In The News @ 4:30PM

More Smoke On Metrorail Tracks

Metro says they’ve quickly dealt with another small smoke incident.  Smoke was reported this afternoon coming from either a rail tie or an insulator near the Twinbrook station on the Red Line.  Montgomery County Fire officials say there was no fire and by the time firefighters had arrived at the outdoor station, Metro had things under control.  No one was hurt. 

DC Streetcar Service Delayed Again

Streetcar service on “H” Street and Benning Avenue in Northeast Washington won’t start next week as expected.  The DC Department of Transportation says the start date has been pushed back and there’s no new start date.  Former Mayor Vincent Gray had announced just before leaving office that streetcar service would begin the week of January 19th.

Supreme Court To Consider Gay Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court is agreeing to consider same-sex marriage this year.  The high court will hear challenges to same-sex marriage bans in some states.  The cases will be heard in late April and a final decision is expected by late June.  The key issue before the justices is whether same-sex couples have the right to marry under the Constitution. 

Muhammad Ali Released From Hospital Ahead Of 73rd Birthday

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is out of the hospital just in time for his 73rd birthday.  A family spokesman says Ali has been released from an undisclosed hospital after being treated for a severe urinary tract infection.  The former heavyweight champ is now back at one of his homes resting.  Ali was also hospitalized late last month with what was initially believed to be a mild case of pneumonia.  He retired from boxing in 1981.  Ali turns 73 on Saturday.

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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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