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Consumer Alert – Madigan: Be Informed When Buying Cubs Tickets

Posted by Admin On October - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
Attorney General Urges Fans to Purchase World Series Tickets from
Reputable Sellers & Be Wary of Private Sellers

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged fans to take caution and properly investigate a ticket seller before buying tickets to the Chicago Cubs World Series at Wrigley Field.

Madigan encouraged consumers to purchase tickets through reputable sellers, such as a registered ticket broker, and to take extreme caution before buying tickets that are advertised by sellers on websites like Craigslist or other online sellers and could be fraudulent tickets.

“Cubs fans have been waiting a lifetime to see their team play in the World Series, but don’t let the quest to ‘Fly the W’ let you fall victim to an expensive scam,” Madigan said.

Madigan offered consumers the following tips regarding special-event ticket sales:

  • Don’t buy tickets from private parties. The tickets may be counterfeit. This includes avoiding any offers on online message boards (like Craigslist) or social media platforms.

  • Don’t pay cash for tickets. Consumers should only deal with a seller who accepts credit card payments or other secure payment methods. Consumers are urged not to buy tickets from an unsecured website. Consumers should also be wary of online escrow sites, especially those recommended by a seller. If an escrow site is suggested, the consumer should independently investigate whether the site is legitimate.

  • Never wire any payment to a seller for any reason. Buyers may be told that they will receive tickets after wiring money to an unknown seller. In many of these instances, the consumer becomes a victim of fraud. When buying online, consumers are urged to never wire money to anyone and should avoid using prepaid cards, debit cards or any other alternative method to purchase tickets. Purchasing tickets from a seller that accepts credit cards give consumers recourse to request a chargeback from their credit card company if the tickets are not delivered or are counterfeit. 

  • Investigate a ticket broker. If dealing with a ticket broker, determine whether the broker is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (www.natb.org) and the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org). Both organizations have membership standards that promote ethical business conduct.

  • Investigate online sellers. When purchasing a ticket online, consumers should familiarize themselves with the website and seller’s policies. Most legitimate sellers offer a guarantee as to the timely delivery and the authenticity of the ticket purchase.

  • For ticket brokers in Illinois, consumers can contact the Illinois Secretary of State’s Index Department in Springfield to ensure that the broker is properly registered. Illinois law requires ticket brokers to meet certain requirements, including maintaining a toll-free telephone number and a consumer rebate fund.

  • Read the fine print. When buying online, consumers should always note whether they are buying tickets at face value. Consumers also should familiarize themselves with the policies of the venue where the event is being held to determine whether the consumer must have actual ticket in hand, or whether the venue has a mechanism for accepting paperless tickets.

  • For paperless tickets, consumers should examine the document carefully to make sure that there is a legitimate and legible barcode that can be scanned. The consumer should carefully examine the ticket to make sure that the dates and other relevant information are correct.

  • Always keep in mind that if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Madigan urged consumers affected by a ticket scam to file a complaint with her office by calling her Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438. Consumers also can file a complaint on Madigan’s website.

 

NAACP Response to NCAA Canceling Championship Games in North Carolina

Posted by Admin On September - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

BALTIMORE – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement about the decision by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to cancel championship games in North Carolina due to discriminatory laws passed by the state legislature this year:

“The NAACP applauds the NCAA, its President, Dr. Mark Emmert, its Board of Directors and all of its member institutions, for taking this courageous step in support of the rights of transgender people all over this great nation.  Only through such bold action can we change the attitudes and actions of those who continue to be guided by fear and even hatred of those who seem to be different.  North Carolina’s enactment of House Bill 2 (“HB2”), and its unabashed protection of those who discriminate against the LGBTQ community takes us back to a very dark time in our nation’s history, when de jure segregation and discrimination were the norm.  The NCAA’s laudable decision to put its considerable economic weight on the side of justice, humanity, inclusion and equality shows that measures such as HB2 ultimately cannot stand. The North Carolina legislature could have chosen to allow municipalities to lead the way in improving civil rights and labor protections within the state, it instead chose to handcuff all of its municipalities and to ensure that the least progressive thinking on these issues determines the rights of all North Carolinians and all persons visiting the state. 

North Carolina’s HB2 is an affront to everything the NAACP stands for. It overturned more than a dozen local ordinances and preempts cities in North Carolina from:

  1. Creating a higher minimum wage and improved working conditions,
  2. Enacting stronger workplace anti-discrimination laws, and
  3. Ensuring fair and equal access to public accommodations.  

Just as with the NCAA’s decision in 2001 not to hold championships in states that fly the Confederate flag over their capitols, this week’s decision by the NCAA again shows its moral courage and leadership.  We join the NCAA and those states that have banned official travel to North Carolina and call for the repeal of North Carolina’s retrogressive and reprehensible HB2.”

Photo: NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks 

His Greatest Fight: The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013) #KTQ50 Film Now Streaming For Free

Posted by Admin On September - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

From today until Friday, September 23rd, the free KTQ50 film is the Emmy Award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013).
“Bill Siegel’s audacious documentary puts new heat and focus on what an extraordinary figure Muhammad Ali was outside the boxing ring. No film has probed this deeply into the fallout from his name change or his complex bond with Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. And the saga of Ali’s refusal to be drafted during Vietnam becomes a profile in courage — a tale of shocking vilification and faith lost and found.”
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. In 1964, when the 22-year-old, Olympic gold medalist won his first heavyweight championship, he shouted, “I shook up the world!” But his earthshaking has only begun. Soon he announced he was a Muslim, a member of the Nation of Islam, and had a new name: Muhammad Ali. Drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, he made his defining expression of resistance: “No, I will not go 10,000 miles to continue the domination of white slave masters over the darker people of the earth.”

World premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, The Trials of Muhammad Ali delves deeply into a time when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune. The fury he faced from an American public enraged by his opposition to the Vietnam War and unwilling to accept his conversion to Islam, has global implications for generations now coming of age amidst contemporary fissures involving freedom, faith and military conflict. Archival scenes highlight the life forces who support and oppose him, including his spiritual mentors, Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, and critics of his stance, such as Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis. Interviews shot exclusively for the film feature those who were there: his brother, Rahaman; his bride, Khalilah Camacho-Ali; New York Times writer, Robert Lipsyte; and Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. What emerges is the hidden history of Muhammad Ali, an opportunity for audiences worldwide to discover how his journey – toward a full spiritual embrace of Islam and through his humanitarian work around the world – challenges us to overcome today’s fissures of race, faith and identity.

The film was directed by Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground), produced by Rachel Pikelny, edited by Aaron Wickenden, and executive produced by Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn for Kartemquin Films, Kat White (KatLei Productions), and Leon Gast (When We Were Kings).

The Trials of Muhammad Ali was distributed in theaters by Kino Lorber and aired on PBS Independent Lens to wide acclaim. Watch the G.O.A.T. is his toughest fight today to understand, learn and remember why he is one of the most important figures of the late twentieth century.
“The best Muhammad Ali doc I’ve ever seen and – dare I say – I’ve seen ’em all.” — Dave Zirin, The Nation.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is available for purchase on DVD here

 

In 2016, several organizations around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary. We also invite you to watch all our films for free, week by week, at http://watch.kartemquin.com and join the conversation at #KTQ50.

 

Join us for the Kartemquin Films Los Angeles Retrospective September 16-26 at Billy Wilder Theater, presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the International Documentary Association.
Kartemquin is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. In 2016 Kartemquin will celebrate 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary.

A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. The organization has won every major critical and journalistic prize, including multiple Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and an Oscar nomination.

For the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate the impact of their work, and the power of documentary to inspire storytelling for years to come. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago. www.kartemquin.com

President Obama Celebrated the Beginning of the Summer Olympics by Wishing Team USA the Best of Luck

Posted by Admin On August - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

President Obama’s Weekly Address:  Representing the Best of America in the Summer Olympics

 

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, President Obama celebrated the beginning of the Summer Olympics by wishing Team USA the best of luck as they compete on the world stage. The President said Team USA reminds the world why America always sets the example as a nation of immigrants that finds strength by embracing our diversity and finding unity in our national pride. President Obama thanked the American Olympic and Paralympic athletes for representing the best of America. Our Olympians always remind us of our potential – that no matter where you’re from, you can succeed with determination and discipline. That’s not only the Olympic spirit, but also the American spirit.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00AM EDT, August 6, 2016.

 

Weekly Address
The White House
August 6, 2016 

President Barack Obama: Every four years, our nation’s attention turns to a competition that’s as heated as it is historic.  People pack arenas and wave flags.  Journalists judge every move and overanalyze every misstep.  Sometimes we’re let down, but more often we’re lifted up.  And just when we think we’ve seen it all, we see something happen in a race that we’ve never seen before.

I’m talking, of course, about the Summer Olympics.

This month, Rio is hosting the first-ever Games held in South America – and we’re ready to root on Team USA.  We’re excited to see who will inspire us this time; whose speed will remind us of Jesse Owens; whose feats will remind us of Bob Beamon’s amazing jump?  Which young American will leave us awestruck, the way a teenager named Kerri Strug did when she stuck that landing, and when another kid named Cassius Clay gave the world its first glimpse of greatness?  Who will match Mary Lou Retton’s perfection; or pull off an upset like Rulon Gardner’s; or dominate like the Dream Team?

That’s why we watch.  And we have a lot to look forward to this year.  Team USA reminds the world why America always sets the gold standard: We’re a nation of immigrants that finds strength in our diversity and unity in our national pride.

Our athletes hail from 46 states, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.  Our team boasts the most women who have ever competed for any nation at any Olympic Games.  It includes active-duty members of our military and our veterans.  We’ve got basketball players who stand nearly seven feet tall and a gymnast who’s 4-foot-8.  And Team USA spans generations: a few athletes who are almost as old as I am, and one born just a year before my younger daughter.

Our roster includes a gymnast from Texas who’s so trailblazing, they named a flip after her.  A young woman who persevered through a tough childhood in Flint, Michigan, to become the first American woman to win gold in the boxing ring.  And a fencing champion from suburban Jersey who’ll become the first American Olympian to wear a hijab while competing.  And on our Paralympic team, we’re honored to be represented by a Navy veteran who lost his sight while serving in Afghanistan and continues to show us what courage looks like every time he jumps in the pool.

When you watch these Games, remember that it’s about so much more than the moments going by in a flash.  Think about the countless hours these athletes put in, knowing it could mean the difference in a split-second victory that earns them a lifetime of pride, and gives us enduring memories.  It’s about the character it takes to train your heart out, even when no one’s watching.  Just hard work, focus, and a dream.  That’s the Olympic spirit – and it’s the American spirit, too

In our Olympians, we recognize that no one accomplishes greatness alone.  Even solo athletes have a coach beside them and a country behind them.  In a season of intense politics, let’s cherish this opportunity to come together around one flag.  In a time of challenge around the world, let’s appreciate the peaceful competition and sportsmanship we’ll see, the hugs and high-fives and the empathy and understanding between rivals who know we share a common humanity.  Let’s honor the courage it takes, not only to cross the finish line first, but merely to stand in the starting blocks.  And let’s see in ourselves the example they set – proving that no matter where you’re from, with determination and discipline, there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

That idea – that you can succeed no matter where you’re from – is especially true this year.  We’ll cheer on athletes on the first-ever Olympic Refugee Team: Ten competitors from the Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Syria who personify endurance.

To all of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes wearing the red, white, and blue – know that your country couldn’t be prouder of you.  We admire all the work you’ve done to get to Rio and everything you’ll do there.  Thank you for showing the world the best of America.  And know that when you get up on that podium, we’ll be singing the National Anthem – and maybe even shedding a tear – right alongside you.

Now go bring home the gold!

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games

Posted by Admin On August - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

President Barack Obama announced the designation of the Presidential Delegation to Attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Federative Republic of Brazil.

Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Federative Republic of Brazil will be held on August 5, 2016.

The delegation will attend athletic events, meet with U.S. athletes, and attend the Opening Ceremony.

The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, will lead the delegation.

Members of the Presidential Delegation

The Honorable Liliana Ayalde, U.S. Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, Department of State

The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State

The Honorable Liz Allen, Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Deputy Communications Director

The Honorable Ellie Schafer, Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office

Mr. Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic gold medalist, one-time Olympic silver medalist, one-time Olympic bronze medalist, men’s swimming

Zika Virus And The 2016 Summer Olympics

Posted by Admin On July - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

 

Travel guidance for those heading to Brazil for the Olympics

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offering travel recommendations to help those going to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil protect themselves from the Zika virus. 

“Because Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, IDPH wants to urge individuals visiting Brazil to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “This advice also applies to other destinations in the Americas that are currently experiencing and outbreak of Zika virus.  While most people get Zika virus from a mosquito bite, the virus can also be sexually transmitted, so it is important to take precautions against both modes of transmission.”

Recommendations for travelers:

• All travelers to the Olympics should take precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites.  Use insect repellent on exposed skin that contain active ingredients such DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or para-methane-diol; wear long sleeves and long pants when possible; and stay in air conditioned or screened-in rooms.

• Pregnant women should not go to the Olympics.  For those who must go, talk with a health care provider before going, strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites, and use a condom or do not have sex.

• Women who could become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant should talk with a health care provider about the risk of Zika virus infection, strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites, and use a condom or do not have sex. 

• All travelers should either use a condom or do not have sex.

Zika virus can be spread through anal, oral, and vaginal sex.  A man can pass Zika virus to his partner(s) even if he does not have symptoms at the time, or if his symptoms have gone away.  While there is one documented case of Zika virus transmission from a woman to a man, more is still being learned.  Condoms can reduce the chance of getting Zika virus from sex.  All pregnant women with sex partners who live in or have traveled to an area with Zika virus should use condoms or not have sex during their pregnancy, even if their partners do not have Zika virus symptoms or if their symptoms have gone away.  People who live in or have traveled to an area with Zika virus should consider using condoms to protect their sex partners.

CDC has guidance for how long to wait before trying to get pregnant or have sex without a condom.

Possible exposure via recent travel or sex without a condom

 Women

 Men

     Zika virus symptoms Wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start Wait at least 6 months after symptoms start
     No Zika virus symptoms Wait at least 8 weeks after exposure Wait at least 8 weeks after exposure.

Talk with your healthcare provider

People living in areas with Zika virus

 Women

 Men

     Zika virus symptoms Wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start Wait at least 6 months after symptoms start
     No Zika virus symptoms Talk with doctor or healthcare provider Talk with doctor or healthcare provider

When returning home, watch for symptoms of Zika virus and call your health care provider if you suspect you may be infected.

For more information, check out the Zika Virus Information Center on the IDPH website.

Legendary Division I Coach, Mike Jarvis, to Speak at Alfred Street Baptist Church Men’s Retreat, July 22-24 at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland

Posted by Admin On July - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Coach Mike Jarvis
Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) — Mike Jarvis, legendary basketball coach, life coach, author, and sports analyst will be the keynote speaker at Alfred Street Baptist Churchs 2016 Mens Retreat: Excellence Without Excuses. Alfred Street Baptist Church is excited to host this phenomenal, empowering, speaker to accompany their very own, dynamic Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley who leads them in worship every Saturday and Sunday.This three day, two night event will include men from all around the DMV (DC, Maryland, and VA) who are both eager and elated to hear Coach Mike Jarvis speak because of his profound career in sports where he built a record of 583-326.The practice of motivating his players has been incorporated into his life which is why Alfred Street Baptist Church invited him to be their keynote speaker for their men. Along with sharing his life skills for success, he will also discuss what it takes to motivate and inspire men both young and old to excel and find their true destiny. After all, this is the man who taught former NBA center, Patrick Ewing how to play basketball upon his arrival to the United States from Jamaica. As a result, Ewing became an NBA All-star and arguably one of best to ever play the game of basketball.Since retiring from coaching, Jarvis spends his time doing book signings and appearances to share words of wisdom with respect to his two bestselling books entitled, Everybody Needs a Head Coach and Skills For Life: The Fundamentals You Need to Succeed, augmented by being an analyst for Fox Sports.

Alfred Street Baptist Church is thrilled to introduce Coach Jarvis to the men who will be in attendance at this one-of-a kind bonding event. He has been a head coach and coached many exceptional all-star players, but notes the most important decision he made occurred on April 29, 2005, when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Head Coach.

We are looking forward to hearing what Coach Mike Jarvis has to say to the men of today, in light of the current circumstances and real issues facing Black men in America. We are confident that he will be able to empower, encourage and educate the men in attendance and provide them with the necessary take away skills needed to be successful in life, said Alfred Street Baptist Church, pastor, Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley. In addition, we will also welcome three spiritually uplifting speakers including but not limited to: Rev. Kevin G. Swann, pastor, Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia, Ronald E, Hopson, PHD, associate professor of Psychology and Divinity at Howard University and Dr. Donte Hickman Sr., pastor of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

There are still a few spaces left to attend this great retreat, including 1 day passes and 1 night passes, visit www.alfredstreet.org to register today as space is limited and going fast. All men in the DMV area are invited to attend. Email men@alfredstreet.org for details or to register.

Follow the Mens Retreat on Social Media through the following:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlfredStreetBaptistChurch/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AlfredStreetBC
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Hashtags: #ASBC #Alfred Street #ASBCMEN

Photo Caption: Coach Mike Jarvis, legendary basketball coach

 

 

She “made winning an attitude” – Statement by President Obama on the Death of Pat Summitt

Posted by Admin On June - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

President Barack Obama: Nobody walked off a college basketball court victorious more times than Tennessee’s Pat Summitt.  For four decades, she outworked her rivals, made winning an attitude, loved her players like family, and became a role model to millions of Americans, including our two daughters. Her unparalleled success includes never recording a losing season in 38 years of coaching‎, but also, and more importantly, a 100 percent graduation rate among her players who completed their athletic eligibility. Her legacy, however, is measured much more by the generations of young women and men who admired Pat’s intense competitiveness and character, and as a result found in themselves the confidence to practice hard, play harder, and live with courage on and off the court. As Pat once said in recalling her achievements, “What I see are not the numbers.  I see their faces.”

Pat learned early on that everyone should be treated the same. When she would play basketball against her older brothers in the family barn, they didn’t treat her any differently and certainly didn’t go easy on her. Later, her Hall of Fame career would tell the story of the historic progress toward equality in American athletics that she helped advance. Pat started playing college hoops before Title IX and started coaching before the NCAA recognized women’s basketball as a sport. When she took the helm at Tennessee as a 22-year-old, she had to wash her players’ uniforms; by the time Pat stepped down as the Lady Vols’ head coach, her teams wore eight championship rings and had cut down nets in sold-out stadiums.

Pat was a patriot who earned Olympic medals for America as a player and a coach, and I was honored to award her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was a proud Tennessean who, when she went into labor while on a recruiting visit, demanded the pilot return to Knoxville so her son could be born in her home state. And she was an inspiring fighter. Even after Alzheimer’s started to soften her memory, and she began a public and brave fight against that terrible disease, Pat had the grace and perspective to remind us that “God doesn’t take things away to be cruel. … He takes things away to lighten us.  He takes things away so we can fly.”

Michelle and I send our condolences to Pat Summitt’s family – which includes her former players and fans on Rocky Top and across America.

IDOT, ISP: Make a Super Bowl Game Plan

Posted by Admin On February - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Pick your team now: Are you drinking or are you driving?

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Millions of people will gather this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Many will celebrate with alcohol. As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and police and sheriff’s departments throughout Illinois strongly urge fans to come up with a game plan now: drinking or driving, but not both.

“Drunk driving is preventable. If you plan on drinking this Super Bowl Sunday, make sure you have a sober ride home lined up before the game,” said Jared Thornley, IDOT’s Director of Traffic Safety. “Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs can result in a costly DUI arrest, loss of driving privileges or even jail time. Most tragically, it could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.”

“DUIs are responsible for nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in Illinois. A single DUI can cost thousands of dollars, suspension of driving privileges, potential jail time, or worse, cause the death of another motorist,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “Plan ahead to arrive home safe this Super Bowl weekend by designating a driver or catching a cab. Everyone wins when we all make it home safe.”

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

• Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
• Keep track of how much you have had to drink.
• Make sure your ride is sober before getting in the vehicle.
• If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, friend, or family member to come get you. If possible, stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
• Use your community’s sober ride program, if available.
• Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
• Always buckle up and drive defensively – it’s your best defense against a drunk driver.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

• Make sure your guests designate sober drivers in advance. Or arrange rides for them.
• Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game, just like at the stadium.
• Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
• You can be prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash. If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent or provider may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

According to the most recent estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,967 people were killed in the United States in drunk driving crashes in 2014. These deaths accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities. In Illinois in 2014, estimates show 317 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver, or 34 percent of all those who died in crashes that year.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is made possible by federal highway safety funding, administered by IDOT and supported by hundreds of Illinois law enforcement agencies.

Former St. Louis Cardinals Official Pleads Guilty to Houston Astros Computer Intrusions

Posted by Admin On January - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The former director of Baseball Development for the St. Louis Cardinals made an initial appearance in Houston federal court today on charges of accessing the Houston Astros’ computers without authorization, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI Houston Division.  Later this afternoon, the former Cardinals official then entered a guilty plea to all counts as charged.

Christopher Correa, 35, of St. Louis, was charged in a criminal information with five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer.  No other personnel associated with the Cardinals organization have been charged.

“We have secured an appropriate conviction in this case as a result of a very detailed, thorough and complete investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Magidson.  “Unauthorized computer intrusion is not to be taken lightly.  Whether it’s preserving the sanctity of America’s pastime or protecting trade secrets, those that unlawfully gain proprietary information by accessing computers without authorization must be held accountable for their illegal actions.”

From 2009 to July 2015, Correa was employed by the St. Louis Cardinals and became the director of Baseball Development in 2013.  In this role, he provided analytical support to all areas of the Cardinals’ baseball operations.  Correa is no longer employed by the Cardinals organization.

The Astros and the Cardinals, like many teams, measured and analyzed in-game activities to look for advantages that may not have been apparent to their competitors.  To assist their efforts, the Astros operated a private online database called Ground Control to house a wide variety of confidential data, including scouting reports, statistics and contract information.  The Astros also provided e-mail accounts to their employees.  Ground Control and Astros e‑mails could be accessed online via password-protected accounts.

As part of his plea agreement, Correa admitted that from March 2013 through at least March 2014, he illicitly accessed the Ground Control and/or e-mail accounts of others in order to gain access to Astros proprietary information.

“The theft of intellectual property by computer intrusion is a serious federal crime,” said Special Agent in Charge Turner.  “The Houston Cyber Task Force stands ready to identify, pursue and defeat cyber criminals who gain unauthorized access to proprietary data.  In each and every case, we will seek to hold those accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

In one instance, Correa was able to obtain an Astros employee’s password because that employee has previously been employed by the Cardinals.  When he left the Cardinals organization, the employee had to turn over his Cardinals-owned laptop to Correa along with the laptop’s password.  Having that information, Correa was able to access the now-Astros employee’s Ground Control and e-mail accounts using a variation of the password he used while with the Cardinals.

The plea agreement details a selection of instances in which Correa unlawfully accessed the Astros’ computers.  For example, during 2013, he was able to access scout rankings of every player eligible for the draft.  He also viewed, among other things, an Astros weekly digest page which described the performance and injuries of prospects who the Astros were considering, and a regional scout’s estimates of prospects’ peak rise and the bonus he proposed be offered.  He also viewed the team’s scouting crosscheck page, which listed prospects who were seen by higher level scouts.  During the June 2013 amateur draft, Correa intruded into that account again and viewed information on players who had not yet been drafted as well as several players drafted by the Astros and other teams.

Correa later intruded into that account during the July 31, 2013, trade deadline and viewed notes of the Astros’ trade discussions with other teams.

Another set of intrusions occurred in March 2014.  The Astros reacted by implementing security precautions to include the actual Ground Control website address (URL) and required all users to change their passwords to more complex passwords.  The team also reset all Ground Control passwords to a more complex default password and quickly e‑mailed the new default password and the new URL to all Ground Control users.

Shortly thereafter, Correa illegally accessed the aforementioned person’s e‑mail account and found the e‑mails that contained Ground Control’s new URL and the newly-reset password for all users.  A few minutes later, Correa used this information to access another person’s Ground Control account without authorization.  There, he viewed a total of 118 webpages including lists ranking the players whom Astros scouts desired in the upcoming draft, summaries of scouting evaluations and summaries of college players identified by the Astros’ analytics department as top performers.

On two more occasions, he again illicitly accessed that account and viewed confidential information, such as projects the analytics department was researching, notes of the Astros’ trade discussions with other Major League Baseball teams and reports of players in the Astros’ system and their development.

The parties agreed that Correa masked his identity, his location and the type of device that he used, and that the total intended loss for all of the intrusions is approximately $1.7 million.

Each conviction of unauthorized access of a protected computer carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

The charges and conviction are the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Chu of the Southern District of Texas is prosecuting the case.

Source: FBI

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