300,000 Without Power Across DC Area, Too Many People Had White House Interim Security Clearance

300-Thousand Without Power Across DC Area

An estimated 300-thousand homes and businesses across the DC-Baltimore region are without electricity due to the strong winds associated with the nor’easter. Pepco, Dominion and BGE are all reporting outages in the tens of thousands. Utility officials say many repair crews won’t be dispatched until the strong winds die down. Some areas have clocked isolated wind gusts of 80 mph. A high wind warning will remain in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow.

No MARC Trains

MARC Train service will not operate today. The Maryland Transit Administration says falling trees are blocking tracks and causing signal failures. A decision on the status of the weekend Penn Line for tomorrow will be made later today.

Kelly Says Too Many People Had Interim Security Clearances At White House

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is providing his take on the Rob Porter scandal. Kelly told reporters today that he did not know about any specific domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter until he read about them in the press on February 6th. The former White House Staff Secretary was forced to resign within hours of those reports. Kelly also said he was uncomfortable with how many White House staffers were working under interim security clearances, long before the accusations against Porter surfaced. He said his “eyes were opened” to the issue back in September, and he requested help from the FBI to get “clearance issues” resolved.

2 Dead After Shots Fired At Central Michigan University

Police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed two people this morning at Central Michigan University. Campus police say the victims were not students and the shooting appears to be a domestic situation. Authorities identified the shooter as 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. The shooting happened at residence hall shortly after 9:00 a.m. Classes have been canceled for the day.

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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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