Morning Roundup: April 26

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THE SPECIAL ELECTION to fill an open D.C. Council seat is Tuesday. Among the top candidates is Sekou Biddle, a Democrat who in January was appointed to the at-large seat vacated when council member Kwame R. Brown was elected council chairman. Another top candidate is longtime D.C. politician and former council member Vincent B. Orange, also a Democrat, according to The Washington Times. Other Democrats on the ballot are Bryan Weaver, Joshua Lopez, Tom Brown and Dorothy Douglas. Also running are Republican Patrick Mara, independent Arkan Haile and Statehood Green Party candidate Alan Page.

TERRY MCAULIFFE’S quest for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Virginia was thwarted two years ago by voters who viewed him as a carpetbagger out of touch with grass-roots Virginians. Today, Mr. McAuliffe, a multimillionaire entrepreneur who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns and the former president’s charitable efforts abroad, quietly is mounting a second bid for the governorship, The Washington Times reports.

THE FAREWELL TO WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER begins its second day with a public viewing Tuesday of the closed casket in Baltimore’s City Hall. The longtime Baltimore mayor and two-term Maryland governor will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The final day of the three-day event will be Wednesday, when an 11 a.m. funeral service at Old St. Paul’s Church will be followed by a burial at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Hunt Valley, Md. Tributes began Monday with a viewing and a service in Annapolis, attended by hundreds, including all of Maryland’s living governors, according to The Washington Times.

UPDATE: AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE in the stabbing Monday afternoon at the National Zoo, according to news reports. A 16-year-old from Southeast was taken into custody last night and charged with assault, reports say.

A fight started at about 3:20 p.m. near the Small Mammal House, but police are still unsure whether the stabbing was part of the larger brawl during the zoo’s annual Easter Monday event or was part of an ongoing disagreement. They also are investigating whether the teenage victim was stabbed a second time outside the zoo gates on Connecticut Avenue Northwest. The stabbing injuries were considered potentially life-threatening.

The event is more than 100 years old and is billed as a program that welcomes thousands of black families and children from the area, reports The Washington Times.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS OWNER DAN SNYDER explains in The Washington Post’s opinion section why he refiled his lawsuit against the Washington City Paper. Mr. Synder says the tabloid paper published “false and reckless charges about me” and that he refiled in Washington, not New York, for legal reasons. “The rest of the complaint is essentially the same,” Mr. Snyder writes.

COLLEGE PARK OFFICIALS are is rushing to meet a state deadline for allocating hundreds of thousands of dollars made by issuing speeding tickets to drivers caught on camera, the Washington Examiner reports. City Council members said they are working to determine by June how to spend the estimated $600,000 the city will net from the newly implemented speed-camera program, which mails $40 tickets to speeders.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE documents and agency manuals have been off-limits for days, and email has been intermittent since a software update apparently went awry, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Police officials say the outage has not affected troopers’ ability to investigate and to respond to emergencies. However, some state police employees have used personal email accounts to send communications. On Monday, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s office distributed a media release about a high-profile death investigation on the agency’s behalf because of problems accessing its media-distribution list.

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