DC Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch
The DC area is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. The National Weather Service says the storms could include damaging wind gusts as strong as 70-miles-per-hour and hail as large as one-and-a-half-inches in diameter. It says tornadoes are possible. The supercells are most likely in the northern part of the watch area.
Meds Stolen From Lanham Patient Care Center
Two men are being sought after medicine was stolen from a patient care center in Lanham. Prince George’s County police say at least one of the suspects was armed and both were wearing masks when they entered the facility on Mallery Drive early this morning. The men are said to have stolen several bottles of the medicine before fleeing. No one was hurt.
First Day Of Metro “Grace Period”
Starting today, if you have second thoughts when you step into a Metro station, you have 15 minutes to get out of there. Today’s the first day of Metro’s “Grace Period.” If a passenger enters the station and leaves the same station within 15 minutes, they won’t be charged. A minimum of a dollar-75 charge for same-station exits was waived earlier this year as a goodwill gesture by the transit agency.
Minimum Wage Rises Another Dollar
Many DC workers may want to check their next paycheck. They’re earning more than they did a week ago. Today the minimum wage rose a dollar to eleven-50-an-hour. It’s the final scheduled hike as part of a 2013 piece of DC wage legislation. The minimum wage increase won’t end there. The “Fight for $15” bill was signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier this week, so the minimum in DC will rise again each year until hitting 15-dollars in 2020.
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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.