In The News @ 4:30PM

Marchers Honor MLK Holiday Across The U.S.

People across the country are honoring Martin Luther King Junior today.  The federal holiday recognizes the birth of the civil rights leader on the third Monday in January each year.  In Houston, the 21st Annual MLK Grande Parade is underway. In the nation’s capitol, thousands are marching in the annual MLK Peace Walk and Parade.  And in Alabama yesterday, the stars and director of the Academy Award-nominated film “Selma” joined in an event to honor the eponymous voting rights marches of 1965, upon which the movie is based.

Memorial Services For Woman Who Died On Metro 

Memorial services were held today for Carol Glover.  The 61-year-old Alexandria woman died one week ago today during the smoke incident in a Metro subway tunnel.  Services were held at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Northeast D.C.

Congress To Be Briefed On Metro Incident

Members of Congress will be briefed this week on last Monday’s Metrorail incident in DC, in which dozens of people were hospitalized and one woman was killed.  The hearing will happen this Wednesday at the request of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.  Members of the National Transportation Safety Board will be among those testifying.  The NTSB released a preliminary report showing at least 45 minutes had passed before firefighters were able to reach the stranded train underground.

Firefighters Search For Owners Of Burned-Out Mansion

Firefighters in Annapolis are still trying to find the residents of a multi-million-dollar mansion that burned down.  The 16-thousand-square-foot home on Childs Point Road went up in flames early this morning.  Investigators say the fire was so intense they may not be able to enter the property until tonight or tomorrow.  Fire officials say it’s possible the residents are out of town, but they’re operating under the premise that there were people inside.

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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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