Would-Be Reagan Assassin Hinckley Released
The man who attempted to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981 will soon be released from a psychiatric hospital. A federal judge ruled this morning that John Hinckley Junior no longer poses a threat to himself or the public. After 35 years of hospital treatment in Washington, DC, Hinckley will be free to live full-time with his mother in Virginia as soon as August 5th.
Obama Headlines Democratic Convention Tonight
President Obama will take center stage tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Vice President Joe Biden will also speak and both are expected to make strong cases for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Meantime, Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine will introduce himself to the nation tonight. Virginia’s Kaine is a U.S. senator and a former governor. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also expected to appear and endorse Clinton tonight. Clinton will address the convention tomorrow night.
Charges Dropped Against Remaining Three Officers In Freddie Gray Case
Prosecutors are dropping ed against the three Baltimore police officers still facing trial in the death of Freddie Gray. The decision was announced this morning just as pretrial motions were beginning for Officer Garrett Miller. Officer William Porter was facing a retrial in September after a hung jury in December. Sergeant Alicia White was scheduled to go on trial in October.
Number Of Car Thefts In DC, PGC Down
According to a new study, the number of car thefts in the DC area is going down. Triple-A reports the number of vehicle thefts in Washington dropped more than eleven-percent from 2014 to 2015. In Prince George’s County it’s an even bigger drop — 32-percent. Other area counties weren’t as lucky. Arlington saw an eleven-percent increase, Montgomery County a five-percent increase, and Fairfax a three-point-three-percent increase.
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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.