ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and highs in the mid 50s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Jordan Trunfio, 17, a senior football player at West Springfield High School, is battling brain cancer. Thursday night he received a big surprise - tickets to the Super Bowl. ABC7's Hatzel Vela was there: http://wj.la/VpukTE
RAY LEWIS: In case you forgot, per the Baltimore Sun, “For more than a decade, Priscilla Lollar struggled to face the realization that her son had been killed in a brawl outside an Atlanta nightclub. But these days, her emotions are raw again, as one of the men charged in the slaying — Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis — attracts national attention for his impending retirement and the team's playoff run.
The brawl in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2000, left two young men from Akron, Ohio, dead from stab wounds. Lewis and two acquaintances were charged with murder, but the charge against Lewis was reduced to a less serious one in a plea deal, and his co-defendants were acquitted.” http://bsun.md/WFYkpV
LET THE BATTLING BEGIN: Prepare for an ugly fight, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Two key initiatives laid out Wednesday night by Gov. Bob McDonnell in his State of the Commonwealth address - a radical restructuring of transportation funding and automatic restoration of civil rights to felons - face a rocky road in the General Assembly. . .(It) it was apparent within hours of McDonnell's speech that both face widespread skepticism from lawmakers - including many in the Republican chief executive's own party.” http://bit.ly/Xo8vlM
GIVE IT UP FOR THE TEACHERS: Of showing a little love, per the Washington Post, “Fairfax County teachers could see a modest salary increase next year under a $2.5 billion spending plan that also includes an expansion of language instruction and additional money for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. Superintendent Jack D. Dale, who is retiring in June, unveiled his final budget proposal to the Fairfax County School Board on Thursday evening.” http://wapo.st/ZOqQNc
UPON REFLECTION: A harsh reality, per the New York Times, “While President Obama pledged to crack down on access to what he called “weapons of war” in the aftermath of last month’s schoolhouse massacre, the White House has calculated that a ban on military-style assault weapons will be exceedingly difficult to pass through Congress and is focusing on other measures it deems more politically achievable.” http://nyti.ms/UDced5
YES, BUT: They still have to pay a property tax, per the Los Angeles Times, “What mortgage meltdown? While millions of Americans have suffered the angst of lost homes, equity and pride, nearly a third of the nation's homeowners have no mortgage at all, according to an estimate released Thursday by real estate website Zillow.” http://lat.ms/13jfKjc
POLITICO PLAY: “The tea party may have been built by the grass roots, but in order to survive, it’s going to have to rely on the Beltway political machines and big money groups it once disparaged. Tea party activists always worked alongside like-minded conservative organizations, but they failed to capitalize on the anti-Obama momentum in 2009 and 2010 to build their own infrastructure and war chests. That means national groups like American Majority, the Club for Growth and the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity are essentially in the position to determine if GOP incumbents face serious primary challenges.” http://politi.co/13lxR8l
ABSURD: That’s what they’re saying, per the Washington Examiner, “The District's ethics board is likely to recommend that the D.C. Council create a government-wide code of conduct after hearing repeatedly Thursday that D.C.'s existing policies are "absurd" in their complexity.” http://bit.ly/VWVIVD
CHA-CHING: But is this a good thing?, per the Washington Times, “The District’s automated traffic enforcement program increased its revenue by more than 100 percent from 2011 to 2012, jumping from $42.9 million to $95.6 million, according to figures released Thursday by the city. The numbers highlight the year-by-year progress of the program from its inception in 2001, with the city on pace at this early stage in 2013 to possibly replicate if not exceed last year’s high-water mark.” http://bit.ly/VWXztt
GRIM STUFF: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A D.C. police officer has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl inside a Southeast D.C. church that his family runs. Police say Wendel Palmer, who joined the department in 1990 and is assigned to the Sixth District, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree child sexual abuse.” http://wj.la/VokdhL
THE GREAT URANIUM QUESTION: Can you dig it?, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A General Assembly decision to lift Virginia’s uranium-mining ban wouldn’t provide the go-ahead for digging the radioactive metal, pro-uranium lawmakers say. Opponents, however, say mining would surely follow if the 31-year ban were scrapped. Proposed legislation would lift the ban for part of Virginia and require state agencies to create uranium-mining regulations.” http://bit.ly/TOrtTh
ICONIC CEMETARY EXPANDING: With a land swap, per ARLnow, “In the coming years, Arlington National Cemetery will expand and the eastern end of Columbia Pike will be realigned, according to an agreement between the Arlington County and the U.S. Army. The Arlington County Board (has) approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets the basic framework for a land swap between the county and the Army, which oversees the cemetery.” http://bit.ly/ZN28g9
STEP FORWARD, PLEASE: And now step back, per DCist, “Police lineups are a staple of crime dramas, but in real life they've also led to mistaken identifications and convictions. Now the D.C. Council wants MPD to adopt new measure to avoid those.” http://bit.ly/VL27WY
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), who will be asked about his opposition to the governor's transportation funding plan.
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