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Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 03/14/2012

100 years of cherry blossoms; Metro executives’ salaries; celebrate Pi Day; CIA’s toll on marriages

Here are our picks for the top local stories to start your day:

A century of beauty: As the Tidal Basin’s cherry blossoms burst into color, learn about the woman who fought for the cultural exchange and make plans for the festival.

Metro has plenty of cash — for its execs, at least. Top Metro officials made $3.1 million last year, with Richard Sarles pulling in $350,000. That’s more salary than the chief of New York’s much busier system.

Mmm, Pi(e): Celebrate math on 3.14. Three celebrations in Washington and Baltimore do Pi Day right, with delicious circular foods.

CIA’s secrecy can take a toll on marriages. A couple’s divorce offers insight into the deep strains that working for the CIA can exert on marriages.

Coming up on PostLocal:

— Updates from Maryland’s budget debate. Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to testify on the gasoline tax this afternoon.

Wrongful death trial in the Virginia Tech massacre heads to jurors.

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