DAYBREAK DAILY: Ex-Navy SEAL with Va. ties shares her transgender story
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Senate hearing on military sexual assaults; shooting in Northeast; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
A SEAL’S STORY: An intriguing one, to be sure, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Her military file has her listed as Christopher Todd Beck, a retired 46-year-old Navy SEAL who spent five years in Virginia Beach, earned a Bronze Star with valor and a Purple Heart and served in three different SEAL commands - including the exclusive SEAL Team 6.
“What it doesn't say is that Christopher now lives openly as Kristin Beck, a woman who never would have been allowed to serve had she been honest about her transgender identity. In a memoir titled "Warrior Princess," released Saturday with little fanfare by a tiny publishing company, Beck describes two decades as a member of the Naval Special Warfare command, with seven combat deployments, including service in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.” http://bit.ly/132RiR9
D.C. SCHOOLS: And not a Rhee in sight, per the Washington Post, “D.C. Council member David A. Catania plans to announce wide-ranging legislation Tuesday that could substantially reshape the city’s public education system, as he seeks to increase funding to educate poor children, give more power to principals, change the city’s school lottery system and end social promotion of children who are performing below grade level.
“The legislation, a package of seven bills Catania drafted privately, represents the council’s most aggressive attempt to overhaul the District’s education policy since it approved mayoral takeover of city schools in 2007. Catania (I-At Large) described the proposals as an effort to build upon previous school reforms that aimed to spur student achievement but have instead left the city’s traditional public schools stagnating in recent years.” http://wapo.st/1aYkGuV
GO DIRECTLY TO: Jail, per the Baltimore Sun, “A former instructor at the Naval Academy was sentenced Monday to 60 days in a military jail for indecent acts, fraternization and conduct unbecoming an officer stemming from an incident with two female midshipmen in 2011, an academy spokeswoman said. Marine Corps Maj. Mark Thompson, 43, was also fined $2,500 per month for two years — for a total of $60,000 — and issued a reprimand, a punitive letter that now becomes part of his permanent record, spokeswoman Jenny Erickson said.” http://bsun.md/11htQxX
TRICKY IN JERSEY: Christie ponders his next move, per the New York Times, “The death of Frank R. Lautenberg on Monday has left Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey with the kind of opportunity that politicians usually covet: the chance to give away a seat in the United States Senate. But the decision is fraught with pitfalls, none bigger than having to choose between improving his party’s fortunes in Washington and furthering his own political ambitions at home.” http://nyti.ms/11AZ16r
FIRES GONE WILD: With no pattern, per the Los Angeles Times, “The Powerhouse fire has a dance all its own, and firefighters have struggled to keep up with the flames. When it started Thursday, the fire threatened Green Valley in San Francisquito Canyon. Then it veered west toward Castaic Lake before speeding toward Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, almost overrunning the towns. More recently, it has moved north into the Lancaster area.” http://lat.ms/18KqcSB
WHITEY BULGER: To inform or not to inform?, per the Boston Globe, “A federal judge in Boston has ruled that notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s entire FBI informant file can be presented at his trial, which begins this week. US District Judge Denise J. Casper made the ruling in a hearing this afternoon as she considered a variety of last-minute motions in the case. Bulger has denied being an FBI informant. But his informant file is extensive, the Globe has reported.” http://bo.st/12q4iW2
POLITICO PLAY: “He’s only been on the job for 12 days, but Daniel Werfel has a message for Washington: Big changes are coming to the IRS. The man President Barack Obama tapped to fix the scandal-scarred IRS is moving aggressively to restore some measure of credibility there.” http://politi.co/11nRHPV
TAXI LAWSUIT: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “Wounded Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy is suing Alexandria Yellow Cab Inc., for negligence, claiming that the cab company didn’t thoroughly investigate the background of the driver accused of shooting Laboy. The lawsuit, filed Monday, also claims that Alexandria Yellow Cab Inc. should have known the cabdriver, Kashif Bashir, posed a threat to the public. The lawsuit is asking for $10 million.” http://wj.la/17TpkOy
RACIAL PREFERENCE: That’s the claim, anyway, per the Washington Examiner, “The former head of a labor dispute board who resigned last month after admitting that he lived outside the District, in violation of D.C. law, claims that he was forced out for ignoring instructions not to hire white or conservative employees. Ondray Harris, a former deputy chief in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, wrote in his March 24 letter that two members of the Public Employee Relations Board opposed his decision to hire a qualified white, politically conservative attorney.” http://bit.ly/14d5F8i
DNA: The Supremes rule, per the Washington Times, “A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested in — but not yet convicted of — serious crimes without first obtaining a warrant, likening the effective technique used by police in more than half the 50 states to fingerprinting or photographing of suspects. The court on a 5-4 vote upheld a 2009 Maryland law allowing DNA collection, citing the benefits of the science to law enforcement in solving crimes and rejecting the minority’s concerns that it violates Fourth Amendment prohibitions against warrantless or unreasonable searches.” http://bit.ly/11otvwB
VACATION TIME: Like it or not, per Gazette.Net, “About 2,400 civilian employees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda will be forced to take 11 unpaid furlough days starting July 8 due to across-the-board federal budget sequester cuts that started in March, officials said.” http://bit.ly/11eVvi7
LINCOLN-DOUGLAS: Or something like that, per ARLnow, “The Arlington County Democratic Committee will host a debate between the two Democratic candidates for Virginia Lieutenant Governor. Aneesh Chopra and Ralph Northam will debate each other on Wednesday, June 5, at George Mason University’s Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive). The debate is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. during the monthly ACDC monthly meeting.” http://bit.ly/15w8ArI
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Miami beats Indiana 99-76 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and will meet San Antonio in the NBA Finals.
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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, who will be asked about Virginia Lt. Gov. hopeful E.W. Jackson's efforts to recast his image, school reform in Prince George's County and the race for governor in Maryland.
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