Testimony Resumes Today In LaQuan McDonald Murder Trial, Flash Flood Watch Issued For DC, NoVa, Parts Of MD

Testimony Resumes Today In LaQuan McDonald Murder Trial

(Chicago, IL) — The trial against Chicago point officer Jason Van Dyke is continuing today. The officer is charged with murder in the deadly shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. The judge denied the defense’s motion for a change of venue yesterday before opening statements were given. Jurors also heard testimony from two other Chicago Police officers who were at the scene of the shooting.

Senators want Kavanaugh committee vote next week

Senators say they expect the Judiciary Committee to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court next week, after Monday’s public hearing with the judge and the woman accusing him of sexual assault in high school.
Christine Blasey Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party when they were teens. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

Ford and Kavanaugh have both been asked to testify Monday, but it is not clear if Ford will appear. A spokesman for Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Republicans have “made contact with other alleged witnesses” for transcribed interviews.

Ford told The Washington Post another person witnessed the attempted assault, Mark Judge. A spokesman for Grassley did not immediately say whether Judge was among the other witnesses being contacted.

Flash Flood Watch Issued For DC, NoVa, Parts Of MD

(Washington, DC) — Much of the DC region is under a flash flood watch. The National Weather Service says another round of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms with heavy rain is expected this afternoon. The watch is in effect until 6 p.m. for DC, Montgomery county in Maryland and a majority of Northern Virginia.

Two UMBC Students Suing Over Rape Reports

(Baltimore, MD) — Two University of Maryland, Baltimore County students have filed a lawsuit against the school, detectives and county prosecutors claiming authorities intentionally mishandled their reported rapes to cover up justifiable complaints of sexual assault. Students protested on campus yesterday, demanding the university change the way sexual violence cases are handled.  According to the Baltimore Sun, UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski met with demonstrators and said he will review their demands, but he did not discuss personnel issues because of the pending lawsuits. The university will be holding an open listening session Thursday to discuss the recent events regarding sexual assault and misconduct.

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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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