DAYBREAK DAILY: Boston bomber might be forever mute
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Latest news on the Boston Marathon bombings; FAA furloughs begin to affect travelers; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
SPEAK NO EVIL?: There’s always pencil and paper, per the Washington Post, “Federal prosecutors on Sunday were preparing to file charges against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, even as he remained under heavy guard at a local hospital amid questions about whether authorities would be able to interrogate him. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the neck, Boston police said Sunday, and federal and local officials said they were unsure he would be able to talk again. “We don’t know if we’ll ever be able to question the individual,” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said Sunday.” http://wapo.st/ZCPBux
TAMERLAN TSARNAEV WAS ALIVE: Until his brother ran over him, per the Boston Globe, “Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was alive and struggling with Watertown police early Friday morning, when his younger brother and alleged co-conspirator drove over him in a stolen SUV, dragging him on the pavement and apparently inflicting the fatal injuries that killed him, said Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau in a Globe interview.
“ . . .Tamerlan, walked toward the officers, firing his gun until he appeared to run out of bullets, Deveau said. Officers tackled him and were trying to get handcuffs on him, when the stolen SUV came roaring at them, the younger brother at the wheel. The officers scattered and the SUV plowed over Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was dragged briefly under the car, he said.” http://bo.st/17cmUH2
MEANWHILE: More attacks were likely, per the New York Times, “The two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings were armed with a small arsenal of guns, ammunition and explosives when they first confronted the police early Friday, and were most likely planning more attacks, the authorities said Sunday. United States officials said they were increasingly certain that the two suspects had acted on their own, but were looking for any hints that someone had trained or inspired them.” http://nyti.ms/13pIS7g
POT FESTIVAL GOES AWRY: per the Denver Post, “Denver police spent Sunday scanning video taken at Saturday's 4/20 rally where three people were shot, and by late afternoon released a YouTube video showing a possible suspect and asked for the public's help in locating him. . . Saturday's rally — an annual event called 4/20 that is a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts — was the first since Colorado voters legalized the use of marijuana for people over 21.” http://bit.ly/ZHjOok
TAX AX IN VIRGINIA: Odd timing, to be sure, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “As millions of Virginians rushed to finish and file their federal and state tax returns last week, the Virginia Department of Taxation eliminated its Criminal Investigative Unit — a team of investigators that worked with local prosecutors around the state to ferret out tax fraud and other criminal activities.
“The department said the decision to lay off two investigators and reassign the remaining four CIU members to other areas of its compliance department was part of a reorganization and “budget reduction action” by tax department officials that will take effect July 1 and save the department $120,000 next year.” http://bit.ly/ZCVWGm
POLITICO PLAY: “Ted Cruz is at odds with Marco Rubio over immigration legislation. The two have much in common as first-term senators elected with the help of the tea party from states with large Latino populations. Both have Cuban roots and are considered rising GOP stars and prospective presidential rivals. But the pair is divided on immigration legislation — a key difference that could have significant ramifications for their party and political ambitions.” http://politi.co/ZeQyJP
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GW PARKWAY CLASSIC: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Security was stepped up at Sunday's George Washington Parkway Classic, officials say, in the wake of the terror attack on the Boston Marathon. As the new motto "Boston Strong" echoed along the edges of the course, extra layers of security spread throughout the George Washington Parkway Classic 10-mile race.” http://wj.la/104sS6r
MEANWHILE: Same deal elsewhere, per Gazette.Net, “Not even a week had passed since the Boston Marathon bombings, but runners taking part in Sunday’s Pike’s Peek 10K weren’t going to be scared off the course. “You’re not going to curb the runner’s spirit,” said Sunny Snider of Silver Spring, a first-time participant in the annual race. “You want to celebrate the people who were hurt in Boston.” http://bit.ly/17Hokri
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COLD CASE: Or maybe not, per the Washington Examiner, “Montgomery County police are seeking information in connection with the December slaying of a Landover man who allegedly committed an armed robbery earlier on the day that he was killed. Christopher Davon White, 22, was found fatally shot in the Briggs Chaney area on the night of Dec. 10, police said.” http://bit.ly/14IxbgL
OF COMIC BOOKS: And crazy outfits, per the Washington Times, “In a city ruled by suits, ties and tight schedules, there exists a burgeoning community unbound by daily monotony and black-and-white rules comic book fans. This weekend, the Washington Convention Center transformed into a vivid world of science fiction, fandom, and not a few homemade costumes, as thousands of fans celebrated the inaugural Awesome Con D.C.” http://bit.ly/ZImNNb
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 2-0 against Mets.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Reese Witherspoon has been handcuffed and arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a traffic stop in Atlanta. An officer says Witherspoon disobeyed multiple orders to stay in the car while he performed a field sobriety test on her husband, James Toth. The officer says that Witherspoon asked him "Do you know who I am?" Toth was charged with DUI. http://wj.la/15zkFQ7
MORE TAXES FOR ARLINGTON: No surprise, per ARLnow, “The Arlington County Board has unanimously approved a new $1.09 billion budget that, as expected, raises real estate taxes by 3.5 cents. The Board raised taxes slightly above the 3.2 cent increase recommended by County Manager Barbara Donnellan, citing the need to eliminate proposed cuts to the police and fire departments and the county’s child care office, and the need to increase funding to safety net programs and Arlington Public Schools.” http://bit.ly/106axWB
D.C. AT-LARGE ELECTION: Follow the money, per DCist, “Concrete and asphalt—those could be the big winners of this week's D.C. Council At-Large Special Election. A review of campaign finance reports finds that construction companies have given big money to Interim Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Patrick Mara, two of the front-runners in Tuesday's election. Another top contender, Elissa Silverman, has sworn off all corporate contributions, while Paul Zukerberg, Perry Redd and Matthew Frumin have received few, if any, corporate dollars.” http://bit.ly/104r25F
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) --New scrutiny of the PACs boosting D.C. Council candidate Patrick Mara's cause. We'll hear from Republican activist Marc Morgan and Democratic activist Peter Rosenstein.