Eggs for the 2011 Easter Egg Roll photographed on the South Lawn of the White House. (Chuck Kennedy/The White House)

Whatever you do today (and for the next two years), avoid New York Avenue. They say construction will add 15 to 30 minutes to your drive, but we all know what that means, eh?

Someone call Samuel L. Jackson! We’ve heard of squirrels causing power outages, but snakes? Pepco reports that, yes, 6,800 residents in Upper Marlboro lost power because a snake crawled into a breaker, where it was electrocuted. No word on what kind of snake, but Pepco workers proclaimed it “a gooey mess.”

Brutalist begone. The developers planning to demolish the controversial Brutalist church on 16th Street are bringing in a heavyweight firm, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, to design a future office building and church for the property.

DC USA, the retail complex in Columbia Heights that houses Target, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, has signed leases with more chain stores: Modell’s Sporting Goods, DSW shoe store and Panera Bread. Negotiations with other stores continue.

The mayhem beat: It’s hard to read crime news on a beautiful, sunny morning, but if you want the deadly weekend count, the Crime Scene blog will provide it.

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