The pending use of GPS tracking devices, slated to be installed in Boston police cruisers, has many officers worried that commanders will monitor their every move while supervisors insist the system will improve their response to emergencies. The change, a result of contract negotiations between the city and the patrol officers union, puts Boston in league with small-town departments across the state and big-city agencies across the country that have installed global positioning systems in cruisers. Boston police administrators say the system gives dispatchers the ability to see where officers are, rather than wait for a radio response. Using GPS, they say, accelerates their response to a call for a shooting or an armed robbery.
The American computer networking manufacturer Cisco has seen a huge drop in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the National Security Agency using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world. Cisco chief executive John Chambers said during the company's earnings call that he believes other American technology companies will be similarly affected. Cisco saw orders in Brazil drop 25 percent and Russia drop 30 percent -- two countries that have expressed outrage over NSA spying.
A North Carolina Republican official has been fired from the state party executive board following an appearance on the Daily Show in which he boasted about the implications of the widely-criticized voting law recently enacted by the GOP-heavy state legislature. State GOP executive committee member Don Yelton said in the interview that the law curtailing early voting operations and disallowing college students to vote using their school ID "is going to kick the Democrats in the butt." He also dismissed concerns that the law will particularly affect minorities by saying, "If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it."
The mother of an ex-football player accused of raping a teen in a case that's attracted international attention said her son is being "assassinated."
Matthew Barnett, now 19, was charged in January 2012 in connection with the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, but the prosecuting attorney later dropped felony charges against him and a 17-year-old friend, Jordan Zech, who was accused of recording the encounter on cell phone video.
Barnett's parents told The Daily Mail their son had been harassed at the University of Missouri after the hacktivist group Anonymous had revealed his name and posted his photo online as it pressured local authorities to reopen the investigation. read more
On Sunday morning, the Kansas City Star published a horrific account of the rape and subsequent harassment of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman and her family. By early Monday morning, the hacktivist group Anonymous had taken up the cause on the Coleman's behalf.
The facts of the case are not in dispute: on January 8, 2012, a high school senior recorded himself having sex with Daisy Coleman, then left her, drunk and nearly unconscious, on her parents' front lawn in freezing weather. The senior in question, Matthew Barnett, had given her "a big glass of clear stuff," and tests at the hospital seven hours later showed her with a blood alcohol level of 0.13.