DAYBREAK DAILY: McDonnell requests police records related to corruption case
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly sunny with highs near 80 and heavy rain tonight. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Update on the Potomac Yard Metro Station; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to sign school start-time study bill; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
SHOW ME YOUR HAND: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s attorneys are asking for access to some Virginia State Police records.
“In a motion filed Wednesday, McDonnell’s attorneys ask the court to issue subpoenas for state police communications — internal, or with the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, or with any other state or federal agency regarding “any potential or actual investigation” of the former governor, his immediate family, or his subordinates, or of Jonnie R. Williams Sr., Star Scientific, Inc., or its employees or affiliates.” http://bit.ly/1iOns9i
ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT: With a new editor, no less, per the New York Times, “The New York Times dismissed Jill Abramson as executive editor on Wednesday, replacing her with Dean Baquet, the managing editor, in an abrupt change of leadership. Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper and the chairman of The New York Times Company, told a stunned newsroom that had been quickly assembled that he had made the decision because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.”
“Ms. Abramson, 60, had been in the job only since September 2011. But people in the company briefed on the situation described serious tension in her relationship with Mr. Sulzberger, who was concerned about complaints from employees that she was polarizing and mercurial. She had also had clashes with Mr. Baquet. In recent weeks, these people said, Mr. Baquet had become angered over a decision by Ms. Abramson to make a job offer to a senior editor from The Guardian, Janine Gibson, and install her alongside him in a co-managing editor position without consulting him. It escalated the conflict between them and rose to the attention of Mr. Sulzberger.” http://nyti.ms/1goy3gW
FIRES GONE WILD: Of a mess in SoCal, per the San Diego Union-Tribune, “A second chaotic day with a steady spate of wind-blown wildfires hit San Diego County Wednesday, with a major blaze in Carlsbad destroying at least eight homes and other fires forcing evacuations in San Marcos, Oceanside, Bonsall, Camp Pendleton and Lakeside, leaving residents across the region on edge.
“Eight fires broke out in the county Wednesday. In addition to the Bernardo fire that began Tuesday near 4S Ranch, more than than 9,000 acres had burned, Cal Fire Capt. Dave Allen said at an evening news briefing. All but one of the new fires were in North County.” http://bit.ly/REm5nN
DOLPHIN RELOCATION: It’s being considered, per the Baltimore Sun, “The National Aquarium announced Wednesday that it is considering no longer having dolphins on exhibit, putting the popular Inner Harbor attraction at the forefront of a debate over whether keeping the animals in captivity is cruel. The aquarium is considering moving the eight mammals from the Dolphin Discovery amphitheater to an ocean-side sanctuary at an undetermined location. It has hired a team of consultants to examine the issue as part of a broader strategic assessment to ensure a "healthy future for the nonprofit institution and its animals." ’’ http://bsun.md/QKLxae
RELISHA RUDD: And her dad, per the Washington Post, “Irving Rudd arrived at the District courthouse an hour early Wednesday. In a mostly empty hallway, the father of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd sat quietly, checking his phone, waiting for proceedings to start that will help determine the future of her three brothers, including his son.
“Before Relisha disappeared, Rudd had sought sole custody of her and her brother at least twice, aiming to take them from a mother who has come under repeated scrutiny by the city because of alleged abuse and neglect. Rudd’s own troubled past as a parent — one that landed him in prison for involuntary manslaughter two decades ago — hadn’t dissuaded him from paying the $80 paperwork fee each time and noting that “joint custody was not in the best interest of the children.” ’’ http://wapo.st/1k4ewS2
DONALD STERLING: Confirms divorce plans, per the Los Angeles Times, “Donald Sterling says he and his wife, Shelly, are in the process of divorcing, following a scandal that had the L.A. Clippers owner banned for life by the NBA. "The poor girl; I don't know how she can live and deal with this," he told Anderson Cooper in an interview broadcast Wednesday night on CNN. "Thank God she has wonderful attorneys -- wonderful -- and they will protect her."
“Sterling is under pressure to sell the L.A. Clippers following racial comments he made. He vowed to keep the team Wednesday. But he also said if he can't keep his share of the team, Shelly Sterling should be allowed to keep her share. "If for some reason I can't have the team, I think she should have her interest," he said. "I mean, she didn't do anything. I brought this all on her." ’’ http://lat.ms/1ot7uJv
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Republicans debate among themselves, per The Hill, “Conservative supporters of immigration reform are joining President Obama in prodding House Republicans to bring legislation to the floor before Congress breaks for its August recess. Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who is in favor of an immigration overhaul, convened allies on a conference call Wednesday to keep up the drumbeat for reform in the face of continued resistance from conservatives in the House.” http://bit.ly/1mYNXgh
POLITICO PLAY: “The NSA has nothing on the ed tech startup known as Knewton.
“The data analytics firm has peered into the brains of more than 4 million students across the country. By monitoring every mouse click, every keystroke and every split-second hesitation as children work through digital textbooks, Knewton is able to find out not just what individual kids know but how they think. It can tell who has trouble focusing on science before lunch — and who will struggle with fractions next Thursday.” http://politi.co/1gqzziD
WARD 5’s KENYAN MCDUFFIE: Mr. Mayor?, per City Paper, “. . . Later this month, McDuffie, 38, will mark his second anniversary in office. McDuffie has the entire District government in his portfolio as chairman of the Councilís government operations committee. With a photogenic family and a sparkling ethical record, McDuffie is well-poised to run for citywide office. With mayoral hopefuls David Catania and Muriel Bowser facing off in November, it's not clear who will be the next mayor, but there's a good chance that whoever wins, McDuffie could be the next next mayor.” http://bit.ly/1g7ZGu8
LIGHTS: And more lights, per Gazette.Net, “Residents who live near National Harbor worry that bright lights and noise from a planned MGM casino will disrupt their quiet neighborhood and quality of life and reminded planning officials that “this is not Las Vegas.” Several people who spoke May 8 before the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Upper Marlboro at a hearing on the casino’s detailed site plan said they were particularly concerned about five LED video boards that will face outward from the casino and advertise activities on-site.
“But despite concerns raised about the appearance of the signs and their potential impact on motorists among other environmental, architectural and historical issues — the commission unanimously approved the plan. William Nuckols III said part of what drew him and his family from Washington, D.C., to their National Harbor neighborhood is the quiet location that is now being threatened.” http://bit.ly/1lCmtO3
HOMELESS NUMBERS: Just the facts, per the DCist, “The number of homeless people in D.C. increased by 13 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to a point-in-time count conducted in January. Since 2010, that number has risen 18 percent, from 6,539 to 7,748 people.
“Those numbers come from a new report by the Metropolitan Council of Governments, which looked at homelessness — defined as people "who reside in emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence shelters, runaway youth shelters, safe havens, or places not meant for human habitation — in the entire Washington region. (That's Alexandria, Arlington County, D.C., Fairfax County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Prince William County.)” http://bit.ly/1k1uzQC
FREDERICK FUNDING: Of creativity, per the Frederick News-Post, “It could be said that money the city of Frederick was going to spend on carpet in City Hall might now help provide full funding for the Downtown Frederick Partnership. Mayor Randy McClement is proposing an amendment to the city's fiscal 2015 operating budget that recognizes some additional revenue and makes a few small cuts to pay for what McClement and the aldermen say are top priorities.” http://bit.ly/1v8jCl2
YARD WASTE: Sexy, no?, per ARLnow, “The Arlington County Board is considering introducing year-round yard waste collection to the county. The Board on Tuesday passed a request to advertise a plan to have the county begin conducting year-round yard waste collection starting July 1. Each household’s annual Solid Waste Rate would increase by $13.28 per year, bringing the total to $307.04 annually, to pay for the change.” http://bit.ly/1g81sf1
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Arizona 5-1.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Can you imagine having to walk down almost 900 steps? Well, many Washington Monument visitors had to do that today when the landmark's elevator unexpectedly stopped running.” http://wj.la/1jgIq6C
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.