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Joshua Starr Resigns As Montgomery Schools Superintendent

Joshua Starr is resigning as Montgomery County schools superintendent effective February 16th.  School Board President Patricia O’Neill gave no specific reason why it was agreed not to renew Starr’s contract for another four years, but said the decision was mutual and allows the county to move in a different direction.  Chief Operating Officer Larry Bowers will become interim superintendent.  Starr could have stayed on until his contract ended on July 1st, but it is hoped his successor chosen in a nationwide search will start on the job that day.

President Reacts To Video Of ISIS Burning Jordanian Pilot Alive

President Obama is denouncing ISIS terrorists after a video surfaced reportedly showing a Jordanian pilot being burned to death.  Speaking at the White House today, the President said the terrorist group seems intent only on “death and destruction.”  Obama said he wants to redouble the efforts of the U.S. and coalition partners to defeat ISIS.  Images from the video show a man in a cage which is then set on fire.  The pilot was captured by ISIS in December when his jet crashed in Syria.

Third Trial Planned For Accused Barnes Killer

The man accused in the murder of a North Carolina teenager is headed back to court.  Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Michael Johnson has been re-indicted on a second-degree murder charge and her office will put him on trial for a third time.  Johnson has been tried twice for murdering 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, who was killed while visiting family in Baltimore in 2010.

UDC Could Be Named For Marion Barry

The DC Council will consider a bill to name the University of the District of Columbia after former Mayor Marion Barry.  Councilmember Vincent Orange introduced the measure today, saying Barry should be honored properly and his life studied for both the ups and the downs.  The bill has the backing of Councilmember Jack Evans, but Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has not yet weighed in on the idea.

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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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