DAYBREAK DAILY: Maryland, Virginia act on gun-control issues

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of the Quantico shooting rampage that left three Marines dead, including the shooter; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The Maryland House voted 106-29 on Thursday to make talking on a handheld cell phone while driving a primary offense. That means a police officer could pull a driver over, if observed talking on a cell phone. LIKE this post if you think talking on the phone while driving should be a primary offense; COMMENT if you think the law should stay as is.

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed legislation barring circuit court clerks from disclosing who has a concealed-handgun permit. “Now that Senate Bill 1335 has been signed by the governor, law-abiding Virginians will no longer risk having their private information disclosed simply because they choose to exercise a constitutional right,” said Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, the bill’s sponsor.”

MEANWHILE: A different take, per the Washington Post, “A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a key provision of Maryland’s gun-control laws, maintaining the state’s tough restrictions on carrying handguns in public places. Gov. Martin O’Malley, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and grass-roots groups supporting stricter gun control hailed the decision, saying that it places Maryland on firm legal ground as the Legislature looks to tighten gun laws further. The state is looking to ban assault weapons and require gun buyers to submit to fingerprinting.”

DON’T READ THIS: It could jinx you, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The groundhog has spoken, and the vernal equinox has passed, but if you need another sign of spring, here's one: For the first time in 13 weeks, the flu has fallen from widespread levels in Virginia. The commonwealth was one of the last holdout states in a country where most flu levels dropped in late February, according to statistics posted Thursday by the Virginia Department of Health.”

IMMIGRATION REFORM: It’s a maze, per the New York Times, “More than two years after Homeland Security officials told Congress that they would produce new, more accurate standards to assess security at the nation’s borders, senior officials from the department acknowledged this week that they had not completed the new measurements and were not likely to in coming months, as the debate proceeds about overhauling the immigration system.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Democrats control the White House and the Senate, but you wouldn’t know it by looking down K Street. Republicans hold more than 30 of the 50 highest-profile, in-house lobbying jobs in town, a POLITICO analysis found. That doesn’t even include lobbying shops and law firms, which have long been Republican-dominated.”

HIT AND RUN: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A woman was struck and killed Thursday night as she was leaving a church meeting. Police are calling it a hit and run in the 1100 block of Florida Avenue NE. The older woman, an usher at the church, was crossing Florida Avenue when she was hit. Church members say she was in the crosswalk.”

SCHOOL DAZE: With padlocks, per the Chicago Tribune, “With Chicago Public Schools facing a financial meltdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration on Thursday targeted 61 school buildings for closing, unleashing a torrent of criticism from anxious parents, children and teachers as well as aldermen. Officials said the shutdowns would affect 30,000 students, almost all in kindergarten through eighth grade and most now attending poorly performing schools in African-American neighborhoods on the South and West sides where enrollment has sagged in recent years.”

GOOD READ: Of food trucks, per City Paper, “. . . Not that long after they first popped up, food trucks have gone from novelty to institution, becoming as much a part of the firmament of downtown D.C.’s squares as a statue of a dead general. Finding a truck to grab lunch from no longer involves a frantic scan of Twitter lists; it’s as easy as opening an iPhone app or walking down the block. They’ve gotten more like their brick-and-mortar cousins, both in culinary aim and in price: Shock over the Red Hook Lobster Pound’s $15 lobster roll turned into resignation—and anticipation—for the $20 pepito de iberico from José Andrés’ truck Pepe.”

BAKER’S GAMBIT: Moving along, per the Washington Examiner, “A bill allowing Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker to take over the county school system moved from the Maryland House to the Senate on Thursday, bringing the controversial proposal one step closer to a final decision as the legislative session winds down.”

TEEN SHOOTING: Just the facts, per the Washington Times, “A homeowner fired a warning shot before fatally shooting a teenage neighbor who had mistakenly entered the wrong house and triggered an alarm system, investigators said Thursday. Caleb A. Gordley, 16, of Sterling, Va., mistakenly entered a neighbor’s home through an unlocked window after sneaking out of his own house in the early morning hours Sunday to drink alcohol with friends. Going to confront what he thought was an intruder, the homeowner gave a verbal warning and fired a shot, finally shooting the boy after he walked down a hallway toward an occupied bedroom, according to the Loudoun County sheriff's office.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps beat Winnipeg 4-0.

HOMEGROWN: And prospering, per Gazette.Net, “Not many business leaders in Montgomery County grew up in the county and worked there exclusively for more than three decades. Lisa J. Cines, managing partner of the Rockville office of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, fits that bill. She never really had a desire to work elsewhere, she said.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Prince George's school board chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs, who will be asked why she thinks Executive Rushern Baker's proposed schools takeover is a mistake.

--Skip Wood

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