A.M. Buzz: Art attack, missing 911 calls, cherry blossom run

Good morning, all. Get outside! It’s going to be about 75 degrees today (until the weather reverts to its normal spring pattern).

Art has charms which soothe.. or not. Gaugin’s “Two Tahitian Women” really set off another woman at the National Gallery of Art late Friday as she attacked the painting, screaming “This is evil!” Why? Perhaps this review of the show provides a clue.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, squirrels are a fact of life in urban and suburban Washington. But who has investigated this ubiquitous phenomenon? Few, until John Kelly launched Squirrel Week. You can follow the squirrels on Twitter @DCSquirrel — and on PostLocal.com all week.

Where are the Virginians? A few here, a few there, and a lot in the northern area. As the Legislature begins to redistrict, the population shifts become even more clear.

OK, Verizon, we are resigned to static on the phone lines, unwanted calls at dinner time and long waits for customer service. But failing to notify 911 that thousands of emergency calls were not coming through? The PSC is outraged.

Slow down, you move too fast. Ethio­pian Lelisa Desisa dashed past the flowering cherry trees in downtown Washington in 45 minutes and 36 seconds Sunday. He traveled far and fast to get here — but isn’t the message of those evanescent blossoms that life is beautiful, and fleeting?

Tsunami jitters? If you hear warning sirens in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties at noon today, don’t head for the hills. It’s just a test. (But if you hear them at any other time, tuck your head between your knees and check your Twitter feed).

About today’s A.M. Buzz. You may have noticed a disturbance in the A.M. Buzz. Lori Aratani has moved on to a new assignment and I’m returning to the early morning beat, doing my best to uphold her high standards. Comments? You can leave them below or e-mail me at sullivanp@washpost.com.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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