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DOJ: Zimmerman Won’t Face Federal Charges

The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 will not face federal charges. The U.S. Department of Justice says federal prosecutors found insufficient evidence to prove their case against George Zimmerman, who shot Martin in Florida after a confrontation.  Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in 2013. 

DC Moving Forward With Pot Legalization

The District is moving forward with legalizing marijuana.  It will soon be legal to grow small amounts of pot, possess up to two ounces of pot and smoke it at home, but not on public property.  City officials say they have legal authority to implement the new law because voters already approved the initiative before Congress was able to intervene.  The new law could be on the city register as early as Friday.

Dulles Breaks Record For Cold Temperature

The DC area is seeing record-breaking cold temperatures.  Dulles International Airport checked in at four-degrees below zero this morning, which smashed the daily record of 14-degrees set in 1967.  February has already seen its share of new records set for cold temperatures.  Forecasters say Wednesday should be slightly warmer, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s.

President Obama Vetoes Keystone Bill

It’s back to the drawing board for supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline after President Obama vetoed a bill approving the project.  The Republican bill aimed to bypass the President’s authority and authorize construction of the controversial pipeline.  Keystone would pump oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.  It is unlikely that Keystone supporters can muster the necessary votes to override the presidential veto.

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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