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Posted at 4:40 PM ET, 03/ 4/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Yes if you had a chance to escape your cubicle that was indeed sunshine you were seeing (at least in downtown D.C.) Get ready for a bit more. The Capital Weather Gang says Friday will be much like Thursday, sunny but with light winds that keep the temperatures in the 40 range.

Cherry blossom update. There was talk that the February storms had damaged D.C.’s much beloved cherry trees -- or might even delay the bloom season. But have no fear. The massive snows may have hurt a couple of trees, but arborists anticipate the peak bloom will begin the first full week of April. To help get you in the mood, we offer the 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival guide (including interactive maps and all kinds of other interesting information.) D.C. area restaurants and hotels also hope the annual bloom will give them a boost to make up for losses caused by the February storms. (Washington Business Journal)

Post-game arrests at UMd. Officials say 27 people were arrested during a post-game celebration that got out of hand following the University of Maryland victory over Duke and could now face suspension or expulsion. NBC 4 has video of the post-game scene. Fox 5 also has footage.

Comments? Some are saying the police were too aggressive, while others are saying the celebration got out of control. What do you think? Did the police overreact?

Fix-it man? He won’t start for another few weeks, but already there are high hopes for Metro’s new interim general manager, Richard Sarles. The former head of the New Jersey transit system will take over following John B. Catoe, Jr.’s departure Apr. 2. Sarles will make $25,000 a month while he's here, plus Metro will pay for the rental of a one-bedroom apartment for him. The salary is roughly equivalent to what Catoe received. The 42 blog offers these thoughts.

D.C. school chancellor Michelle Rhee’s decision to replace the popular principal at Hardy Middle School in hopes of attracting more parents from NW elementary schools may have backfired. The Post’s Bill Turque reports that applications from feeder schools are down: Rhee announced late last year that Patrick Pope, founder of the arts and music program that draws a majority-African American student body from across the city to the newly renovated school, would be replaced by Hyde-Addison Principal Dana Nerenberg.

Three days a week? A consulting firm working with the U.S. Postal Service has included among its recommendations the suggestion that the agency consider reducing mail delivery to three days a week and scale back even more the number of post offices it operates. (The Washington Business Journal.)

Marion being Marion. The Capital Citizen attempts to explain why some folks still can’t help rooting for the former D.C. mayor. The Post's Nikita Stewart reports that Barry plans a low-key 74th birthday celebration.

On the agenda? Disaster relief. On Thursday, Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) chaired a hearing on disaster relief. (WAMU); The hearing was held just one day after federal officials announced the District will receive federal dollars to help them recover from the December storms. The District, Maryland and Virginia also have applied for federal aid stemming from the February storms.

In short: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake has been released from the hospital after being admitted early Thursday morning complaining of dizziness and chest pains. (Baltimore Sun); A recent sexual assault has Georgetown on the alert. (Fox 5); College applications via YouTube. (WJLA)

Thanks for reading. Have an excellent evening and stay with the Post for the latest news.

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
 
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