DAYBREAK DAILY: U.Va. alumni group wants to revive student yearbook

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning and highs near 70s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Northwest melee leaves police officer injured; Deadly tornadoes strike Midwest; Mayor Gray to sign bill allowing undocumented immigrants to acquire driver’s licenses; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

A REVIVAL: Talking yearbooks, per the Charlottesville Daily Progress, “When Corks and Curls, the University of Virginia’s 122-year-old student yearbook, was declared dead in 2010, few students mourned its passing. Its demise saddened alumni, but the consensus on Grounds was that it was outdated and being replaced by social media websites such as Facebook. But the movement to bring it back recently has gained a foothold.

"Alumni Association has found two students to revive Corks and Curls. They’re hoping to have a printed yearbook next school year, for 2015’s graduating class. Tom Faulders, president of the association, recruited undergraduates Michael Buhl and Carly Buckholz to work on the project. Faulders said alumni have been trying to revive the yearbook since it was discontinued. Although students can save their college pictures digitally, Faulders said, the yearbook is more than a collection of photographs; it’s a historical record.”

OUT OF BUSINESS: Maryland grapples, per the Baltimore Sun, “The General Motors factory in Baltimore, the Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills and the steel mill at Sparrows Point all made things for decades. And all closed in the past 10 years. It's a familiar tale for much of the country. But Maryland's manufacturing job losses — the result of cutbacks, shutdowns and technological innovations requiring fewer people — are among the nation's steepest.

“The state saw a faster pace of job reductions in the sector than all but seven other states and the District of Columbia in the past six years, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis comparing the most recent Labor Department figures with the period just before the recession. Maryland has lost 25,000 manufacturing jobs — nearly 20 percent of its base — since August 2007.”

BLACKWATER: Rember that?, per the Virginian-Pilot, “For years in media accounts, the word "reclusive" was a standard appendage to Erik Prince's name. The onetime Navy SEAL's abhorrence of public exposure was legendary. . .That was then.

"Today, the founder of Blackwater casts his reticence aside and tells his story, his way, with the publication of his memoir, "Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror." The account of the private military company's dramatic rise and fall does not contain any major new revelations. But it does shed additional light on the mindset and motivation of the man who became a lightning rod in a national debate over the role of private soldiers in an era of outsourced warfare.”

NOTEWORTY RAIL CAR: Of history, per the Washington Post, “The massive 500-ton cranes gently lifted the Jim Crow-era rail car high into the air. Constitution Avenue had been closed since early Sunday morning to make way for the artifact, which was slowly lowered into the construction pit of what will become the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Tourists, passersby and history buffs took pictures of steel and shrink-wrap and machinery. Onlookers pressed against the fences and peered through binoculars, straining to get a better view. They took pictures of themselves taking pictures of history being made, just to say “I was there.” There to see the 44-seat Southern Railway car, which required its black passengers traveling into the pre-civil rights South to contort physically and psychically in order to conform to the smallness of their second-class citizenship.”

NOT TO FORGET: The other thing, per the New York Times, “The Obama administration, currently stumbling through the health care overhaul, has reached a critical stage in its other signature effort: reining in Wall Street.

“The push to reshape financial oversight hinges on negotiations in the coming weeks over the so-called Volcker Rule, a regulation that strikes at the heart of Wall Street risk-taking. The rule, which bans banks from trading for their own gain, has become synonymous with the Dodd-Frank overhaul law that Congress adopted after the financial crisis.”

STORMS GONE WILD: And deadly, per the Los Angeles Times, “At least six people were killed and dozens more hurt when an unusual November tornado outbreak hopscotched through the Midwest on Sunday, leaving destruction in its wake. Twisters and thunderstorms more reminiscent of spring than fall savaged communities in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky with punishing winds and heavy hail. Survivors poured into hospitals with broken limbs and other wounds from flying debris.

“An NFL game at Soldier Field in Chicago had to be suspended as football fans evacuated to the concourses, taking shelter from a line of storms. The stadium was spared, and the game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens resumed after a nearly two-hour delay. Elsewhere, the unseasonable twisters seemed to collect victims at random.”

IN DEFENSE: Of Obamacare, per The Hill, “Democrats are not losing confidence in President Obama's signature healthcare law, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday.

“Pelosi told NBC's "Meet the Press" that her members will “stand tall” behind the law during next year's mid-term elections. Her comments follow the disastrous rollout of the government's insurance web site and millions of health insurance plan cancellation notices sent to Americans despite Democrats' pledge that they would be able to keep their policies.”

POLITICO PLAY: "From the moment of his improbable emergence as a presidential contender seven years ago, Barack Obama has always positioned himself as something better than a politician. And he has always presented his goals for progressive change as something bigger than the bare minimum a Democrat might hope for in a country that skews center right.

"So the fiasco of the launch of Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul has put the reputation of big government progressivism at risk for at least this generation. And its future now rests on the president’s ability to reverse that debacle, and to demonstrate that his approach to covering millions of uninsured Americans is not only an enlightened — but workable — policy. He set the bar himself."

CASH INFUSION: For FACT, per the Frederick News-Post, “The Frederick Area Committee for Transportation will have more resources in the fight to secure funding for transportation projects following last month’s decision by county commissioners to offer the group money. FACT will receive $25,000 to lobby for federal funding for county projects, coordinate with the state and federal delegation on transportation issues, and develop funding strategies, according to a memorandum of understanding between the board and the committee.”

PARTY TIME: Making it easier, per Gazette.Net, “Providing more places for bar-going patrons to catch taxis and allowing food trucks to roam certain neighborhoods to serve them late at night are among the options suggested by a task force charged with thinking up ways to spice up Montgomery County’s nightlife. After a six-month process, the county’s Nighttime Economy Task Force presented its recommendations to County Executive Isiah Leggett.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Redskins lose 24-16 at Philadelphia; Caps beat St. Louis 4-1.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The National Zoo's 13-week-old Sumatran male and female tiger cubs named Bandar and Sukacita will have access to the yard for the first time this morning. During the swim reliability test at the zoo's moat in Washington earlier this month, the cubs were able to keep their heads above water and climb onto dry land. Now they are ready to make their public debut.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who will be asked about the region's economy; AAA's John Townsend II, who will discuss the problem of "selfies," and Sarah Jane Glynn of the Center for American Progress, who will be asked about the so-called "War on Thanksgiving," and why some retailers are refusing to take part.

--Skip Wood