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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – A Herndon house fire leaves one dead; The latest on the ricin-laced letters sent to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
VETTER OUT AT MONTROSE CHRISTIAN: Resignation a surprise to many, per Gazette.Net, “After 14 years of leading one of the top boys basketball programs in the country, Montrose Christian School coach Stu Vetter resigned on Wednesday, the Rockville private school announced in a press release. Vetter confirmed the announcement when reached by phone and said he wanted to wait until after graduation, which was Friday, to make the announcement public.
“. . . In 14 years at the school, Vetter coached Montrose to 321 wins and the 2011 National High School Invitational national championship. In 2012, he was inducted into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame.” http://bit.ly/1azwNyc
LONG SIGH: Alrighty then, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Sen. Stephen H. Martin, R-Chesterfield, today doubled down on remarks he made in an interview last week, alleging that Planned Parenthood has caused more deaths among black Americans than the Ku Klux Klan. But Martin, who was one of seven Republican candidates for lieutenant governor of Virginia, also said he regrets “the carelessness and inaccuracy” of his earlier remarks, in which he had said the KKK was a creation of the Democratic Party.” http://bit.ly/10Axneh
RICK CURL: What were they thinking?, per the Washington Post, “The University of Maryland decided in the 1980s that it had no legal duty to inform police when it learned that its head swimming coach had confessed to sexually abusing a teenage swimmer before joining the university, according to university documents released Wednesday. Several handwritten notes from officials in 1988 show that Susan Bayly, the university’s in-house counsel, handled the departure of swim coach Rick Curl and, after consulting an assistant attorney general, concluded that no reporting was necessary because the girl had turned 19 and was no longer a minor.
“Instead, the university demanded Curl’s resignation, enabling him to return to his coaching duties at the prominent local swim club where the abuse had occurred. He went on to coach thousands of young athletes, some of whom won Olympic gold medals and broke world records.” http://wapo.st/ZfXOoB
MEET THE NEW BOSS: Of the FBI, per the New York Times, “President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former hedge fund executive who served as a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to two people with knowledge of the selection.” http://nyti.ms/175Zaal
RUN FOR THE ROSES: Rather, for Maryland governor, per the Baltimore Sun, “The 2014 governor's race came into clearer focus Wednesday as Harford County Executive David R. Craig set a date to announce his Republican candidacy and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's campaign confirmed that Howard County Executive Ken Ulman will be his running mate in his bid for the Democratic nomination.
“Craig, 63, will become the first major GOP contender to enter the race when he holds a campaign event Monday. Brown, who got a jump on other Democrats when he announced his candidacy this month, plans to announce Ulman's agreement to join his ticket the same day. With the twin announcements, the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley will shift into a higher gear.” http://bsun.md/15jZ0Il
POLITICO PLAY: “Establishment Republicans have spent years tiptoeing around the tea party, concerned that its hot rhetoric and deep pockets could wreak havoc in their ranks and further disrupt the national party leadership’s carefully laid plans. But Rep. Michele Bachmann’s sudden fall exposes the reality of tea party players: Their power in Congress is mostly a mirage.” http://politi.co/1aBwaUZ
NUMBING NEWS: For residents, anyway, per the Virginian-Pilot, “In a town known as the "Ham Capital of the World," where life-size hog statues decorate downtown and local restaurants consider pork a menu mainstay, Wednesday's news was a shocker in Smithfield, Va. Mayor T. Carter Williams heard it from the television: A Chinese company had announced it would buy pork processor Smithfield Foods Inc. "It was a total surprise," Williams said.
“Based in Smithfield, the company is so closely connected to the town that residents can hardly imagine a future without it. President and CEO C. Larry Pope said they won't have to - Smithfield Foods is staying put, and no jobs will be lost here, he told reporters Wednesday. But those assurances didn't ease the fears of some.” http://bit.ly/16qYZXI
D.C. SPAT: A judge makes his call, per City Paper, “Eric Payne is still suing the District government and Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi for allegedly firing him over lottery contract whistleblowing, but he won't be able to sue them for defamation. . .A Superior Court judge threw out Payne's defamation lawsuit by using D.C.'s anti-SLAPP law, which bars so-called "strategic lawsuits against public participation." http://bit.ly/11zZ4Ft
MARC AND VRE: Business is good, per the Washington Examiner, “Commuters are continuing to flock to local train services even as Metrorail numbers are declining. MARC scored record ridership in April, topping a record reached in November, the Maryland Transit Administration said this week.
“Virginia Railway Express has attracted increasing ridership every year in the past five years. The federal government's furloughs, plus the flexible schedules and telecommuting allowed in many government jobs, have reduced some ridership on Mondays and Fridays, said VRE spokesman Mark Roeber, but the train service has made that up during the middle of the week.” http://bit.ly/176S6tZ
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: McDonnell finally gets his wish, per the Washington Times, “Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will automatically restore civil rights to nonviolent felons in Virginia on a conditional, case-by-case basis, signifying an evolution of sorts on criminal justice policy among some factions of the Republican Party. The announcement Wednesday puts a coda on an issue he has campaigned and worked on since at least 2009. Mr. McDonnell already has restored the rights of more than 4,800 ex-convicts — more than any of his predecessors.” http://bit.ly/12QCaX6
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 9-6 against the Orioles.
BREAKING GROUND: More like a makeover, per DCist, “The transformation of the St. Elizabeths east campus officially got underway (Wednesday) morning when District officials broke ground on the Gateway Pavilion, the first structure in what city leaders envision as an overhaul of the historic hospital into a hub of government and business activity. The pavilion, which covers two acres of the sprawling complex, is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31.” http://bit.ly/1aAolyS
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