A trick-or-treater saw a house with an empty candy bowl—so he left some of his own

first_imgABCNews.com(GAMBRILLS, Md.) — While many kids dressed up in costumes to go trick-or-treating Halloween night to see how much candy they could collect, one little boy decided to give some of his away.The selfless trick-or-treater approached a house in Gambrills, Maryland, and was surprised to see an empty candy bowl sitting on the porch.Instead of turning around and continuing on to the next house, he almost immediately reached into his own bag of candy, grabbed a few pieces and left them in the bowl for the next visitors.The residents who saw the doorcam footage appreciated the boy’s generosity, posting the video to Facebook with the caption: “This has got to give hope to everyone that there are still amazing people in this world,” they wrote in the Facebook post of the video. “What a selfless act from this little guy! Kudos to his parents!!!”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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7th Circuit Partially Vacates Sex Trafficking Convictions

first_img7th Circuit Partially Vacates Sex Trafficking ConvictionsOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated part of a man’s convictions for his involvement in a juvenile sex trafficking scheme, finding the statute under which he was convicted is unconstitutionally vague.The case of United States of America v. Douglas D. Jackson, 15-3693, began in May 2014 when Jackson, who was then 25 years old, met 15-year-old J.T. and told her he was 17. Jackson asked J.T. if she wanted to make some money, then began paying for to alter her appearance and placing ads on the website Backpage.comThe ad listed a phone number of a prepaid flip phone Jackson had purchased, and he and J.T. used the phone to text customers, who paid $150 for 30 minutes with J.T. or $200 for an hour. The pair travelled from South Bend to Atlanta, Louisville and Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet customers.While in Grand Rapids, police officers were conducting a routine patrol in an area known for prostitution when they saw J.T. leave the car with her underwear exposed and Jackson reaching into the floorboard of the vehicle. One of the officers shined a light into Jackson’s car and discovered a firearm, which he had a permit for.Jackson was then arrested and J.T. was taken into custody. After J.T. admitted that she was engaged in prostitution, Jackson was charged by complaint with two counts of sex trafficking a minor. He was later indicted on several other counts, including one count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, namely, sex trafficking under 18 U.S. Code section 924(c), among others.A jury found Jackson guilty as charged, but he moved under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 for acquittal of the charge under section 924(c), arguing that statute was unconstitutionally vague. The statute defines a “crime of violence” as a felony that, among other standards, “involves a substantial risk that physical force … may be used in the course of committing the offense.” That language, Jackson said, was subject to the same deficiencies that led to the invalidation of the residual clause Armed Career Criminal Act in Johnson v. United States, — U.S. –, 135 S.Ct. 2551 (2015).The U.S. District Court from the Northern District of Indiana disagreed and denied Jackson’s motion. The court then determined his offense level should be increased by two levels because he was a manager or supervisor in the offense and another two levels because he falsely claimed ignorance of the prostitution.Jackson was, thus, sentenced to 295 months, but on appeal he once again argued his conviction under section 924(c) must be vacated due to unconstitutional vagueness. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, with Judge Ilana Rovner writing that Johnson has since been extended in United States v. Vivas-Ceja, 808 f.3d 719, to hold section 924(c)(3)(B) unconstitutionally vague. Based on the holding in Vivas-Ceja, that identical language of 18 U.S.C. section 16(b) was unconstitutionally vague, the court held in United States v. Cardena, 842 F.3d 959, 996 (7th Cir. 2016), that section 924(c) is also vague.“We acknowledge that the case for distinguishing section 924(c)(3)(B) is not altogether unconvincing, but conclude that, unless we hear differently from the Supreme Court in (Sessions v. Dimaya, No. 15-1498), stare decisis and our recent precedents compel the conclusion that section 924(c)(3)(B) is unconstitutionally vague,” Rovner wrote.Thus, the 7th Circuit vacated Jackson’s conviction under that statute, and also found the district court erred by enhancing his offense level as a manager or supervisor, because the victim of a crime cannot be a “participant.” Thus, the case was remanded for resentencing without the adjustment.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Mariner’s Pointe

first_imgThe opportunity to own a brand new townhome right on the shores of Lake Hopatcong is attracting buyers to Mariner’s Pointe, where homes priced from the mid $400s are moving quickly.The community includes a number of upscale amenities and lakefront recreation spaces, as well as a private deeded boat slip that comes with each home. Located close to Route 80, it’s less than an hour’s drive from Manhattan and just three minutes away from NJ Transit’s Lake Hopatcong rail station.Three distinctive home designs are currently available at Mariner’s Pointe, boasting either a wooded home site just steps from the lake, or a lakefront home site with spectacular views.The Spinnaker homes start at $449,000 and offer two bedrooms and 1,606 square feet of living space. Home buyers enjoy direct lake views from the home’s living area and private outdoor patio, as well as impeccably designed interior spaces.All homes come with a private, deeded boat slip on the community’s permanent boat dock. The dock, attached to steel pilings, features a bubbler system for winter dock protection and includes direct access to electrical hookups and hose bibs. The slips are generously sized and can accommodate a wide variety of watercraft.Mariner’s Pointe also offers a covered lakefront pavilion and sundeck, and a multi-tiered lakefront gathering area with plenty of lounge seating for residents to relax, enjoy an outdoor meal and socialize with their neighbors. Lavish amenities All homes in the community are well-appointed with Bargello wide plank flooring, lush carpeting, nine-foot ceiling heights, and gourmet kitchens with custom wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops. Lavish baths are adorned with porcelain tile flooring, warm wood vanities with stone or quartz countertops, and dual vanity sinks in the owner’s suite.Special builder’s incentives on express delivery homes are currently available for a limited time. Attractions such as the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, Garden State Yacht Club, Lake Hopatcong Golf Club, Lake Hopatcong Cruises, and waterfront restaurants such as Stone Water, Alice’s, The Windlass, Pavinci Grill and Patrick’s Pub are all just a few minutes away from Mariner’s Pointe by car or boat. More than a dozen golf courses are within a 30-minute drive of Mariner’s Pointe.Popular ski slopes in the Poconos and in Sussex County offer winter recreation, and nearby Stokes State Forest offers hiking, camping, fishing and cross country skiing.The Mariner’s Pointe onsite sales office is located at 16 Lawrie Avenue, Hopatcong, and is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.., or by appointment. Several model homes are available to tour. To schedule a private appointment, call Patrick “Ted” Hanley at (201) 779-7740. For more information, visit www.marinerspointenj.com.last_img read more

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Bob Weir’s New Solo Album “Blue Mountain” Is Streaming In Full [Listen]

first_imgA long time in the works, fans of Bob Weir now have the opportunity to listen to his full new album, Blue Mountain. Due out on September 30th, a full stream has just been released by NPR Music’s First Listen series. You can stream it below:The new album showcases the first batch of original Bob Weir songs in over 30 years, and features a bounty of incredible musicians, including Josh Ritter, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner and Scott Devendorf.  According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians also includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.With the new release, Weir is also hitting the road for an intimate fall tour schedule. Check the full Blue Mountain tracklisting and Bob Weir tour schedule below.Check out the full tracklist and tour schedule below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. What The Ghost Towns Know8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To CrossBob Weir Tour DatesSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Debuts “Looks” Alongside Classic Compositions In Cincinnati [Videos]

first_imgLast night, Umphrey’s McGee returned to The Taft Theatre for their second of two nights in Cincinnati, OH and just the third show on their ongoing 20th anniversary tour. The show began with a pair of songs last played on New Year’s Eve, “Nothing Too Fancy” > “Remind Me”, before UM classic “Uncle Wally” made its first appearance since last summer in the three-spot. From there, the band took flight for a non-stop voyage through “Preamble” and into “Mantis”, which made its way into a “dub” version of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” before landing back in “Mantis” to finish set one.The second set began with a powerful “Draconian”, and kept up the momentum with a fantastic “Intentions Clear” > “Wizard Burial Ground” segment. “1000 Places To See Before You Die” came next, and saw the band welcome sax player Casey Cranford to add some extra brass texture.“Ringo” followed, and moved into improvisational space before slipping unfinished into “Steppin’ Out”. Finally, “Steppin’ Out” found its way back into “Nothing Too Fancy”, bookending the show with a callback to the song that opened it.The encore had even more surprises in store, as the band began with the live debut of “Looks“, one of the pre-released singles from their imminent new album, it’s not us, before a triumphant “Glory” victory lap sent the crowd home satisfied.Next up for the band is their highly anticipated album release party tonight in Chicago. To listen to the new album and read our review, head here. For more information on the ongoing tour, or to purchase tickets, hit the band’s website.Watch an assortment of fan-shot videos from Umphrey’s McGee’s second of two shows at Cincinnati, OH’s Taft Theatre below via YouTube user iccuspunk:“Uncle Wally” “1000 Places To Go Before I Die”“Looks”, “Glory” (Encore)SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | The Taft Theatre | Cincinnati, OH | 1/13/18Set 1: Nothing Too Fancy > Remind Me, Uncle Wally, Preamble > Mantis > Breathe[1] > MantisSet 2: Draconian, Intentions Clear > Wizard Burial Ground, 1000 Places to See Before You Die[2], Ringo[3] > Steppin’ Out > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Looks[4], Glory[1] “dub” version[2] with Casey Cranford on saxophone[3] unfinished[4] debut, originalSupport: Big SomethingPurchase audio via UMLive: 01.13.2018, Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH[Cover photo via Umphrey’s Facebook/TourGigs]last_img read more

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Australian study finds renewables ‘unequivocally’ lower-cost than coal

first_imgAustralian study finds renewables ‘unequivocally’ lower-cost than coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia’s leading scientific research group and the country’s energy market operator have released a benchmark study that shows the cost of new wind and solar – even with hours of storage – is “unequivocally” lower than the cost of new coal generation.The joint study – GenCost 2018 – by the CSIRO and AEMO shows that the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of solar and wind is well below that of any other generation source. Even adding two and six hours of storage with batteries or pumped hydro still leaves the cost of “firm” solar and wind power cheaper than any fossil fuel alternative.The study follows similar conclusions from the likes of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and the observations of big utilities such as AGL, Origin, and the government’s own Snowy Hydro. But it has added significance because of the importance and reputation of the two institutions involved.“I fully expected the LCOE of renewables to be cheaper,” CSIRO economist and lead author Paul Graham told RenewEconomy in an interview. “I thought that once you added storage, maybe it would be line ball. But it is unequivocally cheaper. Wind and solar are still lower cost even if you take into account those balancing costs.”And Graham says these are conservative estimates. He points out, as previous studies from the CSIRO and chief scientist Alan Finkel have shown, that the level of storage required for wind and solar is minimal up to a point of around 50 per cent. That is because of the existing back-up required to support the fleet of coal and gas generators. But even when storage is required, Graham says there will be cheaper alternatives such as demand response, better use of existing back-up, more transmission, more “non-coincident” wind and solar (in different regions) or even hydrogen and fuel cells.The significance of this report is immense, both for its contribution to the political debate – which is usually derailed by the false claims of the fossil fuel industry and the Far Right – and for the choices to be made for grids like NSW, where much of the existing ageing coal fleet will have to be replaced over the next 15 years. AEMO will also use it as its guide for the Integrated System Plan – its 20-year blueprint for managing the energy transition – and Graham says it will be updated every year from now on.More: CSIRO/AEMO study says wind, solar and storage clearly cheaper than coallast_img read more

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How to protect your credit union from foreign cyberattacks

first_imgTensions in the Middle East are high following the U.S. government’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s high-ranking military leader. Iran retaliated in the early hours of January 8, launching more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.In addition to missiles and military maneuvers, Iran is also no stranger to cyber warfare. In 2016, the U.S. charged seven hackers linked to the Iranian government with executing large-scale coordinated cyberattacks on dozens of banks, as well as a small dam outside New York City.Two days before the missile strike, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a bulletin warning of Iran’s ability to carry out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the U.S., and for American companies to be prepared for “cyber disruptions, suspicious emails, and network delays.”Just one day after DHS released the bulletin, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his state has seen a spike in attempted cyberattacks from Iran on state agency networks at the rate of about 10,000 per minute.Financial institutions should remain vigilant regardless, but the escalating situation in the Middle East serves as a catalyst to ensure your institution is fully prepared to deal with a cyberattack from a foreign adversary. Here are some things you should be doing right now:Reduce Your Attack SurfaceThis is an excellent time to take inventory of your technical assets, because every device and piece of installed software you have increases your attack surface, leading to much higher risk.Eliminating unused devices reduces the amount of assets you must manage and protect. However, getting rid of unused software may be even more important, as all software has the potential for vulnerabilities. Whitelisting your applications is a fantastic way to accomplish this.Cut Access to SystemsWhenever possible, take the time to reduce the number of administrators to systems, including all local admin rights. You should also restrict access to systems or data on a need-to-know basis. This includes keeping an eye on third-party access, which is something that Christopher Krebs, director of the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, tweeted about recently.Backup Your DataThe frequency of ransomware attacks is on the rise, and this is an enormous concern for financial institutions in this country. Cyber criminals prefer ransomware attacks because they pose little risk while providing a quick pay out.Ransomware attacks depend on the ability to hold your data captive, but these attacks become far less threatening if your data has been duplicated and stored elsewhere. Make sure you are backing up your data regularly and consistently testing those backups to make sure they work properly.A.B.U. (Always Be Updating)We are nearing the end-of-life date for two widely used operating systems: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 2008 Server Service Pack 2. Support for both systems ends after January 14, and there is high probability that hackers are already sitting on vulnerabilities for these systems, ready to strike once the support date passes.Unpatched software is a huge risk, too. So make sure you install all operating system and application security patches in a timely fashion.Monitor Your NetworkOne of the biggest challenges community institutions face is monitoring for suspicious activity. Security systems and tools are critical, but neither take the place of eyes on glass. One of the wisest investments you can make is partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) that offers around-the-clock assistance in monitoring for suspicious activity. These same providers can also assist with administrative functions, such as system and software updates.In addition, a qualified MSP can offer practical advice and answer questions to make sure your institution is doing everything it can to prevent attacks.Secure Your PerimeterYou’re only as strong as your weakest link, and if your weakest link is your perimeter security, you’re basically leaving the front door wide open.It’s no longer optional to simply deploy firewalls and intrusion prevention systems. Financial institutions must go above-and-beyond typical security measures to keep their systems safe and should consider taking advantage of enterprise-grade security solutions.Train Your EmployeesSocial engineering remains one of the top ways to compromise a network while remaining undetected, and therefore, should be toward the top of your list when it comes to cyber training. While email is often the focal point of such trainings, we shouldn’t forget that phone calls and dropped USB drives are still very successful attack vectors, too. Additionally, strong email and web filtering is critical, as they stop many attacks before they start.In Conclusion: Preparation Is KeyIn response to notifications from DHS, the Federal Reserve, FBI and other governmental agencies, CSI has updated security monitoring and response correlation rules to identify potentially malicious activity as identified by these agencies and will notify customers if any traffic is detected from any agency-supplied sources.Ask yourself this: If you live in an area that is susceptible to hurricanes, and you do nothing to prepare, are you negligent when the storm hits your house? Cybersecurity is the same thing, and you need to do everything you can ahead of time to prepare your institution to weather a cyberattack.For more information on what CSI is doing to thwart the increase in potential cybersecurity threats from the Middle East, contact CSI Managed Services. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Sanders Steve Sanders is vice president of Internal Audit for CSI. In his role, he oversees the evaluation and mitigation of risks associated with IT, financial and operational systems. Steve is … Web: www.csiweb.com Detailslast_img read more

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Look who’s new at the auctions

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Statement Regarding Governor Wolf’s Prostate Cancer Treatment

first_imgStatement Regarding Governor Wolf’s Prostate Cancer Treatment Statement Harrisburg, PA – Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s press secretary, released the following statement:“Tomorrow, Governor Tom Wolf will have an outpatient procedure as part of his previously announced prostate cancer treatment. He will be spending Tuesday and Wednesday at his home and return to the office on Thursday.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 13, 2016last_img read more

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Dual living is made easy in this Kippa-Ring home

first_img15 Dalton St, Kippa-Ring.“We’re going to miss it, it’s sad to see it go,” Mrs Paul said.The house sits on a 602sq m corner block and has polished floorboards, ceiling fans and airconditioning.The in-ground pool is surrounded by tropical palm trees with a shade sail off to the side for extra cover. 15 Dalton St, Kippa-Ring.LIVING in a big family is made easier in this spacious home, which offers a granny flat, resort-style pool and outdoor entertaining area.Owners Trish and Byron Paul bought the house at 15 Dalton St, Kippa-Ring, more than 12 years ago.Mrs Paul said it was the ideal size for their three young boys when they moved in.“It was good when the kids were young … because they had the whole house to run around,” Mrs Paul said. 15 Dalton St, Kippa-Ring.But once they got older, the couple decided to convert the shed into a granny flat with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.Mrs Paul said they have used it as the main bedroom and left the three-bedroom house to their teenage children.“We have done a fair bit to it but it was move-in-ready at the time,” Mrs Paul said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019They also built the entertainment deck, which has an insulated roof and ceiling fans.Mrs Paul said this was their favourite part of the house because they could eat meals outside all year round.center_img 15 Dalton St, Kippa-Ring.It also has a large double-bay garage.Mrs Paul said the neighbourhood was safe and quiet with public transport, Peninsula Fair Shopping Centre and the beach close by.“We actually don’t have to go in our car,” Mrs Paul said.“The kids would ride down to the jetty so it’s the perfect position really.”last_img read more

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