Head Start Problems, CSX Derailment

PG Head Start Loses Federal Grant

Prince George’s County Head Start is losing its six-and-a-half-million dollar federal grant. A federal investigation turned up incidents of student abuse and poor teacher training. County school officials were told on Monday that they were being denied the money because they failed to correct the deficiencies in a timely manner. The head start program will begin August 29th despite the loss of the grant.

Bacteria Resurfaces At PGHC

Officials at Prince George’s Hospital Center say they have discovered more bacteria inside their facilities. The hospital said last night that the bacteria pseudomonas was detected after “continuous water sampling and testing.” Unlike the previous case on August 9th, the bacteria was not detected in the neonatal intensive care unit. A spokesman says there are no clinical concerns for current patients and all services will remain fully available at the hospital.

Vigil Tonight For Marion Christopher Barry

Friends and family of the late Marion Christopher Barry will be holding a candlelight vigil in his honor tonight. The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School, Barry’s alma mater. The son of the late Marion Barry died on Sunday from a reported drug overdose. He was 36. Friends say they want to hold a celebration of Barry’s life to remember the good he accomplished

CSX Derailment Possibly Caused By Wheel Malfunction

A new report finds that a wheel malfunction may have caused a CSX train to derail in May in Northeast Washington. The Federal Railroad Administration says there was a failure in a portion of an axle on one of the rail cars. The derailment near Rhode Island Avenue and Ninth Street involved 14 cars and one of them leaked more than 700 gallons of a hazardous chemical. There was almost one-million-dollars in damage done to the rails and equipment.

Harold Fisher


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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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