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My mother will appreciate this one….

Yesterday, in one of my geography classes, we were discussing our term papers, and our professor was talking about the wonders of being able to use the internet to read all the major newspaper in the world (and some of the not so major newspapers.)

Seeming to think this would prove his point, he started asking us what newspapers we read.  “The New York Times” said one student.  The professor insinuated that just a few years ago, that it wouldn’t be possible to read the Times in Morgantown without the help of the internet.  “Actually” said the student, “there’s a box at Towers where I pick it up when I want to read it.”

As we continued around the classroom, the names of major regional and national papers kept popping up: The Dominion Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Charleston Gazette, Washington Post.

The kicker?  Almost all of these students said that when they do read the news, they do so, with the paper itself in hand.  Newspapers may be declining in prominence, but they’re certainly not doing so without a fight.

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So, for the past month I’ve been goofing off, trying to setup a different blog hosted on my own server, but have been having trouble with it.  So I think I’m going to stay on here for the time being.  Maybe I’ll be able to fix it, but for now I’m here.

In the meantime, I’m coming back from my semi-hiatus to write about this story in the news from Chicago.

Chicago Teen Impersonates Police Officer for a Day

Basically, this 14 year old kid, who got a police uniform from who knows where, walks into a police station, signs out a ticket book and portable radio, and get assigned a partner and patrol car.

He then proceeds to “work” five hours of his shift before a superior, or even his partner got suspicious and asked for his ID, which, not being an actual police officer, he didn’t have.

Since he’s only fourteen, they are only charging him as a juvenile (but still with the rather serious crime of impersonating a police officer).  This does however bring up a serious question of security.  If this 14 year old can obtain a uniform and social engineer his way into a patrol car, who knows what a terrorist who’s intents are more nefarious could achieve.  Luckily, Chicago Police are taking this “breach in security” very seriously.

But seriously?  This shouldn’t happen.

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