In The News @ 2:30

Homeless “Tent City” By Union Station Removed

A popular location for homeless people by Union Station is being emptied out.  Last month DC City Council gave warning to the “Tent City” residents that they’ll be evacuated from the underpasses on First Street, NE.  This morning the Department of Public Works went through with that promise as they tossed out tents and pushed homeless out from their encampments.  DC officials are offering temporary accommodations for those interested.

Firefighter, Victim In Hospital After Fire

A DC firefighter is being credited for sacrificing his well-being for that of an elderly woman.  A fire broke out around 4 p.m. yesterday in the 17-hundred block of Minnesota Avenue, SE.  Officials say four school resource officers nearby initially responded to the scene, pulling out three elderly people and a dog.  Five minutes later when crews arrived, one firefighter pulled off his mask to give to a trapped woman inside.  He and a resident are being treated for smoke inhalation.

Prosecutor Says Deadly PA Shooting “Calculated”

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say a deadly shooting at a backyard party near Pittsburgh was both “calculated” and “brutal.”  Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV that last night’s murders of five people in Wilkinsburg were planned.  He said more than a dozen people were in the backyard when a gunman opened fire with a .40-caliber weapon.  Police are searching for two suspects but have not talked about a possible motive for the shooting.

Obama On GOP, SCOTUS

President Obama says he’s not responsible for who the Republicans decide to run as a presidential candidate.   At a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today, Obama said being blamed for Republican primaries and who they are selecting is “novel.”  The President said he’s not going to validate some notion the “Republican crack up” that’s taken place is a consequence of actions he’s taken.  When asked about his upcoming choice for Supreme Court nominee, Obama said he expects to move quickly.  Obama added, that he hopes “cooler heads” will prevail in the Senate given what’s at stake with the nomination.

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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