In The News @ 3:30

Rain Piling Up In Nor’easter-like Storm

Rain totals are rising as a nor’easter-like storm pummels the DC area.  At midday, between a half inch to two inches of rain has been reported, and those numbers could increase to two to five inches before the rain ends tomorrow.  There is some good news, though, as most computer models indicate Hurricane Joaquin will stay well out in the Atlantic and nowhere near the DC area.  Right now, it doesn’t look like much wind or any significant rain from Joaquin will make it to the region early next week.

Maryland State Of Emergency Rescinded For Several Counties

Maryland governor Larry Hogan has rescinded the state of emergency for eight counties.  Those counties are Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery, Howard and Prince George’s.  Baltimore City and the remaining 15 counties will remain under the state of emergency until further notice.

 

Weekend Events Canceled Due To Severe Weather

 

A number of events this weekend are being canceled due to the severe weather. Prince George’s County Schools has cancelled all outdoor athletic activities for  The Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest is off for today and tomorrow.  Taste of Bethesda on Saturday has been canceled.  The National Park Service is shutting down all parks and athletic fields in DC due to the threat of flooding.  The Virginia State Fair is being postponed all weekend.  In Northern Virginia, the Oakton High School homecoming dance has been called off due to the threat of flooding on area roadways.

Matthew Gets Three Life Sentences For Rape

A  Virginia judge is sentencing convicted rapist Jesse Matthew to three life terms.  That’s exactly what the prosecutor asked for after Matthew entered an Alford plea in June to the brutal sexual assault of a woman in Fairfax City in 2005.  Matthew is also charged in the abductions and murders of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington in 2009 and University of Virginia student Hannah Graham last year.  Matthew’s defense attorney referred to those charges as “an elephant in the room” and asked the judge not to let them influence his decision.  An Alford plea means the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.

 

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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