Johnny Orr, who chose more money but far less prestige when he gave up his high-profile role as basketball coach at the University of Michigan to coach lowly Iowa State — and went on to lead the Cyclones to multiple appearances in the N.C.A.A. tournament — died on Tuesday in Des Moines. He was 86.
His death was confirmed by Mike Green, a spokesman for the Iowa State athletic department.
Orr had a strong 12-year run at Michigan; he took the Wolverines to the N.C.A.A. final in 1976 and amassed a record of 209-113. Then, in March 1980, he surprised many people by leaving for Iowa State. He said Iowa State had offered him the highest salary of any……………. continues on New York Times
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his “intentions are to be at Michigan State.” If he does, it sounds as if a big raise is coming his way.
Dantonio is reportedly a coach Texas has been considering as a possible replacement for Mack Brown. After Dantonio led the Spartans to a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, he was asked about being linked to some high-profile positions and the possibility a new contract at Michigan State is in the works.
Dantonio said: “That’s very flattering, but it would be hard to leave these guys. So while it’s very, very flattering, my intentions are to be at Michigan State. That’s all I’ll say about those things. I’ll look forward to seeing my guys back on Monday morning for classes.”
Before the game, athletic director Mark Hollis told the Detroit Free Press in a text message that Michigan State intends to make Dantonio one of the three highest paid coaches in the Big Ten. Dantonio makes about $ 1.9 million per year. The highest paid coaches in the Big Ten, according to USA Today’s mos……………. continues on ABC News
SACRAMENTO — Amid growing concern about the hot-button issue of cellphone privacy, state regulators are considering whether California needs stronger protections.
At issue before the Public Utilities Commission is whether it’s time to update the state’s more than two-decade-old telephone privacy rules, developed at the dawn of the hand-held cellphone era.
Consumer groups have urged the five-member commission to open an investigation. But the wireless industry, led by giant AT&T Inc., is opposed to any changes. Commissioners, meanwhile, are divided on the question set for debate next month.
Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, a law professor who specializes in telecommunications, said it’s time to consider whether changes are needed. “New forms of personal information and new capacities for tracking that information” were unforeseen when earlier laws and regulations were written, she said.
In particular, Sandoval noted that wireless carriers now track a user’s location and match it to demographic data. Some telephone companies, such as AT&T, Sprint and
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.
Documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed that the NSA gathers as many as 5 billion records every day about the location data for hundreds of millions of cellphones worldwide by tapping into cables that carry international cellphone traffic. The Washington Post said the collection inadvertently scoops up an unknown amount of American data as well.
The NSA said Friday it was not tracking every foreign phone call and said it takes measures to limit how much U.S. data is collected. The NSA has declined to provide any estimates about the number of Americans whose cellphones it has tracked either because they were traveling overseas or their data was irrevocably included in information about foreigners’ cellphones.
“It is not ubiquitous,” NSA spokeswoman Vane……………. continues on Washington Post
Benghazi Attack Report Finds Systematic Management Failures At State … News from Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management and leadership failures at the State Department led to “grossly” inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi.
“Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place,” the panel said.
The report singled out the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Near East Affairs for criticism, saying there appeared to be a lack of cooperation and confusion over protection at the missio…………… continues on Huffington Post
After Criticism, Public Library Offers Peek at Renovation Plans News from New York Times:
In the 10 months since the New York Public Library announced plans for a $ 300 million renovation of its Fifth Avenue flagship building, scholars and writers have accused the library of abandoning its commitment to research and questioned how the circulating library across the street could be shoehorned into a treasured landmark.
But something crucial has been missing from this debate: what the transformed library will actually look like. On Wednesday, that will become clear when the library unveils the design by the British architect Norman Foster. Using space at the back of the building now occupied by seven floors of stacks, Mr. Foster has essentially created a major new contemporary library within Carrère & Hastings’s neo-Classical one.
The plans call for opening the build…………… continues on New York Times
Missouri to be eighth state to enact Kelsey’s Law News from USA TODAY:
By Jess Rollins, USA TODAY
Missouri will become the eighth state Tuesday to enact Kelsey’s Law, which requires cellphone carriers to provide law enforcement with a customer’s location information in an emergency.
Kansas City Star
Kelsey Smith is the law’s namesake.
Named for Kansas teenager Kelsey Smith, whose body was found four days after she was abducted on June 2, 2007, the law is intended to ensure local police agencies quickly get what they need to find people in danger.
The law has been gaining ground steadily since the first one took effect in Kansas in 2009. Nebraska, Minnesota and New Hampshire enacted laws in 2010, followed by North Dakota in 2011 and Hawaii and…………… continues on USA TODAY
Two ways to save on wireless data News from USA TODAY:
Question: I’m looking for a low-cost combination of mobile phone and shared Internet access for a computer or tablet.
There are some lower cost options for ‘tethering,’ the practice of sharing an Internet connection with nearby devices.
Answer: The usual formula for cutting a cell-phone bill is to go with a pre-paid service, trading your access to the newest and flashiest phones for significantly lower expenses.
But most pre-paid phone services frown upon “tethering,” the practice of sharing an Internet connection with nearby devices over a wired or wireless connection. Walmart’s Straight Talk subsidiary, for example, bans it, while Cricket Wireless undercuts the appeal of its $ 10 tethering add-on by not including any extra bandwidth above the already-tight quotas on its smartphone plans.
NYPD:16 bullets fired at Empire State gunman News from Newsday:
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A laid-off fashion designer with a vendetta gunned down a former co-worker he blamed for costing him his job Friday morning outside the Empire State Building and was shot dead in a police fusillade that wounded nine bystanders, city officials said.
The burst of gunfire on Fifth Avenue triggered pandemonium near one of the city’s iconic tourist…………… continues on Newsday
Cellphone Towers in State Parks: Answering Nature’s Call News from TheDay.com:
Southeastern Connecticut News, Sports, Weather and Video The Day newspaper Cellphone Towers in State Parks: Answering Nature’s Call
What is it with wacky environmentalists who are fighting to block construction of cellphone towers in state parks and forests?
Next thing you know they’ll be trying to keep ATVs and dirt bikes from using the trails.
The problem isn’t too many towers, it’s too few of them. When’s the last time you got more than one bar on your Nokia while out in some godforsaken boondocks?
What would happen if you got lost and couldn’t get a signal? Do you think the Sierra Club, which is urging the Connecticut General Assembly to shoot down a law to allow wilderness tower construction, would go looking for you?
This raises another question: How come the state doesn’t permit fast-food restaurants, motels or convenience stores in parks and forests? What’s up with that?
How many times has this happened to you: You’ve been walking for a half-hour or more and start to get light-headed because you haven’t had a bite to eat since those pancakes, sausages, home fries and cinnamon buns at breakfast. At the very least there should be vending machines so you can bring up your blood sugar with a few Devil Dog…………… continues on TheDay.com
CMF cell phone issue concerns grand jurors News from TheReporter.com:
California Medical Facility in Vacaville should have a plan to control unauthorized use of cell phones among inmates, the Solano grand jry recommended in a report issued Friday.
The jury, which regularly reviews and reports on various government institutions, said its concern is that inmates’ can use unauthorized cell phones for illegal purposes which poses a threat to staff and inmate safety, according to the report.
“CMF staff stated there is a problem with cell phones being smuggled in by staff members and vendors for inmates’ illegal use,” the report noted.
According to state statistics, 236 cell phones were confiscated at CMF in 2011, with staff recommends the state find a way to restrict cell phone use by blocking signals in the prison.
Bill Sessa, spokesman for Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, agreed unauthorized cell phones in all state prisons are a problem which the state is focused on.
The state this week signed a contract with Global Tel-Link to provide phones to inmates to make calls from an authorized phone network. Technology will be used to block cell transmissions, such as e-mails, texts, phone calls and Internet access, according to a state announcement.
“It is a solution to a security problem which is not just at CMF but,” Sessa said.
Another grand jury concern at CMF was that p…………… continues on TheReporter.com
Riding SEPTA? Watch out for your cell phone News from Philadelphia Inquirer:
If you don’t want to join the hundreds of SEPTA riders screaming “iYiYi! My iPhone!” as their smart handhelds disappear into the smarter hands of quick-grab thieves, you better heed the urgent warnings blasting over public address systems on subway and El trains these days.
To save your Droid from the void, keep your smartphone hidden while riding, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Richard Evans told the Daily News.
Most of last year’s 415 thefts and robberies committed on the Broad Street Line and the Market Frankford El last year involved smart phones, e-readers and laptops, he said.
That kind of crime has trended dramatically upward since the 182 thefts and robberies in 2008 to more than double that number during the 58 million passenger trips taken last year.
The highest crime areas are between City Hall and North Philadelphia on the Broad Street Line, and between Huntingdon and the Frankford Transportation Center (Bridge/Pratt) on the El.
“Most electronic-device crime involves teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 28,” Evans said, adding that SEPTA’s 228 transit officers work overlapping shifts between 1 and 4 p.m. because that’s prime time for thefts and robberies on the subways.
Evans said riders should quickly call the transit police emergency number – 215-580-8111 – to report a crime (on someone…………… continues on Philadelphia Inquirer
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Santorum scores easy win at Kansas caucuses News from Reuters:
1 of 2. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, March 8, 2012. Santorum is campaigning in Alabama before the state’s primary election on March 13, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Billy Weeks
By Alina Selyukh
TOPEKA, Kansas | Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:20pm EST
TOPEKA, Kansas (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum swept the Kansas caucuses on Saturday with 51 percent of the vote, giving him a…………… continues on Reuters