ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy, chance of afternoon rain, with highs in the mid 80s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
MARK WARNER ON A MISSION: per the Virginian-Pilot, “After years of struggle to fix the federal budget mess, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) is in a familiar place. . . Today, at age 58, Warner is in the fifth year of his six-year Senate term, trying again to persuade others to follow his lead - or at least join a bipartisan crusade - to solve a national problem: getting control of a fast-growing national debt that he and others say is stifling a slow-moving economy.
“. . . With only months remaining until a divided Congress shifts to re-election mode, the prospects of bipartisan compromise are dimming. All 435 House seats and 33 Senate seats, including Warner's, will be up for grabs. "I think this is our last, best chance," Warner said in a recent interview. "The country really needs this." http://bit.ly/10eS9zd
ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTENT IN MARYLAND: Eye on a big prize, per the Washington Post, “When he announces his candidacy for governor on Friday, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is expected to lay out several priorities, including a stepped-up focus on fighting racial and other disparities in health care, education and employment. With a speech that also underscores plans to continue spending on state infrastructure and strengthen vocational training, Brown (D) will become the first major candidate to officially join the race to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) next year.” http://wapo.st/YJKnPB
WOW: That says it all, per the New York Times, “It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.’s in a matter of hours.
“. . . On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment charging eight men — including their suspected ringleader, who was found dead in the Dominican Republic last month. The indictment and criminal complaints in the case offer a glimpse into what the authorities said was one of the most sophisticated and effective cybercrime attacks ever uncovered.” http://nyti.ms/11nIvxM
RACE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY: A long-simmering issue, per Gazette.Net, “In 1977, a group of residents gave the Montgomery County Board of Education goals for educating black students. Thirty-six years later, some group members are still not satisfied with the work Montgomery County Public Schools has done. Two reports produced by the Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight, in 2008 and in March this year, revealed still gaping disparities between the success of black students in comparison to their white peers.” http://bit.ly/1480gh9
EX-MCDONNELL ADVISER CHARGED: Just the facts, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A former senior policy adviser to Gov. Bob McDonnell has been charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault and three counts of violating a protective order stemming from his relationship with a former girlfriend. Eric J. Finkbeiner, a lawyer, was first charged April 2 for allegedly violating a protective order on March 30, according to online court records.
“He was subsequently charged Wednesday with four counts of misdemeanor assault and two counts of violating a protective order. The dates of offense listed are May 12, 2012; Oct. 4, 2012; Nov. 4, 2012; and March 31 for the assault charges, and March 24 and March 31 for the protective order offenses, records show.” http://bit.ly/10fqsXf
BOSTON BOMBINGS: Advance notice?, per the Los Angeles Times, “Five days before two bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon, an intelligence report identified the finish line as an "area of increased vulnerability" and warned Boston police that homegrown extremists could use "small-scale bombings" to attack spectators and runners at the event.” http://lat.ms/12i1Blr
POLITICO PLAY: “When Rand Paul touches down in Iowa Friday, it will be almost exactly three years to the day after his landslide 2010 Senate primary victory – an unlikely and decisive triumph over the Republican establishment that instantly transformed Paul into a national political phenomenon. Now, as Paul weighs a 2016 presidential bid, a different kind of challenge confronts him: Can the plain-spoken former Bowling Green ophthalmologist build a campaign to back up his popular appeal?” http://politi.co/10wiQMW
OF A NAME: Namely, the Redskins, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Daniel Snyder says "never" in reference to the push to change the name of the Washington Redskins. For the first time since this issue came back into the forefront, Snyder takes a public stance. "We'll never change the name," Snyder says in an interview with USA Today. "It's that simple. NEVER - you can use caps." And this statement has led to a host of support and outrage.” http://wj.la/148o7xj
OPEN RECORDS?: Not so much, per the Washington Examiner, “The District government violated its own open records law more than 900 times last year when its agencies took at least 26 days to respond to requests filed under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act, a city report shows.” http://bit.ly/1979pYd
FOOD FIGHT: And so it continues, per the Washington Times, “The long-simmering battle between traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants and the insurgent food truck industry is expected to come to a head Friday during a regulatory hearing before a D.C. Council committee. A renaissance of mobile kitchens serving made-to-order meals has spread across the country, and the District recently has been caught up in the wave. But for every hungry customer waiting on line for a hot slice of pizza or a spicy chicken curry, a complaint has been raised by the established restaurants that feel threatened and argue that the food trucks are using public space for private gain.” http://bit.ly/17Qrj2N
SEXUAL-ASSAULT CASE: Just the facts, per ARLnow, “Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, the Air Force sexual assault prevention chief who’s accused of sexual battery in Crystal City, will face trial in July. With his attorney by his side, a stone-faced Krusinski was arraigned in Arlington General District Court. Defense attorney Sheryl Shane argued for a later trial date, citing the need to track down and talk to witnesses, but the judge denied the request, instead setting a trial date of Thursday, July 18.” http://bit.ly/1761gqu
READ MY LIPS: They mean business, per DCist, “Two hearing-impaired women are suing the D.C. Housing Authority, claiming the agency continuously denied them access to an interpreter, which they say led to them suffering repeated "embarrassment" and "humiliation" when attempting to participate in housing programs.” http://bit.ly/YFzWNc
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: A May tradition that dates back more than 80 years appears to be coming to an end. Because of sequestration, there will be no ceremony to honor D.C.'s fallen at the World War I Memorial in Southwest. The National Park Service said it would cost $1,000 for a podium and PA system. The group that holds the ceremony had only $800 in its treasury. Should this ceremony be revived and who should pay for it? The Park Service or D.C. government? http://wj.la/10eiFsI
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey, who will be asked about the Columbia Pike streetcar project, which she opposes.