Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 13

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Hello, hello. Monday’s off to a quick start here in the news world. This morning’s roundup includes a preview of the next death-penalty fight in Colorado, a new food hall for LoDo, a crazy party, bike lane bickering and more.

A group of men stand near a vertical tubular boiler and a steam engine at a construction site in Denver, Colorado. Between 1904 and 1915. (Charles Lillybridge/History Colorado/90.152.497 DPLY)

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A group of men stand near a vertical tubular boiler and a steam engine at a construction site in Denver, Colorado. Between 1904 and 1915. (Charles Lillybridge/History Colorado/90.152.497 DPLY)

Death penalty repeal:

Three people in Colorado face the possibility of the death penalty, as Joey Bunch reports. This Wednesday, prominent Democratic politicians are pushing forward a bill that would repeal capital punishment in the state. Part of the argument is that jurors and the current governor are hesitant to sentence people to die, yet the existence of the penalty continues to cost millions in legal bills. (Colorado Politics)

Tech events this week:

Ignite Denver on Thursday looks particularly interesting. “The evening of auto-advancing presentations will feature speakers on subjects like relationships, politics and sustainable energy.” And Jess Ryan has plenty more event suggestions for you. (Built In)

LoDo food hall:

Frank Bonanno is in talks to open a food hall, kind of like Avanti, inside the under-development Dairy Block, as Andra Zeppelin reports. Meanwhile, he just shut down Lou’s Food Bar this weekend. (Eater)

It was lit:

A late-night party near Regis University “ended abruptly,” when the dance floor collapsed with dozens of people aboard, a gas line apparently snapped and a fire subsequently raged through the home, as Melissa Garcia reports. No injuries were reported, but obviously this really sucks for the displaced residents. (CBS4)

Denver commutes by neighborhood:

Megan has a look at the average commutes in areas across, and who can afford them. (Denverite)

South Broadway businesses team up on bike lanes annoyance:

At least two business owners are planning to petition the city for changes to or removal of the South Broadway bike lanes, as Michael Konopasek reports. There’s the usual loss-of-parking complaint, but they’re also claiming that the special signals for bikers (which are shaped like bicycles) are confusing. It’s not clear exactly what’s confusing. (KDVR)

List is wrong:

Look, there are obvious reasons to criticize the A Line, but this is not one: “The train is only about a minute faster than driving (from downtown) …” That’s only true if you ignore the possibility of traffic on I-70 and the extra 20 to 30 minutes you’ll spend parking your car and riding the shuttle. This would be a stronger argument if you were talking about the journey from areas outside downtown, which still have limited access to rail. This is all from a list of the best airports for transit. (MileCards)