Supreme Court Blocks Execution Of Black Man In Texas
The U.S. Supreme Court is blocking the execution of a black man in Texas due to concerns about possible racial stereotyping. The high court ordered a new sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Duane Buck. Chief Justice John Roberts said part of Buck’s sentencing hearing appealed to a racial stereotype that black men are more likely to commit acts of violence. The Supreme Court ruling was 6-2 with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissenting. Thomas said Buck received a fair trial in a case of brutal murder.
Child Plays With Lighter, Killed In Lorton House Fire
A five-year-old boy is dead after sparking a house fire in Lorton. Fairfax County Fire officials say the child was playing with a lighter yesterday evening when he accidentally started a fire in the Arcade Street home. Neighbors bounded into the blaze to save the child, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Two pets were also killed in the incident, while four people suffered minor injuries.
Metro Testing New Escalator Warning At Gallery Place
Metro is testing a new warning to alert distracted escalator riders. The transit agency has recently installed a recorded warning at the Gallery Place Metro station. The audio clip tells passengers the end of the escalator is coming in a few feet. The move comes after news that the amount of injuries on Metro escalators went up 13-percent in 2016.
Conservative Political Action Conference Comes To DC
Thousands of Republicans and other conservatives have descended on the Washington, DC area for the Conservative Political Action Conference, which gets underway today. The big headliner will be President Trump, who is scheduled to speak tomorrow. The alt-right news website Breitbart and some of its editors will have a big showing at this year’s event. Controversial figure and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was also expected to speak, but was disinvited after his comments about statutory rape and pedophilia made news.
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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.