DAYBREAK DAILY: Towson cheerleaders suspended over hazing incident

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Police step up their enforcement measures for Labor Day weekend; D.C. Mayor Vince Gray to get “living wage bill; Metrorail’s Red Line having major problems; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

RAH RAH: Or not, per the Baltimore Sun, “Towson University's championship cheerleading squad has been suspended from competition for the academic year over an alleged hazing incident, school officials confirmed Thursday. The school declined to provide details, instead issuing a statement that said the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education learned of the hazing allegations Aug. 6 and "immediately launched a full investigation," which led to the suspension that took effect last Friday.

"Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University. We hold high expectations for all of our students and their conduct as leaders, both on and off campus," Deb Moriarty, Towson University's vice president for student affairs, said in the statement.”

BOLD MOVE IN MARYLAND: But how will it play?, per the Washington Post, “Douglas F. Gansler, a leading Democratic hopeful for Maryland governor, said Thursday that he wants to cut the state’s corporate income tax rate to the same level as Virginia’s, embracing a cause that has been pushed primarily by Republicans.

“Gansler, Maryland’s attorney general, said that reducing the rate from 8.25 percent to 6 percent would help the state compete for jobs against Virginia, which he has repeatedly characterized as more aggressive and business-friendly than Maryland.”

SITUATION SYRIA: U.S. action pending, per the New York Times, “President Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said Thursday, despite a stinging rejection of such action by America’s stalwart ally Britain and mounting questions from Congress.

“The negative vote in Britain’s Parliament was a heavy blow to Prime Minister David Cameron, who had pledged his support to Mr. Obama and called on lawmakers to endorse Britain’s involvement in a brief operation to punish the government of President Bashar al-Assad for apparently launching a deadly chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds.”

RICHMOND TWIST: Of Joe Morrissey, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “An attorney said this afternoon that a 17-year-old girl who visited a house owned by Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, is a part-time receptionist for the lawyer-legislator's law office and was there to discuss a "sensitive personal and legal matter."

“Robert E. Walker Jr. also said in a short statement that the girl's mother knew and approved of her daughter's whereabouts. Walker declined to take any questions after reading his statement.”

OPEN THE FLOODGATES: Up in smoke, per the Los Angeles Times, “When the Justice Department announced Thursday that it would not interfere with the enforcement of voter-approved laws that allow recreational pot use in Washington state and Colorado, leaders on both sides of the issue had the same thought: The policy will probably encourage other states to consider similar laws.

“For supporters of the state laws, the policy marked a milestone that they believe will boost their efforts to legalize marijuana in other states, including Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts and Alaska. But for those who have been fighting the legalization of marijuana, the announcement increased their concern.”

DEFICIT DAZE: Whatever, per The Hill, “A Thursday deficit meeting between White House officials and GOP senators failed to yield progress toward a deal, sources said. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Budget Director Sylvia Burwell and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors hosted the senators at the White House, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed.

“The sides remain "far apart" on the scope of the problem and size of a solution, a Senate source said afterward. The White House did not reveal a list of the senators that attended the meeting.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Three years after signing Obamacare into law, President Barack Obama finally looks eager to talk about it. The White House is mapping out a strategy to deploy the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden in what will be their most coordinated effort yet to sell Obamacare, senior administration officials said.”

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STRANGE: Click, per City Paper, “The District is set to expand its lucrative traffic camera program with new cameras to catch drivers. But in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, one Metropolitan Police Department officer says his attempts to fix the cameras resulted in retaliation so serious that he eventually lost his home.

“Sgt. Mark Robinson's woes began in 2010, according to his lawsuit, when he told the department that his supervisor in MPD's automated traffic enforcement unit was misappropriating money. That earned him a series of punishments from his supervisor, according to the lawsuit.”

MARCH MADNESS: At the security checkpoint, per the Washington Times, “D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lambasted the Secret Service for its “massive failure” in managing the tens of thousands of people who attended Wednesday’s 50th anniversary event of the March on Washington. In her letter Thursday to Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson, Mrs. Norton criticized the agency for its poor planning and preparation in designating a single entry point for the general public. Long wait times combined with temperatures in the upper 80s led to an uncomfortable experience for many attendees.”

SUPPORT THE. . .: Something, per the RoanokeTimes, “If Virginia Tech English professor Steven Salaita were to be deported, as some in the social media world have suggested in recent days, they might be dissatisfied with the outcome. The writer of a controversial commentary titled, "No, thanks: Stop saying ‘support the troops,'?" was born in Bluefield, W.Va., and raised in Bluefield, Va.

“Salaita's commentary, which critiques the ubiquitous "support the troops" meme as a barrier to questioning of American foreign policy and treatment of returning war veterans, has caused a social media firestorm this week that has pulled in Virginia Tech, too. For his part, Salaita said his central message has been misunderstood as anti-military, when in fact he meant to argue for better treatment of veterans.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Miami 9-0.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who will be asked about the March on Washington, the long lines some march participants encountered, the possibility the U.S. will use military force against Syria and the potential for a clash over the debt ceiling this fall.

--Skip Wood