WHO@ Newsletter - February 1, 2010

Happy February to everyone!

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .This chicken keeps crossing the street

Chicken plays chicken with drivers on busy street
A chicken playing chicken? That's what's happening on a busy Glendale street where a black hen has been dodging cars, captors and coyotes for two months. Officials say the bird has been darting into traffic outside Glendale Community College since it was first reported Nov. 20. The chicken has drawn a growing crowd of photographers and journalists as animal control officers struggle to catch it.

A spokeswoman for the Pasadena Humane Society, which handles animal control in Glendale, said the bird either runs onto the street or flies into a tree when officers approach. Hillary Gatlin said a humane trap has not worked because the chicken doesn't weigh enough to trigger it or she isn't interested in the feed used as bait.

Gatlin said the standoff could continue awhile.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Who was there for Phoebe? - 02/01/10
It’s not known here if Phoebe Prince left any explanation when she took her life two weeks ago, but her passing certainly left a message, not only for those who drove her to despondency, but also for those who saw what was happening and did nothing about it.

British Godfather 'threatened enemies from on Facebook from maximum security jail - 02/01/10
A criminal used the Facebook website to threaten his enemies while he was in a maximum security prison for conspiracy to murder.

Police body urges e-crime victims to report attacks - 01/31/10
More than half the victims of e-crime do not report the incident to police, a survey has found.
The North Wales Police Authority survey found 57% of e-crime victims reported the incident only to their bank or credit card provider.

Consumers warned as fraudulent 'tax refund' emails flood the internet - 01/31/10
Consumers were today warned to be on their guard against fraudulent emails telling them they were due to receive a tax refund.

New Orleans lawyer arrested: alleged e-mail threat - 01/31/10
The FBI says a suspended attorney has been arrested for allegedly e-mailing a threat to the federal bankruptcy court in New Orleans.

The £100k job sting: How designer launched 'extraordinary con to prevent rival taking up a new job' - 01/30/10
When graduate Darren Bartholomew was offered a £100,000-a-year design job at the height of the recession he couldn’t believe his luck.

Powell Facebook page temporarily disappears, reappears - 01/30/10
A Facebook page devoted to the case of missing West Valley City mother Susan Powell temporarily disappeared Friday, frustrating family members and friends who rely on the social networking Web site to spread public awareness about the search for the 28-year-old woman.

Internet racism pair lose appeal - 01/29/10
Two men have lost their appeals against the UK's first conviction for inciting racial hatred via a foreign website.

Idaho wolf advocate posts hunters’ names on Web - 01/29/10
A Boise wolf advocate has used a public records request to get the names of hunters who reported killing a wolf in Idaho and posted all 122 names on a Web site.
Rick Hobson also bought an ad in the Idaho Statesman that directed people to the Web site.

Facing up to the perils of Facebook - 01/29/10
Facebook is taking on a life of its own and Winnipeg school boards are taking notice. School officials for River East Transcona School Division discovered this the hard way.

China to block 'vulgar' text messages - 01/29/10
Censorship in China is being extended to mobile phone text messages, as state-owned mobile telcos say they will block any SMS messages that do not meet the strict requirements of the country's net nannies.

Scammers exploit Apple iPad fever - 01/29/10
Cyber conmen are cashing in on hype surrounding Apple's iPad.
Security firms have come across attempts to subvert search engines to catch out those seeking more information about the tablet.

Enact stronger law on threatening Web posts - 01/28/10
This is undoubtedly one case where there ought to be a law. Society must catch up to the malevolence all too prevalent on the Internet. Some should be deemed criminal.

For your eyes only: employee privacy on employer systems - 01/28/10
Where is the line between an employee's right to privacy and an employer's right to monitor its employees while on company time or using company equipment or networks? How is an employer charged with preventing harassment supposed to effectively monitor the large volume of communications between its employees? While the law has yet to establish bright-line answers to these questions, recent legal developments provide some guidance.

Internet enhances stalking capabilities - 01/28/10
Advancements in technology have allowed the human race to communicate with one another easier and more effectively than ever before.
According to Charlotte Gunsolley, Victim Advocate at the Children & Family Center of Northwest Missouri, they’ve also made the art of stalking easier and more effective, as well.

Social networking breeds new degree of stalking - 01/28/10
Searching out childhood friends, high school classmates, and even an old crush has never been easier. Social media sites, like Facebook, have become the modern high school reunion. Now, instead of only getting the chance to see an old pal every five or ten years to catch up on life, technology has made it a possibility in every second of every day.

Council Twitter users face rebuke - 01/28/10
Councillors in Cornwall could face being reported to the authority's standards committee for using social networking sites.

Cyclist supporter alleges road rage incident - 01/28/10
The Christchurch editor of a sport website embroiled in an online war of words between cyclists and motorists was himself allegedly assaulted in a road rage incident this morning.

Sick Facebook Imposter Targets Dead Troops Families - 01/27/10
THE families of dozens of soldiers killed in action have fallen victim to a sick Facebook hoaxer. The heartless imposter used the networking site to target heroes' widows and mothers.

Ex-deputy charged with office threat - 01/27/10
A former Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with a felony for an alleged e-mail threat he sent to other deputies in November.

Teen sexting: Technological trend can lead to tragic consequences - 01/27/10
Sexting ­ using cell phones to send explicitly sexual photos ­ is a growing teenage trend with potentially devastating results. In an effort to get teens to think before they hit that "send" button, the office of Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper has developed an informational program for local schools and parent groups.

Slimmers warned over fake weight-loss drugs - 01/26/10
Slimmers were warned of the dangers of buying medicines from unregulated websites last night, after fake versions of a leading weight-loss drug were discovered in the US.


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