WHOA Newsletter - February 16, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid criminals - smart victim
Wash. burglary victim drives off in thieves' van

BELLEVUE, Wash. – A man in Washington state made sure a pair of burglars didn't get away with his three flat-screen televisions ­ he moved their getaway car.

Patrick Rosario was in the basement of his Bellevue home on Tuesday when he heard the burglars upstairs.

The Seattle Times says the 32-year-old Rosario, who had been laid off from his job as a Washington Mutual manager, called 911 while he sneaked out of the house.

He saw a white van sitting in front of his house with the motor running and the keys in the ignition, and he got in and drove it to a friend's house.

Police say the burglars left the televisions, a laptop computer and a jewelry box by the door and took off on foot.

The sheriff's office said no arrests had been made.

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Suspect named on Facebook - 02/16/09
FACEBOOK vigilantes revealed the Aussie wildfire suspect's photo and address – before a court order protecting him was lifted today.

Time for a muzzle - 02/15/09
HERE ARE TWO stories about the Internet.
The week before last, the crippled economy coughed up a gift for picked-on college students across the country: It shut down Juicy Campus, a notorious website where campus gossips nationwide were invited to hold forth anonymously. "Just remember, keep it Juicy!" the home page had exhorted. Posters had duly obliged, and many students had found their social skills, weight, grooming habits, sexual orientation, and/or promiscuity to be the subject of gleefully vicious discussion by unseen online classmates. In a healthier economy, it's unclear if anything could have closed down Juicy Campus - university administrators and even state prosecutors were eager to take it on, but had all but conceded that they had few legal options, and the website had been rapidly expanding the number of its member campuses.

Octuplet mom's publicist quits over death threats - 02/15/09
Publicist Joann Killeen may have been ready for the worldwide attention brought by her client ­ a jobless, single mother of octuplets ­ but she was not prepared for the avalanche of death threats that followed. Killeen, president of the Killeen Furtney Group, which has represented octuplets mother Nadya Suleman, announced Saturday the public relations firm would be stepping down because of death threats.

FTC Sets Updated Online Privacy Guidelines - 02/13/09
How is your personal information protected on the Web? The Federal Trade Commission sought to clarify that question this week with the release of updated principles regarding online behavioral advertising.

Man charged in e-mail threats during election campaign - 02/13/09
It was October, and election season was going full tilt when the hateful e-mails started to arrive. Punctuated with :), the emoticon smiley face often seen in online chat rooms, the messages threatened to blow people's brains out or take over their computers.

Florida Man Accused Of E-Mail Threats, Hacking Accounts - 02/13/09
A Sarasota man is in federal custody after the FBI charged him with interstate transmission of threatening communications and false statements.
Kyle Tschiegg, 38, was arrested Wednesday at his home. Federal authorities say that since October 2007, individuals and businesses located in Ohio, Florida, and Kansas have received email, phone calls and text messages whereby the sender threatens to kill or injure the victims and to take over or damage their computers. While as many as 3,500 people may have received copies of the threatening email, the threats themselves were normally directed to a much smaller group, the federal complaint says.

Rapelay virtual rape game banned by Amazon - 02/13/09
A PC game that allows players to gang rape virtual women – and then force them to have an abortion – has been banned from Amazon.

Suspected killer dubbed 'Facebook Fugitive' is found hanged in derelict building - 02/12/09
A Manhunt for a suspected killer dubbed the Facebook Fugitive was called off after he was found hanged in a derelict building.
George Appleton, 40, was wanted by police on suspicion of murdering his former girlfriend, Clare Wood, 36, a mother of one.

Battle re-enactor dismisses threats - 02/10/09
The chief organizer of this summer’s re-enactment of the 1759 battle on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City says the event will go ahead despite strong opposition from sovereigntists.

Students Suspended For E-Mail Threat - 02/10/09
Six high school students were suspended from school Tuesday and sent home for the remainder of the school day, after an investigation into an inappropriate e-mail. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies were called in to help with the investigation.

Ex-Lehigh University sophomore gets prison for stealing laptops - 02/10/09
A former Lehigh University sophomore who stole laptops from two women students and threatened to post nude pictures of one of them on the Internet was sentenced Monday to six to 23 months in county prison on a felony burglary charge.

Facebook falls under free speech - 02/10/09
It’s a seemingly open forum, available to those who desire to share their thoughts, opinions or daily gripes to the cyberspace world, and the most effective procrastination tool on the market today.


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