Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 15

A concept image from the 1976 plan for 16th Street Mall. © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Hey. Let’s read some interesting stuff. We’ve got a story on why Colorado’s public schools are getting more expensive, some serious questions about election projections and a sweet little feature.

We have the highest public college tuition in the nation.

Students in Colorado have taken on more and more of the burden of funding higher education. (Denverite)

Colorado’s head of youth corrections has left the job.

We don’t know whether Charles Parkins quit or was fired. His departure comes amid continued scrutiny of the Spring Creek facility in Colorado Springs, with reports of rioting, consensual sex and frequent use of solitary confinement. (DP)

Could researchers call the presidential election in Colorado before Election Day?

And should they? Erica reports on local concerns about an ambitious plan. (Denverite)

Robots and bacteria will destroy our chemical weapons for us.

How do you get rid of 780,000 projectiles filled with weaponized chemicals from the World War II era? Send in some big ole yellow robots. That’s part of how the U.S. will finally dismantle weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. (DP)

A suspicious package at DIA turned out to be nothing.

A part of the main terminal was briefly closed this morning. It turned out to be an unattended personal bag that a drug dog happened to get a “hit” on. That’s why you have to listen to the announcement about unattended personal bags. (Denverite)

You should meet your neighbors.

Megan proves that they’re often delightful. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email