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Pentagon: Live Anthrax Samples Sent To Dozens Of Labs

The Pentagon says it accidentally sent live anthrax samples to dozens of labs across the nation and in three foreign countries. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told a briefing that the shipments were “inadvertent” and said a thorough investigation is continuing. He said there have been no confirmed exposures to the deadly bacterial spores. Work argued that the concentrations of the samples were too low to threaten anyone.

Family Of Cecil Mills Sues For $7 Million

The family of Medric Cecil Mills is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the DC government. The lawsuit seeks seven-point-seven million dollars in damages. Mills collapsed from a heart attack in January 2014 across from a DC Fire station in Northeast. When his daughter went to the station, firefighters directed her to call 911 for help. Mills later died. In announcing the lawsuit, attorney Karen Evans said “the District has engaged in a historic and long standing pattern and practice of carelessness and a culture of substandard care.”

Report: Blood On Shoe Further Implicates Suspect

A new report says blood found on the shoe of Daron Wint matches blood from one of the Savopoulos murder victims. The report by CNN says it was found on a shoe Wint was wearing when he was arrested last month for the murders of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, their son and their housekeeper. All were found murdered inside their Northwest DC home. Police say they had also been tortured. Police say they initially tied Wint to the murder scene from DNA left on a pizza delivered to the home.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Proposes Changes For Transport Vans

Baltimore City’s police commissioner is proposing safety upgrades for police transport vans. Following the police custody death of Freddie Gray, Anthony Batts plans to install new partitions inside the vans along with side doors and cameras. The cameras can be monitored by the driver and will also record footage. Batts says he would like to replace the city’s current vans, but the cost has not been fully discussed. Gray’s case raised questions about how police transport people in custody.

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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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