DAYBREAK DAILY: Brown sidesteps whether Gansler owes him apology

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The latest from the unrest in Egypt; Debate continues about repairs to the Silver Spring transit center; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

ANTHONY BROWN RESPONDS: To Doug Gansler, per the Baltimore Sun, “A day after his campaign called for an apology, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Wednesday that perhaps his gubernatorial opponent Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler owes one to the voters instead. Gansler's secretly recorded comments about race touched off a conflict between the two Democrats, who are vying for the nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2014. . . Gansler was recorded telling a group of supporters that Brown's campaign was offering little beyond his racial heritage.

“. . .In his first interview since the transcript was published, Brown declined to say whether he thought he deserved a personal apology and said he is committed to telling voters his plan "to achieve results."

OYSTERS AND MORE OYSTERS: Of a big haul, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Last season’s oyster harvest was Virginia’s biggest in a quarter-century, preliminary figures show. The 2012-13 harvest totaled more than 320,000 bushels, with a dockside value of $11.2 million, state officials said. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the news Wednesday during a tour of the Kellum Seafood Co.’s oyster harvesting, shucking and packing plant at Weems on the Northern Neck.”

LOCAL LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM LOSES: After reaching the final, per the Washington Post, “It was the best of times, it was … okay, maybe, like, second-best. But their summer was still better than yours, right? The mighty McLean all-stars — a dozen Northern Virginia middle-schoolers with braces, braids and a previously perfect record — lost in the Little League Softball World Series final Wednesday night in Portland, Ore., (and on national TV), 9-0 to the Sunnyside Little League team from Tucson, Ariz.”

EGYPT: Utter chaos, per the New York Times, “Egyptian security officers stormed two encampments packed with supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday in a scorched-earth assault that killed hundreds, set off a violent backlash across Egypt and underscored the new government’s determination to crush the Islamists who dominated two years of free elections.

“The attack, the third mass killing of Islamist demonstrators since the military ousted Mr. Morsi six weeks ago, followed a series of government threats. But the scale — lasting more than 12 hours, with armored vehicles, bulldozers, tear gas, birdshot, live ammunition and snipers — and the ferocity far exceeded the Interior Ministry’s promises of a gradual and measured dispersal.”

AND THIS: The fallout, per the Los Angeles Times, “Mosques turned into makeshift hospitals as injured protesters streamed in, their blood staining the prayer carpets. The streets outside became hospital corridors, clotted with protesters wearing surgical masks to help protect against a constant barrage of tear gas from Egyptian security forces.”

WHITEY BULGER: Juror speaks out, per the Boston Globe, “A juror in the trial of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger defended the panel Wednesday against attacks on social media deriding their performance in the Boston case that drew attention across the globe. “We’re being eaten alive out there, and I’m just very offended,” said Gusina Tremblay, 56, of Lowell.

“Tremblay, who sat down for an interview with the Globe in Chelmsford, said she has read comments on Twitter describing the jury as incompetent. She said she bristles at that charge because jurors spent so much time analyzing the mounds of evidence in an effort to be as thorough as possible.”

MITT?: Sorry, don’t know him, per The Hill, “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other likely 2016 GOP presidential candidates are sounding populist themes in battleground states, trying to distance themselves from Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) have been reaching out to working-class voters as they visit states like Iowa and New Hampshire, in the belief that Romney's bid fell short because he did not try hard enough to win over that segment of the voting public.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Pro-immigration reform groups on the left have a new whipping boy: House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. Unions and other powerful liberal groups have organized a campaign to paint the No. 3 House Republican as the ultimate decider of whether the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants will get a new pathway to citizenship.”

SLOGAN SCRAPPED: Of D.C., per City Paper, “It's hard to imagine mayoral aspirant Tommy Wells without "livable, walkable," his shorthand for a transit-friendly approach to development. His campaign has printed stickers with different plays on the phrase, and he hands out Livable Walkable Awards every year. But now, Wells says he's breaking up with his longtime slogan.”

GRIDIRON SCAM: One thing’s missing, per the Washington Times, “Two young men apparently delivered quite the pitch when they set up shop outside a McLean pharmacy to solicit donations for their high school football team. More than two dozen people forked over cash. The problem? The D.C. public charter school in question, Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast, has no football team. The solicitations were a scam, according to Fairfax County police. Two 20-year-old men now face forgery charges for the scheme, officials said Wednesday.”

ALEXIS MURPHY: Just the facts, per the Roanoke Times, “On the evening Alexis Murphy went missing, she stood inside Randy Allen Taylor’s ramshackle camper while a man with her sipped Icehouse beer and smoked marijuana with Taylor, his lawyer said Wednesday.

"Taylor, 48, didn’t know the man’s name but purchased $60 in marijuana from him, said Michael Hallahan, Taylor’s court-appointed attorney. Murphy, 17, neither smoked nor drank as the group talked, Hallahan said. The Nelson County teen and the man left in separate cars before dark, Hallahan said. He never saw them again.”

LONGEVITY: And then some, per ARLnow, “An Arlington resident will be turning 105 next week. Helen Crossley — who has resided in the independent living facility at Culpepper Garden, a retirement community at 4435 N. Pershing Drive, for more than 30 years – will be turning 105 on Saturday, Aug. 24.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat San Francisco 6-5.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- A secretly recorded conversation of Doug Gansler, talking about rival Anthony Brown, ignites the first real controversy of the 2014 governor’s race in Maryland. Analysis from former state Senator David Harrington and commentator Josh Kurtz.

--Skip Wood