Federal Prosecutors Grant Nat’l Enquirer Publisher Immunity in Cohen Case, Arlington Memorial Bridge To Close For a Weekend In September.

Federal Prosecutors Granted David Pecker Immunity in Cohen Case

(New York, NY) — Federal prosecutors are giving immunity to National Enquirer publisher David Pecker in exchange for information about hush-money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign. The longtime friend of President Trump’s met with prosecutors after his company American Media was referenced in count 7 against attorney Michael Cohen involving illegal campaign finance payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Prosecutors are said to be focusing on whether American Media then paid for McDougal’s story in order to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with then candidate Donald Trump. In exchange for immunity, Pecker shared details with prosecutors about the payments Cohen arranged, that he claims, at the “direction” of the candidate.

Arlington Memorial Bridge To Close For a Weekend In September

(Arlington, VA) — The Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed for one weekend in September for repairs. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who use the bridge to get to downtown DC will have to find another way to cross the Potomac starting at 7 p.m. on September 15th through the morning of September 17th. The work is part of an effort to restore the aging bridge. In mid-October, officials will close several lanes for more repairs.

Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Cases On The Rise

(Baltimore, MD) — State health officials are encouraging folks of all ages to practice good hand hygiene after a number of hand, foot and mouth disease cases have been reported across the state. Thirteen different outbreaks where several people were affected by the virus cropped up between June 1st and August 8th, twice the number of outbreaks recorded during the same period last year. Hand washing is key to preventing hand, foot and mouth disease, which is spread by contact with saliva or mucus and most commonly seen in children. Symptoms include a rash on the hands and feet and sores in the mouth.

Sears Closing More Stores

Sears is closing nearly four-dozen more stores. The struggling retailer will close 46 stores, 33 Sears locations and 13 Kmarts. The company says all those stores are losing money and they will be shut down in November. The first going-out-of-business sales will begin one week from today. Sears has closed nearly 400 stores over the past year. It’s struggling with declining mall traffic, inability to generate enough online sales, lack of investment in stores, and heavy pension costs.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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