Orange/Silver Line Service Suspended In Virginia
A section of Metro’s Orange Line in Virginia will remain shut down for the rest of the day. Following this morning’s train derailment at East Falls Church, all train service will remain suspended between the Ballston and West Falls Church stations. In addition, Silver Line service is suspended for the remainder of the day between West Falls Church and McLean. No one was seriously injured in the derailment, and Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld is urging riders to make alternate plans in order to get home.
Clinton, Kaine Start Bus Trek
Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine are kicking off a weekend bus trek through parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio. At a rally in Philadelphia, Clinton said Americans are stronger together. The Democratic presidential hopeful insisted that her Republican rival offers a dark, divisive picture of a weakened country in decline. Clinton also chided Donald Trump for saying he alone can solve the nation’s most serious problems. Clinton said the nation needs to come together to get things done.
Deadline Set After McDonnell’s Conviction Overturned
There’s a new deadline for any action to be taken following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction. Both prosecutors and the defense had asked for 30 days from the Richmond federal appeals court to decide what to do after the nation’s highest court ruled that McDonnell’s jury was given too broad a definition of what is an “official act.” The new deadline is August 29th. Prosecutors may seek a retrial in which a jury would be given different instructions. Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell’s related case is still on appeal.
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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.