Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 28

Bird's eye view of Denver, Colorado from Daniels & Fisher Tower, 16th & Arapahoe southeast down 16th towards Colorado State Capitol building & grounds, Colorado State Museum (Colorado State Historical Sociey) at East 14th Avenue & Sherman Street under construction, Arapahoe County Court house, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, edge of Brown Palace, Y.M.C.A. 1912. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1655)

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Good morning. Today we’ve got your weekend preview, the latest on Denver’s food deserts, a major development in the homeless-sweeps lawsuit, the national monuments situation and more.

Bird's eye view of Denver, Colorado from Daniels & Fisher Tower, 16th & Arapahoe southeast down 16th towards Colorado State Capitol building & grounds, Colorado State Museum (Colorado State Historical Sociey) at East 14th Avenue & Sherman Street under construction, Arapahoe County Court house, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, edge of Brown Palace, Y.M.C.A. 1912. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1655) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
Bird’s eye view of Denver, Colorado from Daniels & Fisher Tower, circa. 1912. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1655)

Doors Open this weekend:

This is going to be a great chance to see inside some of Denver’s most interesting buildings. Let Megan give you some suggestions. (Denverite)

Reseeding a food desert:

Denver has set aside $3 million to draw supermarkets to food deserts such as Globeville, Westwood and Montbello, but that might not be enough. Here’s what’s happening — Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Homeless sweeps lawsuit:

A judge will allow a lawsuit to determine whether the city of Denver violated the rights of homeless people as a group, rather than as individuals, as Erica reports. (Denverite)

National monuments:

A recent executive order instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the status of various national monuments enacted since 1996, which would seem to include Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado. Colorado’s governor recently spoke with Zinke and says that he was “reassured that it is unlikely any of Colorado’s monuments will be reviewed,” as Ernest Luning reports. That seems… contradictory. (Statesman)

Sentencing reform in Denver:

Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration has introduced a plan to slightly reduce potential criminal penalties for certain low-level crimes. Crimes such as shoplifting, first and second instances of domestic violence, and public urination now will have a maximum jail sentence of 364 days, not 365, which may keep people charged with them off of ICE’s radar, as Jon Murray reports. (DP)

The Rockies:

“I told my kid, ‘You don’t have to worry about pleasing me or pleasing anybody. Just go out and have fun and enjoy yourself.'” Christian has a good read on the hitter who’s getting better and better for the Rockies. (Denverite)

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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 akenney@denverite.com.