Wednesday/ ‘Elvis’ arrested

There was a lot in the news on Wednesday!   Ready?  1.  The FBI announces a break-through with surveillance video for the Boston bombings.  CNN ends up with egg on its face, first saying arrests have been made, then retracting that ‘Breaking News’ announcement a hour later.  2.  A gun control bill (for universal background checks) fails in the Senate. This for something that 90% of the citizenry supports. A big boo! – BOO! – to the US senators that voted no. Go home!   3. Huge explosion at a fertilizer factory in Texas, probably killing 15 people, hurting scores, and decimating homes and buildings in the little town of West.   4. The wife of a former justice of the peace (I guess that’s similar to a sheriff), confesses her role to the killings of a District Attorney and his wife AND a deputy district attorney, ending a nationally publicized man-hunt. Her husband had been convicted of stealing public property, and he was the trigger-man. Her bail was set at $10 million.   5.  A 45-yr old Elvis impersonator with paranoia and delusions of government gets arrested for sending ricin-laced letters to the President and a US senator.  The mail did not make it to the US Capitol building.

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Here is an explanation of ricin’s effects on the human body published in the USA Today. It’s not a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ such as anthrax, though .. and handling a ricin-tainted letter is unlikely to be a lethal dose to the recipient.


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