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Honor For Late Marion Barry Tonight

The DC Council will hold a reception tonight to honor the memory of former Mayor Marion Barry, who passed away one year ago today.  During the event, Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to announce recommendations on specific ways the city will remember Barry.  A commission has been considering ideas such as erecting statues and naming high schools in honor of the former mayor and councilman.  Tonight’s reception will be attended by members of Barry’s family, including his widow, Cora Masters Barry.

Majority Of DC Residents Want Former Mayor Cleared

A majority of DC residents polled believe the probe into former mayor Vincent Gray should end.  The “Washington Post” survey finds 62-percent of city residents believe federal authorities should end their investigation into Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign.  At least six people have already pleaded guilty for helping to run an illegal shadow campaign on Gray’s behalf.

New Orleans Police Confirm 17 Injured In Shooting

The mayor of New Orleans suspects gangs are behind a shooting that left 17 people injured at a park.  Hundreds had gathered in the Upper Ninth Ward to film a music video following a community parade.  Witnesses told police that two groups of people were seen firing at each other.  Police are now asking for people to come forward with any additional information they have.

Governor Proposes Special Legislative Session On Racial Disparities

Governor Mark Dayton is proposing a special session of the state Legislature to talk about racial disparities throughout Minnesota and more specifically in north Minneapolis.  Dayton’s call for the special session comes in the wake of the protests following the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark by police in North Minneapolis on November 15th.  The governor met with Clark’s family this weekend.  Clark’s funeral is set for Wednesday.

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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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