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Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Free coffee; toning down hazing rituals at U-Md. ; remembering Jayna Murray; travel chat; Japan tsunami anniversary (A.M. Buzz)

Happy Monday! Grab a cup of (free!) coffee and check out our picks for the top local stories to start your day:

Taming the ‘Animal House.” At U-Md. and elsewhere, drinking and hazing rituals have led to new rules and traditions.

Remembering Jayna Murray. The Bethesda Lululemon store where the young woman was beaten to death last year pauses to remember a missed co-worker.

D.C.’s cherry tree survivors. On the Tidal Basin, a few die-hard survivors from the original gift of 3,000 Japanese cherry trees are getting ready for their 100th spring flowering.

Coming up today on PostLocal:

— Travel editors and writers discuss the nation’s growing rail-trail network online at noon.

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