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She had a Whopper of a meltdown. A hangry Florida woman went ballistic in Burger King because she was upset that the tomato in her Whopper was sliced too thick, so she hurled the sandwich — and racial slurs — at a worker, police said. Judith Ann Black, 77, was busted April 30 after admitting to Wildwood cops that she threw the sandwich at the worker’s back, according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun. “She stated that she was angry that the victim was not fixing the issue and ‘had the burger in my hand and tossed it at her,’” the report reads. “When asked, Mrs. Black stated that she did hit the victim with the burger.” Black also admitted calling the employee a “stupid black b—” and using another racial slur during her tirade, police said. The worker told responding cops Black started yelling at her while at the counter, according to the police report. Black is charged with a third-degree felony due to the racist language she used.Sumter County Sheriff's Office “As the victim turned around, Mrs. Black proceeded to throw the Whopper at her, striking her in the back, just below the neck against her will,” police said. “Mrs. Black then walked out to her vehicle, followed by her husband, and left.” The female worker said she and a coworker walked outside as the couple left and overheard Black call her a “n—–,” according to the report. Several witnesses, a Burger King manager and video footage from inside the restaurant confirmed the worker’s account, police said. Cops tracked down Black via the license plate of her husband’s vehicle, police said. She was charged with battery, but due to the racist language she allegedly used, the charge is classified as a third-degree felony, police said. Black — who lives in The Villages, a retirement community in Florida — has been released from custody after posting $2,500 bond, jail records show. It’s unclear if she’s hired an attorney who could speak on her behalf. Black is originally from Texas, according to Villages-News.com. Attempts to reach her were unsuccessful. A phone number listed in her husband’s name was disconnected early Thursday.
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NY Post – Crime
Walmart shopping carts abandoned on major highways

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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.– More than 70 abandoned shopping carts littered busy US 41 in North Fort Myers on Tuesday...
Dollar stores a consistent haven for crime

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INDIANAPOLIS — The city continues battling a dangerous problem: There are well over 100 robberies of dollar stores every year...
ORC Suspects sought after stealing $4K in perfume from Ulta Beauty

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (CBS 58) — Menomonee Falls police are investigating a retail theft from Ulta Beauty on Saturday, May...
Millions of Americans remain out of work

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And despite months of record jobs growth last summer, and with the pace of improvement picking up again this spring, the nation is still far from healed.The pandemic has distorted a previously strong labor market, leaving predominantly lower income workers, women, Hispanic and Black workers unemployed.Now the vaccine rollout, warmer weather and the reopening of the economy are bearing fruit, helping the jobs recovery to strengthen. Economists polled by Refinitiv on average predict 978,000 jobs were added in April, up from the 916,000 positions added in March. But many of those forecasts far exceed the average: Jefferies (JEF) is predicting 2.1 million jobs added, and Goldman Sachs (GS) forecasts 1.3 million, according to Refinitiv.Still, America is down millions of jobs — more than 7 million should the consensus forecast hold — compared to February last year, before the pandemic hit. Economists are confident that many of these lost positions will come back over the course of the year.On Wednesday, the ADP Employment Report, which measures private payrolls, said 742,000 jobs were added in April, mostly in the services sector, particularly in leisure and hospitality. The report, which is not correlated with the government's tally, has undershot the official numbers in recent months."The pick-up in employment growth isn't as strong as we had been expecting, especially given the recent boost to demand from the fiscal stimulus, and could be a sign that the increasingly widespread reports of labor shortages are starting to constrain hiring," said Andrew Hunter, senior US economist at Capital Economics.Indeed, there are some industries in which businesses are hard pressed to find workers. Factories and manufacturers continue to have trouble finding specialized and even entry-level workers. Industry executives say many potential employees worry those jobs aren't sustainable because they could be sent overseas or replaced by automation.This worker shortage could put pressure on wages to rise, which could be reflected in the April jobs report, economists said.How the Fed could reactThe Federal Reserve is also watching the labor market improvements closely. After all, achieving "maximum employment" is one of the two mandates for the central bank.The other is to keep inflation steady. But the reopening of the economy, as well as higher raw material and energy costs are pushing prices higher. The Fed has said repeatedly it is too early to talk about raising its ultra-low interest rates or tapering its monthly, multi-billion dollar asset purchases.But the confluence of economic data is setting the stage for a potential policy change later this year: The price index tracking personal consumption expenditures, which is considered the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, stood at 2.3% for the year ended in March. Paired with strong job gains, this could make the central bank change its tune. The Fed is targeting inflation at around 2% but has said it is looking for a moderately higher rate over the medium term. The central bank could signal an impending change at its June meeting, "with a formal tapering announcement at the September or November [Fed] meetings," said Veronica Clark, an economist at Citi, in a recent note. This would be in line with the agency's promise to alert the public well in advance of changing its policy.On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary and former Fed Chair Janet Yellen said interest rates may have to rise to prevent the economy from overheating, which led stocks to tumble. Yellen walked back her remarks later in the day, saying the Fed is independent in its decision-making and that she wasn't making a prediction or recommendation.
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IRS says letter from White House outlining  stimulus payments not a scam

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CHICAGO (WLS) -- The ABC7 I-Team has heard from several people who received a letter from the White House regarding their stimulus payment.The letter outlines how much money was issued for your stimulus payment and then tells you to visit a website for more information. But is this legitimate or a scam?The letter even has President Joe Biden's signature on it and one viewer thought it might be a part of some sort of scheme, but the IRS confirms that it is legitimate correspondence.The IRS said the letter that people are receiving in the mail is "Notice 1444-C."The IRS issued a statement saying, "After each of the three Economic Impact Payments is issued, the IRS is required to mail a notice to each recipient's last known address. The notice provides information about the amount of the payment, how it was made and how to report any payment that wasn't received. Some people may receive multiple notices about each payment. Most people will simply file the notice with their tax records and won't need to contact the IRS or take any further action."Here are some details about each notice and what action some people may need to take."Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment. The IRS mailed this notice within 15 days after the first payment was issued in 2020. Some people received another Notice 1444 if the IRS corrected or issued more than one payment in the first round. Taxpayers who received a Notice 1444 but did not receive their first payment should review the frequently asked questions for instructions on what to do if their first payment is lost, stolen, destroyed or has not been received. People should keep this letter with tax year 2020 records."Notice 1444-A, You May Need to Act to Claim Your Payment. The IRS mailed this letter last year to people who typically aren't required to file federal income tax returns but may have been eligible for the first Economic Impact Payment. People who didn't get a first and second Economic Impact Payment or got less than the full amounts, may be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return even if they don't usually file a tax return."Notice 1444-B, Your Second Economic Impact Payment. The law that authorized the second payment gave the IRS more time to mail Notice 1444-B after the second payments were issued. This means people likely received their second payment several weeks before Notice 1444-B arrived. Taxpayers who received Notice 1444-B but didn't receive the second payment should read the FAQs about what to do if their second payment is lost, stolen, destroyed or has not been received. People should keep this letter with tax year 2020 records."Notice 1444-C, Your 2021 Economic Impact Payment. The IRS is mailing this letter to people who received a third Economic Impact Payment. People should keep this letter with tax year 2021 records."People should keep any IRS notices they receive about Economic Impact Payments with other tax records. The IRS cannot issue replacement copies of these notices. Taxpayers who don't have their notices can view the amounts of their Economic Impact Payments through their online account." Copyright © 2021 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.
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ABC7 – Chicago
Security search firms and your career

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Security search firms and your career | 2021-05-05 | Security Magazine This website requires certain cookies to work and uses...
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Security Magazine
Shining a light on the impact of Adaptive IR illumination

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Uri Guterman, Head of Product & Marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe, provides an overview of the contribution IR Illumination can make to the effectiveness of a video surveillance system.Video surveillance cameras need light to capture high quality images 24 hours a day. In times gone by, this meant supplementary lighting had to be installed to ensure cameras could operate effectively in low light and night-time conditions. The cost of doing so could be prohibitive if civil engineering work was required for cabling purposes. Light pollution could also be an issue for local authorities in terms of people complaining about its impact in residential areas.As often has been the case, technology came to the rescue in the form of infra-red (IR) illumination. Unlike our eyes, which can only detect white light within 400 to 700 nanometres (approx.) wavelengths, IR light at 850 nanometres can assist cameras to capture high quality monochrome images in what human beings would consider to be complete darkness.Earlier generations of the IR illumination were in the form of incandescent IR lights, which were expensive to buy and were power hungry, as well as having a very limited lifespan. More recently, cameras have been equipped with LED IR illuminators which are much more energy efficient and reliable. With the IR light emitted invisible to the human eye, they offer the additional benefit of control room operators being able to direct security guards to the scene or report the suspicious activity to police, without the intruders being aware they have been detected.Adaptive IR illuminationThe big breakthrough in terms of delivering light to enable cameras to capture clear, sharp images at night has come from the development of Adaptive IR illumination. This, as the name suggests, adjusts the angle of the camera’s IR LEDs to match the level of zoom and as such, the IR illumination can be concentrated on objects up to a distance of 200 metres.Cameras with Adaptive IR illumination introduced by manufacturers such as Hanwha Techwin, use three sets of IR LEDs which are calibrated to ensure near, medium distance and far away objects, such as people and vehicle number plates, are sufficiently illuminated. In doing so, they offer a highly effective, as well as energy efficient and eco-friendly way to ensure video surveillance cameras are able to perform to the best of their abilities, regardless of the lighting conditions.Uri GutermanDo you have some questions about IR illumination? Email Uri Guterman at u.guterman@hanwha.comwww.hanwha-security.eu Related tags : Hanwha Techwin
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Int’l Security Journal
APEX Grocery Announces FBI “Ghost” Eric O’Neil as Keynote Speaker

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Nashville, TN (May 6, 2021)— APEX Grocery, powered by TalkLP, announces Eric O’Neil as the Keynote Speaker at the APEX...
Asda takeover set to be accepted by regulator

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Bellis, the company jointly owned by the Issa Brothers and private equity firm TDR Capital, has offered to sell 27...
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Talking Retail
Mastercard: US Retail Sales Up 23.3 Pct; Restaurants See 2-Month Surge

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U.S. retail sales had another month of double-digit growth in April, according to a press release from Mastercard emailed to...
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Pymtns Retail News
Hanwha Techwin Announces Expansion Of Its PTZ Plus Camera Line With Six New Models

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Hanwha Techwin, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, has expanded and updated its line-up of PTZ cameras to include six new models. The cameras are available in 4K/6MP/2MP resolutions with 25x/40x optical zoom ranges to fit any use case. New PTZ Plus cameras Featuring the groundbreaking Wisenet 7 chipset, the new models include three IR models (XNP-9250R, XNP-8250R, XNP-6400R) and three non-IR models (XNP-9250, XNP-8250, XNP-6400). The new PTZ Plus cameras are 65% lighter than conventional PTZ cameras and include a re-designed twist-lock mounting feature to simplify installation. A single HPoE RJ-45 is the only connection required for power and data. Wise IR allows for monitoring in complete darkness, up to 200 meters away in crisp detail. AI deep-learning algorithm for object tracking The new cameras utilize an AI deep-learning algorithm for powerful object tracking (person or vehicle) The new cameras utilize an AI deep-learning algorithm for powerful object tracking (person or vehicle). Operators can simply right-click on an object to engage the target-lock tracking feature. The PTZ mechanism achieves a pre-set accuracy of ±0.1º, allowing the camera to move to the correct position within one second. The new dome design also enables significantly enhanced tilt angles, including 20º above the horizon and 90º straight down. The PTZ Plus cameras also feature a new dome shape, built to repel water coupled with a unique ‘triple-spin’ drying and heating function that can be operator activated by a customized soft-trigger from a VMS, like Wisenet WAVE. Offering a variety of configurations “Our new PTZ Plus cameras provide a variety of configurations to suit the unique requirements of any installation,” said Ray Cooke, Vice President, Products, Solutions and Integration, Hanwha Techwin America. Ray Cooke adds, “The lighter design with simple twist lock mounting makes installation easier than ever. With up to 4K quality, 40 and 25x optical zoom, AI- based object auto-tracking and innovative water removal features, Hanwha Techwin have raised the bar again.” Support for ‘extreme’ Wide Dynamic Range technology With Wisenet 7 SoC at their core, the new PTZ cameras support Hanwha Techwin’s proprietary ‘extreme’ Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology. This enables the cameras to capture ultra-clear images from scenes, containing a challenging mix of bright and dark areas. Wisenet 7’s enhanced noise reduction technology minimizes motion blur and image artifacts, while increasing object sharpness and definition. High level of cyber security Wisenet 7 offers the highest level of cyber security possible, by embedding unique certificates and encryption keys into every camera during manufacturing. The PTZ Plus cameras feature IP66, IK10, NEMA4X, & NEMA-TS 2 ratings.
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Security Informed