Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise Associated Press Published 1:18 PM EDT May 21, 2019 Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee’s embattled House Speaker Glen Casada announced Tuesday he plans to resign following a vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over explicit text messages. The move is unprecedented in Tennessee’s modern political era. The last Senate speaker resignation came in 1931. And in 1893, a House speaker declined to resign and his office was declared vacant, according to legislative librarian Eddie Weeks. “When I return to town on June 3, I will meet with caucus leadership to determine the best date for me to resign as speaker so that I can help facilitate a smooth transition,” Casada said in a statement. Casada announced the decision just a day after previously shrugging off a 45-24 secret ballot vote from his GOP caucus determining they no longer had confidence in his ability to lead the Tennessee House. Shortly … [Read more...] about Tennessee House speaker to resign amid text message scandal
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Denise Lavoie, Ap Legal Affairs Writer Updated 2:41 pm CDT, Saturday, May 4, 2019 In this Tuesday April 16, 2019 photo, Strange Simon, displays her phone with reminders of cost appearances outside a courthouse, in Richmond, Va. Simon attended a recent hearing in her marijuana possession case. Simon said receiving text reminders from the public defender's office stopped her from showing up for court on the wrong day. Courts around the country are using texting services to reduce the number of defendants who fail to show up for their court hearings. less In this Tuesday April 16, 2019 photo, Strange Simon, displays her phone with reminders of cost appearances outside a courthouse, in Richmond, Va. Simon attended a recent hearing in her marijuana possession ... more Photo: Denise Lavoie, AP Photo: … [Read more...] about C u in court: Text messages now remind defendants to show up
Travis Loller, Associated Press Updated 12:14 am CST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Travis Reinking appears at a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Reinking, accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House, used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants. Police say the 29-year-old Reinking was nearly naked, only wearing a green jacket, when he opened fire outside the restaurant on April 22 and then stormed inside. less FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Travis Reinking appears at a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Reinking, accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House, used to send his father text messages in ... more Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP Image 1 of / 1 … [Read more...] about Waffle House shooting suspect sent delusional text messages
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm | UPDATED: December 11, 2018 at 10:07 pm Texting your sweetheart that you’re on your way home? California may soon charge you for that. This is no LOL matter, critics say. State regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the proposal, now scheduled for a vote next month by the California Public Utilities Commission. “It’s a dumb idea,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business-sponsored advocacy group. “This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it’s almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have.” It’s unclear how much individual consumers would be asked to pay … [Read more...] about OMG! Now California wants to tax text-messaging?
Tens of millions of text messages and security codes were exposed in an online database that did not even have a password, security researchers have found. The database of text messages, used by companies to send password reset information, shipping notifications and security codes, was left exposed by communications company Voxox. The files included 26 million records of text messages this year alone, according to TechCrunch. Password verification messages for Google accounts, Amazon delivery tracking notices, messaging apps and security codes for major financial investment companies were all included in the leak. The exposed server could be found by Sébastien Kaul, a Berlin-based security researcher, using a search engine for public devices and data bases named Shodan. It was not password protected, meaning anyone could enter and access the data. Exposed on the database were a stream of near real-time messages. However, the access codes in these would typically only … [Read more...] about Tens of millions of private text messages and security codes exposed