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FBI Is Investigating St. Louis Cardinals Suspects


January 28, 2016

The F.B.I. is hot on the trail of the person or persons with the St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball front office that, during the 2014 spring training camp held in Jupiter, Florida, broke into the Houston Astros’ computer. Despite efforts by the bad guys to mask their location, the feds were able to trace at least one of the breaches directly back to the computer used. At least four members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball operations staff have hired criminal defense lawyers, per The Fresno California Bee.

Where did the time go? As I recall it was November 12, 2006 that the Camp Latham site marker was dedicated at Overland and Virginia on the Rotary Plaza wall. Cathy and George Zermeno, Julie Cerra, Gary Silbiger and others were there. As we all know, Camp Latham was a Union army encampment during the Civil War.

Oh, my, the Defense Department has taken action against the University of Phoenix, a for-profit school that is one of the most popular destinations for military and veteran students nationwide, by restricting the school’s access to military bases and preventing it from accepting new students using military tuition assistance. A Pentagon spokesman cited reports of non-compliance with a Department of Defense military education Memorandum of Understanding. Also mentioned in the Navy Times were an ongoing investigation and reviews being conducted by the California State Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission.

On October 13, 2015 the United States Navy celebrated its 240th birthday. The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower will be in dry dock for 23 months after back-to-back deployments.

The F.B.I. last month issued a fraud alert telling shoppers to use a PIN with the new credit cards embedded with computer chips. But within a day or so it realized it had overstepped, had made a big mistake, and rescinded its order.

The 2016 ballot is a work in progress but we have heard we just might be voting on extending the temporary tax increases voters approved in 2012, raising cigarette taxes and perhaps even property taxes, as well as one or more measures to increase the minimum wage and one or more propositions to legalize recreational marijuana use, per Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee.

Los Angeles County Supervisors have approved a 10 percent pay increase over three years for County Sheriff’s Deputies. As you know, Culver City grants our police the same wage increases.

The Ventura County Star reported that Fillmore is the only municipality in Ventura County that will inspect homes for sale to ensure compliance with all building and safety codes. All violations will need to be corrected before sale.

A federal agency is again considering requests to open Wayne National Forest to oil and gas drilling. Companies have formally expressed interest to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in drilling on about 32,000 acres of the forest using hydraulic fracking.

Florida-based Global Tower Assets wants the town of Rome, Maine to turn over communications between officials and the town’s attorney regarding its application to build a 190-foot cell phone tower.

Health innovator MOCACARE has just released a monitor called the MOCAheart. See The size of a credit card, it scans your thumb and in just 25 seconds displays your heart rate, blood oxygen and blood flow on a 1 to 5 scale.

Periodically I go through my old files and recently came across a Sunset Magazine dated February 2006 referencing Ben Ford. Ben is the son of Harrison Ford and is a great chef who owned the Ford Filling Station at 9531 Culver Blvd. Unfortunately, it’s no longer there.

For those who just cannot wait but lack a bottle opener, the June 2012 issue of Popular Mechanics has an article naming 20 ways to open a beer bottle.

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is now possible with a scan. A much anticipated test developed by Eli Lilly detecting the presence of proteins in the brain that are related to Alzheimer’s disease was approved on April 6, 2012 by the Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers are saying mothers who are obese are significantly more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental abnormality. Other factors: older parental age, fewer than 12 months between children, diet and other lifestyle factors.

Governor Chris Christie signed a new law to reduce New Jersey’s seven percent sales tax on boats. The sales tax will be halved to 3.5 percent starting this month. Lawmakers say the legislation will be a boon to boat mechanics, manufacturers and marina operators who suffer from slumping sales lost to other states.

The highest ranking uniformed police officer in Suffolk County, New York has been arrested and faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty. James Burke was busted on civil rights and obstruction of justice charges for allegedly assaulting Christopher Loeb in the police station. Court papers allege Burke forced lower level cops to “get their stories straight” and keep him in the clear, intimidating them so badly that one even lied under oath on the witness stand.

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