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South Carolina Black Church Burning Investigation

A South Carolina state senator wants to avoid a rush to judgment about the cause of last night’s fire at a predominately black church in Greeleyville.  State Senator Ronnie Sabb said residents should give law enforcement a chance to investigate the fire that destroyed Mount Zion AME Church.  There are fears the blaze was intentionally set as there have been several fires at black churches across the South in the past two weeks.

Diplomatic Ties Between U.S. & Cuba Are Reestablished

An American embassy is set to open in Cuba for the first time in decades.  President Obama announced today that Cuba and the U.S. are reestablishing diplomatic ties.  He told a White House gathering that it is an historic step forward which ends a Cold War-era policy that was not working.  He said Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the American flag over the U.S. embassy.   

Donald Trump Demands Macy’s Boycott

Donald Trump is firing back at Macy’s after the company announced it’s cutting ties with him over his comments on Mexico and immigrants.  The retailer announced this morning it will no longer carry the Trump brand, saying Macy’s stands for diversity and inclusion and that it had no tolerance for discrimination in any form.  Trump has since taken to Twitter, calling for a boycott of the department store.

Valerie Ervin Announces Congress Bid

A former Montgomery County Council member is running for Congress.  Valerie Ervin has announced she will run for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.  The seat is currently held by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, but he is vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Senate.  Ervin is running as a Democrat.  She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the Montgomery County Council in 2006.

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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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