Today: Broncos begin, chicken debate rages on, Colo. senator supports Syria strike

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1. Broncos kick off the NFL season against Ravens

It’s been almost nine months since the Baltimore Ravens ended the Denver Broncos 2012 season. In a matter of hours, the team will get a chance at redemption as the two teams kick off the 2013 NFL season. Denver will be a few men down, but that won’t stop the home fans from showing up in droves. If you’re going to the game, here’s how you can beat the crowds.

2. Billboard to NFL: ‘Stop driving players to drink,’ don’t punish pot smokers

Those who are headed to the game will be met with a unique message via a billboard that is now in front of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The billboard is calling on the NFL to “stop driving players to drink,” by claiming a “safer choice” (marijuana) is “now legal here.”

3. GOP lawmaker brings fried chicken to poverty hearing in ‘silent protest’

Two weeks ago, the last meeting of a Colorado task force on economic opportunity and poverty exploded into allegations of racism when Sen. Vicki Marble, a Republican, attempted to explain high poverty rates among African Americans by talking about chicken. So on Wednesday, when the task force met for the first time since then, a box of Popeye’s fried chicken placed on Rep. Lori Saine’s desk drew some sideways glances.

4. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet supports limited strike against Syria

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet will likely support a limited military strike against Syria, he confirmed in an interview Wednesday. To the Democrat, it’s the best of several dismal options in the wake of an apparent chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.

5. Officials capture 65-year-old Cañon City prison escapee

The Department of Corrections confirmed that the 65-year-old man who escaped from a prison complex near Cañon city early Wednesday morning has been captured. DOC officials say Chase was apprehended before he could make it off prison grounds.

6. Police search for suspect after 3 children report attempted kidnapping

Police in Denver are looking for a man children say tried to kidnap them over Labor Day weekend. The boy said the man was yelling at him to get into his van. The boy was able to make it home, and when he ran inside the man drove off.

7. Steak and Shakes in metro ordered to stop operations

The Denver Business Journal reports a U.S. District Judge has ordered the only two Steak ‘n Shake franchises in the Denver metro area to stop operating under the restaurant’s name. The ruling was a result of a lawsuit, in which the Denver-area franchises were fighting against mandated company-wide price hikes.

8. Man arrested after car explodes in Colorado Springs

A simple car crash resulted in a dangerous fire and an arrest after oxygen tanks inside the trunk of one car exploded. Police said they believe one of the drivers involved in the crash was driving under the influence of drugs.

9. Keep your shoes, jackets on: TSA to expand pre-screening program

More airports around the United States will soon allow passengers to go through security without removing their shoes, light jackets, and belts. All it will reportedly cost you is $85.

10. Weiner fires back at man who chastised him for being ‘married to an Arab’

Beleaguered New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner got into a war of words Wednesday with a man who lashed out at him for being “married to an Arab,” in addition to chastising the former congressman about his well-documented sexting scandal.