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March 18, 2019

IN THE NEWS: DISTRACTED DRIVING - PHONE SEARCHES

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — If you’re suspected of driving while drunk, a police officer can administer a breath test to see if you’ve been drinking. But if you’re suspected of using your phone during a car crash, is there any way to find out if you’re texting while driving? There is technology that can tell if a device has been active during a particular time. And lawmakers in Nevada are considering legislation that could make it one of the first states to let police use the “textalyzer.” It connects to a phone and ferrets out signs of user activity, such as opening a message screen. So far, the technology hasn’t been field tested — and isn’t being used by any law enforcement agencies. But New York State is considering it. Opponents are concerned use of the technology violates the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable search and seizure.

IN THE NEWS: “VIRTUAL KIDNAPPING”

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Heard of “virtual kidnapping?” Police in Laguna Beach, California are warning local schools about a couple of cases involving that. Police say victims have received phone calls claiming their daughters had been abducted — and would be harmed unless money was wired to a Mexican bank account. Police say in either case, there was no kidnapping. Police said in one of the two cases, a man wired $5,000 before learning his daughter was safe. Laguna Beach police say the FBI is looking into both cases.

ON THE WEB: GOOGLE CELEBRATES INVENTOR OF TENJI BLOCKS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Searching on Google today? You’ll see a tribute to something that has been helping visually impaired people navigate their way through life safely for more than a half century. The animated doodle on the Google home page pays tribute to Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake — who invented the tactile blocks that can alert the blind or visually impaired when there is danger — like a crosswalk or a railway platform. The blocks have been in use for 52 years now.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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