DAYBREAK DAILY: Warren Buffett buys another Virginia newspaper

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Overnight crash of a small aircraft in Herndon that left no inuries; Arlington County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Patterson arrested for Julian Dawkins homicide; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

WHO SAYS NEWSPAPERS ARE DYING?: Not Warren Buffett, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is adding another Virginia newspaper to its steadily growing list of print media properties. The Omaha, Neb.-based company said Thursday that its BH Media Group subsidiary will acquire The Roanoke Times from Norfolk-based Landmark Media Enterprises. The sale is effective today.

“The deal gives BH Media Group eight daily newspapers in Virginia, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and newspapers in Charlottesville, Danville, Lynchburg, Bristol, Waynesboro and Culpeper.”

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY AND THE NRA: Of a Pop-Tart, per the Baltimore Sun, “Criticism mounted Thursday over the gift of a National Rifle Association lifetime membership from Anne Arundel County Republicans to a boy who was suspended from school in March when he chewed a pastry into the shape of a pistol.

"It's outrageous that elected officials in our state who don't have anywhere near all the facts of this situation would choose to exploit an 8-year-old child for political purposes in a stunt like this," Anne Arundel County schools spokesman Bob Mosier said Thursday. The night before, House of Delegates Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipkepresented Josh Welch with the $550 membership during a Republican fundraiser that derided Maryland's new gun law. Kipke's tongue-in-cheek presentation involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into a gun and firearm safety tips.”

HOLDER AND LEAKS: More damage control, per the New York Times, “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., under fire over investigative tactics in leak cases, has opened internal discussions over tightening rules on when prosecutors may seek phone logs and other information that could identify reporters’ sources as he began a series of a meetings on Thursday with leaders of news media organizations.”

MESSIER AND MESSIER: Just the facts, per the Washington Post, “Businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson illicitly siphoned nearly $17 million from his taxpayer-funded health plan serving low-income District residents, the plan’s city-appointed receiver asserted in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

“The court action is the latest development in the collapse of D.C. Chartered Health Plan, which served more than 100,000 people receiving Medicaid and other government assistance before ending its business with the city this month. It is estimated that Chartered owes city health providers more than $60 million, and its current assets are likely to cover only a fraction of that.”

POACHING: Alexandria’s loss is another’s gain, per Gazette.Net, “The Montgomery County Planning Board has reached across the river and snatched up Gwen Wright from the City of Alexandria to be its new top official. The move comes more than a year after the controversial Rollin Stanley quit the position of planning director amid backlash for calling his critics “rich white women” in a Bethesda Magazine article. Rose Krasnow has been the acting director in the interim.”

TAKE THE DAY OFF: Without pay, per ABC7—WJLA, “Furlough letters are going out to civilian employees who care for the nation's wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Hospital officials confirm for ABC7/NewsChannel 8 that some employees have already received notice that they'll be furloughed without pay for 11 days - one day a week for the next 11 weeks.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he didn’t just switch parties to earn brownie points among Democrats — he did so because of the changing dynamics of the Republican party. “The Southerners…just had a different view of where the Republican party should be and as a result the North Easteners and some of the other moderate Republicans slowly were taken out of the party, either by elections or by choice,” Chafee explained to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday.”

NO METRO MATING: Or something like that, per City Paper, “Parody Metro dating network Metro HotCars—"Here to Turn Up on the Heat on Your Love Life"—had people laughing last week, but Metro wasn't amused. At the time, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the transit agency was "reviewing its legal options" against the humor site. . .Metro has sent HotCars creator Kyle Conrad a cease-and-desist letter, warning him to stop using Metro's "M" and SmartBenefits logos.”

CUCCINELLI-MCAULIFFE: Together on stage, per the Washington Examiner, “Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Thursday used a public forum on transparency in politics to discredit each others' gubernatorial campaigns as ethically suspect. The two candidates for Virginia governor made separate appearances at the annual event sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project, sharing the stage only briefly for a photo op. It was the first joint appearance by the pair since Cuccinelli was officially named the Republican nominee earlier this month, and both took advantage of the opportunity to take potshots at each other.”

ON SECOND THOUGHT: Never mind, per the Washington Times, “An activist has canceled a planned armed march into the District on July Fourth that drew a confrontational response from the city’s police chief. “Please don’t come to Washington, D.C.,” Adam Kokesh said during an interview on the online “Pete Santilli Show,” saying he could not be certain he would be present for an event in the District and instead urging supporters to march in the 50 state capitals in favor of dissolving the federal government.”

GHOST TUNNEL: No grand re-opening, per ARLnow, “Despite a lack of progress on another planned pedestrian route under I-395, Arlington County says it has no plans to reopen an abandoned pedestrian tunnel that connects Army Navy Drive and the Dolly Madison Towers apartment complex. . . The tunnel connects Army Navy Drive near 25th Street S., south of I-395, to the grounds of the Dolly Madison Towers apartment complex, north of I-395. It was built in the mid-1960s but closed in the mid-1990s due to periodic flooding and frequent vandalism of the lighting fixtures, according to Arlington County spokeswoman Laura G. Smith.”

JACK EVANS: He wants to be mayor of the District, per DCist, “The Democratic primary for next year's mayoral election will grow again June 8, when Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) gets in the race. Evans, 59, will join a field that already includes his colleagues Tommy Wells, who kicked off his campaign May 13, and Muriel Bowser, who was the first to file her candidacy on March 23.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 2-0 against the Orioles.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Our latest nominee for dumbest criminal: A woman was charged with prostitution in Connecticut after calling police to complain about how she was being treated by a pimp. And if that wasn’t enough, here’s the good part: When police arrived, they couldn’t find the alleged pimp, but they found the woman with a man they describe as a ‘customer.’ She told police she thought it would take them longer to show up, so she decided to conduct some business while waiting. BUSTED.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who will be asked about efforts to upgrade the upgrade the national Mall and why some members of Congress urge Dan Snyder to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

--Skip Wood

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