In The News @ 3:30 PM

UMD Racist Email Writer Resigns Fraternity

A University of Maryland student accused of writing a racist and sexist email is resigning from their fraternity.  Kappa Sigma immediately suspended the student and promised an investigation after learning of the email, but the student then submitted a letter of resignation.  Kappa Sigma says it is trying to “formally expel” that person from the fraternity.  The January 2014 email reportedly included racial slurs about women and also alluded to raping women.

Metro Police Shooting Investigation Continues

Metro Transit Police still won’t say why an officer shot and killed a man trespassing in the tunnel between the Stadium-Armory and Potomac Avenue stations.  The officer who fired the shots last night has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.  The trespasser’s identity has not been released.  The officer is a woman with more than ten years of service.

Ferguson Shooting Remains Unsolved

Ferguson, Missouri remains a city on edge, but protests in the St. Louis suburb remained peaceful on Thursday night.  Hundreds of demonstrators were back in the streets one day after two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department.  No arrests have been made in the shooting, but the two officers involved have both since been released from the hospital. 

MLK Letter Sold At Auction

An online bidder is the new owner of a condolence letter written by a former President after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.  The letter from President Lyndon Johnson sold at an auction house in Virginia.  It offered condolences to King’s wife, Coretta Scott King.  The online bidder paid 60-thousand dollars for the letter.  Other items were also auctioned off, including drafts of speeches King had written.

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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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