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Accused chapter 8: The aftermath

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Bob Young talks about his confession and life after Beth’s murder 37 years ago.
Amanda Rossmann and Amber Hunt

A lot has changed since Beth was killed in 1978.

Her boyfriend Bob Young has a daughter of his own. Beth’s friends can’t talk about her death without breaking immediately into tears. Her family’s view on Young’s guilt has evolved.

But a few key things haven’t budged. And they could make all the difference in this case.

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Fanning The Flames: Unlocking The Truth Looks Into Michael Politte’s Supposed Fire Fixation

When it comes to Michael Politte’s supposed pyromania, Unlocking The Truth investigators had reason to believe on tonight’s episode that the courts fueled the fire.

Politte, who’s been in jail since 1998 for the second-degree murder of his mother Rita, wound up in prison largely because of the notion that he was a fire-obsessed teenager. As his mother’s bludgeoned body was found burned beyond recognition, police maintained suspicions Michael was responsible, but Ryan Ferguson and Eva Nagao spoke to Rita’s ex-boyfriend Derek, who insisted police embellished Michael’s fire fascination and consequent villainy.

Derek explained that he and Rita dated on and off in 1998, and that Michael — who took his parents’ divorce personally — was not Derek’s biggest fan. Having watched his own parents’ sort through a separation, Derek understood why Michael might have wanted to keep his distance.

One night at dinner, Derek noticed Michael was enthralled with

Read more at: http://www.mtv.com/news/2937218/unlocking-the-truth-michael-politte-fire/

Collaboration enhances optical chip design process


Berkeley Lab Collaboration Enhances Optical Chip Design Process
Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A unique collaboration between a U.S. telecommunications equipment provider and a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory has helped dramatically improve design cycle times for future high-speed optical networking components.


Computer scientists

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-collaboration-optical-chip.html

Collaboration enhances optical chip design process – Phys.org


Berkeley Lab Collaboration Enhances Optical Chip Design Process
Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A unique collaboration between a U.S. telecommunications equipment provider and a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory has helped dramatically improve design cycle times for future high-speed optical networking components.


Computer scientists

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-collaboration-optical-chip.html

An internet mystery about a man holding a land mine has finally been solved

The internet is filled with trolls and liars who find joy in deceiving others. But it’s also home to plenty of truth-seeking sleuths, ready to call out those who spread lies and pranks. 

On Dec. 31, 2015, Redditor KnightofSunlight posted a photo of a man holding an object to the subreddit r/WhatsThisThing, a forum which asks the help of the internet to identify random objects. 

In the thread it was quickly determined that the object was actually a land mine, sending Reddit into full-blown freakout mode as many feared for KnightofSunlight’s life.

It didn’t help that KnightofSunlight, an active Redditor before the post, went completely quiet after submitting the photo. 

Was it possible that the land mine detonated and killed KnightofSunlight?

Image: Reddit, Screenshot

Others speculated that this

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2016/09/22/knightofsunlight-reddit-land-mine/

This landmine internet mystery turned into one of the greatest trolls of all time

The internet is filled with trolls and liars who find joy in deceiving others. But it’s also home to plenty of truth-seeking sleuths, ready to call out those who spread lies and pranks. 

On Dec. 31, 2015, Redditor KnightofSunlight posted a photo of a man holding an object to the subreddit r/WhatsThisThing, a forum which asks the help of the internet to identify random objects. 

In the thread it was quickly determined that the object was actually a land mine, sending Reddit into full-blown freakout mode as many feared for KnightofSunlight’s life.

It didn’t help that KnightofSunlight, an active Redditor before the post, went completely quiet after submitting the photo. 

Was it possible that the land mine detonated and killed KnightofSunlight?

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2016/09/22/knightofsunlight-reddit-land-mine/

This landmine internet mystery turned into one of the greatest trolls …

The internet is filled with trolls and liars who find joy in deceiving others. But it’s also home to plenty of truth-seeking sleuths, ready to call out those who spread lies and pranks. 

On Dec. 31, 2015, Redditor KnightofSunlight posted a photo of a man holding an object to the subreddit r/WhatsThisThing, a forum which asks the help of the internet to identify random objects. 

In the thread it was quickly determined that the object was actually a land mine, sending Reddit into full-blown freakout mode as many feared for KnightofSunlight’s life.

It didn’t help that KnightofSunlight, an active Redditor before the post, went completely quiet after submitting the photo. 

Was it possible that the land mine detonated and killed KnightofSunlight?

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2016/09/22/knightofsunlight-reddit-land-mine/

Reddit Sleuths Claim User Crowdsourced Advice to Delete Clinton E-Mail Evidence

In September 2016, Reddit users engaged in a collaborative effort to preserve and secure what they believe is evidence that a fellow user posting under the screen name stonetear, who had sought technical advice about stripping addresses from e-mail messages, is actually Paul Combetta — an employee of Platte River Networks, the company that managed Hillary Clinton’s infamous private e-mail server. Combetta allegedly sought questionable advice via Reddit about stripping out a “very VIP’s e-mail address from a bunch of archived email” during times crucial to the Clinton e-mail investigation in 2014 and 2015.

On 18 September 2016, a Twitter user published a galvanizing tweet suggesting Combetta was u/stonetear:

Reddit Sleuths Claim User Crowdsourced Advice to Delete Clinton …

In September 2016, Reddit users engaged in a collaborative effort to preserve and secure what they believe is evidence that a fellow user posting under the screen name stonetear, who had sought technical advice about stripping addresses from e-mail messages, is actually Paul Combetta — an employee of Platte River Networks, the company that managed Hillary Clinton’s infamous private e-mail server. Combetta allegedly sought questionable advice via Reddit about stripping out a “very VIP’s e-mail address from a bunch of archived email” during times crucial to the Clinton e-mail investigation in 2014 and 2015.

On 18 September 2016, a Twitter user published a galvanizing tweet suggesting Combetta was u/stonetear:

Hundreds of crime-prevention experts converge on Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – At least 400 brilliant minds in crime analysis are in Louisville for the 26th annual International Crime Analysts Conference, where experts will share tactics, strategies and new technology to help solve crime.

Now that the conference is in Louisville, LMPD officials are taking full advantage of the opportunity to find new ways to help solve violent crime locally.

“It’s a way to network with other analysts across the country to find out how other units are doing things, what kind of technologies they’re using that we could probably bring back here, and that might be able to help us do different things,” LMPD Sgt. Holly Rogers said. 

Rogers manages the team of 19 analysts who work within the Louisville Metro Police Department. A year of violent crime means Rogers is constantly looking for new strategies in prevention, like predictive policing or forecasting for policing. 

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