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Former PG County Executive Wants Conviction Set Aside

Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson is asking a judge to set aside his corruption conviction.  The “Washington Post” says Johnson has filed a motion claiming new evidence of “probable law enforcement misconduct” in the investigation that brought him down.  The motion claims his family received notes containing threats before he went off to prison, and he says he believes a member of the Prince George’s County Police Department sent them.  Johnson pleaded guilty in 2011 to extortion charges.

Husband Of Missing Firefighter Makes Tearful Plea

The husband of a missing Fairfax County firefighter is making a tearful plea for her safe return.  At a morning news conference today, Steven Mittendorf of Woodbridge called the uncertainty of the whereabouts of Nicole Mittendorf “unbearable.”  A massive search is being conducted in Shenandoah National Park after the firefighter’s car was found there Saturday night.

Pepco Asks For 10-Percent Rate Hike

Just several weeks following a massive utility merger, Pepco is now asking for a ten-percent rate hike for its electricity customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.  If approved, the typical customer would see a bill increase by more than 15-dollars a month.  Today a spokesperson for Pepco said the rate hike request has nothing to do with the recent merger with Exelon.  Pepco also recently began applying 50-dollar rate credits to customers, which was part of the deal to get the Exelon merger approved.

Federal Court Decision Supports Transgender Teen

A transgender high school student can sue his school board for discrimination following a ruling today from the federal appeals court in Richmond.  Gloucester County officials have said Gavin Grimm cannot use the boy’s bathroom, but the 4th Circuit judges cited policies issued by the U.S. Department of Education that support transgenders using the bathroom of their choice.  The decision reverses a lower court ruling.  Judge Henry Floyd wrote the majority opinion and said the discrimination suit could move forward and sent the case back to the lower court to be reheard.

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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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