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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faces key hearing in corruption case; Fairfax County community forums will address potential later start times for schools; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
REDSKINS PARTY CRASHER: By invitation, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The New England Patriots may spend a portion of their training camp this year in Richmond. The Patriots are talking with the Washington Redskins about holding a series of joint practices in Richmond before the teams play a preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 7.
“. . . On Sunday, ESPN reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Gruden had spoken about the possibility of holding one or more joint practices in Richmond, then having both teams head to FedEx Field in Landover, Md., for the preseason opener on Aug. 7. Most likely, the joint practices would be held on Aug. 4-5, though no agreement has been reached.” http://bit.ly/1mJPuJ1
THIS IS ONLY A TEST: But a critical one, per the Baltimore Sun, “It was a riveting simulation of tragic events that in recent years have become all too real. That was the aim of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, which on Sunday morning sponsored the training exercise, "Westfield Annapolis Mall Active Shooter," that demonstrated first-response procedures to an incident involving a lone man armed with handguns and a backpack shooting and harming patrons at the indoor shopping center.
“Anne Arundel Police and Fire departments, the Annapolis Police Department and Westfield Annapolis officials staged the exercise, which began inside the mall at 6 a.m., five hours before the mall's 11 a.m. Sunday opening. Anne Arundel Police officials said about 100 personnel took part, including patrol officers, fire EMS, 911 dispatch and a fire-and-police command post outside the mall.” http://bsun.md/1lTr6DC
BOB MCDONNELL: Big day for the former governor, per the Washington Post, “A judge will hear arguments Monday about whether he should throw out the federal corruption charges against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife — or at least separate their cases. The hearing in federal district court in Richmond is perhaps the most significant yet for the couple, as their attorneys will try to persuade Judge James R. Spencer to dismantle the prosecutor’s case long before a jury hears it.
“Though experts say it is unlikely, Spencer could dismiss the corruption counts if he agrees with defense attorneys’ contention that the McDonnells neither promised nor performed any “official acts” for Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the Richmond area businessman who is said to have lavished them with gifts and loans in exchange for their help. Spencer also could order Robert and Maureen McDonnell to be tried separately — as their attorneys have requested — and put prosecutors at a strategic disadvantage.” http://wapo.st/1o643WP
MARK WARNER: Just in case, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Six years after the U.S. housing market collapsed, a Senate banking committee has approved a long-sought change to home mortgage regulations that would make lenders – not taxpayers – the first to be tapped for a bailout if there’s another meltdown.
“The measure – first developed by U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican – aims to prevent another expensive bailout. The previous collapse ended up costing taxpayers $190 billion.” http://bit.ly/1p5cv8I
BIG BUY: And then some, per the New York Times, “AT&T agreed on Sunday to buy the satellite television operator DirecTV for $48.5 billion, trying to tilt the balance of power with media companies as the market for broadband Internet and video shifts. With the acquisition, AT&T becomes the latest telecommunications giant seeking to establish an even greater reach.
“Comcast agreed in February to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, a bid to become the country’s dominant provider of cable TV and high-speed Internet access. And Sprint, which is controlled by the Japanese telecom company SoftBank, has made no secret of its desire to merge with T-Mobile USA, creating a serious rival to Verizon and AT&T.” http://nyti.ms/1qOjDea
FERRY ACCIDENT: More fallout, per the Los Angeles Times, “South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Monday that she would disband the coast guard because of its inept efforts to rescue those stranded aboard a sinking ferry, which left more than 300 people dead or missing, mostly high school students. Bowing, Park apologized twice, saying as president she is "ultimately responsible" for the disaster, which has triggered outpourings of anger and grief throughout South Korea.
“The president had apologized before, but this was the first time she had addressed the nation on television since the ferry Sewol sank last month. The coast guard and other government agencies have come in for particularly pointed criticism for their slow and ineffective response in the early stages of the sinking.” http://lat.ms/Tl1IgH
POWER PLAY: On a variety of fronts, per The Hill, “House Republicans are renewing their push to tighten the leash on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On Wednesday, lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee will discuss 11 different bills that would alter how the Bureau goes about its business. Republicans argue the agency launched by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has far too much power and too little oversight.” http://bit.ly/1kh0ooH
POLITICO PLAY: “President Barack Obama’s job approval slump and voters’ entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year’s most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll.
“In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of voters said they were unsure of their preference.” http://politi.co/1nd6ohk
ALEXIS MURPHY: And a diploma, per the (Lynchburg) News & Advance, “Beneath a clear, azure sky, Nelson County High School seniors waited to receive their diplomas along with the family of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. The teenager vanished on Aug. 3, 2013, just before her senior year. The volleyball standout looked forward to co-captaining the volleyball team, walking across that stage to accept her diploma and then heading off to college. “It’s very bittersweet,” said Angela Taylor, Murphy’s aunt. “It would have been nice to have Alexis walk across the stage.”
“One week ago, Randy Allen Taylor, 48, was convicted of abduction and murder in the disappearance of Murphy. Investigators never found the teen’s body. The summer she disappeared, Murphy was dividing her time between work and volleyball camp. On Aug. 3, she left her Lovingston home, telling her family she was going to drive to Lynchburg to buy hair extensions for her senior portrait. The family has not heard from her since.” http://bit.ly/1vpnvCk
DISTRICT DEMOGRAPHICS: A breakdown, per City Paper, “Thought D.C.'s Republican stronghold was Capitol Hill? Or that Democrats were most plentiful east of the Anacostia River? Or that Libertarians were concentrated in the Ubertarian havens of wards 1 and 2? Think again. The D.C. Board of Elections has released its latest report of voter registration in the city, reflecting political party affiliations as of April 30.” http://bit.ly/1p5eVUJ
NEVER TOO LATE: From the weekend, per the Charlottesville Daily Progress, “Each of the 6,000-plus graduates walking the Lawn at the University of Virginia’s Final Exercises ceremony this morning has a story to tell; each is capping a long journey culminating in graduation from one of the country’s most prestigious universities. But Jerry Reid’s story is unusual. Reid will receive his bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies at age 70, making him the oldest member of this year’s class.” http://bit.ly/1mJJ1O6
THE GYPSY MOTH: Um, OK, per the Frederick News-Post, “Frederick County does not have a gypsy moth problem. Tom Lupp, a Maryland Department of Agriculture regional forest entymologist, is overseeing gypsy moth aerial spraying in Allegany County to combat the invasive pest. Lupp said Frederick County is not one of the areas infested with the winged creatures that destroy forest and shade trees.” http://bit.ly/1jeZKaX
TRAILBLAZING: Or something like that, per Gazette.Net, “Prince George’s County commuters headed to Washington, D.C., will have the option of ditching their cars for a bicycle and taking a streamlined route to the city once the newest link in the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is complete. Construction began in late April on a 4-mile path that will connect Benning Road in Washington, D.C., to Bladensburg Waterfront Park and complete a pedestrian and bicycle trail network that extends nearly 70 miles in Maryland and the District.” http://bit.ly/1o68uRD
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat the Mets 6-3.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Heartbreaking story. Va. officials found a man dead in his car in Opequon Creek after he called 911 to report his car was filling with water and sinking. Officials searched but found nothing after the Friday call. On Saturday they found a car in the creek with Bryan Sears, 23, of Middletown, Md. deceased inside.” http://wj.la/1lCqcd4
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