Are Children More Violent Today Than Ever Before?

There have been several acts of violence lately involving teens or young adults. Alonte Sutton was killed over the weekend, and then UVA lacrosse star Yeardley Love last week. Fellow student-athlete George Huguely is charged in the Love case.

Back in April 15th, DC Shaw Middle School Principal Brian Betts was murdered in his home. Among those charged are three 18-year-olds: Sharif T. Lancaster, Alante Saunders and Deontra Q. Gray.

On March 30th, there was a drive-by shooting on South Capitol Street, killing four. Among those charged are Orlando Carter, 20, Robert Bost, 22, Jeffrey D. Best, 21, and Lamar Williams, 22.

TALKBACK: So do you think children are more violent today than ever before or is it just getting more attention now?

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A Former Solicitor General Weighs in on Elena Kagan Nomination

President Obama has chosen Elena Kagan as his Supreme Court nominee. If she were to be confirmed, she’d be the fifth former Solicitor General to later join the Court. The list includes Robert H. Jackson, Stanley Forman Reed, William Howard Taft and Thurgood Marshall.

Several experts note that if Mrs. Kagan were to be confirmed, she’d likely have to recuse herself from more than a dozen cases in the fall because of her work as Solicitor General. Thurgood Marshall had to recuse himself from about 57-percent of cases in his first year on the court.

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PRODUCERS HAT: Del Waters interviews Jeffrey Rosen, GW Law Professor and Legal Affairs Editor at The New Republic. This broke at 10:35pm last night and that’s why an A++ producer knows how to reach his sources at home. I may have woke Jeffrey up, but he was willing to join us and he gave amazing insight!
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An Icon of Sports Broadcasting Passes Away

Ernie Harwell, the voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years, who also spent time in Baltimore, has died at 92. Harwell spent 55 years in broadcasting, joining Mel Allen, Jack Buck, Harry Caray and others among the game’s most famous play-by-play voices.

He announced Detroit games on radio from 1960-1991, again in 1993 and from 1999-2002. He broadcast games on over-the-air and cable television from 1960-64 and 1994-98.

Harwell retired in 2002 and spent his final years in Michigan. The legendary broadcaster died after a battle with cancer.

PRODUCER HAT: The first question in breaking news– who do you want to get on-air to comment? Three places to always search:

1) Archives: Who commented on similiar stories in the past? In this case, we had some good resources from when Harry Kalas died a few years ago.
2) Media Guides: All major sports have media guides, including baseball. They have several home phone numbers for people who cover each team, including Detroit.
3) Books: Did anyone ever write a book about Ernie Harwell? Yup, Tom Keegan co-wrote his autobiography.

I have to give all the credit to my anchors. You call the play, then your guys execute it. And they did it flawlessly.

Take a listen!

WTOP’s Nathan Roberts speaks to Detroit News Sports Columnist Lynn Henning:
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WTOP’s Dimitri Sotis speaks to sports broadcasting historian Curt Smith:
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Does New York’s Times Square Plot Make You Nervous To Visit DC’s Monuments?

Snatched off a plane heading from New York to Dubai, a Pakistan-born man admitted to rigging an SUV with a homemade device to explode in Times Square, federal official say.

Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Connecticut, spent five months in Pakistan, before returning home to build a crude gasoline and propane bomb, which officials say he tried to blow up in the middle of a busy Saturday evening.

Shahzad has been charged with terrorism and using weapons of mass destruction, after being hauled off a flight at Kennedy Airport on Monday night. He was on the federal no-fly list.

Customs and Border Protection agents were on the lookout for Shahzad, and they recognized his name on a passenger manifest and ordered the flight stopped so they could arrest him.

“Based on what we know so far, it is clear that this was a terrorist plot aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

WTOP TALKBACK: If New York City is terror target number 1 in our country, Washington DC probably is 1A. So do this failed terror plot using a car bomb make you more nervous about visiting our tourist attractions?

Listen to my reports and let me know what you think!

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PUTTING ON MY PRODUCER’S HAT: Dimitri Sotis and Nathan Roberts spoke to James Carafano from the Heritage Foundation about this story.
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