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Woman sues after being held 'hostage'
by Jamiel Lynch
July 29, 2014
A woman from Carbondale claims she suffered emotional and mental distress during an active shooter training exercise she claims she didn't know she was a part of.
Michelle Meeker is suing the Carbondale police chief and an officer. Her employer, the Heritage Park Care Center, where the exercise occurred October 13, 2013, is also listed in the complaint. In a complaint received by 9NEWS Tuesday, Meeker claims she was taken hostage by a man with a gun while at work at the assisted living center in Carbondale. Meeker says the gunman held her against her will while she begged for her life. According to the complaint, what she did not know at the time was that the man with the gun was a Carbondale police officer, and it was all a part of an active shooter drill that was taking place. Meeker claims that she was not informed of the training and suffered severe mental and emotional distress since the incident.
De-Railing Security Bugs
A List Apart
by Jeff Lembeck
February 5, 2013
Security should always be at the forefront of your mind when developing on the web, and for Ruby and Rails developers that has definitely been the case recently.
Multiple exploitations over the last month have sounded the alarms for anyone that has a Ruby or Ruby on Rails app deployed. How does this affect you? These bugs allow "attackers to bypass authentication systems, inject arbitrary SQL, inject and execute arbitrary code, or perform a DoS attack on a Rails application." To break that down: the attacker will have the full ability to run code on your system. With this security opening, they can now take over your server, and it doesn't stop there.
How did America's police become a military force on the streets?
by Radley Balko
July 1, 2013
Are cops constitutional? In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question.
Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn't allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document's spirit and intent. "Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police ofﬁcers were unknown," Roots writes. The founders and their contemporaries would probably have seen even the early-19th-century police forces as a standing army, and a particularly odious one at that. Just before the American Revolution, it wasn't the stationing of British troops in the colonies that irked patriots in Boston and Virginia; it was England's decision to use the troops for everyday law enforcement.
Jobs 'Saved or Created' in Congressional Districts That Don't Exist
by Jonathan Karl
November 16, 2009
In Arizona's 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending.
At least that's what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says. There's one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.
Chicago Voter Database Hacked
ABC News (IL)
by Jake Tapper and Rebecca Abrahams
October 23, 2006
As if there weren't enough concerns about the integrity of the vote, a non-partisan civic organization today claimed it had hacked into the voter database for the 1.35 million voters in the city of Chicago.
Bob Wilson, an official with the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project hacked the database, which contains detailed information about hundreds of thousands of Chicago voters, including their Social Security numbers, and dates of birth.
The Real Cost Of Abolishing Estate Tax
ABC News 7
by Mark Matthews
March 2, 2007
The President is trying once again to eliminate the estate tax and his critics have come up with some extreme comparisons on who it will impact.
Senator Bernie Sanders has compiled a list of what he calls the winners and losers. The family that owns the Nordstrom department stores? Sanders figures they'd get to save $826 million dollars if the tax is repealed.
Surprise man charged with DUI, documents show drug recognition experts said no impairment present
by Christopher Sign
June 9, 2013
Jessie Thornton sleeps during the day and runs errands and works out during the night. "My wife, she's an ER nurse and works three 12-hour shifts, so I adjusted my schedule to be like her schedule," said Thornton.
The 64-year-old retired firefighter moved to a Surprise retirement community from Ohio. Jessie says his late hours have put him in the police spotlight. "I've been stopped 10 times in Surprise and given four tickets, it's amazing," said Thornton. His latest incident with Surprise police officers prompted Thornton to hire a lawyer with plans to sue the department. Around 11 p.m. Thornton, according to Surprise Police Department paperwork, was pulled over for crossing the white line in his lane. "He (the officer) walked up and he said 'I can tell you're driving DUI by looking in your eyes,'" said Thornton. The 64-year-old says his eyes could have been red because he had just left LA Fitness where he was in the pool swimming.
Is Arizona doing enough to protect children from potentially dangerous parents?
October 30, 2011
HEAR ME OUT: Is the state doing enough to protect children from potentially dangerous parents? There's a debate on whether or not the current system with CPS is ideal.
The State uses Child Protective Services employees to monitor potentially dangerous situations. CPS states on its website that the organization "receives, screens and investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect." Employees with CPS have recently been criticized for not doing enough to protect children who have died while in the care of their legal guardian or a foster home.
Orient Road Jail cleared out to handle RNC arrests
by Sarina Fazan
August 22, 2012
A big factor during the RNC is the potential for a large number of arrests. In anticipation, in an unprecedented move, Hillsborough County jail officials announced one facility is completely cleared and essentially reconstructed just for the RNC.
The man in charge, Colonel Jim Previtera, took charge as he walked us through the Orient Road Jail. The colonel began in the carport, where, he said, "The inmates will be unloaded, they will be searched and walked through a metal detector which has been added for this event." The entire facility has been transformed. At around noon Wednesday, the last of the inmates, excluding a dozen or so trustees prepared to handle cooking and cleaning duties, were moved out to nearby Falkenburg Road Jail. Anyone arrested during the RNC will be brought to Orient Road Jail.
California Governor Signs Stringent Gun Bills, Vetoes Others
by Jonathan J. Cooper
July 1, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales, as California Democrats seek to strengthen gun laws.
Brown vetoed five other bills, including requirement to register homemade firearms and report lost or stolen weapons to authorities. The Democratic governor's action is consistent with his mixed record on gun control . Some of the enacted bills duplicate provisions of a November ballot measure by Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Some of the vetoed measures also appear in Newsom's initiative.
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