ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with rain showers and highs in the low 90s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
'GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON': Among the reports - NW D.C. women in custody for allegedy abducting her two children; President Obama to talk about terror alerts and relations with Russia; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
BAD SIGNS: Only if you don't like hurricanes, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "As we enter the peak time for Atlantic hurricanes, experts say the season is shaping up to be more active than normal and possibly very active. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, released its updated hurricane outlook Thursday.
"The conditions in place now are similar to those that have produced many active Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995," NOAA said in a statement. Those conditions include above-average Atlantic sea-surface temperatures and a strong rainy season in West Africa, which produces winds that help turn smaller storms there into hurricanes." http://bit.ly/17BxLs0
FREDERICK PUSHBACK: Of illegal immigrants, per the Baltimore Sun, "Even as immigrant advocates applauded a federal court ruling that limits local efforts to target people in the country illegally, some Frederick County officials insisted that they should continue to play a role in deporting them. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling this week revives a lawsuit stemming from the detention and arrest by Frederick County sheriff's deputies of a Salvadoran woman as she sat on a curb eating a sandwich in October 2008.
The court ruled that state and local law enforcement can't detain or arrest people solely based on their immigration status. Frederick County commissioners passed a resolution Thursday in support of the sheriff's department, said commission President Blaine Young, who wants to make his county Maryland's "most unfriendly to illegal aliens." He vowed that county officials would continue to enforce immigration laws to the extent they can." http://bsun.md/1ci7t6a
BOB MCDONNELL: The latest, per the Washington Post, "A Virginia Beach radiologist lent $50,000 to a real estate corporation owned by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his sister in 2010 the same year the doctor was offered an appointment to a state medical board. Paul Davis, who said he met McDonnell in church and has been friends with the governor for about 12 years, said he believes the appointment offer was unrelated to the financial assistance he provided the governor.
"Davis said he declined the appointment because he believed it would take him away from his lucrative medical practice. But the loan offers a new example of how McDonnell's personal finances became entangled with his public role as the governor struggled to keep up with payments on property investments he and his family made during the height of the real estate boom." http://wapo.st/19RthDO
SITUATION SYRIA: New clubhouse for terrorists, per the New York Times, "As foreign fighters pour into Syria at an increasing clip, extremist groups are carving out pockets of territory that are becoming havens for Islamist militants, posing what United States and Western intelligence officials say may be developing into one of the biggest terrorist threats in the world today.
"Known as fierce fighters willing to employ suicide car bombs, the jihadist groups now include more than 6,000 foreigners, counterterrorism officials say, adding that such fighters are streaming into Syria in greater numbers than went into Iraq at the height of the insurgency there against the American occupation." http://nyti.ms/1ci8mLW
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: Ask a silly question. . .per the Orlando Sentinel, "Where did George Zimmerman go while being tracked by a satellite as he awaited trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin? To Target to buy flowers for his wife, to a giant sporting-goods store in Lake Mary that has a huge selection of firearms although he did not go into that department and to his lawyer's office more than 100 times. Zimmerman spent 372 days shackled to a satellite tracking device. It was one of the terms of his $1 million bail." http://bit.ly/16xEQuJ
DEAD DOLPHINS: Of increased scrutiny, per the Virginian-Pilot, "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an Unusual Mortality Event on Thursday in response to an increase in dolphin deaths in the Mid-Atlantic.
"To recognize an event as unusual, it must meet at least one of seven criteria set by NOAA, including a marked change in morbidity or strandings compared to previous years. Virginia has borne the brunt of the strandings, with 49 in July and more than 100 total to date this year. New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland have also seen an increase in dolphin deaths." http://bit.ly/15R9OPw
POTUS PRESSER: Questions and more questions, per The Hill, "President Obama will hold his first solo press conference in more than three months on Friday before he departs for a weeklong vacation at Martha's Vineyard. The summer has been unkind to Obama, with controversies at home and abroad wearing down his approval rating. His poll numbers have dipped 5 points since he last spoke to the media in April, according to a Fox News survey released Thursday, and his overall approval rating is at 42 percent, just 2 percent points above the low point in his presidency." http://bit.ly/14pGhMZ
POLITICO PLAY: "The arm of the Mark Zuckerberg-backed immigration reform group that focuses on conservatives is going on air in Milwaukee with a pro-reform spot defending Rep. Paul Ryan, POLITICO has learned. Americans for a Conservative Direction bought roughly $350,000 worth of TV time targeted toward Ryan's district, a source tracking the air wars said." http://politi.co/19feEej
GENEROUS NAS: Just the facts, per ABC7WJLA, "After seeing a report on ABC7, rapper Nas is helping a single father of eight kids get back on his feet. He has started a donation page for the Young family whose home was destroyed by a fire -- they must vacate the hotel they are staying in on August 13." http://wj.la/1beU377
TAXI CREDIT: Or not, per WAMU, "As the deadline to apply for a 30-day extension looms, some Washington taxi drivers are petitioning the D.C. Taxicab Commission for more time to arrange the installation of credit card readers in their vehicles. All District taxicabs are required to begin accepting credit card payments by the end of the month. However, if a taxi owner and a payment service provider (PSP) provide the commission written proof that they have reached an agreement and scheduled an installation, they may apply for a 30-day extension to install the technology by the end of September. The deadline to request the extension is August 15." http://bit.ly/13GXLVw
RALPHIE: It's always something, per City Paper, "(Thursday was) a busy day for Ralph Nader in D.C. politics. First the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled on his group's effort to halt plans for redevelopment of the West End Library. (Alas, not in his favor.) Now the former Green Party presidential candidate has also sent a letter to Mayor Vince Gray to better inform him on his upcoming decision to sign or veto the controversial living wage bill." http://bit.ly/17AnigA
SPIN CITY: And then some, per the Washington Times, "Bill Clinton, one of only two presidents in history to be impeached, will be among 16 honorees to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, the White House announced Thursday. Mr. Clinton, who was widely condemned for having sex with a young intern during his presidency, will receive the nation's highest civilian honor along with prominent feminist Gloria Steinem, talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, country music legend Loretta Lynn and others in a ceremony later this year." http://bit.ly/15RIoJn
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Redskins beat Tennessee 22-21 in exhibition opener.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: "Love and honor fueled 14 men as they marched 140 miles for one man: fallen Air Force Major Walter David Gray. The members of Delta Flight strapped on their boots and traveled on foot from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Arlington National Cemetery where their commander was laid to rest - arriving on the same day Gray was killed just one year ago." http://wj.la/1cOCnAI
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