Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 21

The Five Points Jazz Festival, May 21, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The Five Points Jazz Festival, May 21, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The Five Points Jazz Festival, May 21, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Here’s a nice compact summary of Sunday’s news. It’s so good, I’d recommend it to myself before I started reading today’s news.

We’ve got marijuana addiction, help for vets with pets, and the art that Denver International Airport wants to get rid of. Read on!

The symptoms of marijuana addiction

It’s a question that the hivemind of Reddit couldn’t answer, so Andy asked doctors: Is marijuana addiction real? What is it like? (Denverite)

Veterans’ dogs get free checkups on Armed Forces Day

Especially for homeless veterans, a very good dog can be one of the most important relationships in their lives. CSU veterinarians and Bel-Rea Veterinary Technician Training students gave out free checkups and microchip implants to help. (DP)

Bikes provide reliable transportation for Longmont’s homeless community

Over 40 bikes have been fixed and distributed to people dealing with homelessness in Longmont. Those bikes help them get to work on time, but also help them make it to crucial appointments. (Daily Camera)

24 restaurants opening in Denver this summer

Did you know that Tom’s Home Cookin’ is going to become a fried chicken place with kiosks to control ordering and payment? That and so much more in this look at new additions to Denver’s culinary scene. (Denver Business Journal)

Former inmate seeking pardon frustrated by Lima-Marin pardon

Wayne Thomas says a pardon for him would be mostly symbolic at this point, but he’s frustrated that he’s still waiting. Gov. John Hickenlooper recently made an exception to the 7 year waiting period on pardons for Rene Lima-Marin because of his pending deportation. (9News, Denverite)

City Park Golf Course redesign still hotly contested

Proposed redesigns to the City Park Golf Course will add a flood control project at the loss of around 25 to 35 acres. Neighbors say that their concerns, like cost, aren’t being heard. (Denver7)

DIA wants to remove C Concourse’s Interior Garden art

Denver International Airport is a little cooler than you thought. For one, it’s home to more than $14 million in public art. Now the airport wants to make room for the growing number of passengers by getting rid of some art. Except the city of Denver, which paid for some of that art, has concerns. (DP)

Extra credit: Refresher on public art in DIA

If you enjoyed the article above, (which you should, it’s great,) read this to understand how much art money DIA gets and where it comes from. It’ll change what you see in the airport. (CPR News)

The water system utility fees are too dang high

Home affordability is a many layered onion. There’s the lumber tariff layer and the water utility costs in another layer. Developers say that efficiency isn’t rewarded in multiple ways in the current water utility fee scheme. (DP)

State leaders knew for a decade that we aren’t funding roads enough

A bipartisan group urged state legislators to double what the state spends on infrastructure in 2008. Now the state faces $9 billion in unfunded highway projects over the next decade. (DP)