Priceless Vol 11 Number 4
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Rep. John Lewis Washington, DC—During
its final session of the 114th Congress, the Senate passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Re- authorization Act of 2016 (S.2854/H.R.5067). In the Senate, the bill was led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). In the House, original sponsors were Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law.
BACKGROUND Before the passage of
major civil rights legislation in the 1960s, hundreds of racially suspicious crimes were committed in this country, and few attempts to prosecute them were ever pursued. Tuskegee Institute once kept a record of verified lynchings in the United States from
Sen. Richard Burr
1877 to 1950. The institute documented that nearly 4,000 mainly unprosecuted civil rights crimes occurred during that period. Many American families continue to pass down stories of loss and disappearance even today without knowing the truth about what actually happened to their loved ones.
PRIMARY GOALS OF
THE BILL The Emmett Till
Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act represents a critical opportunity to right these wrongs committed, primarily against African Americans, but also against people of diverse backgrounds. In some cases, individuals still remain who were witnesses to these crimes or who can help provide evidence regarding these incidents. This bill reauthorizes and updates the original legislation that was signed into law in 2008. It seeks to respond to the concerns
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BY CHANCE MEETING Visit hamptonroadsmessenger.com
to see video of local movie-goers’ reactions to Hidden Figures.
When it comes to biopics, it must be
remembered that the characters on-screen are not in fact characters at all. They are the representation of actual people who have lived throughout our history and the film that they inhabit is more or less a reenactment of that history.
Within the waves of movies that grace
the screens of theaters throughout the year, it is easy to forget that a hefty handful of them are based on true stories. With so many films depicting real-life struggles and tragedies, it's easy to become desensitized to their elements. When attending a private screening of a film that depicts true events in a theater filled with those who directly correlate to those events,
it reminds one of the impact that these events must have had. Instead of it being just another story, the weight of it is felt in a much stronger sense, making the film all the more important.
Such was the case at the private screening
of the film Hidden Figures where the audience comprised two churches that the main characters in the film had attended – one was St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newport News, Virginia and the other was the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Hampton, Virginia. Many of the people in the audience knew the subjects of Hidden Figures personally, so emotions were high within the theater.
Hidden Figures tells the story of three
African American women who worked as computers for the National Aeronautical
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$25,000 prize to winner of Internet of Things Home Inspector Challenge
It’s a challenge worthy
of Drs. Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, and Ray Stantz – and it could result in a prize of as much as $25,000 for a creative tech tinkerer.
innovators from “Ghostbusters” were famous for inventing a backpack-mounted positron collider to neutralize malicious ectoplasmic entities. The FTC wants to help protect consumers from something equally dangerous: security weaknesses in the software of home devices connected to the Internet of Things. So we’re sponsoring the Internet of Things Home Inspector Challenge, a contest to create a tool to address vulner- abilities caused by out-of-date software in IoT devices.
With the advent of the smart home,
more of us are relying on internet-connected – and interconnected – devices to operate our appliances, manage home security, monitor our health, etc. The benefits are undeniable,
but those devices also pose potential security risks. Compounding the problem is that the nature of those risks changes, necessitating security updates and patches. As a result, first- generation protections may be useless against second-generation threats.
But how do consumers know if their internet-connected devices they use at home have the most up-to-date security software?
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