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Three Now Hurt In Mall Explosion

The number of people hurt in a gas explosion at a Falls Church strip mall is up to three.  All three have been taken from Eden Center to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Initially it was feared that gunshots were being fired when the blast happened this afternoon along Wilson Boulevard.  Several glass storefronts in the mall were shattered.

Sentencing In Child Sexual Assault

A DC man who took a nine-year-old girl to his government office to have sex will serve more than 17 years in prison.  A judge in Greenbelt federal court today announced the sentence for 53-year-old Kevin Robinson.  According to Robinson’s plea agreement, he abused the girl and tried to have sex with her at an office at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Greenbelt in October, 2013.

Maryland General Assembly Session Begins

The Maryland General Assembly’s 435th session is underway in Annapolis.  Lawmakers will take the oath of office this afternoon and both chambers are expected to re-elect their leaders, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.  Governor-elect Larry Hogan takes office next week and will be forced to deal with a 750-million-dollar projected budget deficit.

2015 Obamacare Enrollment Closing In On 7M

Nearly seven-million people have signed up for Obamacare during the 2015 open enrollment period.  The Obama administration announced today that as of last week, six-point-eight million people had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  The numbers include people who selected plans or were automatically enrolled through the federal exchange, which serves 36 states.  Open enrollment began in November and will end on February 15th.

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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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