WTOP’s Top 5 morning stories

Happy Opening Day, Nats fans! (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Good morning, Washington area — Five stories to keep you informed and get you going:

Virginia county bucks exurban trend: Stung by high gasoline costs, outlying suburbs that sprouted in the heady 2000s are now seeing their growth fizzle to historic lows, halting American city dwellers’ decades-long exodus to sprawling homes in distant towns. But one local county is the exception. http://bit.ly/HMCFIh

Opening Day: Nats start the season against Cubs: The Washington Nationals open the season Thursday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Stephen Strasburg will start for Washington and be opposed by Ryan Dempster. Check out our position-by-position breakdown of the Nats. http://bit.ly/I26iU0

Warm winter points to buggy summer: The mild winter and warm spring may have helped area plants and trees bloom faster, but it could come at a price: a potentially buggy summer that could affect everyone from home gardeners to farmers. http://bit.ly/HqUv0N

Guide offers travel tips for overweight airline passengers: Size really matters when it comes to airplane seats. And for travelers who have a few — or many — extra pounds, the in-flight experience can be daunting. Enter Travel Tips for People of Size, a four-page brochure put together by the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. http://bit.ly/HMD9hI

How does your salary measure up worldwide?: Most people want to know their salary is at least comparable to others, and now you can find out online. http://bit.ly/HMDhgY

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