denver Zoo is full of trashy creatures

It’s art! And it has a message. (Denverite)

CH2M sold its Englewood headquarters

The global civil engineering firm parted with the space for $122 million. (Denverite)

Another piece of Tennyson Street is about to change

Renovation, demolition and new construction are planned for lots at 42nd Avenue and Tennyson Street. (Denverite)

Lannie Garrett moves on

The iconic Denver entertainer behind Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret has stepped down. (DP)

A 127-year-old synagogue in Trinidad is closing

The oldest continuously operating synagogue in Colorado shuts its doors this weekend. (CPR)

 Central Market opens tomorrow in RiNo

Take a look inside and start making your feasting plans now. (Denverite)

Jorge de la Rosa is fearless

“This guy has been a bit of trailblazer, showing people that you can pitch at Coors Field, and doing it better than anybody else in franchise history,” Walt Weiss said. (Denverite)

But that’s not saving the Rockies

Last night’s loss to the Dodgers was the team’s 81st defeat and fourth in five games.

Nate Jackson says fantasy football dehumanizes players

The former Bronco recently discussed his book, “Fantasy Man: A Former NFL Players’s Descent into the Brutality of Fantasy Football.” (Denverite)

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