Former ‘Prison Break’ actor pleads guilty in fatal car crash

first_img Garrison faces a possible maximum state prison term of six years and eight months. Garrison appeared on the Fox television drama “Prison Break” last year. BEVERLY HILLS – Actor Lane Garrison pleaded guilty today to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and other charges in connection with the Dec. 2 fatal car crash in Beverly Hills that left one of his three teenage passengers dead, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said. Garrison, who turns 27 on Wednesday, pleaded open to the charges, meaning it was not part of a negotiated settlement with the District Attorney’s office. Beverly Hills Judge Elden Fox set sentencing for Aug. 2. The actor also pleaded guilty to one felony count of driving under the influence causing injury to multiple victims and one misdemeanor count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. In addition, he admitted the allegations that he caused great bodily injury and death and that he was driving with a blood alcohol level of more than .15 percent. Deputy District Attorney Joseph Markus said a second DUI count will be dismissed at sentencing. Garrison was driving his 2001 Land Rover when it hit a curb and struck a tree on South Beverly Drive near Olympic Boulevard. Vahagn Setian, 17, who riding in Garrison’s 2001 Land Rover, was killed in the crash. The actor’s two other passengers, 15-year-old girls, were injured in the crash shortly before midnight. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rafa Benitez close to agreeing Newcastle United stay – reports

first_imgRafael Benitez is set to commit his future to Newcastle United for next season, according to reports. The Magpies were relegated to the Championship last week and the Spanish boss, who replaced Steve McClaren in March, has been weighing up his next move. It is widely believed there is a break clause in the three-year contract signed by the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss but United chiefs are confident of keeping him in the hotseat. Talks have taken place between the 56-year-old and the Newcastle hierarchy after they bowed out of the top tier with an impressive 5-1 victory over Tottenham at St James’ Park.Some reports suggest he could even earn up to £5million-a-year if he stays on Tyneside. Alternatively, Benitez – who took over Real Madrid last summer – could still be tempted with a move elsewhere, with former club Valencia and the Reds’ Merseyside rivals Everton linked.READ MORE: Rafael Benitez: ‘It will not be easy to leave a club like Newcastle United’ Rafa Benitez replaced Steve McClaren in March 1last_img read more

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Kurtenbach: The Warriors are searching for an identity

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors are perhaps the least ambiguous entity in the world of professional sports.When you go to four straight NBA Finals, establishing yourself as the dominant force in a league surging in popularity worldwide, people tend to know who you are and what you’re about.But while the Warriors return their four All-Stars in their quest to be the second team in NBA history and the first in 50 years to make the Finals five straight years, you didn’t need to watch their season debut …last_img read more

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Sorry, Larry, But Oracle’s Cloud BS Is Wearing Thin

first_imgRuthless competitiveness is what Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison uses to win in business. So no one should be surprised that how he defines the cloud depends on what’s needed at the time. Inevitably, this sometimes shows the emperor has no clothes, or at least is down to his Armani skivvies.While something in Oracle’s massive portfolio may fit the industry definition of a cloud service, it is not the company’s new integrated hardware and software bundle that’s meant to provide the infrastructure for private clouds, according to David Linthicum, chief technology officer and co-founder of cloud consultancy Blue Mountain Labs. What Oracle is really selling, or in this case renting, is preconfigured application servers for the data center.“Now we know how Oracle is addressing this shift in the market: by renting its stuff and calling it a cloud,” Linthicum says.Oracle’s Cloud StrategyOracle’s cloud strategy has been challenged before. Charles Babcock, who has covered the cloud for years for IT trade magazine InformationWeek, named Oracle the number one “cloud washer” of 2011. That term refers to companies whose cloud products are mostly old technology with the word cloud added to the name.At the time, Babcock took aim at the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, “a name that contains so many contradictions of the definition of cloud computing that it threatens to render the term meaningless.”“It’s an old-fashioned appliance that’s been renamed ‘a cloud in a box,’” he wrote.Oracle Can’t Move Fast EnoughMulti-billion-dollar companies like Oracle can’t simply turn a switch and re-architect their technology to meet customer demand for something so dramatically different as cloud computing. This is why Ellison refused to acknowledge the cloud even existed until Oracle OpenWorld in September 2010. With startups eating away at his software business, Ellison needed to do something fast. Confusing customers with verbiage was the quickest way to buy time.Fast-forward two years to this year’s Oracle’s OpenWord conference in San Francisco, and cloud became Ellison’s favorite word to essentially describe renting Oracle data center technology, and letting the company handle the maintenance. Instead of real cloud computing, Ellison introduced what was mostly a new way of buying last-generation technology.What’s In StoreThis year should get really interesting. Oracle is expected to start feeling even more pressure from true public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Rackspace, as well as private cloud providers like Eucalyptus. If history is an indicator, then Ellison is likely to release the attack dogs in his marketing department to try to discredit rivals and confuse customers, while the company plays catch up.For example, Oracle responded last year to tough competition from IBM in the hardware business by releasing ads with unsubstantiated claims that Oracle servers were much better. Three times the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau pressured Oracle into removing the ads that appeared as full-page spreads in The Wall Street Journal and other publications.The last ad, pulled in November, claimed Oracle’s Exadata server would run five times faster than IBM’s Power Server “or you win $10,000,000.” The NAD found that the ad did not provide “any speed performance tests, examples of comparative system speed superiority or any other data to substantiate the message.”Ellison is sure to use this kind of bare-knuckles competitiveness in battling cloud rivals. It’s in his DNA. Let’s not forget that in January, Oracle Team USA, the America’s Cup champion team owned by Ellison, was fined more than $15,000 for spying on the Italian team.So cloud watchers should sit back and get comfortable. Ellison is likely to provide quite a show and a lot more smoke and mirrors.Photo by ShutterStock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Tags:#cloud#Oracle Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Join ReadWrite And Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley To Talk About The Future Of Apps

first_imgWhen Dennis Crowley launched Foursquare in March 2009, it was one of the first apps to tap into rich location data from smartphones. He introduced us to the idea of a check-in—a social gesture announcing one’s whereabout to a specific set of friends.Now, five years and billions of check-ins later, he’s ripping his app in two, turning Foursquare into a city guide and introducing Swarm, a new app for finding friends nearby, whether or not they’ve checked in.Swarm will be out by the time I sit down with Crowley for our next ReadWriteMix event on June 3. Taking place the same week as Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, this ReadWriteMix promises key insights on the future direction of mobile devices.Reserve your seat: ReadWriteMix: Mapping The App Economy, June 3Crowley hasn’t had an easy ride. Foursquare was hot until it was not. Even with some 50 million downloads, it faces ongoing questions about just how popular the core app is. (I plan to ask some of those.) But Crowley’s belief in the company’s long-term potential has been unwavering. And the company has finally gotten its various tools for making money in motion—six different lines of business, from location-based ads to data-licensing fees and more.The Power Of ContextI’ve argued that to look at Foursquare purely as a consumer-facing social tool ignores the other ways in which it can become a vital part of the Internet. Its database of places, refined through check-in after check-in, is a four-dimensional map of both space and time, turning the pulsing movements of humans through cities into bits and bytes in a way other location players haven’t been able to do.That in turn has made it an essential helpmate to other app creators, the go-to way to include location in mobile experiences as diverse as Uber, which uses it to pinpoint pick-up spots for riders, and Pinterest, which places its images on a map with Foursquare’s help.There’s potential beyond smartphones, though: Wearable devices, to be useful, require knowledge of a user’s current location and habits—data Foursquare has in spades. With a smartwatch or fitness band, you can’t input a lot of information. The device just needs to know the right answer at the right time, whether it’s prompting you to grab coffee at a new spot on your way to work, or reminding you to work out if you fell short on your steps goal and you’re near the gym.Crowley and I will have a lot to talk about. Please join us for what promises to be a rollicking, no-holds-barred conversation about all things social, local, and wearable.Tickets to ReadWriteMix cost $15. All proceeds go to support Girls Who Code, whose programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.Photo courtesy of Foursquare owen thomas Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Dennis Crowley#Foursquare#Foursquare swarm#Location#Location Services#location sharing#Location-Based Services#ReadWrite Mix#ReadWriteMix#Swarm#Swarm app A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Flash glass: Lightning inside volcanic ash plumes create glassy spherules

first_imgThe bolts of lightning that sometimes dance through the thick ash plumes suspended above volcanic eruptions leave behind a distinct geophysical signature: tiny glass orbs that form when zapped bits of ash melt and are pulled into tiny spheres by surface tension, before they cool and solidify. Lightning is often seen around volcanic eruptions and their resulting ash plumes. One common type results when individual particles of ash (actually broken rock) violently rub against each other, generating huge amounts of static electricity. Even though each discharge lasts only a few milliseconds, temperatures inside and near the bolt can approach a hellish 30,000°C—more than enough to melt fine bits of ash, researchers say. A team sifting through ash samples collected downwind after eruptions at Alaska’s Mount Redoubt in 2009 and Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 found such spherules, the first attributed to volcanic eruptions. (Similar spherules can be formed in a variety of extreme circumstances, from bomb explosions to extraterrestrial impacts.) The samples included clumps of spherules (image shown; scale bar is 20 micrometers long), as well as individual orbs of glass with multiple cracks, possibly due to the sudden conversion of trace amounts of water to steam inside the blobs of glass as they formed, the researchers reported online last week in Geology. Studying ash samples from other eruptions, both recent and in the distant past, may provide geologists with vital clues about how frequently volcanic lightning occurs, and whether it happens during only the most violent eruptions, they suggest.last_img read more

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Haider abandons Pak cricket team, seeks refuge in London

first_imgAlready facing troubles over several match-fixing charges, Pakistan cricket now faces a new crisis after the team’s wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider abandoned his team in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and fled to London seeking refuge to evade a “threat” from the bookies. In a dramatic turn of events, Haider was reported missing on Sunday, on the eve of the deciding fifth one-day international (ODI) against South Africa. He did not arrive with the team at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Hours later, the player was filmed exiting Heathrow airport in London. The only indication of what led Haider to abandon his team was a cryptic status update on social networking site Facebook: “leaving pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game”. Haider was the hero for Pakistan in the previous match as he hit 19 crucial runs to take his side home and level the series 2-2. But his match-winning performance became a cause of concern for the young cricketer. He was fined after the match for flouting team curfew rules and was “threatened” for his on-field heroics. Initially the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) feigned ignorance about the entire matter, but later ordered an inquiry into the cricketer’s disappearance. Haider’s brother alleged that the PCB ignored the threats to him but remained ignorant. Now, until Haider himself comes forward, no one would know the real reason for his dramatic exit from the team. Haider’s act of vanishing comes on the heels of a corruption scandal that hit the Pakistan team in August 2009 when three of its players were accused of match-fixing following a newspaper investigation. Then captain Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir have been under suspension since then for allegedly accepting money via a middleman to bowl no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.advertisementlast_img read more

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Countdown begins for Indias heaviest satellite launch

first_imgChennai, June 4 (PTI) The over 25-hour countdown for the launch of Indias heavy-lift rocket GSLV MkIII carrying the communication satellite, GSAT-19, from the space sport of Sriharikota began today, ISRO said.The GSLV MkIII-D1 rocket is scheduled for lift off at 5.28 pm tomorrow from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, around 120 km from here.”The 25-and-half hour countdown for the launch of GSLV-Mk III-D1, carrying the 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite, commenced at 3.58 pm, soon after the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave the clearance,” ISRO said.ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said the mission is important as “it was the heaviest ever rocket and satellite to be launched from the country”.”All activities for the launch of GSLV Mk III-D1 and GSAT-19 mission is going on. Tomorrow, we are expecting to launch at 5.28 pm,” he told reporters at the airport here.On the significance of the launch for ISRO, he said, “It is an important event as we are putting our communication satellite from our own soil”.Till now, ISRO had to depend on foreign launchers for communication satellites weighing more than 2,300 kg. The GSLV MkIII-D1 is capable of lifting payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and 10,000 kg into the Low Earth Orbit.In tomorrows mission, the vehicle is scheduled to launch the GSAT-19 into the GTO at 16.20 minutes after lift off.Earlier, the ISRO had launched the 3,404 kg GSAT-18 communication satellite from Ariane, French Guiana.advertisementIn 2014, the space agency successfully undertook the first experimental flight of the GSLV MkIII from Sriharikota. The vehicle in a two stage flight (with a non-functional cryogenic upper stage) carried the Crew Module Atmospheric Re-Entry Experiment to the intended height of 126 km and re- entered the atmosphere safely.The GSLV-Mk III-D1 is a three-stage vehicle with indigenous cryogenic upper stage engine designed to carry heavier communication satellites into the GTO.Apart from the cryogenic engine, designated C25, carrying about 28 tonnes of propellants, it has two solid strap-on motors (S200) and a core liquid booster (L110).The mission would also augment Indias communication resources as a single GSAT-19 satellite will be equivalent to having a constellation of six to seven of the older variety of communication satellites in space.At present, out of a constellation of 41 in-orbit Indian satellites, 13 are communication satellites, and the total mission life of the GSAT-19 is 10 years. PTI VIJ CORR VS ANBlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods expected to plead guilty to reckless driving in Florida

first_imgGolfer Tiger Woods is scheduled to plead guilty on Friday to a reckless driving charge and enter a program for first-time offenders to avoid a conviction for driving under the influence, court officials said.The 41-year-old athlete was found asleep in May behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked alongside a road not far from his home in exclusive Jupiter Island.At the time, Woods told police officers he could not remember where he was going and said he was returning from Los Angeles, even though his car was headed away from his home, his arrest report showed.A toxicology report said Woods had five drugs but no alcohol in his system when he was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. The drugs included generic forms of painkillers Vicodin and Dilaudid; the mood drug Xanax; the sleeping pill Ambien; and a drug that contained THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.Woods is expected to enter a guilty plea in a Palm Beach Gardens court to the lesser charge and be placed on probation.He will enter a diversion program offered in Palm Beach County for first-time DUI offenders. Woods is eligible because he had no prior criminal record, cooperated with police and was not involved in a crash, said Richard Clausi, an assistant state attorney.If he completes the program, Woods can have the reckless driving charge expunged from his record. But if he is arrested again for DUI, he will be treated as a second-time offender, Clausi told Reuters.advertisementWoods’ attorney did not return calls seeking comment.In a statement after his arrest, Woods apologized to fans and blamed the incident on prescription medication he was taking to manage pain from a recent back surgery.Woods, who is second on the all-time list with 14 major titles, has not won a major championship since 2008.The following year, he was involved in a bizarre early-morning car crash outside his home at the time near Orlando. The incident ballooned into a sex scandal involving allegations of extramarital affairs, and both his marriage and some lucrative endorsement deals ended.last_img read more

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Greece cruise past Iran to notch all-important first win

first_imgTURIN (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments) – Greece got their campaign at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turin off to the best possible start with a comfortable 78-53 win over Iran on Monday.Turning point: Early in the second quarter, Greece turned a 29-25 lead into a 39-25 advantage with back-up guards Giannis Athinaiou and Evangelos Mantzaris out on the court. The 10-0 run was triggered by a Ioannis Bourousis three-pointer.Stats Don’t Lie: Iran turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and Greece capitalised by scoring 19 points in building a 48-31 lead. Greece also shot the ball exceptionally well through the first two quarters, hitting five of their seven attempts from long range.Game Hero: Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points on an efficient 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Special mention to Stratos Perperoglou and Kostas Koufos who had 9 points apiece in the first half.The Bottom Line: Iran executed well on offense early on and had a terrific game-plan but Greece turned the contest in their favor by increasing the defensive pressure. If there were concerns about Greece’s ability to knock down jump shots, they allayed those in the first half with five different players hitting from behind the arc. Greece’s full-court pressure was a factor and will be raising eyebrows, especially with Thanasis Antetokounmpo having a strong performance.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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