DAYBREAK DAILY: O'Malley names panel for Maryland medical marijuana

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Follow-up coverage of multiple shootings in Northwest; Syria – the latest; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

MARYLAND POT: Delving into the details, per the Baltimore Sun, “Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday named 11 people, including health professionals, lawyers, a police chief and a prosecutor, to a commission to oversee Maryland's new law legalizing marijuana use for medical reasons. The panel, which is scheduled to hold its first meeting Sept. 24, is to be led by Dr. Paul W. Davies, founder of a medical practice that specializes in helping patients manage pain.

“Maryland became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana when lawmakers enacted legislation this year authorizing its distribution by doctors and nurses through academic medical centers. The law is set to take effect Oct. 1, but the commission must spell out the terms under which marijuana can be grown and distributed before any may be dispensed.”

VRS TO STAFF: Thanks, and here’s some money, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The Virginia Retirement System is rewarding its internal investment staff for the market performance of the $58 billion public pension system last year.

“The VRS board of trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to award almost $4.5 million in bonuses to 41 members of its internal investment staff, who help save the system an estimated $11.4 million a year in fees to Wall Street fund managers.The retirement system showed a return of 11.8 percent on its investments in the fiscal year that ended June 30, when the pension trust fund was valued at $58.3 billion. The fund was estimated to be worth $57.8 billion on Sept. 2.”

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Cuccinelli shakes up staff, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Some senior staff members working to get Ken Cuccinelli elected governor have had their roles redefined in a move that insiders say was made to reinvigorate the Republican's campaign. The announcement at a Monday meeting in the campaign's Springfield headquarters came as Cuccinelli tries to reframe his race with Democrat Terry McAuliffe. It was also made as anxious supporters and donors take note of recent polls showing Cuccinelli trailing.”

JERSEY SHORE ROCKED AGAIN: Crazy, just crazy, per the Newark Star-Ledger, “A raging fire tore through the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, destroying four blocks of shops, stores and arcades and leaving helpless business owners and residents — still reeling from Hurricane Sandy only 11 months ago — wondering how much more they could take.

“Residents and shopkeepers watched in horror as the fire grew with stunning speed, becoming an inferno pushed along by gusting winds and by flaming tar roofs containing petroleum byproducts. Fire and thick black smoke shot up the boardwalk like a runaway train, chewing up nearly 50 businesses.”

KILLER RAINS: Just the facts, per the Denver Post, “Drop by drop by drop, historic rainfall across a 150-mile expanse of Colorado's Front Range turned neighborhood streams into rampaging torrents that claimed at least three lives and continued to flood homes and destroy roads into the night. Heavy rain returned to the region Thursday evening, threatening an equally disastrous Friday.”

SITUATION SYRIA: Of a new red line, per the New York Times, “Secretary of State John Kerry set an early test for Syria’s top leader on Thursday by insisting on quick disclosure of data on that country’s arsenal of chemical weapons. Mr. Kerry’s demand came as he began talks with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, on a plan to secure and dispose of Syria’s poison gas.

“Earlier on Thursday, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria announced publicly that his country had formally applied to join the chemical weapons treaty. According to the treaty’s terms, Syria would be required to submit a declaration detailing the types, quantities and locations of all its chemical weapons and the locations of all facilities for producing them within 60 days of formally joining the accord.”

FANTASY LAND: Whatever, per The Hill, “Forty-three House Republicans on Thursday endorsed legislation that would keep the government open while defunding ObamaCare. The sponsorship total reveals that there is a significant bloc of opposition to a plan from GOP leaders that would avoid a government shutdown by requiring that the Senate take a vote on the healthcare law.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Senate Democrats have had all they can take from David Vitter and his fixation on Obamacare — and they’re dredging up his past prostitution scandal to hit back. Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has infuriated Democrats this week by commandeering the Senate floor, demanding a vote on his amendment repealing federal contributions to help pay for lawmakers’ health care coverage.”

METRO: New trains coming, per the Washington Post, “More than half of Metro’s rail cars will be replaced within the next five years under a $1.5 billion deal with the Japan-based Kawasaki company. Richard Sarles, Metro’s general manager, told the agency’s board of directors Thursday that the rail system is exercising the option in its 2010 contract with Kawasaki to buy an additional 220 rail cars by the end of 2016. Metro has already bought 528 rail cars from the company.”

ILLEGAL DRIVING: Except it’s not, per the Los Angeles Times, “Laboring late into the night Thursday to finish their work for the year, state lawmakers acted to allow many more immigrants who are in the country illegally to obtain California driver's licenses, a measure Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign.

“A flurry of additional proposals sent to the governor would also affect immigrants, as well as gun users, teachers and job applicants. In addition, nannies, private healthcare aides and some other domestic workers would receive overtime pay under bill also headed for the governor's desk.”

BIG-BOX STORE: Perhaps you’ve heard of it, per City Paper, “Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act means the next step of the saga over the Walmart bill belongs to Phil Mendelson. The chairman needs a two-thirds vote of the D.C. Council to override the mayor's veto, which he's put on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting. Eight members have already voted for the bill, which means Mendelson only needs to find one more vote. But that's turning out to be more difficult than it sounds.

“Among the people who aren't talking up Mendelson's chances: Mendelson himself. Mendelson wouldn't whether he thought he could corral a ninth vote from one of the five councilmembers who voted against the bill in July: Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, David Catania, Mary Cheh, or Yvette Alexander.”

MARYLAND TO GREET A VISITOR: And a sales pitch, per the Washington Times, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he will visit Maryland next week after his recent television and radio ads that label the Free State the “fee state” and urge businesses to move south for lower taxes. Mr. Perry said in a statement that he was scheduled to travel to Maryland on Wednesday “to highlight Texas’ commitment to keeping taxes low.” A spokeswoman from Mr. Perry’s Austin office declined to give details on where he would be visiting on his tour.”

VIVA BOOKS!: And libraries, per ARLnow, “An Arlington resident who died in June gave what’s estimated to be more than $700,000 to the Arlington Public Library in her will. Rosemarie Bowie lived most of her life in Arlington and was 76 when she died June 24. She left her home on the 700 block of N. Danville Street, and half of her residuary estate, to the Library. The property was assessed at $626,500 this year and the residuary estate is believed to be worth more than $100,000, according to Library spokesman Peter Golkin.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat N.Y. Mets 7-2.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is, well, it’s quite the loaded docket -- Maryland Sen. President Mike Miller will be asked about the 2014 governor’s race, the push to boost the state’s minimum wage and Rick Perry’s attempt to lure Md. firms to Texas; Analysis of D.C. Mayor Gray’s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act from Jonathan O’Connell of the Washington Post; And attorney Karen Hermann and Amy Mix of Legal Counsel for the Elderly discuss D.C.’s tax lien controversy.

--Skip Wood