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English: The Tidal Basin at the National Cherr...
English: The Tidal Basin at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In other news, the cherry blossoms are blooming in Washington, and not surprisingly there by hangs a tale. Enjoy.

Springtime in Washington

Ah, springtime has arrived in Washington, D.C.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is under way. The cherry trees, 3,700 of them given to America by the Japanese in 1912, are in full bloom.

One incident involving the trees reminds me why Americans are so wary of Washington.

In the spring of 1999, you see, some culprits had been chopping down cherry trees.

The National Park Service, in a state of high alert for days, finally identified the tree fellers: three beavers, who decided to construct a dam in the Tidal Basin.

In a normal city, this situation would have been dealt with swiftly. The beavers would have been trapped, transported to another…

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