Delay in Cherry Blossom’s Peak

AOC: Millions of people come to the Washington area to enjoy the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival and to get a glimpse of fully bloomed blossoms. But, this years late start to spring has caused a delay in the cherry blossom’s peak. Despite the lack of blooms, people still enjoy the festival. Spotlight Reporter Kandace Redd is in the crowd at the Tidal Basin.

AOC TAG: The Cherry Blossom Festival blooms each year to commemorate the gifts of roughly 3-thousand cherry trees from Tokyo to the nation’s capital in 1912. About one hundred of these original trees are still standing.

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Washington Cherry Trees Finally Peak

AOC: AFTER A LATE START TO SPRING, THE CHERRY TREES IN WASHINGTON FINALLY REACHED PEAK BLOOM. PEOPLE IN LARGE CROWDS ARE WALKING AROUND THE NATIONAL MALL TO GET AN UP CLOSE LOOK AT THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS.  SPOTLIGHT REPORTER KANDACE REDD  SHARES WITH US THE EXCITEMENT AT THE TIDAL BASIN.

AOC TAG:THE PLANTING OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES ORIGINATED AS A GIFT IN 1912 FROM THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN TO THE UNITED STATES AS A GESTURE OF FRIENDSHIP AND GOODWILL.

Tough Economy, But Optimistic College Grad

AOC: STUDENTS GRADUATING COLLEGE ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING A JOB  BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY. GRADUATES LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND WORK ARE ACCEPTING JOBS OUTSIDE OF THEIR CHOSEN PROFESSION. SPOTLIGHT REPORTER KANDACE REDD SHARES WITH US HOW ONE GRADUATE ISN’T LETTING THE ECONOMY STOP HIM FROM REACHING HIS CAREER GOALS.

AOC TAG: ACCORDING TO THE HUFFINGTON POST, THE WEAK JOB MARKET HAS DISCOURAGED MANY GRADUATES. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR PEOPLE WHO HOLD AT LEAST A BACHELORS  DEGREE IS FOUR POINT TWO PERCENT.

NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE

SERVICE EVENT

AOC: People across the nation are volunteering on National Day of Service to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Projects are being held nationwide and President Barack Obama encourages all Americans to get out and serve. Spotlight Reporter Kandace Redd shares with us how one service event in Washington is celebrating MLK Day.

TAG:For National Service Day, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are spending time volunteering at an elementary school makeover project in Washington.

REFLECTING POOL

Pool

 

AFTER TWO YEARS OF RECONSTRUCTION AND 34-MILLION DOLLARS SPENT FOR BEAUTIFYING THE REFLECTING POOL, ITS ALREADY EXPERIENCING ISSUES.

THE REFLECTING POOL IN FRONT OF THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL REOPENED LAST MONTH, BUT VISITORS AT THE NATIONAL MALL ARE NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT’S FLOATING IN THE WATER.

“I’m a visitor here, and I don’t want to see green algae all over the nation’s capital reflecting pool.”

ALGAE IS COVERING THE POOL. BUT, THE 34 –MILLION DOLLARS FUNDED FROM THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE WAS SUPPOSED TO FIX THIS PROBLEM.

“This is the way government always tends to do it. it spends a lot of money on things that can be done at  half the price. It’s inefficient and then you end up with the same problems over and over again.”

NATIONAL PARK STAFFERS ARE USING NETS TO REMOVE THE SCUM WHILE THE FILTRATION SYSTEM IS BEING FIXED.

Question Six

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SLUG: QUESTION SIX

AOC:

NOVEMBER SIXTH WILL BE AN HISTORIC ELECTION DAY FOR MARYLAND’S GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITIES.

THE BALLOT WILL INCLUDE QUESTION SIX, A MARYLAND STATE REFERENDUM THAT CHALLENGES THE LAW TO LEGALIZE SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN THE STATE. MARYLAND’S POPULATION IS THIRTY PERCENT AFRICAN AMERICAN.

SPOTLIGHT REPORTER KANDACE REDD HAS MORE ON THE BLACK CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES VOTE ON THIS REFERENDUM.