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DAYBREAK DAILY: Maryland engineers take lead in hunt for missing plane

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

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – National Zoo reopens a day after shooting; Female jogger assaulted; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

MARYLAND AND THE MISSING PLANE: Of a helping hand, per the Baltimore Sun, “Nearly a month after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 vanished, a team of Maryland engineers detected the pings from a flight data recorder that narrowed the search area to a more manageable yet still vast swath of the Indian Ocean.

“Working from an Australian warship involved in the search, a crew of nine from Phoenix International in Prince George's County deployed a U.S. Navy listening device to the depths of the ocean in the hunt for a signal from the doomed jetliner's black box. Tapped by the Navy to assist Malaysian, Chinese and Australian officials in the search, the team and their equipment had flown from an office and warehouse in Largo nearly two weeks earlier.

“More recently, as the black box battery likely faded away, the Phoenix team dropped an unmanned torpedo-shaped Bluefin-21 submarine into the sea to scan the uncharted depths with sonar. And if the wreckage is found, another of the company's tools could trawl for the data recorder just as it did in 2011 as investigators unraveled the mystery of Air France Flight 447, nearly two years after it crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.” http://bsun.md/1nDXBFS

ZZZZZZZ: School daze, per the Washington Post, “Teens in Fairfax County would get an extra hour of sleep under new proposals to push back high school start times following a year-long study by researchers at Children’s National Medical Center. The study, which began in April 2013, was commissioned by the Fairfax County School Board to determine options for delaying the first bell in high schools until after 8 a.m. Some teenagers across the county board buses at 5:45 a.m. to make it to their first high school classes of the day, which begin at 7:20 a.m.

“Under the new proposals — which could be implemented as soon as September 2015 should the board approve one of them — high school start times could be delayed until as late as 8:30 a.m. Elementary school start times also could be moved, with classes beginning between 7:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., while middle schools’s opening bells could range between 7:20 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.” http://wapo.st/1fiWFBt

NASTY PHONE CALL: To the AG, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A Yorktown man was fined $250 Monday after pleading guilty to calling Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s public comment line and leaving a message with profane language on the voicemail because of Herring’s support of same-sex marriage.

“James Timothy Berry was initially charged with threatening over the phone, a Class 1 misdemeanor, but the charge was later reduced to a “curse and abuse” misdemeanor in exchange for a guilty plea, said Cpt. Randy Howard with Capitol Police.” http://bit.ly/1jxHMxM

ZOO SHOOTING: Just the facts, per ABC7-WJLA, “The National Zoo's Visitor Center has lifted lockdown after shots were fired near the entrance on Connecticut Avenue on Monday afternoon. It was at the height of rush hour near the entrance to the National Zoo, and according to police, a group of as many as 50 people were headed south on Connecticut Avenue when somebody in the group pulled out a gun and suddenly opened fire.” http://wj.la/1lvOlCm

UKRAINE: The latest, per the New York Times, “Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of behaving in a “19th-century fashion” because of its annexation of Crimea.

“But Western experts who have followed the success of Russian forces in carrying out President Vladimir V. Putin’s policy in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have come to a different conclusion about Russian military strategy. They see a military disparaged for its decline since the fall of the Soviet Union skillfully employing 21st-century tactics that combine cyberwarfare, an energetic information campaign and the use of highly trained special operation troops to seize the initiative from the West.” http://nyti.ms/1i55VOB

HE DID WHAT?: Someone has some ’splainin’ to do, per the Los Angeles Times, “The dark of night still draped Mineta San Jose International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara wandered onto a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Then he disappeared.

“The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until later Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him 2,350 miles to the west, walking on the tarmac at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous, 5 1/2 -hour odyssey — enduring frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a compartment unfit for human habitation — as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the jet's wheel well.

“The incident prompted authorities to question both how the teen so easily gained access to the jumbo jet and how he survived with so little apparent trauma. Aviation security experts said it was troubling that the teenage had been able to bypass security and get to the plane undetected. U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he wanted more answers, adding that the incident "demonstrates vulnerabilities that need to be addressed." http://lat.ms/1iELQ16

K STREET: Getting its groove back, per The Hill, “Revenues are rising again on K Street after a brutal 2013 for many of Washington’s top firms. Four of the top five lobby shops on Monday reported increases in lobbying revenue over the first three months of 2014, with some in the top 20 recording double-digit growth.

“While lobbyists aren’t expecting a boom year, they’re holding out hope that Congress will have a productive summer despite the pressures of the midterm election season. “You don't have an across-the-board bull market, but you're seeing increased activity where Congress is acting,” said Smith Davis, a partner in the public law and policy practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.” http://bit.ly/1pnTkuI

POLITICO PLAY: “The Sunday morning shows once occupied a sacred space in American politics. Today, many influential Washington players can’t even remember the last time they watched.

“The public affairs shows — “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation” and “This Week” — used to set the agenda for the nation’s capital with their news-making interviews and immensely influential audience. Now the buzz around the shows is more likely to center on gossipy criticism about the hosts, notably “Meet the Press’s” David Gregory, whose fate has become an incessant subject of conversation, most recently in a Washington Post story on Monday. Meanwhile, fans complain about the recurrence of familiar guests — Sen. John McCain again? — who simply relay party talking points that often go unchallenged.” http://politi.co/QBqJlS

SEE YA: Of a D.C. departure, per City Paper, “Vince Gray's lame duck administration is losing another cabinet-level official. According to a press release from the mayor's office, D.C. Inspector General Charles Willoughby told Gray recently that he's retiring. In the release, Gray thanked Willoughby for his nine years of service since being appointed acting IG during Anthony Williams' administration in 2005. It's good that Gray is finding nice things to say about Willoughby, because LL is having trouble doing the same.” http://bit.ly/1iEMyvq

HOARDING WATER: Or something like that, per Gazette.Net, “April showers are said to bring May flowers, but in College Park, residents hope they will bring environmental consciousness and perhaps some eco-friendly prizes. During April, more than 700 College Park residents are participating in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by taking shorter showers, using low-flow shower heads and using other conservation methods. Contest participants sign an online pledge and become eligible for daily prizes such as low flow shower heads and sprinkler systems, as well as a chance at a Toyota Prius grand prize if their city wins.

“College Park remained within the top five municipalities in its size bracket of 30,000 to 99,999 residents for the first three weeks of April, and as of April 21, was number five. The only other Maryland municipalities in a top 10 position were Baltimore and Frederick as of April 21, with Frederick in 10th place in the same bracket as College Park, and Baltimore taking second in the largest bracket of 600,000 residents or more.” http://bit.ly/1eZ0t0c

NOT A BAD INCENTIVE: Of a business move, per the Frederick News-Post, “Josh Stella, CEO of Luminal, said he moved his firm from West Virginia because Maryland is a great place to build a company. The move paid off as the Maryland Venture Fund's InvestMaryland awarded $600,000 to Luminal. InvestMaryland is a partnership between the state and private venture capital firms.

“Luminal, which moved to downtown Frederick in 2013, focuses on cybersecurity, an important and growing sector of the economy. "We wanted a place where we could walk around downtown," Stella said of the move from Shepherdstown, W.Va. He would not disclose the exact location of the business, other than it is close to the Carroll Creek Linear Park.” http://bit.ly/1mtQ1xC

NOT SO GROOVY: Dude, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “Several Loudoun teenagers have been hospitalized in the past month after using a narcotic with similarities to LSD.

“According to a report from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, the drug is believed to be 25I-NBOMe, more commonly known as 25i but also called LSD, "smiles" or "N-bomb." Like LSD, the drug is often found soaked on small squares of blotter paper for easier distribution and dosing. It can also be ingested as a powder or injected. Some users experience hallucinations and euphoria, but other negative side effects can include confusion, nausea, paranoia, seizures and in extremely high doses, death.” http://bit.ly/1i58GPS

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-2 against L.A. Angels.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “University of Maryland student and ice hockey player Michael Mutryn was found dead in his off-campus apartment Sunday. The school community was stunned to discover that police also found two 9MM handguns, crack cocaine, the drug ecstasy, and hypodermic needles in his apartment. They believe Mutryn is the latest victim in an epidemic of drug overdose deaths sweeping the region. http://wj.la/1msOAj0

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) – are Tonia Ferguson of the Autism Society, who will talk about Autism Awareness month; Peaceoholics cofounder Ron Moten, who will discuss the surge in violent crime in DC; Howard Lind, who will talk about his bid to succeed Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va); and PGA pro Mike Aldridge, who will discuss proposals to reverse the decline in golf.

--Skip Wood

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