In Ohio's Marion prison, they had a program to teach inmates some computer skills. It was wildly successful:
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The discovery of two working computers hidden in a ceiling at the Marion Correctional Institution prompted an investigation by the state into how inmates got access. The computers were also connected to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's network.
The Ohio Inspector General says investigators found an inmate used the computers to steal the identity of another inmate, and then submit credit card applications, and commit tax fraud. They also found inmates used the computers to create security clearance passes that gave them access to restricted areas.
The inmates were supposed to be breaking down computers and recycling the parts, which you could say they did.
Meanwhile, the "doctor" involved in the United Airlines incident has lawyered up, claiming that he sustained a "severe" concussion, a broken nose, and lost two teeth - more to come as soon as he can think of things to add to his laundry list. Personally, I think that the only screw-up by United was that they didn't settle things at the gate, prior to boarding; they had to have known that they needed space to dead-head four crew members well before they began the boarding process. Heck, I've been bumped from a flight before. It was years ago, and I simply wasn't allowed to board. No big deal; unlike this "doctor", I didn't wet my pants and do a tantrum over it. I just took their money, their free ride to the hotel, the free hotel room, and the free flight later. But then, I'm an adult, and was even back then. I can tell you right now that yes, I would take a United flight today - but I'd never allow this "doctor" to treat me for any issue whatsoever.
But as noted here previously, the airline staff took no action resulting in alleged harm to anybody; that was done by City of Chicago Aviation Security staff, so when the "doctor" (who less than two years ago got his license to practice provisionally restored following multiple felony convictions back in 2005) eventually goes to court, it will in all probability be Chicago rather than the airline that he'll be facing off against.
Closer to home:
SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement Wednesday that he will continue his re-election campaign, just hours after a Seattle City Councilmember said the City has been “shaken” by civil litigation filed against him.
“Since Thursday, our city has been shaken by the allegations of sexual abuse brought forward against Mayor Murray,” Councilmember Kshama Sawant said in a statement.
Sawant, a proud, self-avowed socialist, has never been able to resist finding a way to get media play. This is none of her business, but once again, the jerk had to run to the media with a statement. I may not think much of ol' Eddie, who stands accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse - most of which allegedly occurred during his time here in Portland, but those matters are between him, the plaintiffs, and the legal system. Sawant should have followed the lead of others on the Seattle Council and kept her big mouth shut until the matter is settled, but of course, as usual, she can't manage that.
Here in Oregon:
BEND, OR (KPTV) -
Police officers in Bend are searching for a suspect they say fired a handgun inside a store early Thursday morning in an attempt to steal high-end electronics.
In a Walmart? Really? When did Walmart start carrying "high-end electronics"? The idiot was apparently trying to shoot the locks off a couple of cabinets before it occurred to him that somebody just might have heard the gunfire, so he ran off - but not before the store's cameras recorded some nice high-definition shots of him. He's probably already in jail; Bend's been growing, but it's still not that big a town.
Finally, here in Portland:
A woman who took part in an October protest at Portland City Hall over the approval of a controversial new police contract is suing the city, claiming she was pepper-sprayed twice without warning despite following officers' commands to leave the building.
Allyson Drozd said she was standing outside and to the side of a City Hall doorway Oct. 12 taking pictures after Portland police forced protesters out, the federal lawsuit against the City of Portland said.
Yes, well, Allyson was holding the door to the building open while smoking a cigarette, so unless she has a cigarette camera, we have one lie right there. By law, smokers have to be at least ten feet away from the entrance to any building while doing their thing. But she claims that she was pepper-sprayed by the cops twice when she wasn't doing anything wrong, and she wants half a million dollars because of it.
Good luck with that, honey. There's the case of Liz Nichols, who got pepper-sprayed during the Occupy protests and sued for $30,000. And lost. And then was charged to pay for court costs, another $7116.