WHOA Newsletter - September 29, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .One question: WHY?
Firefighter accused of taking crash victim's foot
St. Lucie County officials are investigating whether a firefighter took a man's severed foot from the scene of a traffic accident. On Sept. 19, a crash on I-95 caused a man's foot to be sheared off; the man survived and is undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

It's the Fire District's policy to take a severed body part with the patient to the hospital if there is any chance of reattachment, or the body part goes to the medical examiner's office. But authorities said the foot was taken to the hospital days later, on Sept. 24.

Officials would not release the name of the firefighter under investigation, but said the firefighter trains cadaver dogs, which are used to locate and follow the scent of decomposing human flesh.

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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)

Your company can lure identity thieves - 09/29/08
Everyone is aware of the threat of personal identity theft. Recent studies cite more than 8 million Americans as ID theft victims, with nearly $50 billion in annual losses, but the most sophisticated identity thieves are now pursuing even bigger payoffs by targeting businesses.

Facebook hires D.C. lawyer as general counsel - 09/29/08
Facebook has hired the former chief of staff to onetime U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales as its general counsel, according to the Los Angeles Times. Ted Ullyot, currently a Washington, D.C.-based partner for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, will relocate to the Bay Area and join the Palo Alto social network next month.

Korbel sues over postings on Craigslist - 09/28/08
In a case that could test the limits of free speech on the Internet, Sonoma County's Korbel Champagne Cellars is suing anonymous critics on a Craigslist message board, saying their false statements are hurting the century-old company's reputation.

Airline pilots blinded with laser beams as they come in to land - 09/28/08
Pilots coming in to land at British airports have been forced to hand over the controls to colleagues after being temporarily blinded by laser beams deliberately shone into the cockpit from the ground.

Ex-undersheriff sentenced in online sex pictures - 09/27/08
Calling retired Morris County undersheriff John Kinnecom a bully who acted out of depravity, a judge yesterday sentenced him to 150 hours of community service and five years' probation for posting sexually explicit photographs of a woman on websites and sending harassing e-mails to a second victim.

Japan's online social scene isn't so social - 09/27/08
Like a lot of 20-year-olds, Kae Takahashi has a page on U.S.-based MySpace, and there is no mistaking it for anyone else's.
It's got pictures of the funky Tokyoite modeling the clothes she designs in her spare time, along with her name, plus personal details and ramblings in slightly awkward English about her love life.

Cops Seize Computer Related To NCG Cyberstalking - 09/27/08
State Police executed a search warrant at the residence of a Queens man last week in relation to the ongoing cyberstalking, intrusions, trespass and theft of data involving The North Country Gazette.

Elected officials can be sued in ID theft, court rules - 09/27/08
Elected officials can be sued if they place your private information online and someone uses it to steal your identity, an Ohio appeals court ruled Friday in overturning a lower court ruling.

Dispute over computer blamed in San Diego stabbing - 09/27/08
Police say a man stabbed a woman three times with a steak knife after they tussled over use of a shared hotel computer. Her wounds are not considered life-threatening.

Calamus Man Convicted of Harassment, Extortion - 09/26/08
A Calamus man has been found guilty of extortion and harassment for telling a woman he would post photographs of her daughter on the Internet if she didn't pay him $400.

Stalking charges may follow Internet postings - 09/26/08
An Atwater man could be charged with stalking a woman through the Internet site Craigslist.
The stalking case was first brought to the attention of the Merced County Sheriff's Department on Aug. 15, when a woman came forward to say someone had been posting comments about her on the popular Web site Craigslist.org. The majority of the postings were made between June and August. They included details about the inside of relatives' homes and the woman's daily activities, as well as graphic accusations about her personal life, according to Detective Charles Hale.

High-Tech Spies Using Cell Phones To Gather Data - 09/26/08
Modern cell phones have become handheld computers, and unscrupulous people can install harmful software -- known as spyware -- on these devices.

Solar panels are vanishing, only to reappear on Internet - 09/25/08
Solar power, with its promise of emissions-free renewable energy, boasts a growing number of fans. Some of them, it turns out, are thieves.

Knoxville FBI warns of e-mail scam that hit Knox school official - 09/25/08
Several readers contacted the News Sentinel today to report they were victims of the same scheme Buttry addressed Wednesday. Two had received e-mails from friends or associates claiming to be stranded overseas and asking for money.

Santa Cruz police crack large commercial burglary case at Safeway - 09/25/08
A band of burglars stole $60,000 worth of merchandise from the Eastside Safeway store, then resold the stolen items on eBay, police said Wednesday.

Police Officer Arrested On Stalking Charge - 09/25/08
A Titusville police officer was arrested Wednesday in Alachua County on stalking and other charges.
Adam Treinen faces several charges, including stalking, cyberstalking, accessing a computer without authority, making a false statement and falsifying an official document.

Internet gaming fan 'could have been stabbed to death by fellow player' - 09/24/08
A computer gaming fan found stabbed to death in his home may have been killed by a fellow gamer he fell out with in an online forum, it has emerged.

Group asked to apologize for calling online vendors addicts - 09/24/08
An e-commerce advocacy group is fuming over the retail industry's portrayal of online vendors as addicts and criminals and is demanding an apology.

Online dating can be awkward, interesting - 09/24/08
While Internet dating is still relatively new, it has already earned itself a negative connotation for nerds, being creepy, or just plain awkward. But for some, dating online may increase self-esteem as well as the dating pool.

Say CHEEEEESE! - 09/24/08
Since the advent of Facebook, life as we know it has been dramatically altered. No longer do people savor every moment with their friends. Foregone are the times when a car accident was seen as a terrible, embarrassing incident. No more are the times when a private trip to the beach remained just that­private. Now, with the widespread use of Facebook and digital cameras, our habits have changed.

Trial to decide Oviedo killer's fate begins despite his refusal to enter courtroom - 09/23/08
Testimony began Monday in Sanford in the trial of a 22-year-old Oviedo man who murdered his former girlfriend and a University of Central Florida student last year.

eBay: don't come on our US site without protection - 09/23/08
Just when you think eBay is done infuriating longtime users across the world, the auction site keeps cranking out the hits.

Crazy stalkers and the pain they can cause - 09/23/08
It's an ordinary day. You step into a bookstore and start to browse through the shelves. Next thing you know, the feeling of being followed isn't something just in movies anymore - it's real. It's now.


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