For our Sunday roundup, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.
- How and why did it snow this past Friday? Winter has been stubborn to vacate this year. And to add insult, our region became cloaked in white on the vernal equinox. (Capital Weather Gang)
- National Cherry Blossom Festival has begun – This year’s festival, which marks the anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees, runs from March 20 through April 12. A full list of events is available here… (WJLA)
- Northern Virginia man gets sentenced in Alexandria child sex abuse case – A northern Virginia man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison in a case that prosecutors say involves the repeated sexual abuse of a child. (WUSA 9)
- UVA Students walk out of meeting with Police after bloody arrest – Tensions are running high on the campus of the University of Virginia Friday. as students walked out on a meeting with police. (NBC Washington)
- Should the Alexandria School Board raise its pay? So to hear elected officials — some members of the Alexandria School Board — say they want to examine providing the next board an increase in their annual stipend from $15,000 to $20,000 is disconcerting. (Alexandria Times)
- T.C. Williams High School Gymnastics team eyes regional berth – Defending conference champs field 2nd complete team in 3 decades. (Alexandria Gazette)
- More Americans getting tax refund advances – Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees. (WTOP)