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  • The whole truth: Children can tell when a teacher commits “sins of omission.”

    06/11/2014 12:17:41 PM PDT · by glorgau · 5 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | June 10, 2014 | Anne Trafton
    Children learn a great deal about the world from their own exploration, but they also rely on what adults tell them. Studies have shown that children can figure out when someone is lying to them, but cognitive scientists from MIT recently tackled a subtler question: Can children tell when adults are telling them the truth, but not the whole truth? Led by Laura Schulz, the Class of 1943 Career Development Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, the researchers found that not only can children make this distinction, but they can also compensate for incomplete information by exploring more on their own....
  • In the cloud: How coughs and sneezes float farther than you think

    04/08/2014 1:33:52 PM PDT · by glorgau · 19 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | April 8, 2014 | Peter Dizikes
    The next time you feel a sneeze coming on, raise your elbow to cover up that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you’re about to expel. That’s right: A novel study by MIT researchers shows that coughs and sneezes have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized. “When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you,” says John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics at MIT, and co-author of a new paper on the subject. “But you don’t see the cloud, the invisible gas...
  • Pattern developing for President Selfie

    12/11/2013 4:17:27 AM PST · by glorgau · 73 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 11, 2013 | John Kass
    There are many ways to remember President Barack Obama's appearance at South Africa's memorial for Nelson Mandela. Some may remember Obama as Mandela's spiritual son, our president riding on his own soaring rhetoric at that stadium, wrapping himself in Mandela's mantle, dreaming of the father of the new South Africa. And others will seize on Obama shaking hands with the executioner of Cuba, our president bowing to Raul Castro just as he once bowed to the lords of the Chicago Democratic Machine before beginning his climb. But those images — Obama riding on his magic rhetorical carpet, reaching for dreams...
  • Ex-mayor under oath in city’s Millennium Park lawsuit: ‘I don’t know what I knew’

    10/20/2013 5:44:59 AM PDT · by glorgau · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Oct 18, 2013 | Tim Novak
    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley says he doesn’t remember much about the planning of Millennium Park, his wildly over-budget project that has become one of Chicago’s civic treasures. The sprawling downtown park, with its gleaming stainless-steel sculpture known as “The Bean,” is seen as one of his crowning achievements. Daley, though, shrugs it off. He says it wasn’t even his idea to build the $475 million park, instead crediting Daniel Burnham, the legendary planner who created Chicago’s master plan more than a century ago. As Chicago’s longest-serving mayor, Daley had a reputation as a micromanager and stickler for details. But...
  • What the hex: OUI suspect charged in wild crash threatened cop with voodoo curse

    08/07/2013 6:13:32 AM PDT · by glorgau · 41 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Jack Encarnacao
    A Cadillac-driving OUI suspect — charged with running a Boston Globe delivery truck off Interstate 93 and onto the Leverett Connector — was carrying three EBT cards, mocked a cop “for paying for food when she gets it for free” and threatened to put a voodoo curse on him, according to a police report. “I questioned her as to why she had other peoples (sic) EBT cards and she 
began screaming that I was a ‘dumb (expletive)’ for paying for food when she gets it for free,” trooper William Koko­cinski wrote of Vivencia 
Bellegarde, 25, of Everett, noting she had...
  • Woolwich attack: meat cleaver, knife and jihadist claims filmed on mobile

    05/22/2013 2:49:53 PM PDT · by glorgau · 64 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 22 May 2013 16.39 EDT | Vikram Dodd, Shiv Malik and Ben Quinn
    A man suspected of staging a terrorist attack that left a British soldier dead near a military barracks in London, was caught on camera clutching a meat cleaver and knife in hands apparently covered in the blood of his victim, as he justified the violence as part of a jihadist-inspired fight against the west. The incident happened in broad daylight, 400 metres from the perimeter of the Royal Artillery barracks, in Woolwich, south-east London, sparking a terrorist alert that saw the government crisis committee Cobra convene in emergency session. Hours later, David Cameron described what had occurred as "an absolutely...
  • Smart Paper Makes Traceable Money Possible

    05/09/2013 8:08:42 AM PDT · by glorgau · 42 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 2 May 2013 | 21:18 GMT | Jeremy Hsu
    A simple act of cash changing hands could become a lot less private. U.S. researchers have developed a new way of embedding traceable chips within "smart" paper—raising the possibility of banks and governments guarding against counterfeiting and even tracking the usage of paper money. The new method of embedding radio frequency identification chips (RFID) in paper came from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Researchers used a patent-pending technology—called Laser Enabled Advanced Packaging (LEAP)—to transfer and assemble the traceable RFID chips on paper. Such "smart" paper could lead to new types of banknotes, legal documents, tickets and smart labels. "I...
  • England to mandate dog microchips by 2016

    02/07/2013 4:13:27 AM PST · by glorgau · 9 replies
    Engadget ^ | Feb 7th, 2013 at 2:30 AM | Zach Honig
    Thinking about injecting an identification chip in your pooch? If you live in the southern part of the UK, you won't have a choice. Come 2016, English authorities will require all of the country's pups to have embedded microchips, so they can be returned to their owners if ever they run astray. The United Kingdom's Environment Department says some 60 percent of the country's 8 million dogs already have the tags, but beginning in three years, owners who don't spring for the device could be forced to pay fines of up to £500 (about $780). Cat microchipping will remain optional,...
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council

    01/12/2013 6:56:51 AM PST · by glorgau · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:31 p.m. CST, January 11, 2013 | Hal Dardick, John Byrne, Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba
    After weeks of rumors and equally strenuous denials, Sandi Jackson resigned as Chicago's 7th Ward alderman Friday, the latest chapter in the stunning, scandal-laced downfall of what had been one of the city's most prominent and powerful political duos. ... The decision by Ald. Jackson, who was elected in 2007, came less than two months after husband Jesse Jackson Jr. quit the congressional seat he had held for 17 years amid ongoing federal ethics probes into his campaign finances and a diagnosis of bipolar depression. ... For years, the former congressman had used his federal campaign fund to pay his...
  • Study: 'Fugitive' methane from shale gas production less than previously thought

    12/20/2012 7:58:53 AM PST · by glorgau · 7 replies
    MIT News ^ | November 29, 2012 | Vicki Ekstrom
    While the United States lags in developing a broad-based climate policy, the nation's carbon emissions reached a 20-year low this year. Many have attributed some of that drop to a booming supply of low-carbon natural gas, of which the United States is the world's largest producer. But does natural gas — and specifically the quickly developing production of shale gas — create other emissions, such as methane, that could be just as harmful? A new study by MIT researchers shows the amount of methane emissions caused by shale gas production has been largely exaggerated. "While increased efforts need to be...
  • Issa's Vista home burglarized; $100,000 worth of jewelry stolen

    12/06/2012 7:32:31 PM PST · by glorgau · 40 replies
    U-T - San Diego ^ | 12/6/12 | Staff
    VISTA — An estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Rep. Darrell Issa’s home in Vista last week, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista — AP Deputies responded on Nov. 29 to a burglary call at the Republican congressman’s house in the city’s upscale Shadowridge neighborhood, Sheriff’s Department records show. The incident occurred between 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. that day. More than 50 pieces of jewelry were stolen, including watches, earrings, rings and bracelets, according to department records.
  • Illinois amendment would eliminate constitutional protections

    10/03/2012 6:31:31 AM PDT · by glorgau · 3 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | 10/4/12 | Staff
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A little-publicized amendment to the Illinois Constitution on this November’s ballot could have a big impact on the pensions and health care of state workers if Illinois voters approve it, a University of Illinois expert in legal policy says. According to John Kindt, a professor emeritus of business and legal policy, Amendment 49 is a “cleverly crafted feat of legislative legerdemain” that’s designed to concentrate more money and power in the state capital. “This is a potentially major change to the Illinois Constitution that has received very little publicity and has been the subject of almost no...
  • Obama: Ambassador Stevens came to love people of Middle East

    09/25/2012 7:37:13 AM PDT · by glorgau · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept, 25, 2012 | Staff
    Editor's note: President Barack Obama will address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday at around 10:00 a.m. You can follow along here as we live blog his speech or watch it live on CNN.com. [Updated at 10:22 a.m. ET] President Barack Obama began his address to the U.N. General Assembly by speaking about Ambassador Chris Stevens who was killed in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. "He came to love and respect the people of North Africa and the Middle East, and he would carry that commitment throughout his life," Obama said. "As a diplomat, he worked...
  • Chicago teachers strike could hit jobs report

    09/17/2012 8:41:07 PM PDT · by glorgau · 5 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 17, 2012: 2:40 PM ET | Annalyn Censky
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- As it drags on for a second week, the Chicago teachers strike is so large it could distort national economic statistics, including the Labor Department's key monthly jobs report. About 26,000 teachers and support staff are striking in Chicago, demanding higher pay, better job security and changes to a new evaluation system. The strike's timing is key, in that it coincides with the period in which the government collects data for the national jobs report. Last month, that report showed the economy added only 96,000 jobs. The number was seen as weak, posing a challenge for...
  • Report: Study Warns That Bricks May Hinder Learning

    05/16/2012 11:50:36 AM PDT · by glorgau · 25 replies
    Getting Smart ^ | May 15, 2012 | Tom Vander Ark
    “We want to harness all the benefits of bricks to really propel student learning … but at the same time we find the lack of really good information about results and accountability really troubling,” said Dr. W.V. Lernen, a co-author of the report and the director of the Center for Study of The Apocryphal Cannon. About one third of all students in brick and mortar schools leave unprepared for college and work. Dr. Lernen finds that disturbing. “It’s hard to imagine that sitting in brick classrooms for 180 days works well for students, but that appears to be the primary...
  • Vermont inmates hide pig in official police car decal

    02/04/2012 5:19:56 AM PST · by glorgau · 57 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 6:46 p.m. CST, February 2, 2012 | Zach Howard
    (Reuters) - Inmates working at a Vermont correctional unit's print shop managed to sneak a prank image of a pig into a state police crest that is emblazoned on police cars, and 30 cruisers sported the design for the last year, officials said on Thursday. The official crest depicts a spotted cow against a background of snowy mountains, but the inmates' version featured one of the cow's spots shaped like a pig in an apparent reference to the pejorative word for police, state police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro said. "It dishonors the memory of those past and present members, especially for...
  • Vermont inmates hide pig in official police car decal

    02/04/2012 5:19:32 AM PST · by glorgau · 3 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 6:46 p.m. CST, February 2, 2012 | Zach Howard
    (Reuters) - Inmates working at a Vermont correctional unit's print shop managed to sneak a prank image of a pig into a state police crest that is emblazoned on police cars, and 30 cruisers sported the design for the last year, officials said on Thursday. The official crest depicts a spotted cow against a background of snowy mountains, but the inmates' version featured one of the cow's spots shaped like a pig in an apparent reference to the pejorative word for police, state police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro said. "It dishonors the memory of those past and present members, especially for...
  • Obama is spectator-in-chief at Army-Navy game

    12/11/2011 7:08:17 AM PST · by glorgau · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3:09 p.m. CST, December 10, 2011 | Michael A. Memoli
    President Obama played coin-flipper, color commentator and spectator as he attended his first Army-Navy game as commander-in-chief Saturday. The 112th meeting of the two service academies was played for the first time in the Washington area, drawing not only the president but also Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Obama flipped a special Ronald Reagan centennial coin to determine home field advantage before the game. It came up tails, as called for by the Army captains. The president later spent a few moments in the CBS Sports broadcast booth, noting the great tradition of the rivalry game.
  • Bricks thrown through school windows included threatening notes

    10/18/2011 8:19:02 AM PDT · by glorgau · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4:06 p.m. CDT, October 17, 2011 | Michelle Stoffel
    Bricks thrown through windows of a northwest suburban school prior to an appearance there by an anti-gay activist had threatening notes attached, police said today. The bricks were thrown at Christian Liberty Academy early Saturday morning, apparently in protest of Scott Lively, an anti-gay activist, who spoke there later that night during a banquet hosted by Americans for Truth Against Homosexuality. A note attached to one brick read, "This is just a sample of what we will do if you don't shut down scott lively and AFTAH (expletive) scott lively Quit the homophobic (expletive)!" Another brick had "Shut down Lively"...
  • Corruption sentencing delayed for Rezko, fundraiser for Blagojevich

    10/03/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT · by glorgau · 33 replies · 3+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:37 a.m. CDT, October 3, 2011 | Annie Sweeney
    A judge has delayed sentencing for Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a top fundraiser and adviser to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko, convicted on corruption charges, was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21. But prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to move the sentencing because another corruption trial connected to the Blagojevich administration starts this week – and includes allegations of an extortion plot involving Rezko. Prosecutors most directly involved in the Rezko sentencing are also handling the prosecution of William Cellini, a Springfield powerbroker whose trial on charges including attempted extortion and fraud starts this morning. In...
  • Mortgage holders now more accountable for abandoned buildings

    07/28/2011 12:39:06 PM PDT · by glorgau · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1:17 p.m. CDT, July 28, 2011 | Antonio Olivo
    The Chicago City Council passed legislation today that makes banks and other financial companies more accountable for problems inside thousands of abandoned buildings. The ordinance, which passed unanimously, faced adamant opposition from the financial industry, including the federal agency that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have a stake in the majority of mortgages in the country. Among other things, the "vacant buildings" ordinance redefines the "owner" of abandoned buildings in the city to include mortgage holders and other companies collecting mortgage payments. Financial groups have argued that the legislation -- among the more aggressive attempts to deal with...
  • Grocery owners accused of $500,000 in food stamp fraud

    06/24/2011 10:14:48 AM PDT · by glorgau · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1:45 p.m. CDT, June 23, 2011 | Staff Report
    Authorities say they seized $377,000 in cash from a Waukegan couple accused of defrauding food stamp and nutrition programs at their small grocery store. Fatima and Khaled Saleh, who operate Sunset Food Market in Waukegan, illegally gave cash to customers who made "falsely inflated purchases" using food stamp cards and nutrition coupons, according to a federal indictment announced today. They also bought infant formula and other items that customers had purchased at other stores using the cards and coupons, paying customers about half the value and then reselling the items in their store at much higher prices, according to the...
  • Eight million gallons of water drained from reservoir after man urinates in it

    06/21/2011 1:08:52 AM PDT · by glorgau · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3:26PM BST 19 Jun 2011 | Nick Allen
    The operation is costing the state's taxpayers $36,000 (£22,000) and was ordered after Joshua Seater, 21, was caught on a security camera relieving himself in the pristine lake. Health experts said the incident would not have caused any harm to people in the city of Portland, who are supplied with drinking water from the reservoir. They said the average human bladder holds only six to eight ounces, and the urine would have been vastly diluted. But David Shaff, an administrator at the Portland Water Bureau, defended the decision to empty the lake. "There are people who will say it's an...
  • 1 dead after shooting aboard UK nuclear sub

    04/08/2011 4:34:08 PM PDT · by glorgau · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | JILL LAWLESS,
    LONDON – A British sailor aboard a nuclear-powered submarine apparently shot dead a crew member and seriously wounded another Friday while the vessel was on a goodwill visit to an English port, officials said. The suspect was overpowered by colleagues and visiting dignitaries aboard HMS Astute and arrested on suspicion of murder. Police and military officials said the incident was not related to terrorism, but offered few details about what may have prompted a sailor to open fire during a tour of the submarine by local officials, including the mayor of Southampton, in southern England. Britain's Press Association news agency...
  • Waste Ash from Coal Could Save Billions in Repairing US Bridges and Roads

    04/02/2011 10:37:39 AM PDT · by glorgau · 22 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | ScienceDaily | Staff
    Coating concrete destined to rebuild America's crumbling bridges and roadways with some of the millions of tons of ash left over from burning coal could extend the life of those structures by decades, saving billions of dollars of taxpayer money, scientists reported in Anaheim, California at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society on March 29. They reported on a new coating material for concrete made from flyash that is hundreds of times more durable than existing coatings and costs only half as much.
  • Freddie Mac Rules Out MERS Foreclosures

    03/28/2011 12:45:34 PM PDT · by glorgau · 11 replies
    MND NewsWire ^ | 2011-03-24T11:37 | Jann Swanson
    Effective April 1, servicers managing Freddie Mac loans will no longer be allowed to foreclose on properties in the name of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS). This was one of a several changes announced yesterday by Freddie Mac through Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide Bulletin 2011-5. According to the directive, Freddie has "eliminated the option for the foreclosure counsel or trustee to conduct a foreclosure in the name of MERS. Effective for Mortgages registered with MERS that are referred to foreclosure on or after April 1, 2011, Servicers must prepare an assignment of the Security Instrument from MERS to the Servicer and...
  • Fox shoots man

    01/14/2011 11:19:29 AM PST · by glorgau · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 13, 2011 | Amie Ferris-Rotman
    A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday. Skip related content The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region. "The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw," one prosecutor was quoted as saying. Fox-hunting...
  • Bogus firehouse drill nets suspensions for 2

    12/18/2010 6:57:56 AM PST · by glorgau · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:24 p.m. CST, December 17, 2010 | Hal Dardick and Todd Lighty
    But Fire Department response to home remodeling allegation less severe than city recommendation Ten on-duty Chicago firefighters helped a colleague renovate his home under the guise of a training exercise, but they were spotted by neighbors who knew an abuse of taxpayer resources when they saw one, internal city watchdogs concluded. The phony drill involved sending a truck and engine from a far Southwest Side firehouse to a nearby home, where firefighters stripped siding from the exterior walls, sources said. Investigators later determined firehouse supervisors — and the firefighter they helped — misled them in an attempt to cover it...
  • Location-Software Maker Sues Google, Saying It’s Being Evil

    09/21/2010 5:15:07 AM PDT · by glorgau · 11 replies
    Discover magazine blogs ^ | September 17th, 2010 1:42 PM | Andrew Moseman
    Skyhook, the tiny Massachusetts company that created the location software in your iPhone, sued Google this week (pdf). David is charging Goliath with trying to keep its software out of Google’s Android mobile software platform in favor of Google’s own location service, and with encouraging Skyhook’s partners to break contracts. In other words, Google is leveraging its OS market share to push its own affiliated products and snuff out competitors — kind of like Microsoft did with Internet Explorer on Windows 15 years ago. Yikes. [Wired.com] Google says it hasn’t had the opportunity to review the legal action, so it...
  • The Nail In Wallstreets Coffin

    08/12/2010 11:54:10 AM PDT · by glorgau · 12 replies
    As the Obama administration helps our largest banks tread water in an ocean they themselves created, a tidal wave has been spotted just over the horizon.A new, stock clearing house will open in the U.S. in March that will right many of the wrongs perpetrated by the market makers, brokers, and hedge funds conducting business on the NASDAQ and OTC markets. The NASDAQ OMX has been approved to start the clearing of stocks next month. Currently, 92% of all stocks in the U.S. markets are cleared by the DTC, which is an arm of the Federal Reserve.The problem for the...
  • <i>Google CEO Schmidt: "People Aren't Ready for the Technology Revolution"</i><p>

    08/05/2010 11:04:40 PM PDT · by glorgau · 30 replies
    ReadWriteWeb ^ | August 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Marshall Kirkpatrick /
    Eric Schmidt spoke at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe today and dropped some serious rhetorical bombs. "There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003," Schmidt said, "but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing...People aren't ready for the technology revolution that's going to happen to them." The Techonomy conference is a gathering of people from around the globe seeking to use technology to solve the world's big problems. Schmidt spoke there today and said that people need to get ready for major technology disruption, fast. The...
  • One slain, five wounded at Oakland vigil for gunshot victim

    06/24/2010 4:14:06 AM PDT · by glorgau · 27 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/23/2010 | Harry Harris and Angela Woodall
    OAKLAND — Nineteen-year-old Rachael Green held her high school diploma in her hands June 15. One week later she died after being shot during a candlelight vigil for a classmate who was killed just days before. Gunmen opened fire on the group gathered in West Oakland at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, killing Green and wounding five people. The shooting happened in a parking lot of the Acorn apartment complex in the 1100 block of Eighth Street, about a half-block from where the Oakland police union held a news conference Monday. The union had denounced city plans to lay off police officers,...
  • 'Aliens will eat the fatties first': Gym sparks outrage with new advertising campaign

    01/06/2010 11:53:21 PM PST · by glorgau · 61 replies · 1,626+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | Jan 6 2010 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    An advert for one of Britain’s biggest gyms has sparked outrage by declaring: ‘When the aliens come, they will eat the fatties first.’ The campaign, featuring a little green man, was meant to encourage people to join up and shed pounds put on over Christmas. But instead slimmers have branded the ad in offensive and weight loss experts said the ‘negative message’ is more likely to drive people away. Signs put up near the health club and spa at Cadbury House Hotel in Congresbury, Bristol, read: ‘Advance health warning! When the aliens come, they will eat the fatties first.’
  • City explores bankruptcy

    05/17/2009 9:36:46 AM PDT · by glorgau · 29 replies · 1,149+ views
    The Daily Journal ^ | May 16, 2009 | Dana Yates
    Two of Northern California’s top bankruptcy attorneys will visit Half Moon Bay Tuesday to explain to the City Council how it could go about filling Chapter 9 bankruptcy, said Mayor John Muller. The council is exploring ways to pay an $18 million settlement over a land dispute. It is pursuing state legislation for a loan, but if it cannot raise the cash soon it will be forced to pay developer Charles “Chop” Keenan the full amount before the end of the year. The settlement threatens to bankrupt the city. State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, and Assemblyman Jerry Hill,...
  • Traffic cameras billed as answer to Chicago's budget deficit

    03/19/2009 2:48:04 PM PDT · by glorgau · 18 replies · 633+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | March 17, 2009 10:30 PM CT | Joel Hruska
    Traffic cameras billed as answer to Chicago's budget deficit Red-light cameras have been combined with short yellow lights to catch drivers and raise city revenues across the country. Now an insurance-checking camera company has presented Chicago with a new twist on the idea—instead of speeders, go after the uninsured. The Windy City, like a lot of other metropolitan areas of late, is facing major budget deficits in the face of the recession's strong bite. State and local governments alike have been hunting for additional sources of revenue, so it's not surprising that a Chicago alderman would entertain the possibility of...
  • Newsom’s car vandalized

    01/10/2008 9:16:02 PM PST · by glorgau · 20 replies · 100+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | Jan 10, 2008 3:00 AM | Brent Begin
    SAN FRANCISCO - Police aren’t sure whether a disheveled man arrested near Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Russian Hill apartment Wednesday morning knew whose town car he was vandalizing, but he found out after the mayor’s security chased him down. According to police, Gregory Burgos, a 41-year-old parolee, walked up to the city-issued car and looked right at the occupants, two police officers assigned to the mayor’s protection. He then pulled out a “sharp object” and scraped it along the side of the vehicle. “It’s unclear at this point if the man knew it was the mayor’s car,” police Sgt. Steve Mannina...
  • Nine state parks in Bay Area picked for closure

    01/10/2008 9:09:12 PM PST · by glorgau · 4 replies · 146+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Marisa Lagos,Audrey Cooper, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Nine state parks in the Bay Area - including one that is the largest in Northern California - would be closed under the budget proposed today by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The parks, which would not close until the governor and Legislature agree on a spending plan sometime later this year, would be off-limits until the state's financial situation improves, officials said. Money will be spent for patrols to keep people out of the closed parks, officials said. Statewide, the governor has proposed closing 48 sites. For a map of all the parks picked for closure, go to links.sfgate.com/ZCAR. The Bay...
  • Nevada governor's Outlook password posted online

    07/21/2007 2:52:02 PM PDT · by glorgau · 5 replies · 411+ views
    downloadsquad ^ | Jul 21st 2007 2:30PM | Brad Linder
    In blatant disregard of password security, the governor's office of Nevada uses a surprisingly predictable Outlook login and password. How do we know? Because the information was posted in a Word document available for download from the state website. Apparently the document was intended for gubernatorial aides responsible for sending out emails from the governor's office. The document has since been removed from the website. The password, "kennyc" appears to be a reference to former governor Kenny C. Guinn, showing both that the governor's office lacks creativity and that the password may not have been updated in some time. The...
  • 'Honour killing' sister breaks her silence

    06/15/2007 8:36:45 PM PDT · by glorgau · 12 replies · 762+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 June, 2007 | HELEN WEATHERS
    Britain was appalled by the horrific 'honour killing' of a girl murdered by her father for daring to kiss the man she loved. Here, her sister, who narrowly escaped death herself and now lives in fear of her life, breaks her silence. Every time Bekhal Mahmod leaves the safety of her home, she wears the hijab with a black veil covering her face - even though she would give anything for the freedom not to have to. She has no family to turn to, few friends, and has to lie to new acquaintances about who she is and where she...
  • Homeowner had 'a right to resist'

    03/17/2007 5:12:07 PM PDT · by glorgau · 56 replies · 2,179+ views
    Herald Tribune.com ^ | March 17, 2007 | TODD RUGER
    SARASOTA -- John Coffin won't spend any more time in jail for beating up two sheriff's deputies inside his house, striking one in the head with a Taser gun he took from the other. Circuit Judge Rick De Furia said at Coffin's trial Tuesday that he doesn't condone the violence against the deputies. But Coffin, 56, had a right to defend his family and property because the deputies had no right to be in Coffin's house in the first place, De Furia said. "Law enforcement was responsible for the chain of events here," De Furia said. "I think in situations...
  • Expert on Soviet Intelligence Shot in Adelphi

    03/03/2007 3:31:45 PM PST · by glorgau · 25 replies · 807+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, March 3, 2007 | Candace Rondeaux
    Federal and local law enforcement authorities are investigating a shooting in Prince George's County that critically injured a prominent intelligence expert who specializes in the former Soviet Union. Paul Joyal, 53, was shot Thursday, four days after he alleged in a television broadcast that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in the fatal poisoning of a former KGB agent in London.
  • Fake chinese electronics selling better than the originals!

    11/27/2006 2:18:29 AM PST · by glorgau · 33 replies · 1,802+ views
    ITWire ^ | Monday, 27 November 2006 | Alex Zaharov-Reutt
    It’s a funny old world. Chinese manufacturers are copying the circuit boards and designs of products from Japan and Korea, and they’re doing it so fast that by the time the originals arrive in the marketplace, they’re seen as the fakes! China is a land of endless factories, with many pumping out the world’s most desirable gadgets, from iPods to portable computers to digital cameras and much more. But with so much electronics smarts to hand, the pirate electronics industry is very active. Two reports on the Internet, here and here, have indicated that Chinese electronics pirates have been very...
  • Supreme Court strikes down conviction of pot activist

    10/26/2006 12:44:07 PM PDT · by glorgau · 8 replies · 416+ views
    CBC News ^ | Thursday, October 26, 2006 | 2:09 PM ET | CBC News
    The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned the conviction of a medical marijuana crusader, ruling the trial judge erred by directing the jury to find the man guilty. In a 7-0 judgment released Thursday, the court granted a new trial to Grant Krieger, a Calgary man who had been found guilty on charges of possession of pot for purposes of trafficking. Grant Krieger, shown speaking to reporters outside a Calgary courthouse in 2000, has won a new trial on his medical marijuana conviction. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) "The crucial fight is still ahead," Krieger told CBC News after the ruling was...
  • THE LOW POST: How the Media Lies About China

    10/08/2006 10:18:24 AM PDT · by glorgau · 8 replies · 520+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | Oct 03, 2006 11:58 AM | MATT TAIBBI
    "Try harder," American worker -- and Thomas Friedman thinks everything will be fine "Protectionism conveniently shifts the blame for trade-related hardships to foreigners, which is easier than adapting homegrown business practices to make America more competitive." -- New York Times editorial, "Curing the Debt Addiction," Oct. 2 Well, that makes sense. According to The New York Times, what we need to do to compete with China economically is adopt commensurate "homegrown business practices" that will enhance our performance. What do they have in mind? Eliminating the freedom of speech? Outlawing free trade associations? Legalizing child labor? Eliminating all environmental regulations...
  • Cemetery's flags found in squirrel nest

    09/08/2006 12:28:09 AM PDT · by glorgau · 29 replies · 993+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Thursday, September 7, 2006 | The Associated Press
    AU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - Groundskeepers at Forest Hill Cemetery thought it was kids who were stealing dozens of American flags. That is, until one found a giant squirrel's nest. "I was mowing, looked up out into the distance, and something caught my eye," said Dave Ender, a groundskeeper employed by the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department. He drove his riding lawnmower to a nearby street intersection and looked up a tree. "Low and behold, I found the missing flags," Ender said. They were ripped and serving as the foundation of a giant squirrel nest. "I never seen anything...
  • Witnesses: Israel Strikes Reuters Car

    08/27/2006 2:51:50 PM PDT · by glorgau · 40 replies · 1,244+ views
    ABC News International ^ | Aug 26, 2006 | Staff
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Aug 26, 2006 (AP)— Two missiles fired by Israeli aircraft early Sunday morning hit an armored car belonging to the Reuters news agency, moderately wounding two television cameramen and three bystanders, Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials said. The Israeli army said it was checking the report. According to witnesses, a Reuters cameraman and a freelance cameraman working for an Arabic network were standing outside the vehicle in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza filming a nearby Israeli raid when the missiles hit the car. The white sports utility vehicle was emblazoned with the Reuters logo and had...
  • Offshoring data to get recrunched

    08/27/2006 12:40:39 AM PDT · by glorgau · 3 replies · 289+ views
    EE Times ^ | 08/25/2006 3:00 PM EDT | George Leopold
    WASHINGTON — The government's examination of offshoring has been outsourced. An obscure quasi-governmental agency called the National Academy of Public Administration is following up on key conclusions of a July 2004 study by the Commerce Department's Technology Administration on the offshoring of high-tech jobs. An academy panel will drill down into government labor statistics in an attempt to document the extent and impact of shipping more U.S. high-tech jobs to overseas design centers in India, China and other low-cost locations. The panel is examining "how adequate the currently available data are," said project director Kenneth Ryder. Preliminary conclusions from its...
  • Police property: It’s finders keepers in NH

    08/25/2006 7:03:38 AM PDT · by glorgau · 6 replies · 555+ views
    Unionleader.com ^ | Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006 | UnionLeader.com
    The state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the government can keep and destroy more than 500 CDs taken from Michael Cohen, owner of Pitchfork Records in Concord, in 2003 even though the state failed to prove that a single disk was illegal. Cohen was arrested for attempting to sell bootleg recordings. But the police case collapsed when it turned out that most of the recordings were made legally. Police dropped six of the seven charges, and Cohen went to trial on one charge. He beat it after the judge concluded that the recording was legal. However, the police refused...
  • Drive with a license? Why bother?

    08/20/2006 9:34:12 AM PDT · by glorgau · 53 replies · 2,451+ views
    Manteca Bulletin ^ | Sunday, August 20, 2006 | Dennis Wyatt
    First 3-of-7 drivers (including non-citizens) thru Manteca sobriety checkpoint have no licenses What you are about to read isn’t politically correct. But you’d better read it anyway. And the next time you climb behind the wheel of your vehicle you’d better act like it’s a matter of life and death when your turn the key in the ignition. Manteca Police opened their first sobriety checkpoint Saturday at 9:30 p.m. in the 900 block of East Yosemite. They struck pay dirt three times within the first seven vehicles to enter the checkpoint. When they pulled over the fourth vehicle after 20...
  • Apple receives delisting warning from Nasdaq

    08/12/2006 7:36:40 PM PDT · by glorgau · 79 replies · 1,774+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 6:19 PM ET Aug 11, 2006 | Matt Andrejczak & John Shinal
    Letter follows Apple telling regulators it will delay its 10-QSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Apple Computer Inc. said late Friday that the Nasdaq Stock Market has warned the company its decision to delay filing its most-recent quarterly financial report puts Apple in violation of Nasdaq's stock-listing requirements. The letter came on the same day Apple officially notified federal securities regulators that it would delay filing its quarterly report, or 10-Q, for the quarter ended July 1, until an outside legal counsel completes an investigation into how the company accounted for employee stock options. The company reiterated to the Securities and Exchange...