Good morning! It's Thursday, and innocent bystanders are bringing you the A.M. Buzz while Lori's on vacation.
Our everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-Cherry-Blossom-Festival page launches today, brought to you by The Post's Going Out Guide. It includes information like (of course) restaurants around the festival and a beautiful time-lapse slide show of a cherry blossom branch in bloom.
You may not see any real cherry blossoms today, but there are other signs of spring -- even in the chilly air. PostLocal producer James Buck has found some; if you see any, upload the photos to our "Signs of Spring" gallery.
More cherry blossoms. Festival organizers are holding a press conference at 10 a.m. today to announce the bloom calendar for D.C.'s favorite trees. Come back to PostLocal later this morning so you can start planning your spring lunchtime outings.
The infamous SUV. We're following the fallout from D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown''s SUV -- almost $2,000 a month and paid for by taxpayers. Post blogger and staff writer Mike DeBonis will update the issue today; watch his blog.
Wind energy. At 10 a.m. today, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley meets with the House Economic Matters Committee to ask for support for his wind energy proposal. The plan would raise almost every state resident's electric bill for the next 20 years. Stay with PostLocal today to see how that plan goes over.
Nurses' strike? Lots of preparations under way for Friday's planned strike by nurses at Washington Hospital Center. While managers are flying in replacement nurses from all across the country, nurses are seeking support from city officials. Washington Post reporter Lena Sun details the process.
Never enough cupcakes. Yet another cupcake store will open in the D.C. area today. This one, Sprinkles Cupcakes, is a Beverly Hills-based business that will open its latest location at 3015 M Street in Georgetown.
More headlines in brief:
University of Maryland sorority sisters are scheduled to appear in court today to face charges that they assaulted other students who were pledging for the sorority (Washington Post); Montgomery County police say day-care center parking lots are the targets of vehicle theft (NBC4); a Northern Virginia speed-skating coach has been suspended after accusations of corporal punishment (Washington Post); Raynell Cooper, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md., won the $75,000 prize during Wednesday night's "Jeopardy!" teen tournament. (NBC4.)
And lastly, what's a Thursday without a Charlie Sheen tidbit? Twitter and Facebook are buzzing with the news that a group of George Washington University students are campaigning for Charlie Sheen to become the school's next commencement speaker. Read Post education writer Jenna Johnson's post on her "Campus Overload" blog.