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Guilty Verdict For “Beer Pong Rapist”

Maryland’s so-called “Beer Pong Rapist” is guilty of eight counts of sexual assault.  A jury today convicted 38-year-old Joey Poindexter, agreeing with prosecutors that he victimized young men whom he met at beer pong tournaments.  Poindexter was arrested last October after an 18-year-old college student told police that he became drunk, went to Poindexter’s home in Gaithersburg, and was sexually assaulted.  The judge in the case called Poindexter “ridiculously stupid” for firing his defense lawyers and representing himself.

No Further Threat On University Of South Carolina Campus

Police are saying it was a murder-suicide that locked down the University of South Carolina today.  The campus was placed on lockdown this afternoon after reports of an active shooter on campus.  A campus-wide alert ordered students, faculty and staff to take shelter immediately.  Workers at the State Capitol were also ordered to stay indoors.  Police said it appears to have been an isolated incident.

Two Injured In Frederick High School Shootings

Frederick High School is closed to students today as police investigate shootings that sent two teens to Shock Trauma.  Gunfire erupted outside of the school gym just after 8 p.m. while a junior varsity basketball game was being played. Police immediately secured the building and searched the school, but did not find the suspects.  The victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

DC Council Holds Hearing On Metro Smoke Incident

Metro Interim General Manager Jack Requa is expected to testify today before the DC Council on how the transit agency prepares for emergencies.  The Council hearing comes after last month’s fatal smoke incident near L’Enfant Station and the delayed response that ensued.  District emergency management officials will also testify at today’s hearing.

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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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