DAYBREAK DAILY: Bidding begins for Va. Beach wind farm

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Convicted kidnaper Ariel Castro apparently commits suicide in prison; Syria – the latest; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

SURF’S UP: Of a windy city, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The real estate is cheap. The bidding will start at $2 an acre. The online auction to lease nearly 113,000 acres of federal waters for a wind-power farm about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach is today. Eight companies, including Dominion Virginia Power, have qualified to participate.

"We'll keep going until we've identified a single bidder," said Tracey Moriarty, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal agency running the auction. Bidding will start at $225,000. The winner will have five years to come up with a plan to build and finance a wind farm off Virginia. Actual construction, if it happens, would likely be after 2020.”

CATCH THIS PASS: So says Maryland, per the Baltimore Sun, “Marylanders, with the help of a catchy jingle and the Baltimore Ravens, will urge residents to sign up for new health insurance coverage available through federal reforms in an advertising campaign launching this month, health officials said Tuesday.

“Television, radio, online and print ads featuring the faces and voices of state residents who plan to sign up for coverage will soon proliferate in the state, including in prime spots during Ravens broadcasts and eventually billboard and transit ads. Health officials are preparing to open the Maryland Health Connection, the state's new insurance marketplace, in less than a month.”

E.W. JACKSON: Of an enigma, per the Washington Post, “Virginia Republicans have been keeping their distance from E.W. Jackson ever since the fiery minister, who has compared Planned Parenthood to the Klan and linked yoga to Satan, won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor. Turns out the feeling was mutual.

“Jackson, who beat six better-funded, better-known candidates at a May convention to become the GOP ticket’s surprise No. 2, has been taking his own steps to keep the Republican Party at arm’s length. The Chesapeake pastor has rebuffed the party’s suggestion that he tone down his rhetoric and steer clear of hot-button issues — much to the delight of his grassroots supporters, the frustration of some GOP loyalists and the surprise of almost no one.”

MEANWHILE: The run for AG, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Republicans want to believe Mark Obenshain is their firewall. The GOP nominee for attorney general, Obenshain isn’t burdened by controversy on the groaning scale that afflicts the party’s candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson. If they flame out, perhaps Obenshain survives, supplying Republicans a statewide voice and a gubernatorial nominee for 2017.

“Not that the lugubrious Obenshain isn’t facing discomfiting questions. His equally doleful opponent, Mark Herring, hopes they ensure the first Democratic sweep since 1989. Among the questions: Obenshain’s election-year legislation — now law — making it harder for Virginians to vote and easier to keep secret that they carry a concealed gun. Obenshain also is harangued for a 2009 measure — later withdrawn — that would have required women report miscarriages to authorities within 24 hours.”

SITUATION SYRIA: Consensus building, per the New York Times, “President Obama won the support on Tuesday of Republican and Democratic leaders in the House for an attack on Syria, giving him a foundation to win broader approval for military action from a Congress that still harbors deep reservations.

“Speaker John A. Boehner, who with other Congressional leaders met Mr. Obama in the Oval Office, said afterward that he would “support the president’s call to action,” an endorsement quickly echoed by the House majority leader, Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia.”

MEANWHILE: Assurances, per The Hill, “Secretary of State John Kerry assured reluctant lawmakers the White House would not put any U.S. soldiers in Syria as he sought to convince them Tuesday to support a military strike against that country.

“Kerry’s comments at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are part of the Obama administration’s push to convince the public and skeptical lawmakers that limited strikes against Syria are the right response to the use of chemical weapons by the forces of President Bashar Assad.”

POLITICO PLAY: “The whip count on Syria has become like the war itself: No one in Washington wants to own it alone. While most top congressional leaders have vowed to back President Barack Obama in seeking authority to launch missile strikes, there’s little evidence that they can — or even want to — help him round up the rank-and file-Republicans he’ll need to win a vote in the House.”

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PRISON SUICIDE: Apparently, anyway, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, “Ariel Castro, the man sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for the abductions of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, is dead. Castro was found hanging in his cell at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, south of Columbus, said JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.”

STRANGE: Just the facts, per the Washington Times, “It wasn’t flying for long and it’s unclear what it was doing, but at least one witness spotted a drone hovering over a six-alarm fire at a warehouse in Alexandria on Monday. Robert Rapanut of Alexandria said he was near the scene of the blaze that destroyed a warehouse in the 800 block of South Pickett Street when he saw an object rise. He took out a camera and photographed it.

“I just saw some black thing go up” Mr. Rapanut said. “It was up maybe two or three minutes. It hovered over the roof of the Red Lobster” a few hundred feet east of the fire. Alexandria fire officials said the drone didn’t belong to them.”

FIRES GONE WILD: Hitting the Rim, per the Los Angeles Times, “Despite stubborn heat and wind over the Labor Day weekend, firefighters battling the Rim fire burning into Yosemite National Park tightened their grip around the historic blaze and turned their focus to what caused it. The fire started in the Stanislaus National Forest on Aug. 17 and is burning into neighboring Yosemite National Park. It has chewed through 235,841 acres, or 368 square miles. The fire was 75% contained Tuesday.

“Full containment isn't expected for two weeks — the area burned is larger than Dallas or San Diego — and investigators aren't sure what started it. But the fire chief in the small, nearby mountain town of Twain Harte, named after authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte, told an audience of community members days after the blaze broke out that he's sure the Rim fire is man-made.”

SHE SAYS YES: In mid-film, per ARLnow, “The crowd at Friday night’s outdoor showing of Grease in Rosslyn got to witness an extra bit of summer lovin’ — a choreographed, real-life marriage proposal. Multiple attendees captured the scene on their cell phones as a group of people stood up in front of the crowd and started dancing to the musical number “You’re the One That I Want.”

At first, the stunt looked like a simple “flash mob” — a group of dancers filming a viral video. But as the song wrapped up, the movie was paused and 30-year-old Tyler Pepin, of Arlington, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Sara. “Sara, you’re my best friend and you’re the one I want to spend the rest of my life with,” Pepin said, as Sara looked surprised. “Will you marry me?” The crowd cheered as Sara said yes. The film resumed shortly thereafter.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Philadelphia 9-6.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who will be asked about the debate over the proposed military strike in Syria, the potential for a showdown this fall over the debt ceiling and President Obama’s request for a small pay raise for federal workers.

--Skip Wood