In The News @ 4:00 PM

DC Firefighter Dies In The Line Of Duty

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city has lost a hero.  Bowser says the entire DC Fire and EMS is mourning the death of 44-year-old Lieutenant Kevin McRae, who died this morning while fighting a high-rise fire on 7th Street, NW.  McRae leaves behind a wife and three children.  He was a 24-year veteran of DC Fire and EMS and becomes the 100th member of the department to die in the line of duty.

Maryland Governor Ends Baltimore State Of Emergency

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is ending Baltimore’s state of emergency.  He announced today that all three-thousand National Guard members and one-thousand additional police officers are out of the city after being called in to help prevent violent protests over Freddie Gray’s death.  Hogan said he would never forget the destruction in the city, but added that he’ll always remember the “incredible acts of kindness” that followed.  Gray died last month after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody.  Six officers have been charged in his death.

Baltimore Partners With DOJ On Civil Rights Investigation

Baltimore is partnering with the Department of Justice to reform the city’s police force.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the plan today, saying the DOJ will investigate alleged police brutality and discrimination.  She added that the city’s police force will be equipped with body cameras by the end of the year.

Sewage Spilling Into Forest Heights Neighborhood

Thousands of gallons of raw sewage have spilled into a Forest Heights neighborhood due to a broken sewer main.  What’s worse, the WSSC says it will probably be another couple of days before the leak can be stopped.  The leak is in the 100-block of North Huron Drive, and some of the sewage has gotten into Oxon Run.  A WSSC spokesperson estimates more than ten-thousand gallons have spilled so far.

 

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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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