In The News @ 4:00 PM

Pedestrian Bridge Collapses on Metro, MARC Tracks

A pedestrian bridge has collapsed onto Metro and MARC train tracks in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.  The bridge is located between the Greenbelt and College Park Metro stations. No injuries are reported.  Green Line service has been suspended indefinitely.  Shuttle service is being provided.

New Security Concerns Raised As Gyrocopter Lands At Capitol

There are new security concerns in Washington, DC after a small gyrocopter landed on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.  After arresting the pilot, Capitol Police dispatched a robotic device to check the gyrocopter for explosives.  A gyrocopter is an ultralite, one-or-two person aircraft which looks like a tiny helicopter.  The incident prompted a lockdown at the Capitol.  The “Tampa Bay Times” identifies the pilot as Doug Hughes, a Florida mailman who is protesting campaign financing and government corruption.  

Hernandez Gets Life Sentence With No Parole

Aaron Hernandez will probably never see the outside of a prison for the rest of his life.  Today in a Massachusetts courtroom, the judge did the expected and sentenced the former New England Patriots star to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  About an hour earlier, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.  Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee at the time.  The sentencing was a formality as the first-degree murder conviction carried with it a mandatory life sentence with no parole. 

Today Is Tax Filing Deadline

The mad dash to the post office is underway on tax deadline day.  Don’t expect the IRS to be much help.  Typically, the agency’s phone lines are so swamped on tax day that only about a fourth of all callers actually get to speak to a person.  If you’re filing a paper return, there’s still time to mail it in, as long as it’s postmarked April 15th.  If all else fails, you can always file for an extension.

Harold Fisher

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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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