ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of an officer-involved shooting in Montgomery; Admitted leaker Edward Snowden takes flight from Hong Kong to Russia; George Zimmerman set for start; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
THE SUPREMES: Big decisions loom, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Same-sex couples in Virginia and defenders of traditional unions between men and women are attentively looking to Washington this week, where the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce rulings on two cases that might fundamentally change the definition of marriage.
“If the court ruled that there was a fundamental right to same-sex marriage, then that would be of the same magnitude as Roe v. Wade,” said A.E. Dick Howard, professor of law at the University of Virginia. Such a ruling would overturn Virginia law, which does not recognize same-sex marriages, including those from out of state. A 2006 amendment to the state Constitution defines marriage as a union only between a man and a woman.” http://bit.ly/11UoM25
BUM PIPES IN MARYLAND: Of bursts, per the Washington Post, “A large concrete water main that exploded this spring along busy Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase has brought to light a little known local distinction: The Maryland suburbs have more of a notoriously problematic stock of pipe than almost any major U.S. water utility.
“The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has 350 miles of concrete mains that have been prone to exploding without warning. The particularly large mains are designed to carry high volumes of pressurized water. Utilities around the world have struggled with this type of pipe since the 1980s, when they began bursting decades before their 100-year life expectancy was up.” http://wapo.st/11VqpfO
SEQUESTRATION: The Navy watches, per the Virginian-Pilot, “At first glance, Hampton Roads' Navy-dependent economy appears to be headed for better times next year. Two defense spending bills that cleared major hurdles on Capitol Hill last week would restore some funding eliminated by automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester, that took effect this year.
“The widely supported House and Senate bills include military pay raises, restoration of funds for readiness training, ship and aircraft maintenance and repairs, and base construction projects. They also continue carrier and submarine construction and prohibit a new round of base closings. But there's a problem: Both bills completely ignore about $52 billion in mandatory defense spending cuts required by the sequester. Unless Congress finds a way to head it off, the second year of cuts will begin in January and extend through September 2014.” http://bit.ly/15xcdvI
EDWARD SNOWDEN: Where’s Waldo?, per the New York Times, “The American authorities scrambled Sunday to figure out how to catch Edward J. Snowden, the former national security contractor accused of espionage, as he led them on an international chase, frustrating the Obama administration and threatening to strain relations on three continents.
“Diplomats and law enforcement officials from the United States warned countries in Latin America not to harbor Mr. Snowden or allow him to pass through to other destinations after he fled Hong Kong for Moscow, possibly en route to Ecuador or another nation where he could seek asylum.” http://nyti.ms/1cd5CKB
VIOLENT WEEKEND: Just the facts, per the Baltimore Sun, “At least 18 people were shot in 11 incidents across the city from Friday afternoon through Sunday night. Eight of those people — two women and six men — were killed. The shootings included one in the early hours of Saturday, when at least one assailant sprayed bullets into a crowd of people in the 700 block of N. Kenwood Ave. in the city's Madison-Eastend neighborhood, wounding three women and a man and killing Donyae Jones, 18.” http://bsun.md/1ccm2mw
THE CIRCUS: Or something like that, per the Los Angeles Times, “A career daredevil in a T-shirt and jeans completed a 1,400-foot long high-wire walk across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday evening in a feat broadcast with a 10-second delay -- just in case. Nik Wallenda's vertiginous feat came little more than a year after he crossed Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada on a 2-inch-thick cable, covering a distance of about 1,800 feet at a height of about 180 feet. But on that crossing, he wore a harness -- unlike Sunday.” http://lat.ms/11XPDvd
POLITICO PLAY: “South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a chief Republican proponent of immigration reform, says he's confident the Gang of Eight bill can net the 70 votes he's been shooting for. "I think we’re on the verge of getting 70 votes ... We’re very, very close to getting 70 votes," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday." The South Carolina senator said the bill, which includes a "border surge" plan. would offer sufficient southern border security, saying "We have secured our border in a way I could not have imagined 4 or 5 years ago." http://politi.co/19uuGwZ
THINGS THAT GO BOOM IN THE NIGHT: But who lit the match?, per ABC7—WJLA, “Residents of a Northeast D.C. neighborhood were shaken Sunday evening after they heard what they thought was an explosion in the 300 block of L Street. Police say a man had some fireworks in a backpack and they went off. The backpack was dropped on the ground and the man fled. A spokesperson for DC Fire says the fireworks apparently were M-80's, which are illegal to own in the District.” http://wj.la/189xt0N
EMPLOYEE RELATIONS: Quite complicated, this, per the Washington Times, “In the last four years, the District of Columbia has lost between 60 percent and 70 percent of all cases decided by the city’s employee relations board, according to a recent D.C. Council budget report. And although the former executive director of the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) has accused its members of harboring a pro-labor bias and of racial and ideological discrimination against its own employees, additional reasons loom for the lopsided results, which can have financial consequences for the city.” http://bit.ly/1445pYE
FIRES GONE WILD: Still no end in sight, per the Denver Post, “Tiny towns in southwest Colorado that are normally flush with tourists this time of year were practically ghost towns, fully or partially evacuated Sunday by a trio of fires called the West Fork complex. Containment or control?
"None whatsoever," said Penny Bertram, a spokeswoman for the National Incident Management Organization team that is leading the massive deployment against the blaze. "It looks like it could be just like this for the next few days." There is no estimate for when residents and tourists might return, she said.” http://bit.ly/14hOz6Y
PEACE OUT: Strange stuff, per City Paper, “The District government, which gave gang intervention group Peaceoholics more than $5 million in anti-violence grants during ex-Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration, sued the group today for allegedly submitting a falsified grant application in 2009.” http://bit.ly/17sFKxC
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 7-6 against Colorado.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Not your average Sunday evening at the Lincoln Memorial. This "Supermoon" picture was captured by Jim Knapp.” http://on.fb.me/16tzWzg
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Ed Davies, Executive Director of the DC Youth Investment Trust, who will be asked about the organization’s efforts to refocus on its mission of helping young people in the wake of the Harry Thomas, Jr. scandal.