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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Countdown to Silver Line opening; Students return to class at Loudoun Valley HS after one of their classmates, Christian Sierra, was shot over the weekend when he brandished a knife and lunged at a police officer; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
CALIFORNIA RAMPAGE: Chilling similarities, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Parallels between Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho and Elliot Rodger, who promised the mass murder of his presumed enemies before taking his own life and those of six other people in Isla Vista, Calif., on Friday night, are manifold and haunting. Both in their early 20s, aloof and loaded with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, the two men planned April attacks on their enemies. They shattered their respective college communities, and in self-absorbed, rambling manifestos they explained their abhorrence for privileged lives and their own self-perceived isolation.
“Even more provocative are the bizarre staged images both young men filmed of themselves before their respective rampages as they spelled out their feelings of pain and abhorrence for others. “Once again, we are grieving over deaths and devastation caused by a young man who was sending up red flags for danger that failed to produce intervention in time to avert tragedy,” said Doris A. Fuller, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center in Arlington, who said later in an email that her statement applies as well to Cho.” http://bit.ly/1jUAqII
MEANWHILE: The run-up, per the Los Angeles Times, “In his elaborate blueprint to kill strangers across this beachside college town, Elliot Rodger had vowed to start inside his own charcoal-gray building on Seville Road, with people he knew well: his roommates. He would kill them first to "secure the entire apartment for myself as my personal torture and killing chamber," Rodger wrote in a 137-page document detailing what he called his Day of Retribution against the world.
“His roommates — identified as Cheng Yuan "James" Hong, 20, George Chen, 19, and Weihan "David" Wang, 20, all students at UC Santa Barbara — were found dead Friday with multiple stab wounds inside the two-story Capri Apartments. Police say that Rodger killed them before embarking on a shooting rampage across Isla Vista that left three other UC Santa Barbara students dead and 13 others injured and culminated in Rodger's suicide.” http://lat.ms/1pdrGzH
PICKIN’ GUV: Literally, per the Washington Post, “Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid, spent part of his Memorial Day doubling as a street musician in downtown Annapolis. As captured by photos on Twitter, O’Malley played a six-string banjo at City Dock on Monday night, wearing a Baltimore Ravens t-shirt, cargo shorts and flip flops. He appeared to accept tips in his open banjo case.
“Aides confirmed the authenticity of the photos — including one captured by Eye on Annapolis — but offered nothing on the record as to what possessed the governor to play. O’Malley has been the frontman of a Celtic rock band since his days as a city council member in Baltimore in the 1990s. His band, O’Malley’s March, still plays several concerts a year, though it curtailed its schedule considerably after O’Malley became governor in 2007. In the band, O’Malley sings and plays acoustic guitar — and occasionally banjo.” http://wapo.st/1mjnnhl
YOUNG: And the restless, per the Baltimore Sun, “Frederick voters may notice a theme to their primary ballots next month: Young for state senator. Young for county executive. Young for county school board. Young for state delegate.
Politics, after all, is the Young family business. "I was driving the other day, and I literally saw all four of their campaign signs on the same corner," said Todd Anderson, a federal contractor who lives in the city of Frederick. "I guess we've got kind of a Kennedy clan here." The family's dominance in city and county politics is measured in decades. Collectively, Youngs have served more than 50 years in elected office, but June's primary marks the first time four family members are running concurrently.” http://bsun.md/1ptJR1e
UKRAINE: The latest, per the New York Times, “The new Ukrainian government struck the separatists in this eastern province with a major military offensive on Monday, battling them over an important provincial airport in ground fighting that lasted for hours. The rebels were left scattered and shaken, just one day after a successful national election they had tried to disrupt.
“The airport battle was the first time the Ukrainian military had moved so aggressively against the separatists, who took over government buildings in two eastern provinces in March, after weeks of low-grade military maneuvers meant to stop their spread to other areas.” http://nyti.ms/1mjr1aT
HHS PICK: So far, so good, per The Hill, “Sylvia Burwell's confirmation process to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been unusually smooth. While some Republicans are expected to oppose her on the floor in early June, at least as many others have showered her with glowing praise.
“The current White House budget director can thank filibuster reform, which gave Senate Democrats the ability to approve her nomination with a simple majority vote. Burwell is also benefitting from a wave of good news for the healthcare law, which has led Republicans to tone down their rhetoric.” http://bit.ly/1thaTt5
POLITICO PLAY: “The White House accidentally identified the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan on Sunday, sending his name to reporters traveling with President Barack Obama on a short Memorial Day weekend visit to the U.S.-run Bagram Air Base outside Kabul. The name appeared on a list of officials briefing Obama on security conditions in the South Asian country in advance of a second round of presidential elections there scheduled in about three weeks.” http://politi.co/SaQLxc
ED GILLESPIE: Really good – and long – read, per the Virginian-Pilot, “It's a little after 11 p.m. on Election Day 2012, and Mitt Romney is watching his quest for the presidency fall apart. Romney, in a rumpled white shirt and no tie, is sitting with his wife, children and grandchildren at his Boston headquarters. A documentary filmmaker records the scene. As CNN calls it for President Barack Obama, there's conversation about whether it's really over.
“. . .Not far from Romney sits campaign adviser Ed Gillespie, grim-faced. Gillespie has often found himself at the center of American politics but always as a supporting player. Now he's ready to seek the spotlight, hoping to become Virginia's next U.S. senator.” http://bit.ly/1w30l53
AND THE VERDICT IS. . .: Stay tuned, per City Paper, “Is ex-councilmember Michael Brown a committed crook on a "crime creep," or is he a good person who repeatedly finds himself breaking the law? Ahead of Brown's sentencing hearing Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office and his defense team traded memos last week over whether Brown should receive the 43 months in prison that the government has recommended.
“Prosecutors' response to Brown's attorneys doesn't reach the rhetorical heights of their previous effort, but it's clear they don't believe that the former councilmember accepted bribes from FBI agents posing as would-be city contractors—the scheme that ultimately led to his downfall—just because he needed to pay his mortgage and creditors. Instead, prosecutors claim that Brown was on a "crime creep," starting from his misdemeanor campaign finance charge in 1997 to his shadow campaigns and, ultimately, his bribe-taking.” http://bit.ly/1nOW53j
LIGHTING UP: Or not, per the Frederick News-Post, “Reginald Cooley knows smoking is not good for his health. He would like to quit. The 60-year-old just wants to do so on his own terms.
“Cooley is president of the resident council of the Lincoln Apartments, a public housing community overseen by the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick. The organization is drafting a policy that would require residents to stand a certain distance from their homes while they are smoking cigarettes.” http://bit.ly/1h7YzLN
STAYING DRY: At the pool, per DCist, “Would Mayor Vince Gray follow in Tony Williams' footsteps and kick off Memorial Day weekend and the opening of D.C.'s public pools with cannonball? That was the burning question as Gray, joined by Department of Parks and Recreation acting director Sharia Shanklin, Department of General Services director Brian Hanlon, and others officially kicked off pool season at the Fort Stanton Aquatic Facility in Ward 8.
“Having lost the Democratic primary election to Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser in April, this was likely Gray's last chance to do a cannonball into a pool as mayor (at least, in a public forum). Unfortunately, Gray—clad in a suit that did not look water proof in the slightest—did not do that.” http://bit.ly/1nrtk0J
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 3-2 against Miami.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Dozens of volunteers have completed a 450-mile run from Massachusetts to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington to help raise money for “Children of Fallen Patriots," an organization that helps children whose parents have died, pay for college.” http://wj.la/1imbBjt
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- The Democratic candidates for Maryland Lt. Governor debate. Confirmed participants: Ken Ullman, Jolene Ivey and Delman Coates.