News and Headlines. 10/3/2018

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Packages Containing Ricin Sent to White House, Pentagon by Former Navy Sailor: Report

The packages containing a suspicious substance that later tested positive for the poison ricin were sent by a former U.S. Navy sailor, according to a report on Oct. 3.

The packages intercepted on Oct. 2 were addressed to President Donald Trump at the White House, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, at the Pentagon, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Two people at Cruz’s office in Houston, Texas were hospitalized after being exposed, according to the Houston Fire Department, which was working to determine the nature of the “white powdery substance.”

The FBI’s Houston office said late Tuesday that lab results indicated no hazardous substance in the package sent to Cruz’s office.

Formerly homeless Navy mom aims to win Maxim Cover Girl competition – and give back to vets, at-risk youth

A formerly homeless U.S. veteran who credits the Navy for putting her life back on track is now hoping to win the 2018 Maxim Cover Girl competition – and use some of the $25,000 prize money to financially assist other service members and at-risk youth.

Janae Sergio, an assistant business and financial manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, is currently leading her category in early stages of the magazine’s annual competition, which helps raise money for Homes for Wounded Warriors.

Navy veteran Janae Sergio

Navy veteran Janae Sergio says she wants to win the 2018 Maxim Cover Girl competition

“I always dreamt of being a model, but my life took a drastic turn when I became homeless at age 15,” Sergio wrote on her profile. “I have been working tirelessly to change my story and my passion is to inspire those who are currently running out of hope for their futures.”


A cardiologist allegedly owes over $4.2 million in unpaid child support and has likely fled to Israel to escape paying it, according to the Office of Inspector General.

The OIG listed David Lawrence Adams from the southern district of New York as its “Most Wanted Deadbeat” on October 1. It claims that Adams has not made his monthly $2,500 payments since they began in 1994. Including interest, the amount he owes is $4,219,040. Adams was indicted in 2008 but is suspected to have fled to Israel to avoid the hefty bill.

“At the time of the indictment, Adams lived in Florida and worked as a cardiologist,” the OIG website said. “Investigators believe he fled to Israel to avoid his child support obligation. Investigators also believe that he may visit Florida periodically to continue his medical practice.”

Philadelphia shooting outside dollar store leaves 5 injured, 1 critical: report

Five people were reportedly shot during a drive-by shooting outside of a dollar store in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

The shooting took place in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, around 2:30 p.m., Fox 29 reported.

Victims of the shooting range in age from 19 to 23, according to the news outlet. One person was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.

While police are investigating the incident, further details were not immediately clear. Investigators are searching for a white Chevy Impala in connection with the shooting.

Colorado Sheriff Releases Footage of Fatal Shooting of Homicide Suspect

A county sheriff has released footage of the moment he and another officer fired on a double homicide suspect who emerged from a car with a knife in his hands.Opera

31-year-old Dustin Montano died the following day, after police fired eight bullets at him in a parking lot in Fort Morgan, Colorado, on May 24, 2018.

Montano was suspected of murdering his aunt and her daughter just hours earlier when law enforcement tracked him to the Walmart store in Fort Morgan.

Prostitute hired by off-duty New York cop ends up stealing his car, gun, reports say

An off-duty New York City police officer reportedly hired a Brooklyn prostitute who ended the night by stealing his personal car and service weapon when he stopped at an ATM to pay her, reports say.

The two were on their way to a motel in East New York. But before the supposed rendezvous, the 38-year-old cop stopped at an ATM to withdraw cash. Lawton, 20, allegedly used the opportunity to jump into the Jeep’s driver’s seat and take off. Sheppard’s service weapon was still in the front seat.


Taquanna Lawton, 20, is accused of stealing Ali Sheppard’s vehicle after he hired her for a rendezvous. Sheppard is a 13-year veteran with the NYPD. (DCPI)

Lawton will face criminal charges and Sheppard was suspended. It’s unclear if he will face with any charges.

13-year-old boys charged with carjacking teacher at gunpoint in elementary school parking lot

Two 13-year-old Florida boys were arrested Monday for allegedly brandishing a handgun while carjacking a 59-year-old teacher outside an elementary school, officials said.

Miami-Dade police said the two teenagers allegedly approached Flora Martinez, 59, outside of Biscayne Gardens Elementary School on Sept. 25. One of the boys pulled out a handgun and demanded Martinez hand over her car keys.

Surveillance video from the parking lot shows two people authorities say are the 13 year olds having trouble backing out of the parking spot – possibly because the parking brake may still have been engaged. Eventually putting the car in drive, the two carjackers try to flee but don’t get far.

Man, 90, charged in murder of stepdaughter after Fitbit captures key evidence tying him to death, cops say

Anthony Vincent Aiello was arrested last Tuesday in the death of Karen Navarra, who was found dead inside her home in San Jose on Sept. 13, according to court records provided by Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney.

Anthony Aiello, 90,

Anthony Aiello, 90, was arrested on suspicion of murdering his stepdaughter. (San Jose Police Department)

Navarra was discovered slumped in a wooden chair while clutching a kitchen knife in her right hand — leading authorities to initially believe she may have killed herself.

An autopsy later revealed Navarra’s suicide was staged.

She had “multiple deep and intrusive wounds” to her facial area and head that caused skull fractures, along with a “gaping” slit to her neck, according to court records. Authorities ruled the 67-year-old woman’s death a homicide after finding she couldn’t have self-inflicted the wounds, which were most likely caused by a small hatchet or ax.

New York City kidnap and ransom plot foiled after ‘some damn fine police work’

Police say the incident began Tuesday morning when a delivery truck driver accidently bumped into a parked car in Brooklyn. Halley and Jimenez reportedly approached the driver, claimed they knew the car’s owner and demanded $1,000 to pay for the damages. So the driver called his manager.

“The boss said, ‘No, don’t hand them cash. Let’s go through the insurance company,'” NYPD Captain Timothy Malin said Tuesday.

Malin said after being denied, the two men kidnapped the driver at gunpoint and called the boss back, telling him “if you want your van back and if you want your delivery driver back, you are going to have to pay us.”

The boss said he agreed to meet the two men at a Manhattan bank to pay the ransom – but, unbeknownst to them, he also tipped off police.

Seattle Starbucks baristas dispose of hypodermic needles left behind by drug users nearly every day: report

Starbucks baristas in Seattle have revealed they have to dispose of hypodermic needles left behind by drug users nearly every day.

Three employees at the North Seattle-area Starbucks revealed to KIRO that they had been forced to take anti-viral medications after being poked by the needles while working.

“[Needle users] put them in the tampon disposal boxes in the bathrooms and we have to dig them out,” one barista claimed.

‘Leftist mob’ rip up signs, hurl expletives at conservative students supporting Kavanaugh

A group of young conservatives at the University of Texas clashed with about 150 liberal students on campus after hosting an event supporting embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


A student rips apart a pro-Kavanaugh sign from the Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas, Austin on Tuesday. (Anthony Dolcefino)

The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) were confronted on the Austin campus after classes let out Tuesday afternoon, and discussions descended into chaos in video captured by UT junior and YCT vice-chair, Anthony Dolcefino. His group argued evidence shouldn’t be abandoned when deciding if Kavanaugh is guilty of the sexual misconduct allegations.

How Foreign Terrorist Funders Get U.S. Public Schools To Teach Anti-Jew Propaganda

For more than six years, parents and citizens in Newton have been complaining that their city’s high school world history curriculum is biased against Israel to the point of being anti-Semitic.

Newton Superintendent of Schools David Fleishman promised the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New England last year that he would remove and replace the bigoted curriculum with vetted scholarly materials, but public records requests revealed that biased, anti-Semitic, and false materials continued to be taught.

Since Fleishman’s broken promise, the biased teaching at Newton schools has gotten worse. In August, The Federalist broke the story of how a Newton history teacher, David Bedar, plotted with fellow teachers over email to harass, bully, and “call out” conservative students in the classroom, admitting to acting as a “liberal propagandist” in the classroom.

Further public records requests show that Bedar is also quite literally a trained propagandist for Qatar. He is working on behalf of a foreign petro-theocracy to teach anti-Semitic lies to American children.


A man accused of vandalizing a Republican Party office in Illinois over the weekend told a local TV station that he was “happy” about the desecration.

After telling a reporter that he wasn’t “getting much sleep” because he was “worried” about the potential confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Damm said it was high time someone did something to discourage the Republicans from setting up shop in his neighborhood.Opera

“I think it’s great,” Damm told WTVO. “I haven’t been great with the Republicans right in my neighborhood, but somebody labeled them for what they are. I’m happy about that.”

Maryland man defaces Chick-fil-A, synagogue with graffiti pertaining to religious views, police say

Eric Joseph Sponaugle, 30, allegedly defaced a Chick-fil-A drive-thru menu, windows and façade with multiple phrases pertaining to homosexuality, such as “blood is on your hands” and “can’t pray the gay away,” WJLA-TV reported.

Eric Sponaugle

Eric Sponaugle was arrested for allegedly vandalizing a Maryland Chick-fil-A and synagogue because of their perceived religious views. (Montgomery County Police)

A Chick-fil-A manager said the suspect, caught on surveillance video, appeared similar to a man who had previously rearranged letters on the marquee sign to say, “We hate gays.”

Sponaugle was also accused of vandalizing the B’nai Shalom synagogue in Olney, Maryland, by writing on a banner, “Justice for Palestinian people NOW!! Israel is a fascist apartheid state,” according to WJLA. The synagogue is located just down the street from the fast food restaurant.


GOP lawmakers demand ‘immediate’ ethics investigation into Eshoo, Feinstein and staff for leaking Ford’s Kavanaugh letter

A group of Republican congressmen on Wednesday demanded an immediate House and Senate ethics investigation into Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s “mishandling” of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter that first revealed her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, and several other lawmakers penned a letter Wednesday to both the House and Senate Ethics Committees requesting an immediate probe to “identify the individuals” who shared Ford’s July 30 letter accusing Kavanaugh of pinning her down and trying to remove her clothing at a high school party 36 years ago.

“This sensitive document was leaked to the media without Dr. Ford’s consent while it was hidden from the majority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee. These acts demand an immediate and thorough investigation to find out who is responsible,” they wrote.


Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reaching deep into his billionaire pockets to support Senate Democrats in the midterm elections.

As the Washington Post first reported, Bloomberg is good for $20 million that will go to the Senate Majority PAC, empowered to elect Democrats to the Senate.

Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey told the Post that his boss was disenchanted with the Republicans in the Senate and thinks it is good time to support Democrats, who he says will be elected by voters who oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh over sexual misconduct allegations.

Illinois congressmen want Pritzker under federal investigation over ‘improper’ tax breaks he received

Multiple Illinois congressmen have requested the federal government investigate J.B. Pritzker following a watchdog report that alleged the billionaire gubernatorial candidate improperly received more than $331,000 in tax breaks.

In a recently released report, Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard said Pritzker was able to receive massive property tax breaks on a mansion he owns in an affluent Chicago neighborhood as “part of a scheme for obtaining money by means of false representation.” The report pointed specifically to Pritzker’s associates and family members, including his wife.

Specifically, the inspector general flagged $132,747.18 in “tax refunds” from 2012 to 2014 and $198,684.85 in “tax savings” from 2015 to 2016. Pritzker’s campaign has said the Democrat will repay the county by the end of next week.

WATCH: GOP Senator Pushes Back When Confronted by Anti-Kavanaugh Protester

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) was the latest Republican lawmaker to be harassed by a protester who opposes the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination.

Several Republicans — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — have been targeted by demonstrators who do not believe Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the high court due to a series of sexual assault allegations.

On Monday, Cassidy was walking in the hall of a Senate office building when he was confronted by a woman who demanded to know why he’s supporting Kavanaugh.

GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart pledges to end race-based college admissions

Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart, in an appeal to Asian-American voters, is calling for legislation to eliminate race as a dominant factor in college admissions.

The controversial candidate, who’s in an uphill race against Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, unveiled the plan during a recent press conference at a popular Vietnamese-American shopping center outside Washington.

Ocasio-Cortez Called Out for Comments on Being ‘Inaugurated’ to Congress

It seems that Democratic socialist and New York City congressional hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a lot to learn about Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke Monday at her alma mater of Boston University, raising eyebrows with a comment on implementing her campaign promises if she wins in November.Opera

People on Twitter quickly noted that as a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez would be sworn in, not inaugurated like the president. She would also not have the ability to sign bills into law,

Republican senator asks McCaskill campaign to remove him from ad

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s campaign sought to paint her as a bipartisan politician with a recent ad that includes a quote from one of her Republican colleagues – but the move seems to have backfired.

The ad quotes Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts saying, “If you want to pick somebody to work in a bipartisan manner … and get something done – you ask Claire McCaskill.”

But in a statement released by McCaskill’s GOP opponent, Roberts asked McCaskill to remove him from the 30-second ad, saying her “days of bipartisanship are long over.”


Richards is partnering with FTC PAC, short for Fire Ted Cruz, which has been raising money to elect Democratic Rep. Robert O’Rourke to replace Cruz.Opera

Since even before launching his campaign, O’Rourke has repeatedly, albeit misleadingly, touted his no-PAC guarantee, however, FTC PAC’s founder shrugged off O’Rourke’s request for corporate money to stay out of his campaign.

Cruz has been a staunch supporter of the unborns’ right to life and vehemently opposed to organizations that perform abortions while receiving federal funding. Contrarily, O’Rourke has been a long-time advocate of abortion, opposing efforts to prevent the federal government from funding the controversial organization with taxpayer dollars.

World News:

Photos show how close Chinese warship came to colliding with US destroyer

Aerial photos taken by the US Navy show just how close a US Navy ship came to colliding with a Chinese warship that had challenged the US vessel’s presence in the South China Sea.

The Chinese warship moves ahead of its US counterpart after forcing the US ship to perform a

The Chinese warship moves ahead of its US counterpart after forcing the US ship to perform a “radical maneuver,” Schuster said.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur was performing a “freedom of navigation” operation on Sunday, sailing close to Chinese-claimed reefs in the Spratly Islands, when it was approached by a Chinese destroyer, the Lanzhou.

Melania Trump’s Africa trip could provide the best kind of US outreach

First lady Melania Trump is on her first major solo trip abroad, and the first to Africa by a major White House figure since President Trump took office in January 2017.

The first lady’s trip to the continent – featuring stops in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Egypt – is being closely coordinated with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the main U.S. government institution tasked with administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance abroad.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump greets a child

U.S. first lady Melania Trump greets a child during her visit at Cape Coast castle, Ghana, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Given Mrs. Trump’s deep interest in fostering youth engagement and developing young leaders – as embodied by her “Be Best” initiative – Africa is an apt destination. Her visit is an opportunity to showcase America’s support of democracy, human rights and female entrepreneurship on the continent.

Facebook could be forced to pay you nearly $8G’s after ‘disaster’ hack attack that left 50M users exposed

Legal experts have told The Sun that damages could run into the “thousands” for anyone affected by the hack – if you can prove you felt distressed.

Gareth Pope, head of group litigation at the firm, told us that it would be possible to file a “civil claim” under the EU’s new GDPR data protection regulations, which came into force earlier this year.

“There are certain rules – one of those is the security principle, which means [Facebook] has to secure your data with appropriate technical and organisational measures,” Gareth said.

He said this rule is “nice and wide”, and gives Facebook users the best chance of squeezing some cash out of the rogue social network.

Irish regulator opens Facebook data breach investigation

LONDON — Ireland’s data regulator has launched an investigation of Facebook over a recent data breach that allowed hackers access to 50 million accounts. The probe could potentially cost Facebook more than $1.6 billion in fines.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said Wednesday that it will look into whether the U.S. social media company complied with European regulations that went into effect earlier this year covering data protection.

It’s the latest headache for Facebook in Europe, where authorities are turning up the heat on dominant tech firms over data protection. Last month, European Union consumer protection chief Vera Jourova said that she was growing impatient with Facebook for being too slow in clarifying the fine print in its terms of service covering what happens to user data and warned that the company could face sanctions.

9 inmates dead, 19 on the run in Brazil after prison break

SAO PAULO — Authorities in Brazil say nine prisoners have been killed and 19 are on the run after fleeing into a wooded area near a prison in the northern state of Tocantins.

The state’s Public Security Department said Wednesday that 28 inmates fled the Barra da Grota prison amid a riot that broke out on Tuesday.

Nine of them were killed in a subsequent shootout with police officers who tracked them down in the woods.

Police are scouring the area for the missing 19 prisoners and two prison staff members who were taken hostage.


Tucker: False claims trivialize sexual assault

There’s no evidence Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. But there’s now quite a bit of evidence that Julie Swetnick did.

Fox News Video: Georgetown professor wishes death upon white men

Christine Fair is part of the ‘extremist, alt-left insurgency,’ says former Georgetown professor Asra Nomani.

Ingraham: Academic resistance to Kavanaugh

If they really wanted to teach their law students an important lesson it might be this: put your political prejudices aside, exercise a bit of restraint, and withhold judgment until all the evidence is in and justice should still be blind, not political.

America, This is a Teachable Moment!

The mass hysteria sweeping the country over the potential for Brett Kavanaugh to be elevated to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court offers parents a unique teachable moment with their children.

Most Americans have their wits about them, and it is those with a political agenda, or a social agenda who have lost theirs. This is America at its shameful worst. The entire world is watching and listening to us make total fools of ourselves.

America, the shining place on the hill, is groveling in the ditch of political gamesmanship, ignorance of right and wrong, unethical behaviors, and the politics of destruction of good people.

What do our children learn and what do we as parents want them to learn? Do we want the next generations to learn to win at all costs? To destroy and vilify good people to get their way?