WHOA Newsletter - August 11, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

August 11, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .DOH!

Spanish shopkeeper finds Homer Simpson euro

A one euro coin has turned up in Spain bearing the face of cartoon couch potato Homer Simpson instead of that of the country's king, a sweetshop owner told Reuters on Friday.

Jose Martinez was counting the cash in his till in the city of Aviles, northern Spain, when he came across the coin where Homer's bald head, big eyes and big nose had replaced the serious features of King Juan Carlos.

"The coin must have been done by a professional, the work is impressive," he told Reuters.

The comical carver had not taken his tools to the other side of the coin displaying the map of Europe. So far, no other coins of the hapless, beer-swilling oaf have been found in circulation.

"I've been offered 20 euros for it," said Martinez.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Alleged extorter to be tried - 08/11/08
Emily Patterson, arraigned last month on felony theft by extortion charges after she allegedly threatened to extort $3,000 from a local woman, was ordered to stand trial in district court Thursday morning.

Logging onto Match-dot-wrong - 08/11/08
A Texas man with a home in Aspen faces assault and domestic violence charges after an Internet date allegedly ended in an scrap at the Hunter Creek trailhead in August 2007.

Sheriff warns of Internet auto scam - 08/10/08
Blount County Sheriff James Berrong released information Friday warning residents of an Internet scam that has already bilked local citizens out of thousands of dollars.

Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress - 08/10/08
Here are some things Internet users can discover about Kiyoshi Martinez, a 24-year-old man from Mokena, Ill., from some of his recent posts online. He watched “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night, he likes the musician Lenlow and he received bottles of olive oil and vinegar for his birthday. Mr. Martinez has Facebook and LinkedIn pages, a Twitter account and a Web site that includes his résumé.

Air China got threat to Olympics - 08/09/08
Air China's Japan office received an email threat to bomb its aircraft and crash planes into the site of the Beijing Olympics, police at Tokyo Narita airport said yesterday.

Ex-convict indicted in cyber stalking case against woman - 08/08/08
A former Des Plaines man has been indicted by a Cook County grand jury on charges he sent threatening e-mails to a woman whom he allegedly has pursued since 2000, prosecutors said Friday.

Former Tory councillor tried to keep internet lover prisoner - 08/08/08
Paul Peccioli, 55, "reacted badly" when Julia Pickup, whom he met online, told him she thought they should stop seeing each other, a court heard.

English "Lord" puts life up for sale on eBay - 08/07/08
An eccentric British millionaire has put his entire life up for sale on the Internet -- including his title of Lord of the Manor of Warleigh -- in the hope of converting his assets into cash.

Major Internet security flaw also affects e-mail - 08/07/08
A newly discovered flaw in the Internet's core infrastructure not only permits hackers to force people to visit Web sites they didn't want to, it also allows them to intercept e-mail messages, the researcher who discovered the bug said Wednesday.

Online social networking sites are hacker playgrounds - 08/07/08
Computer security researchers on Thursday warned that online social networking websites are playgrounds for hackers who can easily take advantage of people's trust.

Yale students name alleged harasser in Web libel suit - 08/07/08
Two female students at Yale Law School who say anonymous, defamatory comments were made about them on the Internet identified one of the defendants yesterday in their federal lawsuit.

U.S. alleges AdSurfDaily operates 'get rich quick' scheme, seeks $35M - 08/07/08
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington filed a civil complaint this week seeking forfeiture of homes and $35 million in cash from a Florida man who runs a company called AdSurfDaily Inc.

Computers Inappropriate uses include gambling, porn and harassment - 08/07/08
Like most other corporations with hundreds of employees who use hundreds of computers, the City of Saint John now has a policy dealing with acceptable use of the Internet.

Former Arkansas Tech University Professor Gets 10 Years for Internet Stalking 'Teen' - 08/07/08
A former chemistry professor at Arkansas Tech University has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a charge he stalked a person he believed was a teenage girl on the Internet.

Head of U.S. Humane Society: Ban cyber-stalking of animal researchers - 08/07/08
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, was just in for an editorial board meeting on Proposition 2, the ballot initiative meant to sharply change farm confinement practices. After the meeting, I had a few minutes to talk with him about Assemblyman Gene Mullin's proposal to protect the UC animal researchers who are under siege from animal-rights extremists who post photos of the researchers, their families and their homes on Internet hate sites -- essentially putting bullseyes on them and encouraging other extremists to attack the researchers and their families or harass and intimidate them.

Houma man accused of cyberstalking - 08/07/08
A 37-year-old Houma man is charged with cyberstalking after he alleged sent several harassing emails to a 40-year-old woman.

Village of the scammed: Garage worker emptied hundreds of bank accounts by cloning neighbours' cards - 08/06/08
A petrol station cashier was jailed yesterday for helping to defraud an entire village.
Abdul Samad Mohamed Raik cloned more than 500 debit or credit cards to steal £175,000 in a global fraud allegedly driven by links to a guerilla group in Sri Lanka.

Royal Shakespeare Company warning over David Tennant Hamlet tickets - 08/06/08
The Royal Shakespeare Company has warned theatregoers not to buy tickets from internet auction sites to see David Tennant, the star of Doctor Who, playing the lead role in Hamlet.

Brits fall victim to Olympic hoax - 08/06/08
HUNDREDS of Brits are feared to have lost thousands of pounds in an Olympic tickets website rip-off.

Jilted boyfriend sent nude pictures of nurse ex-girlfriend to everyone in her email address book - 08/06/08
When Richard Bradford suspected his nurse girlfriend of having an affair he subjected her to the ultimate revenge.

Man sentenced in e-mail threat - 08/05/08
A Huntington Beach man was sentenced to 284 days in jail Monday after pleading guilty to sending a threatening e-mail to Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach.

Exclusive: Facebook waterfight thug won't apologise to girl he hit - 08/05/08
This is the teenage thug who punched a girl off her feet after she soaked him during a fun water fight last week. Daniel McInerney admitted he was in the wrong but refuses to apologise to his 15-year-old victim - unless she says sorry first for chucking pink liquid over his T-shirt.


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