Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 3

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Hello! Here are the stories we’re watching today, from the 4/20 saga to Colorado’s wealth disparity.

Denver police officers and a suited man with a police motorcycle and ambulance in front of the Denver City and County Building circa 1930. (Rocky Mountain Photo Company/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Denver police officers and a suited man with a police motorcycle and ambulance in front of the Denver City and County Building circa 1930. (Rocky Mountain Photo Company/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Money:

The 500 richest people, including four Colorado billionaires, collectively gained $1 trillion in 2017, Bloomberg reports. But new data also show global inequality at a 100-year high in 2017, with billions of poorer people seeing their earnings stagnate or decline. (Denverite)

Colorado business leaders expect that our days outpacing the nation economically could be coming to an end. (Denverite)

Transit:

RTD is testing the G Line to Arvada, but they still need a state approval that might not arrive until March. John Aguilar reports. (DP)

Marijuana:

This story about the 4/20 rally just won’t die. Now the 2018 permit has changed hands yet again, with yet more mildly comical drama. (Denverite)

Buildings:

They’re taking down the Sports Authority signs at Mile High. (DP)

The old brick hostel at 630 East 16th Avenue has sold for $2.1 million, Thomas Gounley reports. (BusinessDen)

Food:

We’re down to the Elite Eight in our coffee shop bracket. Get your votes in now to determine the Final Four. (Denverite)

Eater has a list/map of its favorite fried chicken. (Eater)

Law:

In Denver, mental health professionals have been riding along with police for two years for support on mental health and substance-abuse calls. Now Colorado wants to put more resources into similar programs. (DP)

Bonus:

CityLab’s Laura Bliss has a roundup of fascinating maps from 2017. (CityLab)

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