In The News @ 3:30 PM

DC Mayor: Pot Law Will Be Implemented

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says her government will implement a new voter-approved marijuana law at midnight tonight.  She says she is the duly elected mayor of the District, not Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who has warned there will be harsh federal penalties against the city if the law is enacted.  DC Attorney General Karl Racine says everything the District is doing is legal.  DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says Congress had 30 days to block the implementation of Initiative 71 and did not.  He adds that the Council has no discretion to stop the law’s implementation.

Three Arrested In NY For Trying To Join ISIS, Shoot Obama

Three New Yorkers are facing charges for allegedly trying to join ISIS and offering to shoot President Obama.  Federal agents arrested two suspects from Uzbekistan and another from Kazakhstan after a raid today.  Authorities say one of the men intended to commit terror acts on American soil if they couldn’t travel overseas to join ISIS.  The FBI says another offered to shoot President Obama if he got the order from ISIS.  All three are set to make court appearances later today.

911 Operator Fired After Telling Girl To “Stop Whining”

A 911 operator who told a girl to “stop whining” as her father laid dying following a crash a Maryland parkway is out of his job today.  The “Capital Gazette” quotes an Anne Arundel County fire department spokesman as saying that person is no longer employed there.  There was outrage at how the operator handled the 911 call earlier this month after the audio was made public.  The operator was initially reassigned to a position that didn’t have contact with the public.

Supreme Court Justices Show Support For Woman In Head Scarf Case 

Supreme Court justices are signaling support for a Muslim woman who was shot down for a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because of her headscarf.  A majority of the nine justices hearing arguments today expressed support for the Oklahoma woman at the center of the case.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims she was the victim of religious discrimination.  The clothing retailer argued that she was in violation of its “Look Policy” which banned caps of any kind.  A ruling is expected early this summer.   



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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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