DAYBREAK DAILY: Weekend violence rocks Va. Beach oceanfront
ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast and rainy with highs in the low 60s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – A shooting in Northeast, follow-up coverage of both the ricin-tainted letters and the Boston Marathon bombings investigation; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
VIRGINIA BEACH OCEANFRONT ROCKED BY VIOLENCE: Summons memories of “Greekfest” 25 years ago, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Violence broke out across several blocks near the Oceanfront late Saturday and early Sunday, leaving several people injured and many more concerned after an event drew thousands of young adults. Police reported three shootings, three incidents in which a person was cut and three robberies. All happened over 4 hours between 17th Street and 33rd Street near the Oceanfront.
“. . . Calls for the first incidents – a shooting in the 2000 block of Atlantic Ave., and a simple assault and larceny at 21st Street and Pacific Avenue – both came at 11:23 p.m., police said. The second shooting was reported at 2:58 a.m., in the 300 block of 33rd St. The third shooting, and the last call for violence, came at 3:13 a.m., at 27th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people were at the Oceanfront this weekend. One of the festivities was “College Beach Weekend 2013.” http://bit.ly/152E9gC
BOB BOBB: Mulls a return, per the Washington Post, “Robert C. Bobb, a former D.C. city administrator and school board president, has taken discreet steps to explore a run for mayor, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. Working since late March to engage a campaign manager and other political aides, Bobb has focused on a mayoral candidacy in 2014, according to the people familiar with his moves, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to maintain their political relationships.” http://wapo.st/10Nrxsf
SITUATION SYRIA: And Israel, per the New York Times, “A senior Israeli official said Sunday that Israel was not urging the United States to take military action in Syria, despite intelligence assessments asserting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad recently used chemical weapons in the civil war gripping its country. The official, Yuval Steinitz, the minister of strategic and intelligence affairs and international relations, also said that his government saw no comparison between American policy toward Syria and the Obama administration’s announced intention to stop Iran from gaining nuclear capability.” http://nyti.ms/14FRfjo
GEEZ: You kidding me?, per the Washington Examiner, “A Montgomery County mother is facing nearly a dozen charges after authorities said she offered a Gaithersburg man sex with her daughter to settle a $5,000 debt. Maryland prosecutors say that the woman, whose name The Washington Examiner is not reporting because it could be used to identify the victim of a sex crime, has been charged with 11 counts in connection with the allegations.” http://bit.ly/ZYl0DZ
MARATHON BOMBINGS: More than meets the eye, per the Boston Globe, “Key lawmakers said Sunday the suspected Boston Marathon bombers may not have acted entirely alone and that law-enforcement officials continue to investigate the possibility that they received outside encouragement or training. ``There are still persons of interest in the United States that the FBI would like to have conversations with,’’ said Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaking on ABC’s ``This Week.’’ http://bo.st/18anVOr
MEANWHILE: A false lead, per the Los Angeles Times, “For days since the Boston Marathon bombings, people have been searching for the mysterious “Misha,” the friend with the thin red beard who supposedly tutored bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the ways of more pious Islam. Also hot on his trail was the FBI, which wondered whether “Misha,” described by Tsarnaev family members as an Armenian who converted to Islam, could have known something about Tsarnaev and his brother’s alleged plans to plant homemade bombs at the marathon finish line on April 15.
"It appears the mystery is over — solved by no less a heavyweight news organization than the New York Review of Books. Acting on a tip from someone who knows the Tsarnaevs, writer Christian Caryl traveled to Rhode Island to interview the man: Mikhail Allakhverdov, 39, who is of Armenian-Ukrainian descent. The FBI had beaten him to to it, having reportedly already interviewed the man described in news accounts all over the world. “I wasn’t his teacher. If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this,” Allakhverdov told Caryl, who wrote a blog post for the book review.” http://lat.ms/Y7BhcZ
POLITICO PLAY: “Anthony Foxx, the fast-rising young mayor of Charlotte, N.C., will fill one of the last remaining slots in President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet when the president taps him to replace Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, an administration official confirmed to POLITICO on Sunday. Obama will announce Foxx's nomination on Monday, a day before the mayor's 42nd birthday, the official said.” http://politi.co/18bkrex
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INJURED FAIRFAX COP INTERVIEWED: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A Fairfax County Police officer hit in a horrific head-on crash is speaking out only months after the accident. ABC7's Roz Plater spoke with Officer Long Dinh Jr. at a fundraiser held for him in Arlington, Sunday afternoon.” http://wj.la/186sYCo
COMPETENCY: Or a lack thereof, per the Washington Times, “A 911 dispatcher has no idea where a D.C. police officer is located when he radios that he’s been stabbed and has shot his attacker. An officer is put on standby for 25 minutes while seeking information on a suspect. A car chase turns chaotic when no one monitors the location of the vehicles involved. Those are just a few of the complaints that a D.C. police union representative rattles off when asked to describe the problems officers encounter as a result of what they claim is insufficient training of the city’s 911 operators.” http://bit.ly/14FXvYw
CORRESPONDENTS DINNER: A review, per DCist, “(Saturday) night was the White House Correspondents Dinner, also known as "Nerd prom"/"#nerdprom" or "Washington's Worst Night Of The Year." Still, President Obama, as well as the White House Correspondents Association and emcee Conan O'Brien, had some fun. For instance, Obama's entrance music was DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" (featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain, and Snoop)—the President said, "Rush Limbaugh warned you about this - second term, baby." http://bit.ly/166KLd7
SILVER SPRING TOWNHOUSES: Project finally gets green light, per Greater Greater Washington, “(The) Montgomery County Planning Board has unanimously voted to approve the controversial Chelsea Court townhouse development near downtown Silver Spring. The vote ends a 3-year fight between local builder EYA and a group of neighbors who said the project was too dense and would harm the environment.” http://bit.ly/15ZeTat
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 5-2 against Cincinnati.
OF READINGS: And spice, per City Paper, “Literature and poetry readings can be a bore. Too many are sullied by bad wine, stale crackers, and an abundance of feelings—a nasty combination that could scare off even the most ardent lit lovers. But members of D.C.'s literary community want you to know it doesn't have to be that way. Readings—and the people who sponsor and attend them—can be fun! To prove it, local lit journals Barrelhouse, Big Lucks, and Lines + Stars, along with Flying Guillotine Press and writing nonprofit 826DC, are hosting a celebration of the D.C. literary community called "D.C. Lit: Come Get Some" at U Street Music Hall Monday night.” http://bit.ly/14mKnqU
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who will be asked about the budget autonomy referendum, the impact of the sequester on government programs and employees, six-day mail delivery and more.
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