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DAYBREAK DAILY: Richmond 'begins' work on Redskins training facility

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‘NEWSTALK’: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who will be asked his controversial new book, “The Last Line of Defense.”

ABC7 TRAFFIC: ‘Good Morning Washington’ has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the low 50s and possible rain (or light snow) in the evening. http://wj.la/72e8x6

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories being covered: Updates on the return of the ill-fated Carnival cruise ship, breaking news on a meteorite in Russia, a special report on the Metropolitan Police Department's handling of sexual assault cases, a special “Scandal” package that includes three of the oddest real-life D.C. scandals, Arch Campbell’s movie-review rundown, a puppy cam http://bit.ly/MYCSJI that aligns with a piece on the new Puppy Enrichment Center in Brookeville, Md., and much more -- beginning at 4:30 a.m.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The Carnival Cruise ship disabled for days at sea has finally docked at the port at Mobile, Ala., but passengers still had hours to wait before they could walk on solid ground. Buses were standing by to take them to their next stop. An Arlington woman talked with ABC7 by phone from the ship. Does this story - and others like it - change how you feel about taking a cruise? http://wj.la/YfHjpa

RICHMOND’S REDSKINS: Work on the training-camp complex finally is underway, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “With the thrum of diesel engines and other construction noise providing a dose of irony, city and state officials, team representatives and hundreds of other guests celebrated a belated “groundbreaking” (Thursday) for the new Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center now under construction off West Leigh Street. The ceremony, which featured Gov. Bob McDonnell, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Bon Secours Virginia Health System CEO Peter J. Bernard and Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, among other officials, got under way under a large tent at the 17-acre piece of state property that will be the home to the team’s summer training camp for at least eight years starting in July.” http://bit.ly/VjFg4T

MONEY TALKS: And, in this case, legislates, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Fifteen of the General Assembly's 140 members are in the millionaires club, according to an analysis of legislators' investment portfolios. . . The accounting of legislators' wealth by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in state politics, is based on 2012 financial disclosure statements that lawmakers are required to file.” http://bit.ly/WsKfzw

LOST YOUR LIBRARY CARD?: It may be a moot point, per the Washington Post, “In Prince George’s County, where improving education is a major aim of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, the libraries occupy a special niche. . . But with the county facing a $152 million budget shortfall, this year could be different. Although Baker, so far, has offered few details, he has made it clear: The libraries, along with other beloved community institutions he has tried to protect, could be hit with big budget cuts.” http://wapo.st/YuFROK

DORNER: He’s a wrap, per the Los Angeles Times, “San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials have positively identified the charred remains found in a mountain cabin Tuesday as being the body of Christopher Dorner. Officials said they made the identification using dental records during the autopsy. The announcement brings a formal end to the epic manhunt for Dorner, who was accused of killing four people, including two law enforcement officers. He was killed at the end of a hours-long standoff in a cabin near Big Bear on Tuesday afternoon.” http://lat.ms/ZdX3hm

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART: Let’s make a deal, per the New York Times, “For the corporate takeover business, the last half-decade was a fallow period. Wall Street deal makers and chief executives, brought low by the global financial crisis, lacked the confidence to strike the audacious multibillion-dollar acquisitions that had defined previous market booms. Cycles, however, turn, and in the opening weeks of 2013, merger activity has suddenly roared back to life.” http://nyti.ms/Ul9aqg

POLITICO PLAY: “Republicans have gained another 12 days in which to beat up on Chuck Hagel. And even though they may not ultimately stop him from taking over the Pentagon, they relished the opportunity to keep trying. “The fight goes on,” said conservative editor Bill Kristol, who marshaled opposition research, media buys and op-eds against Hagel. Kristol vowed that he would “continue to work to convince a majority of senators of the undeniable truth that we can do much, much better than Mr. Hagel.” http://politi.co/12Q5q3E

HAVOC-WREAKING WORM: This has nothing to do with computers, per the Washington Examiner, “Fairfax County officials are expecting this year's inchworm epidemic to be so widespread that they're launching an aerial attack against them. For the first time in a decade, the county plans to bring in a helicopter to drop pesticides on the worms, which experts fear are killing maple, hickory and oak trees and foliage.” http://bit.ly/VjPxAq

SUPER ECONOMIC BENEFITS: Ah, on second thought, no, per the Washington Times, “Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is set for a huge payday after leading his team to a Super Bowl victory, but the same cannot be said for his team’s adoring hometown fans. Now that the Lombardi Trophy has been paraded through the streets of Baltimore and the confetti has long been swept up, it turns out that the win probably won’t provide the city with much more than a temporary morale boost.” http://bit.ly/15h67CE

CHEECH AND CHONG: Or something like that, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Medical marijuana experts and activists are coming to D.C. for a national conference next week - just as the district's first medical marijuana dispensaries gear up for business. The city has licensed six facilities to grow the drug and four shops to sell medicinal marijuana.” http://wj.la/WM1jCd

NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS: This one’s a head-scratcher, per the Roanoke Times, “Virginians no longer would have access to concealed handgun permit records under legislation heading to Gov. Bob McDonnell's desk. The Virginia Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would bar public access to the records, which are maintained by the circuit courts that issue concealed handgun permits.” http://bit.ly/VYmRYv

GOOD READ: And here’s the intro, per City Paper, “When it comes to oversight hearings on city contracting, the D.C. Council sure knows how to waste time. Every few months, the council gets roped into and riled up over some relatively low-dollar contract dispute, like the horror of having a Baltimore-based company cutting the city's grass, and spends several hours grandstanding, wandering off topic, and ultimately not resolving anything. It would be funny, except that these sideshows distract from Council's long track record of missing massive fraud and ignoring systemic problems.” http://bit.ly/Zeatd8

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps beat Tampa Bay 4-3.

PLEASE STEP FORWARD: OK, please step back, per DCist, “The Metropolitan Police Department will alter the way it conducts criminal identification lineups and local courts will change how they handle criminal informants as measures to decrease the number of wrongful convictions. In a report issued by an ad hoc committee impaneled by D.C. Superior Court Judge Lee Satterfield, D.C. police were suggested to have officers not affiliated with a particular investigation conduct photo lineups to avoid potentially influencing witnesses.” http://bit.ly/XBznwE

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE SLICK: And now?, per ARLnow, “Four people were arrested Wednesday night after they allegedly tried to steal items from cars in an apartment parking garage. Three males, including a 17-year-old juvenile, entered an apartment building in the Columbia Heights West neighborhood by following a resident through the front door, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.” http://bit.ly/Yu1miC

--Skip Wood

 


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