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Ted Kennedy Dead At 77, Career of Servitude Studded with Tragedy, Scandal

tedkennedyTed Kennedy, 77,  died of brain cancer Tuesday night in his Cape Cod, Massachusetts home. An American legend, he is remembered through a career of both service and scandal.

“An important chapter in our history has come to an end,” President Barack Obama said in a written statement. “Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States senator of our time.”

The youngest of the Kennedy family, Ted Kennedy was a liberal democrat who served four decades in the Senate and whose accomplishments include progress in education, health care, voting rights and minimum wage. Kennedy also worked hand-in-hand with Republicans to pass milestone legislation in these areas of concern.

Stalked by tragedy, the Kennedy family has been particularly affected by their political standing. Starting with the death of Joseph Jr. who died in an airplane crash in World War II, followed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1960, and ending with the assassination of  Robert Kennedy  in 1968 while on campaign, the Kennedy family has not be spared tragedy.  Even Ted Kennedy’s career was shadowed by scandal when he drove a car into a pond that killed his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, a former aid to Robert Kennedy.

But what Americans are really remembering is Ted Kennedy’s legacy of service to the American people.  President Obama hopes that “the torch will be passed to a new generation of Americans,” he said. “The hope rises again and the dream lives on.”

Ted Kennedy had been fighting brain cancer, after he was diagnosed last year. He is remembered by his family as well as the American people for his lifelong service to this country.

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ATM Skimmers Scare Virginia Beach Locals

suspectsIn Virginia Beach authorities are investigating an ATM scam that has stolen the financial information of more than 25 people. The secret service, Virginia beach police, network news, and Richmond have all come together in order to stop these attacks from happening. The thieves, a man and woman, were seen on a bank security system placing a magnetic scanning device that would scan the information of any card used at the machine.

There has been at least one victim who has come forth and complained of receiving fraudulent charges. Officials have located an ATM skimming device at a Virginia Beach Wachovia Bank. According to Virginia beach officer Jim Barnes,  the police have discovered other skimming devices but were reluctant to reveal the number of devices found.

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Town in Maine Looks to Roll Out Robust Surveillance System

lincolnFor years low officials in the town of Lincoln, Maine, have been trying to get security cameras up and running so that they may be able to better keep track of crime.

Councilor Stephen Clay said “There was just a lot of vandalism. We wanted a way to be able to see the vandalism take place, know who did it. So that’s how it all started.”

But recently these cameras have been running into a bit of a snag. As many devices in the area also use wireless networks this sometimes interferes with the cameras signal and makes it so that the camera shuts down and has to be reset from the government building. This is a problem for crimes that occur during the night. If the camera were to go out at 2AM and no one was there to reset it then anything could happen in that alley way and no one would be the wiser.

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Worst Security Week Ever for Lindsay Lohan

lohan-cryingFamed actress Lindsay Lohan went ballistic in a New York deli after leaving her phone there by mistake. Lohan had walked into Mott Corner Deli and after buying a few things, she walked out of the store without realizing that she had left her precious phone behind. Once Lohan realized what she had done, she immediately walked back into the store demanding her cell phone be returned.

One of the deli workers insisted that they review the security tapes in order to verify that she had left the phone. Lohan was infuriated by the fact that the deli owner would not simply return the phone to her. It had gotten to the point that she had to involve the NYPD. According to police records the call was made at around 7:30 pm, but by the time the police had arrived at the scene the issue had already been resolved.

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Lindsay Lohan's Home Gets Burglarized, Again

lindsay-lohanActress Lindsay Lohan has had her home in Hollywood Hills Los Angeles, burglarized. It has been reported that besides a safe that had been ripped out of the wall, only a few watches were missing. The Los Angeles police have made no official arrest and are still investigating the house. Lindsey Lohan’s father Michael Lohan said he believed it was an “inside job” as the house alarm systems were left off the night of the robbery.

The celebrity news website TMZ also sited an unidentified source that stated three men were seen on the security cameras breaking into Lohan’s home. Luckily the actress was not home at the time and no one was hurt during the burglary. According to Diana Lohan, Lindsay’s mother, they discovered that the front door was off the hinges and that its handles had been removed.

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Court Rules Against GPS Devices for Sex Offenders

115-0_62_gps_320A Massachusetts court ruled today that sex offenders convicted before 2006 could not be forced to wear GPS monitoring devices. The court ruled that retroactively forcing sex offenders to wear the tracking devices violates state and federal constitutions.Vice president of Community Voices, Debbie Savoia, described the ruling as a “slap in the face” to sex crime victims as well as a threat to public safety.

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Bronx Cab Driver's Murder Prompts Investigation Into Taxi Surveillance Systems

liverycabshootingIn a tragic incident that underscores the need for companies and individuals to secure their vehicles, a livery cab driver was shot and killed in what was believed to be an attempted robbery Monday morning.

According to police, 46-year old Ndiaye Amadau was shot once in the chest just after 12:30 a.m. Monday by his passenger in Baychester. The police believe he was shot in an attempted robbery. After the attack, the cab slammed into a silver car waiting for a light. The gunman was able to flee, but the driver of the silver car got a got a good look at him and the NYPD are undergoing an extensive search for the killer.

Amadau’s vehicle was not properly secured at all, as it did not have either a partition (a secure barrier for protecting the driver from their passenger in a cab) or a security camera. Because he didn’t have a partition, Amadau was not protected from any dangerous or unruly passengers if an unfortunate situation were to occur. Additionally, by not having a security camera, Amadau did not have an extra pair of eyes with which to secure his vehicle and protect himself. Without these layers of security, his cab and himself were  completely vulnerable.

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Pot Police Nab 360 Lbs. of Reefer with GPS Tracking

pot-policeWhen people think drug trafficking, they think Miami, South America, maybe even Vermont. But suburban Boston? Apparently, yes.

The DEA recently seized over 360 lbs. (worth an astounding $700,000 bucks street value) in suburban Framingham, Massachusetts, with the help of GPS Tracking.

When cops spotted marijuana traffickers loading wooden crates with bricks of marijuana, they executed a search warrant and planted a GPS tracker amidst the reefer. Then the cops just sat back and let the tracker do its thing.

The GPS tracker helped cops locate the drug shipment where they made the arrest of three men that were loading the 12 containers of marijuana into a van en route to distribution. All three suspects are currently being detained in Massachusetts.

(via WCVB Boston)

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GPS Devices Being Used to Track Dementia Patients

170427_old_man_walkingIndianapolis state legislature has begun discussions as to whether or not they should use GPS tracking systems on adults with dementia and other mental diseases that cause them to wander. The topic was brought to question due to recently passed legislation that began the Silver Alert program which involves the public in finding missing endangered adults. If passed, the law would require for adults with diseases like dementia to wear the GPS devices to help ensure their safety.

According to Michael Sullivan, director of public policy and advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana chapter, “There was a lot of concern by state police and broadcasters about how often there would be a Silver Alert.” For this reason lawmakers are calling for a study to determine weather or not the GPS devices should be made mandatory. Stephen Smith, president of the Indiana Health Care Association, called the proposal “overkill.”

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New Study Shows DNA Evidence Can Be Easily Fabricated

csipicDNA evidence has always been considered the end-all-be-all of proof in criminal cases. It was thought that this evidence was infallible and impossible to be tampered with. Well according to Israeli scientists, that is just not true.

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence. The scientists were able to do this by fabricating blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor. They also demonstrated they could create a sample of DNA to match a DNA profile without obtaining the tissue of the individual from the profile.

“You can just engineer a crime scene,” said Dan Frumkin, lead author of the paper, which has been published online by the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. “Any biology undergraduate could perform this.”

The scientists fabricated DNA samples in two ways, with one needing the services of a small real DNA sample, which was from a strand of hair. This tiny sample was then made much larger using a technique called whole genome amplification. They then combined the DNA from this strand, which came from a man, with blood from a women that had been removed of its DNA. When this sample was analyzed, it only came back positive as a normal sample of a man’s blood.

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