3 Maryland men exonerated after 36 years in prison
BALTIMORE (AP) — Three men incarcerated for 36 years in Maryland were exonerated Monday in the slaying of a Baltimore teenager after a review of their case. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were released from custody hours after a judge cleared their convictions and prosecutors dropped the charges. They were teenagers when they were sentenced to life in prison in 1984.
The late Rep. Elijah Cummings's (D-Md.) daughters announced this week that they are endorsing his longtime aide in the election to fill his seat instead of Cummings's widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.
Jennifer Cummings issued a statement Tuesday stating that she and her sister, Adia Cummings, are supporting Harry Spikes in the election. Spikes worked with Elijah Cummings for 15 years, according to their statement,
"My sister and I are supporting Harry Spikes for Congress because for the past 15 years he's worked alongside our father to meet the needs of the people of the 7th Congressional District," she said in the statement, The Washington Post reported. "Harry knows this community. Our father often said of himself that he was 'an ordinary man called to an extraordinary mission,' and Harry embodies that same spirit."
Middle and high schoolers booed Melania Trump for 30 seconds at an opioid awareness event in Baltimore
The booing lasted for approximately 30 seconds as First Lady Melania Trump was introduced at the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness. As Trump began to speak, some in the crowd continued to jeer at her. Talking over the audience, Trump said: "Thank you to all of the students who are here. I am so proud of you for the bravery it takes to share that you have been strongly affected by the opioid epidemic in some way." The first lady's appearance occurred as part of her "Be Best" initiative, which focuses on three main pillars: "well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse.
Jennifer Cummings on Tuesday said Spikes represents the "next generation of leadership" and that he "has the unique ability to build a multi-generational and diverse coalition of support."
"Dad would say, 'This isn't about me. This is bigger than me,' " she said. "And Harry knows the mission to serve is bigger than him - it's about the people of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County."
A crowded field of candidates are running for Elijah Cummings's seat following his death last month. A total of 24 Democrats and 8 Republicans have entered the special primary election set for Feb. 4. The general election is set for April 28, and the winner will serve out the rest of late lawmaker's term through the end of 2020.
Former Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume (Md.) and Rockeymoore Cummings are both nationally recognized figures in the race. Mfume is a former head of the NAACP, and he held the seat before Cummings.
Rockeymoore Cummings, Cummings's second wife, formerly served as the chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party.
State lawmakers Sen. Jill P. Carter (D) and Dels. Talmadge Branch (D) and Terri L. Hill (D) are also running for the seat.
Georgia ready for unpredictable Senate race .
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to tap a wealthy businesswoman to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson sets the stage for a wide-open special Senate election in 2020.In appointing Kelly Loeffler, the CEO of an Atlanta-based financial services firm, to replace Isakson in the Senate, Kemp bucked the wishes of President Trump and his allies, who had pressed the Georgia governor to pick Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) for the post.