DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia ABC changes enforcement policies

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly to mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – National Zoo is open once more; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

BOOZE POLICE: New marching orders, per the Charlottesville Daily Progress, “Virginia’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued a general order changing policies after a public outcry erupted over the case of a University of Virginia student confronted by a half-dozen undercover agents in a parking lot after a crate of water was mistaken for beer.

Obtained Thursday by The Daily Progress, the directive to all ABC law enforcement personnel requires, among other things, that agents who point a weapon at someone or damage property in the line of duty complete use-of-force reports. The two-page document also lays out an upcoming general order requiring plans to be filed for operations involving five or more agents.”

BRIGHT EYES: And a fat wallet, per the Baltimore Sun, “Billionaire Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has vision. It's 20/40. And the 85-year-old, who suffers from macular degeneration, wants to thank Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute with a $20 million gift, among the largest ever for the program.

"Pickens, the outspoken founder of Mesa Petroleum, known for his conservative politics and support of alternative energy, has also given millions to hospitals around the nation. Wilmer has already received about $8 million from him and has named its five-story atrium for Pickens. "I'm a patient at the Wilmer Eye Institute, and I've had great success," he said before a luncheon Thursday in his honor. "It makes me feel great, having my sight."

RIGHTS RESTORED: That’s what the man said, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that the civil rights of 6,874 Virginians have been restored during his tenure, including 1,577 since July 15, when he began automatically restoring rights for nonviolent felons on an individual basis. The announcement capped a frenzy of activity by administration officials in recent weeks to restore the rights of as many nonviolent felons as possible before last Tuesday’s deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 elections.”

REALLY?: Do tell, per the Washington Post, “E.W. Jackson, the Chesapeake preacher known for controversial rhetoric, is facing new challenges as his campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia enters its final weeks. According to interviews and campaign finance reports, Jackson’s campaign has struggled with basic management issues, including financial accounting. And more recently, vivid details of his escape from deprivation in a Chester, Pa., foster home — the emotional core of his stump speech — have been challenged by two women who were there.

“A campaign spokesman said Thursday that everything Jackson says on the trail about his upbringing is true. Jackson says life was so tough with his impoverished foster family that they sometimes had to eat mayonnaise sandwiches for dinner. Other nights, there was no supper at all.”

POTUS: And the shutdown, per the New York Times, “. . . By nearly all accounts, Mr. Obama emerged the winner of the showdown, having stared down attempts to undercut his health care program or force other concessions, but it is not clear what he actually won. Did he change the dynamic of his tumultuous presidency and break the cycle of Washington gridlock, opening the way to more meaningful legislation in months to come? Or did he merely kick the can down the road three months so he and Congress will be in the same place again, repeating a pattern that will define his remaining three years in office?

“The president and his team hope that Congressional Republicans, stung by this week’s defeat, re-evaluate their scorched-earth strategy and seek agreement with Mr. Obama on issues like immigration and long-term spending to demonstrate that they can govern. But they fear the opposition may instead double down and become even more determined to prevent the White House from getting the upper hand in future legislative battles.”

MEANWHILE: Of the costs, per the Los Angeles Times, “In the grand scheme of the $16-trillion U.S. economy, the nearly three-week government shutdown and standoff over the debt ceiling may not look like much. Analysts estimate the loss at tens of billions of dollars, and reckon that much of that will be recouped in the next quarter. But the extent of the economic harm goes well beyond what can be immediately tallied: lost business deals and disrupted research; a hit to consumer confidence; and what many see as permanent damage to U.S. credibility around the world.”

HOWEVER: Of a vow, per The Hill, “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not allow another government shutdown as part of a strategy to repeal ObamaCare. McConnell (Ky.) told The Hill in an interview Thursday afternoon that his party learned a painful political lesson over the past 16 days, as its approval rating dropped while the government was shuttered. He said there’s no reason to go through the political wringer again in January, when the stopgap measure Congress passed late Wednesday is set to expire.”

POLITICO PLAY: “House Speaker John Boehner just wanted to sneak out of the White House for a smoke. But President Barack Obama pulled him aside for a grilling. Obama wanted to know why they were in the second day of a government shutdown that the speaker had repeatedly and publicly pledged to avoid.

“John, what happened?” Obama asked, according to people briefed on the Oct. 2 conversation. “I got overrun, that’s what happened,” Boehner said. It may be the most concise explanation of a chaotic, 16-day standoff that prompted the first government shutdown in nearly two decades and ended only hours before the world’s largest economy nearly exhausted its ability to pay the bills.”

MARYLAND DEMS: Digging Brown, per Gazette.Net, “A new poll has Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown 20 points ahead of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler among likely Democratic primary voters in the Maryland governor’s race. Among those likely to vote in June’s primary, 41 percent said they’d vote for Brown, 21 percent for Gansler and 5 percent for Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, with 33 percent still undecided.”

BIZARRE: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “A Middletown man who set his house on fire and fatally shot himself had planned his funeral for close to a month while going through a divorce, investigators said Thursday. Firefighters and sheriff's deputies found John R. Libeau, 61, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head outside his burning home on Pete Wiles Road early Wednesday. He was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical condition, but was taken off life support Wednesday night, said Cpl. David Dewees of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.”

CRAVING CAKE: Or something like that, per City Paper, “Jack Evans celebrated his 60th birthday this week at downtown's buzzy Park at Fourteenth nightclub, but he had the perfect gift in mind for someone else: the entire District of Columbia. The gift Evans would most like to get for D.C., according to the mayoral hopeful, is himself. "Elect me mayor!" Evans said.”

THE VIRGINIA BOYS: Getting to work, per the Virginian-Pilot, “After years of prodding fellow senators to adopt spending and debt reforms - through personal pleas and unofficial efforts like the "Gang of Six"- U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is joining the inner circle. Warner, along with fellow Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, was appointed Wednesday to a House-Senate committee that has less than two months to develop a long-term blueprint for adjusting spending and tax policies.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Tourists are back, neighborhood parks are open, school field trips have returned, and the lines at food trucks are crowded again. But to a numbers of residents, the one who came out a winner in all of this is Mayor Vincent Gray -- who defended the District by declaring all D.C. workers “essential” and paying them out of reserve funds.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who will be asked about the provision in the bill re-opening the federal government that protects the District from being impacted by future budget showdowns.

--Skip Wood