WHO@ Newsletter - January 3, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Talk about cold feet - literally!
Pa. couple wed on boat, take chilly river plunge

A Pennsylvania couple took a frigid plunge to symbolize taking another plunge ­ their marriage.

Judy Herilla and Adam Lipinski were among hundreds of members of the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club who jumped into the Monongahela River on New Year's Day.

Unlike the others, they had just gotten married aboard a water taxi.

Herilla, of Springdale, wore a veil and a long purple-and-white tutu with her swimsuit. Lipinski wore a T-shirt with a tuxedo design and shorts.

They had considered waiting to get married until Nov. 11, so their anniversary would be 11-11-11, but settled for 1-1-11 and jumping into the 37-degree water.

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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)

OMG! Ban in classes may be case of CUL8R - 01/03/11
To many area students, the news may seem 2G2BT. With cellphones at their desks, they can already imagine the possibilities . . . and we aren’t just talking about texting each other. And even if a newly revised policy softening the ban on personal electronic devices (PEDs) ­ including cellphones, Blackberries and iPod Touches ­ in area Catholic schools opens the door to texting heaven, it will be worth it, said one teacher. “If we allow students to use their personal devices for learning, in my experience they respond positively and you have less off-task behaviour, said Danika Barker.

Scams achieve a new level of sophistication - 01/03/11
If you think you’re too smart to fall for an Internet scam, you’re probably kidding yourself. The scammers are far more sophisticated than most people realize, said Louis Dirienzo, a U.S. postal inspector.

Four nursing students expelled from university after posting pictures of themselves posing with a human placenta on Facebook - 01/03/11
Four students who posed for photos with a human placenta have been expelled from a nursing course after posting one of the pictures on Facebook. One of the students, Doyle Byrnes, has filed a complaint in a Kansas district court seeking to force Johnson County Community College to reinstate her before classes resume on January 19.

British couple arrested for 'abusing children and posting footage online for international paedophile ring' - 01/03/11
A British couple who allegedly abused their son and daughter online while others watched have been arrested after police smashed an international paedophile ring. The pair, who have not been named, were running an 'open naturist' website for parents who also abused their children, according to police.

I will not stalk my ex on Facebook, and other social media resolutions - 01/02/11
On Christmas day 2009, my ex defriended me on Foursquare and stopped following me on Twitter. Fair enough, I suppose. I didn’t need to know what bars he was going to and he didn’t need to read my 140-character self-deprecations. But I noticed his unfollow immediately and I cried, really hard. Three glasses of mulled cider later and I began to meditate on the aspects of sharing our lives, our work and our love online.

Insights and Tips on Cyber-Bullying - 01/01/11
Cyber bullying is on the rise, but parents and schools often have little idea what they can do proactively to reduce the effects of cyber-bullying in their family or group. Two out of three children have experienced bullying via the Internet or mobile phones, according to a survey by Telenor in 2008 in Norway. The survey also shows that parents are uncertain about what to do about this kind of bullying.

Craigslist scam snags woman - 01/02/11
She took pictures of the seller, of the car and took down information from the man’s driver’s license, but that wasn’t enough to save a 33-year-old Knoxville woman from becoming the victim of a Craigslist scam in Alcoa.

Trial date moved for College Place woman in cyberstalking, threats - 12/31/10
A new trial date has been set for a College Place woman accused of sending e-mails threatening to kill local judges and a state Supreme Court justice in 2008, as well as stalking her former boyfriend and stealing his identity.

Abuse of teachers by pupils sparks email call - 12/30/10
Scottish teachers have been warned not to pass details of their personal email accounts to pupils after a spate of abusive cyber attacks. The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) issued the call after an increase in email harassment during the current cold weather.

Recovering After Your Email Is Hacked - 12/30/10
It could happen to you. An unbelievable computer hoax that took many people by surprise. Investigators call it the 419 scam or the Nigerian scam.

Facebook 'paedophile' grooms schoolchildren by posing as new classmate - 12/30/10
A suspected paedophile is attempting to groom schoolchildren on Facebook by posing as their new classmate. Hundreds of warning letters have been sent to worried parents in Cambridgeshire after police discovered the predator was contacting pupils.

SC man sentenced to 2 years in Nigerian money scam - 12/29/10
A Greenville man has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in an e-mail scam. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 39-year-old Kenneth Ojua also was ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in restitution.

2010's best Nigerian Scam e-mail - 12/28/10
AS YOU ENJOY our Year in Review special issue, I’d like to present to you something near and dear to my heart: My choice for the year’s best Nigerian Scam letter. Longtime readers will know of my abiding love and connoisseur’s appreciation for the highly creative, if quite illegal, literary genre known as the “Nigerian Scam”: A time–honored technique – originating in but not limited to Africa – of using creative writing to tug on the heartstrings, and wallets, of the gullible and the stupid.

Cyberbullying: Latest trend of digital aggression presents new dangers to students - 12/28/10
Smartphones, the world wide web and social networking sites have forever altered the way in which individuals interact with information, the world at large and with each other.

Ten things Web users should fear in 2011 - 12/28/10
As in the real world, cyberspace has bad neighborhoods. But unlike the real world, risks in cyberspace are not easy to spot -- and the location of those digital bad neighborhoods can change all the time. When security experts look back at 2010, they will see a major turning point in the world of cyberscares. The virtual and the real collided in new, dramatic ways during the past 12 months, and the Internet will never be the same.

Shouldn't We Fix The Check Clearing Loophole That So Many Scammers Abuse? - 12/28/10
Slashdot points us to a recent story about a guy who lost his lawsuit against a bank, over a variation on a classic Nigerian email scam. The scam is one we've discussed many times in the past: somehow the victim gets a big check, which they're expected to deposit in a bank. After the check "clears," the victim/recipient is supposed to transfer a large chunk of that money to the scammer, on the belief that they get to keep whatever is left over.


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