ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Top movies of 2012: Arch Campbell ranks his favorites: From mindbending thrillers to the latest Bond flick and even to a talking, Boston-bred teddy bear, here's a look at Arch Campbell's favorite movies of 2012. What were your favorite movies? What was the biggest rotten tomato? PHOTOS: http://ht.ly/govYL
CAMP CLEARED: For Redskins, it’s now official, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “In a special meeting (Thursday) afternoon, the Richmond City Council approved an amended version of the development agreement to build a summer training camp facility for the Washington Redskins, the last piece of legislation needed to set the deal in motion. Jane Ferrara, a deputy director in the city’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said construction on the facility, expected to cost up to $10 million, could begin as early as next week.” http://bit.ly/RkGsEp
WILL THEY HAVE BEER?: You know, like that other time, per the Washington Post, “President Obama summoned congressional leaders to a Friday summit at the White House in a last-ditch effort to protect taxpayers, unemployed workers and the fragile U.S. recovery from severe austerity measures set to hit in just four days. Also Thursday, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he would call the House back into session this weekend. And in perhaps the most significant development, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the first time was engaged directly in talks with the White House. He signaled an interest in cutting a deal.” http://wapo.st/YQLHiH
DEADLY SHOVE: Just the facts, per the New York Times, “A young woman pushed a man to his death under an oncoming train at the 40th Street-Lowery Street subway station in Sunnyside, Queens, on Thursday evening, law enforcement authorities said. The woman got up from her seat, walked behind the man along the platform, mumbling to herself, witnesses told the police, before shoving him into the path of a Flushing-bound No. 7 train just after 8 p.m. Witnesses said the victim did not appear to notice her.” http://nyti.ms/WXYwqR
THE WHOLE THING: She wants her vote back, per City Paper, “That old trope about it being better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Eleanor Holmes Norton isn't buying it. The District's non-voting congressional delegate is pushing to get a little bit less non-voting by winning back a right she once had: to vote in the House of Representatives' Committee of the Whole. "Having a vote and losing it is more painful than fighting for it in the first place," Norton said at a press conference (Thursday) in the Rayburn House Office Building.” http://bit.ly/TlGPyg
POLITICO PLAY: “Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s decision to buck the dying wish of legendary Sen. Daniel Inouye and install his own No. 2, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, as the state’s soon-to-be senior senator may be less surprising than it seems. Abercrombie and Inouye were not allies. In fact, their two-decade relationship in Congress was marked by rifts — most notably over Inouye’s encouragement of a primary challenger to Abercrombie in the 2010 governor’s race. Abercrombie and Schatz were running mates in that same election.” http://politi.co/UpWZGQ
NOT CHEAP: Not cheap at all, per ABC7 - WJLA, “If you're still hoping to snag a ticket or a pair of seats to Sunday's de facto NFC East championship game, you should prepare yourself to pay top dollar for seats, even in the nosebleeds. Tickets for the game are going on Craigslist and other sites for hundreds of dollars per seat. Standing Room Only seats at FedEx Field are going for as much as $300 per ticket. If you want a seat in the upper 400 level, you're still going to pay several hundred dollars.” http://wj.la/12RnCr7
STUDENT DIES: Just the facts, per the Roanoke Times, “A Virginia Tech student who led an anti-violence advocacy group on campus died early (Thursday) morning after sustaining injuries in a car crash in northern Virginia on Christmas Day. Annalee Marshall, a 20-year-old of Adamstown, Md., was involved in a two-car crash shortly before 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.” http://bit.ly/12JdS2U
OBX SURVIVES ALL: So hit the beach, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Neither storms, nor high gas prices, nor permits for beach driving have kept Outer Banks visitors from their appointed vacations. Through October, occupancy taxes collected in 2012 reached an all-time high of $376 million, breaking last year’s mark by about $6 million with two months yet to be counted. These fees charged for hotels, motels and beach houses are a key indicator of tourism numbers.” http://bit.ly/TF1Beo
FATAL CRASH: It happened on the flyover, per the News & Messenger, “Three people died Thursday night in a crash in Springfield. A pickup was traveling west on I-495 onto I-95 south around 7 p.m. when it struck the back of a tractor trailer stopped in traffic, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. Three people inside the pickup died at the crash, Geller said. The tractor trailer driver wasn't hurt.” http://bit.ly/ZFyV7Z
FAKE GRASS: And uniformity, per the Washington Examiner, “Prince George's County lawmakers are looking to avoid a turf war over a new bill that would require all public high schools in the county to install artificial fields by the end of 2018. While turf fields generally cost more upfront, proponents say they save money over the long run due to low upkeep compared with the maintenance natural grass requires. The fields can also be open year-round.” http://bit.ly/UpWpc7
RUNNING FOR DOLLARS: So it goes for Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe, per the Washington Times, “Virginia’s 2013 governor’s race figures to be one of the most expensive in state history, featuring front-runners who have experience raising big money in a state that sets no limits on political donations to candidates. The Old Dominion is one of just four states that does not restrict campaign contributions, and some of the more strict states — including Maryland and Florida — are considering proposals to raise their limits, which some critics say are outdated and frequently avoided through loopholes.” http://bit.ly/WY7AfD
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: In the Military Bowl, San Jose State beats Bowling Green 29-20.
NEWSTALK: Our annual year-in-review show (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8). Former Rockville Mayor Steve Van Grack, Prince George’s civic activist Sharrarne Morton and former Fairfax Mayor John Mason discuss and debate the top stories of 2012 and make predictions for 2013.
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