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U.S. Transportation Department To Probe Metro

The U.S. Department of Transportation will conduct a safety management inspection of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. (WMATA)  The announcement was made today. The probe will begin on March 2nd.  It’s a separate probe from the NTSB’s investigation into the deadly smoke incident on a Metro subway train last month.  One woman was killed.  More than 80 others were hurt.

Federal Investigators Looking Into New York Train Crash

Investigators are at the scene of a deadly train crash in New York that killed at least six people and injured over a dozen more.  The train exploded and caught fire after crashing into an SUV during the evening rush hour yesterday, killing five.  The driver of the Jeep Cherokee that was apparently stuck on the tracks also died in the collision.  Railroad officials say 15 people are being treated for injuries at local hospitals.

Dump Truck Driver Indicted For Attempted Murder

A dump truck driver suspected of ramming a pair Prince George’s County police cruisers is under indictment on attempted murder and other charges.  Police say Gene Brandon of Aquasco intentionally rammed his truck into the police cars in the Woodmore Town Center parking lot in Glenarden last month.  Fortunately, two officers were able to flee from their cars before they were virtually destroyed.  Brandon is also charged with assault and malicious destruction of property.

Rosa Parks Items Going To Library Of Congress

Thousands of documents and items belonging to Rosa Parks are headed to the Library of Congress.  Parks is considered to be a pioneer of the U.S. civil rights movement.  The collection includes letters from Presidents, drafts of some of her writings from the time of the bus boycott and her Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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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