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Lynch Carefully Considering Request To Probe Baltimore PD

Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she is carefully considering a request to launch a federal investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked for the probe into alleged police brutality and discrimination.  In a Senate hearing, Lynch said she expects to make a decision soon.  Lynch visited Baltimore Tuesday.  The city is still recovering from last week’s unrest over Freddie Gray, a young black man who recently died in police custody. 

Missing Howard Student’s Phone Pings

Stafford County authorities say a phone belonging to a missing Howard University student was located electronically, but only briefly.  They say Lance Buckley’s phone was traced yesterday afternoon to the area of Blockhouse Point Conservation Park in Montgomery County, but a search for Buckley came up empty.  The Ph.D. student has not been seen since he was dropped off Tuesday morning at the Staffordboro Commuter Lot.  He is supposed to graduate this Saturday.

At Least 20 Hurt In OKC Tornado

Nearly two dozen people are hurt after a series of tornadoes tore through Oklahoma City yesterday.  One death due to flash flooding is also being blamed on the storm system that destroyed homes, toppled trees and knocked out power in several states across the Great Plains.  The water rose so quickly that the National Weather Service had to issue the first flash flood emergency warning in Oklahoma City’s history.  Forecasters say more severe weather is likely in the same region again today.

Wall Has Five Wrist Fractures

The Washington Wizards say star guard John Wall has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand.  They’re not saying whether he’ll be able to play in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks Saturday at the Verizon Center.  The Wizards faltered in Game 2 of their series with Wall sidelined, leaving the series tied at a game apiece.  The Wiz had won all five of their previous playoff games.

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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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