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DAYBREAK DAILY: Details emerge about Va. Beach oceanfront violence

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ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs near 70. http://wj.la/72e8x6

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – D.C. council member David Grosso is preparing to introduce a resolution calling on the Redskins to change their name; Silver Spring transit center stirs more controversy; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT VA. BEACH OCEANFRONT MAYHEM: But questions remain, per the Virginian-Pilot, “A clearer picture emerged Tuesday of who was responsible for the chaos that enveloped the resort strip over the weekend, resulting in three shootings, three stabbings and widespread unruly behavior. But what was not clear was who was behind the promotions that drew crowds estimated as high as 40,000 to the Oceanfront. Most of the 148 people arrested were between ages 18 and 25, according to police data, and just more than half were from Hampton Roads. About 1 in 5 charged were from another part of Virginia; the rest were from out of state.

“They were here on a College Beach Weekend marketed heavily on social media to students of colleges around Virginia, including historically black schools. Roughly 75 percent of those arrested were black.” http://bit.ly/14Sgcbt

MCDONNELL ON THE DEFENSIVE: He insists his hands are clean, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose relationship with campaign donor Jonnie Williams and his company Star Scientific is under scrutiny, said Tuesday that neither received special treatment from his administration. “I think it’s important that the people of Virginia know that nothing has been done with regard to my relationship with Mr. Williams or his company Star Scientific to give any kind of special benefits to him or his company — or frankly any other person or any other company during the time that I’ve been governor.”

“. . . (Ken) Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, and Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, have both called for changes to the current gift-disclosure policy, among them the requirement that gifts to family members be disclosed. On Tuesday, McAuliffe proposed empowering an eight-member ethics commission to investigate complaints or discrepancies in disclosure reports.” http://bit.ly/15YXdfl

MEANWHILE: Questions, questions and more questions, per the Washington Post editorial board, “. . . The troubling questions about the McDonnell-Cuccinelli-Williams affair are mounting. Did the governor and his wife accept unreported gifts from Mr. Williams in return for political favors? Did Mr. Schneider’s role as whistle-blower factor in any way into Mr. Cuccinelli’s pursuit of criminal charges against him? How could Mr. Cuccinelli not have remembered that Mr. Williams paid for his family’s summer vacation last year? Virginians deserve answers.” http://wapo.st/Zzd1BM

O’MALLEY TALKS ABOUT THE JAIL SITUATION: He counters his critics, per the Baltimore Sun, “As critics of Martin O'Malley sensed a new political vulnerability, the governor insisted Tuesday that last week's indictment of inmates and correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center was "a positive achievement" in Maryland's fight against violent gangs. A day after returning from a weeklong trade mission to Israel, O'Malley said that the state instigated and acted as a full partner in the federal investigation that found widespread corruption and smuggling at the city jail. He credited Public Safety Secretary Gary D. Maynard, who has come under fire, with setting up the joint prison task force that drove the investigation.” http://bsun.md/158yVA8

MATH AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY: An awkward dance, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County parents are alarmed after learning how many high school students failed their first final exams, curriculum and student results. The majority of Montgomery County Public Schools high school students enrolled in grade-level math courses such as algebra and geometry failed their first final exam, according to countywide school system data from 2012 final exams.” http://bit.ly/16jps8j

SITUATION SYRIA: U.S. mulls a more active role, per the New York Times, “The White House is once again considering supplying weapons to Syria’s armed opposition, senior officials said Tuesday. Such a decision would be a policy shift for the Obama administration, which has stepped up its nonlethal aid but stopped short of lethal weaponry and has expressed reluctance about greater military entanglements in the Syrian civil war.” http://nyti.ms/16lt0XA

POLITICO PLAY: “The most serious threat to bipartisan immigration reform doesn’t involve border security or guest workers or even the path to citizenship. It’s about gay rights. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has told advocates that he will offer an amendment during the bill markup next week allowing gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners for green cards, just as heterosexual couples can.” http://politi.co/158zSZ1

HELP OF THE IRISH: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Irish dancers rallied together in College Park to help one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The fundraiser was organized to help 7-year-old Jane Richard, who was critically injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.” http://wj.la/YcBITj

NEW DIGS: For the Post, that is, per City Paper, “Speaking at a Bisnow real estate conference (Tuesday), Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth dropped a few hints about what she's looking for in a new headquarters as the Post considers a move from its 63-year-old home at 15th and L streets NW. . .Weymouth said she's looking "primarily" at D.C. and Virginia—the latter having been home to the paper's digital side during the ill-fated experiment at splitting the paper's operations that ended in 2009. "We’d like it to be cheap, and near the Capitol, near the courthouses," she said.” http://bit.ly/13IMUYA

SILVER SPRING: Of a troubled transit center, per the Washington Examiner, “The Montgomery County inspector general is investigating the Silver Spring Transit Center after council members requested $100,000 be put toward examining the center's construction errors. Inspector General Ed Blansitt responded to a memo from Councilman Hans Riemer, D-at large, asking for the money, saying his office has been looking into issues surrounding the $120 million Silver Spring Transit Center and has concluded there is enough concern to begin a full investigation.” http://bit.ly/YlDa88

COPS AND HOSPITALS: Of visiting hours, per the Washington Times, “D.C. police officers are spending too much time in hospitals, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier says. But the problem isn’t officers getting hurt on the job, it’s officers being sent to hospitals to guard people who have been arrested. That’s why, as part of her latest budget proposal, the chief has sought to shift responsibility for the city’s Central Cellblock — where arrestees are housed before their presentment in court — to the Department of Corrections.” http://bit.ly/16mkNlW

THE VOTE: How to make it easier, per DCist, “D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells wants the District of Columbia to catch up with the early 2000s and allow residents to register to vote online. Instead of obtaining, or even downloading, a paper form and mailing it back to the D.C. Board of Elections, residents would be able to fill out a web form and get registered.” http://bit.ly/ZRSrxB

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 8-1 against Atlanta.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “You’ve no doubt heard of “hook-up culture” – the casual, no-strings-attached sex prevalent on college campuses. While movies and TV shows make it sound great, new evidence suggests many students are finding hook-up sex as enjoyable as doing their laundry and privately wish things were a lot different.” http://wj.la/YcCnUM

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Montgomery Councilman Hans Riemer, who will be asked about the Silver Spring Transit Center, county worker pay and more.

--Skip Wood

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