By Digital First Media, Wire Reports
This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Ariel Castro in the courtroom during the sentencing phase in Cleveland. Castro, who held 3 women captive for a decade, has committed suicide, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Ariel Castro, the Ohio man sentenced to life in prison for holding three women captive, was found hanging in his cell late Tuesday, according to Ohio corrections officials.
Staff at the facility where Castro was held attempted "life-saving measures" when he was found, JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Corrections, told The Denver Post.
Full confirmed statement from Smith, via 19 Action News in Ohio:
Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 pm at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals. Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to OSUMC where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm. A thorough review of this incident is underway and more information can be provided as it becomes available pending the status of the investigation.show more
By Tom Krisher, Associated Press
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2010 file photo, master diagnostic technician Kurt Juergens, of Foxborough, Mass., uses a laptop computer to diagnose and repair the brake system on a 2010 Toyota Prius in the repair shop of a Toyota dealership, in Norwood, Mass. A pair of hackers maneuvered their way into the computer systems of a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Escape through a port used by mechanics. The hackers showed that they could slam on the brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel or even shut down the engine, all from their laptop computers. The work demonstrates vulnerabilities with the growing number of car computers, about 20 on older models and up to 70 on sophisticated luxury cars. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) (Steven Senne)
As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours?
In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine - all from their laptop computers.
The hackers are publicizing their work to reveal vulnerabilities present in a growing number of car computers. All cars and trucks contain anywhere from 20 to 70 computers. They control everything from the brakes to acceleration to the windows, and are connected to an internal network. A few hackers have recently managed to find their way into these intricate networks.
In one case, a pair of hackers manipulated two cars by plugging a laptop into a port beneath the dashboard where mechanics connect their computers to search for problems. Scarier yet, another group took control of a car's computers through cellular telephone and Bluetooth connections, the compact disc player and even the tire pressure monitoring system.show more
By Michelle Andrews, special to The Washington Post
With the opening of the online health insurance marketplaces just a little over a month away, I've been receiving many questions about how they'll work.
Q: It sounds like people who buy health insurance on the marketplaces will have to pay the full premium for that insurance monthly, and subsidies will be paid through tax credits that are received annually as a tax refund. How could any low-income person who is living from paycheck to paycheck afford to do that?
A: They won't have to. When consumers apply for a plan on the health insurance marketplace, also called an exchange, they'll be asked to provide income information to determine whether they're eligible for a premium tax credit. That subsidy will be available to people with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. (In 2013, that's $45,960 for an individual and $94,200 for a family of four.) The tax credit is equal to the cost of a mid-level plan minus the person's expected contribution, which ranges from 2 percent to 9.5 percent of income.
If they qualify, consumers can opt to receive the tax credits in advance, and the exchange will send the money directly to the insurer every month; this subsidy will reduce how much people owe upfront. Consumers can also choose to receive the credit when they file their taxes the following year.
It's important to estimate your income as accurately as possible and to contact the exchange during the year if you find you're making more or less than expected, says Cheryl Fish-Parcham, deputy director for health policy at Families USA, a consumer advocacy group. That's because when completing your 2014 taxes, your estimate will be reconciled with what you actually earned. If you've received more than you were due, you may have to repay that amount. (Likewise, if you earned less than expected, you'll get money back.)
If in doubt, consider taking only some of the credit upfront. "If people are worried about reconciliation and the possibility their income could increase, they can take part of [the credit] in advance and get the rest at tax time," Fish-Parcham says.show more
By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / Reformer Staff
Rows of machines on the manufacturing floor at the new GSP School of Manufacturing Technology in Brattleboro. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)
BRATTLEBORO -- For years now G.S. Precision has had trouble filling key manufacturing jobs as the company has grown and expanded.
The company, which manufactures precision parts for aircraft engines, medical instruments and other technologies has reached out to area schools and colleges looking for employees but it has been a challenge finding trained machinists and engineers.
Now the company is partnering with Vermont Technical College to help its own employees to get the training they need to further their careers.
One of Brattleboro's largest employers, G.S. Precision on Tuesday opened its new school of manufacturing just down the road from its main building in the Exit One Industrial Park.
The company worked with VTech to create a program which employees will take at the company's building with VTech instructors for two years.
The credit can be used toward an eventual associate's degree or bachelor's degree in engineering, or the employee can use the knowledge and skills to advance within the company.
"Today is a special day for our company as we embark on a new unique venture with our friends from VTech," said G.S. Precision President and CEO Norm Schneeberger while announcing the opening of the G.S Precision School of Manufacturing Technology. "Going back to the beginning of this company, training and education have been key elements to our proven success."
Vermont Technical College has worked with other companies around the state to develop curriculum built around the specific needs of the local industry.
Under the model, the company invests in classrooms and training facilities while VTech staff develop the lessons and lead the classes.show more