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Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death

A jury says Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [[ joh-HAHR zar-NYE-ev ]] should get the death penalty. The jury decided the 21-year-old should die by lethal injection instead of spending the rest of his life inside a supermax prison. Tsarnaev was found guilty last month of killing three people and wounding more than 200 others in the 2013 bombings.

NTSB Investigators To Meet With Amtrak Engineer

NTSB investigators are reportedly meeting with Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian today. That’s according to a report from “NBC News.” Bostian was the engineer on the train that derailed in Philadelphia this week, killing eight people and wounding more than 200. The NTSB is expected to hold a briefing after the meeting. They’re hoping to learn why the train sped up from 70 miles-per-hour to over 100 when approaching a curve with a speed limit of 50 miles-per-hour.

Maryland PSC Approves Exelon-Pepco Merger

A nearly seven-billion dollar merger between Exelon and Pepco has the approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission. The PSC voted 3-2 in favor of the Chicago-based utility gobbling up the company serving DC and its Maryland suburbs, but with some strings attached. A total of 46 conditions go along with the approval including a 100-dollar rate credit for Pepco residential customers. The DC Public Service Commission still must approve the merger before it can be finalized.

Fans Mourn B.B. King Outside NYC Club

Music fans are stopping by a New York City landmark to pay tribute to B.B. King. Following the 89-year-old blues legend’s death yesterday, many have stopped by his namesake club and grill on West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Already on the club’s live music schedule is a 15th anniversary show in June featuring Buddy Guy. The fellow music icon has posted online of his longtime friend’s passing, “I’ll miss you, B. I love you and I promise I will keep these damn Blues alive. Rest well.”

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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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