DAYBREAK DAILY: Donald Sterling apologizes for derogatory comments

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Refurbished Washington Monument re-opens to the public; Repairs to begin for Columbia Pike in Silver Spring; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

UR MOURNS BALLOON VICTIMS: At graduation, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The last time Laura Jordan saw her, Natalie Lewis hugged Jordan and said she was sorry she would miss the University of Richmond’s commencement. “I’m so happy that I got to have that last hug with her,” Jordan said of their meeting Friday, hours before Lewis and basketball coach Ginny Doyle were killed in a hot air balloon accident.

“At UR’s commencement Sunday, Jordan and four other seniors who had been freshmen when Lewis was captain of their swim team wore mortarboards that paid tribute to the two women. The commencement ceremony began with a moment of silence for Lewis, director of basketball operations, and Doyle, associate head coach of the women’s basketball team, who were remembered by President Edward L. Ayers in his opening remarks.”

THE GAY EXORCIST: Or something like that, per the Baltimore Sun, “Christopher Doyle says he doesn't think there is anything wrong with being gay, but he also believes he can help children and others rid themselves of "unwanted same-sex attractions" through therapy sessions in a tidy suburban home in Bowie. That has made the licensed psychotherapist the target of intense criticism over the years — so much so, he says, that he closely protects the address of the International Healing Foundation, the nearly 25-year-old nonprofit he runs.

“. . . In the latest salvo aimed at Doyle and his practice, gay rights activists in Maryland say they hope to ban clinical therapy for children that is based on the notion that their sexual orientation can change. They hope to build on success banning the practice in other states, and success here in securing same-sex marriage and protections for transgender residents.”

MEANWHILE: On another front, per the Washington Post, “The legal forces challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage have been brought together in something like a shotgun wedding, uniting lawyers who previously clashed over the best legal strategy to pursue a common goal. One side (of the same side) are celebrity lawyers Theodore Olson and David Boies, who have urged that bans on same-sex marriage should be met with a swing-for-the fences challenge to convince federal courts that the restrictions are unconstitutional.

“Their uneasy allies in Virginia are the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, groups that in the past have advocated a more measured and incremental state-by-state strategy. Both approaches found some success at the Supreme Court last June. Now the two sides have been yoked as they and other challengers across the country embark on their shared goal: persuading the justices to establish a constitutional right to marriage that must be extended to same-sex couples no matter where they live.”

MARYLAND MARVEL: Of cancer screening, per the (Charlottesville) Daily Progress, “In developing a test that rapidly detects pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers, Jack Andraka acknowledged he experienced a few stumbles in the laboratory. “As soon as I got in the lab, I realized I really sucked at doing research,” said Andraka, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student. “I mean, I made so many mistakes.”

“On his first day, while trying to culture cancer cells, he sneezed in a flask, contaminating his work. Other samples were accidentally burned up in incubators or exploded while in the centrifuge. However, after seven months of work — supported and guided by Johns Hopkins University researcher Dr. Anirban Maitra — Andraka developed a 3-cent test that can detect early stage cancers with 90 percent accuracy.”

UKRAINE: The latest, per the New York Times, “Separatists in two provinces of eastern Ukraine conducted chaotic and sometimes violent plebiscites on Sunday that offered voters just one question about self-rule, while raising many more about where events in the region were headed.

“Large crowds turned out in some cities to cast votes meant to legitimize the separatists’ declarations of independent “people’s republics” in the two provinces. But the voting left unclear whether the two provinces, Donetsk and Luhansk, will now follow the Crimean Peninsula in seeking to be annexed by Russia.”

DONALD STERLING: Sorry, really, really sorry, per the Los Angeles Times, “Pleading for forgiveness for what he called a "terrible mistake," Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized Sunday for making derogatory remarks about blacks, saying "I'm not a racist, and I've never been a racist," and appealed to NBA owners to let him keep the team.

“In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sterling broke his public silence just over two weeks after the release of a recording of his remarks. "When I listen to that tape," Sterling said, "I don't even know how I can say words like that." He said he'd been "baited" into making the remarks by the woman heard on the recording with him.”

SHOW HEARING: Say the Dems, per The Hill, “Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) slammed Republicans for creating a select committee on Benghazi, arguing they did it to gin up conservative enthusiasm because they'd lost on ObamaCare.

"The bottom line here is that Republicans have clearly lost the ability, because we've had such a precipitous drop among Republicans even in their fervor for repealing the Affordable Care Act, that they are clearly doing this to drive their turnout," Wasserman Schultz said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning.”

POLITICO PLAY: “The top economic adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Sunday accused Tim Geithner of “lying” in a forthcoming memoir about a private discussion on tax increases they had during the 2012 race.

“R. Glenn Hubbard, the dean of Columbia Business School and the former head of George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, said Geithner fabricated a claim in the book that Hubbard endorsed raising taxes in a conversation the two men had in early 2012 at an Economic Club of New York dinner.”

HELLO, FRIEND: Of a strange bond, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The love fest between Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms and Gov. Terry McAuliffe is escalating faster than you can say bipartisan bosom buddies.

“Sessoms, a longtime Republican, endorsed McAuliffe last year in the governor’s race, saying it was the first time he had thrown his support to a Democrat. At a Chamber of Commerce forum in Virginia Beach in December, when Sessoms was introducing the then-governor-elect, his throat caught when he acknowledged endorsing a Democrat. “I can hardly say it,” he told the crowd.”

WARD 8: Business as usual, per City Paper, “At least the Ward 8 Democrats aren't boring. A previous president of the group accused the D.C. Council of metaphorically cutting Vincent Orange's throat by not giving him a ceremonial position, and the organization's January mayoral straw poll turned so rowdy that police were called.

“Now the Ward 8 Democrats are embroiled in a controversy that's caused a branch of the city-wide D.C. Democratic State Committee to rule against the group's president. And like so much else in Ward 8 these days, the feud is also shaping up as prelude to the upcoming fight for the ward Council seat currently held by Marion Barry.”

PUNT THE PAPER: There’s an app for that, per the Frederick News-Post, “The automotive world appears to be stepping up its mobile app game. Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, an association of more than 1,000 insurance companies, announced that Maryland drivers will be able to show law enforcement electronic proof of insurance on their smartphone or tablet.

“The association anticipates the move will be convenient for drivers, who would no longer have to fumble around in their glove compartments for insurance documentation. “It's another way to make it more convenient for drivers to provide that evidence on their phone,” said Bob Passmore, senior director of personal lines policy.”

VETS’ GARDEN: Touchy subject, per Gazette.Net, “Despite strong objections from some community members, the University Park Town Council is moving forward with plans to construct a veterans’ memorial garden at the intersection of Wells Parkway, Clagget Road and Eversfield Street. Several residents who live near the proposed site raised concerns earlier this year, citing traffic congestion, cost concerns and noise issues as they said the location is at a busy intersection that would not be conducive to quiet contemplation.”

FRESH AIR: Or not, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “Loudoun was one of several counties in the region to receive an “F” for its number of high-ozone days, according to the American Lung Association's 2014 “State of the Air” report released in April. Also receiving “Fs” in the category were Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties, while neighboring Fauquier County received an “A,” Frederick County a “B” and Prince William a “C.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose 95-92 against Indiana, trail series 3-1; Nationals lose 9-1 at Oakland.

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