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Accused SC Church Shooter Assaulted In Jail

The South Carolina man awaiting trial in the deadly Charleston church shooting was attacked in jail by a fellow inmate. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says Dylann Roof was assaulted in the county jail this morning. Roof is facing federal and state murder charges for allegedly killing nine people at a historic African-American church last year. Roof is facing the death penalty.

Leggett Returns Check For Baltimore Riot Aid

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is returning a 296-thousand dollar check meant to pay for riot aid to Baltimore. The “Baltimore Sun” reports Leggett sent a letter to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this week, saying while the county appreciates the gesture, it, quote, “accepted the call for assistance with the belief that the City would do the same for us in a time of need.” Montgomery County joins Baltimore County in turning down payment for the use of its resources to help Baltimore City deal with the rioting that started after Freddie Gray’s funeral last year. Gray died of an injury suffered while in police custody.

North Carolina Terror Suspect Charged In Ohio

A North Carolina man is facing federal charges in connection with a plot to recruit people to carry out terrorist attacks in the U.S. The Justice Department said today Erick Jamal Hendricks of Charlotte was arrested in Ohio in 2015 after trying to buy an AK-47 assault rifle from an undercover officer. He’s been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State. Hendricks faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Metro’s Safety Problems Impacts Purple Line Approval

Construction of the long-awaited Purple Line no longer has federal approval. A federal judge canceled approval of the light-rail line on Wednesday, and ordered Maryland state officials to conduct another study taking into account Metro’s safety issues. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon cited “extraordinary events involving seemingly endless Metrorail breakdowns and safety issues.” Construction of the Purple Line was supposed to begin later this year. Maryland’s transportation secretary says the state will appeal the ruling.

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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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