In The News @ 3:30 PM

Lufthansa CEO “Speechless” To Learn Of Co-Pilot’s Actions

Lufthansa’s CEO says it’s wrong to call the Germanwings co-pilot’s actions that killed 149 others “suicide.”  At a press conference this morning, Carsten Spohr said he was “speechless” to learn that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed the plane into the French Alps.  Lubitz reportedly locked the plane’s captain out of the cockpit before starting the airliner’s fatal descent into the mountains.  All 150 people on board were killed.  The third American killed in the crash has been identified as Robert Oliver.

UVA Student’s Arrest Case Is Continued

University of Virginia student Martese Johnson isn’t entering a plea to misdemeanor criminal charges.  He appeared in a Charlottesville courtroom today and his case was continued to give the state more time to investigate his violent arrest last week.  Video of the arrest shows Johnson pinned down by an officer and bleeding from the head.  That led to accusations of excessive force and racism. 

House Approves Bill Making Changes In Medicare

The House is sending the Senate a bill modifying the structure of Medicare after passing it with bipartisan support.  Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the compromise bill represents the first meaningful entitlement reform in two decades.  He said the measure will reduce costs and will change and improve the way doctors get reimbursed by Medicare.

Pot Seed Shares In DC

Folks in DC who want to take advantage of legalized marijuana possession can take part in one of two seed shares.  The DC Cannabis Campaign will allow people to give marijuana seeds or up to an ounce of pot to locals who are 21-years-old or older.  The first seed share takes place today between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Libetine in Northwest.  The second event will happen Saturday at DC Cannabis Campaign headquarters.

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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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