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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Continuing coverage of the Silver Spring Metro train fire; update on repairs to the Washington Monument; behind the making of “Scandal,” much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Gee, never saw this coming, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The price tag for the Washington Redskins training camp and attached park area has pushed about $800,000 past the original $10 million appropriation from Richmond, prompting questions from City Council members over whether the Richmond Economic Development Authority, which is building the facility, has the authority to approve the extra spending.
“They are going ahead and building something largely on spec,” said Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, 5th District. “They have taken a liability. … This is money they don’t have on hand.” Rich Johnson, chairman of the board of the authority, which was charged with building and running the training camp facility nearing completion on West Leigh Street, says the extra cost comes from developing the park at the western edge of the 17-acre parcel in the first phase of the project rather than the second.” http://bit.ly/14mcP8B
VIRTUAL JURY: Of a complex issue, per Gazette.Net, “While preparing to defend a man last month accused of child sex abuse, Andy Jezic asked a Montgomery County judge for permission to do something he considers routine: use the Internet to research potential jurors during jury selection. Lawyers long have used focus groups or jury consultants to try to find the perfect jury for their clients. Investigating jurors fell out of favor because courts were concerned with their privacy, experts say.
“But as Wi-Fi has crept into courtrooms around the country, some lawyers are taking to the Internet, searching social networks, job sites or court records to weed out problematic jurors. Advocates of the searches say it ensures fairer jury panels. In at least one state, lawyers are encouraged to perform a search of court records to make sure potential jurors have not been part of a lawsuit. But opponents worry it might be an invasion of privacy that will make citizens more reluctant to perform their jury service.” http://bit.ly/16yOil2
A FIRST: With ties to Maryland and Virginia, per the Virginian-Pilot, “. . . (T)he Navy for the first time launched an unmanned warplane off an aircraft carrier, catapulting into new era of aviation at sea. The launch of the prototype X-47B off the carrier George H. W. Bush followed months of shore-based launch tests at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. But this was the first time that operators put an automated surveillance and strike craft into the air using the same steam-powered catapult that powers fighter jets and surveillance planes off a carrier flight deck.” http://bit.ly/16xmpK4
THE IRS SAGA: Bring on the magnifying glass, per the Washington Post, “Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of whether Internal Revenue Service employees broke the law when they targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status — the latest setback for an agency that is the subject of withering bipartisan criticism and multiple congressional inquiries. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the Justice Department and the FBI began the probe after the IRS acknowledged that it selected conservative groups with the words “tea party” and “patriot” in their names for special reviews.” http://wapo.st/19ptNUw
SNOOPING ON JOURNOS: Of a measured explanation, per the New York Times, “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday defended the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of telephone records of Associated Press journalists, describing the article by The A.P. that prompted a criminal investigation as among “the top two or three most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen” in a 35-year career.
“It put the American people at risk, and that is not hyperbole,” he said in an apparent reference to an article on May 7, 2012, that disclosed the foiling of a terrorist plot by Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen to bomb an airliner. “And trying to determine who was responsible for that, I think, required very aggressive action.” In a statement in response, The A.P.’s president and chief executive, Gary Pruitt, disputed that the publication of the article endangered security.” http://nyti.ms/10G6CBs
DEFICIT?: What deficit?, per the Los Angeles Times, “The federal deficit is shrinking more quickly than expected, and the government's long-term debt has largely stabilized for the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday in a report that could strengthen the Obama administration's hand in the budget battles with congressional Republicans.” http://lat.ms/18JCqMl
POLITICO PLAY: “The town is turning on President Obama – and this is very bad news for this White House. Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama – and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.” http://politi.co/140CrIP
METRO FIRE: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “A Metro train caught fire at the Silver Spring station during rush hour Tuesday evening, causing a major headache for commuters. Dramatic cell phone video from witnesses shows a series of explosions going off around 6 p.m. from below the empty Metro train that had stopped at Silver Spring.
"I'm just shocked and surprised," says Dorsey Evans. "I've never seen anything like that." Evans captured images of smoke billowing high into the sky. He and others say they heard three explosions. Scott Graham, the assistant fire chief of Montgomery County, says what passengers heard was most likely caused by electrical components on the tracks.” http://wj.la/180isvx
GOV. BOB AND HIS CHEF: This isn’t going away, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A judge. . .set an Oct. 15 trial date to hear felony embezzlement charges against former Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret P. Spencer also scheduled a hearing July 8 to hear arguments on an earlier motion by Schneider's defense lawyers to dismiss the charges against the chef.
“Schneider's disclosures to federal and state officials have prompted inquiries into mansion operations and the relationship between Gov. Bob McDonnell and first lady Maureen McDonnell and Jonnie Williams Sr., the CEO of Henrico-based dietary supplement maker Star Scientific, who has showered Virginia's first family with thousands in gifts and political contributions.” http://bit.ly/13vIvJT
SHODDY SHELTER: Sleep at your own risk, per the Washington Examiner, “The District's New York Avenue homeless shelter lacks proper security to protect those staying there from violent crime, and invites potential tragedy by leaving confiscated weapons in a faulty lock box, according to a report by the city's inspector general. The review concluded that the homeless shelter needed to increase the number of security personnel on hand in the coldest months, when more homeless men come to the shelter.” http://bit.ly/16yQedh
OF TALL BUILDINGS: But some are afraid of heights, per City Paper, “So far, reviewing the Height of Buildings Act to provide recommendations to Congress on how to amend it has been pretty fun for Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning. "From a totally geeky planning perspective, I have to say it’s kind of thrilling to be asked to look at this issue," Tregoning said last night at a meeting at the Petworth Library. Unfortunately for her and the Office of Planning's partner in the Height Act review, the National Capital Planning Commission, they don't get to work from a totally geeky planning perspective anymore. Now the process goes public—and it can get contentious.” http://bit.ly/13ZOTZb
HEMMINGWAY: Or something like that, per the Washington Times, “You could shell out thousands of dollars for a flight to Spain and a hotel room in the historic city of Pamplona, fight your way through the maze of mid-July crowds and wait hours to sprint along the cobblestones for mere seconds of pounding adrenaline as 12 bulls gallop alongside you. Or you could make the short trip to Manassas, Va., this summer and take a chance in the inaugural Great Bull Run — the brainchild of a Boston entrepreneur who plans to replicate the running of the bulls in Northern Virginia as the first stop in a series of events in cities across the country.” http://bit.ly/YIxh2Q
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 2-0 against Dodgers.
CONE PHONES: Just. . .stop. . .it. . .,per INSIDENOVA, “. . . Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, along with officials from Transurban-Fluor, the company in charge of the 95 Express Lanes Project, AAA Mid-Atlantic and Virginia State police Tuesday announced the launch of the “Orange Cones. No Phones” campaign, which aims to discourage distracted driving in work zones.” http://bit.ly/14lxUAd
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Six pit bulls were found dead along I-295 in just one week. Now officials are wondering if the dogs were hit by cars or if they were maliciously killed. So far they've found nothing that indicates criminal behavior. Read more: http://wj.la/180bExV
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Jennifer Eakin, Senior Forensic Case Manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who will be asked about the Cleveland abduction case and others in which young people go missing.