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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – A University of Maryland student is found dead in her dorm room but there’s no indication of foul play or a suicide; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
MCAULIFFE’S ADVICE: Vote, says Ken Cuccinelli’s opponent, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Despite months, even years, of campaigning for the Executive Mansion following his Democratic primary defeat in 2009, Terry McAuliffe officially kicked off his second campaign for governor Monday with a number of promises on education and economic development, and one big request:
“Please don’t sit home and please don’t think last year mattered more than this year,” the McLean businessman and former Democratic National Committee chairman told a couple of hundred supporters packed into the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park atrium in downtown Richmond.” http://bit.ly/18r7kZR
KIDNAPPED GIRLS FOUND ALIVE: Quite the bizarre story, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Three longtime missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, have been found alive, apparently kidnapped and held for years as prisoners inside a house on Cleveland's near West Side. Berry called police Monday afternoon and frantically told a dispatcher that she was alive and free after being kidnapped 10 years ago and held captive in a house on Seymour Avenue.” http://bit.ly/15tZMXc
MEANWHILE: Missing woman found dead, per the Washington Post, “Victoria Kong’s family was concerned about her growing memory loss and confusion, so they planned to have the 83-year-old grandmother checked out by doctors after she returned from Barbados, relatives said. But when her flight landed at Reagan National Airport on Friday evening, surveillance video shows that the Gaithersburg woman walked past an American Airlines agent sent to escort her to her waiting daughter. She walked out of the airport and vanished.
“Searchers discovered the woman’s body in a wooded area near Gravelly Point on Monday after an extensive three-day search using police, volunteers, a helicopter and a boat, the U.S. Park Police said.” http://wapo.st/129YjAP
SITUATION SYRIA: U.S. remains cautious, per the New York Times, “The White House insisted Monday that it would not be thrown off its cautious approach to Syria, despite Israeli military strikes near Damascus and new questions about the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there.
“The administration cast doubt on an assertion by a United Nations official that the Syrian rebels, not the government of President Bashar al-Assad, had used the nerve agent sarin. And it backed Israel’s right to strike Syrian targets to disrupt shipments of weapons from Iran to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.” http://nyti.ms/13ezSTT
OF A BIG BOX: And plenty of critics, per Gazette.Net, “The Montgomery County Council will expedite a zoning review of the former BAE Systems/Vitro site in Aspen Hill that is targeted for a Walmart. Critics say the decision only fast-tracks the big-box retailer’s plan to locate in Aspen Hill.” http://bit.ly/YrCrAh
POLITICO PLAY: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s aides met recently with staffers of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to warn them: Targeting vulnerable Democrats like Arkansas’s Mark Pryor on gun control could backfire on the party, several sources told POLITICO. It didn’t work. Ads from the Bloomberg-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns are going up soon in Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota — three states with Democratic senators who broke with the White House on last month’s background checks vote.” http://politi.co/11PHnhk
MARYLAND GAMBLING: Of casino wars, per the Washington Examiner, “Penn National Gaming is looking for a rematch. The gambling giant couldn't beat MGM Resorts International in the $90 million Election Day fight to add a sixth casino in Prince George's county, so it intends to join them in bidding for the new license, according to federal filings. Bids are due to the state on Friday.” http://bit.ly/16RoqAK
HOLD, PLEASE: A disturbing story, per the Washington Times, “A spike in 911 call volume is partially to blame for why a woman was placed on hold for more than a minute while her Northwest D.C. home was broken into and she struggled with the intruder, a spokeswoman for the Office of Unified Communications said Monday. The union that represents 911 operators said that’s only part of the problem, though, and warned that more people could end up being put on hold while trying to make emergency calls if staffing is not increased.” http://bit.ly/16dCWTp
SKINNY CHRIS CHRISTIE?: We’ll see, per the New York Post, “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids, he revealed to The Post last night. The Garden State governor agreed to the operation at the urging of family and friends after turning 50 last September.” http://bit.ly/ZDcvz2
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 4-3 against the New York Rangers.
FOOD FIGHT: From Monday, per City Paper, “Food trucks are going on their version of a hunger strike today to protest proposed mobile vending regulations. During lunch, 17 truckers will park in Farragut Square, but they won't serve food. The idea is to show the public what it would be like under the proposed rules, which they argue would push many operators out of downtown and could cause some to go out of business or leave the city altogether.” http://bit.ly/12KRQKc
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Sunday, Defense Distributed posted a video of "The Liberator," a working, plastic gun made from an $8,000 3-D printer. The Liberator's blueprints are now online for anyone to download, and now some lawmakers are calling for The Liberator and weapons produced in the same way to be banned. http://wj.la/12c5oj5
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who will be asked about event security in the wake of the Boston bombings, gun violence, cell phone thefts and more.