In The News @5pm

NYC Mayor Calls For Suspension of Police Protests

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for protests against police violence to be put on hold for a while as the NYPD deals with the murder of two of its officers.  In a speech today, de Blasio remarked that he felt it’s time to put aside political debates and protests and what he called “all of the things we will talk about in due time.”  He said the families of the officers killed on Saturday should be given the time to grieve and bury their loved ones before the debate starts again. 

Nurses Strike At Washington Hospital Center

Dozens of nurses are on strike today at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  The healthcare workers say hospital staffing is so low that many nurses are at a breaking point and can’t handle any more patients.  MedStar has been in negotiations with the union for months over staffing and clinical practices.  The hospital says despite the strike, it is fully staffed.

Mistrial In Phylicia Barnes Trial

A Baltimore judge declared a mistrial today in Michael Johnson’s second trial, saying prosecutors presented evidence to jurors that should have been withheld.  Johnson is charged with killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes of North Carolina in 2010.  In his first trial last year, Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder, but the verdict was overturned when a judge ruled the prosecution withheld key witness information.

North Korea Experiencing Internet Problems

Something is going on with the Internet in North Korea.  There are reports that the reclusive communist nation has experienced a total outage today.  While there’s been no word on a cause, it does follow the recent cyber attack against Sony and U.S. promises to respond.

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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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