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No Charges For Irving Teen

No charges will be filed against a Dallas-area teen accused of bringing a “hoax bomb” to school.  Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd today called the device Ahmed Mohamed brought to school a “naive accident.”  He said officers determined the device that Mohamed said was a digital clock was not an explosive device intended to cause alarm.  Boyd added the reaction would have been the same regardless of the student’s skin color, and the case is now considered closed.  President Obama has since invited the boy to the White House, saying in a tweet today, “Cool clock, Ahmed.”

Attorney: Roof May Plead Guilty In Charleston Church Shootings

A lawyer for Dylann Roof says the accused Charleston church shooter may plead guilty if he’s spared the death penalty.  Attorney Bill McGuire said today a guilty plea in exchange for life in prison would spare survivors and victim’s families from having to go through the trauma of a trial.  McGuire’s remarks came during a hearing over whether a judge will lift a gag order that’s blocked the release of 911 calls and police reports from the massacre.  Roof is accused of fatally shooting nine people at the historic Emanuel AME Church on June 17th. 

Republicans Set To Tangle In 2nd Debate Tonight

The second GOP presidential debate is only hours away.  The top Republican contenders are expected to go after Donald Trump at tonight’s event at the Ronald Reagan Library in Southern California.  The outspoken billionaire has been the surprise frontrunner of the 2016 Republican campaign.  The debate will air live starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.  An earlier debate will take place with Republican candidates who have lower polling numbers.

Bowser Announces Mystics Arena Deal

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is announcing a deal with Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis to build a new basketball arena on part of the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus in Southeast.  Bowser says the new WNBA Mystics arena and practice site for the Wizards will mean jobs and a stimulus for economic development in Ward 8.  The District will pay for much of the cost of building the 55-million dollar arena, but says the project will produce 90-million dollars in new tax revenues over the next 20 years.  The arena is set to open in 2018 and will host concerts and other events in addition to basketball games.

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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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