In The News @5PM

Prince George’s County Smoke Detector Check

Prince George’s County fire officials have been going door-to-door in the Capitol Heights and Bowie.  They’re making sure families have working smoke alarms and an escape plan in the event of a fire.  Two people have died in house fires over the past week.  One of the homes did not have a working smoke detector.

Customers Crowd Stores With Returns

Many stores and shopping malls across the nation are crowded on what’s traditionally the second-busiest shopping day of the year.  Millions of Americans have the day off after Christmas, which is adding to the rush.   The National Retail Federation says nearly 40-percent of consumers are expected to return one or more gifts.

Wake Held For One of Two NYC Officers Murdered

It’s a somber day in New York City as thousands gather in Queens to begin the process of paying their final respects to a fallen police officer.  Rafael Ramos and his partner were shot and killed as they sat in their patrol car last Saturday.  Earlier this afternoon, Ramos’ flag draped coffin arrived under police escort at the church where today’s wake is being held. 

First Family Marks First Day of Kwanzaa

President Obama and the First Lady are marking the start of Kwanzaa.  Today is the first day of the African-American spiritual holiday, which lasts until January 1st.  In a statement released by the White House, President Obama notes that Kwanzaa is a time for families to “come together to reflect on blessings of the past year” and also to look ahead to the promises of the coming year.

Harold Fisher

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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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