DAYBREAK DAILY: Maryland, Virginia unite on food-stamp fraud

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of the report that addresses D.C.’s ambulance problems; follow-up reporting on the Chevy Chase water-main break; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The White House is warning it could cancel its annual Easter Egg Roll, which is set for April 1. White House spokesman Jay Carney says ticket holders were warned only because of the possibility the government could shut down days before the event.

MARYLAND, VIRGINIA IN AGREEMENT: No, really, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia is beefing up its effort to fight food stamp fraud. The commonwealth and Maryland are entering into new data-sharing agreements with the U.S. Department of Agriculture intended to help combat abuse of the massive food-assistance program. Through the program, the federal administration will share its experience monitoring for fraud at retail stores with state agencies to help them target recipient fraud. Recipients enroll at the state level.”

HEALTHY IN HOWARD: In Baltimore, not so much, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland's healthiest residents live in Howard County, while those with the most health problems reside in Baltimore City, according to new rankings to be released today. The health patterns among the two areas differ greatly, the report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute found. Baltimore City recorded 13,272 premature deaths from to 2008 to 2010, while 4,105 people died prematurely in Howard County during that same period, the most recent data available.”

RINOS: The Tea Party plots in Virginia, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Last year, a loose coalition of Republican activists - Tea Party members, libertarians and supporters of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli - orchestrated a takeover of the GOP committee that sets the rules for how the party chooses its nominees for governor and other offices. . . Since then, some of the same factions that pushed for that change have been discussing a strategy that would take that to the next level - though no one has been willing to talk about it publicly - aimed at purging officeholders they consider too moderate, people they derisively call RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only.”

EASTERN SHORE FIRES: Of mind-numbing flames, per the Washington Post, “ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. — The massive blaze erupted in the decrepit Whispering Pines Motel last week not far from a sign advertising a $25,000 reward for tips on one of the worst arsonists in Virginia history. . . The relentless series — more than 70 arsons — has sent flames shooting into the sky over this rural Eastern Shore county about every other night since mid-November and created a deepening urgency and mystery with each new spark.”

ON SECOND THOUGHT: GOP re-thinking immigration, per the New York Times, “Republican opposition to legalizing the status of millions of illegal immigrants is crumbling in the nation’s capital as leading lawmakers in the party scramble to halt eroding support among Hispanic voters — a shift that is providing strong momentum for an overhaul of immigration laws.”

SAD SIGH: Another one bites the dust, per City Paper, “A memo sent (Tuesday) to Washington Examiner staff offers a look at what the paper will become after laying off 87 people and ceasing daily publication this June. The new Examiner will be a website and weekly magazine focused on national politics. "The website will engage visitors with web-only reporting and commentary throughout the day, complemented by WEX-branded digital and social media," Ryan McKibben, the CEO of Examiner parent company Clarity Media Group, writes in the memo.”

ONE TOUGH COP: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “The Prince George's County police lieutenant who led efforts to save a man trapped in a burning vehicle was released from the hospital Tuesday. Lt. John Boesman suffered burns to his hands and face after (unsuccessfully) trying to rescue 70-year old Rodwell McNeill from his Mercury Mountaineer Monday afternoon.”

DESTINATION: P.G. COUNTY: Of a trend, per the Washington Examiner, “More D.C.-area residents on the move landed in Prince George's County than any other local jurisdiction from 2006 to 2010, according to census data released Tuesday. Prince George's drew an average of 24,855 migrants a year from D.C., Montgomery, Fairfax and Arlington and was also the only jurisdiction to bring in more people from each other county than left for those counties, according to census data.”

HOKIES IN MOURNING: Again, per the Roanoke Times, “About 2,000 Virginia Tech students gathered on campus Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil to comfort the friends of three fellow Hokies who died this month. German and international studies major Bryan Baugh, 20, died March 7 in his dormitory room after complaining to friends that he felt ill. Business information technology major Sami Ullah, 22, of Leesburg died March 10 in a car crash in Arlington County. And 18-year-old Sarah Dugas, a political science major from Virginia Beach, died at home on March 16.”

REEFER MADNESS: Rather, the opposite, per the Washington Times, “The Maryland Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, taking an action that mirrors those in a growing number of states relaxing their laws against the drug. Senators voted 30-16 in favor of the bill, which would lower the penalty for possession of fewer than 10 grams of marijuana to a maximum $100 fine rather than the current maximum $500 fine and 90 days in jail.”

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Wrestling with the budget, per Gazette.Net, “In the face of sequestration and a complicated state tax case, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has proposed a $4.8 billion budget for fiscal 2014 that increases county government spending 3.9 percent while holding education funding to state-mandated levels. The budget proposal includes a property tax rate increase. For the average property owner, the annual increase will be 2.2 percent, according to budget documents.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 2-1 against Pittsburgh.

PUNK: To repeat, “punk,” per the Los Angeles Times, “T.J. Lane is guilty but not sorry for killing three high school classmates. His lack of remorse was printed on the shirt he wore to his sentencing in an Ohio court and conveyed by the middle finger he flipped to those he has hurt. The 18-year-old Chardon, Ohio, student was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday in for a February 2012 school shooting in which Lane killed three students and wounded three others with a .22-caliber handgun. Lane pleaded guilty last month.”

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--Skip Wood

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