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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Breaking coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, with one suspect dead in a shootout; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
ONE BOSTON MARATHON SUSPECT DEAD: Per the Boston Globe, “One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another, authorities said early Friday. Residents of Watertown, a Boston suburb, have been advised to keep their doors locked and not let anyone in. The Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer on campus late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. Hours earlier, police had released photos of the marathon bombing suspects and asked for the public’s help finding them.
"Authorities say the suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown. The suspects and police exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects was critically injured and later died while the other escaped. ‘‘We believe this to be a terrorist,’’ Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis said. ‘‘We believe this to be a man who came here to kill people.’’ http://bo.st/11igx2p
VIRGINIA’S RACE FOR GOVERNOR: A one-sided show of taxes, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for governor, earned $194,398 last year, supplementing his $157,350 salary as attorney general with investment income and a $30,000 payment for his book, “The Last Line of Defense,” according to tax returns the candidate released Thursday. Cuccinelli paid $33,198 in federal and state income taxes for a total effective tax rate of roughly 17 percent, according to his 2012 return.
“. . . In a move designed to demonstrate transparency and highlight the differences between Cuccinelli and his multimillionaire rival, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the campaign released eight years of returns for inspection by reporters.” http://bit.ly/13tJRar
WACO EXPLOSION UPDATE: Death toll still uncertain, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “The scope of the explosion that devastated a large slice of this quiet Central Texas town became clearer Thursday as search teams scoured damaged and collapsed buildings for survivors and those killed when a tank reportedly containing liquid ammonia exploded at a fertilizer business. Officials at one point put the death toll at "five to 15" but declined to give an estimate throughout the day. But several relatives and organizations confirmed that up to eight emergency responders, five of them West volunteer firefighters, were among the dead or missing.” http://bit.ly/YyIFLM
NOT SO FUNNY: And now the consequences, per the Washington Post, “The West Springfield High School student crept up to the car where his buddy was having sex with a teenage girl, a prosecutor said, and shot a cellphone video before laughing and running away. Three boys, ages 16 and 15, were found guilty of felony ¬charges Thursday in juvenile court in Fairfax County, opening a window on the dangers — and potential criminal penalties — when teens mix technology, alcohol and sex.” http://wapo.st/Z7B3nb
COPS IN SCHOOLS: Montgomery County hits the pause button, per Gazette.Net, “Before doubling the number of full-time county police officers in public high schools, Montgomery County officials say they need a better plan. Montgomery County Police and Montgomery County Public Schools officials will try, in the next month, to establish a memorandum of understanding that details the specific roles and duties of school resource officers to please some members of the County Council.” http://bit.ly/17uLilm
POLITICO PLAY: “There are two very different President Obamas. There’s the confident, uncompromising Obama who sought to shame and bully Republicans into submitting to his agenda of tax increases and sweeping gun reform. This version of Obama was dominant until one month ago. Then there’s the calmer, more compromising Obama — the one who has courted Republicans and taken on his own party with a call for (modest) reductions in entitlement spending. This version of Obama took command last month. Both are flailing.” http://politi.co/11mHMYD
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REDSKINS SCHEDULE: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “The National Football League released its 2013 schedule on Thursday night. The Redskins will play in five prime time games, according to the team's schedule. All 32 teams have known for several months the teams that will be on their schedule. In addition to playing home and away games with each of the other teams in the NFC East, the Redskins will host the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers this season.” http://wj.la/XPjb1p
BASE CLOSINGS: Of a debate, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Congress appears to be skeptical of an Obama administration proposal to begin a new round of base closings within 24 months, with legislators raising questions about whether previous rounds saved enough money and were worth the upheaval they caused around the country. Members of Hampton Roads' congressional delegation generally fall in two camps on base closings: those who say if the Pentagon has to downsize, Virginia is well-positioned to keep its installations - and others who say 'Don't even think about it.' ’’ http://bit.ly/10lXN5z
DISTRICT TRAFFIC CAMERAS: Odd data, per the Washington Examiner, “After months of 10-figure hauls, income from the District's controversial network of traffic cameras plunged in March to $2.6 million, a steep drop that did little to quiet the program's persistent critics. Despite the puzzling plummet, the city remained on track to set another annual collections record from payments on tickets generated by the cameras.” http://bit.ly/11k6U3A
HE’S BACK: A familiar name, per City Paper, “Sulaimon Brown, the undisputed hero of the 2010 mayoral campaign, has resurfaced in D.C. politics after a lengthy hiatus. Brown put a statement endorsing at-large Councilmember Anita Bonds in next week's special election. Brown also condemns Councilmember David Catania, who has been outspoken about the city's need to pursue Jeff Thompson's personal fortune to make up for the massive debt Thompson will be leaving taxpayers because of his poorly run Medicaid managed care organization.” http://bit.ly/177zAyT
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 3-1 against Ottawa.
‘MORNING JOE’: Hey, just rooting for the real underdog, per the Washington Post, “It was one year ago last week that ABC’s morning infotainment show “Good Morning America” overtook NBC’s like-minded “Today” show in overall audience. On Thursday, Nielsen issued ratings for that one-year-anniversary week. A year earlier, when “GMA” snuffed “Today’s” 852-week streak, it did so with 31,000 more viewers tuned in. One year later, the margin was a much more substantial 660,000 viewers.” http://wapo.st/ZCMPS2
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who will be asked about the failure of the Senate to pass new restrictions on gun purchases.