DAYBREAK DAILY: Guy Friddell, legendary Va. journalist, dead at 92

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Kate Middleton in labor; Comments from woman who survived after her car plunged off the Bay Bridge; Long-awaited changes to MLK memorial begin; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

GUY FRIDDELL: Of a Virginia legend, per the Virginian-Pilot, “He found poetry in tomatoes, corn bread, in old dogs and the scent of magnolia blossoms. He found romance, adventure and inspiration in the past and its stories. He found dignity, and decency, in practically everyone he met. And in a newspaper career that spanned 60 years, Guy Friddell found a place in history: He died early Saturday at age 92, one of Virginia's favorite contemporary writers.

“Literary, lyrical and uncompromisingly liberal, Friddell's thousands of columns for The Virginian-Pilot and its late sister, the afternoon Ledger-Star, earned a wide and devoted following and established him as his community's conscience. His subjects included politics, which he developed into an expertise in Richmond before joining The Pilot in 1963, as well as the pleasures of family, the wonders of nature, the genius of the Founding Fathers - and, by no means least, his own legendary misadventures.”

OFF THE BRIDGE: And into the water, per the Washington Post, “The car went off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and into the water. It began to fill up, and the 22-year-old driver believed she was drowning. But Morgan Lake of Calvert County said she made the decision not to die in the water and told herself “you can do this.”

“And she climbed out of the car, through a shattered window, and swam to safety, becoming the central figure in a story of survival that has attracted vast attention. It began shortly after she drove onto the bridge Friday night, on her way to Philadelphia to visit friends and relatives. The terror took hold when she looked in the rearview mirror and saw a tractor-trailer “coming full speed.” Her car was struck, police said.”

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Of outside influences, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Both of the major-party candidates running for governor are getting the majority of their campaign donations from out of state. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee, has received $6.1 million in itemized cash contributions in the first six months of the year. About 54 percent of those donations are from out of state. But the vast majority of his individual donors — 80 percent — live in Virginia, according to a new report by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in state politics.

“Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee, topped Cuccinelli’s contributions from non-Virginians, with 74 percent of his $9.9 million in itemized cash donations coming from out of state. About 63 percent of McAuliffe’s individual donors reside in the commonwealth.”

MARYLAND AND OBAMACARE: Awaiting an influx, per the Baltimore Sun, “. . . The Affordable Care Act includes $11 billion to be awarded to community health centers over five years to build new clinics and expand existing ones. By 2015, the health centers are expected to double the number of patients they serve to 40 million. Maryland health centers — which last year served nearly 300,000 patients, many needy and uninsured — are bracing for an influx of new clients who will now have access to insurance. The centers also predict existing patients will come on a more consistent basis, rather than just for emergencies or major illnesses, once they are insured.”

MEANWHILE: POTUS tackles another issue, per the New York Times, “With major battles looming in the fall over the federal budget and the debt ceiling, President Obama is trying to regain the initiative, embarking on a campaign-style tour of the Midwest this week to lay out his agenda for reinvigorating the nation’s economy, administration officials said Sunday.

“Mr. Obama’s offensive will begin on Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill., with what his aides are saying will be a major address on economic policy at Knox College. Officials declined to provide details of the president’s message, but said he would set his terms for what they expect will be another bruising battle with a Republican-controlled House over the nation’s fiscal policies.”

SENTATE CONTROL: Democrats on edge, per The Hill, “President Obama talked earlier this year of a Democratic takeover of the House, but instead his party is now in danger of losing the Senate. The latest blow to their hopes of keeping the upper chamber came from former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D),who opted out of a race to replace retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)”

POLITICO PLAY: “Welcome back to filibuster city. The Senate’s agreement to approve President Barack Obama’s nominees and avoid the “nuclear option” will expire later this week after senators are expected to vote in two new members to the National Labor Relations Board. That’s the last part of the deal that expedited seven of Obama’s picks, with the president agreeing to choose two NLRB nominees to satisfy Republicans.

“But there’s already a queue forming of new Obama nominees, and Republicans aren’t about to lay down and let this group go through.”

BODY FOUND: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “A man's body was found in a drainage pond in a Gaithersburg park Sunday afternoon. Police say the body was recovered from the pond at Nike Missile Park on Snouffer School Road around 1 p.m. There are no obvious signs of trauma and police do not suspect foul play. The victim has not been identified.”

PUPPY LOVE: And lots of it, per Gazette.Net, “The new $20 million Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood is slated to open on Nov. 1, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a County Council Public Safety Committee hearing. The county has contracted with the Montgomery County Humane Society to continue operating the current animal shelter on Rothgeb Drive until March 1, five months after the new shelter opens.”

LEAKY, CREAKY PIPES: Of a hidden problem, per the Washington Times, “Poorly made 1970s-era concrete water pipes like the one that failed in Prince George’s County last week are common to the D.C. area and represent an ongoing infrastructure problem if not an immediate threat, officials said.

“Beneath Prince George’s and Montgomery counties lie 5,600 miles of concrete cylinder pipes, the second-largest concentration in the nation behind Detroit. The system stretches throughout the region, with some sections tucked into forests while others run under main roads. The pipes, made of prestressed concrete that encases steel bands, do not meet current industry standards, although they originally were said to have a 100-year life expectancy. They range in size from 16 inches in diameter to 96 inches, with the largest pipes that carry massive amounts of water potentially impacting hundreds of thousands of people if they fail or burst.”

A RIVAL PLAN: For minimum wages, per City Paper, “When the Large Retailer Accountability Act passed the D.C. Council with eight votes, LL was surprised that Tommy Wells wasn't one of them. Here's one reason the Ward 6 councilmember might have held back: he has a living wage bill of his own. Wells announced that he's planning to introduce his "Living Wage for All DC" bill when the Council meets again in September.

“Wells' bill would double the District's personal income tax deduction, while raising the city's $8.25-an-hour minimum wage a dollar a year for two years, to $10.25. After that, the minimum wage would be tied to cost of living increases.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 9-2 against the Dodgers; Phil Mickelson wins British Open.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “More than a year after a project to erase the erroneous ‘drum major’ quotation on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was approved, work will begin Monday to remove the inscription from the District's newest memorial. Work should be completed by August 28, in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan talks about the Council's decision to delay the election of a new AG.

--Skip Wood