ABC7 TRAFFIC: ‘Good Morning Washington’ has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of pre-conclave meetings in Italy in preparation to choose a new pope; MPD investigating a shooting in Northwest; gas prices have dropped in the past two weeks; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Hundreds lined up outside the Virtue Feed and Grain restaurant in Alexandria Sunday to lend support to hospitalized Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy. Shot in the head by a suspect who had allegedly been harassing women at a King Street boutique, Laboy miraculously survived and is improving every moment, his family says. Join us in giving a big THANK YOU to Ofc. Laboy and to all officers and first responders everywhere. ABC7's Richard Reeve reports: http://wj.la/Y4DrGQ
BILL BOLLING LOOMS LARGE: Will he challenge Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D)?, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “. . .(T)he lifelong Republican’s decision on whether to run — expected Thursday — could arguably alter the balance of power in the election as much as King James’ move to the Miami Heat realigned contenders in the NBA. “Bolling could be a contender — emphasis on the ‘could be’ — a real contender,” said Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. Sabato said there is enough unhappiness with the current candidates that a Bolling bid would give “a lot of perplexed people a place to go.” http://bit.ly/VZiUan
COCAINE AND THE EASTERN SHORE: A growing problem, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Scenic farming communities. Idyllic waterfront homes. Friendly roadside grills. The Eastern Shore is known for them all. But it's not all bucolic on this sleepy peninsula just north of Hampton Roads. There's a cocaine problem - a big one. Nine men have pleaded guilty in federal court in the past three years to dealing at least 5 kilograms in Northampton and Accomack counties. One kilogram - which is about 2.2 pounds - is worth more than $26,000 and can be cut and sold to hundreds of users.” http://bit.ly/Y3xlcU
VIRGINIA SCHOOLS: A progress report, per the Washington Post, “Robert F. McDonnell ran for Virginia governor promising to reform public schools by offering parents more accountability and better teachers and giving them greater school choice by growing the state’s tiny list of charter schools. . . But on some signature issues, he fell short of his promise to transform public education, reformers said. His initial attempt to make it easier to fire teachers was defeated, and his plan for performance-based pay was only partially funded. Statewide, there still are only four charter schools.” http://wapo.st/ZCNlRm
MEANWHILE: Maryland mulls more sleep for students, per the Baltimore Sun, “. . .The General Assembly is considering a bill to establish a task force to study later start times and make recommendations for Maryland public schools by the end of the year. The task force would include representatives from the state's board of education and health department, a mental health professional and a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders. "There is extensive academic research that shows a positive correlation between school start times, academic performance and student health," said Del. Steven R. Schuh, an Anne Arundel County Republican and sponsor of the bill.” http://bsun.md/YbDnaD
POTUS SPIES OPENING: Of a to-do list, per the New York Times, “At a time when $46 billion in mandatory budget cuts are causing anxiety at the Pentagon, administration officials see one potential benefit: there may be an opening to argue for deep reductions in programs long in President Obama’s sights, and long resisted by Congress. On the list are not only base closings but also an additional reduction in deployed nuclear weapons and stockpiles and a restructuring of the military medical insurance program that costs more than America spends on all of its diplomacy and foreign aid around the world.” http://nyti.ms/10tP4cY
POLITICO PLAY: “Saxby Chambliss appears to be a ripe target for President Barack Obama on the grand bargain: He’s a retiring Republican senator who for years has been eager to cut a large-scale deficit deal. But will he and other GOP senators buck their party’s leadership in order to strike a deal with the White House? “It’s not going to happen,” Chambliss told POLITICO. “We’re not going to negotiate; that’s the leaders’ role.” http://politi.co/ZCS5GX
MOGO MISHAP: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service battalion chief was taken to the hospital after the department says a vehicle with six people in it struck his SUV Sunday night in Gaithersburg. Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Scott Graham told ABC7 the battalion chief and all six people in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.” http://wj.la/Y4LtQ7
NICE GIG: If you can get it, per the Washington Examiner, “The George Washington University Law School has started paying graduates to work in temporary jobs as more of them can't find work, but the program is coming under fire as a way to inflate the school's national ranking. Created two years ago as the number of unemployed graduates rose, the school's Pathways to Practice Fellowship Program gives graduates $15 an hour to work 35 hours a week for up to 48 weeks -- $25,200 total -- or until a graduate secures full-time employment. Meanwhile, the law firms, nonprofits and government agencies where they work don't pay a cent.” http://bit.ly/13OOlHU
TO SIGN OR NOT TO SIGN: That is the question, per the Washington Times, “Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faces some difficult decisions when it comes time to sign bills passed during this year’s General Assembly, including whether to sign or amend a transportation bill that riled conservatives and could further alienate some members of his own party. Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, has not said whether he will sign several marquee bills from the recently concluded session, including a two-year ban on drone aircraft and stronger voter ID laws in addition to the transportation package.” http://bit.ly/Y3W2pG
BOOM: That pretty much says it all, per INSIDENOVA, “It’s likely going to be a noisy week at Quantico Marine Corps base. Marines will be clearing ranges, conducting demolitions and training with aircraft Monday through Friday.” http://bit.ly/13OQGCy
ALL IS WELL: No, really, per City Paper, “Citizens of the District of Columbia: There is nothing wrong with your fire department's ability to provide ambulances to take the sick or injured to the hospital. Or at least that was the message top fire officials and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander were selling at a news conference (Friday). The conference came after a rough three days for the department that began Tuesday, when the city couldn't find one of its own ambulances to transport a seriously injured police officer to the hospital and instead had to ask Prince George's County to send an ambulance.” http://bit.ly/ZqA8NJ
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 4-1 against Rangers.
STIRRING READ: It’s well worth the click, per the AP’s Matt Sedensky, “All the time-stamped rigors of daily journalism are behind her, but the pace of Susan Spencer-Wendel's life has only been hastened. She is dying. And dealt a diagnosis she knows she can't beat, the race is on to finish. Her greatest story. Her toughest assignment. Her final deadline.” http://apne.ws/Yjf3k6
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), who will be asked about the fiscal standoff, the use of drones and the competition for the FBI. Also, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be asked about this year's Maryland General Assembly session, the death penalty, transportation funding and his political future.
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