DC Issues Hypothermia Alert, Sorority Apologizes For Photo At GWU

DC Issues Hypothermia Alert

The District government has issued a Hypothermia Alert as bitter, cold winds lash the area. Forecasters are calling for wind gusts of over 30-miles per hour with temperatures already below freezing. The alert activates the city’s emergency shelters for members of the homeless community. If a resident notices someone who is homeless and is outside, call 311 to set up transportation to a shelter.

Sorority Apologizes For Photo At GWU

The sorority behind what many are calling a racist photo is apologizing for the incident. The Alpha Phi chapter at George Washington University has released a statement saying it is apologizing “without qualification and takes responsibility for the actions for our members.” It comes after a Snapchat photo that went viral. The image shows two students holding a banana with the caption “I’m 1/16th black.” The university has also released a statement saying it is investigating the incident and takes it very seriously.

Black Unemployment Spikes After Hitting Record Low

Unemployment rates are up among black workers, after hitting an all-time low in December. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the black unemployment rate for January was seven-point-seven-percent. That’s almost one point higher than the six-point-eight percent recorded in December, which marked the first time black unemployment had ever dipped below seven percent.  In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Trump took credit for the December record, calling it something he was “very proud of.” Members of the Congressional Black Caucus did not applaud the remark. They were quick to point out on Twitter that the black unemployment rate had fallen almost nine points during the Obama presidency, and only one point during Trump’s first year.

Netflix Users Told Don’t Touch That E-Mail

Netflix is warning users not to click on a suspension notification in their e-mail because it’s a scam. Law enforcement agencies nationwide have been alerted to an e-mail phishing scam intended to get Netflix subscribers’ personal information, including credit card numbers. The scam tells customers their Netflix account has been suspended and is at risk of deactivation. The e-mail prompts customers to validate or update billing information then asks for personal information.

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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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