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March 11, 2014
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February 26, 2014
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February 5, 2014

FBI arrests two in California charged with running ponzi scheme

  • $110M was lost in an apparent ponzi scheme that authorities say was run by two owners of a real estate investment firm, Pacific Property Assets, in Southern California. John Packard and Michael Stewart face eleven felony charges, including multiple counts of both bank and bankruptcy fraud. If found guilty on all charges, the pair face up to 320 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. source
18:19 // 2 months ago
January 18, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 18, 2014

The ESPN-owned site Grantland has a problem on its hands. This week, they published a story about a golf putter, but the story’s writer effectively badgered, then outed the inventor of the putter as transgender. The person committed suicide before the story published, a fact that’s led to a major backlash. Should the author have let the story go?

When the FBI tried to arrest Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder of the illicit Silk Road Bitcoin marketplace, the agency’s main initiative was to prevent Ulbricht from shutting his laptop.

Exact quote from Mitt Romney on whether he plans to run in 2016: “Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no.”

Twitter apparently suspended Hamas’ Twitter account over terms of service issues.

Thieves in California are stealing nuts by the literal truckload.

19:43 // 2 months ago
January 14, 2014
15:23 // 3 months ago
January 9, 2014

History repeats itself, McDonald’s coffee edition.

  • 1994 A jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who suffered third-degree burns after spilling a cup of hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s in Albuquerque, NM. The ruling drew global media attention, and ultimately lead McDonald’s to begin printing a warning on all its coffee cups going forward.
  • 2014 A California resident is clearly hoping history will repeat itself, having filed suit against the burger franchise after spilling a cup of coffee she purchased at the McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. Thursday’s filing doesn’t include any specific information on the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, but does claim the lid for the woman’s coffee cup was “negligently, carelessly and improperly” attached. Anybody think this will work?
15:14 // 3 months ago
December 11, 2013

Revenge porn brings federal charges for California resident

  • 10K+ explicit images were published by a revenge porn site, allegedly created by California resident Kevin Christopher Bollaert, during its roughly nine months in operation. Authorities say the site admin also ran a separate side-business, which the alleged site admin used to contact victims and offer to get their explicit photos removed…for a $300-$350 fee.
  • 31 felony charges have been leveled against Kevin Christopher Bollaert, who was arrested on Tuesday, including conspiracy, identity theft and extortion charges, The filing also alleges that Bollaert broke existing federal statues, rather than California’s recently passed anti-revenge porn legislation. source
15:13 // 4 months ago
November 27, 2013

Remember that time we recommended you stock up on Sriracha?

  • Last Month The town of Irwindale, CA asked a judge to force Huy Fong Foods to cease operations at a local Sriracha facility where the company processes millions of chiles each fall. Residents say preparation of the peppers led to regular emission of fumes which are now being blamed for headaches, sore throats and more.
  • Tuesday Judge Robert H. O’Brien ordered the company to halt any operations that could be producing the odor, despite acknowledging a “lack of credible evidence” proving the facility is at fault, but will not force Huy Fong Foods to completely shutter the plant. The company has yet to respond to the ruling, but many assume prices will soon increase based on previous comments from Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran. source
16:16 // 4 months ago

U.S. Border Patrol confirms major pot bust in California

  • 260 pounds of marijuana were intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents, after being airdropped from an ultralight airplane that was spotted entering U.S. airspace at approximately 4am on Monday. Two men were arrested near the drop zone, in southern San Diego County; however, the plane and its pilot are believed to have returned to Mexico before landing. source
16:09 // 4 months ago
October 31, 2013
Good News, Rooster Sauce Fans: Prices won’t be going up on your favorite condiment…yet. Judge Robert H. O’Brien refused to order Huy Fong Foods to close their factory in Irwindale, CA, despite allegations that fumes produced during chile harvest season create some minor health issues for local residents. The ruling isn’t a permanent one, but rather a refusal to close the factory prior to a formal hearing on the matter, currently scheduled to take place on November 22. (Photo via cookbookman17) source

Good News, Rooster Sauce Fans: Prices won’t be going up on your favorite condiment…yet. Judge Robert H. O’Brien refused to order Huy Fong Foods to close their factory in Irwindale, CA, despite allegations that fumes produced during chile harvest season create some minor health issues for local residents. The ruling isn’t a permanent one, but rather a refusal to close the factory prior to a formal hearing on the matter, currently scheduled to take place on November 22. (Photo via cookbookman17) source

14:19 // 5 months ago