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DC Area Under Winter Weather Advisory

The DC area is under a winter weather advisory.  The National Weather Service says the advisory will be in effect tomorrow from 4 a.m. until 1 p.m. with one to two inches of snow possible in the District and the close-in suburbs, and up to three inches farther north and west.  The heaviest snow is expected between 6 and 11 a.m.

Marion Barry’s Son Runs For Father’s Seat

Christopher Barry is officially in the running to win his father’s old DC Council seat.  The 34-year-old Barry, who would appear on the ballot as Marion C. Barry, must collect at least 500 signatures by January 28th to join a very crowded field.  The younger Barry is expected to gain lots of votes from name recognition, but he could lose a few due to his brushes with the law, including a guilty plea to a DUI charge last month.

Fromer Washington Pro Football Player Smoot Not Guilty

Ex-Washington football player Fred Smoot is being cleared of charges he attacked his girlfriend.  The one-time defensive back was found not guilty of a domestic violence charge today in Loudoun County.  The misdemeanor charge was filed after the girlfriend said she was attacked during an argument.  Smoot’s defense lawyer says the case was a result of the “vindictive actions of a disgruntled ex-girlfriend.”

Boston Bombing Trial Underway

The judge in the Boston Marathon bombing trial is telling potential jurors they need to decide the case on evidence presented in court and not by stories in the media.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived in a federal courtroom this morning for day one of jury selection in what is expected to be a lengthy trial.  He’s accused of killing three people and injuring hundreds more.  Jury selection will likely last several weeks.  If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Harold Fisher

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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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