Federal Workers, Tourists Preparing For Possible Shutdown, Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner.

Federal Workers, Tourists Preparing For Possible Shutdown

DC Government agencies are prepping for a shutdown as the budget deadline looms. Congress has until midnight to pass a budget deal, otherwise the government could face another shutdown like the one that lasted 16 days in 2013. Many places like the Smithsonian museums and National Zoo have plans in place in case that happens. Both announced they will be open this weekend no matter what. If there is a shutdown, both will be closed starting Monday.

Mayor Fires Police Commissioner

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis is out of a job. Mayor Catherine Pugh announced today that she fired Davis and appointed Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa [[ DEE-soo-sah ]] as commissioner-designate. Pugh says she decided to replace Davis out of a need to reduce violence and crime in Baltimore at an accelerated pace. If approved by the City Council, DeSousa will become the city’s 40th police commissioner. The 53-year-old is a 30-year veteran of the department and says his first priority will be to put more uniformed officers on the streets.

BWI Seizes Marijuana Lollipops

BWI Airport officials are holding onto marijuana edibles found in a passenger’s bag. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized the lollipops last week after they tested positive for THC. The luggage with the laced candy arrived a day after a passenger flew in from Iceland. While it isn’t a crime under Maryland law to possess small amounts of marijuana, it remains illegal under federal law and cannot be brought into the country.

Travel Ban To Go Before U.S. Supreme Court

The legal battle over the Trump administration’s travel ban is going to go before the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court announced today that it would take up the case of “Trump v. Hawaii.” The case touches on whether the President has the legal authority to suspend immigration from certain mainly Muslim countries. It also deals with whether that amounts to a violation of the separation of church and state. The case will be heard sometime in the court’s upcoming session, which begins in April. A ruling could come by the end of June.

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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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