DAYBREAK DAILY: D.C. Streetcar could open in November
ABC7 WEATHER: Less humid. Cooler, refreshing day. Highs in the upper 70s to mid-80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Two pedestrians were struck by a pick-up truck in Silver Spring; lawmakers in the House and Senate are pushing legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
DIAMOND RING DONATION: A 3-carat diamond ring donated anonymously to a northern Virginia Goodwill thrift store was put up for bid online and sold for nearly $12,000.
Employees at Goodwill's Annandale store say the ring was dropped off in a plastic bag with some other jewelry. http://wj.la/1qeW4LA
SENATE WANTS TO REVERSE HOBBY LOBBY: Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's health care law.
A four-term senator - Washington state's Patty Murray - and a vulnerable freshman - Mark Udall of Colorado - have pushed legislation that would counter last month's court ruling and reinstate free contraception for women who are on health insurance plans of objecting companies.
The Senate was expected to vote Wednesday on moving ahead on the bill, which backers have dubbed the "Not My Boss' Business Act." Republicans who have endorsed the court's decision as upholding the constitutional right of religious freedom are expected to block the measure.
D.C. STREETCAR OPENING IN NOVEMBER?: The H Street-Benning Road streetcar line, Washington’s first in a half century, will open for passenger service the first week of November at the earliest, according to a project source.
Under this best-case scenario, the streetcar would open almost a year after the District had first hoped. Multiple predictions by officials, most notably Mayor Vincent Gray, that the streetcar would open by the end of 2013 proved hollow. http://bit.ly/1kvgyYP
FIGHTING CONTINUES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Israel has called on tens of thousands of residents of areas close to the Gaza-Israel border to leave their homes as it continues to launch airstrikes that it says are aimed at rooting out Hamas militants.
In nine days of fighting, 204 Palestinians have been killed and 1450 have been wounded, Gaza's health ministry said. There has been one Israeli death.
A Hamas website on Wednesday said Israel fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed its bombardment of Gaza following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Hamas militants fired a barrage of rockets back at Israel. http://usat.ly/Uca22e
D.C. RESIDENTS DENIED ALCOHOL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: A couple of District of Columbia residents were turned away when they tried to purchase alcohol at a Concord, N.H. co-op last week because of an omission in the wording of the state's law.
Under a New Hampshire state law that was enacted in 1990, businesses that sell alcohol are allowed to accept a driver’s license from any of the 50 states, but D.C. is not mentioned.
The manager at the co-op told the customers they often apologize and ask anyone with a D.C. driver's license to either show an alternative ID, such as a passport, or to simply purchase the alcohol at another business.
While some businesses like the Concord Food Co-op follow the law very closely, other business owners reportedly told the Concord Monitor that they would not turn away someone with a D.C. license.
An official with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission initially told the Monitor that while they don’t specifically tell businesses not to sell to those with a D.C. license, the “statute is still the final authority.” http://wj.la/1ymBLMz
FLASH MOB DINNER PARTY: Want to dress up in all white for a flash mob picnic where you have to bring your own white-clothed table, chairs, and fine china? Your chance is coming: The pop-up phenomenon known as Dîner en Blanc is making its debut in D.C. on Sept. 4.
Originally inflicted on residents of Paris, the epicurean event will be located in a mystery public space revealed to participants only a couple hours before the dinner begins. Your only clue? “The site chosen is in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, where diners can ‘see and be seen',” according to a press release. http://bit.ly/1r1vT99
CONGRESS WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT NCAA’S FINANCES: Two House members have introduced a bill to require the NCAA, schools, conferences as well as the College Football Playoff to reveal how much money is flowing through college sports. North Carolina Democrat David Price and Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri introduced the bill, saying in a statement it would allow "for the first apples-to-apples comparison" of revenues and spending throughout college sports.
The Standardization of Collegiate Oversight of Revenues and Expenditures Act would require the NCAA to make public a standardized financial report for itself and release similar information for schools that already report the data to the NCAA. It also would affect conferences and any entity hosting a postseason competition. http://usat.ly/1rdRjlg
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop who plans to retire at the end of season, shined as the American League beat the National League 5-3 at the 2014 All-Star Game. http://wj.la/1rps9gt
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Prince William County officials expressed frustration today that immigrant children were brought there to be housed by a local foundation without any notice to them. While some are saying these children deserve help, others are saying it is, in the least, an unfair burden being thrust upon local taxpayers. http://wj.la/1oWT17d
NEWSTALK: Among Wednesday’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Terry Lee Freeman of the Community Foundation and Peter Tatian of the Urban Institute who will talk about a new report that shows how acute the region's affordable housing shortage has become. Orange County Register's Jim Hinch will discuss the evangelicals new take on same-sex marriage.