Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 17

It’s very, very cold. But you already knew that.

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Oliver and his owner Taylor Murray play in Jefferson Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s very, very cold. But you already knew that.

Homeless people want to work

So will Denver Day Works work for them? As the first participants in the program get to it, we’ll find out. (Denverite)

Three Denver schools are closing under a new policy

Despite a big showing of support from teachers, students and parents, the Denver school board voted unanimously to close consistently low-performing schools. (Chalkbeat)

But 19 charter schools live on

Wyatt Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy are among the Denver schools to have their charters renewed. (Chalkbeat)

Here’s some useful information from the city

It is not illegal to put recyclable material in someone else’s recycling cart if it is in the public right of way, as the carts are Denver’s property.” (Denverite)

Another road block for the faithless electors

The Colorado Supreme Court won’t hear case. (Denverite)

There was a stabbing outside the Denver Public Library

One person was wounded and the suspect got away. (DP)

Broncos inside linebackers aren’t in tip-top shape

Brandon Marshall is out for a second straight game after aggravating a pulled hamstring. Todd Davis is 50-50 as he recovers from a strained oblique and is optimistic he’ll play against the Patriots tomorrow. (AP)

The NFL has collected more in fines for excessive celebration penalties than many people got paid this year

They’re just thinking of the children. (Denverite)

The Rockies are making moves

And one of the team’s outfielders could soon be on the way out. (Purple Row)

Things that might tempt you to actually go outside

A holiday beer fest, the Moscow Ballet, a drag show for a cause and more. (Denverite)

But if you just can’t get out there

Here’s an easy-to-make hot cocktail. (Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, 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, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.