DAYBREAK DAILY: Testimony of sex talk enters Alexis Murphy case

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Sinkhole/water-main break in Southeast; VDOT to trumpet “orange cones, no phones” campaign on distracted driving; Silver Spring Transit Center in flux; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

ALEXIS MURPHY: Details emerge about sex talk, per the (Lynchburg) News & Advance, “Nelson County's prosecutor rested his case Wednesday morning after calling his final witnesses in the fifth day of the murder trial of Randy Taylor. Taylor is charged with first-degree murder, murder during commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile in the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. . .

“. . . Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin called as a witness an inmate who had a cell beside Randy Taylor. Wayne Buraker. . ., in jail after facing a probation violation for smoking marijuana. Buraker said he first learned about Taylor from watching Nancy Grace, a television show host who aired an episode about the Murphy case.

“Through the air slots between their cells, Buraker made a remark that the last woman he had sex with was black. Buraker said in court Wednesday that Taylor then mentioned Murphy, using a profanity and saying he wanted to have sex with her "my way." Buraker said he was not recruited by investigators to draw information from Taylor.”

MARYLAND DEMS DEBATE: And “bicker,” per the Baltimore Sun, “Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler launched barbed attacks on each other's record and character as they and Del. Heather R. Mizeur met in the Democratic gubernatorial campaign's first televised debate Wednesday night.

“As Brown and Gansler exchanged acrimonious remarks over everything from the rollout of Obamacare to a raucous teen party Gansler failed to break up last year, Mizeur admonished her better-known rivals for "bickering" instead of talking about solution's to Maryland's problems. The three are competing in the June 24 primary, hoping to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley when he leaves office in January.”

WHITE HOUSE INTERLOPER: Oops, my bad, per the Washington Post, “Mathew Goldstein’s wrong turn near the White House started as a moment of confusion and ended as a national incident. The IT specialist for the Internal Revenue Service was driving his gray Honda Civic along 17th Street NW on Tuesday afternoon when he inadvertently followed the motorcade carrying President Obama’s daughters into the secure perimeter for the presidential compound.

“Goldstein, 55, who is charged with a misdemeanor and was released after a brief appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, told law enforcement officials that he had made a mistake and was not familiar with the roads around the White House. . . But Goldstein’s mistaken left turn raised serious questions about how an unauthorized vehicle was able to travel within five feet of the Obama girls’ motorcade and get through two rows of metal security bollards at the checkpoint at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.”

CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE: Putting on its Sunday best, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Mike Digristine and Bob Drinkwater slowly ascended the familiar candy-stripe exterior of the towering Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, seeming to grow smaller as they climbed higher. The two, veterans of nosebleed jobs from H.I.S. Painting in Titusville, Fla., in the next few weeks will roll 455 gallons of Sherwin-Williams black and white concrete coatings onto the beacon's seven-story brick surface - using common blue painter's tape to keep the famous stripes straight.

“. . .The $250,000 job must be done right on the world-famous icon, featured on postcards, magazine covers, books and souvenir photographs taken by the more than 100,000 visitors who climb it each year. Mariners from around the globe sail within sight.”

NIGERIAN GIRLS: And Boko Haram, per the New York Times, “As word spread like wildfire on Twitter and Facebook that Nigerian militants were preparing to auction off more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls in the name of Islam, a very different Internet network started quietly buzzing too.

“Such news is spread to taint the image of the Mujahedeen,” wrote one dubious poster on a web forum used by Islamic militants whose administrator uses a picture of Osama bin Laden. “I have brothers from Africa who are in this group,” attested another, insisting that they were like “the Quran walking the earth.”

“Boko Haram, the cultlike Nigerian group that carried out the kidnappings, was rejected long ago by mainstream Muslim scholars and Islamist parties around the world for its seemingly senseless cruelty and capricious violence against civilians. But this week its stunning abduction appeared too much even for fellow militants normally eager to condone terrorist acts against the West and its allies.”

DONALD STERLING: His wife throws a curve, per the Los Angeles Times, “Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling said Wednesday that she believes she is legally entitled to maintain ownership of the NBA team and will attempt to do so, even as the pro basketball league pushes to remove her husband from the team he has owned for 33 years.

"Sterling described her long tenure as a "die-hard" fan of the Clippers and said she believes that the sanctions against Donald Sterling — which included a lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine — do not apply to "me or my family." Shelly Sterling's position presents a "wild card" for the pro basketball league as it faces its biggest crisis in memory, said a league official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Her intention to hold on to the team is a wrinkle apparently not contemplated by NBA officials when they moved nine days ago to strip her estranged husband of ownership.”

CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS: Of Lois Lerner, per The Hill, “The House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups. The 231 to 187 vote, which attracted just 6 Democrats, marked the latest escalation in the nearly yearlong IRS controversy, which broke last May when Lerner acknowledged and apologized for the agency’s singling out of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Republicans have no intention of listening to Trey Gowdy. A number of Republican candidates and conservative groups have openly used the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as a cash grab. And that’s likely to continue despite a strongly worded rebuke from the new chairman of the Republican select committee assigned to investigate the response to the attacks.

“Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, commented on MSNBC Wednesday that he and fellow Republicans should not fundraise off “the backs of four murdered Americans” — creating a new standard by which the party can be judged and opening the GOP up to charges of past, present and future hypocrisy.”

DAD-TO-BE MURDERED: Just the facts, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Police have arrested three Richmond residents in connection with Monday’s robbery and fatal shooting of a downtown jewelry store manager who was killed less than 24 hours before his daughter was born. A friend of the victim’s family said Muhammad Haroon Baig’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday — the morning after Baig was shot and killed at Victoria Jewelers on East Broad Street. The couple also had a young son.”

D.C. CANNABIS CAMPAIGN: Of its digs, per City Paper, “You wouldn’t expect it, but the D.C. Cannabis Campaign fits in on Embassy Row. Wedged between the Mexican delegation to the Organization of American States and the South Korean embassy, the campaign’s mildewy, weed-scented townhouse on Massachusetts Avenue NW has the same trappings as its neighbors, including office staff and a fireproof safe (albeit one that holds petitions instead of diplomatic cables).

“The activists’ self-proclaimed “embassy” has culturally appropriate decorations in a light-up faux-palm tree, boxes of rolling papers, and stickers for online cryptocurrency Bitcoin. It even has a demanding head of state in campaign boss Adam Eidinger. Call it the sovereign nation of Potistan.”

GENDER GAP: Ike has a plan, per Gazette.Net, “Calling it a chance for Montgomery County to lead the state on a policy issue, County Executive Isiah Leggett is supporting a bill that would require companies doing business with the county to provide information to ensure that they’re paying male and female employees equally.”

MARATHONER DIES: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “A Virginia mother of two died Tuesday, two days after she collapsed after competing in Frederick’s half marathon. Sarah Defren, 38, was an avid runner who ran daily at 5 a.m. and had competed in several past races, her pastor, the Rev. Lisa Webb of Woodstock Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, said Wednesday. Defren suffered a heart attack at the finish line Sunday and was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital before being flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Webb said. She never regained consciousness.”

NEW METRO CARS: Look but don’t touch, per DCist, “Metro riders may spot the new and very shiny 7,000-series cars traveling through the system in the coming months. While they are welcome to look, it's not time to ride. WMATA spokesperson Dan Stessel said the new cars are currently being tested throughout the system, on all lines. Daytime testing began Monday, he said, while general testing started in January. By 2018, Metro expects half of the cars in the system the be from the 7,000 series. Deployment is expected to begin later this year.”

UM, WHAT?: Law’s the law, per ARLnow, “Rosslyn’s “Intersection of Doom” lived up to its name for a local cyclist Monday night. She says she was hit by a car in the crosswalk and then ticketed while in her hospital room.”

PROFILING: So it would seem, per the (Charlottesville) Daily Progress, “Black people in Charlottesville have been suspected of a crime by police and pulled aside for a warrantless patdown, known as a stop-and-frisk, at more than twice the rate of white people in the past 18 months, according to a report documenting the procedure’s use. In fact, blacks were frisked in 70?percent of roughly 140 patdowns, Police Chief Timothy Longo told the city council during a presentation this week. Whites were frisked in 29?percent of the patdowns.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose at Indiana 86-82; Nationals beat L.A. Dodgers 3-2.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A Howard University student alleges brutality at the hands of Metro Transit Police. With a badly bruised and battered face, 27-year-old Jeremy Gordon tells ABC 7 about being pulled from his car and thrown to the ground before being handcuffed.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- The Democrats running for governor in Maryland faced off for the first time. We’ll have a debate recap and analysis.

--Skip Wood

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