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North Lake Tahoe Bonanza (NV)

by Jo Rafferty

October 25, 2005

Sheriff's offices in Douglas County and Carson City as well as the Washoe tribe are joining forces in the war against methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

A legal agreement between the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California police and the counties could be finalized by next week, and would allow for the law enforcement officials to assist during emergencies on tribal lands.

business.timesonline.co.uk

by Rhys Blakely

October 19, 2005

Google could be forced to rebrand its e-mail service across the whole of Europe following its failure to properly register "Gmail", according to a leading trade mark lawyer.

It is estimated Google could have run up a legal bill totalling hundreds of thousands pounds in its attempts to register Gmail as a trade mark in the European Union. But the real hit could be the loss of face the company could now suffer if it is forced to ditch the brand across the territory. The internet search company announced today that it had dropped the "Gmail" name in the UK, following a long-running dispute with London-based Independent II Research (IIIR), a tiny British financial research team, which claims to hold the right to use the trademark.

media.guardian.co.uk

by Dominic Timms

October 19, 2005

Google has backed down in a trademark dispute over its new email service, forcing it to rebrand its UK service as Google Mail.

The internet giant said it had refused to bow to "exorbitant" demands - believed to be around $50m - from a British company that has applied for the Gmail trademark and would rename its UK service from this morning. Independent International Investment Research claims it registered the trademark in May 2002, two years before Google chose the name for its new email service. Rather than face further protracted negotiations, Google said it had decided to abandon the Gmail name, despite what it described as IIIR's "tenuous" claim.

World Net Daily

October 18, 2005

Second-Amendment defenders are urging Congress to defeat an amendment slipped into an otherwise favorable bill that would require licensed gun dealers to supply a trigger-lock device with every handgun sold.

The underlying bill " H.R. 800, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act " would help protect the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by cities, municipalities and radical anti-gun interest groups, said Gun Owners of America, or GOA.

World Net Daily

October 14, 2005

A matter of $1.16 in unpaid taxes has led to the arrest of a former Miss Ohio. Deborah Combs of Loveland, Ohio, says she was pulled over and treated as if she were a violent criminal.

"One sheriff approached my car with his hand on his gun," she told WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. "Another sheriff from the other side of the car leaned in to me and said, 'Are you Deborah Combs' ... We've got a warrant for your arrest.' I was absolutely shocked!"

The Oregonian

October 13, 2005

The methamphetamine epidemic that has spread to every corner of Oregon apparently has now even crept up to the state Capitol. Salem police are investigating state Rep. Kelley Wirth, for alleged possession of meth.

Police say they found "user amounts" of meth in Wirth's car last month after the lawmaker was allegedly intentionally struck in front of the Capitol and injured by a car driven by Lisa Temple. Mendez claimed he had a longstanding sexual relationship with Wirth, an allegation the lawmaker has denied.

insurancejournal.com

October 13, 2005

New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey has signed into law a package of identity theft safeguards with some of the toughest protections in the nation against such fraud.

Consumer advocates have hailed the new law as a model for other states and Congress. The New Jersey law allows all consumers to place a security freeze on their credit files to prevent identity thieves from opening new accounts in their names.

WPVI-TV (PA)

October 7, 2005

BETHLEHEM - A language arts teacher at East Hills Middle School in Bethlehem was arrested for allegedly soliciting a 13-year-old female student for sex and telling her, "I'll get you" if she told authorities, police said.

According to court records, Lebowitz sent instant messages to a 13-year-old female student in February 2003 indicating he wanted to take her to Mexico to marry her when she turned 14, and detailing sex acts he wanted to perform.

boingboing.net

by Cory Doctorow

October 6, 2005

Now the "lynx user" has been found guilty of unlawful intrusion, and has changed his story. He says that he wasn't just using nonstandard browser, but that'd he'd also probed the system when his attempt to make a donation had failed and he got a suspicion

Stephen de Vries sez, "The details of this case are important to understand exactly how absurd the verdict was. What Daniel actually did to 'knock on the door' was to insert a ../../../ character sequence into the web address and a single quote into the credit card field - THROUGH HIS BROWSER. He did not use any attack 'tools' or 'probes' other than Internet Explorer. Furthermore, typing these sequences into a browser does not an attack make - it only proves that a website may be vulnerable. It takes a hell of a lot more effort to actually gain any form of unauthorized access to the site. Daniel did none of this, he only typed the sequences and watched the responses - and don't forget, he actually donated the £30 p towards the fund using his real credit card and personal details.

KLAS-TV (NV)

by Cindy Cesare

October 5, 2005

School teacher Mark Zana was arrested last week on charges he inappropriately touched students and had child pornography on his computer. Now police believe there may be more victims.

Eyewitness News has learned from the chief deputy district attorney that more victims are coming forward saying they too were molested by Kesterson Elementary School teacher Mark Zana, who is 37 years old.

      
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