Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 18

BREAKING: it’s very nice outside.

Ruby Hill. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Ruby Hill. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

BREAKING: it’s very nice outside.

Kevin’s photos of the week are here

They’re very pretty, as usual. (Denverite)

No. 1 ranked Denver hockey lost last night

North Dakota pulled out a 1-0 victory in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference semifinals. (AP)

The DPS school board approved a “Resolution for Strengthening Neighborhoods”

The district wants to have a conversation about gentrification and housing costs that could lead to more integration in schools. (Chalkbeat)

Investigators say an illegal marijuana operation was sending 300 pounds of pot out of Colorado every month

Roughly 200 federal and local officers raided nearly 20 locations and seized 39 weaponson Thursday, authorities said. (Denverite)

Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet will introduce Neil Gorsuch at his confirmation hearing

It’s customary for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee to be introduced by his home-state senators. But what happens next? (Denverite)

Some all-around sad news

Riot Fest had to cancel its event in Denver for 2017 after the death of one of its key organizers, Sean McKeough. (Denverite)

We’ve got our first plague case of the season

Here are some tips on avoiding it.

  1. Don’t touch sick or dead wild animals.

That… should not have to be said. (DP)

“This was all just really dramatic”

An economics professor said that of findings that what your last name starts with might affect how well you do in life. He’s not wrong. (Denverite)

A lot of people predict the Broncos take an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft

Welcome to Mock Draft Season, where everything is made up and the points don’t matter. (Denverite)

If you’re going to forge a signature, spell the name right

A U.S. postal worker in Aurora has been indicted for, well, doing at bad job at lying, essentially. (DP)

Guess which Denver suburb will see more growth than any other Denver suburb in the coming years

A report predicts a 137 percent growth rate for the city in the next 20 years. (DBJ)

The Rockies are roughly halfway through Cactus League play

Here are five players who’ve stood out so far. (Purple Row)

And don’t forget: soccer is back

The Rapids play their first match against expansion Minnesota United FC today at 7 p.m. (DP)

The next generation of circus performers are in RiNo

Meet the young aerial performers training at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center. (303)

OK, now go do something

Might I suggest taking the family to the alpaca show at the National Western Complex? (That’s certainly not your only option.) (Denverite)

Or maybe ice cream?

Here are some of Denver’s fun and funkiest ice cream treats. (Denverite)

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