Hermine Strengthens Into Hurricane
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hermine has strengthened into a hurricane. Data from an Air Force hurricane hunter plane found the storm has maximum sustained winds of about 75 miles per hour. Hermine is expected to make landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast sometime overnight.
Disciplinary Action In PG Head Start Fiasco
Six Prince George’s County school system employees are facing disciplinary action after the county lost federal funding for its Head Start program. Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell says the six include certified teachers, classroom aides and an administrative supervisor. He says they will no longer be in front of any child in the Prince George’s County Public Schools. The school system was stripped of more than six-million dollars of federal grant money after an investigation revealed cases of student abuse and poor teacher training that were not quickly corrected.
Georgetown To Atone For Slave Past
Georgetown University is planning to atone for its slave past. University officials said Wednesday that Georgetown’s president will issue a formal apology today for a slave sale the school held in 1838 to help keep the university afloat. Georgetown sold 272 slaves and used a portion of the profit to pay off its debts. Now the Jesuit school is taking steps to atone for its past, including awarding preferential status to new students who are descendants of those it enslaved. The school also plans to create an institute for the study of slavery, erect a public memorial to the slaves who built the school and rename two campus buildings after African-Americans.
Tree Falls On Top Of Car In Bowie
A driver is injured after a tree fell on top of him in Bowie. Prince George’s County officials say the vehicle was traveling along Annapolis Road this morning when the tree fell. Route 450 is closed between Crain Highway and Race Track Road, and the nearby Cornerstone Christian Academy won’t open today because of the road closure. The status of the driver is not known at this time.
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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.