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U.S. Businessman Says Hacker-for-Hire Firms Stole His Data

Farhad Azima

Photographer: Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP

A years-long legal dispute between an Iranian-American businessman and the Investment Authority of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, has now entangled a private investigator in North Carolina and two hacking-for-hire firms in India.

In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in North Carolina, Farhad Azima, an Iranian aviation executive who lives and works in America, accused law firm Dechert LLP of hiring a private investigator, Nicholas Del Rosso, who then allegedly hired hackers in India to steal documents from Azima. Nicholas Del Rosso and his company Vital Management Services Inc. are named as defendants in the suit. Dechert LLP isn’t a named party in the suit. Azima is seeking monetary damages and an injunction against further hacking.

The suit comes

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  • October 19, 2020
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Florida Supreme Court Rejects ‘Bed Tax’ Appeal

TALLAHASSEE — In a victory for Airbnb and similar vacation-rental platforms, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a dispute about whether the companies are required to collect and send in tourist-development taxes.

Justices turned down an appeal by Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, who went to the Supreme Court after a divided panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Airbnb, Tripadvisor and HomeAway. As is common, the Supreme Court did not explain its reasons for declining to hear the dispute. But the decision effectively lets stand the lower-court ruling.

The dispute centered on so called “bed taxes” that counties may impose on short-term rentals, with the money going to tourism-related purposes. Hotels, for example, collect the taxes on customer bills and remit the money. Gannon contended that vacation-rental platforms should be considered “dealers” under state law, a description that

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  • October 19, 2020
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Bitterroot National Forest offers tips to hunters

HAMILTON — The Bitterroot National Forest is offering up some tips as hunting gets underway in Montana.

  • All hunters during the general rifle season must wear “hunter orange” (hat, cap, vest, jacket or rain gear) above the waist. It must be the outermost garment and be visible from all sides. This is also a good idea for non-hunting Forest visitors this time of year. Consider putting an orange vest or bright bandana on pets (dogs, horses, etc.) that will be accompanying you as well.
  • Regulations can change yearly and from drainage to drainage. Know the regulations for the area that you will be hunting. Printed copies are available anywhere that licenses are sold or can be found online from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting.
  • Hunters should treat every firearm as if it were loaded and always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Be sure of your
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  • October 19, 2020
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Matchup Preview: 2020 Season Opener

Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin

Date/Time/Place: Friday Oct. 23, 2020: 7 p.m. CST, Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

Surface: Field Turf

Capacity: 50,805 (No fans allowed for Big Ten games in 2020)

Records: Illinois 0-0; 6-7 (4-5 in Big Ten) in 2019; Wisconsin 0-0; 10-4 (7-2 in Big Ten) in 2019

Line: Wisconsin by 19. The last time Illinois has pulled off the upset as a double-digit road underdog was the 2007 win at then-No. 1 Ohio State. The Illini have lost its last 19 games in this position.

Series notes: Wisconsin holds a 42-38-7 lead in series. Before the miraculous comeback win on Homecoming last season, Wisconsin had won nine in a row in the matchup and have won seven in a row in Madison dating back to 2002.

TV: BTN; Brandon Gaudin (PBP), James Laurinaitis (analyst) & Rick Pizzo (sidelines).

Radio (Illinois): Brian Barnhart (PBP), Martin O’Donnell

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  • October 19, 2020
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Pence to mount ‘aggressive’ campaign push in final two weeks

Vice President Pence will travel at least five days a week and ramp up to at least two campaign rallies each day as part of a “very aggressive schedule” in the final days before the election, Pence chief of staff Marc Short told reporters on a call Monday.

Pence will visit seven states in total over the next six days, Short said. He will begin with rallies in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday.

Pence’s robust travel schedule comes as Trump trails Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump ‘continues to lie to us’ about coronavirus Rally crowd chants ‘lock him up’ as Trump calls Biden family ‘a criminal enterprise’ Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability MORE in national and swing-state polling with voters already beginning to submit their ballots and head to the polls in states where early voting has begun. 

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  • October 19, 2020
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Charleston area dog parks separate big and little dogs to help keep the peace between pets | News

NORTH CHARLESTON — Mary Doran had been waiting several years for the opening of the new dog park at Wannamaker County Park, located less than 2 miles from her home.

Ozzie, her 9-year-old bichon frise, doesn’t get much off-leash time in Doran’s gated community. Doran figured the new space would provide a safe environment for her pup, who works as a service dog, to run freely.

But when Doran recently attended the park’s special opening event Thursday, 11-pound Ozzie was met at the dog park gate by three Great Danes. The portion of the park initially reserved for small dogs was made available to all canines, providing more space for guests to be socially distanced.



Charleston area dog parks separate big and little dogs to keep the peace between pets

Mary Doran and her dog Ozzie attended a Wannamaker County Park event Thursday. Doran was upset because the part of the park, officially designated for small dogs, had been made available to large canines. Rickey

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  • October 19, 2020
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24th Street Theatre’s Annual ‘Dia de los Muertos’ Celebration Goes Virtual

The event will take place on November 2 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.

24th Street Theatre's Annual 'Dia de los Muertos' Celebration Goes Virtual

24th Street Theatre’s annual “Dia de los Muertos” block party is moving online. Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday from the comfort of your home on Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET at www.24thStreet.org.

Hosted by Gabriel Romero (Archer, Dante’s Cove, Los Beltrán), the virtual festival will feature special guests including master conguero, bandleader and vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran and his ensemble; Xochi Flores and Cesar Castro and their Son Jarocho-Chicano Cambalache; Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli; ballet folklórico Sol de Fuego; and Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Edward James Olmos.

The event will also include the presentation of Las Instrucciones, a tender, beautifully realized short film about a man who builds an altar to connect, celebrate and remember; virtual workshops such as How to build

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  • October 19, 2020
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Can E-Commerce Save Retail?


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In the span of a few short weeks, the coronavirus pandemic completely reshaped shopping and left many retailers struggling to survive. Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, J. Crew, and other popular chains filed for bankruptcy. According to a report from Yelp, 60 percent of listed businesses that shut their doors during the pandemic have closed for good, including 48 percent of retail stores.

At the same time, the crisis is opening up opportunities for retail to evolve. It has disrupted  when, where, and how people shop, creating space to rebuild and reimagine relationships with customers. Three-quarters of consumers have tried a new shopping brand or method since the pandemic started, and most plan to continue it going forward.

As companies try to navigate this new landscape, many business leaders are placing their hope in online shopping to help

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  • October 19, 2020
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How Much Money Did Tayshia Adams Make on ‘Bachelorette?’

This season of The Bachelorette is slightly, um, different due to Clare Crawley running off into the pandemic sunset and being replaced by fan-fave Tayshia Adams. Which, yeah, is super freakin’ exciting but also begs the question…did ABC pay both Tayshia and Clare for the season or did they have to split the salary 50/50? ABC hasn’t bothered to tell us for some reason (rude), but one thing’s for sure: Both Bachelorettes are doing just fine regardless. Head this way for a deep dive into Clare’s $$ and keep reading for Tayshia’s impressive net worth.

Bachelor in Paradise

While Tayshia didnt earn any money for The Bachelor (reminder: contestants don’t get paid), she did earn money for Bachelor in Paradise. According to Reality Steve, salaries for BiP contestants can vary—some get paid “per day they are there” and some get paid “per episode they’re on,” while others get paid “a

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  • October 19, 2020
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‘We have an opportunity to do better’

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Changes in our climate mean shorter, milder winters for Maine. As part of our ongoing climate conversations, the Bangor Daily News hosted a discussion last Thursday about how these changes can impact Maine.

The online conversation with University of Maine Climate Change Institute research assistant professor Sean Birkel, professor Jessica Leahy from the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, Appalachian Mountain Club research director Sarah Nelson, and New England Outdoor Center founder and owner Matthew Polstein was an interesting one that you can watch online.

One of the exchanges we’d like to highlight came in response to an audience question. The gist: If Maine winters are getting shorter and milder, isn’t that potentially a good thing? Does that make Maine a

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  • October 19, 2020