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DAYBREAK DAILY: Terps to visit U.Va. in super regional

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Authorities to discuss chargers in theatre bottle-bomb arrest; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

SUPER REGIONAL FOR CAVS, TERPS: They’ll meet this weekend, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Virginia coach Brian O’Connor was immediately quizzed after his team's NCAA regional-clinching, 9-2 victory over Arkansas on Sunday night – not about the Razorbacks, but the Maryland Terrapins. Maryland will come to Davenport Field next weekend – starting day is TBA – for a best-of-three super regional to decide which team will go to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

“O’Connor had had maybe 20 minutes to relish U.Va.’s achievement of reaching the super regional for the fifth time in six years. He wanted more. “I know a lot will be made out of it; two ACC teams, and them exiting the ACC and all that,” O’Connor said. “We’ll address (that) in the coming days. I really just want to enjoy this regional championship. I can’t turn the switch that quickly to start considering Maryland. I think it’s important at this level, when you accomplish what we’ve accomplished, to enjoy what this team has done.” ’’ http://bit.ly/1hqTIFJ

AND THIS: A first, per the Baltimore Sun, “The Maryland baseball team did what a lot of people didn't think was possible and, in the process, it became a most unlikely squad to enjoy a dogpile in Carolina Stadium. The Terps won the Columbia, S.C., regional of the NCAA tournament with a 10-1 victory over top-seeded South Carolina on Sunday night and advanced to the super regionals for the first time in school history.

“It's going to be an all-Atlantic Coast Conference affair as Maryland will travel to Charlottesville, Va., next weekend to face Virginia. The two teams only faced each other once this season, with the Terps earning a 7-6 victory May 22 in the ACC tournament. “It's a pretty incredible night for our program, for our athletic department, and I think for the state of Maryland, in general,” Maryland coach John Szfec said. “I'm really happy for our program and all of the supporters. These guys worked very, very hard to get to this point.” ’’ http://bsun.md/1olMW2u

NO MORE OOMPH: At least for now, per the Washington Post, “With the looming retirements of Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and James P. Moran (D-Va.), Northern Virginia has begun to brace for the loss of its one-two punch in the battle for federal spending.

“In some ways, the congressmen couldn’t be more different — one a pugnacious Irish American Democrat who once took a swing at a fellow lawmaker on the House floor, and the other a deeply religious Republican best known for his advocacy of religious freedom and other human rights issues. But on regional matters, Wolf and Moran have been partners, rising to senior positions on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where each has used his influence to exert leverage on matters near and far.” http://wapo.st/1khuE4h

FAT GOP CATS: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia’s House Republicans are holding their 10th annual “House Majority Retreat” at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. The three-day event, which kicked off Sunday, features a lot of shooting (sporting clays), swinging (golf clubs) and puffing (cigars).

“There is also a lot of money exchanging hands, judging by the price tag to gain access to the host of the event — House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford. The sponsorship levels for the retreat, posted on Howell’s website last week, promised the kind of access to Howell, House leadership and GOP delegates that strikes a similar chord to the financially incentivized access for which Republicans harshly criticized Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe this year.” http://bit.ly/T67mD4

BOWE BERGDAHL: Of a long road home, per the New York Times, “For Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the road home to Idaho began with a brief helicopter ride from the rugged frontier of eastern Afghanistan to Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. His return to anything close to a normal life will take much longer. After nearly five years in captivity — the lone American prisoner of war in Afghanistan, held by Taliban fighters in utter isolation and deprivation — Sergeant Bergdahl is physically weakened, military officials said, and will need to undergo a thorough psychological examination.

“His recovery, they said, will be a multistep process, beginning with medical treatment and initial counseling at an American military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then by longer-term therapy at a military medical center in San Antonio before culminating in a carefully managed homecoming in Hailey, Idaho. Even then, Sergeant Bergdahl, 28, will probably need lengthy counseling to help him deal with the trauma of his years as a prisoner of war and to adjust to his new life, according to experts in long-term captivity. How fast or fully he recovers, they said, is impossible to predict.” http://nyti.ms/1khvz4N

MEANWHILE: Let the debate begin, per The Hill, “U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice pushed back on Sunday against GOP claims that the administration negotiated with terrorists by transferring five Taliban prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Saturday. "I wouldn't put it that way," Rice said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if the exchange means that U.S. officials can no longer say they don't negotiate with terrorists.

“ "Why didn't you notify Congress?" Crowley asked, referencing the law that requires the president to alert Congress in 30 days before transferring any prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Rice said that Bergdahl's health was "growing more fragile" and that "we were very concerned that time was not something that we could play with." ’’ http://bit.ly/1l043Ym

SMOG: Steps to decrease it, per the Los Angeles Times, “The Obama administration will seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, potentially one of the biggest steps any country has taken to confront climate change, people familiar with the plan said Sunday. Seen as the linchpin of President Obama's climate campaign and a key part of his domestic policy legacy, the proposed power plant rule would set state-specific targets for carbon dioxide reductions and let local officials decide how best to meet the goals.

“The proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is intended to limit air pollution by carbon dioxide, a gas that traps heat in the atmosphere and drives global warming. The complex rule, which will be officially announced Monday, faces a yearlong comment and review period. It is certain to spark a high-stakes legal and political battle that will echo through the November midterm election and beyond.” http://lat.ms/1hPJ4TF

POLITICO PLAY: “The ritual started in earnest last fall in the midst of the biggest humiliation of Barack Obama’s presidency, the failure of the health care website. Anytime he heard a sliver of good news, the president reacted the same way: He knocked on the polished cherry wood table in the Roosevelt Room. It’s a small thing, almost a nervous tic, but Obama’s habit of knocking on wood during Obamacare meetings had become notable, something that close advisers talked and even joked about among themselves.

“Obama had always projected the aura of a deeply confident man, someone who on the basis of past experience was justified in assuming that good luck just naturally happened to him. But in the second term, confronted by recurring setbacks and regular reminders of the limits of his power, he began to convey a sense that even hopeful news might be ephemeral, a mirage.” http://politi.co/1kntHWO

CREDIT CARD FRAUD: Check your balance, per Gazette.Net, “Greenbelt residents are being hit with a rash of fraudulent charges on their credit and debit cards after shopping at a downtown Greenbelt business. George Mathews, Greenbelt police spokesman, said at least 20 people have reported being victims of the credit card fraud, but that the number is likely greater as investigators have narrowed the common link to the Greenbelt Co-Op Supermarket and Pharmacy.

“The co-op is a nonprofit grocery store in historic Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center, which is owned and operated by community members. Mathews could not provide an exact time frame, but said the fraud reported so far apparently involved recent credit or debit card purchases at the supermarket and that some of the unauthorized purchases have been made in state, others out-of-state.” http://bit.ly/1gI6CP4

YET ANOTHER CANDIDATE: So take your pick, per City Paper, “If none of the ten candidates currently angling for a single at-large D.C. Council seat haven't intrigued you yet, LL has good news. There's still one more candidate to consider! Construction trade association staffer Eric Jones tells LL that he, too, will run for the seat being vacated by mayoral hopeful David Catania.

“Jones, who was previously a vice president in the D.C. Young Democrats and now works in government relations at the District chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, launched an exploratory committee in February. Jones says he decided to make his run official earlier (last) month.” http://bit.ly/1mIlGu4

SHEESH: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “Police arrested Daniel Hall Buswell, 56, on Saturday after he exposed himself at a picnic table at a public park near Frederick Memorial Hospital. Buswell, who lives in Mount Airy, according to online court records, was arrested by the Frederick Police Department on Saturday night, according to a news release. He was searched and was found to have two bags of suspected synthetic marijuana.” http://bit.ly/1l04SAo

D.C. GENERAL: Under scrutiny, per WAMU, “More than a decade ago, the District began sheltering homeless families in the city's abandoned public hospital, D.C. General. The number of people living in that facility has grown dramatically, and now there's intense scrutiny following the disappearance of eight-year-old resident Relisha Rudd.” http://bit.ly/1jAtmv2

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 2-0 against Texas.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Anne Arundel County Police say an officer found the parents of an 8-week-old baby passed out inside a car Saturday afternoon in a McDonald's parking lot. The infant was alert. When police woke them up the parents stumbled and had slurred speech. Police found synthetic marijuana known as "K2" and drug paraphernalia inside the car.” http://bitly.com/1pJFpeV

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- With a month to go until the start of the new fiscal year, Virginia state Senators Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Dick Black (R-Loudoun) talk about the budget impasse that's left the state without spending authority for the next 12 months.

--Skip Wood

 

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