DAYBREAK DAILY: Star Scientific again in Virginia controversy
ABC7 TRAFFIC: ‘Good Morning Washington’ has updates every 10 minutes. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with highs in the low 70s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of the bizarre situation involving a missing Fairfax County 5-year-old; North Korea and its continuing bluster; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Justin Bieber wrote an entry into a guestbook at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, saying he hoped the Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp "would have been a Belieber" - or fan of his - if history were different. The message triggered a flood of comments on the museum's Facebook page Sunday. LIKE this post if you think he was insensitive. COMMENT if you think it was an innocent remark. http://wj.la/11eDzqR
VIRGINIA AND STAR SCIENTIFIC: Of a complex bond, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “For a small company, Star Scientific Inc. is no stranger to big controversies. The Henrico County-based company, now the subject of a federal securities investigation, two shareholder lawsuits, and a political fracas over a gift from its top executive to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s family, has a history of being involved in the public health wars over tobacco and courtroom dogfights with big-money implications.
“For most of its history as a maker of cigarettes, then smokeless tobacco, Star Scientific has presented itself as an innovator, seeking to bring change to an industry that for decades resisted it. Now, having recently exited the tobacco business to focus instead on its relatively new venture into dietary supplements, Star Scientific has again become a magnet for controversy and is headed back to court, this time facing investors who argue the company misled them.” http://bit.ly/ZqaoOK
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Rubio bangs his drum, per the New York Times, “The impending introduction of legislation to overhaul the country’s badly strained immigration system received an extraordinary endorsement on Sunday from Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who, after holding back for weeks, appeared on no fewer than seven television talk shows to explain and defend a plan that he said would be “a net positive for the country, now and in the future.
“It was a striking show of confidence from Mr. Rubio, one of eight members of a bipartisan Senate group that has been crafting a plan to provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants; only weeks ago he had been a voice for caution, a counterweight to the optimism being expressed by others in the group.” http://nyti.ms/ZUwBUe
GUN CONTROL: Dissension in the ranks per the Washington Post, “A split developed in the usually united gun-rights lobby Sunday as a well-regarded Second Amendment organization enthusiastically endorsed compromise legislation proposed by Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey that would expand background check requirements for gun sales, a position opposed by the powerful National Rifle Association. “We decided to back it because we believe it is the right thing to do,” said Julianne Versnel, director of operations for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which counts 650,000 members and supporters among its ranks.” http://wapo.st/11dqZYO
SOCIAL MEDIA: Kids-geared announcement today, per the Baltimore Sun, “On Monday, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is expected announce a partnership with Facebook on a national campaign to educate teens and parents about safety and privacy when using social media. Gansler, president of the National Association of Attorneys General, will discuss the initiative as he kicks off the NAAG Presidential Initiative Summit, "Privacy in the Digital Age." The summit is being held at National Harbor, in southern Prince George's County.” http://bsun.md/11dFbB
NORTH KOREA: U.S. tries new tack, per the Wall Street Journal, “Secretary of State John Kerry said he would be willing to open a direct U.S. diplomatic channel to North Korea's leadership in a bid to reduce tensions in Northeast Asia, if Pyongyang signaled it would move to begin dismantling its nuclear-weapons arsenal. The U.S. proposal marked a considerable softening by the Obama administration of its rhetoric toward North Korea after a massive display of U.S. military force on the Korean peninsula—including the deployment of B-2 bombers, F-22 stealth fighters and advanced missile-defense systems.” http://on.wsj.com/117Nnlr
POLITICO PLAY: “Mitch McConnell still hasn’t gotten over December’s traumatic fiscal cliff showdown. The Senate minority leader has signaled privately that he has no interest in sitting in the same room as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to discuss a possible “grand bargain” on budget and tax issues, Senate insiders tell POLITICO.” http://politi.co/ZjpfgS
FILL ‘ER UP: While the filling’s good, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Drivers across the area have reason to rejoice. With gas prices continuing to drop, it's making for a much lighter load on people's wallets. . . According to AAA, there"s a downward trend around the country. In some states, gas has plummeted more than 40 cents per gallon.” http://wj.la/ZqZBUv
CHARTER NON-STARTER: Good luck, per the Washington Examiner, “Just over 3 percent of applicants got into Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School this year, making the D.C. elementary and middle school more selective than Harvard University.” http://bit.ly/11fwZAm
OF COURSE THEY DID: Next thing you know. . ., per the Washington Times, “Supporters of Maryland’s recently passed gun control law champion its stricter requirements and broader bans on assault weapons, but at a weekend gun and knife show in Annapolis, gun rights advocates said they are worried the new legislation is going to make gun possession more difficult for them than for criminals.” http://bit.ly/YHNl6c
MEANWHILE: Genuine fear, per Gazette.Net, “Eight teen killings in Prince George’s in eight months have county officials and nonprofit leaders divided on the best way to end the “culture of youth violence.” Some officials favor a county-led effort, while some nonprofits consider their “inside track” on the pulse of area youth as essential while other officials say a hybrid program would be the most effective measure.” http://bit.ly/15f2iQn
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nats lose 9-0 against Atlanta.
THE MASTERS: A first, per the Australian Golf Digest, “Adam Scott ended 77 years of often agonising history today to win our first green jacket after an extraordinary final round and gripping two-hole playoff. Scott, 32, made a birdie three on the par-four 10th, the second play-off hole, good enough to edge out gallant Argentine Angel Cabrera after a five-hour war.” http://bit.ly/Zv42g1
KOBE BRYANT: Early end to his season, per the Los Angeles Times, “The doctor who performed surgery on Kobe Bryant’s ruptured Achilles’ tendon said he expects the Lakers star to be back playing at some point next season. Speaking exclusively to The Times, Dr. Neal ElAttrache said Sunday that Bryant’s competitive drive and mental toughness will give him an edge in recovering from an injury that figures to sideline him at least six to nine months.” http://lat.ms/117zhjT
D.C. POLITICS: A question, per City Paper, “What if former Councilmember Michael Brown, who abruptly quit the at-large D.C. Council race earlier this month, were to still win the most votes in the April 23 special election? Would Brown be declared the victor, or would the second-highest vote getter win the seat? Turns out, the Board of Elections doesn't actually know and its general counsel is at the moment "carefully reviewing" the city's laws and regulations. . .” http://bit.ly/10Zuek2
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Jay Fisette, a member of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors, who will be asked about the Columbia Pike streetcar project.
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