In The News @ 1:30

2 Terror Attacks In Belgium Kill At Least 31; ISIS Claims Responsibility

At least 31 people are dead and well over a hundred are injured in a pair of coordinated terror attacks in Brussels today.  The terror group ISIS is now claiming responsibility.   The bomb blasts were centered at an international airport and a major subway station.  The attacks come only four days after A Belgian-born man was arrested in connection with November’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. 

MTPD Announce Security Sweeps After Brussels Attacks

In wake of the attacks on Brussels’ airport and subway system, DC’s Metro is announcing heightened security sweeps of the system.  Metro Transit Police says they are increasing the number of K-9 sweeps and patrols as a precaution.  There are no credible threats to the system, but they are closely monitoring the situation.

MD House Passes Bill On Public Marijuana Use

The Maryland House has passed a bill that makes smoking marijuana in public a criminal and not a civil offense.  Violaters would be fined 500-dollars for smoking pot in public. Opponents say the bill goes against efforts to reduce the number of people who end up with criminal records for using and possessing small amounts of marijuana.  In 2014, the state decriminalized small amounts of marijuana and reduced penalties from jail time to a fine.  The bill now moves to the Senate.

Ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Dies

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is dead at age 46.  Ford, who gained notoriety for admitting to smoking crack cocaine in 2013, had been undergoing treatment for cancer.  Ford’s office issued a statement today saying he died after being hospitalized last week.  He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2014.

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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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