NAACP Calls For Resignation Of Prince George’s Schools Chief
The NAACP in Prince George’s County is demanding the resignation of county schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell. The NAACP says Maxwell has failed to ensure “the health, safety and civil rights of the students.” The statement comes after multiple high-profile cases of abuse at schools. The group says “change must happen now.” It is calling on County Executive Rushern Baker to remove Maxwell immediately.
School Closed For Lead Contamination
Students, teachers and staff at Glenridge Elementary School in Landover Hills are being given bottled water after the discovery of lead contamination in the building. Prince George’s Public Schools spokesperson Raven Hill says officials were made aware of the contamination October 3rd and turned off the water at the school the next day. Water coolers are also being brought in until the problem is fixed.
Cosby Still Facing Charges After Dismissal Efforts Fail
The Pennsylvania Superior Court is refusing to dismiss sex assault charges against Bill Cosby. The comedian is accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. Cosby’s lawyers argued that since Constand’s live testimony wasn’t presented in a preliminary hearing before the case goes to trial, the charges should be dropped. They say Cosby has the right to directly confront his accuser before a trial. The judge disagreed and the trial is still set for next June.
Samsung Issuing Fire-resistant Boxes For Galaxy Note Recall
Samsung is providing fire-resistant boxes to people returning their explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 cell phones. They’ve also included a pair of gloves and an anti-static bag to get the phone safely in the box, which fits inside another box. The move comes after customers who bought the phones directly from Samsung complained FedEx and UPS refused to handle returned phones over safety concerns. Samsung has recalled around a million of the Note 7 smartphones after several started catching on fire.
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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.