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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of the newly born baby girl found dead in a Loudoun County pond; Congress returns today from a spring recess; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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WANT TO BE A COLLEGE PROF?: Don’t, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “If she had to choose her profession now, Hampden-Sydney College professor Saranna Thornton says, she probably wouldn’t follow her heart into higher education. Thornton is co-author of the annual American Association of University Professors faculty salary report, being released today, that found some post-recession recovery but lingering symptoms of decline in academia.

For people working to complete their doctorates, Thornton said, the underlying message in the report is that “you should not plan on becoming a college professor.” . . The University of Richmond pays its full professors the highest average salaries in the state at $144,000, followed by the University of Virginia at $143,200, George Mason University at $130,400, and Washington and Lee University at $127,900.”

NORTH KOREA: Pressure mounts, per the New York Times, “As North Korea hints at new military provocations in the coming days, the United States and South Korea have drawn up plans to respond more forcefully than in the recent past, but in a limited way intended to prevent an escalation to broader war. . . In an indirect but clear criticism of China’s longtime ally, North Korea, Xi Jinping, China’s new president, said in a speech on Sunday that no country in Asia “should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain.”

GUN CONTROL: It’s still percolating, per the Washington Post, “Prospects for a bipartisan deal to expand federal background checks for gun purchases are improving with the emergence of fresh Republican support, according to top Senate aides. The possibility that after weeks of stalled negotiations senators might be on the cusp of a breakthrough comes as President Obama and his top surrogates will begin on Monday their most aggressive push yet to rally Americans around his gun-control agenda.”

MARYLAND LEFTOVERS: Still some work to do, per the Baltimore Sun, “With most of the heavy lifting behind them, Maryland legislators will convene Monday for a final frenzy of lawmaking before the 2013 General Assembly session adjourns at midnight. Bills that could affect every dog owner and every driver who talks on a cell phone still await approval, as does legislation that would craft tighter rules on speed cameras, legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes and put new restrictions on government speed camera programs. Most lawmakers said these remaining issues and scores more will likely find resolution by the end of the day.”

A PASTOR MOURNS: And gives thanks for support, per the Los Angeles Times, “Rick Warren said he was "overwhelmed" by the support he and his wife have received since he announced Saturday that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide. "Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words. You are all encouraging our #brokenhearts," Warren wrote on his Facebook page Sunday.”

POLITICO PLAY: “It’s now or never for the White House. President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda is in doubt as Congress returns to Washington this week for a spring and summer stretch that could go a long way to define the scope of Obama’s legacy. Obama will unveil what his team is calling a “compromise” budget on Wednesday, but Republicans and Democrats alike are already criticizing elements of the plan.”

NEWBORN FOUND DEAD IN POND: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A newborn baby girl was found dead in a Sterling pond just before noon Sunday, police say. A passerby noticed the baby just below the surface of the pond near Awsley Court and called police. The baby was pronounced dead on scene. The back yards of several homes border the pond, which is not far from Algonkian Elementary School.”

D.C. AND ITS SIN TAX: It’s quite the haul, per the Washington Examiner, “The District is on pace to take in more than $42 million in so-called "sin taxes" during its fiscal year, a haul that would fall short of the city's record but still represents a sharp increase from its 2012 collections.”

OH, COME ON: He’s a Catholic priest, for crying out loud, per the Washington Times, “Students and parishioners are rallying behind a Catholic priest at George Washington University after two gay students said they wanted him removed for supporting the church’s stance on homosexuality. Seniors Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen want the Rev. Gregory Shaffer booted off campus because he taught that homosexual behavior is immoral.”

ESCAPE: From a fire, per INSIDENOVA, “Flames ripped through a townhouse in Lake Ridge on Sunday afternoon, but the family who lives there and their dog got out safely. The fire erupted about 4:30 p.m. at 3061 Tecumseh Court, off Mohican Road, and crews arrived to find flames showing through a kitchen window.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps beat Tampa Bay 4-2; Wizards lose against Boston 107-96; Nats lose 6-3 to Cincinnati.

NICE CHOICE FOR ROCKVILLE: Of new hotel headquarters, per Gazette.Net, “The company timeline painted on the wall of Choice Hotels’ headquarters ends right about now with a move to Rockville. But the company’s execs are quick to point out that they still have room left to paint in more milestones in the future. On Monday, about 400 employees are expected to move into the company’s new headquarters building at the corner of Rockville Pike and East Middle Lane in downtown Rockville in what(CEO Stephen) Joyce lauded as a “new start” for the company.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Prince George's Executive Rushern Baker, who will be asked about the legislation, just approved by the General Assembly, giving him the ability to appoint the county schools CEO.

--Skip Wood

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