Obama Aims To Help Prepare The Next Generation Of Leaders, University of Maryland Closed Because of Fire

Obama Aims To Help Prepare The Next Generation Of Leaders

Former President Barack Obama is not going after President Trump, for now at least. In his first public appearance since leaving office, Obama hosted a town hall-style meeting with young people in Chicago. The 44th President expressed regrets about the divisive nature of American politics. He said it makes many people cynical and prompts them to get discouraged and be uninvolved. Obama also talked fondly about his days as a community organizer in the Windy City. Obama has been out of the public eye since he left office in January.

University of Maryland Closed Because of Fire

The University of Maryland, College Park campus closed early because of a massive blaze. Officials say the fire started in a building under construction on Berwyn House Road around 10:00 this morning. Prince George’s Fire spokesman Mark Brady says the fire was so powerful, it’s forced firefighters to battle the blaze from outside. There are no reported injuries, but a senior living facility next door was also been evacuated because of the heavy smoke.

Four Workers Hurt In Trench Collapse

Four workers are injured after a trench collapse at a Northeast DC construction site. DC Fire and EMS says the incident occurred at about 9:15 this morning in the 300 block of H Street, NE. Three workers were sent to the hospital while a fourth was treated at the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Confederate Statues-New Orleans

A group opposing the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans says the process has been flawed from the start and that it lacks transparency.
The Monumental Task Committee in a news release called the removal of a statue in the pre-dawn darkness Monday by workers wearing scarves to cover their faces “atrocious government.”  City officials said the Liberty Place monument was dismantled at night to avoid disruption from those who want the statues to stay.  The monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, was hauled away in pieces around 5:35 a.m. Monday.
There are plans to remove three other monuments in the near future. City officials won’t say when that will happen in order to keep workers safe.

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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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