Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 3

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An illuminated horse. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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An illuminated horse. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Parade of Lights had a twinkly (and cold) first night.

And it’s back tonight, among many other things to do. Whatever you do, just don’t try to drive downtown. Street closures around the parade area begin at 3:30 p.m.

Colorado did not win the Pac-12 Championship

QB Sefo Liufau had a no good, very bad game, and Washington won 41-10. (AP)

The Nuggets didn’t do so well either

The lost to the Rockets 128-110. Coach Mike Malone is not happy with his team’s effort. (AP)

How do the Nuggets open things up?

Here’s an idea. (SBN)

On the bright side: Jamal Murray is proving himself right

Most people his age can’t back up their confidence. He can and does. (Denverite)

Dr. Michelle Herren will resign from Denver Health

We don’t have to wait for the hospital’s decision on the pediatric anesthesiologist who called Michelle Obama a “monkey face,” she’s stepping down. (Denverite)

Colorado school funding advocates aren’t giving up

After a proposed 2016 ballot initiative that would have sent millions of dollars to Colorado classrooms was abandoned, they’re meeting to discuss a 2018 ballot initiative. (Chalkbeat)

A survey has identified thyroid cancer concerns around the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant

The Colorado Healthy Department is conducting studies. (DP)

A 28-year-old man is facing murder charges after a road rage incident

He shot another driver who flipped him off in Westwood last week. (Denverite)

The Arapahoe County DA is asking for the death penalty for Brandon Johnson

He is accused of stabbing his six-year-old son to death after sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in the same home. (Denverite)

The craft beer markets in Colorado, Oregon and Washington are underperforming the rest of the nation

You know what those places have in common. (Denverite)

Jake McGee and the Rockies avoid salary arbitration

The reliever agreed to a $5.9 million, one-year contract, a raise of $1.1 million as part of a deal. (AP)

The Fort will make you feel like a pioneer

I always wondered if this place was fancy or corny or both. It turns out the answer is both, and that’s great. (Denverite)

Von Miller gave every player in the AFL West a bottle of wine

And a super encouraging note. May we all receive such sincere support this holiday season. (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 adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.