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WHO@ Newsletter - November 28, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Low quality spares pot grower jail

Prosecutors in Sweden said a man on trial for growing marijuana was spared jail due to the low quality of his plants.

The Varmland court heard the 35-year-old man had grown the plants at his home for his personal use before they were discovered by police and he was arrested, The Local reported Friday.

However, tests conducted on the plants found very low levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, so the man was spared a prison sentence, prosecutors said.

"That's an evaluation that the court will make. If (the drugs) don't work, it could lead to a milder sentence," said Sara Malmhester of the Swedish Prosecution Authority. "The level (of THC) in the drugs affects the sentence, since a better plant produces more of the drug to be abused."

Prosecutor Ludmila Pro…

WHO@ Newsletter - November 21, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Boring Conference attracts 400
The second annual Boring Conference in London attracted 400 people Saturday ready for talks on topics like the view from parking garage roofs.

James Ward, the organizer, told The Independent he is afraid the success of last year's conference -- which originated as a joke on Twitter -- means this one may be too interesting. The attendees include a documentary film crew from Canada to record the proceedings.

The speakers this year include an expert on the hot-air hand-dryer who has installed one in his home. Ward is scheduled to spend 10 minutes on the first decade of "Which," a pioneering consumer magazine that guided Britons in the 1950s and 1960s through subjects like how to use a refrigerator.

Another speaker will discuss how parking garages, ugly inside, often reward drivers with gorgeous views from the top le…

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Visit public schools and talk to students about stayer safer online - Pepsi Refresh Project

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Visit public schools and talk to students about stayer safer online - Pepsi Refresh Project

Guest blogger: 5 Reasons We All Need to Take Online Security Seriously

5 Reasons We All Need to Take Online Security Seriously

--Philip J Reed, on behalf of Westwood College (

More and more aspects of our lives move online every day. Our professional lives, our personal lives, our financial lives, and sometimes even our love lives become entangled in the world of the internet. As a result, online security is more important than ever…yet many people remain unaware of the very real risks that they face. We all know the importance of locking our doors and of not leaving our keys in the car, but cyber security is equally important. Here are five reasons why.

1. Your money can be stolen.
As we do more shopping and banking online, we potentially expose things like our credit card, bank account numbers and investment holdings to the online ether. This leaves a number of opportunities for your financial data to become compromised. Your credit card could be intercepted over an insecure connection, or a cybercriminal could simply break in…

WHO@ Newsletter - November 14, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Tell-tale footprints snag alleged robber
Police said they captured an alleged bank robber by following his footprints in the snow to an Ogden, Utah, apartment where he was hiding with the money.

Lt. Troy Burnett said a 27-year-old man came into the Alliance Credit Union about 12:55 p.m. Saturday, handed a teller a note demanding money and left on foot after the bank employee complied, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

A witness followed the alleged robber to an apartment complex, later leading police officers there.

Burnett said they picked up the man's trail, following his footprints left in the snow to the apartment where he lived and where they found all the stolen money.

The unnamed perpetrator, who allegedly made a full confession, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree felony robbery.

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