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TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Right from the start and more than two dozen times during the first of a two-part interview last night with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong acknowledged what he had lied about repeatedly for years, and what had been one of the worst-kept sec...rets for the better part of a week: He was the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme on a U.S. Postal Service team that swept him to the top of the podium at the Tour de France time after time.

COMPROMISE: Of sorts, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The state teacher’s association and Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration have struck a compromise on one of the governor’s key education proposals that would change the new teacher probation and the grievance process – now moving it through the legislature with the support of the group. It’s a stark difference from last year, when the Virginia Education Association and McDonnell’s administration clashed over the governor’s attempt to overhaul contracts for teachers and principals.”

GUNS AND A POLL: Pay attention, pols, per the New York Times, “The massacre of children at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., appears to be profoundly swaying Americans’ views on guns, galvanizing the broadest support for stricter gun laws in about a decade, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll, (which found). . . a majority of Americans — 54 percent — think gun control laws should be tightened, up markedly from a CBS News poll in April that found that only 39 percent backed stricter laws.”

MEANWHILE: Of Sandy Hook, per the Hartford Courant, “Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman will be an advisor to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which has more than $8 million. People have sent checks to the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank in the name of the Sandy Hook fund. Eventually, donations will go to an official charitable organization called the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, but until that group is formed, a "transition team" is managing its future.”

TOO COLD FOR GOLF: But plenty of time for angst per the Washington Post, “House Republicans are cloistered at a tony golf resort (in Williamsburg) for three days hoping to resurrect their battered political brand, as they prepare for what could be another damaging confrontation with President Obama over federal spending. At their annual retreat, House members said there is general fretting about the damage done to the party’s image by the strident tone adopted by some candidates and officials.”

POLITICO PLAY: “President Barack Obama, with a second-term team built for fight not compromise, has made it clear that he plans to change very little. No new faces in his innermost circle. No revolution in how he courts Congress. No new love for the permanent Washingtonians who feel a persistent chill from 1600 Pennsylvania. And so far, no new women in key positions in a West Wing some have long felt suffers from excess testosterone.”

MUM ON A SWAP: As all in pending, per City Paper, “Several hundred developers, local government officials, and interested folks waited in line for over half an hour outside the General Services Administration headquarters this afternoon for a chance to get more information about the federal government's plan to swap its FBI building for a new consolidated site in the capital region. Many of them probably left disappointed.”

PROMISES, PROMISES: Of new elevators, per the Washington Examiner, “Metro has awarded an $151.1 million contract to a Finnish company to fix or replace 128 escalators at 40 percent of its stations in the next seven years. The work calls for replacing up to 88 escalators by 2018 and 40 more by 2020 at a total of 34 of Metro's 86 stations.”

BACK IN THE GAME: After more than a year, per ABC7 – WJLA (with video), “A Capitol Hill fixture that closed its doors after 40 years is back in business. The beloved "Hawk 'n' Dove" bar on Pennsylvania Avenue SE has a new owner, a new look and a new menu. The landmark closed in Oct. 2011 after the previous owner lost his lease.”

PSA: But you still have to hunt, per Greater Greater Washington, “If you find yourself on the Metro and the battery to your smart phone, iPad, Kindle, or even electric wheelchair is running, low don't worry. For those that know where to look, throughout the Metro system, both on trains and in stations, are multiple outlets in which you can recharge.”

MORE INFO NEEDED: So say the people, per ARLnow, “A citizens group has formed to push for more investigation into a proposed Columbia Pike streetcar system before the county moves forward with the plan. The Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit (AST) website lists its goals as educating residents about the streetcar, offering a bus rapid transit (BRT) system as a streetcar alternative and encouraging community discussion about a BRT versus a streetcar system.”

RYAN LEAF: Once again, he’s busted, per the Los Angeles Times, “Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a drug treatment center to the state prison in Deer Lodge, Mont., after being kicked out of the center for poor behavior. . . Leaf was charged last year with breaking into two houses and stealing prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal possession of dangerous drugs and was sentenced in June to five years with the Department of Corrections, with the recommendation that he spend the first nine months in a locked drug treatment facility.”

D.C. NOT GOING TO THE DOGS: For a simple reason, per DCist, “The American Veterinary Medical Association has released its annual survey of pet ownership rates in the U.S., and D.C. comes in dead last—by a lot. According to the survey, the pet ownership rate in D.C. stands at 21.9 percent, while second-to-last Massachusetts hits 50.4 percent.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is POLITICO’s Roger Simon, who will be asked aboutthe gun debate and President Obama's proposals on firearms and ammunition.

--Skip Wood

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