More Hurricane Maria Deaths in Puerto Rico, DC Emergency Ops for White Nationalist Rally

Puerto Rico concedes Hurricane Maria deaths more than 1,400

(San Juan, Puerto Rico) – Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island last year and not just the 64 in the official death toll.
The government acknowledged the higher death toll with no fanfare in a report submitted to Congress this week in which it detailed a $139 billion reconstruction plan for the island.
That quiet acknowledgement was first reported Thursday by The New York Times.
Puerto Rican officials have admitted that more than 64 people likely died from the powerful storm that knocked out the power grid and caused widespread flooding that made many roads impassable. But a more exact number has been a matter of debate that the government has sought to end by commissioning an academic study due out in coming weeks.

Bowser Activates Emergency Operations Ahead Of White Nationalist Rally

(Washington, DC) — DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says she’s elevating the city’s emergency level ahead of this weekend’s “Unite the Right 2” rally. The White Nationalist rally will take place near the White House Sunday, on the anniversary of last year’s rally in Charlottesville that left a woman dead. Bowser’s order activates DC’s emergency operations center which will make it easier for local authorities to work with federal and state agencies. DC Police Chief Peter Newsham says police will work to keep rally participants and counterprotestors separated at all times. Officials estimate about 400 people to participate in the rally, and more than two-thousand counterprotestors.

PGCP Offer 25K For Information On Seat Pleasant Homicide

(Seat Pleasant, MD) — Prince George’s County Police are offering up to 25-thousand-dollars for information on the murder of a 24-year-old man in Seat Pleasant. Lamont Adair Junior was gunned down in the 66-hundred block of Greig Street last night. Police are searching for a shooter and a motive. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Washington Meets New England In First Preseason Game

The Burgundy and Gold take on the New England Patriots in their first preseason game today. It’s the first exhibition for the Redskins, who play at New England. It will also be the first time we see new franchise quarterback Alex Smith in a Washington. The game kicks off at 7:30 Eastern.

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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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