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Pope Lands In U.S.

Pope Francis is beginning his three-city tour of the U.S.  President Obama and the First Lady are greeting the pope under a gray sky at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.  The 78-year-old pope flew from Cuba today where he celebrated Mass in Santiago.  There will be a formal welcoming ceremony tomorrow at the White House followed by a prayer service at Washington’s St. Matthews Cathedral.  He’ll then celebrate Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

McDuffie Introduces Anti-Crime Bill

DC Councilman Kenyan McDuffie is introducing a bill aimed at halting the rise in violent crime in the city.  The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act would create an Office of Neighborhood Engagement and Safety.  The office would be charged with finding young people most likely to commit crimes and steer them to “the right path.”  Police would also have to collect stop and frisk data and release it to the public.

McAuliffe Criticizes Leaderless Metro

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe says Metro is “irresponsible” not to have a permanent general manager after nine months.  McAuliffe said today it’s taken “entirely too long” to find a successor to Richard Sarles, who stepped down in January.  The governor says the lack of leadership is magnified by the strain expected to be placed on the rail system this week by the arrival of Pope Francis in Washington.  Jack Requa has been serving as interim GM at a time when there has been a seemingly endless parade of problems, including yesterday’s transformer fire near the Stadium-Armory station.

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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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