DAYBREAK DAILY: Redskins' Richmond training camp well on track

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and highs in the mid 60s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of the missing woman from Barbados who arrived here and then vanished; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK: Maybe even faster than expected, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Mark Hourigan has supervised large-scale construction projects across Richmond, but this is the first one that’s turned him into a local celebrity. His company, Hourigan Construction, is building the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on Leigh Street, and the clock is ticking.

“The training camp starts July 25. An official announcement is expected Monday. So will the job be finished on time? “It was a very aggressive timeline,” Hourigan said. “And we are absolutely on track for that timeline. We are dead on schedule, and maybe even a little ahead.”

OBX, HATTERAS AND HIGHWAY 12: Part 1 of a two-parter that should intrigue the many Washingtonians who frequent the Outer Banks, per the Virginian-Pilot, “. . . In the 65 years since it was first paved, N.C. 12 has become indispensable to the 4,300 residents of Hatteras Island, whose economy is built on tourism. But the road also hurts the island, blocking the natural transport of sand from front to back and causing it to shrink. Everyone agrees that Highway 12 is in trouble, but after that, the arguments start. Any answer to the problem is likely to cost millions – maybe billions – of dollars, and deciding how to spend it has taken decades already.”

I’M STILL STANDING: Smug alert ahead, per the Washington Post, “In the last year of his four-year term, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell remains firmly popular with Virginia voters, getting high marks from independents, Democrats and Republicans on how he is handling his duties as governor and his personal ethics, according to a new Washington Post poll.

“Overall, 64 percent of all registered voters in the commonwealth say they approve of the job McDonnell (R) is doing, up six percentage points from two Post surveys last year. His approval rating is as high as it has been in periodic Post polls over his tenure. The positive ratings cut across the political spectrum, with the biggest improvement coming among Democratic voters. Fifty-two percent of them say McDonnell is doing a good job, compared with 38 percent last September.”

SITUATION SYRIA: Grim, simply put, per the New York Times, “The Syrian government publicly condemned Israel for a powerful air assault on military targets near Damascus early Sunday, saying it “opened the door to all possibilities,” as fear spread throughout the region that the country’s civil war could expand beyond its borders.

“The attack, which sent brightly lighted columns of smoke and ash high into the night sky above the Syrian capital, struck several critical military facilities in some of the country’s most tightly secured and strategic areas, killing dozens of elite troops stationed near the presidential palace, a high-ranking Syrian military official said in an interview.”

MARATHON BOMBINGS: Of a burial – or not, per the Boston Globe, “Cambridge officials said the city has not received a formal application to bury Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the city-owned cemetery, and urged Tsarnaev’s family not to make such a request. “The difficult and stressful efforts of the residents of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life, would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests and wide spread media presence at such an interment,” City Manager Robert W. Healy said in a statement. “The families of loved ones interred in the Cambridge Cemetery also deserve to have their deceased family members rest in peace.”

“A handful of local cemeteries had already rejected requests to bury Tsarnaev, but his uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, said Sunday that Tsarnaev should be buried in Cambridge.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Howard Kurtz took to his “Reliable Sources” show on CNN on Sunday to apologize for his “inexcusable” erroneous report last week about NBA star Jason Collins and for a string of past mistakes that he admitted he was sometimes slow to correct. During Kurtz’s extraordinary 15-minute long confession of journalistic sins, he repeatedly said he’s learned a lesson and promised to double- and triple-check all his facts in the future to win back the trust of readers and viewers. It was a humbling appearance for someone who was once regarded as the nation’s leading media critic.”

AT THE MOVIES: In your front yard, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Roads were shut down on and around the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge Sunday when Hollywood came calling. A chopper overhead, a film crew below, and it's ... Showtime! ... as filming gets underway in D.C. for a major motion picture. . .The production company is being tightlipped, but rumor has it this is a sequel to the comic book superhero movie Captain America.”

SEC AND D.C.: Not exactly a comfortable relationship, per the Washington Examiner, “The District is poised to spend at least $35,000 to respond to a "confidential, informal inquiry" from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which opened a probe in October into disclosures surrounding sales of the city's municipal bonds. According to billing records obtained by The Washington Examiner under the Freedom of Information Act, the District spent $25,812.50 for nearly 74 hours of legal work tied to the investigation late last year.”

NOT HERE: There, maybe, but not here, per the Washington Times, “A Muslim group’s effort to move its campus from College Park to Maryland’s rural Howard County is being met with opposition from local residents, who say dense construction plans for the site would spoil the quiet character of the area. Although both sides insist that the debate turns solely on setting zoning precedent, it marks the latest in a series of disputes across the country in which locals have resisted the introduction of Islamic centers to their communities.”

BOYCOTT IN MARYLAND: Of internal squabbles, per Gazette.Net, “Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, U.S. Sen. Benjamin A. Cardin and the Montgomery County Young Democrats will honor a boycott of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee’s fundraiser this May, union officials said Friday. Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO announced last week that it was urging a boycott of the party’s Spring Ball on May 11 in reaction to the central committee’s stance last fall on a ballot question that rolled back some collective bargaining rights for county police.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Pittsburgh 6-2.

THE D.C. FOOD TRUCK THING: And a food fight, to boot, per City Paper, “The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington has remained relatively quiet about the most recent round of proposed food truck regulations. The organization didn't submit comments to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs this time around, and it hasn't been nearly as vocal as the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington, which launched an aggressive grassroots campaign.

“But in an email to its constituents (Friday) afternoon, the restaurant association let it all out. The group reiterated its support for the proposed regulations and stated that food truckers have exaggerated claims that the rules would put them out of business. RAMW also called the map that the food truck association assembled to show where they would not be able to vend under the proposed regulations a "fraud."

THE BIG PENCIL: Otherwise known as the Washington Monument, per DCist, “Anybody who's rolled by the Washington Monument this week has surely spotted that the scaffolding climbing up the obelisk ahead of a nearly two-year repair job to fix damage caused by the August 2011 earthquake is nearly topped out. Only the pyramidion at the top of the 555-foot-tall monument remains unsheathed, but that is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.”

TITLE IX: And a good read, per ARLnow, “The new Washington-Lee High School softball field will open for its first game on Monday. The $1 million field, under construction since last summer, is located on the corner of Washington Blvd and N. Quincy Street. It was built after parents of softball players threatened to file a Title IX complaint if the school system did not upgrade the no-frills field they were using at the time to include the same amenities of the boys baseball field.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia has fueled a long-running national debate. Groups supporting legal access to abortion, after major successes in the 2012 national elections, find themselves on the defensive. Anti-abortion activists, in contrast, are using it as a fundraising tool and renewing efforts to expand state restrictions on abortion.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Gun-control groups continue to fume over the Senate's rejection of a measure requiring background checks for gun purchases. We'll talk with Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice.

--Skip Wood

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