La Pine woman charged with ID theft, forgery, computer system crime

LA PINE, Ore. - A La Pine girl faces allegations of forgery, identity theft and computer crime soon after stealing information and facts from her occupation.

Janell Welch, 39, allegedly accessed private information from your La Pine Insurance Center personal computers and recorded conversations with staff, in accordance to a July indictment.

Authorities claim Welch made use of a voice recorder to obtain her co-worker's charge card info back in June and used it to fill out insurance coverage applications employing a person else's identity in an attempt to defraud insurance providers.

Welch is facing 45 counts that include initiating a false report, pc crime, identity theft, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

The indictment alleges Welch committed these crimes above a period of many months. She was arrested back in July and has given that been on a conditional release.

La Pine Insurance coverage Center representatives referred NewsChannel 21 to their offices primarily based out of Washington state.

The firm mentioned they've taken numerous steps to produce confident their clients' and employees' information is protected following the incident.

Deschutes County sheriff's Lt. Chad Davis mentioned he couldn't comment with regards to the situation since the investigation was nonetheless ongoing.

Welch is scheduled to appear for a court hearing in December.

Right after this story was broadcast, Welch contacted NewsChannel 21, alleging managers with her employer, WAFD Insurance Group, had broken labor laws involving disabled workers relating to her federally protected healthcare leave.

She supplied a copy of a discrimination complaint she filed earlier this month together with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Civil Rights Division. She claimed her dismissal for alleged misconduct was retaliation that violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Early laptop rebuild has won conservation award in Germany

BBC - An exhibit that demonstrates what it was want to programme one of the very first personal computers has won an award for the very best computer conservation project.

The award-winning interactive project recreates a part of Eniac - the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Laptop.

The large machine built from 18,000 valves and one,500 relays to start with ran a plan in February 1946.

The exhibit was designed at the Heinz Nixdorf Museum Forum (HNF) in Germany.

The award was set up in 2012 to honour the memory of Tony Sale, a British pioneer of pc conservation who invested 15 years recreating the early Colossus computer.

The 2016 winner was developed by Dr Jochen Viehoff and Johannes Blobel for that HNF and is created of the simplified model of one particular little part of Eniac known as the accumulator. The unique Eniac filled several rooms and weighed about 27 tonnes.

Expansion of Computer system Science Training Wanted

Getting ready our young children to get contributing citizens using the expertise needed to enter the workforce is actually a major intention of public schooling. There may be an rising knowing amongst employers and educators that collaboration is important to determining what the workforce in the long term will search like and what abilities is going to be important for these jobs.

One particular such collaborative group came to Oklahoma City Public Colleges recently to share info regarding the need for K-12 computer science education. The Laptop or computer Science Education Coalition, in addition to The Basis for Oklahoma City Public Colleges, hosted an Hour of Code occasion at Willow Brook Elementary College. Fourth and fifth grade students were introduced to an Hour of Code, through which the instructor led them as a result of a series of physical exercises that provided the college students not only with all the fundamentals of code, but some entertaining likewise.

Early publicity to code has been confirmed to create a much increased amount of curiosity and diversity in those getting into the tech sector. There exists a incredible underrepresentation of gals and minorities from the field. Women who consider AP computer science in substantial school are ten times much more likely to key in laptop or computer science in university and African American and Latino students taking these programs in substantial college are seven occasions much more prone to big during the field.

The Personal computer Science Coalition is made up of a cross-section of U.S. enterprises, education leaders and NGOs that have come together to broaden entry to funding for computer science education in K-12 classrooms across the nation. Just a handful of from the many notable members incorporate AT&T, IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation and Google. This coalition formed to advocate for funding and policy solutions that address the shortage of laptop or computer science education offered in our colleges, leaving a huge gap in filling STEM jobs. According to data collected by, there are currently over 500,000 computing jobs unfilled within the nation, while our colleges and universities only graduate about 43,000 computer system science graduates each year.

Currently only one out of four K-12 schools offers any laptop science programs. The a short while ago passed Every Student Succeeds Act offers states far more flexibility in curriculum offerings, but there's not a defined funding source for personal computer science training. This is really a huge disconnect, since in Oklahoma we currently have nearly 2,000 open computing jobs and only about 400 computer system science graduates to fill these large paying jobs.

The Computer Science Coalition is urging Congress to provide $250 million in funding for K-12 computer system science education this year. These funds could support as several as 52,500 classrooms throughout the country and the potential to reach 3.6 million college students.

Time is with the essence for passage of this funding this year. People representing Oklahoma in our nation's capital require to hear from us as we prioritize education for our students and a long term workforce that keeps up with the global marketplace.

Mary Mélon is president/CEO of the Basis for Oklahoma City Public Colleges

'Computer fault' halts Qld rollercoaster

A laptop fault was to blame for a well-known rollercoaster at Movie World about the Gold Coast getting stuck, the theme park says.

The Green Lantern rollercoaster came to a standstill on Sunday afternoon, with footage emerging on-line showing one cart caught in the major of the conveyor belt around the highest stage on the ride.

The "brief stoppage" lasted somewhere around half an hour, a spokesman said.

"The ride's security programs have been engaged following a computer fault," the spokesman explained in the statement.

"These security techniques are intended to deliver the trip to a protected halt inside a focused evacuation zone."

One cart was evacuated onto a reduce stoppage zone even though men and women within the greater cart exited via a lift zone "as normal" before the fault was cleared.

"The security and wellbeing of all of our guests is our prime priority," the spokesman explained.

"We anticipate the ride will reopen later on currently."

Exactly the same ride malfunctioned in March 2015 whenever a wheel element grew to become loose and stranded 13 individuals, some for so long as three-and-a-half hours.

Firefighters were termed to rescue riders all through the 2015 incident but a Queensland Fire and Emergency Providers spokeswoman stated the park had not named for their solutions on Sunday.

The theme park's sixteen points of interest passed a safety audit on Friday.

The evaluation, which covers all major Queensland amusement parks, was triggered by an accident at Dreamworld that claimed 4 lives once the Thunder River Rapids trip malfunctioned final month.

It can be resulting from be completed through the end of November.

Computer Qualified To Guess Guide Genre Applying Only Cover Picture

Programmers throughout the world are rushing to apply machine-learning to virtually almost everything, from bicycle helmets to refrigerators. Most not long ago, a staff of researchers in Japan has semi-successfully utilised it to confirm the homogenous types of books inside of a genre is actually a pretty successful advertising and marketing technique.

Brian Kenji Iwana and Seiichi Uchida at Kyushu University utilized a deep neural network to gauge whether a computer could properly guess the genre of the guide primarily based on its cover. They fed the covers and genres of all over 100,000 books uncovered on Amazon for the network, coaching it to identify patterns while in the photos related with just about every in the twenty genres utilized in the dataset. In accordance to MIT Engineering Review, ?°the algorithm listed the right genre in its best three choices above 40 % of your time and found the precise genre over 20 percent of your time.?±

Right up until a related study is done to gauge human beings?ˉ capacity to accurately ascribe genres to books employing only their cover photos, it'll stay unclear irrespective of whether the computer?ˉs occasional accomplishment is better or worse than the strategies our brains employ.

The similarities amongst guide covers within genres has, however, been well-documented¨Cparticularly inside romance¨Cindicating that people are pretty very good with the endeavor, and publishers are good at taking advantage of it. It is sensible: repetition is usually a popular facet of any marketing campaign or branding initiative. Publishers try and capitalize on our responsiveness to it by reinforcing the association we now have with, say, cursive text and romance, or a picture of rolling hills and travel.

Whether this tactic really helps make us acquire books is a further story. According to a pair of scientific studies conducted by Margaret C. Campbell and Kevin Lane Keller to measure the response we now have to brands just after the repeated viewing of their ads, we don?ˉt necessarily like repetition once the subject matter is unfamiliar to us: ?°Ads for unfamiliar brands have been processed a lot more extensively with repetition than were advertisements for acquainted brand names. Just like a marketer?ˉs focus is often on creating market know-how for new brands and on preserving presence for acquainted brands, customer target may very well be on discovering about unfamiliar brands but also on updating existing expertise for acquainted brand names. Increases in processing since of repetition and brand unfamiliarity result in more damaging and fewer favourable ideas

Exactly where reporting, personal computer science meet

Today’s front webpage carries a fresh installment in our ongoing “Doctors & Sex Abuse” investigation. It includes an extremely detailed and important analysis of every state’s laws that protect (or don’t protect) patients from dangerous doctors.

The research by investigative reporter Carrie Teegardin and editor Lois Norder involved months of painstaking collection and analysis of information. I could brag all day on the careful approach they took to bring you this important material, detailed in an interactive presentation at I could also brag on the sensitive interviewing and writing by reporter Danny Robbins that resulted in today’s other front-page story from the series.

For now, though, I want take you behind the scenes and back in time to some unusual work that helped get the project off the ground more than a year ago.

The work is unusual enough that one of our data journalists, Jeff Ernsthausen, was invited to talk about it recently at a conference that highlights the intersection of journalism and personal computer science. Jeff couldn’t make it, so I got to brag on his work instead. This column shares comments I made to attendees of C+J Symposium in October.

Jeff was assigned to our project because a data team member is always part of our big investigations. But we did not anticipate how much we would need him.

The story grew out of some reporting by investigative reporter Danny Robbins on a dangerous doctor who worked in our state prison system. Like any curious reporter, Danny went further than the story in front of him required. He was looking into the Georgia medical board’s record of disciplining doctors and began noticing many who had been accused of sexually abusing patients and were still practicing. He eventually estimated that two-thirds of doctors sanctioned after sexual misconduct continued to practice.

We expected that the problems were similar elsewhere - several news organizations have done this analysis in their own states, including The Seattle Times and Chicago Tribune and found similar results - and Public Citizen has done some work based on reports to a national database of physician misconduct.

So we decided to broaden our inquiry by sending out open records requests to all 64 medical boards. It took some time to learn that no state provides medical disciplinary actions in any kind of quantitative or analyzable format.

Obtaining the records the old fashioned way - asking government agencies for only the specific cases we wanted to review - was not going to work. We’d have to go for every kind of disciplinary record available and sort them ourselves. Many states said it would take months and a lot of expense to compile those; others said it could not be done at all and we should just use the records on their websites.

So ultimately, we began scraping. What does that mean? It’s a simple concept but a complicated process - the personal computer repeatedly downloads public records in text form from a public website. Setting up scrapes of more than 60 different websites, all with different forms of medical disciplinary information, is no easy task. Some have press releases. Some post legal documents. Some post lists of actions with links. Rarely do the documents have actual searchable text. Some states post not a single word. (An aside for those wondering if this process is proper: it’s a perfectly legal way to obtain large volumes of public records when government can’t or won’t help obtain the underlying records. No private material is obtained as scraping only returns what is already available for the public on the website.)

We knew scraping was going to be difficult, but we thought things would get easier once that part was done.

I remember the weekend I realized otherwise. We had thousands of disciplinary orders on hand from the first states we scraped and we were going to read a bunch and sort the ones relating to doctor sex abuse.

Reading cases from Texas, I spent a lot of time, I mean a lot, crying that weekend. First, the cases are horrendous and heartbreaking. I couldn’t believe the passes doctors got after fondling, violating and even raping female patients. One story we ultimately told out of Texas involved a doctor who was accused by 17 women of violating them under the guise of medical exams - and he got to keep practicing. I wish I could tell you that was an exceptional story, but it is way too common.

The other reason I was crying was because there were so many cases to read in Texas and it was taking me forever. These cases can be dozens of pages each of obscure, legal arguments and procedural motions. I was getting though maybe four cases an hour. And it was quickly becoming apparent to me that it would take years - several years - for our team to get through all the documents we would eventually collect from all over the nation.

After my nightmarish weekend, I consulted with Jeff and the team. And as he often does, Jeff studied the problem for a few days and came up with a proposed solution. He would get the personal computer to read the documents for us, using a machine learning tool he and the team would develop, and sort out the ones that related to doctor sex abuse. So we would only have to read a subset.

So that’s the long version of what we did. Jeff ultimately used optical character recognition to convert the text in the 100,000 or so records we scraped and collected from websites, public records requests, even news reports. He then applied logistic regression with dummy variables based on presence or absence of keywords to give each record a score for whether it was likely to reveal sexual misconduct. We ultimately read the ones that scored over 50. We know we missed some, but we are certain we got the vast majority.

Jeff got it down to some 10,000 records we had to read instead of 100,000. That still took months - but it was doable. He then those put those documents into a database tool our reporters could use to read and analyze specific cases

You saw the result - we found 2,400 doctors sanctioned after being accused of sexual misconduct with patients. Half were still practicing when we began publishing the series in July.

Now this is not really a numbers story and if you read our coverage you will understand why. That 2,400 cases is not definitive; it’s a collection of cases we could study to tell the story of a broken culture. With 900,000 doctors in America, that’s not a big number. But it’s many more than the medical profession has ever acknowledged and probably understated significantly because many states handle cases in secret.

The real story is the broken system that fails to take many cases seriously, protects doctors and endangers patients. You can read more about that on our special website for this project,

Here’s what investigative reporter Carrie Teegardin has to say about Jeff’s work.

The quick take: This technology allowed us to do old-school reporting on a massive scale and shine a spotlight on a phenomenon that was buried in thousands of hard to find documents.”

Whether it’s old-school reporting or newfangled computer magic, all of this is designed to bring you the kind of accountability reporting you value. We appreciate the support from subscribers and readers that allows us to go deep and take risks to tell important stories that would not otherwise be told.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds praises computer system science education, urges college students to function in Iowa

CORALVILLE - Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds met with many substantial college college students enrolled in computer science programs Tuesday, urging them to help close the expertise gap amongst the workforce and vocational career desires.

“But the majority of all,” she mentioned, “stay in Iowa.”

Reynolds met with students and administrators from Kirkwood Local community College and University of Iowa in the Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville. Over 400 large school students are enrolled in college-level programs or coaching in the center.

The state not long ago has spotlighted the need to have to bolster career and technical training possibilities in Iowa. In May, Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation to reform programs throughout the state, and final year Branstad and Reynolds put forward the Potential Prepared Iowa Initiative.

The initiative sets a objective for 70 % of Iowans to get schooling and education past substantial school by 2025.

Groups of absolutely free, themed college-level courses, identified as large college academies, at Kirkwood Regional Center provide that teaching in advance of high school graduation.

“This academy, the software program improvement academy, brings the voice of what our business partners are looking for to higher school students,” mentioned Colette Atkins, dean of Enterprise and Data Technological innovation at Kirkwood. “And it produces locations where students can step off the educational pathway having a credential and enter the workforce.”

Inside a computer coding class, students informed the visiting delegation they'd little or no experience in creating code prior to enrolling in the class.

West Large pupil Bruno Rangel, 17, stated he now understands the basics of the coding language. He spent about forty hours creating a web-based game - but, he said, it did not really feel like function.

Credits earned through the high-schoolers are transferable to most schools and universities - such as the University of Iowa, which donated the land for Kirkwood’s Coralville campus.

“It keeps them engaged their senior yr, and gets them mastering about careers they may wish to pursue,” University of Iowa Provost Barry Butler mentioned. “Having hands-on learning possibilities the place you may have authentic planet complications adds to the interest of college students.”

Two 17-year-old college students from Tipton Higher, Zach Ford and Parker Jensen, built an internet site to get a community not-for-profit for class credit score.

“I was a bit intimidated coming into this class,” Zach stated. “ … But I'd motivate kids to check out it out.”

They mentioned they plan to keep the website for your organization - locking them into regional get the job done to the foreseeable potential.

“They’re making relationships, they’re making their particular network,” Reynolds stated. “Kids are saying, ‘Why would I not come back to Iowa? That’s exactly where my full network is.’”