Florida man arrested for punching little league umpire in the face
A 22-year-old man in Florida was arrested for allegedly slugging an umpire in the face at his nephew’s little league baseball game. He disagreed with one of the ump’s calls and confronted him after the game to complain, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. Things escalated, with the man raising his voice and the umpire asking him to leave the ballpark, according to an arrest affidavit. Instead of leaving, the hothead began raging, telling the ump that he would “kick his ass.” He then punched the ump in the face, cutting the man’s lip and breaking one of his teeth, police said. “This is completely inexcusable — assaulting a little league official while he’s officiating at a game where children are supposed to be having fun, and learning sportsmanlike behavior,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. The man was charged with one count of felony battery of a sports official and released on a $1,000 bond. (WFLA)
Teen breaks legs after police chase leads to jump from airport terminal roof
Authorities say a teenager broke both his legs after leaping from an Oklahoma City airport terminal roof while being chased by officers. An Oklahoma City police statement says the 16-year-old male was exiting a Houston-to-Oklahoma City flight at Will Rogers World Airport when police approached with a felony burglary warrant. Police say he slipped out a side door on the jet bridge, ran across the terminal apron and climbed to the terminal roof in a bid to avoid capture. As officers continued their pursuit across the roof, police say, the teen jumped to the apron below, breaking both legs. He was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment. (Fox 25)
Another ransomware attack has struck the state of Louisiana, forcing the government to shut off Web services and websites for a majority of its agencies in an effort to quarantine the infection
The attack was the second prominent attack of 2019, after nearly half a dozen Louisiana school districts were struck by a coordinated ransomware attack this summer. Numerous large state agencies were affected by Monday’s attack and subsequent shutdown — including the Office of the Governor, the Office of Motor Vehicles and the Louisiana State Legislature, among others. The communication director for the Division of Administration, said that “most” state services had been affected by the attack, and that they would be restored in order of priority. The service interruption was due to OTS’ aggressive response to prevent additional infection of state servers and not due to the attempted ransomware attack. The incident is being invested by the Louisiana State Police and “several federal agencies” are investigating the attack. (GovTech)
Elementary school child hospitalized after group of teens storms school bus to attack children in Georgia
Police said that a grade school child was hospitalized in Georgia after a group of teens mobbed a school bus to attack children. The attack happened earlier this week just a mile away from the Snapfinger Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. Parents of students received a message of the attack from four older students. More than one grade school student was attacked, but only one was hurt enough to be taken to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital. Police later arrested four students for the assault. One was an 18-year-old non-student, another was a high school student, and two were middle school students. School officials released a statement to the media: “The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. On Nov. 18, an incident occurred on a school bus on Hollyhock Terrace involving Snapfinger Elementary students. Two middle school students, one high school student, and an 18-year-old non-student attacked elementary students, which resulted in one elementary student being transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA),” the statement read. “DeKalb County School District Police responded immediately, investigated and obtained warrants for the high school student and the 18-year-old non-student,” the statement continued. “Two middle schools students were arrested and taken to Juvenile Intake.” (WSB TV)
Where salaries are growing fastest
Want a raise? Try Texas. Smaller towns in the oil-rich state are seeing the fastest pay growth in the U.S., according to data from the Commerce Department. Midland, for instance, which is a base for shale production, saw its per capita personal income reach $122,000 last year after growing 17.4%, surpassing San Francisco and Boston. Overall, however, metropolitan areas grew their income faster than rural and small towns for a fifth straight year. (Commerce Department)
Macy’s hit by data breach
Macy’s has been hit by a data breach that may have exposed customers’ names, addresses and payment-card numbers to hackers. The retailer has already notified a “small number” of online shoppers, whose data was stolen in October. Macy’s is the latest target in a string of breaches affecting companies. The cost of data breaches has risen by 12% over the past five years, according to IBM Security. (Bloomberg)
Criminal records in cross-hairs
Lawmakers in a number of states are pushing to wipe millions of people’s old criminal records. Approximately 100 million Americans have criminal records — a figure that likely skews labor markets, reduces the employable population and hurts those who try to get their lives back on track. California has moved to enact a clean-slate law that eventually wipes the records of arrests and non-serious crimes, while states such as Louisiana, New York, Illinois and Michigan are among those exploring similar ideas. (The Economist)
How AI Could Change the Highly-Skilled Job Market
When most people think of the connection between technology and jobs, they think of robots and automation taking over relatively unskilled jobs like factory work. But a new wave of developments in artificial intelligence may have a greater effect on high-skilled jobs and high-tech knowledge regions. That’s the key takeaway from a new study that takes a close look at the potential of artificial intelligence to automate tasks that until now have required human intelligence and decision-making. The study bases its analysis on a set of “exposure scores,” which essentially gauge the potential effects of AI on different jobs. In fact, it uses AI to study AI, using machine learning to search all U.S. patents to identify the capabilities of AI, and to connect that data to jobs and tasks that could be taken over by AI technology—tasks like certain medical diagnoses that doctors perform today. The study found that while A.I. will likely affect a wide array of work and jobs, its largest effects will be confined to a much smaller segment of jobs. Overall, AI will, in some way, influence more than 95 percent of jobs. As the study notes:
- Fully 740 out of the 769 occupational descriptions analyzed contain a capability pair match with AI patent language, meaning at least one or more of its tasks could potentially be exposed to, complemented by, or completed by AI.
- Less than a fifth (just under 18 percent) of U.S. jobs, 25 million or so, are threatened by high exposure to AI.
- Roughly a third (34 percent or 48 million jobs) face a medium level of exposure; and a little fewer than half (48 percent or 67 million jobs) face low or no exposure to AI.
New housing development in Arizona won’t allow residents to bring cars
Culdesac Tempe, a 1,000-person rental development that just broke ground, won’t allow residents’ personal cars to be driven or parked on site. Instead, the property will fill the extra space with retail, a food hall, communal fire pits, plazas, green space, and other amenities. The housing stock is well positioned for this car-free experiment. It sits right next to a light rail that connects to downtown Tempe, the airport, and Arizona State University. The developer was able to negotiate its way out of the required parking spots (developments typically require one parking spot per unit), by prioritizing a host of other transportation options like scooters, bikes, and ride share programs. It’s a big vision for a small slice of the city, but it might just be the future of safer, more sustainable neighborhoods. (Curbed)
Verizon wants to make city wide sensors using their Fiber Network
Vehicle counts, traffic slow-downs and other pieces of data central to traffic management may one day be gleaned from a city’s fiber-optic communications network. Verizon and technology company NEC have been leading research into the concept of turning a fiber network into one big sensor, picking up vibrations and offering insight into the size of vehicles, their directions, speeds and more. The telecom’s fiber infrastructure, coupled with optical sensor technology and artificial intelligence software from NEC, has led to the kinds of traffic and other insights generally derived from strategically placed sensors trained to pick up this activity. The early “proof-of-concept” research by Verizon suggests this data could be collected from any point along the network. Other applications for the technology include:
- supplying data for gunshot detection systems or even about failures along the electrical grid,
- being able to help electric companies who normally wait for customers to call in when there’s an outage. Using the fiber technology, it could make it easier to decipher if a transformer is out of service, due to the slight buzzing sounds the devices emit,
- helping first responders detect and respond to auto accidents.
Verizon is planning a longer term trial to be in place by the end of the year. Verizon has hundreds of thousands of fiber communications deployed across dozens of cities, and the company plans to install some 1,400 additional miles of fiber every month. (GovTech)
Friday Feels Good Like It Should With:
- Humane Society Day
- Random Acts of Kindness Friday (Friday of RAK Week)
- Substitute Educators Day (Friday of American Education Week)