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Archive for October 22nd, 2010

Domestic Violence: The Worst Kept Community Secret

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2010 Comments Off on Domestic Violence: The Worst Kept Community Secret

(From Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney)


Contrary to what many believe, domestic violence is not a private issue.  The repercussions of domestic violence are felt not only by the victims but by entire families.  Neighbors hear disturbances.  Friends and co-workers see the bruises or scars.  Teachers and classmates notice changes in personalities from outgoing and fun-loving to shy and timid, or possibly even violent.  This trickledown effect makes domestic violence a community issue and one where, as a community, we need to come together in support of the victims.

 According to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  And the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more common than cancer deaths, car accidents or muggings.

 Since taking office, I have made several changes in the office to make the prosecution of domestic violence cases a priority.  But, the State’s Attorney’s Office cannot do it alone.  We, as a community, need to reach out to victims of domestic violence and let them know they are not alone.  We need to let them know that there is help available to them and that there are individuals who can and will assist them in getting that help, without fear of being judged.

 Many victims, physically and emotionally scarred, may be too ashamed to admit they need help.  There are plenty of resources available, from the Resource Center at Cook County Domestic Violence Court, to the Domestic Violence Helpline (877-863-6338), which will assist a victim in finding the nearest shelter. 

 Friends, neighbors, clergy and other community leaders have the power to guide victims to the proper resources for assistance and to offer support as they report their abuse to authorities.  For more information, contact the Domestic Violence Resource Center at (312) 325-9206.

 Be a good neighbor and friend – reach out and let a victim of domestic violence know they do not have to go through it alone.

Attorney General Madigan announces two arrests as statewide crackdown on child pornographers continues

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2010 Comments Off on Attorney General Madigan announces two arrests as statewide crackdown on child pornographers continues

 Kane County Father and Son Arrested on Child Pornography Charges



Chicago, IL ─ With Wednesday’s arrests (October 20, 2010) of two Kane County men, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that 13 suspects have been charged since her crackdown began in August targeting the most active participants in downloading and trading child pornography on the Internet.


Aurora Police arrested Thomas Babicki, 56, and his son, Joel Babicki, 26, both of Aurora. The initial investigation revealed child pornography on a laptop computer. Both men are charged with one count of aggravated child pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and one count of child pornography, a Class 3 felony punishable by a term of two to five years in prison. They are scheduled to appear in bond court today. 


“Thirteen individuals stand charged with child pornography since we began this initiative, but we know many others continue to victimize children by trafficking in these illegal images and videos,” said Attorney General Madigan. “Our aggressive effort to stop child pornographers will continue and more arrests will follow.”  


Madigan said cooperation between her office and Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti made yesterday’s arrests possible. Attorney General Madigan also stressed that local law enforcement is essential to the success of the ongoing effort to crack down on child pornographers in Illinois.


“I appreciate the efforts put forward by the Attorney General’s Office to stop those who prey on our youth,” said Aurora Police Department Chief Greg Thomas.


In late August, Attorney General Madigan announced a new initiative to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois using the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. Over the past two months, more than 8,000 Illinois IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos. 


“Internet predators are on notice that the technology they use to victimize our children is the same technology that law enforcement around this state will use to identify, arrest and imprison them,” Madigan said.


Studies have shown that users of child pornography are more likely to also be sexual abusers of children. A total of 24,625 sex offenders are listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which more than 81 percent committed a crime against a child. The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is located at www.isp.state.il.us.

Along with this initiative to arrest child pornographers, Madigan also works with local and national law enforcement organizations to address Internet exploitation of children and women. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s office has been involved in more than 300 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 128,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. 

Black CEO Proves to be a Powerhouse Leader in the Internet Security Industry

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2010 Comments Off on Black CEO Proves to be a Powerhouse Leader in the Internet Security Industry

Gregory D. Evans Has Gone From A Computer Hacker To A Well-Recognized and Highly Sought-After Internet Security Consultant


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – Ex-computer hacker turned Certified Ethical Hacker, Gregory D. Evans, also President and CEO of LIGATT Security International, (OTC: LGTT) a cyber security company, continues to prove to be an industry leader in technology. Evans’ has recently appeared on Fox News and CNN as a leading expert on computer security and Hi-Tech crimes.

Evans’ expertise is frequently featured in a variety of media outlets including, The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” and NBC’s Dateline, “To Catch a Predator“. He has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal, Sun Newspaper, LA Times, USA Today, Black Enterprise, Wells Fargo Business Journal, and JET magazine, to name a few. In 2010,

Evans was featured in the book, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, in addition to being awarded a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist certificate by the Anti Terrorism Accreditation Board. As a result of the current economic state, there has been a drastic increase in cyber crimes such as identity theft and computer hacking. Consequently, Evans has developed a “Hacker for Hire” service utilizing Certified Ethical Hackers to test vulnerabilities that may leave an individual susceptible to victimization.

The Certified Ethical Hackers for Hire will help solve almost any computer hacking, cyber extortion, cyber bullying, or cyber stalking problem, in addition to conduct background checks. Gregory Evans has written eight books on high-tech security issues. His first, dedicated to laptop security, was entitled, Laptop Security Short & Simple. He also authored the first book ever dedicated to spyware, The Spyware Reference & Study Guide. Evans shares his knowledge by educating his audience at various events. Evans has spoken at the 2009 National Bar Association Conference in San Diego, California explaining to lawyers and law firms across the nation on how to properly protect themselves, their business and their clients’ information. In addition, Evans has spoken at the 6th Annual 100 Black Men Symposium, the 2010 FAA Cyber Security Seminar, the 2010 Campus and Fire Safety Conference & Expo, Ohio State, University, Voorhees College, ITT Technical Institute, South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, Midlands Technical College, and the University of North Carolina. For more information about World Renowned Cyber Security Expert, Gregory D. Evans visit www.GregoryDEvans.com, or follow him on Twitter @GregoryDEvans.

About LIGATT Security International
LSI is the nation’s premier hi-tech security company and recognized as a leader in computer security and cyber-crime investigation. It is a publicly traded company whose mission is to be the nation’s leading provider of hi-tech crime investigations, by protecting their clients against Black Hat Hacking one CPU at a time. For additional information about LIGATT Security International visit www.LIGATT.com, or follow them on Twitter at www.twiiter.com/LIGATT.

Legendary Actor, Musician and Civil Rights Activist Harry Belafonte to appear on “Weekly With Ed Gordon”

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2010 Comments Off on Legendary Actor, Musician and Civil Rights Activist Harry Belafonte to appear on “Weekly With Ed Gordon”

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Esteemed journalist Ed Gordon goes beyond the headlines to discuss midterm elections, the war in Afghanistan and civil rights with legendary actor, musician and activist Harry Belafonte on WEEKLY WITH ED GORDON at its new time beginning Sunday, October 24 at 11:00 PM*.

Belafonte, who recently spoke at the One Nation rally in Washington, D.C., talks with Ed Gordon about his views on the current war expressing, “What America seems to have a propensity for – revealing its amnesia for history. And here we are some 47 years later since Dr. King gave that speech – in Washington, D.C., talking about the – the follies of the war. The illegal, immoral, unwinnable war we were experiencing then. And here we are now – these many years later, going through pretty much the same scenario.”

He also expresses his thoughts on civil rights today, “I think citizens have a responsibility to nurture the ever-present – mandate that we protect the rights of a democracy of our nation. And this attitude that has been taken that civil rights is of the past, those of us who came from that time are nothing but – a relic or somewhat – filled with an – antiquity. I daresay that – that’s a little misleading. Civil rights is not a thing of the past. If there is a democracy, there’s always going to be an issue of human rights and civil rights. And it’s very active in the community. And must be nurtured and protected all the time.”

Later, Ed Gordon engages in a roundtable discussion on hot topics from politics to pop culture with actress and activist Victoria Rowell, XM Radio Host and Tea Party advocate David Webb and New York Congressman Gregory Meeks.

WEEKLY WITH ED GORDON provides a platform for BET to engage the most prolific thinkers, news makers and lawmakers on a weekly basis and also serve as a forum to focus on local and national solutions to issues affecting African American communities. For more information, please check out www.bet.com/weekly.

Robert Falls, Mary Beth Fisher and Francis Guinan dish on Chekhov’s The Seagull

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2010 Comments Off on Robert Falls, Mary Beth Fisher and Francis Guinan dish on Chekhov’s The Seagull

  Steppenwofl’s Martha Lavey moderates Artists Talk Discussion at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, November 7 at Goodman Theatre


 Chicago, IL –  Director Robert Falls and actors Mary Beth Fisher and Francis Guinan talk about the process of bringing Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull to Goodman Theatre at a special discussion on Sunday, November 7 at 6:30pm, following the matinee performance. Moderated by Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey, this conversation is part of the theater’s Artists Talk series, a unique opportunity for audiences to connect directly with the artists from Goodman productions. Tickets to the Artists Talk are $10 ($5 for Goodman subscribers); 312.443.3800.

 The Seagull runs through November 14 in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. The culmination of two years of research and preparation, this production of The Seagull marks a departure from Falls’ recent large-scale work—and a focus on the method of Konstantin Stanislavsky, the man often credited as “the father of modern theater.” As previously announced, the ensemble cast of 14 includes Will Allan, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Rebecca Buller, Cliff Chamberlain, Laura T. Fisher, Mary Beth Fisher, Dieterich Gray, Stephen Louis Grush, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Kelly O’Sullivan, Steve Pickering, Demetrios Troy and Heather Wood. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is the Contributing Sponsor of The Seagull.

 When famed actress Arkadina and her young lover, Trigorin, visit her family’s estate, they become ensnared in a tragicomic tangle of romance, intrigue and unrequited love. As Arkadina’s son, Konstantin, struggles with the complexities of love and life, he masks his angst by creating a play performed by Nina—with whom he is in love, but who does not share his feeling. Through passion and art, The Seagull uncovers the raw emotions of a family struggling to find itself.

 Moderator Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she has been an ensemble member since 1995 and appeared in Endgame, Up, Good Boys and True, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lost Land, I Never Sang for My Father, The House of Lily, Valparaiso, The Memory of Water, The Designated Mourner, Supple in Combat, Time of My Life, A Clockwork Orange, Talking Heads, SLAVS!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ghost in the Machine, A Summer Remembered, Love Letters, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Savages.

 Elsewhere in Chicago she has performed at the Goodman, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre and Remains Theatre and in New York at Women’s Project and Productions. She has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), The Steinberg Advisory Committee, Three Arts, USA Artists and the City Arts panel of Chicago.

 Lavey holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern and is Board President of TCG. She is a recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award and an Alumni Merit Award and honorary Doctorate of Arts from Northwestern University. Tickets to The Seagull are on sale now. Call 312.443.3800, click GoodmanTheatre.org or visit the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 rear mezzanine tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone. Valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets. Limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820.

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