In The News @ 4:30PM

Family Almost Swallowed By Sinkhole

A family of five is fine despite their car being swallowed up by this morning’s sinkhole in Bladensburg.  A man, his wife and their three children were inside a Honda Accord when the ground started to give way along Edmonston Road.  However, they were able to get out of the car despite water coming in and reach safety before the vehicle went to the bottom of the sinkhole.

Unemployment Rates Fall Across DC Area

Unemployment rates are dropping across the DC area.  In the District, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the rate dipped from seven-point-four-percent in November to seven-point-three-percent in December.  The Virginia jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to four-point-eight-percent while the Maryland rate dipped one-tenth of a percent to five-point-five-percent.

Report: Accused Drone Operator Is Intelligence Worker

The man accused of flying a drone onto the White House lawn early yesterday is reportedly a federal intelligence worker.  “The New York Times” reports the man works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and that he told investigators he had been drinking at a nearby apartment when he lost control of the small craft.  According to law enforcement officials, the man went to bed fearing the drone had flown over the White House.

DC Revenue Drop Blamed On Cameras

A drop in DC revenue from traffic cameras is being blamed on the high cost of maintaining the system.  Police say those costs are a result of last year’s extremely cold and snowy winter.  The “Washington Post” reports that while traffic cameras brought in 72-million dollars for the city in fiscal 2012, it brought in less than half that figure in fiscal 2014.

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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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