NTSB Investigating Deadly Baltimore Bus Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating this morning’s deadly bus crash in Baltimore. Six people died and ten more were injured when a school bus and Maryland transit bus collided. Investigators believe the school bus smashed into the oncoming MTA bus after first striking a car and a pillar in a cemetery. There were no children on the school bus. Five people on the MTA bus were killed, as was the school bus driver. Ten people were seriously injured.
Jury Selection Underway For Trial Of North Charleston Officer
A jury is close to being seated in the trial for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. The nearly 200 potential jurors were questioned yesterday and the full jury is expected to be seated over the next few days. Slager is charged with murder after the deadly shooting of Walter Scott in April 2015 following a traffic stop.
Pretrial Hearing In Cosby Sexual Assault Case
Bill Cosby is in court in suburban Philadelphia today for a pre-trial hearing in a sexual assault case. The comedian is charged with sexually assaulting former Temple University women’s basketball team official Andrea Constand at his home nearly 15 years ago. Constand accuses Cosby of giving her pills that made her dizzy and weak before the alleged incident. More than 50 women have accused the 79-year-old Cosby of sexually assaulting them.
Court Upholds Vanity Plate Recall
Maryland’s highest court is upholding a decision to recall a driver’s vanity license plates. The Court of Appeals says the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration did not violate John Mitchell’s constitutional right to free speech when it ordered him to return the plates bearing a Spanish swear word. The Accokeek man requested and was issued the tags in 2009 and displayed them for two years until someone complained.
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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.