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Metro: Latest SafeTrack Surge Starts Smoothly

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says it has been a relatively smooth beginning to its Safetrack Surge 2. No major problems have been reported so far as complete station shutdowns occur on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines in parts of Arlington and Southeast DC. Wiedefeld is asking all affected customers for patience as critical repairs and maintenance are done.

Closing Arguments Delivered In Freddie Gray Cop Trial

A verdict will come Thursday. That’s the word from the judge in the trial of a Baltimore police van driver charged in the death of Freddie Gray. During closing arguments today, prosecutors said Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. failed to ensure the safety of Gray while transporting him and is responsible for the severe spinal injury that caused his death last year. The defense says Gray caused his own injury by moving around in the vehicle.

No Charges In Kendrick Johnson Case

The Justice Department says there’s not enough evidence to support federal criminal charges in the case of a teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat last year at a Georgia high school. Federal officials today announced the decision after reviewing the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta. Local and state authorities had ruled the teenager’s death Jan. 10, 2013, was a freak accident. They concluded Johnson got stuck upside down in the middle of a rolled up mat and was unable to breathe. Johnson’s parents insisted someone must have killed their son and have pushed to reopen the investigation.

Self-Driving “Bus” Debuts In National Harbor

Soon, you may see dozens of self-driving buses whizzing through the streets of Washington. Local Motors have unveiled Olli, a self-driving communicating bus from their newest production facility in National Harbor. Riders can flag down an Olli on their phone and hop onto a bench seat for a quick trip. For now, Olli is sticking to private roads throughout National Harbor, but developers anticipate the 12-person buses to ship out to DC soon.

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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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