DAYBREAK DAILY: JMU wins CAA tourney, makes NCAAs

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

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with sporadic rain and highs in the low 60s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Live coverage of the start of the Papal Conclave; a crash on on I-66 near Monument injures a child and a police officer; continuing coverage of yesterday’s multiple-victim drive-by shooting in Northwest; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

JMU WINS COLONIAL TOURNAMENT: Beats Northeastern to advance to the NCAA tournament, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “While many Virginians bemoaned the arrival of a March snowstorm, the James Madison Dukes may have seen it as a good omen for the start of the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament. In 1994, a storm dropped 20 inches of snow over the Shenandoah Valley just before the tournament that year. The Dukes dug themselves out and made it to Richmond, eventually leading to Kent Culuko hitting a 3-pointer in the waning seconds for a one-point win over Old Dominion to give the Dukes the CAA title, their last one before Monday night’s 70-57 victory over Northeastern at the Coliseum.”

TEA TIME: Lipton staying put, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Its 60-year history in (Suffolk), a trained workforce of 300 employees and proximity to the port were key factors in Unilever's decision to stay put and invest $96 million to upgrade its Lipton Tea plant in Suffolk, company officials said Monday. . . The company plans to expand production space and install new equipment in the 1950s-era factory, described as the largest tea-producing facility in the United States.”

OF METRO AND THE CLOCK: Not in sync, per the Washington Post, “Once again, clocks around the country were shifted an hour this weekend to accommodate daylight saving time. And once again, Metro seemed to have a problem keeping up. Clocks were pushed forward early Sunday, disrupting sleep patterns and leaving the nation’s microwaves an hour behind. The lost hour also meant a costlier commute for some Metro riders Monday morning when peak fares, which are supposed to go until 9:30 a.m., were charged until 10:30 a.m.”

ROPE-A-POPE: Voting is underway, per the New York Times, “The day so anxiously awaited by Roman Catholics and curiously anticipated by many others, arrived on Tuesday, when cardinals of the Church plan to lock themselves in the Sistine Chapel and begin writing names on rectangular pieces of paper to elect the next pope.”

SERVING DRUNKS: Better think twice, per the Baltimore Sun, “A 2008 crash on Interstate 270 could upend Maryland law and allow victims of drunken-driving crashes and their families to sue bars and restaurants if their inebriated patrons cause deaths and injuries.”

POLITICO PLAY: “A funny thing happened once Democrats grew confident that Obamacare is truly the “law of the land.”They started complaining about pieces of it in public. Democrats aren’t walking away from the overall law and its sweeping goals; they still see it as a historic achievement they had sought for generations. But now that they feel its future is protected and it’s safe from repeal, Democrats are slowly becoming more vocal about small parts of the law that they want changed or eliminated — device taxes, a Medicare board, even kids’ dental coverage, to name a few.”

ARLINGTON TALKS GUNS: But not everyone wants to talk, per ABC7 – WJLA, “The debate over gun rights in America led to a fiery protest in Arlington Monday night. The demonstration was sparked after Congressman Jim Moran hosted a community forum on efforts to prevent another tragedy, like the one in Newtown, Conn. Outside the forum, gun rights advocates made clear their aversion to any proposal banning the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.”{ }

{ }AREA LAW SCHOOLS: A drop in rank, per the Washington Examiner, “Georgetown University and the George Washington University's law schools each fell one spot in the U.S. News and World Report's rankings of Best Graduate Schools released Tuesday after the publication changed the way it counts some graduates' jobs. In the new rankings, the schools are now ranked 14th and 21st, respectively, among law schools nationwide.”

POST TO THE ’BURBS?: Say it ain’t so, per City Paper, “When the Washington Post announced in February that it was considering selling its 15th Street NW headquarters, new District office buildings in places like NoMa seemed like probable candidates for the paper's new home. But the Post could be headed to the suburbs instead, according to publisher Katharine Weymouth.”

FEARING THE UNKNOWN: Sequestration, that is, per INSIDENOVA, “Prince William County officials and business leaders say it’s still too early to tell exactly what effect federal across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester will pose to county coffers -- or the local economy. But they agree on one thing: it won’t be pretty. . . Rob Clapper, executive director of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, said he’s concerned the budget tightening could be enough to push Virginia into recession.”

REDEFINING THE BUS STOP: Suddenly it’s a super experience, per ARLnow, “The first of 24 planned “Super Stop” bus stops on Columbia Pike opened Monday. The stop, on Columbia Pike at the intersection with Walter Reed Drive, offers riders a brighter, more open and attractive take on the traditional sheltered bus stop. The stop features lighting, an electronic display that shows when the next buses are coming, and a number of unbranded newspaper boxes (not yet filled).”

CONDOMS GOOD: Not bad, per DCist, “After being accused of threatening sex workers with arrest for little more than carrying multiple condoms, the Metropolitan Police Department has started publishing and distributing cards to officers and sex workers alike specifying that merely carry prophylactics is not an arrestable offense.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is WAMU's Michael Pope, who will asked about Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s possible bid to upend this year's race for governor in Virginia by running as an independent.

--Skip Wood
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