For several hours on Tuesday, around 12,000 students in the District of Columbia Public Schools system had their personal information publicly available online. This marks the third time the school district has experienced such a security breach.
It happened by accident, according to an internal memo from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Washington Post reported. An office worker uploaded the students' identification numbers, race, age, disabilities, and other sensitive data to a public Dropbox account managed by the DC Council.
"I am deeply disappointed by this situation," state superintendent Hanseul Kang wrote in a letter to colleagues, the Post reported. "Our families deserve to know that their students' personal information is being kept confidential and secure in the education system."
Source: Washingtion DC schools posted private data of 12,000 students on public website
A sinkhole that has forced the closure of a road in Chatham County for three weeks is growing, and state Department of Transportation officials said it could be another two-and-a-half months before the road is fixed.
According to DOT officials, old pipes underneath Lystra Road - which crosses Jordan Lake near Pittsboro - gave way on Jan. 18, at first creating a sinkhole that took up about half of one lane.
By Monday, the sinkhole had grown significantly, taking up much of the two-lane road.
Officials said the scope of the work is more complicated than DOT crews can handle, meaning a contractor will be hired to complete the road rebuild. The contractor will be forced to replace two old pipes under the road.
A contractor hasn't been hired yet, and a DOT spokesman said it could be late April before the road is open.
Source: Sinkhole blocking road in North Carolina growing significantly say officials
Two weeks after baptizing her at a Catholic church, baby Adriana's parents put her in a white gown again for a second sacrament: This time, with Mexico's skeletal "Death Saint." As they held the sleepy three-month-old child, a priestess sprinkled holy water infused with rose petals on her in front of 300 people under a 22-meter (72-foot) statue of the Grim Reaper-like "Santa Muerte" in a Mexico City suburb.
When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico for a five-day visit on Friday, he will find a country where devotion to Santa Muerte is growing fast despite the Vatican's rejection of the figure as blasphemous.
Source: Mexicans worshiping skeletal 'Death Saint' a challenge for Pope
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Veronica Guerin's killing in 1996 sparked outcry in Ireland but criminal gangs are now more powerful than ever, says her brother.
Source: Murdered Journalist 'Died In Vain', Says Brother
Video at the source. China’s government doesn’t share exact figures, but the vast majority of gold heading into mainland China passes through Hong Kong, which does make its records public. Gold imports to China have surged over 700% since 2010, according to the latest data from Hong Kong. Exactly what China is doing […]
Source: China is on a massive gold buying spree
Please see the source for the video. Following the biggest one-day surge in the price of gold since 2009, it is understandable that suddenly everyone who until recently was predicting the price of gold in the triple digits, or laughably explaining why “gold is doomed” wants to talk about the “pet rock.” As we […]
Source: JPM: “Things Have Gotten Out Of Control: People Have More Confidence In Gold Than In Paper Money”
Trump mocks Jeb Bush for bringing brother on campaign trail | 11 Feb 2016 | Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mocking rival Jeb Bush for bringing his brother, former President [sic] George W. Bush, to help campaign. "Don't fall asleep when I mention the name," Trump said, when he brought up Jeb Bush during a rally in Louisiana on Thursday...Trump said he'd refrain from saying too much until after the former president makes a statement, adding "there's plenty to say about what happened."
Source: Trump mocks Jeb Bush for bringing brother on campaign trail
The Hollywood star says America's efforts are "not enough" as he prepares to meet Angela Merkel to discuss what more can be done.
Source: Clooney: US Not Taking In Enough Refugees
A study suggests e-cigarettes are unsafe during pregnancy as the vapour raises the risk of learning difficulties in unborn babies.
Source: E-Cigs 'As Dangerous As Tobacco' In Pregnancy
Saudi Arabian teacher reportedly opened fire, killing several people | 12 Feb 2016 | A teacher in southern Saudi Arabia has opened fire on colleagues, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television is reporting. The brief reports on the state television channel's website and Twitter account did not elaborate or offer a reason for Thursday's shooting at an education department building. It quoted an unnamed police spokesman for the information and said the suspected shooter was in custody.
Source: Saudi Arabian teacher reportedly opened fire, killing several people