Six Children Presumed Dead In House Fire
Six children are presumed dead following a house fire in Northeast Baltimore. Three other children and their mother were hospitalized after crews responded to the blaze on Springwood Avenue shortly after 12:30 a.m. Fire officials are trying to sift through the rubble to locate the kids’ bodies as the second and third floors of the home collapsed. Congressman Elijah Cummings’ office is identifying the woman injured in the blaze as one of his staff members.
DOJ Announces Mandatory Changes For Baltimore Police
A deal between the Department of Justice and the City of Baltimore is now in place for mandatory changes to the city’s police department. Details of the consent decree were unveiled this morning by Mayor Catherine Pugh and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The agreement calls for better tracking of problem police officers, more documentation of citizen interaction with police, de-escalation training and use-of-force reporting. The city has been negotiating for months on the deal after the DOJ released a scathing report that found Baltimore police are guilty of routine racial bias.
Justice Department Probing FBI’s Actions Ahead Of Election
The Justice Department is opening an investigation into the FBI’s actions ahead of the presidential election. The department’s inspector general is looking into how the FBI handled aspects of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Just days before the November 8th election, FBI Director James Comey announced that the probe had been re-opened.
Spring-Like Temps Today
It’s a roller coaster of winter weather. Temperatures are expected to top out in the mid-60s today across the Washington, DC area just two days after high temperatures were in the 20s. Rest assured, the cold will return. Forecasters say a cold front will move in late Friday with a chance of a wintry mix of precipitation on Saturday.
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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.