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UVA President Reacts To Student’s Violent Arrest

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan says she was “sickened” to see a video showing the aftermath of the arrest of student Martese Johnson.  She asked Governor Terry McAuliffe to step in, and he has done so, ordering a full investigation.  The incident happened early Wednesday during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at a Charlottesville bar.  Alcoholic Beverage Control agents claim Johnson was belligerent when they arrested him, but witnesses are calling it a case of police brutality. 

New York Judge: No Release For Eric Garner Grand Jury Transcripts

A judge in New York is refusing to order the release of transcripts in the grand jury proceedings relating to the white police officer who killed unarmed black man Eric Garner.  The grand jury decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo after he placed Garner in a chokehold in July.  Garner was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.  The judge said that there was not enough evidence that the records needed to be released.

Secret Service Chief: No Crash In Recent Incident

The head of the Secret Service says the incident at the White House involving two of his agents has been greatly exaggerated. Earlier this month, two agents allegedly drove into a White House barricade and may have been drinking. Sercret Service Director Joe Clancy said he’s reviewed video of the incident and determined that there was no crash and no damage to the vehicle the agents were in.  Clancy said he immediately referred the incident to the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security.

Mortgage Rates Turn Lower

Mortgage rates are falling.  Freddie Mac said today the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped this week to an average of three-point-78 percent.  That’s a fall of nearly a tenth of a percent from last week.  Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages fell by about half that.  Housing starts dropped 17-percent in February.

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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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