DAYBREAK DAILY: Montgomery Co. dealing with dog flu

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The latest on the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, with comprehensive coverage; University of Maryland students begin their campus check-in; Syria updates; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

DOG FLU: Just the facts, per Gazette.Net, “A strain of “highly contagious” canine influenza has emerged in Montgomery County, although the virus isn’t believed to be capable of spreading to humans.

“The virus has been identified in six dogs in the county since mid-August, two of which have died, according to an Aug. 22 bulletin released from the state Department of Agriculture to veterinarians and health and government officials. The disease comes in two varieties — a mild form with a cough and a more severe form that can cause potentially deadly respiratory disease, according to the bulletin, which calls it “highly contagious.”

LAST GASP?: Apparently, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The U.S. National Slavery Museum’s fate could be sealed in the next month after participants in the case began negotiating a deal to sell a 38-acre parcel of property that could pave the way for baseball in Fredericksburg. The sale was broached at a hearing in Fredericksburg on Tuesday when potential buyers said they were prepared to pay $1.5 million for the property and presented a check to the court for that amount.”

SITUATION SYRIA: Not if but when, per the New York Times, “President Obama is considering military action against Syria that is intended to “deter and degrade” President Bashar al-Assad’s government’s ability to launch chemical weapons, but is not aimed at ousting Mr. Assad from power or forcing him to the negotiating table, administration officials said Tuesday.

“A wide range of officials characterized the action under consideration as “limited,” perhaps lasting no more than one or two days. The attacks, which are expected to involve scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from American destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, would not be focused on chemical weapons storage sites, which would risk an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe and could open up the sites to raids by militants, officials said.”

MEANWHILE: Closer to home – or not, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Four Norfolk-based destroyers, each with the capability to launch and shoot down ballistic missiles, are on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea, positioned within striking distance of Syria…The guided-missile destroyers Gravely, Mahan, Ramage and Barry are all on station in the eastern Mediterranean, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson said.”

FIRES GONE WILD: Not much containment, per the Los Angeles Times, “The Rim fire spread deeper into Yosemite National Park on Tuesday with flames racing unimpeded to the east even as firefighters shored up defenses for communities on the western edges of the blaze. The fire was 20% contained by Tuesday evening, with almost all of the containment coming on the fire's southwest edge. On the east, the fire has a relatively flat, clear path farther into Yosemite and the 3,700 firefighters battling the blaze have fewer options to control it.”

TRAYVON MARTIN: More fallout, per the Orlando Sentinel, “Mark O'Mara said Tuesday that the state should pay all of George Zimmerman's legal costs because he was innocent — but then the defense attorney predicted it would pick up one-quarter of that. At a news conference, O'Mara reiterated that he soon would ask a judge to sign an order, authorizing the state to cover $200,000 to $300,000 in Zimmerman's court costs. That's what he estimates Zimmerman owes for legal expenses, not including lawyers' fees.”

HUH?: Picking a strange fight, per The Hill, “Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey Republican running aginst Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the U.S. Senate, called Booker's reaction to speculation on his sexuality "weird." The rising Democratic star had described speculation that he might be gay as "wonderful." “It’s kind of weird,” Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, said in an interview Tuesday night when asked about Booker’s remarks by Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg.”

POLITICO PLAY: “President Barack Obama will sit down for an interview with PBS NewsHour on Wednesday following his speech at the Lincoln Memorial in honor of Martin Luther King, the network has announced. Newshour co-hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will conduct the interview, which will take place at the White House and will be broadcast in full on PBS NewsHour Wednesday evening.”

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POKER: Quite a room, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland Live Casino in Hanover plans to open its new poker room to the public at noon on Wednesday. The two-story, 14,800-square foot addition houses 52 tables and a new bar. Officials from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission observed a controlled demonstration at the venue Monday, but had not yet granted the Cordish Cos. property a license to operate the poker tables Tuesday afternoon.”

TRAGEDY: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “Prior to returning to class at McLean High School, students gathered to grieve. Police had received a tip about where they might find 16-year-old Emylee Lonczak, who was reported missing on Wednesday. They finally located her body between two houses in a Vienna neighborhood on Friday.

"Somebody told me Emylee Lonczak died and I thought that they were kidding," said Mclean High School junior, Thomas Richards." I thought it was some strange joke -- I couldn't really believe it." Lonczak would have been a junior this year, and word spread quickly at the high school after she went missing and her body was discovered.”

THE RINGS: And the District, per City Paper, “LL's been looking for a reason to actually want the 2024 D.C. Olympics bid announced today to succeed, but it's hard. There are just so many reasons to want the Olympics to stay far away from the District. But not everyone's immune to Olympics fever. The nonprofit behind the bid pitched councilmembers on the idea, and at least some of them were sold. LL found three councilmembers who, at least for now, support the bid: Mary Cheh, Jack Evans, and Tommy Wells.”

UNPAID TAB: More woes for the Silver, per the Washington Post, “Fairfax County hasn’t found enough money to help pay for one of the Metro stations on the second part of the new Silver Line — possibly leaving the county and other players to help pay for more of the project’s roughly $3 billion price tag. The county’s troubles with financing the station come as the testing of the Silver Line continues to have problems.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Miami 2-1.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Artist John Nelson was only 14 years old on the morning of the March on Washington in 1963. He was put to work making hundreds of signs for the event. 50 years later, Nelson has now been commissioned by the Park Service to create the official March on Washington Anniversary t-shirts and souvenirs.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- A preview of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, including a chat with professor Christopher Metzler of Georgetown University.

--Skip Wood