• Source says email addresses of 9 state workers listed on cheating site

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    State government computer technicians are investigating whether several employees used their state government email addresses to join the recently hacked Ashley Madison website, a Canadian-based dating service marketed to those looking for extramarital affairs. An anonymous source on Friday emailed The New Mexican a list of seven different email users with state government email addresses (@state.nm.us), plus two using addresses from the state judicial branch’s email domain (@nmcourts.gov). Spokesmen for two state agencies verified that most of those emails belong to current state workers. Hackers this week released the list of some 36 million email addresses stolen from the site, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an a

  • Top El Paso County official fired, then placed on administrative leave

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Imad Karaki, El Paso County's longtime executive director of support services, was fired this month, an attorney for Karaki confirmed Friday. Karaki appealed the Aug. 6 termination and was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel review and hearing in September. Karaki's firing was based on "personnel violations" and stemmed from a July 23 meeting and a July 30 phone call, both with the new county administrator Henry Yankowski, said William Louis, an attorney for Karaki. Louis did not go into details about the allegations against Karaki, but said that the county's reasons for firing Karaki were "very weak." "Our general statement of the case is that the grounds of termination are very

  • BRIEF: Citibus phone, internet down

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    All phone lines and access to internet stopped working at Citibus on Friday, according to a news release. “Staff is working to get the problems resolved as quickly as possible, but the outage could last through the weekend,” the news release states. “If you are a CitiAccess client who has previously scheduled a ride, your ride will take place as scheduled this weekend.” It’s unclear when everything will be up and running again. For updates, follow lubbockonline.com ——— ©2015 the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) Visit the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas) at www.lubbockonline.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  • Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma unveils new app

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    NORMAN — The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has become the first sheriff’s department in Oklahoma to unveil its own mobile device app that allows interactive access with deputies 24 hours a day. Sheriff Joe Lester said the agency partnered with bfac.com for the service and a mobile texting platform. The downloadable app labeled “Cleveland County, OK Sheriff’s Office” is free for Apple and Android devices. It gives people a variety of methods to stay connected to the department. The app provides an instant sheriff's office phone directory, event calendar, map and way to capture and send photos using mobile devices. For example, residents can use the service to send instant photos and information to report a crim

  • Cushing driver pleads guilty in Oklahoma trooper's death

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    WEWOKA — The driver who killed an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper in January has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Steven Wayne Clark, 30, of Cushing, struck two troopers with a car at night Jan. 31 on Interstate 40. He reportedly was on a social media page on a cellphone at the time. The troopers, Keith Burch and Nicholas Dees, were investigating a traffic accident involving an overturned tractor-trailer rig. Dees, 30, died at the scene and Burch was seriously injured. An investigator said Clark never slowed or moved over to another lane to go around the wreck as other drivers did. Clark pleaded guilty Thursday in Seminole County District Court. He agreed to let a judge decide his punishment. Sentenc

  • Canadian Valley Technology Center gets grant for accessible van

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    EL RENO — The Canadian Valley Technology Center has received a federal grant for an accessible van. The $15,000 Carl Perkins Disability Services Project grant funds are earmarked for the purchase and equipping of an accessible van for student transportation. “I was amazed,” said Marti Brown, director of Project SEARCH, a program for students with significant disabilities. “I’m never speechless, but we’re incredibly excited about it.” The van will likely cost more than $15,000, but school administrators have vowed to help by providing school transportation dollars if needed.

  • Local Daily Record

    Updated: Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    July 20 • Charlotte Williams, of Enid, reported that between July 1 and July 20, she lost her iPhone 5S while in the 5500 block of West Garriott. Estimated value, $500. July 21 • Richard Knight, of Enid, reported on Tuesday someone entered his vehicle while it was parked in the 200 block of West Locust and took an air compressor, LG cellphone, a child’s toy car and some assorted Craftsman hand tools. Estimated loss, $800. July 22 • Dillards, at 4125 W. Garriott, reported that on July 16, a female took six Michael Kors wallets and 24 pairs of Miss Me jeans without paying. Estimated value, $3,588. • Walmart, 5505 W.

  • BRIEF: Illinois corrections agency discloses employee data breach

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Social security numbers, names, positions and salaries of more than 1,000 Illinois Department of Corrections employees were inadvertently transmitted to a private citizen through a Freedom of Information Act request. The private citizen, who was not identified, requested the information on behalf of an inmate and mailed the information to the inmate, IDOC said in press release Friday. Mailroom staff intercepted the package of information during a routine inspection. IDOC said it discovered the data breach August 14 and immediately took steps to ensure employees' identities and credit would not be further breached and offered affected employees free credit monitoring services.

  • BRIEF: Colorado Springs woman stopped for texting while driving gets busted for a lot more

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A Dodge Neon driver stopped in northeast Colorado Springs on Thursday evening for text messaging while driving was found to have a gun, loads of cash and drugs and two outstanding felony warrants, police said. Marymae Rachau, 25, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution, possession of weapons by a previous offender, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses, police said. Officers pulled over Rachau at Flintridge Drive and North Academy Boulevard just before 9 p.m. while she was engaged in a text messaging conversation, police said. In the car, officers found a .38 revolver, 16.6 grams of methamphetamine, 5.6 grams of heroin, 69.

  • Austin's booming, but its labor force isn't

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    It has become one of the more puzzling aspects of the Austin job market. People keep streaming into the metro area. Employers keep adding more and more jobs. But the growth of the Central Texas labor force — the pool of residents working or looking for work — has stagnated in recent years, even as employers keep adding jobs at a rapid pace. July's labor market data, released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission, only brought the trend into sharper relief. Employers in the metro area added 32,500 jobs since July 2014, a growth rate of 3.6 percent, according to the commission. Yet the labor force didn't grow at all during the same 12-month period.

  • Former Tupelo reserve police officer kills himself after police chase

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A former Tupelo reserve police officer who was on the run after committing various crimes killed himself during a police chase Friday. Ada resident Johnnie Lewis Hawkins II was at Memorial Park Cemetery Friday morning and stole a black pickup truck at gunpoint, said Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian. Hawkins led law enforcement officers on a chase and wound up one-tenth of a mile south of County Road 1490 on County Road 3570. An OnStar vehicle computer system shut down the truck at authorities’ request, and Hawkins shot himself in the head while the truck was still moving, Christian said.

  • 'Rank and yank' gets another hard look

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Rank and yank is tough language for a tough system. It’s the employee evaluation method that periodically rates some workers lower than their peers and fires them. Some say the regular housecleaning dumps deadwood, makes room for innovative, new employees, and motivates workers to do better. Others say rating systems, whether they involve numbers or phrases such as “meets expectations,” are morale killers, don’t motivate, and take way too much time and money to administer. A recent account in The New York Times revealed a harsh Amazon headquarters, where managers may manipulate appraisals more for their own ends than for worker improvement.

  • Dallas startup TerraTal plays matchmaker for job seekers, employers

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Imagine finding a job online the same way you might connect with someone for a Saturday night date. A Dallas-based startup is playing Cupid online for job seekers and employers. TerraTal aims to kill the traditional job search, saving many hours and dollars looking for the perfect match between job seekers and employers. It’s part of a growing trend to simplify and improve job searches and hiring by using sophisticated technology that removes emotion and adds math to the method. Even online dating sites are getting in on the action. TerraTal’s four partners started the company about a year ago, testing their technology and hiring staff before the website went live last month. Terra means earth, reflecting today’s

  • Local man takes animated film honors in Florida

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Steve Cypert traveled to Miami Beach at the end of June to premiere the animated film he worked on for more than six years. He returned to Tahlequah with “Mighty Behemoth: The Adventure Begins,” having won Best Animated Film of the Florida Supercon’s Super Geek Film Festival. Cypert said he didn’t set out to make a movie. He started using computer graphics programs when the bank he worked for went under during the “mortgage meltdown.” “I discovered there weren’t any jobs, and I thought, ‘If I’m going to work myself to death, I’m going to do something I enjoy,’” said Cypert. Originally from Coweta, Cypert moved to Tahlequah in the late 1970s to finish college.

  • University Patents

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, University of Montana graduate student Lauren Astrup does lateral box jumps while demonstrating a physical therapy tool called The Bridge the university's motion science lab in Missoula, Mont. The device was developed by associate professor Ryan Mizner, right, and a UM student, and is one of a continuing number of technologies being patented by the university.

  • You Can’t Do Squat About Spotify’s Eerie New Privacy Policy

    Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Spotify released a new privacy policy that is now in effect, and it turns out that the company wants to learn a lot more about you and there’s not much you can do about it. We encourage everyone to read the whole privacy policy before downloading the update or checking off the “Accept” box, but in case you have better things to do, here are some highlights from it.

  • Rowlett mom used GPS to find girl who was sexually assaulted

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A GPS device helped a Rowlett mother find her daughter after she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted, police say. The teenager was abducted after she left her home to go for a walk Monday afternoon, police say. She has Asperger’s syndrome and wears a GPS device to help her parents keep track of her. When her mother saw that the girl was at an unfamiliar location, she contacted the GPS device and heard sounds of a struggle. She couldn’t find her daughter at Springfield Park in the 5500 block of Antioch Drive, where the GPS signal originated. After checking the GPS again, she found her daughter a few miles away. The 15-year-old said a man had pulled her into his car and taken her to the park, where he sexually

  • Oklahoma City says inquiry shows 10 accounts on Ashley Madison infidelity website, not 21

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Oklahoma City says an investigation found 10 employee email accounts linked to accounts with the infidelity website Ashley Madison.

  • Most Navarro Mills facilities open

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that many of the public facilities at Navarro Mills Lake have reopened for use. Heavy rains in the spring caused numerous closures at area lakes. Navarro Mills Lake saw record breaking water levels which extended closure times for all recreation areas operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the lake. Fortunately staff members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to clean debris, resolve maintenance issues, and restore parks enabling Lake Manager Alton Hurley to re-open some areas. Liberty Hill and Oak Parks returned to normal operations on Friday, Aug. 14. The Wolf Creek Park group shelter and sites 1-36 are scheduled to open on Friday, Aug. 21.

  • Open government group: Santa Fe County's website is most transparent in state

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Of all the county governments in New Mexico, Santa Fe County provides the most transparency on its website, says a New Mexico Foundation for Open Government audit that measured how easy it is for citizens to access government information online. Across the nation, federal, state and local governments are posting more information on the Web, putting previously hard-to-reach records at people’s fingertips. In this digital age, anyone with an Internet connection can log onto the U.S. government’s data.gov website to obtain records that previously might have taken months for a federal bureaucracy to produce. New Mexico similarly has its Sunshine Portal, sunshineportalnm.