DAYBREAK DAILY: McDonnell attorney confirms meetings with Star

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Coverage of a possible water main break in Hyattsville; Arch Campbell reviews the weekend movies; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

STARGATE: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Key McDonnell administration agencies did not give any public funds, grants or contracts to a company whose CEO has showered the first family with gifts, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s state-appointed attorney.

“Three meetings did occur between state officials and Jonnie Williams Sr. or an employee of his company, Star Scientific, Anthony F. Troy writes in a letter McDonnell’s office released Thursday. McDonnell is facing state and federal investigations into gifts he and his family have received from Williams.”

MEANWHILE: Cuccinelli’s off the hook, per the Washington Post, “A state prosecutor found no evidence that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II broke the law when he failed to disclose substantial stock holdings in Star Scientific and some gifts from the company’s chief executive. Cuccinelli, the GOP candidate for governor, had asked Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring (D) to review his state financial disclosure forms after acknowledging several lapses last spring.”

MARYLAND JOBS: A mixed bag, per the Baltimore Sun, “For the second straight month, Maryland added jobs but saw its unemployment rate go up. The state's jobless rate rose to 7 percent in June from 6.7 percent in May, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. Unemployment also increased slightly from 6.9 percent in June 2012. Maryland gained 4,300 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey showed. The federal estimates are preliminary and adjusted to account for seasonal changes in hiring and layoffs.”

DETROIT IS BROKE: And then some, per the Detroit Free Press, “The city of Detroit filed thousands of documents in its bankruptcy case late Thursday, as Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr builds a case that the city is insolvent and must execute a dramatic restructuring with the court’s support. Orr restated his case that the city cannot pay its bills and has nearly $20 billion in liabilities.”

AFGHANISTAN: Of a tricky exit, per the New York Times, “If the ease of the American exit from Afghanistan is based on the supply of Afghan good will, it has been a troubling and potentially very costly week for the United States.

“Even as a top aide to President Hamid Karzai unleashed a new round of hostile talk on television this week, accusing the United States of using the Taliban to divide Afghanistan, another disagreement — over customs fees and missing paperwork for American cargo shipments out of Afghanistan — leapt into the open and threatened to steeply raise the price tag for the United States military withdrawal.”

HATE CRIME?: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “A Fairfax teenager was the victim of a horrific, racially-fueled attack several weeks ago, authorities say, during which the 13-year-old victim was doused in urine and told to "go back to Africa." It happened on July 6 at an apartment complex on Monument Drive in Fairfax, County Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.”

OF A CHALLENGE: To Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, per the Virginian-Pilot, “After nearly 25 years together, two Norfolk men walked into Circuit Court earlier this month and applied for a marriage license. They were denied. Undeterred, Tony London, 54, and Timothy Bostic, 48, filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.”

BOSTON BOMBINGS: Arrest photos leaked, per the Boston Globe, “A State Police sergeant, incensed by the controversial Rolling Stone magazine cover of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has released dramatic photographs of the apprehension of the accused terrorist to a local magazine without permission from his agency. The pictures, taken by Sergeant Sean Murphy, a State Police tactical photographer who was working during the massive manhunt on April 19 in Watertown, first appeared on the website of Boston Magazine Thursday afternoon.”

FIRES GONE WILD: Slight progress, per the Los Angeles Times, “Water-dropping helicopters were making assaults on the massive Mountain Fire Thursday night as evacuation orders were lifted for two areas no longer threatened by flames. Residents were being allowed to return to the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas, and Highway 74 was open to traffic, the U.S. Forest Service said. The blaze, which has been raging out of control in the San Jacinto Mountains, still continued to threaten the resort town of Idyllwild, which was under a mandatory evacuation order, fire officials said.

POLITICO PLAY: “So far, almost every external event in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race — the federal investigation of a sitting governor and the selection of an over-the-top activist as the GOP lieutenant governor candidate, for starters — has helped Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe. This weekend, the trajectory of the race may hinge on a different question: Can Terry McAuliffe help himself?

“The irrepressible former Democratic National Committee chairman and his opponent, Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, will meet for their first debate on Saturday at Virginia’s Homestead resort. The event will be an early gauge of whether the two candidates can deliver their messages convincingly (they both want to create jobs) and make their attack lines stick.”

MR. MAYOR’S ON THE PROWL: For fake pot, per City Paper, “Watch out, synthetic marijuana pushers of the District—Mayor Vince Gray is on your case. The mayor took to the streets of Petworth Thursday afternoon to convince stores not to sell the drug that the Department of Health says will turn users into zombies. The tour—which is becoming something of an annual affair for the mayor—got off to a rough start, when the first cashier Gray confronted claimed that he didn't speak much English. Not only did the clerk not know what synthetic marijuana was, he didn't even know what regular ol' marijuana was.”

P.G. WATER SITUATION: Almost back to normal, per Gazette.Net, “Water restrictions for some residents in the southern portion of Prince George’s County may be lifted Friday, according to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission representatives. WSSC initially announced that more than 100,000 people in the southern portion of the county would be without water for up to five days, but WSSC General Manager/CEO Jerry Johnson said Wednesday that a “major disaster” was averted after workers managed to make field repairs to close a key valve near the failing pipe.

“. . .WSSC spokesman Jerry Irvine said repairs are close to being finished on the 54-inch pipe, located in a wooded area inside the Beltway between Forestville Road and Suitland Parkway, but that officials will need some time to ensure it is working properly.”

IKE MEMORIAL: Changes mulled, per the Washington Times, “The commission charged with overseeing the planning and design of monuments in the District approved the general concept of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on Thursday, but not before offering some suggestions for designers to consider as they work toward final approval. Thursday’s meeting allowed the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts to get a close-up look at changes to the design, which the commission last voted on in 2011.”

REMEMBER THIS GUY?: Just the facts, per ARLnow, “The sexual battery charge against Lt. Col Jeffrey Krusinski — the former chief of the U.S. Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch — has been dropped, but Arlington County prosecutors intend to charge him with regular assault instead. Police arrested Krusinski in May after an incident that we’re told began near Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant on 23rd Street S. in Crystal City, and then carried over to a nearby parking lot. He is accused of grabbing the breasts and buttocks of a woman he didn’t know.”

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Terri Coles of the Military Officers Association of America, who will be asked about why the unemployment rate among veterans is so high.

--Skip Wood