In The News @ 3:30

Wiedefeld Speaks Ahead Of First SafeTrack Surge

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says of the year-long SafeTrack plan which takes effect tomorrow, it won’t be easy. Wiedefeld is urging normal Metrorail riders to be patient, travel at off-times if possible and leave extra time for their commute. He says it would be extremely helpful if more people telecommute, carpool, vanpool, take bus and use their bicycles during SafeTrack. The first of 15 safety surges starts tomorrow and will last for 13 days on the Orange and Silver lines with the worst congestion expected west of Ballston.

Report: Muhammad Ali’s Children Rush To Bedside

Muhammad Ali is still in the hospital and his condition may be more serious than first stated. The “London Daily Mirror” reports Ali’s children have rushed to his bedside at a Phoenix area hospital. Ali was being treated for a respiratory issue that has been complicated by the Parkinson’s he was diagnosed with in the 1980’s.

Pennsylvania Man Charged In White House Incident

Federal prosecutors are charging a Pennsylvania man with a felony count in connection with a recent officer-involved shooting outside the White House. Jesse Olivieri is charged with resisting or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Olivieri ignored a series of demands to drop a handgun as he approached a Secret Service guard booth on May 20th and was shot and critically wounded by an agent. Court documents say Olivieri told an officer he had come to the White House to shoot people.

Serena Williams Advances To French Open Final

Serena Williams could win her second straight French Open title. The 34-year-old defeated Kiki Bertens 7-6, 6-4 in today’s semifinals to advance to the women’s championship match on Saturday. She will take on Garbine Muguruza in a rematch of last year’s Wimbledon final.

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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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