Ricin Discovered at the Pentagon, An Arrest Is Made In the Shooting of 18 Year Old From S.E., and DC Council To Vote On Repealing Initiative 77

Updated @ 2:26pm

Ricin Found in Two Packages at the Pentagon

The FBI is investigating two packages found inside a mail processing center on the campus of the Pentagon.  Reports indicate the two packages contain the deadly poison ricin.  The mail processing center is located on the Pentagon campus, but not within the Pentagon building.  There are no reports of injuries.  Early reports indicate the packages were addressed to someone in the Pentagon.  Ricin is a highly toxic protein obtained from the pressed seeds of the castor-oil plant.  A dose of purified ricin powder the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human.

An arrest is made in shooting of 18 year old from S.E….

Family members of 18 year old Taquan Pinkey remain in mourning over the loss of a bright and promising young man. Pinkey was shot in the back while running when he heard gunfire on September 9th on Stanton Road. He was walking home after stopping at a convenience store to get a soda.

Monday police arrested 17 year old Elijah Jarmon in connection with the case. He will be tried as an adult. Detectives do not believe that Pinkey was the target. A motive is still unclear. Pinkey was set to go to college in the fall at the University of the District of Columbia and he was working at a local restaurant to pay for his tuition. His mother Yolanda Pinkey says they are devastated by their loss and they will never be the same again.

DC Council to vote on repealing Initiative 77…

Today, the DC City Council is set to hold an emergency vote to repeal Initiative 77. In June, voters said “Yes” to the measure to gradually increase the pay for tipped workers to $15 an hour by 2025. Since the approval, several businesses and many on the council said it would adversely affect companies.

The Mayor is against the bill and last check 7 of the 13 members of the city council are also against it. The remaining are hoping for some kind of compromise. It’s important to note that voters in every Ward approved the measure during the primary. Currently, the District’s minimum wage is $13.25 and it will reach $15 by 2020. As it stands now tipped, employees make $3.89 and hour.

FBI expands probe into Kavanaugh…

The FBI has expanded it’s probe into Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Sources says it could include additional witnesses including his third accuser that said she was gang raped at a party that Kavanaugh was attending.

A new report out this morning by NBC news shows that Kavanaugh was not honest in his testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee in which Senators asked him about when he was first aware of the claim by Deborah Ramirez. Kavanaugh said it was on September 23rd after seeing the article in the New York Times. This morning news outlets said there are screen shots from cell phone text messages that show that Kavanaugh had been reaching out to Yale friends to discredit Ramirez claims dating back to July. That is a full two months before his statements under oath last week.

Despite this news,  Republicans say a vote will be held this week for Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied all of the claims against him.

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