MGM Casino Opens To Massive Crowds
It wasn’t all smooth sailing at last night’s grand opening of the MGM National Harbor Casino. Officials say the crowds were so big, the facility quickly reached full capacity. Shortly after the 11 p.m. opening, security was forced to close the doors leaving hundreds waiting out in the cold. Traffic was also a mess on the Beltway as people tried to make their way to the new 24-hour resort and gaming destination.
Jurors See Roof Confession In Church Shooting
It’s another day of emotional testimony in the Charleston church shooting trial. Jurors are watching video of a two-hour taped confession by the white gunman accused of killing nine people at a black church in South Carolina. It begins with Dylann Roof telling saying — quote — “I went to that church and I did it.” He went on to tell investigators he had to take action because — quote — “no one else was brave enough to do anything about it. Roof faces the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of any of the 33 federal charges against him.
Judges Issue Delay In McMillan Petition
Just a day after an elaborate groundbreaking ceremony, a panel is ordering the delay of a major construction project in the District. A federal three-judge panel sided yesterday with petitioners who sued the city on the McMillan Water Filtration Site. DC wants to turn the vacant space into housing, retail, and park space, but neighborhood residents say the plan is seriously flawed. Officials say they will reconsider proposals on the 25-acre area.
Montgomery County Turns Off Lucrative Camera
Montgomery County officials have turned off a red-light camera that brought in 350-thousand dollars in fines. County officials were supposed to re-time the light at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Seminary Road after the Maryland State Highway Administration changed a minimum yellow-light duration policy. There are now calls for the county to reimburse drivers for the thousands of tickets handed out over the past 19 months.
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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.