WTOP’s Top 5 Morning Stories – Tuesday, May 1

Pat LaFrieda Jr., whose business was featured on the new Food Network show \'\'Meat Men,\'\' trims dark meat from a chicken. Thighs and drumsticks are climbing the pecking order as Americans join consumers abroad in seeking out flavor that\'s lacking in the boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have long dominated the domestic market. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Good morning, Washington area and readers world-wide. Check out these five stories to keep you informed and get you going this Tuesday.

On bin Laden anniversary, expect heightened transpo. security
Metro says there’s no specific or credible threat against the system, but Metro Transit Police understand that al-Qaida has shown interest in anniversaries and significant dates.

U.S. May Day protests planned, may disrupt commutes
May Day protests may disrupt the morning commute in major U.S. cities Tuesday as labor, immigration and Occupy activists rally support on the international workers’ holiday. Demonstrations, strikes and acts of civil disobedience are being planned around the country, including the most visible organizing effort by anti-Wall Street groups since Occupy encampments came down in the fall.

Prices go thigh-high as consumers seek dark meat
Pat LaFrieda Jr. can’t get enough chicken thighs. If his family business featured on the new Food Network series “Meat Men” orders 100 cases of boneless, skinless thighs, his supplier might deliver only 60. That’s because consumers have discovered something chefs have long known about dark meat: “It was always the least expensive protein that you could buy, but it had the most amount of flavor,” LaFrieda said.

Proposed building brings zoning debate to new heights
One local resident believes the D.C. City Council is “skirting with life and death issues” by considering a 110-foot-tall building on a stretch of M Street Southwest near Nationals Park and the Waterfront Metro Station, where building height normally stops at 40 feet. A final vote is still ahead.

Chief: Drones ‘certainly’ coming to skies over Beltway
“Drones will certainly have a purpose and a reason to be in this region in the next, coming years,” said Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer, while speaking on WTOP’s “Ask the Chief” program on Monday. “Just as a standpoint as an alternative for spotting traffic and sending information back to our VDOT Smart Traffic centers, and being able to observe backups.”

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