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Obama Wants $263 Million For Ferguson Federal Response

President Obama is asking Congress for 263 million dollars for a federal response to the civil rights upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri.  Protests and rioting broke out last week after a grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The White House said Monday the funds would help pay for 50-thousand body cameras for police officers and expand law enforcement training in an effort to build trust in police forces.

Ferguson Protesters Close 2nd In “Time” Poll

Ferguson protesters and the new prime minister of India are running away with the “Time’s Person of the Year” poll.  The people who’ve taken to the streets in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown are neck and neck with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The two have a large lead over the rest of the pack, which includes Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.  The “Time” editors will reveal their pick for the title on the cover of the December 10th issue.

Cyber Monday Expected To Hit A New High

 American retailers should make a record-high two-billion dollars on Cyber Monday.  Data-tracking firm ComScore says online shopping will rise by 20-percent today.  This is in spite of the fact that many big retailers started offering online deals on Sunday.  Online sales during the Thanksgiving weekend have risen as major chain stores get a head start on Amazon and other internet retailers.  However, Cyber Monday is still expected to be the busiest day of the year for online shopping.

Teen Safe After Being Recovered From Home’s False Wall

A 13-year-old boy who had been missing for four years is safe after being recovered by police from a hidden compartment in a Georgia home.  Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter said the victim was found behind a false wall between the garage and the attic of a home in Jonesboro over the weekend.  Porter remarked that the victim was showing signs of physical assault.  Five people are under arrest in the case, including the boy’s father and stepmother.  They face charges including false imprisonment and cruelty to a child.

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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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