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Priorities, priorities

Feb 12, 2013 1:58 PM PT

A raging gun battle with mad-dog killer Chris Dorner erupts at Big Bear Lake in California.  Two officers down, and the killer's fate is still unknown at the moment of this writing.  

But the media has its priorities.  Howard Kurtz, Newsweek/Daily Beast/CNN: "What if alleged killer Chris Dorner is captured or killed as the SOTU begins?  Obama could face a Bill Clinton/O.J. verdict moment."

Hacking School Computers is a Bad Idea When You're the School Secretary

Feb 11, 2013 7:49 PM PT

A school secretary in Pennsylvania faces up to seven years in prison for allegedly hacking into a school district's computer network to change her children's grades and snoop into school personnel files and emails.

Catherine Venusto, 46, worked for the Northwestern Lehigh School District in the administration building.  For approximately six years, her job responsibilities included creating log-on credentials for school employees and the district's superintendent.  According to the area's local newspaper, The Morning Call

Venusto accessed the school district's grading database system over 110 times and also viewed district emails and personnel files nearly 12,916 times, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Christie Bonesch.

Authorities say Venusto's daughter went from a failing grade to a medical exception and her son went from a grade of 98 percent to 99 percent. Venusto claims her son's grade went from 96 to 99, according to testimony Monday.

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Hacker Hijacks TV Station to Issue Zombie Alert

Feb 11, 2013 6:41 PM PT

The people of Montana can rest easy tonight, knowing that Zombies will not be stopping by for dinner to eat them.

KRTV in central Montana issued an apology to its viewers today after a hacker broke into their system and sent out a bogus emergency alert message over the airwaves and on the station's website.

KRTV says on its website the hackers broadcast that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" in several Montana counties.


The alert claimed the bodies were "attacking the living" and warned people not to "approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous."

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Obama hack Cutter refuses to apologize for 'felony' claim

Feb 11, 2013 6:47 AM PT

Obama spokespuppet Stephanie Cutter was the face of many of the worst moments of the 2012 presidential campaign. On ABC's web extra for This Week, she declined to apologize for her wild speculation that Mitt Romney may have committed a "felony" after leaving Bain Capital. She also helped push the claim that Romney killed a man's wife, then lied about it. She represents the worst of our divided, partisan political era.

In a country whose media were not in thrall to a political cult, Cutter would be drummed out of politics for good. Instead, she is privately--and not-so-privately--admired for her sheer audacity. She represents what the Obama camp has been taught is the highest good--the willingness to repeat any lie as many times as necessary to win, the idea being that the means justify the ends. Bring a gun to a knife-fight, Obama once said. She did.

FBI Nabs CA Man Who Attempted to Bomb Bank of America, 'Trigger Civil War'

Feb 8, 2013 1:21 PM PT

The San Francisco office of the FBI posted a press release this afternoon announcing that a San Jose, California man had been arrested this morning for attempting to blow up a Bank of America building in Oakland, California.

28 year old Matthew Aaron Llaneza was charged with "attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property used in an activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce." The arrest is the outcome of an undercover operation conducted by the FBI’s South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force that began late last year.

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