In The News @5pm

Memorials for Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Continue

One memorial is underway at a Southeast DC church and another is to follow for former DC Mayor Marion Barry.  A public funeral procession took Barry’s body from the Wilson Building to Temple of Praise Church today, with many residents lining the route to say farewell.  A musical and video tribute has started with a memorial service set for this evening.

 “Rolling Stone” Apologizes For Rape Story

“Rolling Stone” magazine says there are apparent discrepancies in a University of Virginia student’s rape account and is apologizing to those affected by their story.  Last month’s story of a brutal gang rape by UVA fraternity members in September 2012 shocked the campus and sparked investigations and protests.  However, Rolling Stone now believes their trust in the woman they refer to as Jackie was misplaced.

 Phylicia Barnes 2nd Murder Begins   

The re-trial of the Phylicia Barnes murder suspect began late today after jury selection ended. Thirty-year-old Michael Johnson was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2013, but the verdict was overturned when a judge ruled that the prosecution withheld witness information.  The North Carolina teen went missing in 2010 while visiting her sister in Baltimore and her body was later found in the Susquehanna River.

Anniversary Of Nelson Mandela Death

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela. South Africa’s first black president died one year ago at the age of 95. Speaking at a formal ceremony today in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, Mandela’s widow Graca Machel  said the former president was at peace when he died. The ceremony was attended by the Mandela family and close family friends.



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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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