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Cherry blossoms to peak earlier


    The Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin in Washington. Unusually warm weather has spurred the National Park Service to revise its prediction for peak blooms for the city’s cherry blossom trees.

WASHINGTON >> Unseasonably warm weather has prompted the National Park Service to revise its prediction for peak blooms for Washington’s cherry blossom trees.

The agency has revised the projected dates from March 31-April 3, announced last week, to March 18-23. Peak bloom is when 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin are in blossom.

The agency says this week’s potentially record-setting temperatures, averaging nearly 20 degrees above normal, have accelerated the bloom watch.

Exhibit highlights Yiddish theater

NEW YORK >> Second Avenue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side was once nicknamed Yiddish Broadway.

An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York showcases the growth of Yiddish theater over a century from a thriving immigrant entertainment movement to its impact on Broadway.

“Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway” opened Wednesday and runs through July 31.

Visitors will learn that the theater entertained more than 1.5 million first-and second-generation Eastern-European Jewish immigrants.

Park to offer virtual-reality coaster

Los Angeles >> For those adrenaline junkies who don’t get enough of a thrill riding a regular roller coaster, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., is adding virtual reality to the mix.

In a partnership with electronics giant Samsung, Six Flags plans to strap virtual-reality goggles onto riders of the park’s Revolution roller coaster so they can feel the twists, drops and climbs of the coaster track while watching images of a midair battle with space aliens.

The images in the goggles, created with the help of technology firm Oculus VR, are synced to the motion of the coaster.

At Magic Mountain, Six Flags is upgrading an area around the roller coaster and renaming the ride the New Revolution. The overhauled coaster will be offered this spring.

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