Social media influencer convicted for violent plot to hijack website name

first_imgiStock/xijian(NEW YORK) —  A social media influencer from Iowa is facing 20 years in prison for planning a violent home invasion to hijack an internet domain name for his company.Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 26, was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence on Thursday, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Iowa.According to the statement, Adams founded the social media company “State Snaps” and at one point had more than a million followers on his social media sites. These sites mostly contained images and videos of young adults engaged in crude behavior, drunkenness and nudity. Adams’ followers often used the slogan: “Do It For State!”When Adams tried to purchase an internet domain named after the slogan — “doitforstate.com” — he discovered that it belonged to a Cedar Rapids resident who had registered it on GoDaddy.com, the statement said. When the owner rejected Adams repeated offers to buy the domain between 2015 and 2017, Adams became aggressive, in one instance threatening one of the domain owner’s friends with “gun emojis” after the friend used the domain to promote concerts, according to the statement.When that didn’t convince the domain owner to sell the website, Adams enlisted his cousin, Sherman Hopkins, Jr., to help. On June 21, 2017, Adams and Hopkins drove to the domain owner’s home. Adams then gave his cousin a note containing instructions for the domain owner to transfer the domain name to Adams’ GoDaddy account, the statement said. Hopkins, a convicted felon who lived in a homeless shelter at the time, then broke into the home and forced the domain owner at gunpoint to transfer ownership of the domain to Adams.Hopkins then pistol whipped the victim in the head multiple times, according to the statement. The victim managed to gain control of the gun, but during the struggle, he was shot in the leg. The victim shot Hopkins multiple times in the chest before calling the police, the statement said.Hopkins was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in June 2018.Adams was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the verdict was returned and will remain in custody pending sentencing. In addition to a possible 20 years in prison, Adams faces a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Richard Nawrocki Elected to Intermet Board of Directors

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. TROY, MI — Intermet has added Richard Nawrocki to its board of directors. Nawrocki is president, CEO and board member of CMI-Management Services, a Southfield, Mich.-based holding company that manages a portfolio of diversified investments, corporations and subsidiaries, including metal-forming companies Tech Cast and CMI-Schneible. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In addition to his current position with CMI-Management Services, Nawrocki is president and part owner of R.W. Ventures, a venture-capital firm with investments in four companies specializing in industrial manufacturing and medical-equipment leasing. Additionally, he is president of R.W. Real Estate, specializing in commercial property and Plan B Consultants, a financial consulting company. Prior to this, Nawrocki served as president, CEO, CFO and director of CMI International, a casting and machining company that was acquired by Hayes Lemmerz International in 1999. Nawrocki is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Michigan Association of CPAs (MACPA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). For more information about Intermet, go to: www.intermet.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Big rig, SUV crash shut lanes of Antelope Valley Freeway

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – One person suffered minor injuries in a crash involving a big rig and an SUV on the on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) freeway, authorities said. The crash caused a diesel fuel spill that blocked lanes for around an hour. The crash occurred at just before 5 a.m. north of San Fernando Road near Santa Clarita, the CHP said. About 10 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the big rig. At least one person was trapped inside one of the vehicles. The cause of the crash was under investigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

How To Turn a Bookmarklet Into a Nice Firefox Button

first_imgjon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 3. Choose a name and an icon for your buttonThe add-on comes with a few colored stars, but you’ll probably want to use a nice 16×16 favicon for the service. You have to put the favicon in a permanent place on your computer. I created ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Button Icons, because I am a nerd, but you can put them wherever you want.You can use getfavicon.org to grab them. Here are a few of our favorite Web apps without Firefox extensions that you might use for custom buttons: Now your browser looks pretty and your bookmarks are clean!If you are brave and want to actually write your own extension from scratch, here are the instructions. But the Custom Buttons trick works nicely and is friendly to normal people.Image via Shutterstock If you use Pinterest or Instapaper, you probably click on their bookmarklets fairly often. Lots of popular browser-based applications have full-blown extensions with their own buttons, but some only have the bookmark option. Would you like to get those out of your bookmarks bar and onto your toolbar? Here’s a neat trick for Firefox users.1. Install the Custom Buttons add-on Tags:#How To#web 2. Add a new button from the View menuThere will now be an ‘Add new button…’ choice in your View menu.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market 4. Add your bookmarklet codeYou’ll add the normal JavaScript for your bookmarklets to your button, but you have to wrap it like so:loadURI(“BOOKMARKLET-GOES-HERE”);Copy that text to a blank page, then go get your bookmarklet.Here are links to where you can grab bookmarklets for those same four sites:FavstarInstapaperNews.mePinterestFrom those pages, you can get the JavaScript by right-clicking on the links to the bookmarklets you want and selecting “Copy Link Location.” Paste that into your button code inside the quotation marks. Then copy the whole thing to your clipboard.Now go to the “Code” tab of the “Add New Button” window. This add-on’s UI is a little screwy, but it will work, I promise. Just paste your code into the “Code” tab and click OK.5. Add your button to your toolbarOne copy of your button now lives in View > Toolbars > Customize… You can drag it from there onto any part of your browser toolbar. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Here’s the Dope on Culture Machine’s latest online series

first_imgBored of the same ol’ boring serials on television. Fret not. Here’s the Dope.The Dope is a unique weekly YouTube web series that will air on the BollywoodG*ndu’s YouTube channel and will be hosted by comedian Karan Talwar. The show’s content aims to highlight the most popular Indian trends for the given week and present them to the audience with a satirical and comical twist.The show is divided into various segments that focus on themes such as Bollywood, reality television shows, mainstream news, sports and viral YouTube content. So you know you won’t have to look far for your daily entertainment dose.Find out what the Dope is all about.The idea for the show stemmed from the understanding that there is a huge segment of young Indians, in India and abroad who are looking for humour as an avenue for entertainment. They read the news, watch sports, and watch a lot of movies. And this is the place where we all line up together.The Dope’s core thought is to capture what people are talking about and present it in the funniest way possible using YouTube as a medium.Check out the video:last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Slow start cost us

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Slow start cost usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt a slow start wrecked their chances in defeat to Bournemouth.Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson scored first-half goals with Callum Wilson clinching the win late on after James Ward-Prowse gave the Saints hope.“The first half was too bad to get a point,” said Hasenhüttl.“We lost this game in the first half. We haven’t showed a few of the qualities we showed in the last games.“The second half was completely different. We really tried to stress them, we won nearly every second ball and 26 shots on goal in 90 minutes is also not so bad, but these stats are not so interesting.“What’s interesting is the goals, but we couldn’t score more today, so it was not the result we wanted.”The Saints boss continued: “We knew it would be a difficult game today and we knew Bournemouth are strong in counter-attacks.“They didn’t have that many chances, but for the first one from the corner, we lost one duel in the centre and it’s a goal.“We invested a lot. I think everybody saw that we tried until the last minute to turn the table, but in the end we didn’t. We have to keep our heads up and move forward.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quebecers criticize western oil but buying more gasoline SUVs bigger homes report

first_img“One hundred per cent of electricity in Quebec is from renewable resources,” he said. “Also, Quebecers are less rich than other Canadians, meaning they consume less energy, have less cars.”But the automobiles Quebecers do drive are increasingly gas-guzzling, according his report.Sales of vehicles such as trucks, SUVs and pick-ups in Quebec increased by 246 per cent between 1990 and 2017 and gasoline sales jumped 33 per cent during the same period. Every year since 2015, sales of those types of vehicles have overtaken car sales.“Among the 3.7 million Quebecers who had a job in 2016 and who worked away from home, 78 per cent said they primarily used a personal vehicle to get there,” the report noted. Montreal – Quebec’s premier is quick to reject “dirty” oil from Western Canada in favour of hydro power, but new data indicate the province’s citizens are buying record amounts of gasoline and increasingly purchasing trucks and bigger homes.Quebecers are widely seen across the country as environmentally conscious, but per capita, they are some of the highest consumers of energy on the planet, according to a report prepared by researchers at Universite de Montreal’s business school.Premier Francois Legault recently provoked the ire of western Canadians when he reminded journalists how there was “no social acceptability” in his province for a “dirty energy” pipeline from Alberta. His comments drew rebukes from pundits and western leaders such as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who said Legault “needs to get off his high horse.”Prof. Pierre-Olivier Pineau, co-author of the report on energy use in Quebec, said people have a point when they criticize the province for its public stance on fossil fuels compared to the behaviours of its citizens.“Yes, there is a certain degree of hypocrisy in all humans, and obviously, with regards to certain positions that Quebecers take (on energy), there is some hypocrisy there.” Pineau said in an interview.Quebecers do have some bragging rights, however, when it comes to green living, he explained.Per capita carbon emissions in Quebec are the lowest in the country, Pineau said, and the province has decreased its overall emissions by 11 per cent since 1990.But that success is less attributed to choice and more to circumstance, Pineau explained.center_img And the report indicated that between 1990 and 2016, the average surface area of a home in the province increased by 17 per cent.Moreover, on a per capita basis, Quebecers consume significantly more energy than the global average, as well as citizens in countries such as China and Germany _ and almost as much as in United States.And while Pineau’s report suggests Quebecers should boast less about their environmental credentials, it also slays a common line of attack against the province.Following Legault’s “dirty” oil comments, news organizations and social media platforms were filled with comments about Quebec’s hypocrisy for accepting foreign oil from human rights-abusing countries while rejecting western energy.The report, however, indicates as of June 2018, 94 per cent of oil in Quebec came either from the United States or Canada.Since 2015, Enbridge’s Line 9B pipeline reversal has helped ensure that 53 per of the oil consumed in Quebec comes from western Canada _ compared to roughly 10 per cent in 2014.The rhetoric from Quebec leaders and activists, as well as the policies of the federal government, are alienating western Canadians, said Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada.Bernier, who quit the Conservative party to start his own last September, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inability to get a pipeline built is contributing to the deep discount of Canadian oil sales and frustration among citizens in the West.“Yes, (alienation) is real,” Bernier said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “I was there in Alberta. I feel it. People feel rejected by Trudeau’s policies. They feel misunderstood by traditional politicians.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more