DAYBREAK DAILY: Maryland guns stolen or lost at alarming rate
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Male teen is electrocuted in Herndon with three others hurt after apparent accident; Statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass is unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
OOPS: But it was right there, and now it’s gone, per the Baltimore Sun, “Nearly 1,000 guns were reported lost or stolen from federally licensed gun dealers in Maryland last year, the third-highest number of any state in the country, according to a federal report released this week. Gun dealers in the state reported 886 lost guns and 98 stolen guns in 2012, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Pennsylvania had the most guns reported stolen or lost from dealers, about 1,500, while Texas had more than 1,200 such thefts or losses.
"I'm trying to think of some explanation as to why Maryland would rank so high on this, other than we've got a bigger problem," said Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. Webster said the figure is not in line with either Maryland's population or low gun ownership rate. "It's just such a red flag. There's no reason to not be able to account for your inventory," he said.” http://bsun.md/1403EtR
EYE CANDY: For the GOP base, per the Washington Post, “The House approved legislation Tuesday that would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the most sweeping abortion restriction to pass any chamber of Congress in a decade. The vote was 228 to 196. While the measure is unlikely to become law — it faces opposition in the Senate and a White House veto threat — it could reverberate politically over the next year and a half, as both Republicans and Democrats appeal to voters in this year’s special elections and the 2014 midterms.” http://wapo.st/15hTkNe
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “As the Senate debates a bipartisan immigration reform proposal that would eventually put 11 million undocumented immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, a House committee led by Va. Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-6th, is moving toward approving a tough enforcement-focused immigration bill.
“Also Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office said 8 million immigrants living unlawfully in the U.S. would initially gain legal status under the Senate bill, adding that the measure would cut deficits by $197 billion over 10 years and $700 billion in the following 10 years.” http://bit.ly/11xqo2N
A MATTER OF TRUST: It’s quite tricky, per the New York Times, “The Taliban signaled a breakthrough in efforts to start Afghan peace negotiations on Tuesday, announcing the opening of a political office in Qatar and a new readiness to talk with American and Afghan officials, who said in turn that they would travel to meet insurgent negotiators there within days.
“If the talks begin, they will be a significant step in peace efforts that have been locked in an impasse for nearly 18 months, after the Taliban walked out and accused the United States of negotiating in bad faith. American officials have long pushed for such talks, believing them crucial to stabilizing Afghanistan after the 2014 Western military withdrawal.” http://nyti.ms/19NLzpj
VIRGINIA BEACH ICON: Still standing – but pending, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The City Council learned more Tuesday about the proposed deal to renovate The Cavalier Hotel, including the business partners involved, the city's upfront contribution and the breakdown of what developers would spend on the estimated $259 million project. Council members appeared to mostly embrace the terms of the deal, which calls for $18 million in city money.
“A public hearing on the project is scheduled for June 25. The council vote is set for July 2. Cavalier Associates LLC, led by hotelier Bruce Thompson, has until July 22 to buy the 22-acre property for $35 million. A Circuit Court judge approved the sale last week to settle a lawsuit among the owners.The group plans to renovate the old Cavalier Hotel and build 100 homes around it. It also wants to fix up the historic structure's sister hotel, located across Atlantic Avenue, and build a new hotel tower next to it.” http://bit.ly/15i5W77
WHAT THE?: Whatever, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County Public Schools has cut three positions and part-time staff funding to make room for a new high-level administrator who will earn $165,875 a year. Andrew Zuckerman became Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s chief of staff on Monday . Brian Edwards, who served simultaneously as chief of staff and chief of communications, now will serve as chief of communications. Edwards’ salary — $159,265, according to schools spokesperson Dana Tofig — will stay the same.” http://bit.ly/1414yGv
FATAL MISHAP: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “Police say a Fairfax teen was electrocuted on an elementary school's roof late Tuesday. Three of his friends were taken to the hospital. Police think they climbed onto the roof of Fox Mill Elementary School, where the 14 year old became entangled in electrical wires.” http://wj.la/16ffdz1
POLITICO PLAY: "Vice President Joe Biden insisted to a subdued audience Tuesday that he and President Barack Obama “haven’t given up” on gun control. But his remarks came at the first White House event since the Senate’s failed April 17 background checks vote. And all that he had to show gun control supporters by way of progress was a list of completed or mostly completed executive actions — and a set of new guidebooks for churches and schools on how to deal with a mass shooting situation." http://politi.co/17lWK8w
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FOOD FIGHT: Apparently, it’s finished, per City Paper, “The heated four-year debate over food truck regulations appears to be finally coming to a close: The D.C. Council voted this afternoon to approve final amendments to the mobile vending rules. The Council made a few notable changes. It reduced the buffer area around so-called "mobile roadway vending zones" with designated spots for food trucks from the proposed 500 feet to 200 feet. That means that if a food truck doesn't get a zoned spot through the city's lottery system, it has to stay at least 200 feet away from the zones.” http://bit.ly/12Tzdu1
DISTURBING: And then some, per the Washington Times, “A Department of Labor attorney charged with assaulting a co-worker in a violent attack at her Northwest home was found dead with his throat slit at the D.C. Jail early Tuesday — the day after his preliminary hearing in court. A D.C. police spokeswoman called the case a “death investigation” and said investigators had not determined the cause and manner of death for the 58-year-old attorney, Paul Mannina. A police official with knowledge of the investigation said Mr. Mannina’s throat was cut.” http://bit.ly/13Rdtf0
REPORTER KILLED: Car wreck claims him, per Rolling Stone, “Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned. He was 33.
“Hastings' unvarnished 2010 profile of McChrystal in the pages of Rolling Stone, "The Runaway General," captured the then-supreme commander of the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan openly mocking his civilian commanders in the White House. The maelstrom sparked by its publication concluded with President Obama recalling McChrystal to Washington and the general resigning his post.” http://rol.st/13RnZ5W
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-2 against Philadelphia; Miami beats San Antonio 103-100 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Loudoun County health officials are issuing a warning to everyone who might have passed through either the international terminal or baggage claim area at Dulles Airport on June 7. WTOP Radio reports that a passenger infected with the measles was inside both of those areas between 6 and 9 p.m. that day and may have exposed others.” http://wj.la/12TbOsI
SAY WHAT?: Of a different ABC7, per the New York Post, “A knockdown, drag-out brawl between WABC/Channel 7 weatherman Bill Evans and his estranged wife took a nasty turn when she scratched his testicles and bruised his backside with a coat hanger, the meteorologist claimed. Evans, 52, told police his wife, Dana, went below the belt during the nasty fight over a set of car keys last month at their home in Old Greenwich, Conn.
“But Dana claims he brutalized her — punching her in the face even as she backed away during the scramble. The husband and wife — who are in the midst of a bitter divorce — were arraigned yesterday on charges of assault and disorderly conduct over the May 4 fight, and ordered to stay away from each other.” http://bit.ly/18ZhFyF
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who will be asked about his decision to seek a third term, the future of the Silver Spring Transit Center and more.
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