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DAYBREAK DAILY: Heroin-related deaths on the rise in Maryland

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ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny. Pleasant. Temperature highs in the mid-80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports –Fort Washington residents who were displaced by a landslide in May are fighting to save their homes; Frederick community members express outrage over proposed gun range; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

TWO WOMEN ASSAULTED IN HYATTSVILLE THIS MONTH: Hyattsville police are investigating two assaults on female pedestrians that occurred this month in the Hyattsville area.

A woman told police she was walking from the West Hyattsville Metro Station on July 10 at 10:05 p.m. in the 2000 block of Jamestown Road when someone approached her from behind and demanded she hand over her cell phone. http://wj.la/1nZzK10

MCAULIFFE TO TOUR EASTERN SHORE TORNADO DAMAGE: Flattened trees, flipped-over RVs, scattered tents, and awnings ripped from trailers - a scene of devastation awaited the visit of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe the day after a tornado ripped through a campground on the Chesapeake Bay.

Two people were killed and dozens more injured by the twister, which on Thursday morning tore into the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort, a 300-acre playground of swimming pools, mini-golf, pier fishing, crabbing and other activities on the state's Eastern Shore. http://wj.la/1keQUNh

HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS OVERDOSES RISE IN MARYLAND: Maryland had a 33 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a new report on Thursday that shows the increase over the same period last year is being driven by fentanyl-laced heroin.

The report says there were 252 total drug overdose deaths from January to March, and 148 are related to heroin.

The state also has seen a big increase in heroin-related emergency department visits in recent years. There were 1,200 in Maryland last year, compared to 871 in 2012. http://wj.la/1rhjIDA

WASHINGTON CAPITALS BLOOD DRIVE IN ARLINGTON SATURDAY: The Washington Capitals will be hosting their annual summer blood drive at their training center in Arlington.

The Capitals say the blood drive will take place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. http://wj.la/1om7zOD

TWO-YEAR-OLD OVERCOMES HEART MUSCLE DISEASE: Little Eliana Ortiz just turned two, but when she was an infant, doctors weren’t sure she’d make it to her second birthday. A true fighter, Eliana overcame insurmountable odds in a fight for her life.

For so long, Orlando and Whitney Ortiz dreamed of a moment like this—playing in the park with their twin daughters, Emilia and Eliana. http://wj.la/1nFDNFB

HAWAII COMES TO THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM: The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is opening a new yearlong exhibit. "Hawaii by Air" explores the impact of air travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Curators say few people realize Hawaii is one of the most remote places on Earth. The first airplane flew in Hawaii in 1910. http://wj.la/1nFZjde

D.C. MEN SENTENCED FOR KILLING WITNESS: Two Washington men have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for killing a woman who was to testify against one them.

Twenty-four-year-old Willie Walker Jr. and 23-year-old Ricky Donaldson were sentenced Thursday in Superior Court after being convicted of first-degree premeditated murder while armed with aggravating circumstances. Walker was sentenced to 88 years in prison; Donaldson received a 45-year term. http://wj.la/Uxuudy

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: The Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0. http://wj.la/1rps9gt

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: We bring you an eerie case out of San Clemente, Calif., where porcelain dolls are being left on the doorsteps of young girls' homes. But that's not the creepiest part… http://wj.la/1zakpDc

NEWSTALK: Among Friday’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Metro GM Richard Sarles to talk about the opening of the Silver Line; and we’ll talk to Mayor Vince Gray about the DC Vote protests inside the office of Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), the city scores a win in the Senate, where a committee approves language giving the “budget autonomy.”

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