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Man Arrested In Deadly Hit And Run

A Hyattsville man is being charged in a deadly Baltimore-Washington Parkway hit and run.  Seventy-three-year-old Earl Teeter of Hyattsville turned himself into federal marshals in Greenbelt today and was given a trial date of June 8th.  Police say on February 1st, his car struck and killed Rick Warrick of the District and injured Warrick’s fiancee.  Teeter has been released from custody but is prohibited from driving.

SC Man Filed Excessive Force Complaint Against Slager In 2013

A South Carolina man claims he was roughed up by the same officer accused of murdering an unarmed black man.  Mario Givens claims police officer Michael Slager knocked on his door while investigating a burglary, and used a Taser on him because he refused to come out.  Givens’ attorney says his client filed an excessive force complaint in 2013, but Slager was exonerated.  Slager has been charged with murder after he was caught on video last weekend shooting an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away from him.  Givens plans to file a lawsuit against the North Charleston Police Department.

Bill Expanding PG Sunday Liquor Sales Passes

A bill greatly expanding Sunday liquor sales in Prince George’s County is heading to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s desk.  The Senate passed the measure previously approved by the House today with only Senator C. Anthony Muse of Prince George’s County voting against it.  The bill would let county liquor stores compete for licenses to sell liquor on Sundays.  Right now, many restaurants and a small number of stores with special permission are the only businesses which can legally sell liquor on Sundays.

Reaction As Obama Calls For End To Gay Conversion Therapy

There’s mixed reaction to the White House calling for a ban on religious therapies to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of minors. President Obama called for the end to gay conversion therapy in response to a petition posted on the White House website after the suicide of a 17-year-old transgender girl.  Gay conversion therapy has already been outlawed in California, Washington D.C. and New Jersey.  Those laws have been upheld in the courts.  Others think the government should not get involved in gay conversion therapy.

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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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