By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm | UPDATED: December 11, 2018 at 10:07 pm Texting your sweetheart that you’re on your way home? California may soon charge you for that. This is no LOL matter, critics say. State regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the proposal, now scheduled for a vote next month by the California Public Utilities Commission. “It’s a dumb idea,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business-sponsored advocacy group. “This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it’s almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have.” It’s unclear how much individual consumers would be asked to pay … [Read more...] about OMG! Now California wants to tax text-messaging?
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LYON, France -- The wife of Interpol's president made an impassioned plea Sunday for help in bringing her missing husband to safety, saying she thinks he sent an image of a knife before he disappeared in China as a way to warn her he was in danger. Grace Meng detailed the last messages she exchanged with her husband, Interpol President Meng Hongwei, to reporters as part of her unusual appeal. Meng is China's vice minister for public security, and regularly traveled between Beijing and Lyon, France, where Interpol is based. His wife's plea underscored how China's system of shady and often-arbitrary detentions can ensnare even a senior public security official with international standing, leaving loved ones uninformed and in a panic. In news that could confirm her fears: China announced less than an hour after she spoke Sunday that Meng was under investigation on suspicion of unspecified legal violations, making him the latest high-ranking official to fall victim to a sweeping … [Read more...] about Interpol president’s wife says missing husband sent knife image in last text message
A former Philadelphia police officer and ex-convict was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to sending hundreds of threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend over a four-year period, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday. Bryan McGraw, 49, of Philadelphia, had previously pleaded guilty to a pattern of threatening behavior directed toward another police officer in Texas who had become romantically involved with a former lover of his, according to prosecutors. In 2008, McGraw was a former Philadelphia police officer who had been removed from the force after being charged with a variety of offenses, including filing false reports, gun charges, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault. At the time, he was dating a woman who was still a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. When the woman moved to Texas to join another police department, McGraw remained in Pennsylvania serving a state prison term that ran from 2011 to 2014. In 2011, The woman began … [Read more...] about Former Philly cop gets prison time for hundreds of threatening text messages
By Neal Augenstein | @AugensteinWTOP and William Vitka April 20, 2018 8:37 am 04/20/2018 08:37am Centreville High School students Thu Lee, Rodolfo Faccini, Arko Mazumder and Daniel Strauch proposed the bill as part of their government class. WASHINGTON — A new bill signed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will make it mandatory for Virginia 911 call centers to accept text messages — and it was proposed by a team of four Fairfax County high schoolers. Centreville High School students Thu Lee, Rodolfo Faccini, Arko Mazumder and Daniel Strauch proposed the bill as part of their government class under the tutelage of Advanced Placement teachers Cathy Ruffling and Terri Ritchey. “Every student writes a proposal for a bill idea that will improve the lives of Virginians,” Ruffing told WTOP. She said her class has been writing bills for 11 years. Two of the proposed bills became laws the year they were proposed. One that … [Read more...] about Centreville students get their law: Va. 911 call centers to accept text messages
Adam Beam, Associated Press Updated 2:26 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Photo: Adam Beam, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover speaks with reporters on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. Hoover agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and acknowledge he violated state ethics laws by engaging in inappropriate text messages with a woman who once worked for the House Republican Caucus. less Former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover speaks with reporters on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky. Hoover agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and acknowledge he violated state ethics laws by engaging in ... more Photo: Adam Beam, AP Kentucky lawmaker fined for 'inappropriate text messages' 1 / 1 Back to Gallery FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In February 2016, a young woman was working to … [Read more...] about Kentucky lawmaker fined for ‘inappropriate text messages’