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February 2018 Archives

Psychic Pleads Guilty to Scamming People

Psychics are supposed to know what's coming, that's why people go to them, after all. But it seems that one psychic in Maryland didn't see her arrest coming. Gina Marie Marks, who used the name Natalie Miller when conducting business, was arrested at Miami International Airport and has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony theft. She now faces up to 6 years in prison for scamming $340,000 out of her clients.

Landlord Caught on Camera Drinking Tenant's Liquor

Here's something that would have you questioning your roommate: coming home to find that your alcohol bottles are drained and finding puddles of urine on the floor. This is exactly what happened to a couple living in an apartment in Half Moon Bay. For months, Paul Arihara and Leina Sarafina would notice their alcohol bottles getting lower and would smell urine. At first, Arihara blamed Sarafina for secretly drinking the liquor and her dogs for the smell of urine. But, after her denials, the couple decided to set up cameras to record their apartment while they weren't home.

Roman Empire Doctrine Justifies New Jersey Beach Opening

'What have the Romans ever done for us?' New Jersey beachgoers might soon have another item to add to the extensive list. A key state legislative committee advanced a bill to clarify the state's public trust doctrine as it relates to public access to beaches in the Garden State. It's the latest example of the truism that old laws are often good laws.

Protesting Biker 'Throttles' Traffic Outside the FCC Headquarters

A video-shooting, bike-riding protestor's 'throttling' of traffic outside FCC headquarters is once-again drawing attention to the FCC's decision to roll-back so-called net neutrality rules. Creative protests are an American tradition, as is increasingly slow-moving traffic in major cities. Put the two together and you get a potent and, depending on your point of view, humorous or annoyingly aggravating protest.

Can You Legally Swap Someone's Face Into Porn Without Consent?

Your face is yours forever, but so are many pics and videos online. Scary, isn't it? You don't know the half of it. In a sign of the times, questions are being raised over the legality of swapping people's faces onto pornographic videos and images. It's an uncomfortable subject that leads to uncomfortable answers from legislators and lawyers.