1. Grammys 2014 predictions: Will Daft Punk, Lorde, Lamar or Swift take top honors?
2. Teach your kids these steps to keep online scammers away
By Steve Fox/Digital First Media
Children under 19 are increasingly becoming targets of phishing scams. Thinkstock
My father was recently the victim of a phishing scam. Like millions before him, he was convinced to pass along some sensitive information after receiving what appeared to be a legitimate email from his banking institution. He was asked to "confirm" his account and ended up giving away his social security number, his mother's maiden name and other personal information.
Luckily, he quickly realized he was scammed, so he let my sister know, and she shut down all his bank and credit card accounts before reconstructing the accounts with new passwords.
My dad, in his late 70s, is part of an easy demographic target group for phishers - as are my children - and the experience got me to thinking (again) about how best to teach my children to protect themselves again cyber-crimes like phishing and other forms of identity theft.
Phishing attacks don't appear to be going away anytime soon. One reported cited more than 37 million people as being targeted for phishing attacks in 2012. And, a rather stunning statistic shows that those under 19 are increasingly targets. One group - ID Analytics - reports that more than 140,000 children are victims of identity theft each year.show more
3. You can own this piece of Babe Ruth memorabilia
By Ula Ilnytzky/AP
A pocket watch that was given to Babe Ruth in 1923 is displayed at Heritage Auctions office in Dallas, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. LM Otero/Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Babe Ruth's 1923 World Series championship pocket watch, for decades thought to be lost to history, is coming to a New York City auction, where it's expected to fetch at least $750,000.
Ruth batted .368 and hit three homers in the 1923 World Series as the Yankees won the championship by beating the New York Giants in six games. It was a pivotal year for the franchise, as it moved into Yankee Stadium and won its first of 27 World Series championships.
The pentagonal gold timepiece is being sold at Heritage Auction's Feb. 22 sale.
"It was the beginning of what's become the most dominant dynasty in American sports," said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at the Dallas-based auction house. "It changed the culture and Babe Ruth's the ultimate leader of that team."
At the time, winning players got watches, which later were replaced by the still-standard rings.
"No one knew where the piece had been. No one has ever seen it for public sale or public auction," Ivy said. "The fact that there was no news about it for so many decades, it was just thought that at some point it had been lost to time."
The 14-karat gold timepiece remained with Ruth until shortly before his death from cancer in 1948.show more
4. The reasons John Boehner doesn't want to be president are weird. And wrong.
By DOMENIC POLI / Reformer Staff
Kayla Rice/Reformer Interstate 91 bridge over the West River and Route 30 in Brattleboro.
BRATTLEBORO -- The design manager of the I-91 replacement bridge that will cross over Route 30 and the West River said Thursday his company is trying to reduce or eliminate the hazardous glare some people have reported after driving through the project.
Garrett Hoffman, of FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc., which is based in Exton, Pa., acknowledged the problem to the Reformer and said his company is working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to address complaints made about the glare. He said the issue might be glare produced by sunlight or night-time construction lights used on the site. PCL Civil Constructors Inc. -- headquartered in Denver -- is handling the construction.
"There are a variety of solutions, but the problem with any project like this is that the solutions can be worse than the problem," said Hoffman. "It gets kind of tricky. But we are aware of what is going on."
Hoffman said a potential solution could be to install a sort of glare reduction screen. He added, however, that it is important to reduce the glare in a safe way.
The Reformer has received several letters this week in regards to the glare. One, from Gail W. Speno, of Brattleboro, echoed another from Linda Grout. Speno wrote that she was recently driving in the southbound lane when it was dark outside and the glare became a problem.show more