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Senator Franken Supports Federal Investigation of Jamar Clark’s Death

A Minnesota U.S. lawmaker says he joins members of the North Side community in expressing sadness and frustration about the death of Jamar Clark. U.S. Senator Al Franken says he supports the decision of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau to call for an independent investigation by both the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI.  Franken adds that it’s important for policymakers and elected officials “to recognize that real inequality persists and to work to dismantle it.” Clark was shot in the head on Sunday during a scuffle with Minneapolis Police and died after he was removed from life support Monday night. Protests have continued across the city for several days.

House Approves Syrian Refugee Bill

A bill putting the brakes on the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. is headed to the Senate after clearing the House.  The Republican bill would stop resettlements until U.S. national security officials certify that individual refugees do not pose a threat to the U.S.  Supporters are worried that ISIS terrorists may try to get into the U.S., disguised as refugees.  Opponents argue that Syrian refugees are already subjected to extensive screening before being allowed to resettle in the U.S. 

French IM: Paris Attacks Mastermind Dead

French officials are confirming the death of the suspected leader of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.  The French interior minister said Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed in yesterday’s police raid in a Paris suburb.  The minister said this morning that authorities did not know Abaaoud was in Europe prior to the attacks and they believe he was involved in several plots foiled by French intelligence since May.  The 27-year-old Belgian national was identified by police by his fingerprints. 

 Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Sentenced To 15 Years

Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is headed to a federal prison for 15 years. This morning, he pleaded guilty to sex crimes and child porn possession in Indianapolis.  Fogle wept as he apologized to the people who supported him over the past 15 years.  A defense psychiatrist who examined Fogle testified that he believes he has “mild pedophilia” and suggested Fogle’s weight loss may have triggered a sharp increase in his sex drive.

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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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