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DelVal I.T. Services New Internet Scam ‘Ransomware’ Locks Computers, Demands Payment

DelVal I.T. Services New Internet Scam ‘Ransomware’ Locks Computers, Demands Payment

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 There is a new “drive-by” virus on the Internet, and it often carries a fake message—and fine—purportedly from the FBI.
“We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), referring to the virus known as Reveton ransomware, which is designed to extort money from its victims.
Reveton is described as drive-by malware because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.
The bogus message goes on to say that the user’s Internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. To unlock their machines, users are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.
“Some people have actually paid the so-called fine,” said the IC3’s Gregory, who oversees a team of cyber crime subject matter experts. (The IC3 was established in 2000 as a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. It gives victims an easy way to report cyber crimes and provides law enforcement and regulatory agencies with a central referral system for complaints.)


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“While browsing the Internet, a window popped up with no way to close it,” one Reveton victim recently wrote to the IC3. “The window was labeled ‘FBI’ and said I was in violation of one of the following: illegal use of downloaded media, under-age porn viewing, or computer-use negligence. It listed fines and penalties for each and directed me to pay $200 via a MoneyPak order. Instructions were given on how to load the card and make the payment. The page said if the demands were not met, criminal charges would be filed and my computer would remain locked on that screen.”
The Reveton virus, used by hackers in conjunction with Citadel malware—a software delivery platform that can disseminate various kinds of computer viruses—first came to the attention of the FBI in 2011. The IC3 issued a warning on its website in May 2012. Since that time, the virus has become more widespread in the United States and internationally. Some variants of Reveton can even turn on computer webcams and display the victim’s picture on the frozen screen.
“We are getting dozens of complaints every day,” Gregory said, noting that there is no easy fix if your computer becomes infected. “Unlike other viruses,” she explained, “Reveton freezes your computer and stops it in its tracks. And the average user will not be able to easily remove the malware.”
The IC3 suggests the following if you become a victim of the Reveton virus:
  • Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
  • Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
  • Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.
  • File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.
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Intruder Fatally Shot While Allegedly Attempting To Rob South Philadelphia Home

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police say an intruder was killed while trying to rob a home in South Philadelphia.

The incident happened around 12:50 a.m. along the 1400 block of South 6th Street.
The 63-year-old homeowner tells police that two unknown men broke in through a second floor bathroom window and confronted him.

Police say a struggle ensued and that is when the homeowner says he retrieved his gun and began firing shots at the intruders, who fled back out the bathroom window.

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Michigan rolls into Final Four, beats Fla. 79-59

Michigan rolls into Final Four, beats Fla. 79-59 

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Michigan's Trey Burke (3) passes the ball to Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) in front of Florida's Casey Prather (24) during the second half of a regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.
 
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Trey Burke and Michigan had the perfect response for everyone who said they were too young or not tough enough to make it all the way to Atlanta.


The championship trophy for the South Region is headed back to Ann Arbor, while another fabulous group of young Wolverines is going to the Final Four.

Led by Burke and sharp-shooting guard Nik Stauskas, one of three freshmen starters, Michigan controlled Florida from start to finish in a 79-59 win Sunday.

"It means the world - 20 years has passed and we haven't been on that stage yet," said Tim Hardaway Jr., the junior elder statesman in the starting lineup.

The last time Michigan made it this far was the Fab Five era of the early 1990s, what until now had been considered the program's glory years.

Might be time to start rethinking that.

Once they got ahead Sunday, the Wolverines (30-7) maintained a double-digit lead against the experienced Gators (29-8), who won the regular-season title in the Southeastern Conference, but lost in a regional final for the third straight year.

"We've almost become numb to it now. Been here before," Gators junior center Patric Young said. "I just really wish we were out there cutting the nets down."

Stauskas scored 22 points while making all six of his 3-pointers. Burke, the South Region's most outstanding player, scored 15 points, and 6-foot-10 freshman Mitch McGary had 11 points and nine rebounds.

When the game ended, Burke and several of his teammates went to the opposite side of the court toward Michigan fans behind press row with fingers raised. Fans were chanting, "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!"

And great to be young.

"Seeing it all come together, I don't what to say," sixth-year Wolverines coach John Beilein said. "I'm a little bit speechless."

Michigan hadn't reached the Final Four since consecutive finals appearances in 1992 and 1993, the freshman and sophomore seasons of the Fab Five - Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King.

Webber was gone before that team's 1994 regional final loss to Arkansas played in the now-demolished Reunion Arena in Dallas, and Howard followed him to the NBA after that.

With four wins in this NCAA tourney, the Wolverines already have more tournament victories than their total from the end of the Fab Five era to this season. They had one win in 1998, and then didn't even make the field again until 2009.

Burke is from Columbus, Ohio, and grew up an Ohio State football fan while rooting for Duke basketball. The sophomore still knew of the Wolverines' history and isn't surprised to be back in the Final Four again so quickly after arriving in Ann Arbor.

"I said it in the summer and the coaches kind of got on me saying we can be national championship contenders. But that was coming from my heart," said Burke, surrounded by the sons of three former NBA players. "I knew once we put the talent with the toughness and execution, then I knew this team could be special. We're coming together at the right time."

Despite being the only team to make regional finals each of the last three seasons, the Gators haven't been to the Final Four since winning consecutive national titles in 2006 and 2007 for coach Billy Donovan.

Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy, the four-year seniors who came in not long after those titles, will leave without one of their own. They were part of the only Gators class to win consecutive outright SEC regular-season championships, but came up short in the biggest games.

Florida is the first team to make it to three consecutive regional finals without winning at least one of them, according to STATS LLC. Wyoming lost in the round of eight from 1947-49, but that stretch ended two years before the NCAA tournament expanded to more than eight teams.

"I feel more upset for Boynton, (Mike) Rosario and Murphy, who don't get a chance and have come so close," Donovan said. "This one, we didn't play well enough or deserve to win."

Boynton and Will Yeguete had 13 points apiece for the Gators.

The Gators were able to recover from an early deficit against Florida Gulf Coast for a 62-50 win Friday night on the raised stage at Cowboys Stadium.

It was another story facing Big Blue.

After McGary started the scoring with a layup, Stauskas made a behind-the-back pass to McGary for a slam before making his first 3-pointer less than a half-minute after that.

Burke passed to McGary for a layup before driving for one of his own. McGary's jumper made it 13-0 only 3:05 into the game.

Stauskas, who was 2 of 12 from 3-point range the first three games of this NCAA tourney, was on target against the Gators.

The 6-foot-6 guard from Canada put the Wolverines up by 24 points with 4:08 left in the first half after two consecutive 3s from the left corner in a span of 27 seconds.

Like he did on all of his makes, Stauskas came back down the court with a smile on his face, sharing the moment with the Wolverines fans who made the trip to North Texas.

"I can't even explain the feeling. I was having so much fun," Stauskas said. "I've been working and dreaming my whole life about something like this. To finally have it, I have a smile on my face and I'm enjoying the moment."

Florida missed its first seven shots before Yeguete made a layup more than 3 1/2 minutes into the game.

It was a rough finale for Murphy, who twice thought he had easy baskets in front of him only to have the shots blocked. Murphy had eight rebounds, but finished 0-of-11 shooting and was scoreless for the first time this season.

Murphy was clearly devastated, staring at the floor with slumped shoulder in the locker room after the game.
"Just missed shots," Murphy said, barely loud enough to be heard, and answering in short spurts. "Our defense was bad."

Even with an 11-2 run late in the first half punctuated by Boynton's 3-pointer, the Gators were still down by 15 with a minute to go in the first half.

But the Wolverines were able to score even after it appeared that the half had ended; Burke was already heading off the court pumping his right arm toward the Michigan fans.

Stauskas was fouled on a 3-point attempt with .4 seconds left and, after officials reviewed the play, hit two free throws to give the Wolverines a 47-30 lead.

It was that kind of day for Michigan, and for Florida, as well.


High court poised to upend civil rights policies

High court poised to upend civil rights policies 

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In this March 5, 2013 photo, University of Texas senior Bradley Poole, 21, poses for a photo on the campus in Austin, Texas. Poole, an advertising major, became president of the school's Black Student Alliance, seeking camaraderie after noticing he often was the only African-American in his classes. In two pivotal legal cases, one on affirmative action and another on voting rights, a divided U.S. Supreme Court may be poised in the coming weeks to rule that racism is largely a relic of America's past. The question is apt as the nation nears a demographic tipping point, when non-whites become the country's majority for the first time.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind?

Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer those questions.

In one case, the issue is whether race preferences in university admissions undermine equal opportunity more than they promote the benefits of racial diversity. Just this past week, justices signaled their interest in scrutinizing affirmative action very intensely, expanding their review as well to a Michigan law passed by voters that bars "preferential treatment" to students based on race. Separately in a second case, the court must decide whether race relations - in the South, particularly - have improved to the point that federal laws protecting minority voting rights are no longer warranted.

The questions are apt as the United States closes in on a demographic tipping point, when nonwhites will become a majority of the nation's population for the first time. That dramatic shift is expected to be reached within the next generation, and how the Supreme Court rules could go a long way in determining what civil rights and equality mean in an America long divided by race.

The court's five conservative justices seem ready to declare a new post-racial moment, pointing to increased levels of voter registration and turnout among blacks to show that the South has changed. Lower federal courts just in the past year had seen things differently, blunting voter ID laws and other election restrictions passed by GOP-controlled legislatures in South Carolina, Texas and Florida, which they saw as discriminatory.

"Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes," Justice Antonin Scalia said in oral arguments earlier this year, suggesting that it was the high court's responsibility to overturn voting protections overwhelmingly passed by Congress in 2006.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, part of the court's more liberal wing, countered that while conventional discriminatory tactics may have faded, new ones have emerged. "Congress said up front: We know that the (voter) registration is fine. That is no longer the problem. But the discrimination continues in other forms," she said.

The legal meanings of "equality," "racism" and "discrimination" have been in flux since at least 1883, when justices struck down a federal anti-discrimination law, calling it an unfair racial advantage for former black slaves. Today, justices face the question of whether the nation has reached equality by a 1960s definition or some new standard.

By some demographic measures, America has reached a new era. But the latest census data and polling from The Associated Press also show race and class disparities that persist.

President Barack Obama, the nation's first black chief executive, was re-elected in November despite a historically low percentage of white supporters. He was aided by a growing bloc of blacks, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and gays, and a disproportionate share of women, who together supported him by at least a 2-to-1 margin.

Another sign of shifting times: Among newborns, minorities outnumbered whites for the first time last year, the Census Bureau reported. "The end of the world as straight white males know it," one newspaper headline said on the morning after the November election.

Still, issues linger by race, age and class:
 -Jobs and income. Black poverty has fallen by half since 1959, to 27.6 percent, but is still nearly three times the poverty rate of whites. Black and Hispanic men are twice as likely as whites to work in the low-paying service sector. Since the 1970s, the unemployment rate for blacks has remained double that of whites.
-Wealth. The wealth gap between whites and minorities is at its widest since 1984. Predominantly younger minorities were hit hard when home prices fell, while older whites were more likely to invest in 401(k) retirement plans and stocks, which have rebounded since the recession. The median net worth of white households was $113,149 in 2009, compared with $6,325 for Hispanics and $5,677 for blacks.
-Class and education. By some measures, the gap between rich and poor has stretched to its widest since 

1967. Globalization and automation have eliminated many mid-skill jobs, leaving a polarized pool of low-wage work and high-skill jobs requiring advanced degrees. About 40 percent of whites age 25-29 graduate from college, compared with 15 percent for Latinos and 23 percent for blacks.
-Racial bias. Prejudice against blacks worsened slightly in the four years since Obama was first elected in 2008, according to an AP poll. In all, 51 percent of Americans expressed explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in 2008. Questions designed to ferret out subconscious bias raised the proportion with anti-black sentiments to 56 percent, and the share of people expressing pro-black attitudes fell.

Roderick Harrison, a demographer who is black, says he felt pride in Obama's re-election, which to him reaffirmed a historic achievement not only for black Americans but also a broader coalition of racially diverse groups. Still, he worries that demographic change and Obama's success may lead to a tipping point in the opposite direction, where people in the United States are led to assume racial equality has fully arrived.

The strength of minority support behind Obama was aided by the 1965 Voting Rights Act and other protections, he said.

The term "minority" often refers to an unequal or disadvantaged status and isn't always about numbers or counts, said Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau. The District of Columbia, Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Texas already have populations of racial and ethnic minorities that collectively add up to more than 50 percent. Across the U.S., more than 11 percent of counties have tipped to "majority-minority" status.

"Minority status is a matter of exclusion from full participation in society, remaining long after a nation becomes `majority minority,'" Harrison said.
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To Bradley Poole, 21, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, racial progress is measured by the little things. An advertising major, Poole became a member and then president of the school's Black Student Alliance, seeking camaraderie after noticing he often was the only African-American in his classes.

"I definitely feel the difference," he said.

The university automatically grants admission to the top 10 percent of students in each of the state's high schools. That helps bring in students of different backgrounds because Texas high schools are highly racially segregated, reflecting decades of segregated neighborhoods.

In a state where blacks now make up 11.5 percent of the population and Hispanics 38 percent, the university's enrollment of 50,000 students never rose above 3 percent to 4.5 percent black and 13 percent to 17 percent Hispanic. So in 2004 it decided to allow students who miss the 10 percent cutoff to be considered for admission based on a range of socioeconomic factors, including race.

The share of black students has since increased slightly to 6 percent, while Hispanic enrollment rose to 26 percent.

The university's affirmative action plan is being challenged in the Supreme Court by Abigail Fisher, a white student who missed the cutoff and was rejected. Fisher says she was denied fair consideration because of her race.

A 2003 Supreme Court opinion said universities may consider race only as one of several factors to promote diversity. The court said diversity benefits everyone because in a global economy it fosters leaders who can relate to people of different backgrounds.

In the last week, justices also agreed to take up a second affirmative action case this year, deciding whether states may pass laws that restrict the use of race preferences in college admissions. That case involves an appeal to a lower court ruling that found a 2006 voter-approved ban in Michigan unconstitutional, reasoning that such bans put minorities at a disadvantage.

The justices' decision to hear the Michigan case next fall - with their decision in the Texas case still to be announced this spring - suggests that the court will not decide in the Texas case to eliminate affirmative action programs in higher education.

In the seven or so states that enacted bans on affirmative action at their public universities, freshman enrollments of blacks and Hispanics almost always fell afterward - as much as 50 percent at UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley - although in some cases they later rebounded. Those states now include Arizona, California, Florida, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington. A Supreme Court ruling that further restricts affirmative action could shake up college admissions policies nationwide, perhaps shifting focus to low-income students or low-performing schools.

Before opting to enroll at Texas, Poole says he considered attending a mostly white university in Iowa and a historically black college in Louisiana. The college course he now values the most: an advertising seminar that he attended along with a Hispanic, a female student-athlete and an Asian-American. No one in that class was a "minority," he said, and there was a range of perspectives.

Outside class, Poole says his organization has experienced racial incidents. One white student ran up in "blackface" to where members were gathered on campus, daring them to respond. A legal brief filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on behalf of Poole's group lists other racial incidents in recent years, some of which led to suspensions or public apologies.

"Racial diversity is a conversation we need to have," he said.
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Not since the tumultuous 1960s have U.S. ideals of equality been more closely contested. Legal analysts say a Supreme Court holding of a colorblind Constitution, either as a matter of law or practical effect, could begin to emerge in two rulings on voting rights and affirmative action due out by late June. A third ruling in the Michigan affirmative action case will come next term.

The five conservative justices who make up a majority could overturn the 2003 opinion or take a less dramatic step. The court may opt for tighter restrictions that make it difficult for colleges to consider race or rule narrowly that in a situation like Texas, its unique top 10 percent plan is enough on its own to achieve diversity.

In the court's other racial case, a conservative majority may declare the 1965 Voting Rights Act constitutionally flawed for its focus on racism in the South but leave it up to lawmakers to sort it out.

The court could also find a less sweeping, more technical way of deciding the voting rights case, much as they did four years ago. Back then, Chief Justice John Roberts suggested Congress should update the law to reflect improved conditions in the South. Congress hasn't done so.

Prominent legal bloggers are already warning of sharp public reaction, especially if justices strike down federal voting protections.

"If the court rules in a conservative direction, this will be a pivotal year with regard to race in the Constitution and a year that could have a devastating effect on racial diversity," adds Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine law school.
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Has the country put its racist past behind it? That question is at the core of the challenge to the Voting Rights Act. The arguments before the court raised questions about whether new, more subtle forms of voting discrimination have taken the place of Jim Crow laws.

In 1870, the Constitution guaranteed blacks the right to vote. But for many decades afterward, whites in the post-slavery South used poll taxes and literacy tests to block African-Americans from voting.

That changed in 1965 with enactment of the Voting Rights Act, which let minorities file lawsuits against voter discrimination. Section 5 of that law went even further, requiring nine states, mostly in the South, and scores of counties and townships in seven other states, all with histories of disenfranchisement, to get federal approval before making any election change. Changes can include everything from a different poll location to a new political redistricting map.

The voting act was renewed by Congress in 2006 for another 25 years. The Justice Department and the federal courts last year used Section 5 to block voter restrictions in South Carolina, Texas and parts of Florida. That saved hundreds of thousands of votes that would otherwise have been lost in November, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Many were cast by blacks and Hispanics who turned out for Obama.

Lawyers for Shelby County, Alabama, which is challenging Section 5, say the tables have turned in a nation that is now much more racially diverse, with minority voters possibly holding an unfair advantage.

"You have a different constituency from the constituency you had in 1964," attorney Bert Rein told the justices. "Senators who see that a very large group in the population has politically wedded themselves to Section 5 are not going to vote against it."

Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Election Law Blog, says the "smart money" now is on the Supreme Court striking down Section 5, leading to consequences for minority voters such as "more brazen partisan gerrymanders, cutbacks in early voting and imposition of tougher voting and registration rules in the formerly covered jurisdictions."

But if the court strikes down "a crown jewel of the civil rights movement," he said, that could spark a public backlash that sends Congress back to the drawing board, with any resulting new law applying equally to all states.



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Miami Heat’s Winning Streak Ends; 6 Games Shy Of Record

Miami Heat’s Winning Streak Ends; 6 Games Shy Of Record














CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates fell short.
The Heat finished six shy of the 33-game record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bulls brought the Heat’spursuit of NBA history to a screeching halt.

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Young Sisters Among 8 People Facing Charges For Alleged Sexual Assault In Cape May County

Young Sisters Among 8 People Facing Charges For Alleged Sexual Assault In Cape May County

LOWER TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS) – Eighteen-year-old Brittney Hearon and her 16-year-old sister say accusations against them are completely false.

“I didn’t expect for any of this to happen. We helped her, and then we got accused of hurting her,” said the 16-year-old.

She and Brittney say they were trying to look out for a 14-year-old girl during a drinking party in the woods on March 15th.

The sisters say they were headed back into a wooded area in their neighborhood to meet up with friends. After some time, they say they realized a 14-year-old girl who was with the group was nowhere to be found.

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Sheriff: Adults home when dogs killed Ga. toddler

Sheriff: Adults home when dogs killed Ga. toddler 
 

ELLABELL, Ga. (AP) -- A toddler who slipped outside through a doggie door was mauled to death by her family's seven dogs in the backyard while the attack went unnoticed by the child's mother and other relatives inside their home, a southeast Georgia sheriff said Thursday.

Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said the child's grandmother told investigators she was lying in bed when she heard the pit bulls and pit bull mixes barking, and she looked outside her window to see them dragging the girl. Smith said she began yelling, "They're killing Monica!"

It was too late. Monica Renee Laminack, who would have turned 2 on June 1, was dead by the time an ambulance arrived Wednesday evening. Animal control officers used drugs to euthanize the dogs at the home on a rural road in tiny Ellabell, about 30 miles west of Savannah. Deputies found the girl's shoes, diaper and shredded clothing scattered across the fenced-in yard, Smith said.

"They had dragged the child all over the yard. ... They tore her clothes all up," Smith said.

The toddler lived in a modest, two-story house tucked away from the main road. The sheriff said four generations of the same family shared the home, including the child's 18-year-old mother, grandparents and two uncles who are still young boys.

The girl's grandmother, Michelle McIntyre, sat weeping on the tailgate of a pickup outside the home Thursday. Summer Laminack, the child's mother, sat next to her staring silently at the ground.

"She's in shock," Barbara Brauda, a friend who was visiting the family, told The Associated Press before a man approached and asked a reporter to leave the property. "She hasn't been doing a whole lot of crying because she's still numb."

The sheriff said at least three adult relatives were inside the home when the dogs killed the girl outside. No criminal charges had been filed Thursday. Smith said he expects charges will be brought after he's had a chance to discuss the case with the district attorney and the girl's family has been given time to hold her funeral.

"I can see child neglect at the very minimum," Smith said.

Relatives told investigators the dogs that mauled the child were essentially family pets - a mother dog and six offspring from a litter she had about 16 months ago, the sheriff said.

The dogs had their own doggie doors that let them come in and out of the house as they pleased. The family told deputies the dogs had never attacked a person, though one of them might have killed a cat, Smith said. He said relatives insisted the toddler would play with the dogs and even "use them as pillows while watching TV."

Smith said the dogs looked healthy and well-fed, and investigators found no signs they were being used as fighting dogs by their owners.

"They said they have never been aggressive to other people," he said. "Why they got started I have no idea."
Christy Lamica lives across the street from the home where the girl was killed. She said she's seen neighbors walking pit bulls on leashes along the street but isn't sure where the owners live.

"Everybody on this street has dogs, and everybody pretty much keeps to themselves," said Lamica, who said she doesn't know the family of the mauled toddler. "Their dogs don't get out, and we never hear anything from them. I'm home all day, and I've never had issues."
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Juvenile Driver Escapes Kidnapping By Crashing Into Police Car On The Ben Franklin Bridge


Juvenile Driver Escapes Kidnapping By Crashing Into Police Car On The Ben Franklin Bridge
 
Floribert Nava (credit: Cape May County Correctional Facility)
Floribert Nava
 
WILDWOOD, N.J. (CBS) – A juvenile driver, forced to drive from Wildwood to Philadelphia, escaped by crashing into a police car on the Ben Franklin Bridge on Friday morning.

Authorities say 45-year-old Floribert Nava of Wildwood was arrested and charged with kidnapping following the crash.

According to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, a Delaware River Port Authority officer was parked on the shoulder of the Ben Franklin Bridge in a marked police vehicle when he was struck by a car being driven by the juvenile victim.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

With Focus On Same Sex Marriage, Delaware’s Governor Says State Could Be The 10th To Legalize It

With Focus On Same Sex Marriage, Delaware’s Governor Says State Could Be The 10th To Legalize It

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — They say they’re fighting for marriage equality.

Protesters rallied in D.C on the same day that the Supreme Court listened to arguments on whether California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

“When you’re grown, you do as you feel,” said Gail Campbell of Wilmington. “I don’t have a problem with it.”

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Next Stop For La Salle: Los Angeles and the ‘Sweet 16′

Next Stop For La Salle: Los Angeles and the ‘Sweet 16′















PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s off to Los Angeles for the La Salle Explorers.
Their run in the NCAA Tournament continues after a dramatic 76-74 win over Ole Miss, Sunday night in Kansas City.  The Explorers now match-up with Wichita State on Thursday night in the ‘Sweet 16′.

The Explorers third win in five days in the tournament wasn’t decided until Tyrone Garland hit a scoop lay-up with two seconds left, snapping a 74-74 tie.  The Explorers haven’t been this deep into the tournament since 1955.

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Couple In Wild Police Chase Hoped To Quit Drugs, But Go Out With Bang


Couple In Wild Police Chase Hoped To Quit Drugs, But Go Out With Bang











  


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The couple charged with stealing a couple of police cars in Camden and Philadelphia earlier this month confessed, and both told authorities they were on a days-long drug binge and wanted to get warm, get clean and go out with a bang.

Both have been ordered held for trial.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Temple Falls Short Of Beating No. 1 Indiana

Temple Falls Short Of Beating No. 1 Indiana
 
Khalif Wyatt shoots against Remy Abell #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Khalif Wyatt shoots against Remy Abell #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton, OH (CBS)—Temple elbowed. And shoved. And pushed. And lowered shoulders. And made Indiana Hoosiers go running to the dressing room holding aloft body parts and returning with flak jackets on.

The Owls brought a brand of the Philly playground bump-and-grind to the No. 1-seeded Hoosiers in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday before a red-clad, Indiana-partisan crowd at Dayton Arena.

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Holy Week Begins With A Procession Of Children At Mother Bethel AME

Holy Week Begins With A Procession Of Children At Mother Bethel AME
 
(Credit: Justin Udo)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Holy Week is the most important week on the Christian calendar and it starts with Palm Sunday.

At the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church in South Philadelphia, Holy Week began with a palm procession led by children.

For this congregant, it is a reminder of what Jesus Christ endured for his followers.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Temple Fans Watch Owls Win Nerve-Wracking Game

Temple Fans Watch Owls Win Nerve-Wracking Game

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – March Madness hit the Temple campus as students and staff watched the Owls beat N.C. State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

A few hundred watched on the big screen at Temple’s performing arts center. The Owls had as much as an 18-point lead in the second half, but the Wolfpack cut it to two-points late in the game. Temple held on, though, for a 76-72 win.

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No. 13 seed La Salle beats No. 4 K-State, 63-61

No. 13 seed La Salle beats No. 4 K-State, 63-61 

AP Photo
La Salle guard Tyreek Duren (3) is covered by Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez (13) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 22, 2013.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- La Salle wouldn't let a stellar first half go to waste.

Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and the No. 13 seed Explorers survived after blowing an 18-point halftime advantage to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State 63-61 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Wright, who scored a game-high 21 points for the Explorers (22-9), made the first two free throws to give La Salle a 62-61 lead. Kansas State's Jordan Henriquez missed in the paint at the other end, and Wright made the first of two more foul shots with 9.6 seconds to go.

The Wildcats (27-8) raced down court, looking for a tying basket, but point guard Angel Rodriguez got hung up in the corner near the Kansas State bench. His off-balance shot over the corner of the backboard missed everything, and the Explorers jumped off their bench to celebrate.

Ramon Galloway scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half, and Sam Mills added 10 points for La Salle, which beat Boise State in one of the First Four games just to reach Kansas City, and now has won two games in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1955.

The Explorers will play 12th-seeded Mississippi, which knocked off No. 5 Wisconsin 57-46 earlier in the day, for a spot in the round of 16 in a suddenly shredded West Region.

Henriquez and Shane Southwell scored 17 points each for Kansas State, which trailed 44-26 at the break but managed to claw back into the game with some scrappy defense.

La Salle was just 3 for 18 from the field in the second half.

It turned out to be just enough.

Explorers coach John Giannini was worried his team would be weary after beating Boise State two days ago, so his guys hardly practiced Thursday. They made up for it by putting up extra shots before the game, when Kansas State headed to the locker room for final instructions.

Evidently, the Explorers got into quite the rhythm.

Galloway hit the first of his three first-half 3-pointers on La Salle's opening possession, and he was followed in quick succession by Mills and Tyreek Duren, whose own shots from beyond the arc effectively silenced a partisan crowd that came dressed mostly in purple and white.

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber kept calling timeouts to implore his team to settle down, but nothing seemed to stick. During one break, with the Explorers already leading 21-9, the first-year coach clapped his hands and told his team as it arrived at the bench, "We're fine!"

The Explorers pushed their lead to 35-16 late in the first half, and even when the Wildcats made back-to-back baskets - and their subdued fans started to stir - La Salle's veteran backcourt was there to answer with a slicing layup or a fall-away jumper.

La Salle shot 58 percent and committed two turnovers in building a 44-26 halftime lead, while the Wildcats went 1 for 8 from beyond the arc and turned it over seven times.

Everything turned in the second half.

Those open 3-pointers the Explorers had been pouring in were replaced with brick shots and air balls, their weary legs starting to show. And those lousy passes and missed layups by Kansas State were replaced with crisp feeds for open looks around the basket.

Henriquez, the Wildcats' 7-footer, started to take advantage of a six-inch advantage in the paint, scoring six points during their 20-5 run to open the half. When he checked out, bruising post player Thomas Gipson kept the pressure on, demoralizing the smaller Explorers.

Gipson's basket in the paint drew Kansas State within 56-55, and then a put-back by McGruder gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game with 7:10 remaining.

Wright's two foul shots with just over 4 minutes left in the game knotted it 60-all, and Henriquez's free throw with 2:25 remaining gave Kansas State the lead. But McGruder missed a closely guarded jumper on the Wildcats' next trip, and then rattled out a 3-pointer.

The misfires gave the Explorers the opening they needed to finish off a memorable upset.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pa. Man Convicted Of Threatening Sarah Palin Sentenced To 2 Years In Jail For Probation Violation


Pa. Man Convicted Of Threatening Sarah Palin Sentenced To 2 Years In Jail For Probation Violation


Sarah Palin (photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Sarah Palin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old Pennsylvania man convicted of harassing Sarah Palin’s Alaska lawyers has been sentenced to two years in prison for a probation violation.
Shawn Christy of McAdoo, Pa., received credit for time already served.

 Shawn Christy of McAdoo, Pa., received credit for time already served.

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TSA Program Extended For Displaced NJ Sandy Victims

TSA Program Extended For Displaced NJ Sandy Victims

 
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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – The Christie Administration announced that FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program has been extended to April 5th.

On Thursday, officials announced the program would be extended for an additional 14 days, with check-out moving to April 6th for eligible people.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Temple Owls Make Their Way To Ohio With High Hopes

Temple Owls Make Their Way To Ohio With High Hopes
 
Khalif Wyatt File Photo (Credit:  Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Khalif Wyatt File Photo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Temple Owls are on their way to Dayton for Friday’s NCAA tournament contest against North Carolina State.

Temple has been down this road before, six straight trips to the big dance.

For full story go to: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/.

Croatian Girl Who Traveled To CHOP For Potentially Lifesaving Treatment Passes Away

Croatian Girl Who Traveled To CHOP For Potentially Lifesaving Treatment Passes Away















PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A little girl who traveled to Philadelphia from Croatia for potentially lifesaving cancer treatment has, unfortunately, passed away.

On Wednesday, the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania released a statement on the death of five-year-old Nora Situm that reads:

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NJ Family Claims Officials Overreacted To Facebook Photo Of Son With Gun


NJ Family Claims Officials Overreacted To Facebook Photo Of Son With Gun
 
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CARNEYS POINT, NJ (CBS) — A New Jersey family claims a Facebook photo of their son holding a rifle his father gave him for his upcoming 11th birthday led the state’s child welfare agency to their home, demanding to be let inside and inspect their guns.

The family of Josh Moore asked caseworkers and police to leave their Carneys Point home last Friday because they did not have a search warrant.

For full story go to: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Police: Murder-Suicide Inside Hospice Area Of Lehigh Valley Hospital

Police: Murder-Suicide Inside Hospice Area Of Lehigh Valley Hospital
 












 
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (CBS) –- An elderly man shot and killed his wife before taking his own life inside the hospice area of a Lehigh County hospital Tuesday, police said.

The shooting happened at about 1 p.m. inside the 4th floor hospice area of the Lehigh Valley Hospital campus located at 17th and Chew Streets in Allentown.

Investigators say Elwood Osman fatally shot his 83-year-old wife, Mildred, in her hospital bed before turning the gun on himself.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Former voice of TV's Elmo faces abuse suit in Pa.

Former voice of TV's Elmo faces abuse suit in Pa. 

AP Photo
Sheldon Stephens, left, accompanied by his attorney Jeff Herman, addresses a news conference, in New York, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Stephens, 24, of Harrisburg, Pa., has filed suit against Kevin Clash, former voice of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo, claiming the entertainer lured him into drug-fueled sex when he was 16.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A man who initially recanted sex abuse allegations against the former puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo has sued him, alleging the entertainer lured him into drug-fueled sex when he was 16.

"I was taken advantage of by someone a lot older, and manipulated," Sheldon Stephens, who's now 24, told a Manhattan news conference on Tuesday.

He said he had met puppeteer Kevin Clash at a networking event for models and actors, and was later brought by limousine from his home in Pennsylvania to a New York apartment. There, Stephens said, Clash smoked crystal meth while giving the teenager another recreational drug.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Pennsylvania, Stephens accused the 52-year-old Clash of sexual battery for childhood sexual abuse; travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct; and coercion and enticement to sexual activity. Stephens is asking for unspecified damages and coverage of his legal expenses.

Clash's attorney, Michael Berger, said in a statement Tuesday that his client denies any wrongdoing. He said Stephens already admitted he had had an adult consensual relationship with Clash.

Three other men also are suing Clash, alleging underage sex. Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in November.

Stephens first made the allegations last year. His lawyer, Jeff Herman, said Stephens recanted over the possibility of a settlement, but none was ever reached. Herman said his client would not discuss details of any possible agreement.

Stephens said at the news conference that he was 22 when the relationship ended. He said he only took action after watching "Sesame Street" with his young nieces.

"When I started to realize my nieces were idolizing this character, it just disgusted me inside because I knew what had happened to me," Stephens said.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fourth Person Pleads Guilty In Camden County High School Sex Scandal

Fourth Person Pleads Guilty In Camden County High School Sex Scandal

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A fourth person connected to a southern New Jersey high school has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from inappropriate relationships with students.

Former Triton High School teacher Nick Martinelli pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of fourth-degree hindering apprehension.

Martinelli resigned his teaching position and will forfeit his teaching certificate. Under terms of his plea, he will be sentenced to probation next month.

For full story go to: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Former Delco Public School Principal Charged With Possessing Child Porn


Former Delco Public School Principal Charged With Possessing Child Porn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The attorney for a former middle school principal in the Rose Tree-Media School District says his client will plead guilty to federal charges of possession of child pornography.

At the time the investigation began, 42-year-old principal Troy Czukoski of Exton was serving as principal of the Springton Lake Middle School.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/


Monday, March 11, 2013

76ers Top Nets 106-97 To End 5-Game Losing Streak

76ers Top Nets 106-97 To End 5-Game Losing Streak
 
(credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Spencer Hawes had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 15 points and 11 assists and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-97 on Monday night.

Hawes set a season high for points and also had seven assists while helping the Sixers snap a five-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bernard Hopkins Shocks The World Again


Bernard Hopkins Shocks The World Again


 
(Credit: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions)

BROOKLYN, NY (CBS) — Bernard Hopkins never ceases to amaze. If Hopkins has no palpable special motivation, the future Hall of Fame fighter has always been able to conjure up some of his own.

This time, Hopkins didn’t need it. This fight came well supplied with its own special incentive.

For full story go to: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/.

Campaign Under Way To Save Philadelphia’s Police Headquarters

Campaign Under Way To Save Philadelphia’s Police Headquarters
 
Philadelphia Police Administrative Building.
Philadelphia Police Administrative Building.
 
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – In this Colonial-era city that adores its brick-and-cobblestone neighborhoods, the Roundhouse has always been a square peg.

The curvilinear landmark from 1963, officially named the Police Administration Building and situated near Chinatown, is one that many Philadelphians love to hate. Now, city planners are sketching out a plan for the near future would wipe the Roundhouse off the map.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Area Residents Get One Last Peek At The Philadelphia Flower Show

Area Residents Get One Last Peek At The Philadelphia Flower Show














PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society wrote “30″ on this year’s edition of the Flower Show and it went out with a bang.

Irish singer Keith Harkin provided live entertainment to complement the floral displays. They had to last an extra day this year since the show was lengthened to eight days.

For full story go to:  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bernard Hopkins Is Not Ready To Go Away Yet

Bernard Hopkins Is Not Ready To Go Away Yet
 
(credit: Golden Promotions/Tom Hogan Photos)

Brooklyn, NY (CBS)—Bernard Hopkins wants you to still believe. The future Hall of Famer is still around, believe it or not. He still can beat most of the top light heavyweights in the world.

But is he still a world-champion caliber fighter?

For full story go to: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

UPDATE: 19 Arrested At Protests On School Closings

UPDATE: 19 Arrested At Protests On School Closings














PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial plan to close 29 public schools.

Opponents of the plan are lined up to speak before the vote in hopes of defeating it, and as of Thursday night, 19 protesters have already been arrested – including the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

For full story go to: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Suspects Charged In Wild Camden-Philly Police Chase Involving Stolen Cop Cars

Suspects Charged In Wild Camden-Philly Police Chase Involving Stolen Cop Cars
















PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The suspects in a wild police chase involving two stolen police cars have been identified.

The suspects have been identified by police as 23-year-old Shayna Sykes and 24-year-old Blake Bills.
The incident reportedly began at about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday when Camden Police Officer Sekou Reid-Bey, 49, stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at Haddon Avenue and Federal Street in Camden.

For full story go to: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/


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