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Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence On Racial Identity

Rachel Dolezal says she identifies as black. The embattled former NAACP chapter president tells NBC’s “Today” show that she’s not sure why her parents are so quick to “white wash” some of the work she’s done as a civil rights leader. Dolezal stepped down from her position with the NAACP in Spokane, Washington on Monday amid accusations of misrepresenting her racial identity. She went on to say that she began identifying as black at a very young age, even going as far to color portraits of her self with a brown crayon instead of a peach one.

New Lawyer For DC Mansion Murders Suspect

The man accused of killing the Savapoulos family and setting their DC house on fire has hired a new lawyer. The “Washington Post” reports Sean Hanover has been hired to represent Daron Wint, who is accused of killing Savvas Savapoulos, his wife, their son and their housekeeper. Wint had previously been represented by public defenders.

Ex-Ravens Cheerleaders Pleads Guilty In Delaware Rape Case

Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck is facing up to 15-years in prison after pleading guilty today to a fourth-degree rape charge. Prosecutors say Shattuck had a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old classmate of her son last Labor Day weekend at a rented Delaware seashore vacation home. Shattuck is the ex-wife of former Constellation Energy CEO Mayo Shattuck. She will be sentenced in August.

Hottest Day Of The Year In DC

Today is the hottest day of the year in the DC area. It was 95-degrees earlier today at Reagan National Airport with a heat index above 100. The Capital Weather Gang at the “Washington Post” reports that makes six straight days with temperatures at 90-degrees at Reagan National, a longer streak than at any time last year. There have already been 14, 90-degree days in the District which ties 1925 as the second most on record for this early in the year.

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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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