DAYBREAK DAILY: Pakistan abductee from Rockville may not be free and a Post-quake review

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BREAKING: LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani police chief who said Thursday that a kidnapped American development expert had been freed is now retracting his statement. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad also says that it cannot confirm that Warren Weinstein, 70, is free.”

DECISION TIME: Per the AP, “Hurricane Irene – now a Cat 3, and maybe a 4 by tonight -- could hit anywhere from North Carolina to New York this weekend, leaving officials in the path of uncertainty to make a delicate decision. Should they tell tourists to leave during one of the last weeks of the multibillion-dollar summer season? North Carolina's governor told reporters not to scare people away.”

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POST-QUAKE REVIEW: Little and not-so-little things keep popping up, per the Post. “Structural engineering teams fanned out across the Washington region Wednesday, assessing millions of dollars of damage caused by a forceful earthquake that left potentially dangerous cracks in some landmarks, federal buildings, schools, churches and homes. In Prince George’s County, where nearly 200 public schools were shut for inspections, officials said 32 would remain closed Thursday because of safety concerns. Nearly all D.C. schools, which had also closed for inspections, were expected to reopen.”

MEANWHILE: North Anna faces a delicate situation, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Tuesday's earthquake apparently shook small protective devices at the North Anna Power Station enough to shut down the plant's two nuclear reactors, officials said. Dominion Virginia Power would not say exactly when it expects the reactors — representing nearly 13 percent of the state's electric generating capacity — will start producing power again, but it will likely take days, the company said.”

BITE FROM THE APPLE: It’s a bitter taste. Per the AP, “With Steve Jobs bowing out as CEO, Apple Inc. must persuade investors and consumers that it doesn't need the force behind the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in charge to keep the technology hits coming.“

I’M BETTER THAN YOU: So say Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to each other. Today’s Examiner cover story has details. “The rivalry between Maryland and Virginia -- and the national political aspirations of their governors -- is heating up as the neighboring states attack each other in a contest to prove fiscal solvency.”

JUST SAY NO: New York Times editorial scolds latest effort by Big Tobacco. “Tobacco companies are back in court trying to prevent the government from imposing new regulations that will require bold warning labels on cigarette packages and advertisements. . . The district court in Washington, a pioneer in exposing the history of deceitful and harmful behavior by the tobacco industry, should reject this latest effort.”

SPORTS STROLL: Nats fall 4-2 against Diamondbacks; Strasburg close to D.C. return. . .Redskins visit Ravens tonight. . .Area colleges release hoops schedules.

REMEMBERING “FLANNY”: The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck reflects on a death. “It's impossible to make sense of the things we will never understand, so let's just remember Mike Flanagan — who was found dead at his home on Wednesday — for all the things he did during a very eventful life and a very impressive athletic career that played out on several stages. Flanny, as pretty much everyone knew him, played college basketball alongside Julius Erving and pitched for the Orioles in the days when they still smelled of champagne. He went on to become a respected major league pitching coach and a pretty good broadcaster before rising to become the executive vice president of the team that inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1994.”

POLITICO BLINK: “Rick Perry has directed plenty of scorn toward the Beltway and Wall Street, but for years he’s also been raising money from a small pool of deep-pocketed donors in the Washington and New York metropolitan areas to finance his successful runs for Texas governor. As his presidential campaign gears up, he has stepped up his efforts to broaden his fundraising networks in those two reservoirs of establishment Republican wealth, wooing D.C.’s lobbying community, and working to set up operations in the two towns by among other things, trying to poach key supporters from his chief rival for the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney.”

STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: And here, it exists only in theory. Still. Per the City Paper, “The streetcar’s biggest champions have moved on. Mayor Vince Gray swapped out hard-charging DDOT Director Gabe Klein for his more mild-mannered deputy, Terry Bellamy. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown relieved Councilmember Tommy Wells—whose ward stands to gain most from the first phase of the streetcar plan—of his command of the transportation committee. And the guy who ran streetcar planning for the past few years, Scott Kubly, followed Klein to another new mayor’s administration in Chicago.”

ABC7 WEATHER: Showers and thunderstorms – some severe -- will develop during the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s.

--Skip Wood