DAYBREAK DAILY: JMU inaugurates new president today

ABC7 TRAFFIC: ‘Good Morning Washington’ has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m.

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 50s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Three Ashburn children rushed to hospital after being struck by an out-of-control vehicle with a student driver at the wheel; coverage of the Super Pet Expo in Chantilly; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: An animal rights group has lost a fight to prevent officials from killing some deer in Rock Creek Park. The National Park Service considered several options but ultimately decided the deer population needed to be reduced and that killing some was the best option. What are your thoughts on the issue?

NEW LOOK FOR JMU: Welcome, Mr. President, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Jonathan Alger, who will be inaugurated today as James Madison University’s sixth president, started his week of festivities Monday helping cut down the net as the Dukes celebrated their conference men’s basketball championship at the Richmond Coliseum. For Alger, a lifelong choral singer who played the trombone growing up, the victory “couldn’t have started the week on a better note.”{ }

“Now he is looking for the right combination of notes to set the tenor for what he describes as an unusual moment of transition for JMU. “We haven’t had many transitions,” Alger said of the stability in leadership at the university. “I’m only the sixth president in 105 years — very unusual in American higher education.”

SHIPBUILDING AND THE SEQUESTER: Relative relief on the way – maybe, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Congress is moving closer to providing money that would keep aircraft carrier projects on track at Newport News Shipbuilding, but the legislation wouldn’t stave off billions in automatic Pentagon reductions, including cutbacks that could take a bite out of Hampton Roads’ economy. The Senate may vote today on a bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year. The measure includes $4.6 billion in new money that Navy leaders said weeks ago was needed to avoid a list of cuts that include $287 million in ship overhauls at private shipyards in southeastern Virginia.”

UVA’S SULLIVAN SAGA: Will this ever end?, per the Washington Post, “Members of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors have asked the Faculty Senate to rescind its vote of no confidence in the board, according to the senate’s leader, a move that came in June amid the failed ouster of President Teresa Sullivan. “We want to get to a place where the faculty as a whole could have confidence,” said George Cohen, chairman of the senate. “My hope is that it wouldn’t be a hotly contested thing, that everyone would agree it was time. .?.?. It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to do that by June.”

JAMIE DIMON: Senate report not kind, per the New York Times, “JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank, ignored internal controls and manipulated documents as it racked up trading losses last year, while its influential chief executive, Jamie Dimon, briefly withheld some information from regulators, a new Senate report says. The findings by the Congressional investigators shed new light on the multibillion-dollar trading blunder, which has claimed the jobs of several top executives and prompted an inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

HEY, GOOD BUDDY: It’s me, Barry, per the Los Angeles Times, “As President Obama made the rounds on Capitol Hill this week for his so-called charm offensive, one question dogged him as he met with Republicans: Is this a sincere attempt to build bridges or merely for show? The answer, it seems, is: It depends on which Republicans. As White House aides push ahead with the president's legislative agenda, they have zeroed in on the Senate GOP as the most receptive — if somewhat coy — target for courtship.”

POLITICO PLAY: “In January 2009, Sarah Palin had the world on a string. A potential Republican presidential field-clearer for the presidency, every sentence she uttered was news. A Fox News contract awaited her. So did book deals. Four years later, Palin is without a clear option for elected office – or a clear sense she has an interest in any position of real public influence. She never took an active, leadership role in the tea party movement, beyond showing up at a scattered handful of events and talking it up on television. For many Americans, her name is now primarily a punchline and if she is envisioning a comeback, it may simply be too late.”

SPRINGFIELD GROPER: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A standing room only crowd of several hundred came out to a Springfield elementary school Thursday night to listen and ask police questions about the Springfield Groper. Police suspect the same person may be responsible for at least 22 groping incidents dating from this past September. The suspect normally comes up behind a woman walking alone, grabs her below the waist, and then runs away.”

DRIVE-BY FALLOUT: Of what to do and what not to do, per City Paper, “Clearly, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells no longer wants to shut down Ibiza nightclub. Wells and Ibiza co-owner Eric Clay issued a joint statement today pledging to work together to improve public safety in NoMa. Wells had previously called for Ibiza and neighboring nightclub Fur to close in the wake of Monday morning's drive-by shooting near the nightclubs. Later, the councilmember softened on the idea, telling Washington City Paper, "Maybe I'm overreacting."

HATCHET JOB: Trees targeted, per the Washington Examiner, “Arlington National Cemetery revised its expansion plans after area residents protested the need to cut down 900 century-old trees, but its new plan, unveiled this week, shows that the cemetery intends to spare just eight of those trees and cut down 822 others.”

A NEW FOX?: It sure ain’t MSNBC, per the Washington Times, “Herring Broadcasting, owner of the Wealth TV network, and The Washington Times announced Thursday that they have joined in a strategic partnership to create a new national cable news network called One America News, set to debut nationwide this summer.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps beat Carolina 3-2.

RABID RESPONSE: Just the facts, per ARLnow, “The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is warning that people and pets might have been exposed to a rabid animal in Glencarlyn Park. Two dogs were seen fighting with a rabid raccoon in the park this past weekend, the AWLA said in a press release. The organization is seeking anyone and anything who might have come in contact with the raccoon.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Metro general manager Richard Sarles, who will be asked about transit service in the Washington area, the Silver Line and WMATA’s future, as well as Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who will be asked about public safety legislation now being debated in Annapolis.

--Skip Wood

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