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Spokane Official Says Dolezal Violated Ethics Rules

The former Washington state NAACP leader accused of lying about her race could now be in some legal trouble. Spokane City Council president Ben Stuckart says Rachel Dolezal  violated ethics rules while serving on a police oversight commission. According to Stuckart, investigators found that Dolezal had released the names of people who had made complaints about police officers. That’s a violation of the confidentiality agreement she signed. Stuckart also said Dolezal engaged in “workplace harassment.”

FTA Harshly Criticizes Metro Safety Efforts

The Federal Transit Administration is making public a report that harshly criticizes Metro’s safety efforts. FTA officials say there’s chronic understaffing and too many distractions at the transit agency’s central train control center. The agency is issuing 78 corrective actions for Metrorail and 13 more for the bus system. Metro must respond to the corrective actions within 30 days and submit an action plan to the FTA.

Longtime Restaurant Destroyed By Fire

The Upper Marlboro community is mourning the loss of Tucker’s Restaurant, which went up in flames this morning. It took Prince George’s County firefighters several hours to bring the fire under control, and fire officials expect the building will be a total loss. One firefighter suffered minor burns fighting the blaze. The cause is still under investigation. Tucker’s had been serving the community since 1969.

Former Fairfax Police Officer In Court

The case of a former Fairfax County police officer charged with child pornography possession is being continued until September 8th. Bud Walker appeared in court briefly today for the first time since resigning his position after his April arrest. Walker did not make any comments before or after the appearance. He remains free on 15-thousand dollars bond.

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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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