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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of George Washington University symposium on gun violence; North Korea ratchets up its bluster; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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ROGER EBERT: His newspaper reports, per the Chicago Sun-Times, “Roger Ebert loved movies.

“Except for those he hated.

“For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”
“Ebert, 70, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, and who was without question the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic, died Thursday in Chicago.”

LOUSY DEBITS: Of tax refunds, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia’s new tax refund card is jangling the nerves and wallets of some taxpayers. State refunds are loaded onto the Way2Go cards, which work like debit cards, and taxpayers are supposed to be able to use them for free in some instances. But it is not working out that way, taxpayers say. They are getting hit with fees that they didn’t expect and they are getting charged for services that are supposed to be free.

“The Virginia Department of Taxation (has) confirmed that incorrect information has been relayed and incorrect fees have been charged. Dell Cheatham of Prince William County said he tried to transfer money online from his card into his bank account but terminated the call because he was told there would be a $2 fee. He was charged $1 each for two calls he then made to customer service.”

APPROVED: Of gun control in Maryland, per the Washington Post, “The Maryland Senate on Thursday gave final approval to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s far-reaching gun-control legislation and advanced a measure restructuring the Prince George’s County school system. The schools bill passed 39 to 7 and went to the House, where its prospects for passage in the coming days appeared strong.”

LOUISVILLE: One thing leads to another, per the New York Times, “The broken leg felt round the country — during college basketball’s showcase event — left teammates and coaches in tears and television networks turning away from video of the gruesome injury. It also inflamed the debate about the treatment and care of unpaid college athletes who help generate hundreds of millions of dollars for their universities.”
MAYOR GRAY: Speaking his mind, per City Paper, “Like most people, a trip to Rosslyn makes Mayor Vince Gray slightly irritable. Witness his performance this morning on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt (which is filmed across the Potomac River) in which Gray takes strong issue with Ward 4 Councilmember and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser's assertions that his administration moves too slowly. “I don’t know what she’s talking about. I think it’s ridiculous,” said Gray. “First of all, energy? Who has more energy than me? Bruce, I work 16 hours every day so if she wants to talk about energy I’d be happy to talk about that.”

"Bring it on, you're saying," DePuyt asked. "Yeah, exactly, bring it on," said Gray. "If she wants to work until one or two o'clock in the morning as I do everyday, and bring some energy to that, I'd be happy to discuss that with her."

BLACK LIQUOR: A slow burn, per Gazette.Net, “Despite pressure from a local global-warming group, Del. Galen Clagett of Frederick said he has no intention of changing his vote on a bill to stop financial rewards for paper mills that burn a tar-like substance called “black liquor” to generate power. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is working feverishly to convince Clagett (D-Dist. 3A) to change his vote before the Maryland General Assembly adjourns its legislative session Monday night.”

POLITICO PLAY: “High-profile conservative groups are taking on an unexpected cause: passing immigration reform. A diverse mix of the Washington consultant class is cutting TV ads, revving up the grassroots and advising lawmakers on messaging and strategy in hopes of getting a bill across the finish line this year.”

DOG ATTACK: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Savanna, a 5-year-old girl, is in serious but stable condition after she was mauled by two dogs in Charles County Wednesday evening. Her family says they anticipate an "extended recovery." Police say Savanna was being watched by her mother's boyfriend when he lost sight of her and she wandered to the backyard, where the attack happened. She was found in the fetal position. Her ears had been ripped off, she had large bite wounds on her torso and neck, and her clothes had been torn off.”

PAYDAY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Or is it?, per the Washington Examiner, “Cash-strapped Montgomery County could be shelling out almost $75 million in union pay raises over the next two years if the County Council approves a trio of labor contracts that call for double-digit pay increases. The highest raise would go to the county's firefighter union, which would be a 19.5 percent raise over two years as part of a new labor agreement reached by the union and County Executive Ike Leggett.”

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Well, in a way, per the Washington Times, “Pepco has been faulted repeatedly for dismal reliability and the electric company’s hundreds of thousands of customers have little choice but to go with the monopoly, yet its chief executive’s compensation package rose from $6.7 million in 2011 to $11.4 million last year, financial documents filed last week show.”

COLORADO: Sorting things out, per the Denver Post, “Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday announced that he ordered the Department of Corrections to audit thousands of records to ensure that prisoners are serving appropriate sentences. The order comes two weeks after DOC executive director Tom Clements was shot to death at his Monument home. The chief suspect is parolee Evan Ebel, a man released from prison about four years early because of a court's clerical error.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Miami 6-1; Caps beat Islanders 2-1.

SUPER STOP: A super review, per ARLnow, “Arlington County and WMATA are launching a “full independent review” of the process and the expenses that led to the $1 million Walter Reed “Super Stop” on Columbia Pike.”

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--Skip Wood