The President and CEO of Symplicity, a Virginia based software company, has entered a guilty plea to charges that he hacked into his competitors to give his company a leg up in development and sales strategy. 36 year old Ariel Friedler, from Arlington, admitted to conspiring to access a protected computer without authorization. He could be sent to prison for up to five years when he’s sentenced in August. Symplicity handles student disciplinary records management services for colleges and universities. Between 2007 and 2011, Friedler admitted to hacking into the systems of two companies.
John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.
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The Dominion Foundation is accepting applications for grants to organizations with environmental stewardship initiatives. May 30th is the deadline to apply for up to $25,000. to help support specific, short term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment. Cindy Balderson, Dominion’s Director of Philanthropy, said applying isn’t complicated. She noted that they’re looking for programs that target one of five goals.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final rule for Cooling Water Intake Structures around power stations. Dominion Virginia sees it as a reasonable approach that minimizes impacts. Dominion’s Dan Ganest noted that the new Clean Water Act requires new technology and monitoring at electric generating stations.
Dominion’s initial review finds the rule will apply to several of its generating stations. Detailed analysis is ongoing.
Research at Virginia Commonwealth University examined the active ingredient in a popular cold remedy. Correspondent John Ogle has our report on what was found. Dr. Bruce Rubin, a pulmonary physician, chairs the Department of Pediatrics at the VCU Medical Center and, he’s an engineer. He was asked by the makers of Mucinex to examine their popular over the counter cold remedy. The VCU study involved 295 subjects who completed an eight day, multi-center clinical trial:
Colonial Heights City Council yesterday finalized a budget for the city’s public schools. Teachers and staff won’t get a raise or see any pay scale increase this fiscal year. Local funding will cover the largest part of the $36.3 million dollar budget.
A new exhibit, How to Make A Monster, kicked off on Saturday. It’s a first hand look at iconic monsters like the abominable snowman, werewolves, dinosaurs, and all kinds of aliens featuring the art, engineering, and technology of the animatronics that bring creatures to life on film. Academy Award winner John Cox created the How to Make A Monster exhibit and was in town for the opening. It’s the Science Museum so its hands on.
Mecklenburg County Supervisors are considering a “revenue neutral” real estate tax rate of forty center per $100. assessed value. The Supervisors are looking at a two cent hike in the real estate tax rate that, in overall revenue terms, is a wash because of the impact of the drop in property values in the county. The new rate would be in place for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins on the first of July.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has planned its first Public Awareness Day for June 7th. Sheriff Bobby Hawkins explained that traditionally the department had a day for kids with rides and games but attendance had been declining. Those things are also part of Public Awareness Day.
All of the area police and fire departments will be represented. Hawkins said he was pleased with the number of organizations and services that stepped up to be part of the day. There’ll also be an opportunity to turn in outdated drugs, child fingerprinting, and McGruff the Crime Dog.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has planned its first Public Awareness Day for June 7th. Sheriff Bobby Hawkins explained that traditionally the department had day for kids with rides and games, but attendance had been declining. Those things are also part of Public Awareness Day. All of the area police and fire departments will be represented. Watkins said he was pleased with the number of organizations and services that stepped up to be part of the day. There’ll also be an opportunity to turn in outdated drugs, child fingerprinting, and McGruff the Crime Dog.
The Hopewell City Council was supposed to adopt a new budget on Tuesday. That didn’t happen. The vote was put off until the 27th to give Council time to consider budget options and have further discussion on whether or not to buy a new communications system.