Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 9

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Garden of the Gods in 1898. (William Henry Jackson, Library of Congress)

Garden of the Gods in 1898. (William Henry Jackson, Library of Congress)

Those blue skies and budding trees might be daring you to put on your summer Sunday best, but it’s actually a bit chilly today. Instead, grab a hot liquid and read the news.

We’ve got dispatches from the A Line, transit-oriented development and a pretty good streak for the Rockies

One year in, and the A Line is getting mixed reviews

A University of Denver professor who looks at transportation and transit says it’s mind-boggling that persistent crossing gate issues haven’t been resolved. A research scientist who studies commuter rail systems nationwide says issues are common in new systems. And then there’s the people who actually use the train. (DP)

Congressman Ed Perlmutter is going to run for governor

Fellow Democrats interested in the position include businessman Noel Ginsburg, former state Sen. Mike Johnston, former state treasurer Cary Kennedy and maybe U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder. Perlmutter plans to focus on housing costs, but he’ll also have a lengthy congressional record to contend with. (DP)

17-year-old dies after falling from school roof

A teen boy and others were playing a game of capture the flag near Denver Academy, Fox31 reports. One member of the group told CBS Denver that the boy fell off the roof during the game. “There was like a ledge, and there was a gap that you couldn’t see that led to the ground. And I’m pretty sure he just tripped and fell down there,” he told the outlet. (Fox31, CBS Denver)

Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos is suing a Fort Collins restaurant

Fort Collins’ Dam Good Tacos infringes on Torchy’s catchphrase, “damn good tacos,” according to the lawsuit. (AP)

This dog is helping save endangered species

Whether he’s hunting down evidence of illegal kills or helping find habitats for study, Cash is on the case. The black labrador is Colorado’s second canine wildlife officer. (AP)

ICYMI: Paid parking pilot for Chautauqua gets its first public comment soon

9News went down to Boulder to see what people are saying about paid parking possibly coming to Chautauqua. The Daily Camera broke the news last week, so you can get all the details on the proposed weekend pilot program from them. (9News, Daily Camera)

The Belleview Station light rail is getting a bunch of cool retailers

With two new luxury apartment complexes coming online, developer Holland Partner Group is betting that they’ll enjoy Corvus coffee and Highland Tap & Burger, among many others. (DP)

Denver gardening advice for right now

Watch out for Japanese beetles. (DP)