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Monday, September 21, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - September 21, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Let's give him a round of applause!

Specimen hand startles man digging in Md. yard
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090918/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_buried_hand

A severed human hand has been unearthed from the yard of a Maryland home, but police say this is no whodunit.

Investigators believe it's a decades-old medical school specimen left by a former resident.

Still, it was an odd discovery for the electrician who dug it up in the northeastern part of the state. It was muddy, but only the fingertips showed signs of decay.

Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Dave Feltman says the hand found Tuesday appeared to be surgically removed.

The son of a previous owner of the house tells police it was a souvenir he took home as a student at the University of Maryland's medical school more than 50 years ago.

Police said they believe his account, but sent it to the state medical examiner as part of routine procedure.

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Insults and put-downs have an effect on students - 09/21/09
http://www.jconline.com/article/20090921/LIFE08/909210302
As a high school student, Alfredo Cortez has been on the receiving end of verbal insults at one time or another.
"We all have," admits the senior at McCutcheon High School.
Some of his fellow Hispanic peers chide him for being a "good" student who plays sports and actually attends class. "Stop acting white," he recalls them saying.

McCanns take legal action to close death claim website - 09/20/09
http://news.scotsman.com/uk/McCanns--take-legal-action.5662872.jp
LAWYERS representing Kate and Gerry McCann have demanded a website claiming their daughter Madeleine was not abducted be taken down.
The Madeleine Foundation claims she is dead and that her parents bear some responsibility.

Facebook 'suck sites' to be tested in court - 09/20/09
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-suck-sites-20-bd-sep20,0,4639200.story
A beauty school student thought he was offering classmates a place to vent when he created a Facebook page mocking teachers and classes.
"Don't be afraid to post comments on whats going on, this is yor voice too. All for one and one for all right?!" (sic)
But two months later, a little fun on Facebook has landed Nicholas Blacconiere of Algonquin in potential legal trouble, as administrators at the Salon Professional Academy of Elgin are fighting back.

"Sexting" – young people only get the message - 09/19/09
http://www.preventionaction.org/what-works/friday-cyberday/5090
The widely publicized downside of the convergence between computer and mobile phone technologies has been a big increase in reports of “cyber abuse” among young people.

Carlisle council withdraws pay cut email threat - 09/18/09
http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk/news/carlisle_council_withdraws_pay_cut_email_threat_1_613337?referrerPath=news
Carlisle City Council has withdrawn a confidential email that threatened to discipline employees who complained about having their pay cut.

Tables Turned on Hacker Site - 09/18/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090918/tc_pcworld/tablesturnedonhackersite
Here's one to make you smile. An underground malware and hacking forum got a taste of its own medicine when it was itself hacked by a digital vigilante.

Paralyzed man faces stalking charges - 09/18/09
http://www.gulflive.com/news/mississippipress/news.ssf?/base/news/1253268917113220.xml&coll=5
A paraplegic St. Martin man was jailed Thursday on a charge of cyber-stalking a Hurley woman and her two young girls on the social networking Web site Facebook, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Online harassment bill has potential - 09/17/09
http://www.idahopress.com/news/?2009-09-18-Online-harassment-bill-has-potential
Twin Falls Republican Rep. Stephen Hartgen is concerned about the kind of discourse taking place in some places on the World Wide Web. He's so concerned about it he has been trying to get the Idaho Legislature to do something.

Cyberbullying: a challenge in the digital age - 09/17/09
http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2009/09/17/2679508.htm
Being digitally connected around the clock brings huge benefits for many of us, but for an increasing number of children this new connectedness also brings with it the frightening world of 24/7 bullying.

Misdirected Spyware Infects Ohio Hospital - 09/17/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090917/tc_pcworld/misdirectedspywareinfectsohiohospital
It was a bad idea from the start, but even as bad ideas go, this one went horribly wrong.
A 38-year-old Avon Lake, Ohio, man is set to plead guilty to federal charges after spyware he allegedly meant to install on the computer of a woman he'd had a relationship with ended up infecting computers at Akron Children's Hospital.

Bear man sentenced for cyber stalking - 09/17/09
http://www.wboc.com/Global/story.asp?S=11150777
A man who stalked women over the internet has been sentenced to 84 days in prison and 18 months of probation and psychological treatment.

How romance turned into cyberstalking - 09/16/09
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20090916/NEWS01/909160349/How-romance-turned-into-cyberstalking
He was living in Delaware and she was in Winnipeg, Canada. They met in India, their families' native country.
A long-distance relationship progressed over the next couple years after they returned home, but things started to change when she headed off to medical school in January 2007 on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Cyber stalking cases up, spurring calls for help - 09/16/09
http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2910125
Cases of “cyber stalking,” - constantly sending unwelcome e-mails, short notes via social networking and text messages via cell phones - are on the rise, according to a report from the National Police Agency submitted Monday to Grand National Party lawmaker Jeong Kab-yoon.

Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol falls into the hands of pirates - 09/16/09
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/16/dan-brown-lost-symbol-pirates
Pirated copies of Dan Brown's new Robert Langdon thriller The Lost Symbol have started appearing across the internet only a day after the book was published.

Burglar leaves his Facebook page on victim’s computer - 09/16/09
http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/525232.html
The popular online social networking site Facebook helped lead to an alleged burglar's arrest after he stopped check his account on the victim's computer, but forgot to log out before leaving the home with two diamond rings.

City advertises porn on website by accident - 09/15/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090915/od_nm/us_porn
Authorities in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen accidentally advertised porn among the services on offer for residents on its website.

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