Early Voting Ends Tonight In MD
Today is the last day of early voting and same-day registration in Maryland. So far, early voting has been breaking records in the state and another 124-thousand people cast ballots yesterday. Polling places will be open until eight o’clock tonight. After that, voters will have to wait until Tuesday to go to the polls.
Former SC Cop’s Murder Trial Begins
The murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer is underway in Charleston. In opening statements today, prosecutors told the mostly white jury that officer Michael Slager didn’t know someone with a cell phone was watching when he shot and killed Walter Scott. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson accused Slager of staging the scene after shooting the unarmed African-American man. Slager’s defense lawyer told the court Scott was shot after flighting with the officer and taking his taser. Slager faces possible life in prison if convicted of murder in the fatal 2015 shooting.
Reward Offered In Mississippi Church Burning
An eleven-thousand dollar reward is being offered to help catch whoever set fire to a black church in Greenville, Mississippi and spray painted the words “Vote Trump” on the side of the building. Police say they’ve identified a person of interest in the case but don’t have any real suspects yet. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the incident on Tuesday night. Greenville’s mayor believes it was a hate crime. But Mississippi’s top election official says people shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about it being politically motivated. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says early indications are that it wasn’t.
Loneliness Could Mean Alzheimer’s
Feelings of loneliness may be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease in older people. Researchers found that healthy seniors with higher levels of a protein fragment called amyloid that’s associated with Alzheimer’s disease were more likely to feel lonely than healthy seniors with lower levels. People with high levels of amyloid were more than seven-times more likely to be lonely. Scientists said previous studies have shown socially active seniors are less likely to develop dementia.
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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.