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PG Police Arrest Rape Suspect

Prince George’s County police have arrestted a Cottage City rape suspect.  They say 48 year old James Diggs of Bladensburg grabbed a woman from behind Wednesday evening along 38th Avenue, put a knife to her throat and attacked her in a secluded area.  He’s suspected in three more rapes.  Those attacks happened last September in Bladensburg, last October in Cheverly and last month in Bladensburg.

Obama Offers Preview Of Selma Speech

President Obama is offering a preview of the speech he’ll give in Selma, Alabama, on the 50th anniversary of the march on Edmund Pettus Bridge.  During a speech today in Columbia, South Carolina, he remarked that the moral of Selma is the power of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change the country for the better.  He also said it’s about honoring the legends who helped shape the country and stubbornly insisted on justice.  Obama said there’s still a lot of work to do.  He pointed to efforts to improve wages, limit student debt, and provide healthcare for every family.

Marion Barry’s Birthday Commemorated

The life of the former DC Mayor Marion Barry is being remembered today on the 79th anniversary of his birthday.  A mural featuring the “Mayor for Life” is being unveiled in Anacostia by current Mayor Muriel Bowser.  DC artist Jay Coleman created the mural.  Barry died last November at the age of 78.

Ben Jealous Interested In Senate Seat

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous may seek the seat now held by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.  The “New York Times” was the first to quote unnamed sources mentioning Jealous’ interest in becoming a candidate.  Even though Mikulski just announced on Monday that she will not run for re-election, a long list of Democrats are expressing interest in succeeding her.  Several Republicans are also thinking of making a run.

 

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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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