St. Louis Protests, Dick Gregory Funeral Tomorrow

Protests Starting To Heat up After Cop Not Guilty

Protesters are starting to block the streets in downtown St. Louis after a former white city police officer was found not guilty of murdering a black motorist. Jason Stockley was charged in 2016 with murdering motorist Anthony Smith. Stockley shot Smith in 2011, but the prosecution claimed Stockley planted a revolver on Smith after shooting him. Stockley had a bench trial and a judge ruled today that the state did not prove its case. Anticipating possible unrest, Missouri’s governor activated the National Guard yesterday and several area schools cancelled classes. Protestors are trying to block Interstate 40 in the heart of downtown

Test Results Confirm Flint Water Meets Federal Guidelines

Tests have found the lead levels in the Flint water supply now meet federal regulations. However, residents are still being advised to take steps to reduce their exposure by continuing to use filters and drink bottled water. Professor Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech College of Engineering has been monitoring the water supply since 2014. He released his team’s latest findings this morning and noted that levels of Legionella and cases of Legionanaires’ disease have also decreased.

Dick Gregory Funeral Tomorrow

The memorial services for comedian and human rights activist Dick Gregory will be held tomorrow at City of Praise Family Ministries, 8501 Jericho City Drive in Landover, Maryland.  Gregory, who died at the age of 84 on 19 Aug. The New Orleans-style funeral and march is open to the public. Guests include Stevie Wonder, Louis Farrakhan, Rev. William Barber, Joe Morton, Nick Cannon, Martin Luther King III, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ilyasah Shabazz, Rain Pryor, India Arie and Killer Mike. The Tribute Parade takes place in in Washington, DC tomorrow.

One Dead After Hillcrest Heights Fire

A person is dead after a fire in Hillcrest Heights. Prince George’s County Fire officials say the blaze occurred around 2:00 this morning in the 19-hundred block of Callaway Street. Crews had to battle through hoarding conditions to reach the flames coming from the basement. It was during an inspection of the partially collapsed building that firefighters discovered a body inside. An investigation is underway.

 

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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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