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Here are your 10 Things to Know for Thursday, March 20, 2014.

1. Shooting at Anschutz leaves man dead

The investigation will continue Thursday after a shooting involving a University of Colorado police officer Wednesday night killed a man just outside the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

2. Douglas County plane crash investigation

A small airplane crashed and burst into flames near some homes in extreme northern Douglas County late Wednesday afternoon, killing the pilot.

3. More blasting to close U.S. 36

U.S. 36 between Lyons and Estes Park will close for three hours Thursday — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — as workers conduct another round of blasting to repair the road in the wake of the September floods.

4. More closures at I-25 and Sixth Avenue

The bridge demolition work being done at I-25 and Sixth Avenue did not get completed by the original deadline, so there will be three more nights of closures and detours in the area beginning Sunday.

5. Let the Madness begin

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament really takes off Thursday with 16 games, including the University of Colorado playing Pittsburgh at 11:40 a.m. in Orlando, Fla.

6. Boulder B-cycle to get major boost

Boulder B-cycle announced it will expand its stations and fleet of bikes by 70 percent this spring, and also allow the bikes to be used 24 hours.

7. It’s finally here — spring

Winter officially ends at 10:57 a.m. Thursday as spring arrives — and with it mid-60-degree weather on the Front Range.

8. Hope for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

A day that began with high hopes ended with uncertainty late Thursday in Australia as darkness put an end to the search for two objects captured on satellite and described as possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

9. Kiev vows to fight for Crimea

Kiev will never stop fighting for Crimea, Ukraine’s parliament said Thursday as European Union leaders prepared to hold critical talks on how to respond to Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

10. Return of Flappy Bird — but not soon

The creator of the addictive game Flappy Bird hinted he will bring back the smartphone application after he suddenly took it down earlier this year.

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