ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Sunny but cold with highs in the low 40s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: A 6-year-old Montgomery County student will have his record cleared after he was suspended for pretending to make a gun with his finger. A letter from Roscoe Nix Elementary School Principal Annette Folkes stated that she was "...going to rescind the suspension and remove the record from [the child's] file." What do you think of the school's decision? http://wj.la/W2Qy9j
PLAYIN’ IN THE BAND: With the favorite song, no less, per the Washington Post, “. . . For weeks this season, as the Redskins piled up points and wins, the band that began the year after the team arrived in Washington was forced to sit out its own tradition: Each time the team converted a point-after-touchdown kick, a recorded version of “Hail to the Redskins” played over the ¬FedEx Field sound system. . . After the Hogs Haven Redskins blog urged the organization to reconsider, the team struck up the band: Shortly before last Sunday’s season-deciding game against the dreaded Dallas Cowboys, team officials asked the Redskins Marching Band to play along with the old recording.” http://wapo.st/WhGwld
BEHIND THE SCENES: U.Va. rector gets some high-ranking support, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Helen Dragas has some prominent allies in her fight to remain on the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors. Chief among them is U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat who has spoken on Dragas' behalf with several state legislators who have a say in her fate. Dragas, a Virginia Beach real estate developer, faces a tough road to confirmation in the General Assembly after spearheading a controversial effort last June to oust U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan.” http://bit.ly/VAWIiC
HMMMMM: Prepare for uneven distribution, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Students receive a letter grade on their report cards and so, too, would their public school under a proposal Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled Thursday as part of the next phase of his K-12 education legislative agenda. Each school would be assigned a grade, A-F, which McDonnell’s office contends would help parents and others to fully understand how their child’s school is performing.” http://bit.ly/UKq7bU
MEANWHILE: Progress slow in South Africa, per the Los Angeles Times, “They were the first "born free" generation, children whose births in 1994 marked the year that South Africa elected Nelson Mandela's government in its first truly democratic election. So when the results of their high school graduation exams were announced Thursday, it was another opportunity for the country to assess how far it had come in creating a new and more equitable society. The answer: not nearly as far as many would like.” http://lat.ms/VAdXk9
SOCIAL CRIME: Covering all bases, per City Paper, “Social sharing site Pinterest has long been a good place to find polka dot dresses, cocktail recipes, and flower arrangements. But now, the Metropolitan Police Department is putting something on Pinterest that you wouldn't want at your dream wedding: possible criminals! So far, the account just has videos taken from MPD's Youtube account.” http://bit.ly/TLgtER
POLITICO PLAY: “The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem. The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin that explains many of the party’s woes in the minds of GOP leaders. It’s the primaries that push their presidential nominees far to the right (see “self-deportation” and “47 percent”); produce lackluster Senate candidates (Todd Akin has almost become a one-word shorthand); and, as seen most vividly in the last two weeks, dissuade scores of gerrymandered House members from face-saving compromise while politically emasculating their speaker.” http://politi.co/VCel1w
EMPTY SUITCASES: Grounded by sheepishness, per the Washington Examiner, “After months of rebukes from Virginia and federal officials for spending lavishly on their own global travel, board members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority now hardly ever travel, and none of them has returned to the kind of exotic locales that first got them in trouble.” http://bit.ly/10Whi2U
OF BETTER INVESTIGATIONS: That’s the plan, anyway, per the Washington Times, “The Prince George's County Police Department is forming a new investigative division this year in a bid to streamline casework and boost case closures, according to police officials. Approximately 200 detectives who investigate crimes ranging from thefts to nonfatal shootings will now comprise the Regional Investigation Division and report through a reorganized chain of command that centralizes the responsibility of overseeing those investigations.” http://bit.ly/Xq205M
MEANWHILE: Increased manpower, per WJLA -- ABC7: “More than 100 law enforcement officers fanned out over Prince George's County Thursday night with the goal of cracking down on crime and getting as many illegal guns off the streets as possible. During the month of Jan., 125 additional officers will patrol streets in certain area.” http://wj.la/S84vrL
BUSTED: Of BBs and car windows, per ARLnow, “Police have arrested three Arlington teens in connection with a rash of car windows being shot out with BB guns. The suspects allegedly shot out the windows on more than 250 cars in Northern Virginia over the past several months, including two marked police vehicles. Nothing was taken from the cop cars, but at least one of the other incidents involved items being stolen from a vehicle.” http://bit.ly/VzndVx
SEARCHING THE ENGINE: And finding nothing, per the New York Times, “. . . One of the biggest antitrust investigations of an American company in years ended with a slap on the wrist Thursday, when the Federal Trade Commission closed its investigation of Google’s search practices without bringing a complaint.” http://nyti.ms/S8I8T2
SORRY BUT: Not the Whole thing, per DCist, “One of the first orders of business when the 113th Congress convenes will be for the House of Representatives to adopt rules that will govern its procedures over the next two years. And despite her efforts over the past week, it appears Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will not be getting her vote restored in the Committee of the Whole.” http://bit.ly/XmMVSG
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who will be asked about the proposal to allow governors to serve two terms.
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