DC Deputy Mayor For Education Resigns, 13 Russians Indicted For Election-Related Fraud

DC Deputy Mayor For Education Resigns

DC’s deputy mayor for education resigned under pressure today after it was revealed that she helped DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson circumvent the school lottery system. Wilson asked Jennifer Niles to move his daughter from Duke Ellington School for the Arts to Woodrow Wilson High School, in violation of DCPS policy. Chancellor Wilson has issued an apology.

13 Russians Indicted For Election-Related Fraud

The U.S. is charging 13 Russian nationals for election-related fraud in the 2016 presidential campaign. In a Justice Department news briefing today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants waged “information warfare” in the U.S. Three Russian companies have also been indicted. Rosenstein said the Russians violated U.S. laws to interfere with the American political process. The indictments were returned by a grand jury impaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Vermont Teen Accused Of Plotting Mass Shooting

A teenager is facing charges accusing him of plotting a mass shooting at his high school Vermont. Eighteen-year-old Jack Sawyer allegedly issued the threat against Fair Haven Union High School. Sawyer is currently in custody without bail. He’s due in court today, where he will be arraigned on several charges including attempted aggravated murder.

Flu Claims 22 More Kids Lives Last Week

The CDC says this year’s feverish flu season has claimed the lives of 22 more children. This weeks CDC report indicates the latest influenza-associated pediatric deaths brought the grim total up to 84. Much of the county is still experiencing high amounts of influenza cases, but Hawaii, Idaho, Washington, Maine and Montana reported fewer people went to a doctor for the flu last week. The acting CDC director Anne Schuchat says the flu season is far from over and believes it is likely to continue for several more weeks.

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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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