DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia Living Museum exhibit sparks controversy

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with slight chance of rain and highs in the mid 80s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of the aftermath of Monday’s rain storms, including a possible tornado in Woodbine; Details emerge about self-proclaimed leaker Edward Snowden; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

HOW’D HE DO THAT?: Of a search for answers, per the Washington Post, “Counterintelligence investigators are scrutinizing how a 29-year-old contractor who said he leaked top-secret National Security Agency documents was able to gain access to what should be highly compartmentalized information, according to current and former administration and intelligence officials.

“Edward J. Snowden worked as a systems administrator at an NSA Threat Operations Center in Hawaii, one of several such facilities that are tasked with detecting threats to government computer systems. He has previously worked for the CIA, U.S. officials said.”

MEANWHILE: He was a local, per the Baltimore Sun, “Edward Joseph Snowden, the government contractor who revealed the National Security Agency's massive telephone- and Internet-surveillance program, has left few public clues about his life growing up in Crofton and Ellicott City. Snowden, 29, attended Anne Arundel County public schools until leaving Arundel High midway through the 1998-1999 academic year, a district spokesman said Monday. He went on to take courses at the county's community college for the next half-dozen years but never received a degree, according to officials there.

“Neighbors in the Ellicott City subdivision where Snowden previously lived with his mother, Elizabeth Barrett Snowden, described him as a quiet young man who spent a lot of time on his computer. Elizabeth Snowden, also known as "Wendy," is chief deputy clerk for administration and information technology for U.S. District Court in Baltimore, a court official confirmed.”

AND THIS: Where’d he go?, per the New York Times, “As Justice Department officials began the process Monday to charge Edward J. Snowden, a 29-year-old former C.I.A. computer technician, with disclosing classified information, he checked out of a hotel in Hong Kong where he had been holed up for several weeks, according to two American officials. It was not clear where he went.

“Whether Mr. Snowden remained in Hong Kong or fled to another country — like Iceland, where he has said he may seek asylum — the charges would strengthen the Justice Department’s hand if it tries to extradite him to the United States. One government typically must charge a suspect before another government will turn him over.”

‘BODIES REVEALED’: And then some, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The museum wasn't especially chilled, given that it was displaying human remains. The light was not bright-white, as you'd find in a lab. Nor was it low, as at a funeral home. Instead, the environment looked and felt kind of normal, like an educational science exhibit with themed display cases and explanatory labels. Which is what it is.

“On a recent weekday afternoon at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, a dozen visitors of all ages scanned the new show, "Bodies Revealed," which includes the muscles, skeletons, organs and partially dissected full figures of Chinese people whom organizers assert donated their bodies to science. It's a show that has stirred controversy since it started touring the United States around 2006.”

THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: Perhaps you’ve heard, per the Miami Herald, “After a methodical first day of jury selection in the Trayvon Martin murder trial Monday, one thing became clear: Even people who profess to pay little attention to the news have heard about the killing of the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager. . . Monday’s brief questioning of four potential jurors underscored the difficulty lawyers will have in finding citizens who are not swayed by the unprecedented publicity that has swirled around the case since George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon during a struggle in February 2012.”

POLITICO PLAY: “The Obama administration indicated Monday that it would end its legal battle to block the “morning-after” pill from being available over the counter to women of all ages. Just weeks after vowing to fight District Judge Edward Korman’s April ruling to eliminate previous age restrictions, the Justice Department told a court of plans to drop its appeal if the court approves its plan for compliance.”

AREA TAKES A PUNCH: Stormy weather. . ., per ABC7—WJLA, “A Monday evening rainstorm left parts of the D.C. area flooded while residents in Woodbine, Md. picked up after a tornado reportedly touched down. A Monday evening rainstorm left parts of the D.C. area flooded while residents in Woodbine, Md. picked up after a tornado reportedly touched down.”

NO EXCEPTIONS: Well, with two exceptions, per Gazette.Net, “Students’ standardized test scores will not be used to measure teacher effectiveness in Montgomery and Frederick counties for at least one more school year, although they will be used in the rest of the state. Montgomery and Frederick counties’ public school systems — along with seven other local systems in Maryland — had been told to send the state a plan by Friday that outlined how, starting next school year, 20 percent of teachers’ evaluations would be based on students’ scores on state tests.

“But now the state has decided to continue negotiating with Montgomery and Frederick counties for the next year regarding that requirement, and may decide that the systems do not need to comply with the same rules as the others, according to Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education.”

GOOD LUCK WITH THOSE STUDENT LOANS: Just the facts, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The cost of attending Virginia’s public universities has been driven up 150 percent in the past two decades largely as the result of spending not directly related to instruction and declining state funding, according to a study mandated by the General Assembly. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report Monday found that most spending by four-year institutions is on auxiliary enterprises, such as intercollegiate athletics, student housing and dining.”

GUILTY: So says Michael Brown, per the Washington Examiner, “Former D.C. Councilman Michael Brown, once among the most influential figures in District politics and a man many believed possessed the raw political talent to ascend to the mayoralty, pleaded guilty on Monday to accepting $55,000 in bribes during an FBI sting operation. . .The terms of Brown's plea agreement and federal sentencing guidelines call for the former legislator to receive a prison sentence of up to 37 months.”

MEANWHILE: The skinny, per City Paper, “Michael Brown wanted "a piece of the piece," and he wanted it badly. Text messages and transcripts introduced in federal court today reveal the former at-large councilmember repeatedly asking to receive portions of what became a $55,000 bribe, in exchange for helping Maryland businessmen obtain fraudulent Certified Business Enterprise status. "It's not cheap to get people on top of the pile," he warned the businessmen in a December phone conversation. Of course, those businessmen were actually two undercover FBI agents, and Brown was on tape.”

D.C. BIAS ALLEGED: Accusations on both sides, per the Washington Times, “The D.C. board that adjudicates public employee disputes has been accused of discriminating against whites and conservatives, but city officials also have questioned whether claims of prejudice are rooted in a labor union bias on the part of the board’s members, according to the board’s former executive director . Documents obtained by The Washington Times also show that the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) offered Ondray T. Harris $30,000 to refrain from airing such views in his resignation letter, first obtained by The Times, which has sparked conservative outrage.”

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are veteran attorney and Democratic activist A. Scott Bolden and community activist Bryan Weaver, who will be asked about the Michael Brown case, after which Bolden will preview the start of the George Zimmerman trial.

--Skip Wood