Abrams Not Giving Up Georgia Governor’s Quest, Former Marine ID’d As Gunman In Southern Calif Bar Shooting

Abrams Not Giving Up Georgia Governor’s Quest

(Atlanta, GA) — Democrat Stacey Abrams is not giving up her quest to become governor of Georgia. Republican Brian Kemp has declared victory but Abrams is not conceding. In Atlanta today, Abrams’ campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said votes are still being counted. She argued that the race is close enough to trigger a possible runoff election. Abrams’ campaign chair Allegra Lawrence-Hardy said every vote must be counted before the election is certified. Abrams’ camp is taking legal action to ensure a full vote count. Kemp has resigned his job as Georgia’s secretary of state and is calling himself governor-elect. The secretary of state supervises state elections.

Former Marine ID’d As Gunman In Southern Calif Bar Shooting

(Thousand Oaks, CA) — A former Marine with a troubled history is identified as the gunman in a mass shooting at a Southern California bar. Investigators say 28-year-old Ian Long killed 12 people and then took his own life at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks last night. Records show he used a legally purchased Glock .45 caliber pistol in the shooting rampage that also left more than a dozen others injured. Long served one combat tour in Afghanistan where he earned the rank of corporal in 2011. According to service records, he spent five years in the Marine Corps as a machine gunner.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long may have been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Deputies previously had been called to his home for a domestic disturbance, but Long was not taken into custody after being evaluated by a mental health specialist. The sheriff said they’re still looking for a motive in the shooting rampage at the crowded country music bar about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Justice Ginsburg Fractures Ribs In Fall

(Washington, DC) — Veteran Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is hospitalized this morning after taking a fall and fracturing three ribs. The 85-year old justice fell in her office last night. A statement from the Supreme Court says Ginsburg is in DC’s George Washington University Hospital for observation and treatment. She has been on the high court since 1993 after being chosen by President Bill Clinton. Ginsburg fractured two ribs in a fall in 2012. She did not publicly disclose the incident until months later.

White House Suspends CNN Reporter’s Pass

(Washington, DC) — The feud between the White House and CNN reporter Jim Acosta is going up a notch. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said they are suspending the hard pass for Acosta after he had a confrontation with President Trump earlier today at a news conference. Acosta said he was denied access to the White House tonight to do a live news shot. Sanders tweeted the White House will not tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman who was trying to do her job. Acosta refused to give up the microphone after Trump confronted him during the news conference.

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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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