DC bodies ID’d, Trump Revokes Former CIA Director’s Clearance

Bodies Found in Southeast DC Identified

DC Police say the bodies of three women found near an apartment complex on Wayne Place, SE last April have been identified.  Police Chief Peter Newsham announced that 48-year-old Jewel King, 41-year-old Verdell Jefferson and 43-year-old Dorothy Butts all vanished in 2006.  All three women lived in close proximity, but it’s not known if they knew each other.  King and Butts were shot and found together.  Jefferson died of blunt force trauma.  Police are now looking for suspects.

Trump Makes Good on Threat to Revoke Brennan’s Clearance

(Washington) — President Donald Trump is revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, who served in the Obama administration.  White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision at a White House briefing Wednesday, following through on the president’s recent threat.  Sanders is citing Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behavior” and accusing him of “lying” and “wild outbursts.” She also claims he’s “leveraged his status” to make unfounded allegations. Brennan has been deeply critical of Trump’s conduct, calling his performance at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland “nothing short of treasonous.” Sanders says other former intelligence officials’ security clearances are also “currently under review.”

UMD Interim Coach Speaks Out

(College Park, MD) — University of Maryland’s new interim football coach Matt Canada says he doesn’t have concerns about the team’s culture. Canada told reporters today that the team’s culture is “great” and that the staff is continuing to work to make it better. Canada was named interim coach as head coach DJ Durkin was put on administrative leave. The football program is under scrutiny after 19-year-old Jordan McNair died from a heatstroke after practice and after an ESPN report that discussed the “toxic” culture around the team. An investigation into the program is underway.

Firefighters Fight Recycling Plant Fire

(Clarksburg, MD) — Firefighters are battling a major fire at a recycling plant in Clarksburg. The Montgomery County Fire Department says a two alarm fire broke out at a recycling plant in the 241-hundred block of Route 355. No injuries have been reported and fire officials say they expect to be fighting the blaze for some time as their efforts were limited by lack of access to a water supply. Frederick Road is closed in both directions from Clarksburg Road to Old Hundred Road. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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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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