Dec 10, 2013, 1:12 pm EDT
Florida Republican Alan Grayson was taken for about $18 million in an investment scheme concocted by William Dean Chapman.
The congressman was one of over 100 victims who were fooled by Chapman’s trade stock scheme, according to The Washington Times. The con man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking control of his clients’ stocks and selling them without paying them back. Chapman used the money to build a life of luxury for himself including a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a $3 million house.
New York-native Alan Grayson is a defender of Democratic Party principles and partisan attacker of Republican views. Read
Dec 10, 2013, 11:56 am EDT
Technology giants are participating in this year’s Computer Science Education Week, promoting an “Hour of Code” to help young people learn the basics of computer programing.
Run by the Computing in the Core advocacy group and Code.org, more than 29,000 events in 160 countries are planned for this week, eWeek notes.
Here are four things to know about the “Hour of Code” campaign: Read
Dec 10, 2013, 10:51 am EDT
A move by Republican lawmakers to erect a monument to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma’s Capitol, may have opened the door to something they certainly didn’t expect.
In 2009, the GOP-controlled state legislature approved the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol’s north steps. Now a Satanic group says it wants to place its own monument — to Satan, naturally — at the Capitol as well, the Associated Press notes.
State lawmakers say the proposal must be approved by the Oklahoma Capital Preservation Committee where it would face considerable scrutiny. Read
Dec 9, 2013, 11:10 am EDT
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on Monday to extend a decade-old ban on plastic firearms.
The move will prohibit the production of guns that can pass through metal detectors and screening equipment without raising an alert for another ten years. Under current law, gun makers can produce plastic guns as long as they feature a metal component that can be detected by screening machines. Some gun control advocates complain that the part can be too easily removed, the Associated Press notes.
However, any effort to impose additional restrictions on plastic firearms will face opposition from the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), which has signaled that it won’t oppose the extension — so long as the law remains as already written. The ban’s renewal comes as 3D printer technology from manufacturers like Stratasys (SYSS), 3D Systems (DDD) and Voxeljet (VJET) is moving toward becoming mainstream. Read