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ABC7 WEATHER: Partly sunny with highs in the low 90s. http://wj.la/72e8x6

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – William and Kate finally become parents – of a boy; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

OCEAN BREEZE: Via turbines, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The prospect of hundreds of windmills spinning out clean energy off the Virginia coast received a big boost Monday. Federal officials announced they will hold an auction Sept. 4 for a lease to develop the big wind turbines about 25 miles from Virginia Beach. The lease sale would be just the second for offshore wind energy in the nation. The first is scheduled July 31 for an area off Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“The Virginia sale “will mark an important transition from planning to action when it comes to capturing the enormous clean energy potential offered by Atlantic wind,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement.” http://bit.ly/140APmp

ZIMMERMAN VERDICT: Of a disconnect, per the Washington Post, “The not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman has produced dramatically different reactions among blacks and whites, with African Americans overwhelmingly disapproving of the jury’s decision and a bare majority of whites saying they approve of the outcome, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

“The jury’s decision in the case that involved the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin continues to roil the country, with protests, demonstrations, calls for federal intervention and a nonstop debate about the degree to which race played a role in the shooting and in the trial.” http://wapo.st/16WvqI3

SITUATION SYRIA: Dubious options for U.S., per the New York Times, “The Pentagon has provided Congress with its first detailed list of military options to stem the bloody civil war in Syria, suggesting that a campaign to tilt the balance from President Bashar al-Assad to the opposition would be a vast undertaking, costing billions of dollars, and could backfire on the United States.

“The list of options — laid out in a letter from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin of Michigan — was the first time the military has explicitly described what it sees as the formidable challenge of intervening in the war.” http://nyti.ms/14AGLBC

RISKY PROTEST: What would Mitt say?, per the Los Angeles Times, “Lizbeth Mateo paid her tuition Sunday for Santa Clara Law School, where classes begin next month. On Monday, she paused to send the school an email. "I'm letting them know I may not make it in time," she said. The reason for her delay: an unorthodox — and risky — protest at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Mateo, 29, who was brought into the United States illegally at age 10, voluntarily flew back across the border recently in a protest aimed at recognizing the thousands of people deported from the United States over the last five years as the Obama administration has struggled to adopt a long-range program for overhauling immigration laws.” http://lat.ms/12e6nEc

DOWNER IN DETROIT: But some were in the know, per the Detroit Free Press, “Weeks before a state financial review team found Detroit’s fiscal condition so dire that Gov. Rick Snyder would soon appoint an emergency manager, discussions behind the scenes indicated that an orderly Chapter 9 bankruptcy for the Motor City might be the best option, according to e-mails reviewed by the Free Press.

“The e-mails — obtained by labor activist Robert Davis in an ongoing lawsuit against the Snyder administration over whether emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s appointment violated state open meetings laws — show that a top Snyder aide had approached Orr and his law firm, Jones Day, in January and were urging Orr to take the job.” http://on.freep.com/15Cngp3

POLITICO PLAY: “With his ambitious second term agenda stalled, President Barack Obama sought to rally his most faithful activists Monday, calling on them to push back in the face of congressional paralysis. “I’m going to need your help,” Obama told a crowd of Organizing for Action volunteers at a Washington, D.C. hotel.” http://politi.co/14BLp2g  

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Just the facts, per ABC7-WJLA, “Police are searching for a young man who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl in Silver Spring. Police say the suspect, who is about 16-years-old, came up to the victim while she was waiting in line at an ice cream truck in the 2800 block of Schubert Drive on July 9 at about 5 p.m. The victim was with a teenage relative. The victim’s parents were at the neighborhood pool just a few yards away.” http://wj.la/19dURLk

WMATA AND THE SILVER SPRING TRANSIT CENTER: Of a stipulation, per Gazette.Net, “If Montgomery continues on its current course in repairing the beleaguered Silver Spring Transit Center, the county will be responsible for future maintenance, a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority official said in a letter Friday. The county, meanwhile, believes it shaped its current plans for the project to respond to concerns WMATA expressed after initial plans for the repairs were drafted.” http://bit.ly/1baSWZm

D.C. FIRE: By the book, per City Paper, “LL spent the weekend with D.C. Fire, the memoir/textbook from Adrian Fenty-era fire chief Dennis Rubin. What mysteries about public safety circa 2007-2010 would be revealed? As it turned out, not much. Rubin's book, which is meant to teach fire officials how to deal with crises, totally avoids one of the biggest scandals of his term: the donation of a fire truck to a Dominican Republic town. Still, there is fun to be had with the book's unacknowledged subplots.” http://bit.ly/13xMZjE

RAY’S HELL BURGER: Kicked to the curb, per ARLnow, “Equipment and furnishings from the former Ray’s Hell Burger and Ray’s Hell Burger Too restaurants in Rosslyn have been removed and placed in the parking lot of the Colonial Village Shopping Center. The move is part of an on-going dispute between restaurateur Michael Landrum and the shopping center’s owner. Both restaurants closed in January after the landlord locked Landrum and his staff out, alleging unpaid bills.

“Landrum has since directed diners seeking his famous burgers across the street, to his Ray’s to the Third restaurant at 1650 Wilson Blvd. But the kitchen equipment, tables, chairs and other accoutrements remained in the two shuttered restaurants, at 1713 and 1725 Wilson Blvd.” http://bit.ly/1b9rpaO

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 6-5 against Pittsburgh.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Kate Middleton and Prince William haven’t announced a name for their new boy yet. But thousands of Londoners were placing bets on the name of the child. “James” and “George” were both tops on the list.” http://on.fb.me/jvt9JE

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Del. Aisha Braveboy (D-Prince George's County), the head of the legislative black caucus, who will be asked about President Obama's remarks on race.

--Skip Wood

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