Clinton Urges Calm As Racial Tensions Rise
Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is calling for a period of healing as racial tensions rise. Speaking at the Old State House in Springfield, Illinois, Clinton argued that there is too much violence and hate in the U.S. She invoked the famous words of Abraham Lincoln that a “house divided against itself cannot stand.” Meanwhile, funerals for three of the five officers killed in last week’s police ambush are taking place in Dallas today. Two of the officers will be laid to rest following public services while the third burial is private.
AMBER Alert For Virginia Six-Week-Old
Virginia State Police are issuing an AMBER Alert for a six-week-old girl. They say Liz Khatun was likely abducted by her mother, Flora Khatun, in the 76-hundred block of Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Police say that the child is in extreme danger. The baby is described as having brown eyes and brown hair and weighing nine pounds. A photo of the 31-year-old mother has been released and a 2011 blue Toyota Sienna minivan with Virginia plates XJG-1035 is being sought. The mother is described as five-foot-two, weighing 120 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Six Flags Second Suspicious Package Harmless
A second suspicious package at Six Flags America in Largo, Maryland is being called non-explosive. A fire department spokesman says a complete search of the park interior is now underway. The first suspicious package was discovered around 10:00 local time this morning and was also found to be non-explosive. The amusement park remains closed to guests and employees.
Board Approves Back Pay For Officer Acquitted In Freddie Gray’s Death
One of the Baltimore police officers acquitted in the death of Freddie Gray is getting back pay. The Baltimore Board of Estimates voted this morning to give nearly 88-thousand dollars to Officer Caesar Goodson, who was suspended without pay more than a year ago after felony charges were filed against him. Last month, a judge found Goodson not guilty of all charges stemming from Gray’s death while in police custody. He remains suspended with pay pending an administrative review of his case.
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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.