April 23, 2013 |
A Mississippi man who had been accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge was set free Tuesday and charges against him were dropped as authorities converged on the home of another man. Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss., had been released on bond earlier in the day. The part-time Elvis impersonator had been arrested last week on suspicion of mailing three letters filled with ricin within days...
April 23, 2013 |
The man accused of trying to poison the president, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge with ricin has been released from jail, the U.S. Marshal's Service said Tuesday. The circumstances behind the release of Paul Kevin Curtis, a 45-year-old part-time singer and Elvis impersonator from Mississippi, were not clear. Prosecutors and his defense attorney had scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to talk about the case but did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
April 18, 2013
WASHINGTON - In the early-morning hours before he was arrested on suspicion of sending a poison-laced letter to the president of the United States, Paul Kevin Curtis was typing messages on his Facebook profile. Over the previous few days, the 45-year-old part-time singer had posted photos of fellow Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison impersonators, snapshots of buxom women and a certificate welcoming him to Mensa, a society for people with high IQs. At 5 a.m. Wednesday, about 12 hours before his arrest, he wrote, "I'm on the hidden front lines of a secret war. A war that is making Billions of dollars for corrupt mafia related organizations and people.
April 17, 2013 |
By now you've probably heard, read, or seen that a letter addressed to President Obama has tested positive for ricin powder, a deadly poison that can lead to death within 36 to 72 hours. But what exactly is ricin and why is it so deadly? Ricin is a protein that is found in castor beans. Chewing castor beans--which are grown all over the world--is not a good idea, and the ricin found in them could make you very sick, but it won't necessarily kill you. It is the ricin that has been extracted from the beans during the making of castor oil that is especially deadly.
April 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- An envelope laced with the lethal poison Ricin and addressed to a U.S. senator was found at Maryland mail processing facility, officials said Tuesday. What is ricin? Here's a look at ricin, a poison made from waste remaining after castor beans are processed into oil. How it works: Ricin gets inside cells and prevents them from making proteins. Without proteins, cells die. Forms: Powder, mist or pellet. Methods of exposure: Ingestion, inhalation or injection.
April 14, 2013 |
It seems these days as if everyone is speculating about how Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will approach the two same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. But I haven't heard anyone wondering which side Antonin Scalia will be on. He has made his views on gay relationships painfully clear. In December, Scalia spoke at Princeton University, where I am a freshman, and I asked him about language he used in past decisions involving gay rights - language that I, as a gay man, found extraordinarily offensive.
April 9, 2013
Re "Ban super rat poisons," Editorial, April 5 Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of d-CON pesticides, is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to stop the sale of second-generation rodenticides because we believe it is the right thing to do for consumers. Rodent infestations are a threat to public health, and if the EPA's actions were to take effect, the alternatives for consumers would include products that contain a powerful neurotoxin with no known antidote (unlike d-CON products)
April 5, 2013
Poison-control centers receive about 15,000 calls a year from parents of children younger than 6 who have been exposed to poison that was intended to kill rats or mice, according to a January report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A disproportionate number of those children are black and Latino, and living in poverty. The EPA's concern about exposure extends to cats, dogs and wildlife as well. The so-called second-generation rodenticides that have been developed in recent years leave high concentrations of toxins in the bodies of rodents, which renders their carcasses poisonous to pets, birds of prey and other animals that eat them.
March 1, 2013 |
Lynette Blue says she thinks her prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show earlier this month, causing it to die several days later. "The timeline adds up. There's no other scenario we can come up with other than poison," Blue told the Associated Press. Blue said her dog, a 3-year-old Samoyed named Cruz, died on Feb. 16, four days after competing, and that certain symptoms were consistent with dogs who ingest rat or mouse poison.
February 9, 2013 |
BOSTON - The snow fell and fell, and when it stopped, New Englanders climbed out of their homes, got out their shovels, and started digging out from one of the biggest blizzards in a generation. By the time the sun peeked out of the clouds Saturday afternoon, the winter storm had dumped more than 2 feet of snow in cities across the Northeast, forced evacuations in some coastal communities, contributed to more than half a million customers losing power across six states and grounded thousands of flights.