DAYBREAK DAILY: Task force recommends post-Labor Day start for Maryland schools

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Pedestrian, MPD cruiser involved in serious accident; overview of Tuesday night’s primaries; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

ENDLESS SUMMER IN MARYLAND: Relatively speaking, that is, per the Baltimore Sun, “A task force assigned to study a post-Labor Day start date for Maryland schools will recommend to Gov. Martin O'Malley that the summer break be extended, a measure that has been embraced by one Eastern Shore school district but opposed by most of the state's superintendents.

“State officials said that a task force, convened by the Maryland General Assembly last year to study the issue, voted 11-4 this week to recommend that schools open after Labor Day, a move that has been championed by Comptroller Peter Franchot for its economic benefits to local businesses and the state's tourism industry. This year, school starts in most systems around the state Aug. 26, a week before Labor Day.

“Mandating that systems, which determine their own calendars, start school after Labor Day would require legislation or an executive order. A spokeswoman for O'Malley declined to comment on the task force's vote.”

VIRGINIA GERRYMANDERING: Tell it to the judge, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A federal judge will hear arguments today in a lawsuit aimed at declaring the state’s 3rd Congressional District invalid. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, three voters residing in the district, are accusing the General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering” by packing African-American voters into Virginia’s only black-majority congressional district.

“The plaintiffs — Dawn Curry Page, Gloria Personhuballah and James Farkas — allege that the district’s current boundaries make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents by diminishing the influence of African-American voters in these areas. . . The 3rd Congressional District is in southeastern Virginia and includes portions of Richmond, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Newport News and Norfolk. Parts of the district are disconnected by the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a Democrat from Newport News, has represented the 3rd since 1993.”

BALLOON ACCIDENT: Of an investigation, per the Washington Post, “The pilot of the balloon involved in the fatal accident in Virginia this month apparently tried to climb just before striking power lines , which caused the craft to catch fire, according to preliminary findings of federal investigators.

"As the balloon approached the landing site in a field north of Richmond, the pilot “engaged the burner,” a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report said. “However, the balloon struck powerlines, which resulted in a spark,’’ the report said. Three people died in the May 9 accident.”

BOB MCDONNELL: Not what he wanted to hear, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Bob and Maureen McDonnell will have their day in court together, even if they would rather not. In three orders Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer denied motions by both defendants to dismiss many of the charges they face, to separate their trials, and to give them access to communication records between prosecutors and the grand jury.

“His ruling is a setback for the defense ahead of a jury trial set for July on public corruption charges. The McDonnells were indicted in January. While the defendants "take issue with the Indictment primarily on the ground that it fails to allege Robert McDonnell performed or promised to perform any 'official act' within the meaning of the federal bribery statutes," Spencer in one order concludes it is for a jury to decide whether the McDonnells' conduct "constituted 'the corruption of official positions through misuse of influence in governmental decision-making.' "

PENNSYLVANIA AND GAY MARRIAGE: No more ban, per the New York Times, “Continuing a rush of rulings that have struck down marriage limits across the country, a federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” wrote Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court in a decision posted on Tuesday afternoon.

“Pennsylvania is the last of the Northeast states with a ban on same-sex marriage, and if Tuesday’s ruling is not successfully challenged, it will become the 19th state to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry. Judge Jones did not issue a stay, writing, “By virtue of this ruling, same-sex couples who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married same-sex couples will be recognized as such in the Commonwealth.”

DONALD STERLING: NBA adds to narrative, per the Los Angeles Times, “Donald Sterling tried to persuade companion V. Stiviano to say the Clippers owner was not responsible for the inflammatory statements about blacks after a now infamous audio recording became public, according to the NBA’s 30-page formal allegation that the league is using to try and get Sterling removed as owner. The charges, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, said that Sterling's attempt to alter Stiviano's statements was part of an effort by Sterling — aided by his wife, Shelly, and Clippers President Andy Roeser — to evade responsibility for the recording that has enveloped the Clippers owner in controversy for nearly a month.

“One of the six counts issued Monday accuses the Sterling-led Clippers organization of "destroying evidence relating to the recording, providing false and misleading information to [Chief NBA Investigator David] Anders in connection with the commissioner's investigation of the recording and issuing a false and misleading public statement on April 26 regarding the authenticity of the TMZ recording." It also says there is ample evidence that Sterling and his wife are not estranged, as has been suggested. The charges say the couple is "inextricably intertwined" and cites multiple instances of them appearing together, including at Clippers games and in the two days immediately after the recording became public.”

TUESDAY RETURNS: Quite revealing, per The Hill, “For Tea Party candidates, Tuesday wasn’t their night, again. The biggest primary day so far of 2014 was a flop for conservatives who were eyeing their biggest target yet, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But the Kentucky senator easily bested businessman Matt Bevin, with the Associated Press calling the race just minutes after polls in the Bluegrass State closed. In the end, he won by more 25 points.

“Pro-business, establishment GOP groups elsewhere decided not to sit on the primary sidelines this cycle after free-spending conservative outside groups costing them what the establishment saw as winnable races in 2010 and 2012. Though Tea Party groups argued their strategy would backfire with the grassroots, the gamble paid off. One of the biggest winners of the night was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who saw all of their major endorsed candidates in Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Oregon net big wins.”

POLITICO PLAY: “President Barack Obama’s administration has agreed to make public edited versions of a memo one of his judicial nominees wrote finding it lawful to use drones to kill an American terror suspect overseas, an administration official said Tuesday. The decision to release the memo emerged on the eve of a scheduled Senate cloture vote Wednesday on confirming former Justice Department official David Barron to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.”

FUNNY MONEY: Follow it, per City Paper, “Former Tony Williams chief of staff Kelvin Robinson allegedly took more than $33,500 in illicit campaign help from confessed shadow campaign mastermind Jeff Thompson in two bids for the D.C. Council, according to a charge filed in Superior Court against Robinson Tuesday afternoon.

“The alleged $7,500 in-kind contribution to Robinson's abandoned 2010 at-large campaign and $26,000 in in-kind help for Robinson's unsuccessful Ward 6 bid followed a now-familiar pattern, according to court papers. Thompson allegedly took money intended for Robinson from his accounting firm and the holding company that held his Medicaid contracting company.”

HOMELESS: Numbers, per Gazette.Net, “A lack of affordable housing has more Washington-area residents living in shelters and on the streets, but in Montgomery County, homelessness is on the decline, according to a study by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

“An annual one-day census of the homeless in the region found the number of homeless persons increased about 3.5 percent, or 399 persons, from 11,547 in 2013 to 11,946 in 2014. In Montgomery County, however, homelessness fell 11 percent, or 113 persons, from 1,004 in 2013 to 891 in 2014.”

MENACE: To society, per the Frederick News-Post, “A man characterized by a Frederick County prosecutor as a menace to society was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison Tuesday for the assault of a woman scheduled to testify against him in another criminal case. A jury found Michael Angelo Jones, 47, guilty of first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment March 10. He was found not guilty of one charge: attempted second-degree murder.”

YOUTH LOCKUPS IN THE DISTRICT: A closer look at the practice, per DCist, “A report from two organizations that work with incarcerated youth argues that the overwhelmingly black and male minors sent to adult detention facilities in D.C. face a high risk of victimization over a practice that does not deter future crime.

“Capital City Correction, released by DC Lawyers for Youth and the Campaign for Youth Justice, says that, between 2007 and 2012, "541 individual youth were held in adult facilities with one unit designated for juveniles." "Prior to incarceration, nearly all youth held in Department of Corrections facilities had been living in the economically disadvantaged eastern half of the District, or were listed as homeless," the report states. All 541 minors — who were 98 percent male and 97 percent black — were held this way as a result of direct file, meaning federal prosecutors charge the case in the adult system without judicial review.”

TAXI TANTRUM: Or something like that, per ARLnow, “Dozens of Arlington taxi drivers drove around Arlington Tuesday morning with their flashers on and horns honking, protesting county policies that they say do not adequately protect them from cab companies and competitors.

“This is at least the fourth taxi driver protest directed at the Arlington County Board since last September. The drivers, organized by Arlington United Taxi Operators, Tenants & Workers United and Virginia New Majority, are asking the Board to impose new regulations on taxi companies that would protect drivers from termination. They are also asking for increased regulation of UberX, which they say is “decimating the taxi industry.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Cincinnati 9-4.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A student pornography scandal has hit McLean High School. Fairfax County Police confirm an investigation into nude photos of teenage girls posted online, using an app called “Dropbox.” Detectives from the Child Exploitation Unit are investigating and trying to identify the students responsible.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, who will be asked about recent court rulings on gun control and budget autonomy.

--Skip Wood