Carlos Bell Receives Another Life Sentence, Cell Phones In DC Area To Get Test Alert

Carlos Bell Receives Another Life Sentence

Carlos Bell is never getting out of prison. The 30-year-old Bell received a second sentence today of 190 years in prison for sexually abusing at least two dozen students during his time as a coach at various schools in Charles County, Maryland. Just last month, Bell received a federal sentence of 105 years in prison on charges of child sex abuse and production of child pornography. Prosecutors say while employed by the schools, Bell enticed kids to engage in sexual acts for the purpose of producing porn.

Cell Phones In DC Area To Get Test Alert

People in or near the Washington, DC area may receive alerts on their cell phones Thursday. It is part of a test of the system used for weather emergencies and other critical situations. The message will be sent between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Those who travel from one jurisdiction to another may hear messages from each jurisdiction.

EPA Chief Defends Rollback Of Fuel Standards

The EPA is rolling back Obama-era rules on vehicle fuel efficiency. The prior administration aimed to increase average fuel efficiency to more than 50-miles-per-gallon by 2025. Speaking at the EPA today, agency head Scott Pruitt called those standards unrealistic and unnecessary and not cost-effective. He also argued that rolling-back the Obama-era rules will help grow jobs in the U.S.

Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Expected This Week

Peak bloom of Washington, DC’s cherry blossoms is close. The National Park Service says the trees should be at peak bloom later this week. Over the weekend, the trees hit the “puffy white” stage, or Stage 5 of 6. At least 70-percent of the trees have to be blossoming in order for peak bloom to have occurred. The Cherry Blossom Festival runs through April 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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