Tropical Storm Irma Brings Rain To DC, MD, VA., Metro Report Shows Drop In Violent Crime

Tropical Storm Irma Brings Rain To DC, MD, VA

The remains of Irma could result in more rain for the DC area. Thankfully, the DC region is not expected to experience any strong winds from the storm, but forecasters say wet weather will move into the area by late today and rain will linger over much of the eastern seaboard for the next several days. Then there’s Hurricane Jose which continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. Jose’s path remains unclear, but forecasters with the National Weather Service are keeping an eye on the storm to see if it will impact the east coast.

Metro Report Shows Drop In Violent Crime

There might be reason to feel safer on Metro. A report to be presented to the WMATA Board this week on Metro security for the first six months of the year shows a 25-percent drop in violent crime. That includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The report, though, also shows attacks on operators are up 20-percent compared to the first six months of last year, and sexual harassment complaints are up 65-percent.

Student Loan Forgiveness Delayed

Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness. The administration is waiting until it can rewrite Obama-era rules designed to protect those who say they were defrauded.  The for-profit college industry had sought a rewrite of the rules, and found allies in the White House and Education Department. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has hired a former DeVry University official to oversee investigations of fraud at the colleges. The agency is sitting on more than 65,000 unapproved loan-forgiveness claims.  Earlier this year, President Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits contending his now-defunct Trump University misled consumers.

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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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