WHO@ Newsletter - June 7, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Talk about snail mail

Woman goes to pick up mail, gets trapped 4 hours
A woman making a stop to pick up her mail from a post office in Michigan ended up trapped inside for four hours because of a door malfunction. WJBK-TV reported the post office in Willis about 28 miles southwest of Detroit was closed Thursday evening when the woman stopped by but the post office box area was open. After she went inside to get her mail, she couldn't get out.

Another woman saw her when she was mailing letters and called 911.

Postal Service spokeswoman Shannon LaBruyere said something in the mechanical mechanism on the door prevented it from opening. LaBruyere said the woman was understanding about the "unfortunate fluke."

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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)

How 'BT Sarah' spies on your Facebook account: secret new software allows BT and other firms to trawl internet looking for disgruntled customers - 06/06/10
Some of Britain’s biggest firms were last night accused of ‘spying’ on their customers after they admitted ‘listening in’ on disgruntled conversations on the internet.
The companies include BT, which uses specially developed software to scan for negative comments about it on websites including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe - 06/06/10
Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, Wired.com has learned.

New Orleans man innocent of 'cyberstalking' his ex-girlfriend - 06/06/10
A 24-year-old New Orleans man walked free last week from a charge of cyberstalking, after beating allegations in court that he harassed his ex-girlfriend with a barrage of cell-phone calls and text messages last year.

Woodland Hills-based lawyer wages war on Craigslist 'cyber-stalker' - 06/06/10
They have never shaken hands nor spoken by phone. But Woodland Hills attorney Richard Gibson and Los Angeles screenwriter Justin Swingle have become entangled in a virtual war of words – one marked by name-calling and finger-pointing, suspicion and threats – all because of posts on Craigslist.org.

Granny Charged With Stalking Neighbors - Threatens To Beat Victim’s Advocate With Metal Cane - 06/06/10
Cape Coral, Florida (The Weekly Vice) Viola Heineman, an 81-year-old Florida woman, was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly stalked a neighbor and then attempted to beat a victim's advocate with her cane. According to the Cape Coral Police Department, Heineman repeatedly harassed a neighbor and her son, chastising the woman's son for being gay. Heineman also accused the mother of being sexually promiscuous, stating that she was "lifting her legs for any man out there."

Port St. Lucie girl’s suicide points up frustration with lack of laws as bullying grows - 06/05/10
When an 11-year-old Port St. Lucie girl hanged herself in her bedroom last month after fighting with classmates, her parents wanted criminal charges brought against somebody. When none were, they made their outrage clear. "We are disturbed by the police department's findings in their investigation that there was no crime against our daughter," the parents of Celina Okwuone said in a May 27 statement. "We know that harm was done, whether it can be proven in a court of law or not."

Guy Charged With Harassment For Sending Email Complaint To Senator Jim Bunning - 06/04/10
We've talked multiple times about the problems with various online "harassment" laws, many of which are written so broadly as to outlaw using email to try to "annoy" someone. Basically, they try to outlaw being a jerk, which doesn't seem to make sense if you believe in the First Amendment.

Virgin sacks staff over internet porn - 06/04/10
More than 20 Virgin Blue staff and managers from Sydney and Brisbane airports have been sacked for repeatedly using the airline's computers to view and swap pornography.

Authorities Using Facebook To Crack Down On Cyberbullying, Underage Drinking - 06/03/10
A group of law enforcement officials met in State College Thursday morning to kick off a two-day event training officers to utilize social networking sites in investigations. According to Portsmouth police Capt. Corey MacDonald from New Hampshire, police officers across Pennsylvania are learning to incorporate MySpace.com and Facebook.com searches when tipped off to underage drinking parties or online harassment.

Divorce attorneys catching cheaters on Facebook - 06/02/10
Before the explosion of social media, Ken Altshuler, a divorce lawyer in Maine, dug up dirt on his client’s spouses the old-fashioned way: with private investigators and subpoenas. Now the first place his team checks for evidence is Facebook.

Online lonely-hearts scam is costing Britons millions of pounds - 06/01/10
Single Britons looking for love on online dating sites and in lonely hearts columns are being duped out of hundreds of millions of pounds every year by fraudsters from West Africa. Gangs in Nigeria and Ghana are creating fictitious online profiles with photos of attractive men and women and sending hundreds of thousands of e-mails and letters each month.

Police investigate Habbo Hotel virtual furniture theft - 06/01/10
Thieves have struck again in the virtual world Habbo Hotel. Finnish police are investigating up to 400 cases of theft, with some members reporting the loss of up to €1000 (£840) worth of virtual furniture and other items, according to Detective Sergeant Marko Levonen.


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