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Waffle House Shooting Underscores How Gun Laws Vary From State To State

Travis Reinking's guns were seized in Illinois, but he may have broken no laws by having those guns — including an AR-15 — when he moved to Tennessee late last year.

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Bloomberg – Sexual Harassment Cases Go Uncounted as Complaint Process Goes Private

Jeff Green, Bloomberg: “Even as women have begun speaking out about sexual harassment at work, the number of official complaints to state and federal regulators hit a two-decade low in 2017. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its state-level counterparts received just over 9,600 complaints in 2017, according to data obtained by Bloomberg, down from more than 16,000 in 1997—a 41 percent drop.But few experts think the decline means people—women, mostly—are facing 41 percent less sexual harassment, only that the complaint and resolution process is getting more private. Ninety-five percent of companies now have an in-house complaint process, the Society for Human Resource Management said in a January report. Eighty-two percent have an investigation protocol in place.  “It creates a false illusion that we’ve sort of solved the problem because we have the hotlines, we have systems in place, we’ve done the training,” said Orly Lobel, a labor and employment law professor at the University of San Diego. “There’s a public price we’re paying for not knowing what’s going on in our workplaces.” Every U.S. state saw the rate of sexual harassment per 100,000 women in the workforce fall over the last 20 years, but the drops weren’t uniform. Complaints in Maine fell by 96 percent, the biggest single-state drop. Michigan had the smallest, at about 19 percent, according to the EEOC data. It’s hard to compare, though, because state laws vary significantly, as do their enforcement. For example, Alabama has no state laws regulating harassment. California has a strict law…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Creating Data Visualizations Without Knowing How to Code

Center for Data Innovation: “A research collaboration between Adobe and Georgia Tech has published a free data visualization tool called Data Illustrator that allows users to create visualizations in a graphical interface without having to know how to code. Additionally, Dutch data visualization firm Vizualism has published a tutorial for Data Illustrator to walk users through how to create a visualization using data about life expectancy in Dutch cities.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Five myths about internet privacy where nothing is what is seems to be

You have precious little privacy on the web – whether you are browsing, using Facebook or Gmail, public WiFi, disk cleaning applications, or using the same “strong” passwords on multiple sites. USAToday reports – Many of us think we’re taking the right precautions, when in fact we’re putting our info at risk. The following are five such misconceptions, the truth behind them, and what to do about it…”

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April 22, 1993: Mosaic Browser Lights Up Web With Color, Creativity

Remember this? I sure do…Wired: “1993: NCSA Mosaic 1.0, the first web browser to achieve popularity among the general public, is released. With it, the web as we know it begins to flourish. The web in the early 1990s was mostly text. People were posting images, photos, and audio or video clips on web pages. But these pieces of “multimedia” were hidden behind links. If you wanted to look at a picture, you had to click on a link, and the picture would open in a new window. A team of students at the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications, or NCSA, decided the web needed an experience more stimulating and user-friendly than that, so they set to work to build a better browser. Borrowing design and user interface cues from some other early prototype browsers, they went through a handful of iterations before arriving at the final 1.0 release April 22, 1993. The result, NCSA Mosaic, was the first web browser with the ability to display text and images inline, meaning you could put pictures and text on the same page together, in the same window…”

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Book Review – ‘The Efficiency Paradox’ Review: Big Data, Big Problems

WSJ – Though technology is making our lives ever more convenient, it also may be having the unintended effect of lowering our skill set. Gregg Easterbrook reviews “The Efficiency Paradox” by Edward Tenner.

“‘Big Data” is the Big Bad of our moment. Companies and governments amass enormous troves of information about our online and offline activities, so they can understand them better than we do. Recently we learned that creepy firms like Cambridge Analytica mine Big Data from websites such as Facebook, using “psychographic microtargeting”— Orwell would have considered the term extreme—to alter public opinion, spread falsehoods and influence elections. Facebook itself seems increasingly creepy, grounded in lying to the public about what happens to the data it collects. In the future, will Big Data help physicians cure diseases or help health insurers deny claims? Make factories and products safer or accelerate layoffs? Ultimately spawn some kind of hostile artificial intelligence? Right now it’s fair to suppose that many people would favor putting the Big Data genie back into the bottle. Such questions set the stage for “The Efficiency Paradox,” a skillful and lucid book by Edward Tenner, a technology commentator best known for his 1996 volume “Why Things Bite Back.” Mr. Tenner’s specialty is the unintended consequences of scientific, engineering and electronic developments. Authors cannot control the current-events environment into which their works are launched, but the timing for “The Efficiency Paradox” seems propitious. The book arrives as the boomerang-and-backfire effects of Big Data are in the papers, or on your phone, as the case may be…”

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Veteran Receives Penis Transplant To Repair War Wound

Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital say 11 surgeons were involved in the 14-hour surgery in March. The patient, who requested anonymity, is expected to be released from the hospital this week

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VIDEO: Passenger Tased Over And Over Again On Plane After Allegedly Fondling Woman

An American Airlines passenger was shocked 10 times then forcibly removed from a flight after a woman accused him of touching her without permission, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

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Redesigning Maternal Care: Ob-Gyns Are Urged to See New Mothers Sooner And More Often

Sweeping changes in medical practice could improve the dismal U.S. rate of maternal deaths and near-deaths, an influential doctors' group says.

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During Investigation, 'Propublica' Finds Issues With Chicago Gang Database

Chicago police keep a massive database of residents with suspected gang ties, but ProPublica's Mike Dumke found significant errors and investigated the effects on Chicagoans who made the list.

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With Failing Lungs, Survivor Of Suspected Chemical Attack In Syria Tells Her Story

A survivor of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria that took place two weeks ago is now at a refugee camp. Her lungs are failing and her children's future is in doubt.

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Multiple Pedestrians Struck By Van In Toronto

Canadian police say a white van jumped a curb in northern Toronto, plowing into pedestrians.

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Why The Waffle House Shooting Suspect Had Access To Guns After His Were Seized

The suspected shooter in the Nashville Waffle House attack legally surrendered his guns in a previous incident. Many states seize guns from people who pose a danger. But how did he get them back?

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Nashville Police Say Waffle House Shooting Suspect Is In Custody

In Nashville, authorities have arrested the gunman they say killed four people at a Waffle House on Sunday. The suspect had been known to law enforcement and questions are swirling about why he had access to guns.

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South Korea Stops Its K-Pop Blast Ahead Of Meeting With The North

For years, South Korea has blasted K-Pop and other propaganda over the border to North Korea, and North Korea is responded with propaganda of its own. In anticipation of talks between leaders of the two countries later this week, South Korea has turned the speakers off, and North Korea was expected to do the same.

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Roger Wicker Discusses His Support For Mike Pompeo As Secretary Of State

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., about Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing for secretary of state.

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A 13-Year-Old In Afghanistan Won't Let His Injuries Get Him Down

Barkatullah is one of thousands of children who are casualties of the conflict. The latest are victims from Sunday's suicide bomb attack. What does the future hold for these youngsters?

(Image credit: Ivan Armando Flores for NPR)

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Nine Pedestrians Killed, Hit By Van In Toronto, Police Say

Sixteen people were injured in the incident in the North York area of the city. A suspect has been arrested.

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Waffle House Murder Suspect Is In Custody

Police said Monday afternoon that Travis Reinking was captured "moments ago." Reinking is suspected of opening fire and killing four people Sunday at a Waffle House in Tennessee.

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Amid Protests, Armenia's Prime Minister And Former President Will Resign

'The street movement is against my tenure,' said Serzh Sargsyan, after days of rallies. Critics oppose his new position, considering it a power grab by the former president.

(Image credit: Hrant Khactaryan/AP)

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