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Bill Cosby Deposition Set For Today

Bill Cosby is being deposed today in a lawsuit that claims he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at the Playboy Mansion.  A judge in Santa Monica, California rejected a request by Cosby’s lawyers to have Judy Huth’s lawsuit against the 78-year-old comic tossed.  Cosby’s deposition has been ordered by a judge to be sealed for at least 60 days.  Huth claims she was sexually assaulted by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was just 15-years-old.

Family Pledges Money To Flood Relief

The family of police-shooting victim Walter Scott say they will donate a portion of their multi-million-dollar settlement to Red Cross flood relief efforts in South Carolina.  The city of North Charleston today announced it will pay Scott’s family six-and-a-half-million dollars.  The father of four was shot in April by police officer Michael Slager.  Cell phone video shows Scott running from Slager when he was hit by a bullet in the back.  Slager is charged with murder.

PG Police Make Major Synthetic Pot Bust

Prince George’s County police are claiming a major victory in the battle against synthetic marijuana.  They say they seized nearly 17-hundred packets of synthetic drugs and paraphernalia yesterday from three stores in Temple Hills, Capitol Heights and District Heights.  The synthetic drugs with a street value of more than 33-thousand dollars were taken from Global Discount Tobacco on Allentown Road, The Lucky Mart on Marlboro Pike and a Sunoco gas station on Marlboro Pike.  Police Major Jason Bogue says the “synthetics are like crack on steroids.”

U.S. DOT Rejects Metro Plan

The U.S. Department of Transportation is rejecting a proposal to turn control of Metrorail over to the Federal Railroad Administration.  The National Transportation Safety Board had recently made that urgent recommendation following a large number of safety problems on Metro.  Federal transportation officials say the recommendation is not the “wisest or fastest way” to bring about necessary improvements and “would unnecessarily complicate and delay” those improvements.  They say they’ll release their own plan soon.

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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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