UMD Officials Apologize to Jordan McNair’s Family, Sanders Can’t Guarantee Trump Hasn’t Used N-word

UMD Officials Apologize TO McNair’s Family, Investigation Underway

(College Park, MD) — University of Maryland officials are speaking on the controversy surrounding accusations of abuse in the football program following the death of a football player. University president Wallace Loh said he and athletic director Damon Evans personally visited Jordan McNair’s parents to apologize for the loss of their son. The 19-year-old football player died after suffering a heatstroke during a May 29th practice. Loh said the university accepts the legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that led to McNair’s death. Loh said he’s put together an independent commission to thoroughly investigate what happened to McNair and where the university fell short. Officials say preliminary reports show emergency responses were not followed correctly and heat illness was not promptly treated. Head Coach DJ Durkin and three others have been placed on leave as an investigation continues.

Report IDs Over 1,000 Victims Of Priest Abuse

A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims.  The grand jury report released Tuesday says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. The grand jury says it believes the “real number” of abused children might be “in the thousands” since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report says more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

Sanders Can’t Guarantee Trump Hasn’t Used N-word

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she cannot guarantee that President Donald Trump has never used a racial slur.  Sanders said, “I haven’t been in every single room,” when asked if she can say with certainty that Trump has never used the N-word.  Ex-Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has alleged she has heard Trump on tape using the slur.  Trump said Monday on Twitter that he doesn’t “have that word in my vocabulary, and never had.”  Sanders says she “can’t guarantee” Trump has never used the word, but calls Manigault Newman’s claims “salacious and ridiculous.”

Trump Team Files Arbitration Against Omarosa

(Washington, DC) — Several reports say the 2016 Trump campaign is filing arbitration against Omarosa Manigault Newman for her alleged violation of a non-disclosure agreement. The agreement was purportedly signed in 2016. President Trump and Newman have been engaged in a war of words since the former reality TV star released a tell-all book about her time as a White House staffer. She claims Trump has “serious mental impairment” and adds she’s heard a tape of him using a racial slur. Newman also unveiled a secret recording of a phone call with Trump where he says he did not know that she was being fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly. Trump has taken to Twitter to call Newman a “low-life” and a “dog.”

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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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