Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 14

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Aerial view of the Colorado State Capitol building, a park, 15th (Fifteenth) and 16th (Sixteenth) Streets, Broadway and Lincoln Street in the Central Business District of Denver. Colorado. Shows the Denver City and County Building annex, the Carnegie library building, the Voorhies Memorial, reflecting pool and fountains in Civic Center Park, First Presbyterian Church on Broadway, the State Medical Examiners Office, the State Museum, the Colorado State Bank, the Republic Building, the Denver Theater Building, the Conoco building and the Paramount Theater. Businesses line the streets, signs read: “Gump” “Walgreen Drugs” and “Used Cars.” Bill boards and standing signs read: “Country Club Beer, Famous For Its Flavor” “Phillips 66 Runs Smoother” and “Burlington Route Zephyr.” The excavation site for the Hilton Hotel is on Court Place. (John A. Myers/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/(Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11640) cityscape; capitol hill; civic center; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Hi. Today's news roundup includes a benefit for the Ghost Ship victims, a really gorgeous mini-documentary, a strange bit of cyber-attack history, bike lanes on Broadway and more.

Aerial view of the Colorado State Capitol building and surroundings. (John A. Myers/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/(Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11640)
This Saturday:

The Aztlan Theatre in Denver will host a benefit concert on Dec. 17 for victims of Oakland's Ghost Ship warehouse fire. (Facebook)

School of Mines discovered the first major Russian cyber-attack in the U.S.

An operator at the college in 1996 noticed strange activity that ultimately turned out to be "Moonlight Maze," a Russian operation to steal weapons designs and other documents from federal agencies. (NYT)

Worth watching:

Kevin did a heck of a job with this mini-doc about Charlie Burrell, the "Jackie Robinson" of symphony music. (Denverite)

Broadway bike lanes:

The double protected bikeway will stick around another year or longer on South Broadway. (Denverite)

A developer paid $7M for the historic Cathedral High School in Uptown.

The place has been a school, a convent, a homeless shelter and an arts studio. It looks gorgeous – wonder what it will become. Condos? (BusinessDen)

Also, here's what the big apartment building at 21st and Welton will look like. (DenverInfill)

We may never know if Rashaan Salaam had CTE.

The late football star's family would have to give permission for a post-mortem test for the concussion-related illness. While his brother is convinced Salaam did have CTE, a friend suggests that Salaam suffered instead from manic depression. Of course, they're not mutually exclusive. (Boulder Daily Camera)

Is it really necessary to kill bears and mountain lions?

Colorado State University biologists argue that the state is wrong to try to boost deer populations by killing predators. In a letter, they say that limited food, habitat loss and human disturbance – including thousands of new oil wells that the state may allow in deer habitat – are the main threats to mule deer. (DP)

The founder of a major Denver-based company is dead.

Trevor Tice of CorePower Yoga was found dead in his San Diego home in "suspicious circumstances." (Denverite)

Seventy-eight people in Boulder had something to say about Nablus, Palestine.

A very lengthy controversy ended Tuesday night as the Boulder City Council finally approved a "sister city" relationship with Nablus, a West Bank city. Opponents had argued that it was a "political" decision. (BDC)

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