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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Slope collapse in Fort Washington; Charles Severance set for arraignment here ; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
ALEXIS MURPHY: Evidence revealed, per the (Lynchburg) News & Advance, “Wearing black gloves, Amber Carr carefully cut open the brown bag labeled Commonwealth’s Exhibit No. 18 and took out a disheveled navy blue T-shirt in Nelson County Circuit Court on Monday. Carr, a forensic examiner of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, held up the shirt, encrusted with circle-shaped bloodstains, for the jury seated just a few feet away.
“According to her testimony in the third day of the trial of Randy Allen Taylor, accused of abducting and killing 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, the teenager was “a major contributor” to the blood on the shirt. Carr testified that the shirt, which Taylor could be seen wearing on surveillance video from the Liberty gas station in Lovingston on Aug. 3 — the last place Murphy was seen — had a mixture of male and female DNA.
“DNA test results show Murphy “to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty” was the main contributor to the bloodstains and Taylor “could not be excluded” as a minor contributor.” http://bit.ly/1lU1KGq
MARYLAND? YUCK: Get me outta here, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland, it's not the land of pleasant living any more. At least not according to nearly half the state's population.
"About 47 percent of Marylanders would like to move out of state, according to a recent Gallup poll. The Free State came just behind Illinois and Connecticutt as a state that had the largest population of residents looking to flee. In contrast, less than a quarter of the residents of Montana, Hawaii (well, duh) and Maine wanted to leave their state.” http://bsun.md/1mxyTdA
MCAULIFFE HITS ON FEMALE STARS: Or something like that, per the Virginian-Pilot, “When Terry Met Meg, Take 1: Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he spoke by phone with actress Meg Ryan for an hour Monday morning to persuade her to shoot an upcoming movie in Virginia. McAuliffe said the state is competing with Ohio and that Ryan will visit Virginia next month. Published reports have said that Ryan, who has starred in such films as "When Harry Met Sally...," will direct and star in a movie based on a William Saroyan novel, "The Human Comedy."
“Tom Hanks reportedly will serve as executive producer, which could boost the state's odds. Hanks was in Hampton Roads in 2012 to shoot "Captain Phillips." McAuliffe said he also spoke to actress Bo Derek - famed for her swimsuit role in "10" - at the Kentucky Derby over the weekend to encourage her to shoot her next film in Virginia.” http://bit.ly/1fLGbHz
MEANWHILE: In other business, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia Senate Democrats on Monday called on House Republicans to produce the alternative health care proposal they promised months ago to close the coverage gap.
“In a January Op-Ed, you argued that it would be a mistake to expand Medicaid — but you also said that ‘Virginia should look at alternative ways to help those in the Obamacare coverage gap,’?” writes Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, the Democratic Caucus chairman, in a letter to House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford. “It is now May. Four months have passed, and I feel compelled to ask: What are the alternatives you’ve offered?” http://bit.ly/Q954Rw
CHARLES SEVERANCE: In the house, per the Washington Post, “A person of interest in three Alexandria homicides has arrived at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in Leesburg, spokeswoman Liz Mills of the Loudoun sheriff’s office said Monday evening. Earlier Monday, Charles Severance left the West Virginia jail where he has been housed for the past two months and was transported into Virginia.
“Police in Alexandria want to question Severance, 53, about the February slaying of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, the 2003 killing of real estate agent Nancy Dunning and the November slaying of regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby. He was arrested in Wheeling, W.Va., on March 13 on a fugitive-from-justice charge stemming from a gun posession charge out of Loudoun County.” http://wapo.st/1fLH57c
WHAT THE. . .?: And that pretty much says it all, per the Los Angeles Times, “The Rialto Unified School District has decided not to ask its eighth-grade students to argue whether the Holocaust happened after the assignment came under fire. The decision to revise the assignment came Monday after it drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which called it "grotesque" in a statement issued that same day.
"Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based center, said the district's "assignment mistakenly provides moral equivalency between history and bigotry." School administrators planned to "assure that any references to the Holocaust ‘not occurring' would be stricken from any research assignment," KTLA-TV reported, citing a district statement.” http://lat.ms/1fLHHtr
OBAMACARE: Well now, per the New York Times, “The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country’s first experiment with universal coverage — and the model for crucial parts of President Obama’s health care law — has saved lives, health economists say.
“The study tallied deaths in Massachusetts from 2001 to 2010 and found that the mortality rate — the number of deaths per 100,000 people — fell by about 3 percent in the four years after the law went into effect. The decline was steepest in counties with the highest proportions of poor and previously uninsured people. In contrast, the mortality rate in a control group of counties similar to Massachusetts in other states was largely unchanged.” http://nyti.ms/1kFz13U
POLITICO PLAY: “It’s not looking good for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate this week. In an interview, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) compared Republican maneuvers on Keystone and an energy efficiency bill written by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to a “shell game,” accused the GOP of “screwing around” and dismissed GOP demands for votes on several energy amendments.” http://politi.co/1mxPGsC
BENGHAZI: Into the rabbit hole, per The Hill, “The appointment of a House select committee on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is quickly shaping up to be an election-year spectacle that carries risks for both Republicans and Democrats heading into November. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday named a fiery, second-term conservative, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), to lead the new panel, while Democrats said they would vote against its creation and might boycott its proceedings entirely.
"Rank-and-file Republicans cheered Boehner’s appointment of Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor known for his aggressive questioning of hearing witnesses and fiery speeches on the House floor. But the sudden shift to Benghazi threatens to take Republicans off what they said would be a laser-like focus on the economy and jobs, an issue central to the 2014 midterm election.” http://bit.ly/1sf1io5
MULTI-TALENTED: He’ll even mow your lawn, per City Paper, “Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles already has a bully pulpit, a Pulitzer Prize, a Herblock Award, and two bands. What’s left for him to do? Write a live musical comedy, apparently. Toles is currently working with Katie Goodman and Soren Kisiel to write and stage Catapult Love, a production that will be backed by funds raised on Indiegogo, a campaign that's halfway to its goal of $9,000 at this writing.” http://bit.ly/1htY4WR
SLIPPERY SLOPE: And then some, per Gazette.Net, “Fort Washington residents from 28 homes in the Piscataway Hills community were evacuated Monday after slope failure on Piscataway Drive left the residences deemed “unfit” and “unsafe.” The weekend slope failure caused a road to buckle, a water main to break and sewage failure, said Scott Peterson, a spokesman for County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D).” http://bit.ly/1ijL0Tr
ELECTION RESULTS: And stiff competition – or not, per the Frederick News-Post, “Mount Airy residents headed to the polls Monday to pick their town leaders, choosing two council members and appointing Mayor Patrick Rockinberg to a second term in office. Rockinberg ran unopposed, while three candidates faced off for the council seats currently held by Scott Strong and David Blais. Ken Phebus finished in first place with 272 votes, while Strong won re-election with 269 votes. John Stuehmeier, a police officer, came in last place with 196 votes.” http://bit.ly/1utMxQi
MARK WARNER RIFFS: Of a verbal buffet, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “U.S. Sen. Mark Warner did not mask his support for the Affordable Care Act during Loudoun Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Sunday, but the popular former governor admitted there's “some bad” in the act commonly referred to as Obamacare. “There's some good and there's some bad, but one of the things that's pretty remarkable, with all its challenges, right now there are 8 million more Americans who have health care who didn't have it,” Warner, a Democrat, told a crowd of roughly 100 Democrats at the National Conference Center just east of Leesburg.
“Virginia's senior senator also weighed in on the partisan Medicaid fight currently playing out in Richmond. Warner said it “kind of makes [him] mad” that his federal tax dollars are being sent to other states around the country that have opted into Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Repeating an oft-used talking point for Virginia Democrats, Warner said the commonwealth is losing $5 million every day it doesn't expand Medicaid.” http://bit.ly/1rY5XIQ
STREETCAR EXTENSION: One tough sell, per the Washington Business Journal, “Twice rejected, the D.C. Department of Transportation is trying a third time to win roughly $20 million in federal aid to partially finance the Anacostia streetcar extension.
“DDOT recently submitted applications for a fiscal year 2014 discretionary grant via the National Infrastructure Investments — Consolidated Appropriations Act (formerly known as a TIGER grant). The funding would cover roughly a third of the cost of taking the streetcar from Howard Road/Firth Sterling Avenue to the foot of the 11th Street Bridge.” http://bit.ly/RnuZWw
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards beat Indiana 102-96; Nationals beat L.A. Dodgers 4-0.
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NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) talks about the Benghazi probe, the crisis in Ukraine, the economy, climate change and more. Then, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) endorses Del. Aisha Braveboy in her bid to become Attorney General. We'll talk with both women.”