No Active Shooter At Joint Base Andrews
Things are getting back to normal after a security scare today at Joint Base Andrews. Officials at the Pentagon say reports of an active shooter came in after someone saw personnel carrying rifles for an active-shooter exercise. The base was placed on lockdown shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern but that has since been lifted. Vice President Joe Biden was to fly out of Joint Base Andrews this morning but his departure was delayed.
Arrest Made In Forestville Triple Murder
Prince George’s County police are crediting the community for providing tips which led to the arrest of a triple murder suspect. Lawrence Rogers Jr. of Capitol Heights is accused of gunning down 50-year-old Carlina Gray and 60-year-old Allen Rowlett, both of Forestville, and 55-year-old Jan Parks of Landover last Friday night on Orleans Avenue. Two other people were injured and one of them remains in critical condition. Rogers was taken into custody last night in the District and is awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County.
Defense Chief Lifts Transgender Ban
Transgender persons can now serve openly in the U.S. military. Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the ban and said the Pentagon needs access to 100-percent of the population to find the best people for the armed forces. In a Pentagon briefing, Carter noted that there are about 25-hundred transgender people on active duty in the military now. He cited 18 other countries that have transgender persons serving openly in their armed forces.
Several New Laws Take Effect Tomorrow
Minimum wage workers get a 50-cent raise tomorrow. The increase to eight-75-an-hour comes as several new laws take effect Friday in Maryland. Aside from the wage increase, the gasoline tax is going up about a penny a gallon, a state-sponsored retirement plan for private-sector workers who aren’t offered such a plan by their employer launches and a ban on powdered alcohol is being extended by two years. The state will also begin using a new scoring system to prioritize transportation projects.
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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.