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BUSY CHERRY BLOSSOM WEEKEND
You brave, brave people. Willing to fight with the crowds, stealthily seek ice cream vendors and stand to the right, for cryin' out loud! The District is smack-dab in the middle of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which means plenty of fun events, and plenty of traffic headaches. WHAT TO DO: Obviously, you want to see the gorgeous, blossom-y goodness all along the Tidal Basin -- although we know you'll never, ever pick them. Plenty of activities are going on this weekend, and everything's free unless where otherwise noted.
METRO BUS DRIVER ARRESTED
A Metrobus driver was arrested Friday evening after a knife was allegedly displayed in a traffic dispute in Southeast Washington, Metro said. System officials said that after the dispute between a bus driver and a motorist about 5 p.m. police pulled over a bus on the U2 route in the 2900 block of Minnesota Avenue SE. Metro said Dwayne Adamson, a bus operator for three years, was taken into custody.
EX POLICE CHIEF GOING TO JAIL
State prosecutors say a former police chief from the town of Morningside has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for selling a police handgun. Thirty-year-old David Allan Eichelberger Jr. of Accokeek was sentenced on Friday. He had pleaded guilty in February to the illegal sale and transfer of a regulated firearm and to theft under $500. Eichelberger was indicted in November for allegedly selling a Glock 27 handgun owned by the Morningside police department from the trunk of his cruiser.
PARKING METER THIEVES
Dozens of parking meters were smashed open this week in Bethesda and Silver Spring by thieves who made off with the coins inside, Montgomery County police said. A total of 69 meters were cracked, apparently with a heavy object that broke through the meters' outer casings and revealed the inner coin cans, police said. They said they think the thefts took place between Sunday and Thursday during the overnight hours. No figure for the amount of money taken was immediately available, but with the cost of meter repair or replacement at about $250, the damage could be more than $15,000. Sixteen of the meters were found to be broken Wednesday in county parking lot 24 in the 4600 block of Leland Street in Bethesda. Break-ins were reported the day before at a dozen meters in county lot 3 in the 8200 block of Fenton Street in Silver Spring.
PILLOW FIGHT ON THE MALL AND DUPONT CIRCLE
In recognition of International Pillow Fight Day, Capital Improv is organizing the local fight in Washington, D.C. According to the invite, more than 400 people participated in last year’s fight and there’s already well over 1,500 RSVP’s for the event. It’s no surprise that the success of the snowball fights this winter have fueled interest in flash mob-type events like this one. If you are interested make sure you read the complete rules on the Facebook invite: no down pillows, respect people with cameras. The invite states to arrive with a pillow but keep it out of sight. Head towards the World War II monument side of the Washington Monument and wait for a fake shouting match to occur- that will be your cue to take sides and get in on the action. The fight will last for 15 minutes and then attempt to move to Dupont Circle.