WHO@ Newsletter - October 19, 2009
Police stop driver for 15 violations in 11 minutes
GOSSAU, Switzerland – Authorities say an Italian man took reckless driving to new heights in 11 frantic minutes of traffic violations in eastern Switzerland.
They say they first spotted the 47-year-old driver as he sped his jeep past an unmarked police car at 160 kph (100 mph) in a rainstorm Sunday.
Driving dangerously close to other cars on the autobahn, he then allegedly ignored police attempts to pull him over first with a stop sign, and then with flashing lights and sirens.
Police say the man drove through a construction zone at 140 kmh (87 mph), nearly twice the speed limit, before being stopped.
They seized the man's driver's license, and a judge ordered him tested for medications and illegal drugs.
Police said Monday the man racked up 15 traffic violations in 11 minutes.
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Cyberbullying-increasing form of harassment-what parents should know - 10/18/09
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Do you know exactly how you should respond to a sexual or racial harassment complaint? If you don’t, now is a good time to come up with a strategybefore you have to implement it.
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After twice receiving fake checks from someone she had met on the Internet, 37-year-old Terri Schwartz was told to bring any more checks straight to the police.
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Private medical records for sale: Harley Street clinic patients' files outsourced for computer input - and end up on black market - 10/18/09
The confidential medical records of patients treated at one of Britain’s top private hospitals have been illegally sold to undercover investigators.
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Clash of schools, blogs raises free-speech issues - 10/17/09
A college student and a high school teacher may have pushed the limits of cyber-commentary by lashing out at their schools via the Internet.
Butler University is suing Jess Zimmerman, alleging libel and defamation. Beth Guthrie's Web criticisms have caused such an uproar that Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Concetta Raimondi has posted a response on the district's Web site.
Warning over 'war-zone' e-mails - 10/17/09
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Schenectady man arrested for stalking - 10/14/09
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Facebook threat disrupts Charlottetown school - 10/14/09
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Colon cleanser sold on dead mom's Facebook page - 10/14/09
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Fraud fugitive in Facebook trap - 10/14/09
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£600,000 internet fraud gang faces jail - 10/14/09
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Wife 'lured husband to woods for drug-fuelled sex... then slit his throat so she could meet internet lover for first time' - 10/13/09
A poet lured her husband into woodland for a drug-fuelled sex session and then slit his throat, a court was told yesterday.
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