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Virginia Inmate Convicted For Sending Blood-Smeared Letters To Officials

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Richard Wayne Crowder was convicted this weekend for sending blood-smeared letters threatening President Obama, local judges and a federal agent, reports the Roanoke Times.

The Virginia prison inmate pleaded not guilty, but offered no defense during a two-day trial. Crowder was an inmate at Red Onion State Prison when he mailed the letters to the Roanoke and Roanoke County Circuit Court clerks' offices last summer.

In the letters, Crowder claimed to have hepatitis C and AIDS. He later told federal agents and prosecutors he was not HIV positive, but did have hepatitis and wanted to infect anyone who touched his letters.

Crowder will be sentenced in January. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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