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ABC7 NEWS: The very latest on these stories today on Good Morning Washington:

Two police officers accused of assaulting a University of Maryland student during a rowdy campus celebration two years ago are set to go on trial.  

Rescue teams at Glacier National Park searched in wintery conditions and rugged terrain Sunday for two East Coast hikers reported missing by family members. Park officials said 50 searchers were looking for 32-year-old Neal Peckens of Virginia and 32-year-old Jason Hiser of Maryland.  

ABC7 WEATHER: Today, it will be mostly cloudy and mild with showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Highs will reach 74.  

PRESIDENT OBAMA, MITT ROMNEY TIED AHEAD OF DEBATE: Per The Washington Post, “On the eve of their second debate, President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney remain locked in a virtual dead heat nationally, with Republicans showing increased enthusiasm for their nominee after his big win in the first debate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Likely voters in the new poll split 49 percent for Obama to 46 percent for Romney, basically unmoved from the poll two weeks ago, just before the two candidates met in Denver for their first debate.”  

D.C. SCHOOL TESTS NEW INSTRUCTIONAL APPROACH: Per The Washington Post, “One D.C. school is testing a system that puts a computer algorithm in charge of figuring out what each individual child needs to learn and do daily.”

C&O CANAL TOWPATH COMPLETED: Per WTOP, “Bikers and hikers have reason to rejoice. The towpath that runs through the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is finally whole from Georgetown to Cumberland, Md.”  

TOWN CENTER CONSIDERED IN WALTER REED MEDICAL CENTER AREA: Per The Washington Post, “Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed a year ago, and District planners, Army officials and residents from surrounding neighborhoods have been thinking about how every inch of the campus may be used in the future, from the stately hospital building where President Dwight D. Eisenhower died to the 1,000-space underground parking garage built in the 1970s. The base’s closure has been painful for businesses along Georgia Avenue NW that fed and supplied those frequenting Walter Reed, but the city has proposed a town center development in the hospital’s stead, and a number of affordable-housing builders and schools have already claimed portions of the site.”

RG3 LEADS THE REDSKINS TO VICTORY: Robert Griffin III might have suffered his first NFL concussion the week before, but RG3 was still RG3. The Heisman Trophy winner rallied his team from an early hole, ran for 138 yards and threw for 182 on Sunday in a 38-26 victory over the Vikings.  

TURKEY REACHES ARMENIAN PLANE BOUND FOR SYRIA: Per WTOP, “Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman says Turkish authorities are searching the cargo of an Armenian plane bound for Syria. Selcuk Unal says Turkey granted the plane carrying aid for the Syrian city of Aleppo a permission to fly over its airspace only on condition it can search its cargo for possible military equipment.”

VERIZON 311 PROBLEM IN PRINCE GEORGE’S BEING ADDRESSED: Per The Washington Post, “Callers trying to reach Prince George’s County’s new 311 system are bumping into some potholes on the information highway. Some callers using Verizon phone lines have dialed 311 — attempting to reach the county government’s services in non-emergency situations — only to be told by a recorded voice that the number is not in service… Verizon and county officials say they are on the case, and in some instances, the problem has been fixed.”  

SUSAN G. KOMEN 3-DAY RAISES $3.8 MILLION THIS YEAR: Per WTOP, “The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk to fight breast cancer raised $3.8 million dollars this year. That's down from the more than $7 million raised last year.”

FORMER SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER DIES: Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, died Sunday morning at his home in Philadelphia, from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He had battled cancer and other health problems.

NEWSTALK: Today on Newstalk (Broadcast live at 10am on NewsChannel 8) Our Vote 2012 debate series continues with the DREAM Act. Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery) debates Del. Kathy Afzali (R-Frederick). Also, Walter Smith of DC Appleseed talks about budget autonomy, the ‘right-sizing’ of UDC and the non-profit’s push to get CareFirst to spend more money on low-income residents. And, Mudusar Raza, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (MD Chapter), discusses new anti-Muslim ads going up in Metro stations this week.

-Yasmeen Alamiri


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