ABC7 WEATHER: Heavy rain early, then partial clearing with highs in the low 70s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Comprehensive coverage involving various facets of the latest spring storm; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
IMPEACH HERRING?: So goes one line of thinking, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, on Thursday filed two resolutions in the Virginia House of Delegates directing lawmakers to inquire if Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s refusal to defend Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban in court and his subsequent actions constitute impeachable offenses.
“Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, quickly said through a spokesman that he does not support impeachment proceedings against the attorney general. “Mr. Herring has put his own political and personal views ahead of his duties and responsibilities as attorney general,” Marshall said in a news release. “He has claimed powers that neither the Constitution nor the laws of Virginia bestow upon the office of attorney general (and) he has failed to carry out the duties the General Assembly has required of him,” Marshall said.
“Herring announced in January that he found the 2006 amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman to be in violation of the U.S. Constitution. He also decided to side with the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the law.” http://bit.ly/1qHENuD
THE D.C. DOOZY: Keeps on keepin’ on, per City Paper, “What does U.S. Attorney Ron Machen know that District attorney general Irv Nathan doesn't? That's the question that motivated one part of the January agreement between the two to share Office of the Attorney General-held documents about a city settlement with shadow campaign mastermind Jeff Thompson's company. The evidence that Machen offered to share with four OAG officials in exchange for more documents was expected to be so damning that the agreement required District officials to wait 90 days before discussing them.
“So what did Nathan think of the purportedly explosive revelations? Eh. In letters between the two obtained by LL through the Freedom of Information Act, Nathan writes about how unimpressed he was with the evidence Machen hoped would convince him to provide more city-held documents. Nathan handed over the extra files anyway.” http://bit.ly/1jBDWla
BIG RIG IN THE DRINK: Just the facts, per the Daily Press, “Officials suspended search efforts Thursday night to recover the body of the driver of a tractor-trailer that jack-knifed and drove into the water off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in a morning accident, a spokesman said. Portsmouth-based Crofton Diving was called to the scene at about 6:30 p.m. to extract the driver from the wrecakge of the truck, as well as assess what equipment would be needed to get it out of the water but halted their efforts at dark, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel spokesman Tom Anderson said Thursday evening.
“Any attempt to remove the tractor-trailer itself would likely wait until Saturday, as rain is predicted for the area Friday, Anderson said. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that rescue teams from Virginia Beach and local agencies responded to a report at about 10 a.m. that a tractor-trailer traveling northbound drove off the bridge near mile marker 15.” http://bsun.md/1jByuyQ
DEMS FOR DAVE: So he hopes, per the Washington Post, “David A. Catania’s campaign manager giddily tracked the shipment for days and couldn’t help himself when it finally arrived. He ripped open a cardboard box and tweeted a picture of three simple words on a sky-blue yard sign revealing exactly how Catania plans to win the D.C. mayor’s race: “Democrats for David!”
“In a city that has elected only Democrats to the top job, the Republican-turned-independent has adopted an obvious strategy to make history: persuade Democrats to choose him. With 75 percent of the city’s voters registered as Democrats, he simply has no other path to victory.” http://wapo.st/QPhiPy
IS IT A DINER OR A DIVE?: Or a drive-in?, per the Baltimore Sun, “Guy Fieri is coming to Baltimore. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced on Thursday that the flamboyant tattooed culinary personality will open a restaurant at the casino currently under construction on Russell Street.
“Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. The 350-seat restaurant will offer casual foods, including an extensive variety of burgers, wings, small bites and shareable food items.” http://bsun.md/1jNGFxl
DISTRICT GUNS: Regulations approved, per the Associated Press, “A federal judge Thursday upheld registration requirements that are part of the gun laws in the nation's capital, approving of measures that make owners take a gun safety class, be photographed and fingerprinted and re-register their weapons every three years. The city put the requirements in place after a landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision that ended a 32-year-old handgun ban in the District of Columbia. U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that requirements the city put in place are constitutional.” http://apne.ws/1szerXc
UKRAINE: The latest, per the New York Times, “Thousands of steelworkers fanned out on Thursday through the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and banishing the pro-Kremlin militants who until recently had seemed to be consolidating their grip on power, dealing a setback to Russia and possibly reversing the momentum in eastern Ukraine.
“By late Thursday, miners and steelworkers had deployed in at least five cities, including the regional capital, Donetsk. They had not, however, become the dominant force there that they were in Mariupol, the region’s second-largest city and the site last week of a bloody confrontation between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militants.” http://nyti.ms/1k6glxQ
FIRES GONE WILD: And a couple of suspects, per the Los Angeles Times, “he Escondido Police Department said late Thursday that an adult and a juvenile were arrested on suspicion of trying to start a fire as wildfires continued to rage near the city and other areas of northern San Diego County.
“Investigators were trying to determine whether the pair had any involvement with the brush fires that have scorched more than 10,000 acres in the county, according to a dispatcher with the Escondido Police Department. The suspects were identified as Isaiah Silva, 19, and a 17-year-old juvenile, police said in a statement late Thursday. Both are Escondido residents.” http://lat.ms/1gamI3K
THE TAX MAN: And a blocking drill, per The Hill, “Senate Republicans blocked progress on an $85 billion tax package on Thursday amid deep anger aimed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In a 53-40 vote, the Senate failed to end debate on the tax package authored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Sixty votes were required to move forward, and only Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) voted with Democrats.
“Other Republicans blocked the measure, even though many support the slew of expired tax breaks, out of frustration with Reid, whom they say is preventing the minority party from offering amendments to the bill. "We have a tax bill here that members from both sides want to improve and support. Yet we don’t get a chance to amend it," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said ahead of the vote. "[Democrats] have turned the Senate into a graveyard of good ideas and good democratic debate." Even Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who insisted this week that he'd back the extenders bill and defended it on the Senate floor, said the fight over amendments was bigger.” http://bit.ly/1qGqvdw
POLITICO PLAY: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees does not deserve to be a federal judge, panning the White House’s vetting of Michael Boggs.
“The Democratic leader on Thursday harshly criticized Boggs, whose nomination to a Georgia district court is deeply troubled because of his conservative positions as a state legislator on abortion, gay rights and the Confederate flag. Reid will not commit to having a confirmation vote on the Senate floor, a serious sign of the nomination’s distressed status.” http://politi.co/1n0p0pg
BRAINY GUNS: Or something like that, per Gazette.Net, “The smart-gun controversy came to a North Bethesda church Thursday, where several clergy members and others rallied against the gun lobby. “I think the more people in our faith traditions can stand up publicly and bear witness to efforts to save God’s children is an effort in the right direction,” said the Rev. Roy W. Howard, pastor at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, where the rally was held.
“He and others are trying “to prevent gun violence, which is the prevention of death,” Howard said. “In the most succinct way we are speaking for life.” For several weeks, the church has been hosting a stark outdoor display of T-shirts representing last year’s gun violence victims that has been traveling to various sites.” http://bit.ly/1qHJ4OC
YOU GET A RAISE: Selectively, that is, per the Frederick News-Post, “Tax rates will remain the same for city of Frederick residents next budget year, and city staff will see their salaries grow. The Board of Aldermen approved a $130.1 million fiscal 2015 operating budget Thursday in a 5-0 vote, making only a few changes since the budget was proposed in March. The fiscal year begins July 1.” http://bit.ly/1owjYjz
THE LONG WAIT: Of housing assistance, per DCist, “In April of last year, the D.C. Housing Authority stopped accepting new applications to its wait list for housing assistance. When the final application was in, more than 72,000 had been submitted. Now DCHA says it will embark on a 100-day campaign to contact each and every household on the list. The idea, according to a release, is to give the "agency a clearer picture of the type and scope of housing assistance needed." ’’ http://bit.ly/1n1CrRs
GRUB: And lots of it, per ARLnow, “This Sunday’s Taste of Arlington festival in Ballston will fill the streets with food from 46 local restaurants. The annual event will be held from noon to 5:00 p.m. Packets of 10 food and beverage tickets for are still on sale for $35.” http://bit.ly/1lH2lKG
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose 93-80 against Indiana, end postseason run.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Barbara Walters gets ready to say goodbye, and talks with ABC 7's very own Rebecca Cooper about retiring from the industry she has deeply influenced over the decades.” http://wj.la/1gKozY0
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Civil rights activist/talk-show host Joe Madison and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) talk about the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.