In The News @ 4:30

Arlington Schools Apologize For Staying Open

Like in Fairfax County, Arlington County school officials are apologizing for the problems caused by keeping schools open despite this morning’s wintry weather.  They say they made the decision with the best information they had, but that weather conditions changed and there was more snow than had been forecast.  

Former VA Governor Gets Two Years In Prison

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has been sentenced to two years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges.  U.S. District Judge James Spencer had earlier reduced the sentencing guidelines from about ten to 12 years to six-and-a-half to eight-and-a-half years.  The decision was handed down in Richmond, nearly a year after McDonnell was first indicted and nearly four months after he and his wife Maureen were found guilty of accepting cash and gifts from a businessman in return for political favor.  Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced next month.

Ohio’s Boehner Re-Elected As House Speaker

An emotional John Boehner is calling himself glad and humbled. The Ohio Republican is getting a third term as Speaker of the House after receiving 216 votes in his re-election bid.  Boehner got the nod despite opposition from a group of GOP conservatives who are unhappy with the Speaker’s leadership. Boehner noted progress in the economic recovery but said, “We can do better.”

Judge Rejects Sirhan Sirhan’s Claim Of Innocence

Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin will remain behind bars.  A federal judge has rejected Sirhan Sirhan’s latest bid for freedom saying he failed to prove his innocence.  The 70-year-old Sirhan is serving a life term in prison for the 1968 killing of the Democratic presidential candidate in a Los Angeles hotel.  Sirhan filed a petition for habeas corpus in 2000 which could have resulted in his freedom.


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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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