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Silver Spring Barricade Situation Ends

A barricade situation in Silver Spring is over.  Montgomery County police say an apparently angry employee at a landscaping company on Brookville Road shot himself to death shortly after noon today, following failed attempts by police to negotiate with him.  No other injuries are reported and nearby streets have now reopened.  Police have not yet released the identity of the employee who was holed up for at least four hours before he took his own life.

Woman Tased By Deputies Dies

A woman Tased by Fairfax County sheriff’s deputies is dead.  Authorities say 37-year-old Natasha McKenna died yesterday, five days after the incident at the Fairfax County jail.  They say McKenna fought with deputies before the Taser was used and she suffered a medical emergency a short time later.  McKenna was previously charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer in Alexandria City.

DC Council Holds Hearing On Taxing Marijuana

The first step was legalizing it.  The next step is how to make money off of it.  The DC Council is holding a hearing today on a proposal to tax marijuana sales.  Back in November, DC residents voted to approve the legalization of small amounts of pot.  As it stands, Congress has not moved to block it, so the legislation should take effect this spring.  Today’s hearing on the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2015 is aimed at regulating the drug, making another revenue source for the city.

Audit Shows DC Election Problems

A just-released audit points out problems with last November’s DC election.  The audit finds that a lot of poll workers didn’t show up, there was outdated equipment, and not all disabled voters were given proper attention.  Recommendations include new voting machines and better training for poll workers.  The audit was ordered by Ward 5 DC Councilman Kenyan McDuffie.

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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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