Aretha Franklin Has Died, DC Police Could Have A Serial Killer On The Loose

The “Queen of Soul” has passed away…

The songstress loving called the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. The news comes just days after the world learned that the self taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter was gravely ill. She was under hospice care with her family at her side when she passed away this morning in Detroit.

Franklin has to her credit 18 Grammy’s, 77 Hot 100 chart enters and she is the first woman to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone named her the Greatest Singer of All Times.

Aretha was set to release her new album in November entitled A Brand New Me. She leaves behind four sons Clarence, Jr, Edward, Ted White Jr and Kecalf.

DC Police could have a serial killer on the loose…

The Metropolitan Police Department may have a serial killer on their hands. This shocking news follows the release of the names of three skeletal remains found in Southeast in April. Yesterday police identified the victims as 41-year-old Verdell Jefferson, 43-year-old Dorothy Jean Butts and 48-year-old Jewel Marquita King. All of the women are African American and there bodies were dumped in the bottom of an apartment on Wayne Place in Southeast in 2006. They were discovered during construction earlier this year.

Two of the victims were shot and one of the victims was killed by blunt force trauma. It is also possible that two the victims were killed at the same time. At the time police are not willing to rule out that the same person may have committed some or all of the murders. Family members who still live in the area are happy that they have been found. Now they want answers. Reportedly police are looking for a mailman that use to work in that area. They believe this person could have additional information in this case.

Metro’s largest Union want GM Wiedefeld to resign…

Metro’s largest union is preparing for a Noon time rally at the Metro Center Station. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union want Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld to step down. The reason they say is because a separate train was provided to participants of the Unite the Right rally goers.

Wiedefeld says that they did not provide any special services for the rally goers. He said Metropolitan Police separated them and placed them on a regularly scheduled train which stopped at every station leading to the National Mall.

The President of ATU 689 said many union members who were unaware of them on their route were uncomfortable with the special treatment they felt the white nationalist protestors received.

DC’s Archbishop Wuerl says “NO” to step down…

A shocking report from a grand jury looking into child sexual abuse claims within the Catholic Church is Pennsylvania have been made public. The report revealed that over 7 decades some 300 priests have abused over 1,000 boys and girls.

The findings include a priest who raped a 7-year-old girl while he visited her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another man of the cloth forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rined the child’s mouth out with holy water. Another child was forced to say confessionto the very priest who sexually abused him.

The report also points the finger at current Washington Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl. He is accused of protecting the predator priest during his 18 years as the archbishop of Pittsburgh. In a recent interview when asked if he would step down as a result of this report he resonded that he would not. He also stated that the church handled it differently back then, then they do now. Wuerl has since created a website, which he says highlights his child protection efforts.

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