2017 October 04

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State Comptroller DiNapoli says Thruway Authority lacking in security for credit card data

"The state Thruway Authority does not have updated security measures for credit card data and does not meet state security standards, which puts motorists who pay tolls or E-Z Pass charges on their credit cards at risk, according to findings from an audit released Tuesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli."

"The audit looked at compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards from March 1 through June 5.

"During that time, the authority directly processed approximately 66,000 credit card transactions totaling more than $1.4 million, according to the audit."

Mass Shootings Are A Bad Way To Understand Gun Violence

"Last year, we produced a series of stories on American gun deaths and the people behind the statistics. From that reporting, and other sources, we know mass shootings are different from other kinds of gun deaths in several ways.

First, they’re rare, and the people doing the shooting are different. The majority of gun deaths in America aren’t even homicides, let alone caused by mass shootings. Two-thirds of the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in the U.S. every year are suicides "

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants

"McGahey had heard of Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery. People called it “the Chicken Farm,” a rural retreat where defendants stayed for a year, got addiction treatment and learned to live more productive lives. Most were sent there by courts from across Oklahoma and neighboring states, part of the nationwide push to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison. Aside from daily cans of Dr Pepper, McGahey wasn’t addicted to anything. The judge knew that. But the Chicken Farm sounded better than prison."

"A few weeks later, McGahey stood in front of a speeding conveyor belt inside a frigid poultry plant, pulling guts and stray feathers from slaughtered chickens destined for major fast food restaurants and grocery stores. There wasn’t much substance abuse treatment at CAAIR. It was mostly factory work for one of America’s top poultry companies. If McGahey got hurt or worked too slowly, his bosses threatened him with prison. And he worked for free. CAAIR pocketed the pay."