ABC7 TRAFFIC: ‘Good Morning Washington’ has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy after a clear morning with highs in the low 50s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage on a variety of fronts about gun-control measures; stalking the cherry blossoms; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals both pulled out wins. The Wizards won their 8th straight home game, beating the Chicago Bulls 90-86. The Caps took out the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. LIKE this post to congratulate the Wizards and the Capitals. WIZARDS: http://wj.la/10xa3tF CAPITALS: http://wj.la/10xbpV9
RICHMOND WRAP-UP: All in one day, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The General Assembly reconvenes today in Richmond for its one-day session to consider Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed changes to legislation passed earlier this year, including a hotly debated anti-abortion amendment to a bill allowing the state to enforce federal health insurance reforms. Lawmakers are also expected to tip their hats to the legislature’s longest-serving member, Del. Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election.” http://bit.ly/Yv5dQU
HE IS NOT US: Towson reacts strongly, per the Baltimore Sun, “Hundreds of students, alumni and professors at Towson University gathered Tuesday to declare that the school stands for tolerance and diversity, and that a student who has attracted international news coverage for advocating racial segregation does not represent them. Some of those attending the student-planned rally said they were deeply frustrated and angry with news media attention to student Matthew Heimbach's White Student Union and the nighttime patrols that he said are aimed at fighting crime.” http://bsun.md/10uMK5g
NO MAS: And no campaign, per City Paper, “Michael Brown has dropped out of the special election for the at-large D.C. Council seat set for April 23. He. . . told campaign staff and volunteers in a meeting. . ., according to a person in the meeting, which is closed to the media. Brown told the meeting he was quitting for family reasons. "It is with extreme disappointment that I am announcing my withdrawal from the At-Large Council race," Brown says in a written statement he handed to (Loose Lips) after telling staff and volunteers about his decision. "I have some very important personal and family matters that require my immediate attention. Thank you to my family, friends, and supporters for your understanding. I will not be making an endorsement. Vote Democrat!" http://bit.ly/10vK8Ul
EASTERN SHORE FIRES: Finally, an apparent resolution, per the Washington Post, “One of Virginia’s worst serial arsonists eluded a massive police hunt for five months, setting nearly 80 fires on the Eastern Shore. Following night after night of futility, authorities finally got a break Monday: They say they caught him in the act. A surveillance team watched as the man torched an abandoned home in Accomack County and then escaped in a gold minivan, police said. The stop and the arrests that followed didn’t put an end to the mystery for a frightened community, but only raised the question of why.
“Police said the man who set the fire was Charles R. Smith III, 38, who friends said was a former captain with a volunteer fire department in Accomack County. His girlfriend, Tonya S. Bundick, 40, was driving the getaway car, police said.” http://wapo.st/ZyWZmk
SILVER SPRING: Money, money, money, per Gazette.Net, “The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved on Tuesday another $7.5 million to be spent on the Silver Spring Transit Center. This follows the recommendation by the county executive to put the money in an amendment to the six-year Capital Improvement Program that will go toward more stormwater management measures not in the original scope of work of the project, utility relocation costs, site improvements, costs to continue operation of the bus interim operations site used by Ride On and Metrobus, county staff and consultant costs and legal costs, according to an email from Esther Bowring, public information officer for Montgomery County.” http://bit.ly/Z0YwCy
SABRE RATTLING: Gee, this is surprising, per the New York Times, “North Korea blocked South Koreans on Wednesday from crossing the heavily armed border to a jointly-operated industrial park, raising doubt about the future of the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. The move came four days after North Korea threatened to shut down the industrial park, in the North Korean town of Kaesong, out of anger over United Nations sanctions and joint military drills that the United States and South Korea are conducting on the Korean Peninsula.” http://nyti.ms/10oN3zm
POLITICO PLAY: “Twitter is aflame these days with high-ranking former Obama aides. Liberated from any official constraints, overflowing with opinions and no small measure of old resentments at political foes and the press, they are now letting the world know what they really think—and seemingly enjoying themselves to no end while doing so. In the process, they are offering an unequaled window into the culture of the Obama West Wing. The brash, argumentative, sarcastic, often humorous, never-in-doubt ethos long familiar to reporters and other Washington operatives can now be followed by everyone in real time.” http://politi.co/10xTXQj
WAWA: No no, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Wawa wants to build a store in Herndon, but town officials are fighting back. . . While city officials say they too love Wawa, they don't love the proposed location at the intersection of Route 606 and Oak Grove Road. They also don't like the idea of a stand-alone building. In a letter to Loudoun County officials, Herndon community developers write: "...the proposed Wawa would be better incorporated into a larger planned development that channels vehicular access to and from Route 606." http://wj.la/XoXIw8
CLUNKER COPS: Of bum rides, per the Washington Examiner, “Nearly a quarter of the vehicles in the Metropolitan Police Department's patrol fleet should be removed from the road and replaced, according to the District's own standards. The department expects that 24 percent of police patrol vehicles this fiscal year will be outside their preferred replacement window, with officers continuing to drive cruisers that have exceeded the department's guidelines that they be replaced after five years or 100,000 miles.” http://bit.ly/Z7NCu3
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE: At least when it comes to walking, per the Washington Times, “Economic concerns have caused Maryland officials to cancel the popular Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk for the seventh straight year. The bridge is currently undergoing a preservation project that includes painting the westbound span as well as ongoing maintenance on the suspension cables. But that’s not the main reason officials are canceling the popular event, long embraced by athletes and sightseers alike. “Since Sept. 11, the cost has clearly and significantly increased as a security aspect, costing approximately $500,000 to do a Bay Bridge walk,” said Kelly Melhem, spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority.” http://bit.ly/XpknbH
A TEASE: But everyone’s watching, per the Los Angeles Times, “Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to the public stage Tuesday night for the opening scene in what many expect to be a carefully plotted performance concluding with another presidential try. The high-profile venue: the Kennedy Center in the nation's capital. Several dozen mostly student-age supporters of a Clinton presidential run rallied outside, brandishing blue-and-white "I'm Ready for Hillary" placards. But the event inside was strictly nonpartisan: an awards gala for an international women's rights organization that Clinton had helped create.” http://lat.ms/13Qh2p9
CHEATING SCANDAL: We give up, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall, walked into the Fulton County Jail surrounded by her legal team. Hall, 66, flashed a slight smile but did not comment, on the advice of her attorneys. Shortly before Hall arrived, top administrators, Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts, came to the jail with a throng of lawyers and friends. By 11 p.m., 28 of the 35 teachers, testing coordinators and school administrators accused of cheating reported to the jail, and some, including Hall, had already been released.” http://bit.ly/YYlEBG
NEVER MIND: Of child care, per ARLnow, “The Arlington County Board has taken a proposal to eliminate local childcare inspections off the table for the 2014 budget. The recommendation, one of numerous spending cuts in County Manager Barbara Donnellan’s proposed budget, was met with controversy. Hundreds of parents and residents signed a petition against the elimination of Arlington Child Care Office, which would have turned inspections over to the state and resulted in more lax oversight.” http://bit.ly/16mxFUQ
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is former Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, who will be asked about this year's legislative session and his comeback bid.