Jul 15

Suspect in gay bar attack dies after gunfight with police

Sunday, February 5, 2006

The man who was suspected of attacking three men in a gay bar in Massachusetts died early Sunday morning after being shot in a gun battle with Arkansas State Police.

Jacob D. Robida, 18, fled Massachusetts on Friday after a warrant was put out for his arrest in the aforementioned gay bar attack. Along the way he picked up his girlfriend, 33-year-old Jennifer Rena Bailey, in Charleston, West Virginia. Robida was pulled over in a traffic stop by Gassville, Arkansas Police Officer Jim Sell. Sell asked Robida to get out of the car, and Robida shot him three times before getting back in the car and leaving. A witness called 911, but Sell died at the scene.

Robida led Baxter County, Arkansas sheriff’s officers and Arkansas State Police officers on a high-speed chase. Robida ran over spike strips in Norfolk and drove on two flat tires for a while. He ultimately wrecked his car into some parked vehicles while trying to avoid a roadblock on Arkansas State Road 5. Robida shot at the officers, who returned fire, shooting Robida twice in the head. Bailey was killed in the gunfight; though some witness said Robida shot her before firing on the officers, an autopsy and forensic investigation will determine how she died.

Robida was rushed to Cox-South Hospital in Springfield, Arkansas, where he was pronounced dead at 3:38 a.m. CST (0938 UTC).

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Jul 15

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Using Joomla Content Management For Your Business


Cordell George

I am a Web Developer & I own a Web Design & SEO firm based in Melbourne, Australia. Over the last 9 years, I have developed many websites and worked with many different content management systems. I have designed and built my own content management systems and I have seen many half done open source systems come and go. So, it comes as no surprise that over the last 9 years that the calls by many clients for a more complete open source CMS solution have been answered by an open source solution. This article is about one of the best open source content management systems available, Joomla and I walk you through the potential benefits that Joomla can provide for your business.

So, what is Joomla! ?

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Joomla! is an award-winning, web based, Content Management System(CMS) that provides its users with the ability to add, edit and delete content. Content is the meat of a website, everything on the site, from page titles and images to text and placement on the page. It is simple for even non-technical users to add or edit content, update images, and to manage the vital data that makes your company run. Anybody with basic word processing skills can easily learn to manage a Joomla! site. So what this means to the many non-programmers in the business World, is a freedom. The freedom to modify your website without need of hiring a html developer or web programmer just to update one image or change some text. So what is the catch? well, there really isn’t one! Joomla! is open source and is released under the GPL/GNU Licence so that means its free for anyone to use as long as licenses within the code remain intact!

Currently Joomla powers millions of websites Worldwide, from the United Nations and Porsche Brazil to websites for smaller businesses with more modest design budgets. Joomla offers a versatility in how it can be used and who it can be used by. Of course for more complex jobs of modifying design and your own look and feel you might need to hire a designer, however this task is made easier because Joomla is so popular. To find qualified web designers who have used Joomla in the past, it is very easy, a simple search on one of the many freelance designer-for-hire websites on the Internet. You can even post your individual project and have designers bid on your project and you can make your selection from the bidders.

From my experience most people have no trouble understanding the basics necessary to edit content and pages and given that Joomla has such an active and growing community of more than 40,000 users and developers it is quite easy to find information online. Using the simple, browser-based interface you will be able to easily add new news items, manage staff information, job listings, product images, and create an unlimited amount of sections or content pages on your website.

From my web design experience I know that with very little configuration, Joomla! does a fantastic job of managing the web content needed to make a business website run. However for many people, the true power of Joomla! lies in its ability to be modified with components and modules. There are literally hundreds & hundreds of component addons and plugins that add to the base Joomla website system framework so that it can be molded into suiting your business processes better. For example, there are extensions to make the website an ecommerce website, to make the website a property management website or a complex download repository.

In few short words it might be worthwhile exploring Joomla for your next website as it provides you with diverse flexibility and a level of control of your content not present 5 years ago.

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Jul 15

US survey finds advertising contributes to increased underage drinking

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

A survey to test whether exposure to alcohol advertisements affects alcohol consumption by young people found that advertising does contribute to increased drinking, including among underage drinkers.

Researchers from the University of Connecticut surveyed 15 to 26 year olds, who reported their alcohol consumption over the previous month. The research then correlated this with the respondent’s exposure to advertisement, and the money spent by companies on alcohol ads. The alcohol industry’s measured media expenditure is roughly $1.8 billion per year.

The study found that those youngsters exposed to more ads also drank more, and that markets with greater alcohol advertising expenditures also had greater alcohol consumption. These findings also oheld for drinking by those younger than the legal drinking age of 21 years.

Alcohol use by the youth has been a matter of public concern, as it has been linked with lowered educational performance, risky sexual activity, motor accidents and addiction. Other surveys have found that underage drinkers account for 20% of alcohol consumption. Alcohol advertising is not subject to federal legislation, the industry follows a voluntary code of conduct.

While many studies have found an association between alcohol advertising and use, the question of whether the link is a causal one is still unanswered. The present survey uses market-level measures of advertising to address criticism of previous studies that relying on self-reported exposure to advertisements might be biased as those who drink may be more likely to pay attention to, and remember the ads.

The study found greater ad-spending in a market was related to both higher levels of youth drinking and steeper increases in drinking over time, which continued until respondents were in their mid-twenties. The link also held the other way: less alcohol advertising associated with less drinking, more modest increases in consumption over time during the respondents’ early twenties and a steady decline in consumption after this period. The results are consistent with findings from studies of advertising bans.

The study was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The industries voluntary guidelines specify that 70 percent of the audience for its advertising be at least 21 years old, the legal drinking age. Industry groups have claimed that its advertising affects only those older than the legal drinking age and that advertising at best causes brand switching. Reacting to the study, representatives of the alcohol industry in the UK, which has one of the highest youth drinking rates in Europe, said that there was a strict system in place controlling advertising. But studies have found that there is often greater concentrations of alcohol advertisements in media aimed at youth than at adults.

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Jul 15

California releases search warrant for Wells Fargo bank on identity theft

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The California Department of Justice on Wednesday released the warrant and affidavit of a criminal investigation of the Wells Fargo bank. The State of California served the warrant on October 5 to search the San Francisco headquarters of Wells Fargo for felonious activities related to identity theft.

The warrant said property to be seized at the bank’s San Francisco headquarters was related to the unauthorized creation of accounts by Wells Fargo employees including the names of individuals for the accounts; account information and fees; the names of employees and their managers who created accounts without the consent of the Wells Fargo customers in question; and all communications including emails referencing the unauthorised accounts.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s criminal probe is part of an increasing list of officials nationwide questioning the business practices of Wells Fargo such as California State Treasurer John Chiang who announced a one-year suspension of State investment with the bank on September 28; Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs followed suit with a year-long ban on October 3; and Democratic United States Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who wrote to the U.S. Security Exchanges Commission (SEC) suggesting investigation on September 29.

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Jul 15

Microsoft releases Windows Phone 7 to manufacturing

Friday, September 3, 2010

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows Mobile OS series, Windows Phone 7, had been released to manufacturing after more than 6 months of its development. The announcement outlined some of the changes in this version, and was generally positive about the milestone.

The term “release to manufacturing”, also known as “going gold”, is a term used to indicate that the software has reached a point that it is ready to be provided to the customer. After the event, Windows Phone 7 code has been locked down. The work in progress is the testing of Windows Phone 7 on other hardware, software, and networks. The structure of the system itself is not expected to be changed any more before the final release. “We are ready,” Terry Myerson said.

“Today is the day that the Windows Phone team has been driving towards, and we’re very excited to say that we’ve reached the biggest milestone for our internal team – the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7”, Terry Myerson announced in a post on the official Windows Phone Blog.

The internal testing of the system had been finished. It included usage of the operating system by the development team itself on regular basis, and millions of hours of automated tests daily, as Terry Myerson said: “We had nearly ten thousand devices running automated tests daily, over a half million hours of active self-hosting use, over three and a half million hours of stress test passes, and eight and a half million hours of fully automated test passes.”

The system is now named “Windows Phone” instead of “Windows Mobile”, with a redesigned user interface and a changed development environment, which is called “Windows Phone Developer Tools”. It features a combination of Silverlight, XNA technologies, and Visual Studio 2010 to make use of these possible in the applications developers create.

Microsoft did not confirm any planned commercial release date, calling October as an optimistic estimate.

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Jul 15

Don’t Miss Whale Watching Season In San Diego}

Submitted by: Darla Blackmon

If youre into the beach and sun then you may be surprised to learn that every year from December 15 through April 1 is the best time to visit San Diego, at least as far as whale watching is concerned. This four-month timeframe is when at least 25,000 Pacific grey whales make their annual ocean migration from the South Arctic to Baja California with a stop over along the coast of this southern California community.

Visitors to San Diego during whale watching season are spoiled for choice if they want to go on a harbor cruise adventure to look for the graceful creatures of the deep. Available cruise options range from intimate trips on small sailing boats to luxury excursions on gigantic charter yachts with enough room for a traveling family reunion.

During the whale migration season, Pacific grey whales are the most common sighting followed closely by blue whales and fins, pilots, orcas and minkes also make an appearance. As for other local marine life, harbor visitors should also be able to catch a glimpse of such exotic species as Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and bottlenose dolphins.

While the private trips on the smaller 40- to 46-foot yachts may seem a little pricey, these customized trips have much to recommend them as each passenger is treated like royalty while conducting their search for the whales, porpoises, dolphins and pelagic sea birds that infest the San Diego harbor area. Complimentary snacks and drinks are usually available too. The captains, part tour guide and part ships commander, are experienced folk who put on quite a show explaining local history, ocean trivia and sharing information about all the sea-life that are found along the way. In between whale sightings, the captain and his crew are also available to answer questions from passengers.

Those who prefer traveling in the lap of luxury and observing whales from the comfort of lavish yachts have plenty of options. Whale watching charters cruise the local oceans with such amenities as state-of-the-art sound systems and climate-controlled decks. The crew aboard these charter yachts are trained to care for passengers and pay attention to even the smallest details. This is a definitely a different type of adventure and tourists may want to plan for a longer trip. Whale watching in the afternoon, dinner at sunset followed by a moonlight cruise around the harbor.

When it comes to planning your whale watching excursion, it pays to do your homework. Each cruise programs offers different features. Some of the unique extras that you might find include: microphones that allow passengers to listen to the whales communicating under water or coupons to the aquarium. Some tours are led by guides from the nearby Birch Aquarium who provide interesting grey whale fact sheets, filled with information about the whales’ daily life.

The most important thing to look for when booking a cruise is whether or not the tour company offers a guarantee. Some tours will offer a voucher that allows passengers to cruise again for free if no whales are sighted during the tour.

A whale watching cruise in San Diego is something that should be on everyones to do list if they are spending time in southern California. Dont miss the opportunity to observe these breathtaking creatures up close, it doesnt come around every day.

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Honolulu man dies after fall into sewage-contaminated harbor

Saturday, April 8, 2006

A Honolulu man who fell into the sewage-contaminated Ala Wai Yacht Harbor died Thursday night of a massive bacterial infection that caused the loss of one of his legs, septic shock, and ultimately organ failure.

Oliver Johnson, 34, a Honolulu mortgage broker, died between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. HST Thursday (0715-0730 UTC Friday) when his family removed him from life support. On Friday, March 31, Johnson had apparently fallen into the waters of the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, located at the mouth of the Ala Wai Canal on the western side of Waikiki.

At the time, the canal and surrounding beaches were contaminated by over 48 million gallons of untreated sewage. The extent to which the sewage spill contributed to Johnson’s symptoms remains unclear.

Johnson earlier reported that he had fallen accidentally into the harbor, then later indicated that he had been involved in a fight on board a boat and had been pushed or thrown into the harbor waters. A security guard at Johnson’s apartment reported that he was bloodied and soaking wet, and that he stumbled into the lobby and collapsed. Paramedics took Johnson to Straub Hospital where he was treated and released.

Johnson reported steadily worsening leg pain that weekend and was admitted to Queen’s Hospital on Sunday with breathing difficulties. Doctors that night amputated his left leg above the knee to try to halt the spread of the infection, and Johnson was placed in a medically induced coma.

Initially suspecting that Johnson had contracted streptococcus-caused necrotizing fasciitis, doctors later found that Johnson had contracted three different bacteria, two of which, vibrio vulnificus and aeromonas hydrophila, have flesh-eating properties. Despite the amputation, Johnson’s condition steadily worsened to the point where doctors said that his other leg and left arm would also have needed to be amputated to save his life.

An autopsy performed by the Honolulu medical examiner’s office reported that Johnson had suffered from massive organ failure caused by septic shock. The medical examiner noted that Johnson had a vulnificus infection on his foot and suffered from chronic alcoholic liver disease which may have contributed to the infection’s taking hold.

The Honolulu Police Department has opened a third-degree assault case; with Johnson’s death, homicide detectives are also investigating. State health officials are also investigating Johnson’s illness.

Johnson’s family has retained an attorney to investigate the causes surrounding his illness and death. It is not clear yet whether any legal action will be taken.

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Jul 14

Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (RCA) pled guilty today to conspiring to take bribes in exchange for using his influence as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to help a defense contractor get business. In total he pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy, namely mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes. U.S. District judge Larry A. Burns scheduled Cunnigham to be sentenced on February 27. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and nearly $500,000 in fines, as well as forfeiture of unspecified amounts of cash and property.

In the court hearing, Cunningham admitted to accepting “bribes in exchange for performance of official duties” between “the year 2000 and June of 2005”, taking “both cash payments and payments in kind” and following up by “trying to influence the Defense Department”.

The federal investigation against Cunningham was triggered by his sale of his California residence to defense contractor Mitchell Wade in late 2003. However, Wade never moved in and sold the house at a $700,000 loss three quarters of a year later. At the same time Wade’s company MZM won tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts. Subsequent investigations discovered more questionable business transactions, including interactions with the defense contractor ADCS. In his plea agreement he testified that, among other charges, he “demanded, sought and received at least $2.4 million in illicit payments and benefits from his co-conspirators in various forms, including cash, checks, meals, travel, lodging, furnishings, antiques, rugs, yacht club fees, boat repairs and improvements, moving expenses, cars and boats.”

Cunningham announced his resignation after the hearing. In a written statement released by his law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP he declared “The truth is — I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”

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Jul 14

Jessica Watson becomes youngest solo sailor to sail the world

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Jessica Watson, a 16-year-old Australian, became the youngest person to sail around the world unassisted and alone when she arrived in Sydney Harbor earlier today.

Watson, from Buderim, Queensland, departed from Sydney October 18, last year. In 210 days, she traveled by herself for over 23,000 nautical miles on a 34-foot (10.4m) yacht, called Ella’s Pink Lady. Watson completed her journey days before her seventeenth birthday.

When Watson neared land, a large assortment of other watercraft began to parade alongside her yacht. She was greeted by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who called her “Australia’s newest hero.” However, Watson disagreed with the comment, saying, “I don’t consider myself a hero.” Rudd also congratulated her with a free driving lesson and a copy of the Australian “Keys to Drive” program.

Prior to her voyage, Watson caught some criticism when she first announced her intention to sail solo around the world. Some thought that she was too young and too inexperienced to safely travel alone, but Watson’s mother stated that she had been sailing since she was eight years old.

Last week, it was questioned whether Watson had sailed far enough past the Equator to satisfy the requirements for achieving the record. Watson’s record is unofficial because the World Speed Sailing Record Council no longer has a category for the sailors under eighteen.

Jesse Martin, also Australian, held the previous record in 1999, when he was eighteen.

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Jun 23

How To Fix Errors With Your Dynamic Link Library Files}

Submitted by: Robert Corter

Computers may look like a simple machine that helps in accomplishing tasks faster, but they actually are not. These machines heavily rely on data, and they cannot operate any program if the necessary data is not accessible. This is why computers have dynamic link libraries or DLLs. These files contain the data that the machine needs in order to successfully carry out the commands of the user and for your PC to run properly. These files are so important, that any damage to any DLL could result to grave consequences for your computer from the simple inability to operate certain programs, it can worsen until your whole device becomes dysfunctional.

Most DLL files are considered crucial for the operating system. This is because if any of the files that it contains were modified, it could result in serious problems for your PC. Some problems that can be encountered when problems with DLL files occur are as follows:

– When the problem is with the files related to the device drivers for the speakers, the sound quality of your computer may deteriorate

– Failures can be experienced whenever your update any of your drivers.

– System performance is significantly worse, with no explanation as to why this is so.

– The attempt to remove problematic drivers is unsuccessful

– Complicated errors on your system suddenly arise

– Blue screen of death message suddenly pops up while in the middle of using your PC

What are warning messages for this kind of problem?

Although computers rely on DLLs to function properly, it is still able to show error messages to inform you that something is wrong with your files. If your computer is showing error messages similar to the points stated below, a DLL file is probably the issue:

– Error message that the file missing, not found, or that the file is not located on the specified module where its supposed to be.

– Message that an application or program cannot be opened because a certain file is not found on your system.

How to solve errors with DLL files

There are steps that you can follow in order to eliminate this problem and get your computer to properly function again:

– Start by scanning your system for virus one of the main culprits when it comes to missing or corrupted files are viruses. These invaders can replace, delete, and move your files to another location including system files. This can be countered by running a virus check on your PC, quarantine affected files, and delete viruses detected by the program.

– Use the scannow or system file checker of Windows this feature could check if any of system files are missing, damaged, or corrupted so that they can be replaced. To run this command, simply go to the command prompt function of your computer and input the words sfc /scannow. Hit enter, and wait for your system to finish its scan.

– Update to the newest version, or go back to the old version of your device and hardware drivers the error message can appear whenever you try to use a particular device or hardware on your computer. In this case, you can consider installing their latest drivers. However, if the error message started to appear after installing the latest version, you have the option of using the older and error-free version of your computers drivers. This can also be achieved by using the system restore function of Windows.

– Update your operating system Microsoft regularly releases new service packs and patches so that your computers performance will always be optimized. These updates may also contain new files that will replace your old, defective files.

– Uninstall and reinstall the program using JNTFiltr.dll if the error message only appears whenever you use specified software, this step is necessary. By doing so, the system will be able to obtain the file upon re-installation.

– Perform Windows startup repair the last thing that anyone wants to happen on their computer is to reformat it (that is, to re-install the system files and deleting their own files). The startup repair function allows the user to reformat the system files without removing their personal data and installed programs. By doing so, all system files will be restored as if the computer is new.

If error messages continue to show after following the steps mentioned above, it may be attributed to a problem on your hard drive or memory, or on your system registry. For the former, buying new parts may be the solution. For the latter, a DLL error repair tool might help, or a complete reinstallation of your operating system.

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