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Nine Of Ten Get Tough Sentence In Cheating Scandal

A judge is handing down tough sentences for former Atlanta Public School educators convicted of helping students cheat on standardized tests. Only two of the ten teachers and administrators sentenced today took a plea deal for a lighter sentence.  The remaining will spend between one and seven years in prison.

Volunteer Deputy Charged In Oklahoma

A reserve deputy charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man is free on bond after turning himself in.  Volunteer deputy Robert Bates surrendered to authorities this morning at the Oklahoma County Jail in Tulsa.  The 73-year-old Bates claims he thought he was using his Taser when he shot Eric Harris during a sting operation.  Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. 

Trial Of Murdered Corrections Official Begins

The trial of a man accused of murdering the DC Corrections Department deputy director is underway in Alexandria.  In opening statements today, prosecutors said Dawit Seyoum beat Carolyn Cross to death last September at the victim’s Alexandria home.  They say Seyoum was agitated after having an argument with his mother and took it out on a stranger. He’s accused of hitting her 15 times with a wrench then covering her head with a plastic bag.  Defense attorneys say Seyoum was psychotic at the time and should not be found guilty of murder.

New Metrorail Cars In Service

The first of a new series of Metrorail train cars is in service on the Blue Line and that’s making many passengers happy.  The only current train with the Seven-Thousand Series cars left the Franconia-Springfield station this morning equipped with features like automated announcements, new station displays, no more dirty carpets and wider seats and aisles.  Only eight-car trains on the Blue Line will feature the new cars in the coming months with about a dozen new cars arriving each month.  The 528 new cars will replace the oldest cars in the system.

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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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