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Monday, October 27, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - October 27, 2008

WHOA Newsletter

October 27, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .You can put your weed in here (for those of us who remember that old SNL sketch with Mike Meyers)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081026/ap_on_fe_st/odd_marijuana_tacos;_ylt=ApGBQeB0agam0V2zE1jw9OjtiBIF
LAKEWOOD, Colo. ­ A Colorado couple found an unusual topping on their order of tacos: a small bag of marijuana.

They discovered the drugs with their order from a Del Taco restaurant and called police, said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.

Twenty-six-year-old Dennis Klermund, who police say waited on the husband when he picked up food Oct. 16, faces charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Klermund initially denied any knowledge but admitted the bag was meant for a friend after a search dog found more marijuana in a locker, police said.

Klermund no longer works at the restaurant, said manager Ulises Montero. A message left for Klermund was not returned.

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81-year-old Chinese man finds love online - 10/27/08
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20081027/wr_nm/us_china_marriage
An 81-year-old Chinese man has proved age need not be a barrier to Internet love, marrying a 58-year-old bride he met online, a local newspaper reported.

Is surfing the Internet altering your brain? - 10/27/08
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20081027/wr_nm/us_technology_ibrain_tech_net
The Internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work with a neuroscientist arguing this is an evolutionary change which will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order.

Top 10 Frustrations for eBay Sellers - 10/26/08
http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/10/24/top-10-frustrations-for-ebay-sellers
At the beginning of the year, eBay announced some changes it was bringing in with its new CEO John Donahoe. The changes spoke of things like "Detailed Seller Ratings (DSR)" and "discounts for sellers." To some, the changes didn't sound like anything to be concerned about, but some saw through the plan and noticed other phrases in there, like "removal of bad feedback for buyers" and saw the potential for smaller businesses to be shut out. This is a notion we are seeing proven accurate months later.

Man who stalked Pottstown woman, family loses appeal - 10/26/08
http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2008/10/26/news/srv0000003874591.txt
A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a man who repeatedly harassed a Pottstown woman he met on the Internet can legally be convicted of multiple stalking charges. A panel of Pennsylvania Superior Court judges denied Marcus Cruz's appeal of the 4½- to 20-year prison sentence he received from a Montgomery County judge in December 2006 on multiple convictions of stalking and harassment.

Royal Marine jailed for stealing medals from his colleagues - 10/25/08
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3253772/Royal-Marine-jailed-for-stealing-medals-from-his-colleagues.html
Craig Firth, 23, pleaded guilty to four thefts of medals from fellow marines and the theft of a package of 31 medals belonging to the Ministry of Defence.
He appeared at Plymouth Crown Court with his uncle by marriage, 34-year-old Geoffrey Jenkin, who sold them on eBay.

School breach left personnel files exposed - 10/25/08
http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=732745
A Shenendehowa student who alerted his principal that he could steal private employee information now is facing felony charges.

US Idol star in online stalking case - 10/24/08
http://www.theage.com.au/national/us-idol-star-in-online-stalking-case-20081023-57hb.html
A FORMER American Idol runner-up fears she will never escape a Melbourne woman who has been charged with stalking her online. The entertainer, Diana DeGarmo, told investigators that "no matter what I do I cannot get away from" Tanya Maree Quattrocchi.

University use of Social Security numbers leaves students, staff vulnerable - 10/24/08
http://media.www.thenews.org/media/storage/paper651/news/2008/10/24/Opinion/Stealing.Socials-3503388.shtml
With the advent of cyber stalking, identity theft and phishing, it is becoming increasingly hard to guard against releasing confidential information to awaiting criminals.

Feud in the Vale: Couple allegedly targeted family, which had opposed development - 10/23/08
http://www.andovertownsman.com/local/local_story_297174450.html
In a neighborhood known for disputes over developing land, a High Vale Lane couple has been charged with targeting a family that has opposed its building projects.
Bill and Gail Johnson, residents of High Vale Lane in Ballardvale, were arrested and arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Friday, Oct. 17, on charges of identity fraud, conspiracy, criminal harassment and reporting a frivolous case of child abuse.

COURT AFFIRMS NET STALKING CONVICTION - 10/23/08
http://www.pbcommercial.com/articles/2008/10/23/news/news8.txt
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the appeal of an El Dorado man who made sexually explicit comments on the Internet to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl last year. He was actually exchanging messages with a Sheridan police officer. Judge John B. Robbins said there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction and prison sentence of Eric Paul Worth, now, 22, who was arrested in Sheridan on Jan. 15, 2007, after he drove to a house where he thought he was going to meet two 14-year-old girls and have sex with them.

Don’t Mind The Virtual Gun I’m Pointing At Your Virtual Head - 10/23/08
http://www.inquisitr.com/6120/dont-mind-the-virtual-gun-im-pointing-at-your-virtual-head/
When I first read about the woman in Tokyo who is in jail for killing her virtual husband I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh my ass off or bang my head against the keyboard over the stupidity of the whole thing. I had intended on writing something up about the whole thing but ended up being laid out due to some medical issues.

Cyberstalking: How much should we make public? - 10/23/08
http://boothbayregister.maine.com/2008-10-23/cyberstalking_domestic_violence.html
The term cyberstalking, referring to harassment and stalking in an online environment, still resonates as a phrase that seems futuristic and not necessarily something that many of us are familiar with. We think of technology as progress, instruments of connection and as learning tools. Technology, however, has multi levels of capabilities which are continually evolving and are not always beneficial to society.

Japanese woman who murdered virtual husband in online computer game faces £3,000 fine and a jail sentence - 10/23/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1080038/Japanese-woman-murdered-virtual-husband-online-game-faces-3-000-fine-jail-sentence.html
A Japanese woman who murdered her virtual husband after the pair got divorced in an online computer game is facing a £3,000 fine and a possible prison sentence.

Facebook 'sickie' guy facing investigation - 10/23/08
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=651937
A Sydney call centre worker who "chucked a sickie" only to be caught out on Facebook is now the subject of a formal investigation by his employer.

Harmston villagers branded sex pests and adulterers in smear campaign - 10/22/08
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4988338.ece
A man described as the “modern equivalent of a poison-pen letter writer” tried to destroy the lives of residents in his former village with a smear campaign, a court was told yesterday.

Microsoft described as 'biggest hacker in China' - 10/22/08
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/22/microsoft-china
Chinese internet users have reacted with fury after Microsoft launched an anti-piracy tool to combat the widespread sale of fake software.

FBI catches up with Miley Cyrus hacker - 10/22/08
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20081022/wr_nm/us_cyrus_tech
A 19-year-old hacker who posted some racy photos of Disney starlet Miley Cyrus on the Internet said he was raided by the FBI this week after boasting that he would never be caught.

British man 'shot dead by ex-husband of woman he met on the internet' - 10/21/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1079348/British-man-shot-dead-ex-husband-woman-met-internet.html
A Briton who moved to America to wed a woman he met on the Internet has allegedly been shot dead by her smiling ex-husband.

Nude photos email threat - 10/21/08
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_293110.html
A MAN was jailed for eight weeks on Tuesday for threatening to circulate his colleague's nude photos through e-mail if his demands were not met.

Online harassment hard to prosecute - 10/20/08
http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081021/NEWS/710219998/1006
For four months, the 29-year-old Cedar Rapids woman has lived in a state of constant fear.
Fear that the constant harassing phone calls and e-mails may never stop.

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