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Peak Cherry Blossom Bloom Time Announced

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If the blossom prediction is correct, it will correspond with the national festival for the 11th-straight year.
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If the blossom prediction is correct, it will correspond with the national festival for the 11th-straight year.

He stresses, however, that the trees will be blooming a couple of days before and after the peak period. DeFeo says if his prediction holds true, it will be the 11th straight year the bloom falls during the three-weekend festival.

The opening ceremony is on Saturday, March 26, at the National Building Museum and the grand finale, the closing parade, is on Saturday, April 9. Another key event, the lantern-lighting ceremony, will be on Sunday, April 3.

The festival is a major event for the region's tourism industry, bringing in an estimated $150 million each year.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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