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Monday, June 15, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - June 15, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Now that's a foxy lady
Fox steals more than 100 shoes
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090612/od_nm/us_germany_fox

A fox has been unmasked as the mystery thief of more than 100 shoes in the small western German town of Foehren, authorities said Friday.

A forest worker stumbled upon shoes strewn near the fox's den and found a trove of footwear down the hole which had recently been stolen overnight from outside locals' front doors.

"There was everything from ladies' shoes to trainers," said a local police spokesman. "We've found between 110 and 120 so far. It seems a vixen stole them for her cubs to play with."

Although many were missing laces, the shoes were in good condition and their owners were delighted to reclaim them, he said, adding that no reprisals were planned against the culprit.

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Victim, suspect exchanged threats last year - 06/15/09
http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/10/victim-suspect-exchanged-threats-last-year/
A Stokes County man accused of killing Ashley Denise Ward had threatened her last year, and he told authorities at that time that she had threatened his wife and him, court records show. Joshua Allen Bolen, 25, of Walnut Cove was arrested in Richmond Sunday and charged with murder. Ward, 24, of Mount Airy, whose body was pulled from a pond next to Belews Lake in northeastern Forsyth County on June 2, died of head injuries.

Cybersquatters move in on Facebook - 06/14/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/facebook/5531306/Cybersquatters-move-in-on-Facebook.html
Thousands of people have registered the names of celebrities, well-known companies, the royal family and politicians on the social networking website Facebook.

Castro's son woos web lover 'Claudia' for eight months... but it's actually a middle-aged (male) prankster taking the mickey -06/14/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1192947/Castros-son-duped-web-lover-Claudia-turned-middle-aged-man-trying-expose-Cubas-weak-security.html
For Fidel Castro’s playboy son Antonio, it seemed the perfect opportunity for another female conquest.
An attractive Colombian woman was pursuing him over the internet, smitten by his wealth and power and keen to travel to Cuba to meet the man of her dreams.

Queens kids overdo it with food fight - 06/13/09
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/06/13/Queens-kids-overdo-it-with-food-fight/UPI-25001244926152/
Officials at a New York City high school say there wasn't much permanent damage after a raging food fight resulted in 10 arrests and a campus lockdown.

Personalized Facebook URLs: 10 Important Points - 06/12/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090612/tc_pcworld/personalizedfacebookurls10importantpoints
Ladies and gentlemen, get on your marks: The race to grab your very own Facebook URL is about to begin. Facebook will allow users to register custom usernames for the first time starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT Saturday. The usernames are bound to go fast, and if you aren't prepared, you may end up empty-handed -- or, worse yet, with a number-happy AOL-style name (think "JSmithLOLz313451").

From Russia Without Love: How thousands of lonely British men are being ruthlessly fleeced by a Russian 'e-mail brides' racket - 06/12/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/femail/article-1192211/From-Russia-Without-love-How-thousands-lonely-British-men-ruthlessly-fleeced-Russian-email-brides-racket.html
Some wear hotpants. Others the tiniest of mini-dresses. With names like Elanor, Olexandra, and Katerin, all are in full warpaint, teetering on vertigo-inducing heels.

Accused Facebook Spammer Could Face Jail Time - 06/12/09
http://www.pcworld.com/article/166618/accused_facebook_spammer_could_face_jail_time.html
An alleged spammer could face jail time in connection with a Facebook lawsuit after a judge referred him to the U.S. Attorney General's Office for criminal proceedings.

Army guard jailed for pretending dead teen was his girlfriend so he could play in a poker game - 06/12/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1192415/Army-guard-jailed-pretending-dead-teen-girlfriend-play-poker.html
An army security guard faces up to seven years in jail after telling bosses his girlfriend had died in order to get time off to take part in a poker game.

Beware photos online: US family's Christmas card photo used as advertisement in Prague - 06/11/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5507113/Beware-photos-online-US-familys-Christmas-card-photo-used-as-advertisement-in-Prague.html
An American couple was shocked to discover that their family's Christmas card photo was being used without their permission to advertise a supermarket's delivery service in Prague.

£500,000 ticket con on eBay - 06/11/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2475681/500000-ticket-con-on-eBay.html
THOUSANDS of eBay users were conned out of £500,000 in the online site's biggest fraud.

‘Back door wiretap’ helped convict penis pill fraudster - 06/11/09
http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/06/11/eff-challenges-governments-back-door-wiretap/
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other civil liberties groups are charging the government with having used a “back door wiretap” to obtain six months worth of a defendant’s emails without a warrant.

DOT-COM HAS 'DATE' IN COURT - 06/10/09
http://www.nypost.com/seven/06102009/news/regionalnews/dot_com_has_date_in_court_173449.htm
Oh, the heartache!
A Brooklyn man sued Match.com yesterday for inflicting "humiliation and disappointment" on lonely hearts "who feel rejected when their e-mails get no reply."

Man jailed for sex pill scam - 06/09/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2471842/Man-jailed-for-sex-pill-scam.html
A MAN was jailed for two years yesterday for running a £6.1million fake Viagra scam.
Martin Hickman sold sex pills on the net with a 1,000 per cent mark-up.

Texas Lawmakers Crack Down On Fake Profiles - 06/08/09
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=107518
In a move aimed at cracking down on cyerbullying, Texas lawmakers passed a new bill that makes it a crime to impersonate people online.

Twitter launches verification service to protect celebrities - 06/08/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/twitter/5475445/Twitter-launches-verification-service-to-protect-celebrities.html
Twitter is acting against impersonators on the site after a spate of celebrities complained about fake accounts set up in their name.

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