Warm weather prompts early cherry blossoms
The peak bloom time for the District’s cherry blossoms will come a week earlier than expected because of warm nights in the forecast, National Park Service officials said Wednesday.
The peak bloom period is now expected to begin March 18, Park Service chief horticulturist Robert Defeo said. The peak bloom date — when the blush-colored blossoms are at their fullest — will fall between March 20 and March 23.
“Instead of slowing down at night, [the blooms] are still moving,” Mr. Defeo said. “And there is no cold coming to slow them down.”
According to the Park Service, extreme weather has caused bloom dates as early as March 15 and as late as April 18. The average peak bloom date is April 4.
Mr. Defeo earlier this month predicted a bloom period between March 24 and March 31 because of the mild winter.
— Secretary Richard D. Brown said. But the figure was the best since last May, when the state posted 17.9 percent revenue growth.
— payroll computer system to pay $24,514 to three employees over a 10month period for time they did not work. Prosecutors said Atanga didn’t pocket any cash himself.
His attorney, John Riely, said appeal efforts are likely because of the way prosecutors interjected sexual and romantic overtones into the trial.
The theft occurred over a 10month period beginning in October 2010 and lasted until Metro Transit Police arrested the employees in August. The stolen money has since been repaid, said Nancy C. Lineman, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County state’s attorney.
— package and send its proposal to the House.
Senators debated the plan Wednesday, which would call for income-tax hikes on households making more than $3,000 a year in an effort to trim the state’s $1.1 billion structural deficit.
The $35.9 billion budget package would also shift $68 million in pension costs onto counties as part of a four-year phase-in that would eventually require counties to pay more than $250 million a year.
Senate lawmakers adopted changes to the plan made last week by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee but were not expected to make any more substantive changes Wednesday night, as majority Democrats rejected numerous Republican amendments to cut spending and ease tax increases.
Crossing guard Carolyn Smith gets a wave Wednesday as she looks out for children and parents heading to school near Columbia Road and 17th Street Northwest in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Mrs. Smith has been a crossing guard in the District for the past 18 years. In addition to her part-time guard job, she says she works for Fedex.