ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast with potentially damaging afternoon thunderstorms and a high near 90. http://wj.la/72e8x6
'GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON': Among the stories - Coverage of the approaching storms; Temple Hills hit-and-run is deadly; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
GIRL POWER: D.C. has it - at least in numbers, per the Washington Examiner, "The District has a higher percentage of female residents than any of the 50 states, according to census data released Thursday. About 52.3 percent of D.C. residents are female, just outpacing Rhode Island and Maryland at 51.6 percent each, according to census data. Alaska, at the other extreme, is 52.1 percent male.
"Women are drawn to the region by job opportunities, according to Washington Area Women's Foundation President Nicola Goren. The median annual income for women in the Washington area is $51,000, she said, compared with $35,500 nationally." http://bit.ly/1byEYLH
YOUTH DETENTION: Tackling a problem, per the Baltimore Sun, "The state Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to allow a Carroll County treatment center for juveniles to double its size to 96 beds twice the state cap of 48 despite a policy of sending troubled teens to smaller facilities for treatment. "It's not ideal," Gov. Martin O'Malley, a member of the board, said after voting for the expansion. "It's not ideal at all." But O'Malley and Sam Abed, Maryland's secretary of juvenile services, said the state had no choice but to allow the privately run Silver Oak facility to expand because more than 40 youths are languishing in state detention centers instead of getting court-mandated treatment." http://bsun.md/195g331
MORE TO COME?: Of the D.C. probe, per the Washington Post, "A sweeping federal investigation of political corruption in the District has entered a new and fast-paced phase targeting suspected violators of city campaign finance laws, authorities said. The guilty plea of former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown to bribery charges Monday was the latest public development in a broader investigation that has now spanned two years and that prosecutors said will move quickly in the coming weeks." http://wapo.st/174MEc6
TERROR ATTACKS THWARTED: At least that's the company line, per the New York Times. "The director of the National Security Agency told Congress on Wednesday that "dozens" of terrorism threats had been halted by the agency's huge database of the logs of nearly every domestic phone call made by Americans, while a senator briefed on the program disclosed that the telephone records are destroyed after five years.
"The director, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who heads both the N.S.A. and United States Cyber Command, which runs the military's offensive and defensive use of cyberweapons, told skeptical members of the Senate Appropriations Committee that his agency was doing exactly what Congress authorized after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." http://nyti.ms/14xZxHV
FIRES GONE WILD: And getting worse, per the Denver Post, "Gov. John Hickenlooper declared disaster emergencies related to three wildfires burning in Colorado, with Black Forest being the most destructive. So far, the fire has prompted the evacuation of nearly 9,500 people, destroyed 92 homes and burned about 8,500 acres, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. All of those numbers were likely to grow, he said, depending on weather. Thursday's forecast called for shifting, gusty winds, even hotter temperatures and a threat of dry lightning." http://bit.ly/13CD6ie
BOY SCOUTS GOOD; GAYS BAD: So there you go, per National Public Radio, "The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution at its annual meeting Wednesday to condemn the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay boys to become Scouts. The resolution, which did not receive unanimous support, stops short of requiring member churches to break with the organization. "The resolution affirmed the denomination's belief that homosexuality is immoral, and condemned the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay boys to become Scouts," reports Carrie Feibel of member station KUHF.
"At the meeting of about 5,000 Southern Baptists in Houston, Texas, Charlie Dale, pastor of the Indian Springs First Baptist Church in Alabama, spoke against the Boy Scouts resolution. Dale believes that "boys who think they are gay are probably confused and need help," Feibel reports." http://n.pr/195SdEg
POLITICO PLAY: "A House Republican pushing for a 20-week nationwide ban on abortions said Wednesday that the incidence of pregnancies resulting from rape is "very low" then scrambled to clarify his comment after it went viral with comparisons to former GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin. "The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) as the House Judiciary Committee debated his bill to ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks including in cases of rape and incest." http://politi.co/13EP8re
MINGERING MIKE: Has a nice ring to it, per City Paper, "The artist known as Mingering Mike first dreamed about joining D.C.'s pantheon of soul sensations. Back in the 1960s and '70s, the D.C. native brought his fantasies to life through hand-painted cardboard records and sleeves. Lost for decades, those faux records eventually resurfaced to great acclaim. Now Mingering Mike's work can be found in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection.
"It appears that his surprising career has now taken a familiar Washington turn: He's covering D.C. politics. In a group art show now on view at Hemphill Fine Arts, Mingering Mike contributes a portrait of each member of the D.C. Council." http://bit.ly/12G3JaA
WARRANT?: Maybe, maybe not, per the Washington Times, "D.C. police officers need a refresher on when it's legal to enter a home without a warrant, according to a report issued Wednesday by the city's Police Complaints Board. The board said it routinely receives complaints about officers entering homes the complaints comprise nearly 14 percent of all those received since 2009 and recommends the department should write a general order clarifying the exigent circumstances that would justify a warrantless search." http://bit.ly/13ZVCBt
SMITHFIELD AND ITS PORK: CEO defends a decision, per the Virginian-Pilot, "The anti-Chinese flak over the proposed takeover of Smithfield Foods Inc. has hit close to home for the pork company's CEO. "My sister said to me, 'You're selling out to the Communists?' " C. Larry Pope, Smithfield's chief executive and president, said Wednesday. "...My mother said, 'Couldn't you pick somebody else?' "
". . .But in an hour-long interview, Pope emphasized that he thinks the proposed $7.1 billion acquisition by Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. - China's largest meat processor - would benefit the United States and strengthen Smithfield, adding jobs to help satisfy China's appetite for pork without endangering food safety in the United States." http://bit.ly/16g1Cbn
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Colorado 5-1.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: "African-Americans are eight times more likely to be arrested than whites for marijuana possession in D.C., the ACLU says. Blacks make up slightly more than 50 percent of the district's population but made up 91 percent of the arrests for marijuana possession. "These statistics strongly suggest that the drug laws are not enforced with an even hand across the District of Columbia. Knowledge of these facts makes it incumbent on the D.C. Council to take action," says ACLU Organizer Seema Sadanandan in a release. http://wj.la/19qUNaS
NEWSTALK: Among today's guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Councilman David Catania, who will be asked about the direction and pace of school reform in the District.