Maryland AG Launches Hate Crimes Hotline
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is launching a new hotline to report hate crimes. Frosh says hate incidents directed at racial and ethnic minorities have increased in the week since the election of Donald Trump as president and he’s urging victims to come forward. He says Maryland has laws to protect people from those kinds of incidents. The hotline number is 1-866-481-8361.
Former DC Schools Chancellor Censured
A former DC Schools chancellor is getting censured. The District’s ethics board passed the decision against Kaya Henderson yesterday. She resigned in September after it became clear she solicited a six-figure contribution toward a gala from a major food-service contractor. City ethics rules forbid employees from participating in “pay to play” politics with city contractors.
MTPD Officer Off The Force After Controversial Arrests
A Metro Transit officer who was responsible for a handful of controversial arrests is off the force. Officials revealed this morning that Andy Vinh is no longer with the department following an internal investigation. The eight-year veteran was accused of grabbing, tripping, and aggressively arresting several Metro passengers in a series of incidents. He was taken to court in 2010 for a violent arrest and he was briefly fired in 2013 due to a domestic assault case.
Trump Meets With Cabinet Contenders
A steady stream of high-profile figures continues to flow in and out of Trump Tower. President-elect Donald Trump is holding a number of meetings with possible cabinet members today. Trump has already met with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. She’s emerged as a contender for the secretary of state position. A possible pick for National Security Adviser, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, was also at Trump Tower today. Trump also met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and a spokesman said they discussed China, Russia and Iran.
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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.