DAYBREAK DAILY: ACC moves to halt future defections

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs near 60.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of the slaying of an off-duty MPD officer; Boston Marathon bombings; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

ACC SHORES UP DEFENSES: It doesn’t want another Maryland-style poaching, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The demise of the ACC will have to wait another 14 years. Conference realignment talk was officially tabled on Monday afternoon, as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 15 current and future members agreed to a “Grant of Rights.”

“If any school leaves the ACC, the conference retains the rights to broadcast that team’s games until 2027. Without TV money, other conferences have no incentive to poach ACC teams.”

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS: Arrest is official, per the Boston Globe, “Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction in the April 15 attacks that ripped through a crowd at the finish line of the world-renowned race, killing three people and injuring scores of others. Tsarnaev’s initial court appearance was conducted by a federal magistrate judge in his hospital room. Tsarnaev was able to respond to inquiries, nodding yes and at one point saying, “No,” according to a transcript of the hearing. A person familiar with the proceeding said Tsarnaev had mouthed the word.

“Tsarnaev also faces a charge of malicious destruction of property resulting in death. The charges carry the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison for the 19-year-old Cambridge man, who is listed in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after suffering multiple gunshot wounds before his capture by police on Friday.”

AND NOW?: Of a potential defense, per the Boston Herald, “Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is likely to avoid the death penalty, could entirely avoid a trial and in the hands of the right lawyer might win a modicum of mercy, argued top-ranked defense attorneys who have represented some of the nation’s most notorious terrorists and killers. “We know he’s 19 years old, we don’t think he has a criminal record or been in trouble before. There are a lot of people out there that seem to have warm, positive things about him,” said Tamar Birckhead, whose client, Richard Reed, tried to blow an airliner out of the sky but got life by copping a plea. “To predict he’ll get a life sentence is not unreasonable.”

MEANWHILE: Of new information, per BuzzFeed, “Former associates of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev now believe he may have been involved in a 2011 triple murder that claimed the life of his closest American friend, Brendan Mess. "At the time none of us would have thought it was Tam. It was just so emotional, and we thought we had someone else who had done it. Tam's name wasn't coming up at all," said one of their mutual friends, who asked to be identified by his first name, Ray.”

AND THIS: Of legal options, per the New York Times, “Amid questions about whether the F.B.I. missed an opportunity to discover that one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings may have become an extremist, law enforcement officials defended their actions on Monday, saying they had no legal basis to monitor him in the months leading up to the attack.

“The agency first looked into the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in 2011 in response to a request from Russia, which told the F.B.I. that he “was a follower of radical Islam.” But once investigators closed the background check on Mr. Tsarnaev after concluding that he posed no terrorist threat, a senior law enforcement official said, it would have been a violation of federal guidelines to keep investigating him without additional information.”

OFF-DUTY{ }MPD COP MURDERED: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Prince George's County police are investigating the death of an off-duty MPD officer in Upper Marlboro. Officers were called to the 6700 block of Green Moss Drive in Upper Marlboro around 8:15 Monday night. According to Cpl. Maria McKinney, the shooting was domestic in nature.”{ }{ }

POLITICO PLAY: “The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.”

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UNION V. MAYOR GRAY: Relationship goes sour, per the Washington Examiner, “The leader of the D.C. chapter of America's largest labor group said on Monday that Mayor Vincent Gray's "assault upon the collective bargaining process" was jeopardizing his relationship with the unions that have been vital to his political success. "It's unbecoming of a city that prides itself on its relationship with its public unions," Josyln Williams, the president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, told The Washington Examiner. "His endorsement from organized labor could very well be at risk."

D.C. AND POT: An interesting commentary, per City Paper, “This weekend, dozens of marijuana activists converged on the National Mall to celebrate 4/20 and push for the drug's legalization. If photos and videos are any indication, most of the attendees were white. As a black man, I find their efforts laudable and hearteningly altruistic. D.C.'s campaign against marijuana is racist. If it wasn't, District marijuana enforcement would look a lot less abominable.”

MARYLAND AND TAXES: Internet enters the picture, per the Baltimore Sun, “Online shoppers would have to pay state sales taxes on more purchases under legislation that advanced in the U.S. Senate on Monday — but Marylanders could also wind up paying a smaller increase in gasoline taxes. Bricks-and-mortar stores have long sought changes to a federal law that they say gives online companies such as eBay an advantage: Most Internet retailers don't charge sales tax, and most consumers ignore requirements to declare their online purchases for state taxing purposes.”

ELECTION DAY: It’s here, per the Washington Times, “D.C. voters will turn out Tuesday to elect a council member and to decide whether to grant the city budget autonomy from Congress the fourth time in a year that residents have been asked to take to the polls. Six candidates are vying for an at-large council seat, pitting an established political operative currently serving as the appointed incumbent against a stable of other Democrats, a Republican, and a D.C. Statehood Green candidate.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 3-2 against St. Louis.

NATIONAL BEATS DULLES: By the numbers, per the Sun Gazette, “More passengers used Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport than Washington Dulles International Airport in February, while the two airports, combined, saw a slight increase in traffic from a year before. With 1.435 million travelers coming and going through its terminals during February, National bested Dulles by slightly more than 20,000 passengers, according to figures reported April 17 by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which runs both airports.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Federal officials say they're delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Because low-income residents often eat too much of the wrong stuff and not enough of the good stuff, we'll talk with fitness expert Josef Brandenburg. His studio has just added a resistance class for which the admission fee is four pounds of lean protein for the Capital Area Food Bank.

--Skip Wood