Woman accused of pointing gun at officer during marathon pleads not guilty June 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 58-year-old woman who allegedly pointed a realistic-looking pellet gun at San Diego police officers on the roof of a downtown parking structure, prompting an officer to fire two shots at her as runners from the Rock-N-Roll Marathon went by on the street below, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of resisting an executive officer and misdemeanor hit-and-run.Mona Elease Williams was ordered held on $100,000 bail. She faces 65 years to life in prison if convicted.Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Williams was spotted in her car near the entrance to the parking structure Sunday morning by an officer who thought he saw a gun pointed at him.Williams proceeded to the top of the parking structure and allegedly pointed her gun at an officer, who fired two shots at her but missed, the prosecutor said.Williams then threw the pellet gun over the side of the structure and was arrested, Runyon said.Another responding officer accidentally shot himself in the leg.Runyon said the defendant has a criminal history dating back to 1979 when she was arrested for attempted murder and pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon.A readiness conference was set for June 15 and a preliminary hearing for June 19. Updated: 6:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman,
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this photo illustration May 13, 2015.ReutersFacebook’s deepening crisis over the data leak of 50 million people to British political-advertising firm Cambridge Analytica has led to a public outcry about its data policies.The hashtag #DeleteFacebook has been making the rounds on Twitter this week and when co-founder Mark Zuckerberg did come out to address the public, some 2 billion weren’t ready to forgive the social network giant.It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 20181. Remove Facebook bookmark from your web browserIf you visit your Facebook page every 20 minutes, its time you get rid of the app from your web browser. The lesser you involve with Facebook, the better.2. Deactivate your Facebook accountIf you’re not able to control your constant urge to check Facebook, simply deactivate your account.Facebook will still have your data, of course, but you’ll get a chance to take a breather and depend less on the digital platform when you’re ready to jump back in.3. Stop signing in with FacebookDo not use your Facebook credentials to log into various sites and services. By doing this, you give other companies access to your Facebook data, which can be used for various illicit activities.Use a handy password manager to create and keep track of your logins and passwords instead. And if an app demands you sign into Facebook to use it, find an alternative.4. Delete your accountDeleting your account is also an option, if you want to completely distance yourself from the social media world.When you’re absolutely sure about closing your account, let Facebook know, and be prepared to stay away from your account. Change your mind, and you’ll have to start the countdown all over again.”It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you’ve posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook,” the company says in its Help Center page.
A teenage girl succumbed to her burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital Saturday morning after she was allegedly set on fire on charge of stealing a mobile phone in Shibpur upazila of Narsingdi on Friday evening.The deceased is Aziza, 15, daughter of a certain Abdus Sattar, from Khainkur area of the upazila.Victim’s brother Sujon said, “A mobile phone of one of our neighbours was stolen around 8-10 days ago. The neighbour and her relatives suspected Aziza’s involvement and threatened her to burn if she didn’t return the phone within a week.”He said, “Some people picked up Aziza from behind of our house around 8:00pm Friday evening and took her to a place a few hundred yards away. Then, they had set her on fire after pouring kerosene on her body.”“Locals rescued her and took to a local hospital. Then we brought her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital from there in that night as her condition deteriorated,” victim’s brother added.Later, she succumbed to her injuries at the burn unit on Saturday morning.The victim sustained 96 per cent burn injuries, said DMCH police outpost assistant sub-inspector Bachchu Mia.
MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTA sign in front of a house in Clarksville warns would-be parkers. But does it carry any weight?MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTThey’re all over town: printed or painted signs in a yard, telling drivers not to park in front of a house. They’re not official signs from the city, threatening legitimate towing or expressing hours you can’t park; they’re more DIY. Nurse practitioner Gordon Lang noticed a lot of these signs when he lived in Clarksville.We went to his old neighborhood this week and stood in the street, facing a house with one of these signs. “They have a driveway, they have a couple of cars, but in front of their house is a ‘no parking’ sign,” Lang said. “Black letters, painted on plywood, so it doesn’t look very official. I always assumed they were trying to see what they could get away with.”The frequency of the signs in his old neighborhood prompted him to submit a question to our ATXplained project: Is it legal to make your own “no parking” signs? Lang saw the signs all the time during the two years he lived in Clarksville.“After a while I wondered if that was actually legal,” he said, “if they could reserve private spots on the street, which is city property, I’m assuming.”“I just want people to be polite”Before digging into the legality of these signs, we wanted to understand the reason people put them up. At a home in Clarksville that had one, we met Karen Pavelka and her husband, Red Wassenich.They bought their house 28 years ago. Over the past five years, they’ve gotten frustrated with the parking situation in the neighborhood. They live yards away from two restaurants, Josephine House and Jeffrey’s, establishments with just a handful of parking spots on their property. Between staff and patrons, a lot of people park on the street.“On this street, on Waterson,” Pavelka said, “people block our driveways routinely.” Credit Martin Do NascimentoKaren Pavelka said that when people park right up on the curb by her backyard in Clarksville, it’s difficult to get in and out. Credit Martin Do NascimentoThat’s Pavelka’s biggest complaint: People not being respectful. She said she’s fine with people using the street to park if they’re going to a restaurant. “I just want people to be polite and not block my driveway,” she said.Not only do people block her driveway, but they also block the gate to her backyard. This is where she put up a sign that said, “Do Not Block Gate.” “They park right up onto the curb, and if I have the bike or the dog, you just fall into their car,” Pavelka said. “So it’s just rude.”“We don’t want confusion”The city hears about situations like what’s going in Clarksville all the time.“If the sign has been put up by someone other than the City of Austin, then no,” said Eric Bollich, managing engineer for the Austin Transportation Department; they’re not legitimate.His department actually sometimes removes these signs – not the ones made with paint and poster board, but more official-looking ones people get online. One sign the department confiscated said “Slow, Pets Playing.” From a distance, you might think the metal sign is real, and that’s the problem Bollich said with residents creating their own signs. “We don’t want confusion by the road user,” he said. “If people start questioning whether they should be there they might start questioning other signs.”Bollich and his staff hear from residents all over the city with complaints similar to Pavelka’s: homeowners getting their driveways blocked, their trash cans run over or garbage left in their yards. He said in the case of a blocked driveway, the homeowner can call the police, because that’s a parking violation.But he also echoes what Karen Pavelka said.“If everyone behaved and treated it like their own neighborhood,” he said, “I think they would go a long way in realizing people live here and they just want respect and a nice neighborhood to live in.” Credit Martin do Nascimento / KUTGordon Lang wanted to know if the handmade “no parking” signs he sees around town are legal. Credit Martin do Nascimento / KUTIn someone else’s shoesWhen told these homemade signs carry no consequences and that some residents put them out after other people intrude in their space, Lang said he appreciates that.When he was in Clarksville, Lang was renting, and he and his fiancée would poke fun of people who put the signs up. But now he owns a house in South Austin.“I park in the driveway and my fiancée parks in the street, because I leave before her in the morning,” he said. “When someone takes her spot, she complains and I just tell her – remember what we complained about in Clarksville.” Share
Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesRepublicans in Congress are scrambling to avoid a chaotic government shutdown that could overshadow their signature tax bill before it even gets signed into law.Republicans will need at least some bipartisan support for the measure in the Senate, as the bill needs 60 votes to pass, and Republicans control just 52 seats there.In addition to keeping the government open, the legislation would extend short-term authorizations for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to receive health care at community providers outside of the Veterans Affairs system.The bill would also temporarily extend a controversial provision in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, Amendments Act, known as Section 702, which was set to expire at the end of the year. The FBI and other intelligence agencies have said it is critical to fighting terrorism.The stopgap bill includes a nod to defense hawks in Congress who were hoping for caps on defense spending to be lifted, another point of friction with Democrats being delayed. It provides funds to repair two naval ships that were damaged this year in the Pacific, as well as money to bolster ballistic missile defense.A big disaster relief funding bill for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires was passed in the House as well, but it appears the Senate will hold off on voting on that bill until January.In the new year, when bipartisan budget debates begin again, a pair of major polarizing topics loom.Congressional Democrats, and some Republicans, are hoping for legislation to protect thousands of undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children. There had been talk that Democrats could threaten a government shutdown to force a vote on the measure, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but those whispers quieted as the deadline grew closer.Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era protection program in September, but White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Thursday that the president was always hoping for Congress to come up with a legislative solution.“We believe we’ll have a resolution to that in January or February,” Short told NPR’s Rachel Martin.And a pair of senators are poised to propose legislation to stabilize insurance markets, after the Republican tax plan zeroed out the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate that had required people to buy health insurance. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, had committed to getting legislation passed by the end of the year, but she and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have now committed to a proposal “after the first of the year.”Collins and Alexander said in a joint statement that they would be waiting to unveil the legislation because “it has become clear that Congress will only be able to pass another short-term extension to prevent a government shutdown and to continue a few essential programs.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged again on Thursday to bring that legislation up for a vote next year in an interview with NPR. After a monumental legislative victory on taxes this week, Republicans in Congress have been scrambling to avoid a chaotic government shutdown that could overshadow their signature tax bill before it even gets signed into law.The House and Senate have passed a spending bill Thursday afternoon that would push a deadline to fund the government back from midnight on Friday to Jan. 19, allowing lawmakers to head home for the holidays without resolving much of their unfinished business. In addition to most Republicans, about a dozen House Democrats and several Senate Democrats also voted for the bill.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had put it on the GOP to keep the government open. “The Republicans control the Congress. They control the House, they control the Senate, and they have the signature in the White House. They have the votes to keep government open. They don’t need us to keep government open,” she said Thursday.Still, President Trump sought to toss blame for the tense moment at congressional Democrats on Twitter on Thursday morning.House Democrats want a SHUTDOWN for the holidays in order to distract from the very popular, just passed, Tax Cuts. House Republicans, don’t let this happen. Pass the C.R. TODAY and keep our Government OPEN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2017The continuing resolution that Republicans in the House had released early Thursday punts tough decisions related to long-term government spending, immigration and defense into the first part of the new year.
Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA METRO commuter bus in downtown Houston.The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) is funded by a one-cent sales tax collected by cities in its service area.Last year Metro approved a new policy that would allow the agency to operate buses outside of its service area if another entity agrees to pay for it. A Conroe park and ride bus would be Metro’s first venture under that new initiative.Metro Vice President of Planning Kurt Luhrsen outlined plans for the Conroe bus before the Capital and Strategic Planning Committee. He said the bus would leave from a park and ride lot under I-45 in Conroe.It would make stops in downtown and midtown Houston before proceeding to the Texas Medical Center and the V.A. Medical Center. There would be three buses running on weekday mornings and afternoons.“This is a service that is somewhat provided right now by The Woodlands,” explained Luhrsen. “Obviously that starts further south than where Conroe is. They have a number of folks on that service that are actually originating in Conroe and believe there is an opportunity to really expand the market.”Luhrsen said Metro is hoping to soon draft an interlocal agreement that would allow the service to start early next year. Funding for the new commuter service would come from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the City of Conroe. Share
A ‘ghost from the past’ recalls the infancy of the Milky Way A co-moving clump of stars was found in the constellation of Draco at a distance of approximately 8,500 light years away by a team of astronomers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is assumed that the newly detected stellar group is a disrupted globular cluster, according to the researchers. They described their discovery in a paper published online on Dec. 16 on the arXiv pre-print server. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further NGC 6362, an example of a globular cluster. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Citation: Disrupted globular cluster found in the constellation of Draco (2015, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-disrupted-globular-cluster-constellation-draco.html More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1512.05090.pdf Using the data from the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) at the Xinglong Station observatory in China, the scientists were able to derive important information about the cluster such as its distance, age, mass, luminosity, velocity and orbit. They used about 2.5 million stellar spectra available in the second data release of the LAMOST spectroscopic survey, searching through the spectroscopic dataset and looking for metallicity-velocity clumping inconsistent with the field.John Jason Vickers, who is the lead author of the study along with the co-authors, estimates that this cluster, named Lamost 1, has a total mass of about 25,000 solar masses and has luminosity approximately 15,000 times greater than our sun. The researchers are 90 percent sure that the stellar group is about 11 million years old.When studying Lamost 1’s characteristics, the scientists have also found that it could be a part of a larger structure.”The large physical size and the fact that the tangential velocity dispersion is so much higher than the radial velocity dispersion imply that this could be part of a tidal stream, although some tangential velocity dispersion is certainly an effect of proper motion uncertainty at this distance,” the paper reads.By knowing the velocity and position of the Lamost 1, the researches can tell that this clump is near a point in the orbit at which it is furthest from the center of its galaxy.However, there are doubts over whether Lamost 1 is really a disrupted globular cluster. The high metallicity indicates that there is possibility that the studied group is a large dwarf galaxy progenitor. On the other hand, the lack of a strong physical overdensity speaks against this hypothesis.”The stream’s progenitor could be either a dwarf galaxy or a star cluster. The high metallicity of our stream implies that if the progenitor were a dwarf galaxy, it should be relatively massive, on par with that of the Sagittarius Dwarf. Since we do not see any prominent physical streams in the photometric data, we look to another possible explanation,” the astronomers noted in the paper.The elliptical orbit and advanced age of the clump supports the globular cluster origin theory. It was more likely a spherical collection of stars orbiting a galactic core once. “We postulate that this object is a star cluster being observed near the apocenter of its eccentric orbit. It manifests as a signature distinct from the background in velocity and metallicity space,” the scientists wrote.They conclude that the object of interest is likely to be a nearby, intermediate-age globular cluster which is being disrupted by the galactic potential. According to them, the spectroscopic technique provided by the LAMOST telescope could help uncover numerous known objects and structures, as well as more puzzling, unknown features like Lamost 1.
5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When business applications began shifting to the cloud in the early to mid-2000s, it changed the way software was consumed but not its ultimate goal. At the end of the day, vendors were building applications they wanted lines of business users to live in, just through their browser versus the desktop.Related: Stop Thinking Killer App and Start Thinking Killer ExperienceIt was the ultimate software vanity game — how can we make our applications stickier and get sales, accounting, marketing and customer support users to live in them? Step one was offering a bunch of compliance and security features that secured IT signoff. Step two was providing reporting that management loved, so they mandated usage among their teams. Salesforce was Siebel, just in the cloud. The same thing happened in business intelligence, ERP, customer support and other areas.But, then 2007 happened with the launch of the iPhone. Once mobile apps began changing the way consumers viewed software — making it easy for people to download an app for free, and if they didn’t derive value from it, delete it — business application vendors took notice. Quickly, the days of centralized IT purchases and top-down mandating of software faded, except for wall-to-wall implementations or in large, regulated businesses. Instead, business users were adopting applications department by department with a free trial and a quick swipe of their credit card and stopping the trial or subscription if they didn’t derive value.If client-server was the 1.0 of software and SaaS is 2.0, then smartphones ushered in third-generation software apps that put the power in the hands of the user and not IT. Dropbox, Slack and other similar applications have experienced rapid growth thanks to this model of freemium individual usage, land and expand among departments, leading to enterprise adoption.But, even in the 3.0 era of software driven by the iPhone, building a vanity application was still possible. I already gave Slack as one example, but you would be hard-pressed to find organizations that use only Slack and not Gmail, Zoom, Asana, InVision and other collaboration or project management tools, too. So, business users might be at an age where they have more control over usage but are still at the mercy of having to use a lot of tools to get the job done.Related: User Experience Is the Most Important Metric You Aren’t MeasuringThe age of user productivity over application vanityWe’re in the throes of another shift in the way applications are designed and consumed, and it is about to give the user even more power. Four major trends are driving this shift:1. Data-driven organizations and the rise of machine learning. Companies now understand the need to build data-rich systems that can learn user and customer behaviors over time, driving automation and even low-level decision-making or recommendations. The key to making this data as rich as it needs to be is having applications that operate less as central usage silos, and instead, help facilitate the flow of data between applications.2. The APIficiation of software. The need for more connected applications and less SaaS silos has led to an explosion of API development, making integrations less complicated and more seamless for even the smallest of organizations. Stripe gets 100 million API calls per day, and while it is a unique case in the payments space, enterprise apps are using the same model to make their applications more extensible.Related: If You’re Asking Customers How You Can Help, It’s Too Late3. The “relationship era” in customer management. The days of a single salesperson being the start, middle and end of the customer relationship are over. Customers deal with marketing, sales, customer support, customer success, finance and even a social media team, meaning that everyone is a brand ambassador and they need to know where that relationship stands at any given time. Everyone touches relationships and data can’t just live or be siloed in CRM and marketing automation systems, but should be shared between them and other systems.4. Productivity is king. Because in business, user experience is predicated on job success so professionals are more likely to embrace applications that make them productive. For most jobs, that means applications that automate the mundane and allow people to live in the productivity tools they use on an everyday basis. So, it becomes less about getting customers to go to your SaaS application and more about whether you can automate the flow of data between your application and productivity apps like G Suite, Office 365 and others.To be a successful entrepreneur in the “age of productivity,” founders must check their egos at the door and focus on individual user productivity as the key metric of the value you bring. Other metrics will be a bigger and bigger distraction to what you need to do to build a great product, a great suite and a long-lasting company your investors, your customers and the market writ large will love. Register Now » October 18, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global