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Brian Harrod
Citizen journalist by day and a janitor by night (AKA "participatory", "guerrilla" or "street journalist")
Citizen journalist by day and a janitor by night (AKA "participatory", "guerrilla" or "street journalist")

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LAWSUIT: Bose Headphones Spy on Users

The audio maker Bose, whose wireless headphones sell for up to $350, uses an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that information to third parties -- all without the knowledge and permission of the users, according to a lawsuit filed in Chicago on Tuesday.

The complaint accuses Boston-based Bose of violating the WireTap Act and a variety of state privacy laws, adding that a person's audio history can include a window into a person's life and views.

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is a man named Kyle Zak, who claims he followed the company's suggestion to "get the most out of your headphones" by downloading the Bose Connect app, and supplying information such as his name, phone number and email address. Zak is seeking to represent other headphone owners over allegations of illegal data mining.

LOL.... I could never understand the rationale to spend $350 on a pair of headphones. Now that they come with a side of spying on the purchasers it is even more ridiculous.

I do know people who would gladly hand over ungodly sums of money on technological equipment.

A friend used to spend thousands upon thousands every year to upgrade his stereo equipment. One time he told me that he was planning on removing a support pillar in the basement because its placement "adversely affected his listening experience".

I asked him how his listening experience would be with two floors of a house laying on top of him. He just stared at me blankly.

LOL... Why do headphones need an "app"?

This "internet of things" is a disaster. Everything, even a simple toaster has a spy chip in it.

They call me a luddite, but one of these days, when people can't even change a lightbulb in a table lamp without calling a technician, people are going to say, "we should have listened to Nulli."

Probably so, but I was a DJ for many years, and my only criteria were good sound and lightweight, because after a while, even a little weight gets very fatiguing on your head and ears.

I had a pair of Koss phones with gel ear surrounds that sounded good, but after an hour, they felt like I had jugs of water hanging on each side of my head.

I have no doubt Bose makes good headphones, but this data-capture nonsense is a deal-breaker.

My favorites were a pair of nice, feather-light AKG phones. Sennheiser makes some nice stuff too. The pro equipment is expensive, though.

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DREAMer Deported Despite Trump Promise

Federal agents ignored President Trump's pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case, a USA Today examination of the new administration's immigration policies shows.

On Feb. 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.

Montes was twice granted deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama and left intact by President Trump.

Montes had left his wallet in a friend's car, so he couldn't produce his ID or proof of his DACA status and was told by agents he couldn't retrieve them.

Court records show he has four convictions: one for shoplifting in January 2016, and three for driving without a license, most recently three months ago.

Those convictions are not serious enough to disqualify him from DACA protections, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that approves DACA applications.

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POLITICAL SURPRISE: President Donald Trump And HUD Secretary Ben Carson Are Going After Rob Astorino And Mike Kapowitz's Support Of Discriminatory Practices That Hurt Yonkers Residents

DISCRIMINATION FIGHT CONTINUES: There is a new president but the Department of Housing and Urban Development says Westchester Executive Rob Astorino is not keeping the county's agreement to provide affordable housing and end racial discrimination.

BAD NEWS IN THE MAIL: In a recent letter from HUD officials to the county over the 2009 affordable housing settlement. In a sharply worded letter dated April 10, HUD introduced the term "white segregation" into the ongoing battle,with County Executive Astorino.

County Executive Rob Astorino claims the county has already met the most crucial obligation of the 2009 settlement: creating 750 affordable units in mostly white neighborhoods

Supposed "Democrat" Mike Kaplowitz, who conferences and votes with Republican Legislators And Rob Astorino says the issue is not about race and says there are people of all races who cannot afford to live in the developments.

"Democrat" Mike Kaplowitz says taxpayers will have to pay for Astorino's lawyers to head back before a federal judge sometime this summer. 

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POLITICS: Trump Doesn't Know Who North Korea's Leader Is

Asked by Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt Monday whether he has ruled out a military strike on North Korea, President Donald Trump repeatedly referred to North Korea's leader as "this gentleman" -- and implied he was dealing with the same "gentleman" that former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had grappled with.

Trump said, "You know, they've been talking with this gentleman for a long time.

You read Clinton's book, he said, 'Oh, we made such a great peace deal,' and it was a joke.

You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody has been outplayed, they've all been outplayed by this gentleman.

And we'll see what happens. But I just don't telegraph my moves."

There is no single "gentleman" who led North Korea when both Clinton and Obama were president. Kim Jong-il died in 2011 and his son Kim Jong-un took over.

And he didn't know what country he was sending Tomahawks into either.

LOL...I'd love to see someone hand him a globe and ask him to point to Syria or Korea.

He probably thinks Syria is part of Mexico and thats why he wants to build the wall

I truly believe that Trump is daft. He has that same look on his face as your demented grandfather who still thinks it's 1945.

Ignorance is a positive selling point for these morons. Knowledge is for nerds and professers who are not to be trusted because they gave bad grades to trump voters in school.

It's finally time to put a moron in charge and show those nerds how it's done! 

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WCBS - TV: Yonkers Cops Offer $5000 Reward In 5-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Yonkers are now offering a reward for information about a 5-year-old Bronx murder.

Posters started going up in High Bridge on Wednesday.

As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, Tawanna McClellan carried her pain for all to see on Ogden Avenue in the Bronx, putting up police posters for the new $5,000 reward — $1,000 for every year her sister’s murder has gone unsolved.

“Just knowing that someone’s out there who knows what happened, who knows who did it, how can you live with yourself? It’s almost five years,” she said.

Pamela Graddick was 26 when she died, clad in a t-shirt and underwear. The home healthcare worker had no apparent enemies.

“I believe it was someone that she knew,” Detective John Geiss, Yonkers Police Department said, “Because of the way she was dressed when she was found.”

It’s presumed she was killed in the Bronx, perhaps inside her own apartment. For the first weeks it was a low-priority missing persons case. It didn’t become a murder until her body turned up in Yonkers near the Sprain Brook Parkway......

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VIDEO: Give This $400 Internet-Connected Juicer a Hand

One of the most lavishly funded gadget startups in Silicon Valley last year was Juicero Inc.

It makes a juice machine. The product was an unlikely pick for top technology investors, but they were drawn to the idea of an internet-connected device that transforms single-serving packets of chopped fruits and vegetables into a refreshing and healthy beverage.

Juicero sells the machine for $400, plus the cost of individual juice packs delivered weekly. Tech blogs have dubbed it a "Keurig for juice."

But after the product hit the market, some investors were surprised to discover a much cheaper alternative: You can squeeze the Juicero bags with your bare hands.

But... but... but... the juicer is internet-connected via WiFi. That alone should make everyone want it.

Perhaps, if they had an app ...

LOL...I wonder how this might affect their next round of fundraising. I heard these guys are about to be bigger than Tesla.

Its another miracle brought to you by mass communication systems. Snake oil salesmen do not have to travel anymore. 

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LONDON REYES: Trying to make a difference please support my candidacy for Westchester County legislator in the 17th district 

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YONKERS DAILY VOICE: Yonkers Police Seek Information On Suspicious Five-Year-Old Homicide
By Zak Failla

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Yonkers Police Department is looking for the community’s assistance as they continue to investigate the disappearance of a 26-year-old woman from the Bronx whose remains were discovered in a wooded area on Rossmore Avenue.

On Sept. 4, 2012, members of the Yonkers Police Department were dispatched to 2 Rossmore Avenue, where there were reports of a foul odor in the wooded area next to the property. Upon arrival, officers discovered a dead body in a dark plastic bag that was in a state of advanced decomposition.

Following forensics testing, the body was determined to be that of Bronx resident Pamela Graddick, who had been reported missing by her family to the New York Police Department’s 44th Precinct three weeks earlier......

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SCIENCE NEWS: Astronomers Claim First Image of Dark Matter

For decades, scientists have tracked hints of a thread-like structure that ties together galaxies across the universe.

Theories, computer models, and indirect observations have indicated that there is a cosmic web of dark matter that connects galaxies and constitutes the large-scale structure of the cosmos.

But while the filaments that make up this web are massive, dark matter is incredibly difficult to observe.

Now, researchers have produced what they say is the first composite image of a dark matter filament that connects galaxies together.

"This image moves us beyond predictions to something we can see and measure," said Mike Hudson, a professor of astronomy at the University of Waterloo in Canada, co-author of a new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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JOURNAL NEWS: Police Issue 33 Tickets, Make Drug Arrest In Sprain Brook Parkway Detail
By Zak Failla

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - New York State Police conducting a special speed enforcement detail on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers on Wednesday issued nearly three dozen tickets and arrested a city resident on drug charges.

Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, state police conducted the special detail, which resulted in 24 tickets for speeding, five other vehicle and traffic citations, two seatbelt violations, and tickets for two drivers who failed to move over for an emergency vehicle and using a cell phone......
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