Guilty Verdict in Roof Trial
A jury finds accused South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof guilty of federal hate crime charges. Roof murdered nine people at the historically black Emanuel AME church in Charleston last year. Next the court will decide if Roof gets life in prison or the death penalty.
Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson Released
Jack Johnson, the former County Executive of Prince George’s County is now in federal halfway house in Baltimore. Johnson, 67, was released from federal prison in western Maryland after serving time for corruption. He pleaded guilty in May of 2011. He was sentenced to seven years.
Metro Board Approves Shorter Hours
WMATA is greenlighting plans for shorter hours of operation. The Metro board approved a new two-year schedule this morning. Starting July 1st, Metro will run from 5 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. during the week. On Friday and Saturday, the system will close at 1 a.m. and on Sunday it will only be open from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld has advised for the condensed schedule to allow crews adequate time to perform mandatory maintenance to the rail system.
Six Metro Employees Fired For July Derailment
Metro has fired six employees over July’s major Silver Line derailment near East Falls Church. WMATA announced that four track inspectors and two supervisors were let go this morning. An NTSB investigation found that inspectors discovered faulty track ties in that area years ago, but nothing had been done. Metro says nearly half of the track inspection department has been disciplined since the incident.
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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.