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Jury Selection Complete In First Freddie Gray Trial

Opening statements are underway in the trial of a Baltimore police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray.  The jury was seated this morning and it will hear the case against Officer William Porter, the first of six officers to go on trial in Gray’s death last spring.  Prosecutors say Porter neglected to seek medical attention for Gray when he said he was injured following his arrest.  Gray’s death of severe spinal injuries touched off violent rioting and looting in Baltimore. 

Officers Responsible For MedStar Death Are Fired

Two special police officers who were responsible for the death of a 74-year-old Washington MedStar Hospital patient have been fired.  Officials say the two unnamed officers restrained James McBride outside the building in early October.  McBride would later died from his injuries.  The hospital would not confirm a report by the “Washington Post” that said McBride suffered a broken neck in the scuffle.

Last Major Critic Reverses On Pepco-Exelon Merger

The last major critic of a proposed merger between Pepco and Exelon is changing its view.  The GSA says it no longer opposes the six-point-four-billion dollar deal between the DC area utility and the Chicago-based energy company after holding private talks with DC officials.  Most DC leaders recently reversed course after previously opposing the deal when the two utilities agreed to some concessions.  The DC Public Service Commission must still approve the merger.

Carson Falls In New GOP Poll

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is dropping in the polls.  The new Quinnipiac [[ KWIN-uh-pee-ack ]] University poll out today shows the retired neurosurgeon slipping into third place.  Florida Senator Marco Rubio has climbed into second place at 17-percent.  Donald Trump is still the frontrunner with 27-percent support from Republicans.  The poll also shows that Hillary Clinton would defeat the GOP contenders if the election were held today.

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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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