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OLD DOMINION PAY BOOST: Stay tuned, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “State employees would get an extra salary boost on top of their first raise in six years under amendments proposed to Virginia’s budget by the General Assembly money committees. The House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees took different approaches to state employee compensation, but both proposed on Sunday to build on the 2 percent raise scheduled to take effect July 1.”

SUPE STUFF: From a semi-local perspective, per the Baltimore Sun, “Ray Lewis' last ride has ended with a Ravens coronation, and the vision he has been telling his teammates about for more than a decade is now fulfilled. Twelve years since they won their first Super Bowl with Lewis and the defense leading the way, the Ravens reigned again, finishing off a surprising playoff run with a thrilling 34-31 victory Sunday night over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.”

CYBER STUFF: This one gets complicated, per the New York Times, “A secret legal review on the use of America’s growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike if the United States detects credible evidence of a major digital attack looming from abroad, according to officials involved in the review.”

WIRED: For the masses, per the Washington Post, “The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month. The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion wireless industry, which has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea, analysts say.”

TOUR-BUS CRASH: Just the facts, per the Los Angeles Times, “At least eight people were killed Sunday night and more than 30 injured when a tour bus crashed on a narrow mountain road near Yucaipa, authorities said. The collision, which involved the bus, a truck and a sedan, occurred about 6:30 p.m. on California 38 on a route leading from the Big Bear area, authorities said.”

POLITICO PLAY: “President Barack Obama and his top advisers have declared that they’re done playing “the inside game” in Washington, but one crucial Democratic constituency - his former colleagues in Congress - say the president shouldn’t deep-six a strategy that he only half-heartedly tried in his first term. As Obama prepares an aggressive public lobbying campaign for his ambitious second-term agenda, Democrats on Capitol Hill are bluntly warning him that he has to do more to engage them if he expects his congressional allies to take a series of politically tough votes.”

HURRY UP: Period, per the Washington Examiner, “Builders in Fairfax are taking too long to finish their projects, said county officials who are looking to speed things up. The source of the problem is a provision in the county's building code that allows builders to get an unlimited number of extensions on their projects as long as they show officials they're making progress.”

MIND GAMES: They can be deceiving, per the Boston Globe, “Massachusetts has a national reputation as a bastion of gun control, but crimes and injuries related to firearms have risen — sometimes dramatically — since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998. Murders committed with firearms have increased significantly, aggravated assaults and robberies involving guns have risen, and gunshot injuries are up, according to FBI and state data.”

AGAINST THE GRAIN: And proud of it, per the Washington Times, “Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been on the losing side of every vote the Senate has taken in his young career — the only senator who can claim that distinction, boosting his anti-establishment credentials and earning him rave reviews from grass-roots conservatives. The 41-year-old tea party favorite entered the Senate chamber last week at the bottom with his first two votes and walked away with nine more losses under his belt.”

FRUMIN STYLE: Whoop, whoop, per City Paper, “The first set of campaign finance reports is in for the eight candidates still running in April's special election for an at-large Council seat. The most noteworthy filing is the $71,000 raised by little-known Matthew Frumin, an attorney and Ward 3 ANC commissioner. Frumin, who also lent his campaign $10,000 of his own money, has raised more than double of any of the seven other candidates running.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 6-3 against Penguins.

QUESTIONS: About a departure, per the Frederick News Post, “The local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to meet with the Frederick Community College board of trustees to discuss the abrupt departure of former President Frederico "FJ" Talley. . . Talley, who worked at the college for a little more than six months, left after a closed meeting with the board Jan. 3. He was the college's first African-American president.”

WOMEN AS SEALS: This is a long read but a good one, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Special operations chief Adm. Bill McRaven told a Washington audience this week that he supports allowing women into elite military units, including the SEALs. The comments, made days after defense officials ended the ban on women serving in ground combat, ignited fresh debate among the ranks over whether women could - or should - serve alongside America's elite warriors.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, who will be asked about the resignation of CFO Natwar Gandhi.

--Skip Wood

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