DAYBREAK DAILY: McAuliffe's business acumen called into question

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy (and foggy early), slight chance of rain and highs in the upper 70s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Prince Harry visits D.C.; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

TERRY THE BUISNESSMAN?: Well, it’s tricky, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Terry McAuliffe figured his business background would be an asset in his second run for governor, but he has found himself explaining why two commercial ventures he proposed in Virginia haven't lived up to the lofty expectations he set. Questions about why his electric-car company, GreenTech Automotive, placed its plant in Mississippi rather than Virginia, are being followed by more, about a slowly developing local green-energy proposal here.

“It's been at least three years since McAuliffe, a Democrat, began publicly speaking about a renewable-energy reuse project for the once-shuttered International Paper Co. plant in Franklin. Since then, McAuliffe and his business associates say, the parties involved in the Franklin Pellets project have been engaged in talks with state and local economic development officials to get a deal done.”

MARYLAND MURDER CONVICTION TOSSED: per the Washington Post, Of faulty science, “A Maryland judge has thrown out the murder convictions and ordered a new trial for a man imprisoned for nearly 32 years in a notorious 1981 double killing in Harford County, faulting scientific errors in the testimony of several FBI forensic experts. Frederick County Circuit Court Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. made the ruling after a new DNA test in March refuted key FBI statements in the 1983 trial of John Norman Huffington, who is now 50.”

THE CLEVELAND KIDNAPPING: Just the facts, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Cleveland police announced that they have charged Ariel Castro with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape in connection with holding Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight captive for the last decade. Police Capt. Ed Tomba said Pedro and Onil Castro will not be charged, though they have warrants on misdemeanor cases, to be heard Thursday morning.”

BENGHAZI: Diplomat paints odd picture, per the New York Times, “A veteran diplomat gave a riveting minute-by-minute account on Wednesday of the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 and described its contentious aftermath at a charged Congressional hearing that reflected the weighty political stakes perceived by both parties.

“During a chaotic night at the American Embassy in Tripoli, hundreds of miles away, the diplomat, Gregory Hicks, got what he called “the saddest phone call I’ve ever had in my life” informing him that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was dead and that he was now the highest-ranking American in Libya. For his leadership that night when four Americans were killed, Mr. Hicks said in nearly six hours of testimony, he subsequently received calls from both Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama.”

GOP SPLIT ON IMMIGRATION: Opponents get vocal, per the Los Angeles Times, “The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest.”

PIMP ON THE PIKE: We have a conviction, per Gazette.Net, “A District Heights man convicted in January of running a prostitution operation out of the Hilton Hotel in Rockville earning him the nickname “the Pimp on the Pike” will spend more than 10 years behind bars. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Rubin said Wednesday he had considered Nahshon Kornegay’s “total lack of remorse” before handing down a 20-year, six-month sentence, 10 years of which were suspended. Rubin also sentenced Kornegay, 32, to five years of supervised probation.”

POLITICO PLAY: “If any Senate Republican up for re-election next year would seem ripe for a primary defeat it’s Lindsey Graham. Running in a conservative, Southern state that has proven friendly to insurgents in recent years, Graham has repeatedly poked his finger in the eye of the GOP base. He supported both of President Obama’s Supreme Court justices, muses about higher taxes to get a fiscal grand bargain and is among the leaders of the push to create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

YOU’RE BEING WATCHED: At least in some places, per WJLA – ABC7, “It's hard to say how long it could have taken the FBI to find the Boston suspects if so many cameras hadn't been rolling. If something happened in D.C., it would be the same story in busy areas.
Take Chinatown. It may not surprise you that a busy neighborhood like Chinatown has a lot of cameras. But it may surprise you just how many over the next block or so are capturing our image.

“When you walk down 7th Street, you're constantly on camera. Verizon Center's watching you and Gallery Place has plenty of cameras too. Clyde's Restaurant alone has two near the entrance.”

THE BLACK VOTE: Getting stronger, per the Washington Examiner, “Washington-area blacks and whites voted at about the same rate in 2012, while nationally African-Americans voted at a higher rate than whites for the first time since the U.S. Census began tracking voting by race in 1996, according to data released Wednesday.”

YUCK: Simply disturbing and then some, per City Paper, “Parents trust pediatricians to look after their children. But according to police, one D.C. pediatrician was more interested in looking at children—so much so that he was allegedly looking at child porn when police raided his business Wednesday. Acting on a tip from Microsoft about an Outlook account being used to post child pornography, D.C. police started investigating Washington pediatrician Robert Dickey in April, according to police documents. They raided his combination residence-pediatrician's office on the 1600 block of 38th St. SE. They discovered a grim scene.”

D.C. SLOW ON DEPORTATION: Whatever, per the Washington Times, “Illegal immigrants are being deported from Washington, D.C., at a lower rate than most states and other big cities under a federal program designed to remove illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps fall against Rangers 4-3; Nationals beat Detroit 3-1.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Just days after a video was released showing a fully operational handgun made entirely of plastic from a 3D printer, the D.C. City Council is the first to take aim at such devices. “This gun’s main purpose will be to kill someone, such as assassination,” says Tommy Wells, (D) D.C. Councilman. Wells proposed a bill banning guns created with 3D printers. He says it poses an immediate danger, especially in a city with the most metal detectors per capita in the country.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy previews Saturday's gun buyback program.

--Skip Wood