DAYBREAK DAILY: Johns Hopkins Hospital back on top

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Many living in the southern part of Prince George’s County will spend the next few days without water while repairs are made to a faulty water main; Southeast Washigton sees uptick in gun violence; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

BACK ON TOP: After a year at No. 2, per the Baltimore Sun, “Johns Hopkins Hospital is back on top — reclaiming bragging rights and a lucrative marketing chip as the nation's best hospital in the annual ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report. A year after being knocked from its 21-year perch atop the news organization's hospital ratings, Hopkins rebounded by edging out last year's winner, Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.

"We're very pleased about that, because we had quite a story going," said Ronald R. Peterson, president of Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He said hospital executives hadn't consciously set out to regain top honors over the past year, noting that he never really understood how Hopkins had lost out to Mass. General in the first place.”

FILIBUSTER FOLLY: Showdown looms today, per the New York Times, “Senator Harry Reid of Nevada took a defiant and uncompromising stand on Monday before a showdown on the future of the filibuster, saying that Republicans must stop blocking executive branch nominations or he will try to change rules to “save the Senate from becoming obsolete.”

“But senators emerged from a three-and a-half-hour meeting in the Old Senate Chamber saying they were confident that an agreement could be reached Tuesday to defuse the tense partisan standoff, though no deal had been struck in the closed session that went well into the night.”

FAILED EXPERIMENT: Of proof, per the Washington Post, “More than two decades after Maryland lawmakers abandoned a controversial approach to rehabilitating some of its most violent criminals, a haunting reminder of that failed experiment has surfaced. New DNA testing, police say, proves that the long-unsolved killing of Stefanie Sue Watson, whose body parts were discarded in Washington’s leafy suburbs in 1982, was the work of a convicted rapist who was released decades early from a state-run mental institution.

“If found guilty, John Ernest Walsh would join a notorious list of criminals who struck again after they were set free in the 1970s and ’80s — usually 20 or more years before they were supposed to be eligible for parole. Therapists had deemed each one rehabilitated by psychotherapy at the state-run Patuxent Institution in Jessup.”

WATER WOES IN P.G. COUNTY: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “According to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, a large portion of Southern Prince George's County will have to prepare for several days without water due to a water main fail. The WSSC is urging affected residents to stock up on water, as mandatory water conservation will most likely be imposed Tuesday afternoon.”

ZIMMERMAN-RELATED RIOTS IN L.A.: Thins are getting out of hand, per the Los Angeles Times, “Los Angeles officials late Monday night commended police in their response to violence following a protest of the George Zimmerman verdict and vowed to crack down on similar actions beginning Tuesday. About 350 Los Angeles Police Department officers swarmed the Crenshaw district after groups of youths broke away from a peaceful protest in Leimert Park and stomped on cars, broke windows, set fires and attacked several people. Among those attacked were a television reporter and his cameraman, according to law enforcement authorities.

“Late Monday, at least 13 people were arrested on suspicion of committing various offenses, the LAPD said. Reporter Dave Bryan and his cameraman, both of whom work for Channels 2 and 9, were attacked and one of them was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion, Lt. Andy Neiman told The Times.”

MEANWHILE: A juror speaks, per CNN, “One of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman said she had "no doubt" he feared for his life in the final moments of his struggle with Trayvon Martin, and that was the definitive factor in the verdict.

“The woman, who was identified just as Juror B37, spoke exclusively to CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Monday night. She is the first juror to speak publicly about the case. She said she believes Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place" the night he shot Martin, but that he didn't use "good judgment" in confronting the Florida teen.”

AND THIS: Civil Rights Division charges unlikely, per NBC News, “Calling the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin a "tragic, unnecessary shooting," Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday repeated the Justice Department's intention to take a fresh look at the case and evaluate whether federal prosecutors could bring charges of their own.

“A decision is very likely months away. But several legal experts say it would be surprising if the federal government filed a criminal case against George Zimmerman. "Based on what's in the public eye, it would be very difficult to get a conviction in this case," said Samuel Bagenstos, a former top official in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have joined an upstart effort to remove the chain of command from military sexual assault cases, POLITICO has learned. The tea party favorites give the bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, critical conservative cover as she battles the Pentagon and hawks in both parties on her proposal to create a new prosecution system for major military crimes.”

D.C. BUDGET AUTONOMY: Deadline looms, per the Washington Times, “The District has reached the final countdown in its quest for budget autonomy. Almost over is a waiting period of 35 legislative days during which Congress could attempt to derail a voter-approved charter amendment that lets the city set its own fiscal calendar and spend its own local tax dollars without congressional approval.

“As of Monday, the District only had four more legislative days until the conclusion of the review period. To kill the measure, the House and Senate would have to pass a joint disapproval resolution and the president would have to sign it.”

A BOOST IN PAY: Not everyone’s happy, per Gazette.Net, “Bladensburg residents said they are satisfied — but not thrilled — with an ordinance that would double the salaries of their elected officials. In a July 8 meeting, officials introduced an ordinance to raise annual pay for council members from $4,800 to $9,600, and increase the mayor’s annual salary from $6,000 to $9,600, effective in October.”

ROSSLYN: A veteran departs, per ARLnow, “It’s proving to be a summer of change for the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) with the departure of its Director of Communications and the upcoming retirement of its Executive Director. After serving Rosslyn for 21 years, Rosslyn BID Executive Director Cecilia Cassidy has decided to retire. She started off as the Executive Director of Rosslyn Renaissance — an organization that merged with the BID last year — in 1992. Cassidy worked with businesses, the county government and others in the community to develop the BID, which began operations in 2003, and she has been with the organization for the past decade.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The legislative director for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is accused in a series of thefts from the Rayburn House Office Building, The Hill reports. Police say Javier Sanchez stole from several representatives in the Longworth and Rayburn offices on Capitol Hill.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rev. Graylan Hagler, who will be asked about the Zimmerman case and the "Wal-Mart bill."

--Skip Wood