ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast with rain and highs in the low 40s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON: Today’s coverage includes a double-stabbing in Temple Hills, a possible breakthrough in the former L.A. cop wanted in a murder rampage, a hit-and-run involving a teenager, “Scandal” and one of its well-dressed stars, as well as many other things – always beginning at 4:30 a.m.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: With D.C. soon to have legal medical marijuana dispensaries, and Colorado and Washington State approving marijuana for recreational use, the push to legalize pot is growing. YES or NO: Should there be a widespread legalization of marijuana? http://wj.la/XrtQZC
THE REST OF THE STORY: Great read about little-thought-of-things regarding budget cuts, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The decision not to send the Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier to sea this week is reverberating not only through the thousands of families directly affected, but also through a fleet of carriers whose schedules will change down the road. . . Now, 5,000 Norfolk-based sailors are taking their belongings out of storage, finding places to live and restarting lives they’d put on hold ahead of what was supposed to be a six- to eight-month deployment.” http://bit.ly/XXJ48C
SHOCKER: McCain upset with Obama, per the New York Times, “In his first term, President Obama presided over an administration known for its lack of open dissension on critical foreign policy issues. But on Thursday, deep divisions over what to do about one of those issues — the rising violence in Syria — spilled into public view for the first time in a blunt exchange between Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and the leaders of the Pentagon.” http://nyti.ms/V1sFDk
SANDY HOOK: It continues to reverberate here, per the Washington Post, “School leaders in Prince George’s County proposed the creation of a new school police force Thursday, saying that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut “changed school security the way 9/11 changed travel.” The call for more police in Prince George’s schools comes as several leaders in Montgomery County push to double the size of the county’s small band of “school resource officers” and as officials in Prince William County consider significantly increasing the number of police officers in county schools.” http://wapo.st/WxMwuS
POLITICO PLAY: “Bipartisan agreement isn’t common on Capitol Hill these days, but John Brennan brought senators together at his CIA director confirmation hearing — to express their anger at years of intelligence stonewalling from presidents of both parties. Twelve years into the war-on-terror, a largely complacent Congress and its Senate Intelligence Committee finally seemed to have found its voice. Brennan had the misfortune of being the one on the other side of the table when they did.” http://politi.co/YewVwB
SAY WHAT?: Really?, per City Paper, “If you're attracted to members of your own sex, you can get therapy to change that. It's an idea mainstream medical organizations have described as dangerous—and, it turns out, it's also a message that's been taught to some middle schoolers in Prince George's County since last year.” http://bit.ly/Ydwzqj
THE BIG SNOW: Stay tuned, per the Boston Globe, “In preparation for what many fear may be a blizzard of historic proportions, state officials announced that MBTA, bus, and commuter rail service will halt midafternoon Friday, and they warned motorists to stay off the roads. The pending storm, which threatened to bring as much as 3 feet of snow and high winds, prompted residents across the state to stock up on emergency essentials, as employers ordered staff to work from home, schools closed, and thousands of National Guardsmen prepared to help with the aftermath." http://bo.st/14WTGMf
MAGIC SHOW: Earvin Johnson, ladies and gentlemen, per ABC7 – WJLA, “In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Magic Johnson stopped by Howard University Hospital in Northwest Washington Thursday. The Hall-of-Fame basketball player thanked the staff for their work with patients. And he encouraged students to be safe and get tested.” http://wj.la/YeepVk
CHEAPER MEDS: So they say, per the Washington Examiner, “Lawmakers on Thursday pushed Virginia toward a widespread Medicaid expansion created by President Obama that would put thousands of low-income residents on a government-funded health care program.” http://bit.ly/14GSYlb
CUCCINELLI CURVE BALL: He gets some chin music, per the Washington Times, “A prominent Virginia lawyer and Democratic activist is calling on Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II to provide documents proving that his run for governor is not interfering with his duties as the state’s top lawyer. Michael Signer, a former Democratic adviser and 2009 candidate for lieutenant governor, submitted a letter Thursday to Mr. Cuccinelli, a Republican, requesting that he turn over scheduling records and emails from the past two months to show that he is not using public resources or time on the job to run for governor.” http://bit.ly/TS7sMJ
CROWD CONTROL: In hindsight, per the Baltimore Sun, “Ravens officials said Thursday they won't extend an open invitation to fans again without first passing out free tickets, after this week's Super Bowl celebration at M&T Bank Stadium where larger-than-expected crowds amassed and an 11-year-old boy was trampled. Tiffany Hodge said she brought her son to the stadium from East Baltimore with hopes that he could see his hero, running back Ray Rice, but an unruly crowd overwhelmed them and both were knocked unconscious. She said her son, Tyrek, suffered a concussion, an injury to his eye, and still has a swollen face.” http://bsun.md/YXlXBT
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps fall 5-2 against Pittsburgh.
OF BOOK CLUBS: And words, per DCist, “For the third year in a row, D.C. tops a ranking of the most literate cities in the United States. Published annually by John W. Miller, the president of Central Connecticut State University, "America's Most Literate Cities" concludes that when taking into account book consumption, newspaper and magazine readership, library system size, and the presence of publishers, no city is more erudite than our own.” http://bit.ly/Xo5dPj
REDISTRICTING: Some local effects had it come to pass in Virginia, per ARLnow, “It would also have reduced Arlington’s legislative influence, moving veteran state Senator Janet Howell’s district back out of Arlington (she represents part of north Arlington as a result of the 2011 redistricting) and reducing state Sen. Adam Ebbin’s portion of Arlington to a small sliver of south Arlington.” http://bit.ly/YdPUaS
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Ward 5 D.C. Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, who will be asked about his newly formed Industrial Land transformation task force, the city's budget surplus and CFO Natwar Gandhi's decision to resign.