Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 27

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Hey there. Today’s news roundup includes a notable obituary, another skyscraper update, Olympics news and more.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, taken sometime soon after construction was completed. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1920)  cathedral basilica of the immaculate conception; north capitol hill; colfax; denver; colorado;

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, taken soon after construction was completed. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1920)

People:

Gregory Diggs was one of the first people to question the Stapleton neighborhood’s name, and he was a prolific community organizer. He is dead at 55. Ashley wrote an obituary for him. (Denverite)

Development:

That skyscraper plan has another problem: The sales contract for its main land parcel has expired. In other words, it doesn’t own the land yet. Kelcey McClung reports. (DBJ)

North Denver has a pollution problem, no doubt. But the claims that it’s literally the most polluted ZIP code in the country deserve some scrutiny. Kevin reports. (Denverite)

The local Olympics committee says that Denver could pull off the games for $2 billion of private money. Here’s the latest from Colleen Slevin. (AP via Denverite)

Marijuana:

The Las Vegas airport is installing “amnesty boxes” where travelers can dump their weed before they leave. DIA doesn’t see the need, Alicia Wallace reports. (The Cannabist)

Denver issued its first social-use marijuana license to a business called “The Coffee Joint.” You’ll be able to bring your own cannabis products to vape or eat. (Denverite)

Sports:

Larry Eustachy, men’s basketball coach at Colorado State University, has resigned amid questions about his conduct and treatment of players. He’ll get $750,000 as he leaves, Matt Stephens reports. (DP)

Schools:

A Columbine shooting survivor is now the director of counseling for Denver schools. “Nineteen years ago when Columbine happened, we didn’t understand it. We were shocked by it. We didn’t think this was a thing. We thought we were outliers,” she says. (AP via CPR)

An elementary school in Denver is replacing detention with yoga, Melanie Asmar reports. (Chalkbeat)

Cuisine:

5280 has divided its “Where to Eat Now” list into helpful categories. The most helpful category is, obviously, “Dumpling Delight.” (5280)

Ashley visited The Way Back, where she found “approachable, responsibly sourced food.” (Denverite)

Trivia:

The founders of Colorado Springs didn’t actually know of any springs in the area when they got started. Later, they found one. Then it was damaged and sealed. (9)

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