DAYBREAK DAILY: Va. Beach ponders pursuing NBA team

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ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the low 50s.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: MPD sources confirm Javon Foster, the man accused of killing his girlfriend, Selina Brown, and injuring their daughter in a Metrobus shooting, was found dead in NYC Monday afternoon of an apparent suicide.

DECISION TIME FOR VIRGINIA BEACH: Of a potential NBA team, per the Daily Press, “On Tuesday, the city council will vote whether to move forward on a deal with Philadelphia based sports and entertainment company Comcast-Spectacor to try to lure a franchise to town by building a $300 million, 18,500 seat arena on city-owned land about eight blocks from the ocean. A final vote would come in February or March. . . While no specific team has been mentioned, a likely target for relocation would be the Sacramento Kings, which failed to reach a deal to build a new arena there this spring.”

STRATEGIC PLANNING: Rather, stash the cash, per the Washington Post, “As lawmakers struggle to agree on a plan to avert the series of tax increases looming next year, many investors are taking preemptive action to get out of harm’s way. Americans are moving to sell investment homes, off-load stocks, expand charitable donations and establish tax-sheltering gifts before the end of the year. Financial advisers and accountants say people are trying to avoid the higher taxes that will take effect in 2013 if Washington does not avert the “fiscal cliff.”

MEANWHILE: To pander or not to pander?, per the New York Times, “As their leaders inch toward agreeing to higher tax rates, dozens of House Republicans find themselves caught between the will of a larger American public that favors higher taxes on the rich and the wishes of constituents who re-elected them overwhelmingly to oppose the Obama agenda at every turn.”

NEW KID: Well, in title only, per City Paper, “Anita Bonds, a longtime fixture in the background of District politics, was selected (Monday night) to be an interim at-large councilmember by the D.C. Democratic State Committee. She easily dispatched her opponents, Doug Sloan and John Capozzi, to win 55 of the 71 votes cast. Bonds, head of the DCDSC, is set to be sworn in (today).”

SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM: per the Denver Post, “Gov. John Hickenlooper made it official Monday: Pot is now legal in the state of Colorado, according to the state constitution. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed the proclamation that places Amendment 64 into the constitution. And he announced the creation of a task force to attempt to work out the many legal and logistical details that must accompany the amendment, which makes the use, 1-ounce possession and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for anyone age 21 and older.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Just because Washington trade groups are nonprofits doesn’t mean you can’t get rich running one. These days, lawmakers and others are lured into the gigs with much better pay than even just a decade ago — think seven-figure salary and retirement packages usually reserved for private-sector CEOs, not Washington types.”

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BIG DROP IN D.C. MURDERS: Of course, everything’s relative, per the Washington Examiner, “The District is poised to finish the year with fewer than 100 murders for the first time since 1963, and neighboring Prince George's County likely will post its lowest homicide total in 25 years. The "murder capital" of the United States two decades ago, the District has had 79 murders so far this year, according to police records.”

MEANWHILE: Big drop in executions, per the Washington Times, “For just the second time since 1984, Virginia and Maryland will end the year without executing a single death row inmate — reflecting a national trend of states using capital punishment less often over the past decade.”

PICK A COLOR: And then stick to it, per DCist, “There's about as many colors for D.C. taxicabs as there are actual taxicabs; unlike many other cities, D.C. has never imposed a uniform color or design for the cabs that roam the city's streets. Until now. Today Mayor Vince Gray unveiled four proposed color schemes for the city's 6,500 taxicabs. Under a provisions of a taxicab modernization bill passed by the D.C. Council earlier this year, at some point in the future all of the city's cabs will have to sport a uniform color or design.”

FREE COLLEGE: As in, well, free, per WAMU, “Georgetown University courses will soon be available to prospective students without their ever having to leave home. The school will join a select group of universities in edX, offering MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. A MOOC is a web-based class offered to the general public for no credit and no charge.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Per the Post, “Among the many injuries that can befall the knee of an elite athlete, a “mild” or Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament such as the one suffered by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is among the most treatable and least disabling. But at least medically speaking, that does not mean Griffin’s ability to start next Sunday at Cleveland should be considered a given. “Based on my experience, I wouldn’t be surprised if [the Redskins] protect him and don’t rush him back,” said Neal ElAttrache, an orthopedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.”

CONGESTION AHEAD: But for the greater good, per ARLnow, “Construction will close the righthand lane of eastbound Columbia Pike in the area of the Washington Boulevard bridge through 2014. VDOT will close the lane as soon as tomorrow as part of the ongoing Washington Boulevard bridge and interchange project.”

A PLEA: Guilty, per the News & Messenger, “A Suitland., Md., man has pleaded guilty to his role in the shooting death of a Virginia handyman in 2010. Forty-six-year-old Tasheik Ashanti Champean pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Alexandria to conspiring with two others to try and rob a Centreville man at his home because they expected him to be carrying large sums of cash.”

--Skip Wood

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