Month: March 2012

5 ways to successfully turn your home into a prime workout space

If you’re among the 84 percent of U.S. residents who don’t belong to a gym, don’t despair — with five simple steps, you can turn your home into the ideal exercise space!

“Realistically, you can set up your own gym at home for less than $50,” said Nicole Nichols of sparkpeople.com. “A simple tool like a pedometer will help you realize how much you’re moving.”

via 5 ways to successfully turn your home into a prime workout space.

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THE WEEKLY VICE: Dalina Nicholas – Mother Charged With Pimping Out 6-Year-Old Daughter For Crack Cocaine

Dalina Nicholas, a 39-year-old Florida woman was arrested in Georgia after she allegedly pimped out her 6-year-old daughter in exchange for crack cocaine.

According to Columbus Police, an investigation was launched back in January after a homeless man flagged down a patrol car and told the officer that he knew of a young girl who was being sexually abused by several men.

The informant told detectives that the abuse had been ongoing for about two years and that the child’s mother had been using drugs. He went on to say that the child’s mother, later identified as Dalina Nicholas, accepted $20 from a man in exchange for having sex with her 6-year-old daughter.

The little girl was told to strip naked and lay on a mattress so the man could have oral sex with her. The girl later confided in the homeless man about the sexual abuse and asked him to help her make it stop.

When police interviewed Nicholas, she denied that her daughter was being sexually abused, however the girl provided detectives with a detailed account of the abuse and the various men she was forced to have sex with.

The little girl told detectives that the abuse occurred in her home and that the men would smoke “glass cigarettes” with her mother when the men came over to assault her. She also stated that her mother asked her to urinate into a cup on several occasions. Police believe Nicholas used the urine to pass drug screens.

via THE WEEKLY VICE: Dalina Nicholas – Mother Charged With Pimping Out 6-Year-Old Daughter For Crack Cocaine.

THE WEEKLY VICE: Courtney Drager Wanted To Abuse Her Baby In Peace

Jacksonville, Ark. (The Weekly Vice) – Courtney Drager, a 21-year-old Arkansas woman was jailed Tuesday after she allegedly put her baby into a choke hold and then swung the infant around like a rag doll.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched Tuesday night after Drager’s mother called 911 to report that her daughter was abusing her infant child.

During the call, 911 operators could hear a woman screaming and yelling in the background. The sound of a crying baby could also be heard.

Drager’s mother told deputies that she arrived home from the store to find Drager holding the child by the neck in a choke hold. Drager then swung the infant around by the child’s limbs.

Drager’s mother wrestled the baby away from the out-of-control mother. She then fled to a bedroom with the child, locked the door and called 911.

Arriving deputies interviewed Drager who stated that she “just wanted to take her son and leave” and didn’t want anyone to tell her how to care for her child. She stated that she was a “new” mother and would make mistakes.

via THE WEEKLY VICE: Courtney Drager Wanted To Abuse Her Baby In Peace.

Texas Children Found Living In School Bus, While Parents Imprisoned For Embezzlement | Fox News

The imprisoned father of two Texas children found living in an abandoned school bus is claiming the home was only meant to be temporary.

Mark Shorten said he planned to build a house on a wooded lot near Houston before he and his wife were arrested for embezzlement in 2010. Child welfare officials took custody of his children earlier this week after the siblings — a 5-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl — were found living in the dilapidated bus at the end of a muddy, one-lane road in Splendora, home to one of the poorest school districts in the state.

Fox affiliate KRIV-TV reported Thursday that no charges have been filed yet in the case. The children’s parents are in federal prison for stealing money from victims of Hurricane Ike, which struck in 2008, according to the station.

The postal carrier saw the kids Wednesday near Houston, and the two were swiftly placed in foster care while authorities investigate.

“The little girl’s hair was just matted, like a stray dog’s,” Vanessa Picazo said.

The father of the pair said he never intended for the bus to be a permanent home. He said the family had planned to build a house at the site, which was now strewn with reeking trash.

via Texas Children Found Living In School Bus, While Parents Imprisoned For Embezzlement | Fox News.

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

When Jayson E. Street broke into the branch office of a national bank in May of last year, the branch manager could not have been more helpful. Dressed like a technician, Street walked in and said he was there to measure “power fluctuations on the power circuit.” To do this, he’d need to plug a small white device that looked like a power adapter onto the wall.

The power fluctuation story was total bullshit, of course. Street had been hired by the bank to test out security at 10 of its West Coast branch offices. He was conducting what’s called a penetration test. This is where security experts pretend to be bad guys in order to spot problems.

In this test, bank employees were only too willing to help out. They let Street go anywhere he wanted — near the teller windows, in the vault — and plug in his little white device, called a Pwn Plug. Pwn is hacker-speak for “beat” or “take control of.”

“At one branch, the bank manager got out of the way so I could put it behind her desk,” Street says. The bank, which Street isn’t allowed to name, called the test off after he’d broken into the first four branches. “After the fourth one they said, ‘Stop now please. We give up.’”

via The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.