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Congressional Staffers Protest Non-Indictments In Brown, Garner Cases

Dozens of congressional staff members are protesting non-indictments in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  In an organized event, they gathered on the Capitol steps this afternoon for a prayer service.  Some members of Congress joined the gathering.  Senate Chaplain Barry Black led the brief service.  Brown was an unarmed black man who was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.  Garner was an unarmed black man who died after being put in a chokehold by a police officer in New York. 

NIH Admit Patient With Ebola Symptoms

An American nurse exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone is now at the National Institutes of Health where they will be isolated and observed.  NIH officials say the unidentified patient arrived this afternoon after being flown to the clinical center by a private charter medevac.  The patient had been a volunteer with an Ebola treatment unit in West Africa.  The NIH says that every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety of other patients, staff and the public.

Legalized Pot In DC May Still Happen

Whether or not a rider in the big congressional spending bill stops pot from becoming legal in the District depends on whom you ask.  DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says top Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi agree with her that the specific language does not stop the new law from being enacted.  Republicans like Maryland Congressman Andy Harris say it’s “pretty clear” the “legalization is not enacted.”  At this point, it does not appear the rider will be dropped from the bill, although there’s still some question that the bill itself will pass in time to prevent a government shutdown.

DC Soccer Stadium Agreement

DC leaders say they’ve reached an agreement on funding a new major league soccer stadium at Buzzard Point.  Mayor Vincent Gray, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser and DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson announced today that the city will contribute 150-million dollars, a figure which will be matched by DC United.  The DC Council is expected to give the funding plan final approval next Tuesday.

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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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