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DAYBREAK DAILY: Baltimore Colts legend Art Donovan dies at 89

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ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s. http://wj.la/72e8x6

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – More about the elevated terror-threat warnings; Major League Baseball set to announce suspensions; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

ART DONOVAN: Obit, per the Baltimore Sun, “Art Donovan played pro football for 12 years. The rest of his life, he spent telling everyone about it. Donovan, 89, who died Sunday of a respiratory ailment at Stella Maris Hospice, played and talked a great game. He was a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts and an engaging raconteur at banquets and on TV talk shows. His cherublike face, adenoidal voice and side-splitting tales of yore captivated generations of viewers who never saw Donovan collar a quarterback or take down a runner.

"Artie made a career out of telling people everything that he'd done right — and wrong — in football," said Ordell Braase, his teammate on the field and in the broadcast studio. "The diversity of his appeal was amazing. Everyone wanted to hug 'Fatso,' from young girls to little old ladies." Donovan died just before 8 p.m., surrounded by 15 to 20 family members, said his daughter, Kelly Donovan-Mazzulli. "My mom [Dorothy] was with dad to his last breath, as she was determined to be," she said.” http://bsun.md/15w5MhR

PURPLE MARYLAND?: Not what you think, per the Washington Post, “Maryland will seek a private company to build and operate a planned $2.2 billion light-rail Purple Line, marking the first time the state has used such financing on a public transit project. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) plans to make the announcement about the 16-mile transit link at an event in Bethesda on Monday. The governor also plans to highlight more than $1 billion in new funding for transportation projects in Montgomery County, administration officials said.” http://wapo.st/18XXkH8

ALERT EXTENDED: Of chatter, per the New York Times, “Nineteen American diplomatic outposts across the Middle East and North Africa will remain closed this week, the State Department said Sunday, despite what officials said was no new information about terrorist plots that they believe are in the works.

“One day after President Obama’s top national security aides huddled at the White House, senior lawmakers appeared on television on Sunday with ominous warnings about intelligence “chatter,” first revealed on Thursday, similar to what American spy agencies picked up in the weeks before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.” http://nyti.ms/16WxLE4

BOARDWALK MAYHEM IN L.A.: Crazy, just crazy, per the Los Angeles Times, “When he first saw the blue Dodge sedan screech around a corner at the Venice boardwalk, Mustafa Balci assumed that a driver had gotten confused and would quickly turn around. But the car didn't turn around. It sped ahead Saturday evening, striking a metal trash can, destroying a table and then continuing "like a train" through the tent where Balci sells pendants, hitting his knees and flipping his wife through the air.

“Police identified the driver of the Dodge as Nathan Campbell, 38, a transient who was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the hit-and-run crash that left one dead and 11 injured. About an hour after the rampage, Campbell abandoned his blue sedan on a nearby street and walked into a police station to turn himself in, police said. Campbell, a Colorado native who sources said was possibly living in his car, is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.” http://lat.ms/14tmvmC

GUNS: Parse at your leisure, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gun-related violent crime continues to drop in Virginia as the sales of firearms continue to soar, a pattern that one local criminologist finds interesting “given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws.”

“Major gun crime collectively dropped for a fourth consecutive year statewide, while firearms sales climbed to a new record in 2012 with 490,119 guns purchased in 444,844 transactions — a 16 percent rise over 2011, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.” http://bit.ly/12RDAFM

IN DEFENSE OF. . .: Defense, per the Virginian-Pilot, “U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes has spent much of his dozen years in Congress gaining expertise on military affairs and using it to combat efforts by House liberals to scale back defense spending. But the Chesapeake Republican is facing new opponents in what he sees as a crucial fight to protect national security: determined budget-cutters from his own party.

"I see on the House floor the usual suspects who are voting against defense, but then I see a host of other people that believe somehow that defense is like a faucet - I can cut it off today and cut it on tomorrow," Forbes said in a recent interview in his suite at the Rayburn House Office Building.” http://bit.ly/14XEfjd

FACEBOOK PAC: Or something like that, per The Hill, “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is building a new social network, and this time it's political. While he’s better known as the hoodie-clad, Harvard dropout that launched a multi-billion dollar Internet company, Zuckerberg has emerged as a political player on the national stage.

"After largely sitting on the political sidelines for a few years, the 29-year-old Facebook founder is using his clout as a top business executive and American success story to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. This week, Zuckerberg will publicly dive headfirst into the immigration debate that’s captivated Washington by joining forces with pro-immigration advocates outside of the tech industry.” http://bit.ly/1cp36FF

POLITICO PLAY: “Tom Steyer, the environmentalist billionaire who has mounted a national campaign opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, has directed his political operation to spend heavily in the Virginia governor’s race in support of Democrat Terry McAuliffe, POLITICO has learned.

“Steyer, a California-based financier, instructed advisers on Friday to launch television ads starting this week. The paid-media blitz from his group, NextGen Climate Action, will be the opening salvo in what’s expected to be a much larger effort aimed at mobilizing and turning out climate-oriented voters in a key off-year gubernatorial race.” http://politi.co/13yQtD4

GREEN PAINT: The aftermath, per the Washington Times, “Healing and forgiveness were the prevailing attitudes at the Washington National Cathedral a week after green paint was found splattered within two of its chapels and on three other well-known sites around the District. Signs outside the Bethlehem Chapel and the Children's Chapel on Sunday indicated both were closed for restoration, but services went on as normal and visitors continued to meander around the historic and cavernous church.” http://bit.ly/193Aam2

PLAYING CHICKEN: Or not, per Gazette.Net, “Some residents are opposed to Montgomery County’s plan to relax zoning regulations, letting more people keep chickens in their backyards. Montgomery is comprehensively rewriting its zoning code and using the revision to change certain policies, among which are the rules regulating the raising of chickens.” http://bit.ly/1emSp2I

REALLY?: Just the facts, per the Roanoke Times, “Virginia Citizens Defense League, a statewide gun rights group, sold raffle tickets at the Steppin' Out festival in Blacksburg on Friday to give away a Glock handgun - the same kind used during the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. Raffle organizers say they have nothing to apologize for as the gun is a popular model, but a handful of protesters held signs and distributed fliers calling it insensitive to give away that gun so near Tech's campus.” http://bit.ly/16qZFd6

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 8-5 against Milwaukee.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Maryland and Virginia have another pest to battle as the kudzu bug joins the snakehead and the stinkbug as another unwelcome invader from abroad to establish a foothold in the region. University of Maryland researchers have found the kudzu bug in five counties: Prince George's, Charles, Anne Arundel, Calvert, and St. Mary's. It has also been reported in several Virginia counties, including Culpeper, Frederick and Warren.” http://wj.la/16UQnnW

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--Skip Wood

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