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Priest defends denying Communion; federal workers grapple with life without the Internet; live cherry blossom chat (A.M. Buzz)

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

Priest defends denying Communion to a lesbian. In a statement, the Rev. Marcel Guarnizo says he was right to refuse the sacrament.

Working without the Internet: Federal workers at the Economic Development Administration have been grappling with a cyber-blackout for the past eight weeks. Tell us what it’s like to work without Internet or e-mail.

An inside view of the Va. assembly. Sarah Deible, a Va. Senate Page from Annandale, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a page — running errands, fetching papers, and witnessing some of the most contentious debates in recent memory.

View Photo Gallery: As a Virginia Senate page, Sarah Deible, 14, spent nine weeks in the trenches with legislators, running errands, grabbing lunch and seeing politics in action.

Coming up today on PostLocal:

Cherry blossom chat at 1 p.m. Join the Going Out Gurus as they discuss the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Submit your questions for festival president Diana Mayhew now.

— Could thundershowers break the March “heat wave”? The Capital Weather Gang has the latest forecast.

View Photo Gallery: The Home section and Local Living have featured a variety of kitchens in their respective pages. We hope you’ll use them for inspiration, whether you’re planning a complete renovation or just wish to change a thing or two about your kitchen.

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