In The News @ 3:30 PM

UVA Frat Suing “Rolling Stone”

A University of Virginia fraternity says it will sue “Rolling Stone” magazine over its now retracted story about an alleged gang rape on campus.  The UVA chapter of Phi Kappa Psi calls the reporting of the discredited story “reckless” and adds it defamed their fraternity and its members.  The chapter president says that even more importantly, it may “prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their attackers.”  The Columbia School of Journalism found a large number of problems with the November article, faulting the reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking.

Man Dies In Springdale Fire

An elderly man is dead in a Springdale fire.  Prince George’s County fire officials say the unidentified 83-year-old suffered burns to more than 80-percent of his body last evening after a lit cigarette set his clothes and then the house on fire.  The man’s relatives in the home on Edwards Street were able to put out the flames after smoke detectors went off, but the victim later died of his injuries at the hospital.  Firefighters are back in the neighborhood today urging people to install smoke detectors in their homes.

National Zoo Sees Crowds, Stepped Up Security

It’s a busy day at the National Zoo in Wahsington, DC, and there’s extra security in place to make sure things go smoothly. The zoo’s “Family Day” event usually draws thousands of visitors.  After some violent incidents in recent years, the zoo has made some changes.  Visitors are being told to expect bag checks and security screenings while entering the park.  Security will also work to limit overcrowding.

Nationals Get 2018 All-Star Game

The Washington Nationals are being awarded the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  Commissioner Rob Manfred announced today that Nationals Park will be the site of the Midsummer Classic, making it the first time the game has been held in the Nation’s capital since 1969.  The game was also held in DC in 1937, 1956 and 1962.  Manfred is in Washington to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of today’s Opening Day game between the Nats and the New York Mets at Nationals Park.

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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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