WHO@ Newsletter - December 20, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .How sweet!
Santa lends a knee for surprise marriage proposal
Santa has conspired with a love-struck California man by lending a knee for a surprise marriage proposal.

Jenny Hoang took a friend's boys to see Santa at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Sunday, and she was helping the kids off Santa's lap when Old St. Nick waved her back. Santa told the 27-year-old she's been very good and there's a special gift for her.

Her boyfriend of nine years, Jonathan Nguyen, suddenly emerged, got down on a knee and proposed.

She said yes, then slid off Santa's lap and kneeled down so Jonathan could slip a ring on her finger.

The groom-to-be, who is also 27, told the Orange County Register he secretly enlisted the help of the shopping mall and Santa to pull off the surprise.

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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)

Employee Arrested For Cyber Stalking - 12/18/10
A complaint about an employee being drunk at work ends with the same employee being arrested for cyber stalking. On Friday deputies responded to PCB Piezotronics in Halifax, after 55-year-old Michael Starke apparently showed up drunk for work and caused a disturbance.

Wellman-Union teacher pleads guilty to online harassment - 12/17/10
A Wellman-Union teacher indicted for having an inappropriate relationship with a student pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Jennifer Beadles, 36, pleaded guilty to online harassment, which is a Class-A misdemeanor. She received two years deferred adjudication and 80 hours of community service.

Angry neighbor, now guilty hacker - 12/17/10
When he posed as somebody else on the Internet, Barry Ardolf was the bravest of souls ­ he sent e-mails with child pornography, accused a Minneapolis lawyer of sexual harassment and even threatened to kill the vice president and governor. But Friday in a federal courtroom, his cyber facade stripped away, the Blaine man was a sniveling defendant who had trouble answering a simple "yes" when a judge asked him if he was guilty of the crimes he'd been charged with.

Government should rein in web ‘stalking’ - 12/17/10
The Obama administration has rejected a unanimous Federal Trade Commission recommendation that it create a voluntary do-not-track program to allow Internet users to limit the ability of online companies to track their browsing habits. Tracking browsing habits of Internet users essentially allows companies to silently stalk consumers.

Dangers, Downfalls Of 'Checking In' On Social Web Sites - 12/15/10
Smart phone users can easily let the world know where they are at any particular moment. The practice is know as "checking in" and police said it is a practice that comes with several dangers.

Couple accused of harassing representative-elect want charges thrown out - 12/15/10
An Andover husband and wife accused of targeting state Rep.-elect Jim Lyons and his family two years ago in an alleged Internet harassment campaign are due back in court today with hopes of having the charges thrown out.

Man accused of stalking Scottsdale high school student - 12/15/10
A Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly stalking a Scottsdale high school student. According to a Scottsdale police report, the 16-year-old alleged victim told Saguaro High School's police resource officer on Tuesday that she was being stalked by an adult male who was in the school parking lot. When officers spoke with 25-year-old Michael Guthier, they say he incriminated himself to the fact that he and the victim had been in an Internet and cell phone relationship for six months.

Detective mother 'tracked down sex attacker on Facebook after she was almost raped' - 12/15/10
A mother who was almost raped on the way home from a pub turned detective to track down the alleged sex attacker by finding him on Facebook using his unusual name. Alpha Gray has pleaded not guilty to attempted rape, sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm in the trial at the Old Bailey.

NY man in Maine court for cyberstalking his wife - 12/14/10
A 27-year-old New York man is facing federal charges he stalked his wife at her parents' Maine home by sending her a series of threatening text messages and comments that were posted on a social networking site. Jason Fiume of Utica, N.Y., pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he violated a protection order.

Authorities: E-mail hacking leads to cyberstalking charge - 12/14/10
A Charlotte man was arrested for allegedly stalking a Kings Mountain woman. William Patterson, 46, of the 6000 block of Riverine Drive, was charged with cyberstalking.

Alexis A. Moore's latest book A Parent's Guide to Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying now available! - 12/14/10
Every day you hear another statistic about victims of cyberbullying. Teens and tweens unknowingly invite strangers into their worlds. They provide the ammunition for these strangers to emotionally tear them down when online relationships fall apart, as they typically do with teens.

Snellville youth football group in upheaval over coach's racist posts - 12/14/10
A youth football coach’s racist ramblings on Facebook have created a rift in a posh metro Atlanta community, with angry parents promising to show up and oust Brookwood Football Association leaders in a Tuesday night election showdown.

"Double Killer" in taunt on Facebook - 12/14/10
SUSPECTED double killer Michael Kelly posted a bizarre Facebook message just before the woman who left him was found dead yesterday. He wrote: "What a lovely job. Still, someone's got to do it!"

The taunt of an apparent Facebook thief - 12/14/10
The e-mail from my son was urgent; the subject line read simply "help." My wife and I ran to the car, dialed 911 and headed home, where D.C. police officers were just arriving as we pulled in. Sometime between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Friday, a burglar busted through our basement door -- simply kicked through the 80-year-old wood panels -- and took a bunch of stuff. My son, 15, got hit hardest; his laptop, iPod, savings bonds and cash were gone.

Online flirting: it's all about lip service - 12/14/10
"Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?," asked Shakespeare. Now, women of the world have replied: "No, just tell me I have beautiful lips." A new survey of online flirting by dating website Badoo.com has found that the best Internet chat-up line for men to use is: "You have beautiful lips."


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