DAYBREAK DAILY: Bitter winter could mean big summer for Maryland

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Capital Wheel opens at National Harbor; Prince George’s teacher arrested for sexually abusing student; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

HIT THE BEACH: Maryland eyes a rebound, per the Baltimore Sun, “Visitors trying to shake off a particularly snowy winter and rainy spring could give a boost to Maryland's tourist destinations this summer.

“Business owners and tourism officials are seeing signs of a healthy season before the traditional Memorial Day kickoff, thanks to an improving economy, growing consumer confidence and a series of high-profile events in vacation spots such as Ocean City and downtown Baltimore. Advance bookings for hotel rooms appear strong, with some weekends sold out, and restaurants and attractions are adding staff to meet anticipated demand.”

PLAYGROUND SHOOTING: And bum security cams, per the Washington Post, “None of the surveillance cameras were recording at a Northwest Washington public housing complex Tuesday when a 6-year-old girl and a man were shot, a District official said, complicating police efforts to find the man who repeatedly fired a gun on a playground crowded with children.

“Rick White, a spokesman for the D.C. Housing Authority, said routine software upgrades were being done at the time at the Park Morton housing complex. At least one of the cameras overlooks the playground where the shooting occurred.”

WARNER vs. GILLESPIE: Moneyball, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Ed Gillespie announced Thursday that so far he has raised more than $3 million for his Senate bid since launching his campaign in January. The former chairman of the Republican National Committee and Washington lobbyist, who is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., in November, reported having raised $2.2 million by a March 31 deadline. That puts his total in the latest fundraising period between April 1 and May 18 at $800,000.

“Warner followed suit and announced that he has raised $1.4 million between April 1 and May 18, giving him a $600,000 advantage over his likely Republican opponent. In total, the Democrat has raised $12.6 million for his re-election bid.”

PRINT IT: On, you know, paper, per the (Fredericksburg) Free Lance-Star, “An affiliate of New York-based investment firm Sandton Capital Partners is in line to become the owner of The Free Lance–Star Publishing Co.

“Sandton submitted the highest bid of $30.2 million for all the assets of the Fredericksburg-based media company during an auction held last week at a downtown Richmond hotel, attorneys for the FLS announced during a Thursday morning hearing in front of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens. Sandton principal Robert Orr said the firm plans to finalize the purchase of the FLS’ assets as soon as possible and no later than June 20. Orr said in court that Sandton likes the FLS’ management, product and reputation in the Fredericksburg community.”

ALEXANDRIA AND CREDIT SUISSE: Who are those guys?, per the New York Times, “Hundreds of miles from Credit Suisse’s Madison Avenue office tower and an ocean away from its headquarters in Zurich, the bank found an unlikely opponent in Alexandria, Va. Federal prosecutors there helped lead an investigation into Credit Suisse, which this week pleaded guilty to helping thousands of American clients hide their wealth overseas.

“Never mind that Credit Suisse, the first bank of its size and significance to plead guilty in more than two decades, has no offices in Virginia. Prosecutors at the United States attorney’s office in Alexandria, working with the Justice Department’s tax division in Washington, had all the jurisdiction they wanted: A lone Credit Suisse client, on a single day eight years ago, flew out of Dulles International Airport in Virginia on his way to Zurich.”

NSA SNOOPING: New restrictions, per the Los Angeles Times, “Dismayed by the extent of the government's post-Sept. 11 surveillance activities, which many of them had previously voted to authorize, House lawmakers Thursday approved new restrictions on the National Security Agency that amount to the most sweeping curbs on domestic intelligence-gathering in a generation.

“Even supporters of the legislation conceded that it may not fully end the dragnet-style government surveillance of Americans that generated public outcry after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began disclosing the agency's operations a year ago. Nonetheless, passage of the NSA reform bill capped a remarkable evolution in Congress, which handed the intelligence community broad surveillance authority after the 2001 terrorist attacks and has now begun, haltingly, to rein it in.”

ERIC SHINSEKI: The latest, per The Hill, “Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is becoming a lightning rod in the battle for the Senate. Democrats? are trying to distance themselves from the VA chief and scandal, while Republicans are trying to tie Democratic candidates to the controversy.

"Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in what is expected to be the most expensive race in the country this year, called Thursday for Shinseki's head. Rick Weiland, the underdog Democrat running to try to keep retiring Sen. Tim Johnson’s (D-S.D.) seat, also called for Shinseki to step down, declaring "a single scalp is not nearly enough." Two endangered Senate Democratic incumbents, meanwhile, stood behind Shinseki, and one saw the GOP pounce.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Sen. Jay Rockefeller may no longer fear the political consequences of charging the GOP with opposing President Barack Obama’s agenda because he’s the “wrong color.” But he might be alone in that.

“On Thursday, no Democrats publicly rushed to back Rockefeller’s assertion that Obama has met legislative resistance because of his race, a remark that sparked an emotional debate Wednesday with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) over whether opposing the president and his health-care law amounted to being “racist.”

“Staring down his retirement after 30 years in the Senate and often relegated to a wheelchair because of a bad knee, Rockefeller chose his words carefully Thursday speaking to a pair of reporters. He didn’t use the word “race” or “color” when asked to clarify his remarks — but he refused to back away from his core assertion.”

VIETNAM VETS: Of a belated honor, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Dewey A. Midgett was killed while serving in Vietnam in 1967, a month shy of his 20th birthday. In late November of that year, Midgett had received a one-day pass from his post. He went to visit a girlfriend in a village overrun by gangs, his sister, Diane, said. His body was never found. Further, his family endured years of hardship because the Army did not initially consider him dead.

“This weekend, a group of Indian River High School students (in Chesapeake, Va.) will honor Dewey Midgett and two dozen other soldiers killed in Vietnam. The students, who are taking Craig Blackman's Advanced Placement American history class, have prepared memorial essays for each of the soldiers that they will read to family and friends tonight during a private ceremony at the high school.”

SPLASH TIME: Or not, per City Paper, “Lame duck Vince Gray will face another one of the "lasts" of his administration tomorrow when he heads to Ward 8's Fort Stanton Aquatic Facility to kick off pool season. Gray will also be facing a personal landmark, too: his last opportunity to open pool season with a cannonball into the water. If Gray jumps in (this) morning, he'll be following in soggy footsteps of Mayor Tony Williams, who pioneered the summer-starting cannonball.”

FAKE LANDLORD: Busted, per Gazette.Net, “A Cheltenham woman pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary May 22 for renting out a house she did not own. Shannon Lee, 31, took charge of a vacant property in Cheltenham that was under foreclosure, and she was charging tenants $1,650 per month to live there, according to a news release from the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office.”

CHILD PORN: And a work laptop, per the Frederick News-Post, “A former head athletic trainer at Mount St. Mary's University is expected to appear in a Frederick County court on charges that he had pornographic pictures of children on a work laptop.

"Eric Glen Hansen, 36, of the 8400 block of Devon Lane in Walkersville, faces 12 counts of possession of child pornography and one charge of making a video recording of a teenager undressing in a bathroom without her knowledge. A summons was served in the case May 1, according to electronic court records.”

MEANWHILE: Just the facts, per ARLnow, “A Connecticut man has been arrested by Arlington County police and charged with masturbating in his car outside of a daycare center near Columbia Pike. The alleged incident took place at 5:00 p.m. this past Monday, on the 1000 block of S. Cleveland Street.”

WEEKEND WANDERING: Things to do, per DCist, “Hey, it's almost Memorial Day weekend! And, in D.C., that means there's a lot going on. Whether it be attending annual traditions like the National Memorial Day Parade and the Memorial Day Concert, or, you know, lounging in a pool all weekend and then grilling meat, there's plenty of stuff to choose from. Here are some suggestions for you. Happy (early) Memorial Day!”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 3-1 against Pittsburgh.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Congratulations to Luis Silva of New Mexico! The 90-year-old WWII veteran has received his high school diploma after being drafted 71 years ago, when he had to leave school before graduation. Silva's great granddaughter also graduated with him Tuesday night.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- We're about a month away from the Maryland gubernatorial primary, and we'll talk with Democratic hopeful Anthony Brown.

--Skip Wood