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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The latest on Egypt; NSA secrets begin to creep out; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
BEACH CAMPAIGN: Or something like that, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown greeted hundreds of supporters at an Ocean City reception Thursday night, stumping to a crowd of elected officials in town for the Maryland Association of Counties' summer conference.
“Today, Brown's gubernatorial campaign plans to announce endorsements from several county-level elected officials, adding to a roster that includes several high-profile Democrats and dozens of elected municipal leaders. While the primary for the 2014 governor's race more than 10 months away, hopefuls schmoozed and raised cash in Ocean City this week while hundreds of elected officials from across Maryland come to the beachfront town.” http://bsun.md/1aaNxjQ
SEAFOOD GOOD: Or something like that, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor, stopped by a Norfolk seafood business Thursday to unveil a package of environmental protection proposals. Touring George’s Seafood, a fresh fish wholesaler, McAuliffe called water-related businesses “a great economic driver for the commonwealth.”
“Clad in a plaid shirt, jeans and a Virginia Beach ballcap, the former Democratic national chairman checked out iced-down cobia, red snapper and king mackerel being readied for shipment to restaurants and supermarkets up and down the East Coast.” http://bit.ly/1a8ItMU
SPEAK NO EVIL: Or something like that, per the Washington Post, “Something dark and menacing hovered over Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, yet he seemed not to notice. The Republican had traveled to the Virginia Museum of Natural History here, in this long-depressed town near the North Carolina border, to host a thank-you dinner Monday for 300 state employees. He was so busy praising their public service, reminding them of the 2 percent raise he’d delivered, plying them with pulled pork, slaw and beans, he hardly glanced at the Allosaurus skeleton reigning over the grand exhibit hall.
“Nor did he make any mention of the gifts scandal that loomed over his final year in office, leading him, in a roundabout way, to Martinsville and across Virginia in a seven-day, 22-stop tour that wrapped up Thursday in Leesburg.” http://wapo.st/17Rq0hN
SNATCH: And grab, per ABC7—WJLA, “Snatch-and-grab thefts on Metro trains and buses have spiked over the past two weeks, a trend that Metro Transit Police officials are moving quickly to try to stifle. Transit Police officials announced Thursday that over the period between July 24 and August 7, reports of the highly-preventable theft by snatch went up 48 percent versus the two weeks preceding those.
“As the bells chime on the metro, signaling the doors to close, it is the thief’s signal to pounce. But this isn’t a solo crime. There is an accomplice, who body blows the victim before he buckles on the platform while the suspect sprints out of the station. Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said that the number of thefts by snatch jumped from 27 to 40 in the span of just 14 days.” http://wj.la/1286HC9
EGYPT: Just the facts, per the New York Times, “Gathering Thursday morning around a mosque used as a morgue for hundreds killed the day before, many Islamists waited confidently for a surge of sympathetic support from the broader public. But it failed to materialize.
“With their leaders jailed or silent, Islamists reeled in shock at the worst mass killing in Egypt’s modern history. By Thursday night, health officials had counted 638 dead and nearly 4,000 injured, but the final toll was expected to rise further.” http://nyti.ms/1byAs1N
OBIT: Of a downward spiral, per the Associated Press, “‘‘That ‘70s Show’’ actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43. Manager Craig Wyckoff says Kelly died Wednesday at a Los Angeles addiction treatment facility she had entered early this week. No official cause of death was disclosed. Kelly portrayed Laurie Forman, sister of Topher Grace’s lead character Eric, on the Fox series. It concluded in 2006.” http://bo.st/18ylCXj
OBAMACARE: And money, per The Hill, “The Obama administration added millions of dollars to ObamaCare's enrollment push Thursday, a surprise move designed to help bolster participation in new insurance plans. The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced $67 million in funding for “navigators,” which are people and community groups who will help people make sense of their options under the healthcare law.” http://bit.ly/17sWIau
POLITICO PLAY: “It is almost impossible to find an establishment Republican in town who’s not downright morose about the 2013 that has been and is about to be. Most dance around it in public, but they see this year as a disaster in the making, even if most elected Republicans don’t know it or admit it. Several influential Republicans told us the party is actually in a worse place than it was Nov. 7, the day after the disastrous election. This is their case.” http://politi.co/1dbRB2X
D.C. MAYOR’S RACE: New candidate?, per City Paper, “Andy Shallal, the restaurateur behind Busboys & Poets, is thinking about becoming the sixth candidate in the mayor's race—maybe. "If you don't consider this lightly, then you're stupid," Shallal tells LL.” http://bit.ly/142G1ny
FREEDOM FRIES: Well, kind of, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Two top state health officials will vacation in France next month with a high-level lobbyist for the state hospital association, a major player in the debate over reform and possible expansion of Virginia’s Medicaid program.
“Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel and state Medicaid Director Cindi B. Jones will pay their own way on the trip and travel separately to France, where they plan to meet Christopher S. Bailey, a senior vice president of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.” http://bit.ly/1cRPGSP
DEAD FISH: Stuff happens, per the Washington Times, “A National Park Service cleanup crew began scooping 1,000 dead fish from the Constitution Gardens pond on the Mall on Thursday, a calamity caused by decomposing algae that depletes the oxygen in the water. The fish kill — which created a terrible smell — happens periodically, Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson said.” http://bit.ly/17uowv8
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-3 against San Francisco.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “George Washington University is promising to make changes after ABC7's I-Team exposed filthy housing conditions in some of its dorms. Several students claim their rooms are full of mold and mildew with crumbling ceilings and rusted, broken appliances. All of this - at one of the most expensive schools in the country. ‘'It's really regrettable and we're very concerned about it. This has reached the highest levels at the university, including the president," a university spokesperson said Thursday.” http://wj.la/1cGYStX
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. councilwoman Mary Cheh, who will be asked about ethics reform, the city’s ambulance fleet, Walmart, the Attorney General election and more.