November 16th, 2013

mus | like a bird in a cage

Amanda Todd suicide: RCMP repeatedly told of blackmailer's attempts

RCMP in British Columbia were alerted at least five times over the course of nearly two years about the ongoing sexual extortion of Amanda Todd before the teen committed suicide, CBC’sthe fifth estate has learned.

Amanda, 15, committed suicide in her mother’s Port Coquitlam home on Oct. 10, 2012.

Her death garnered intense public attention because of a YouTube video she posted weeks before her death detailing the relentless bullying she endured after a topless picture of her was shared via social media.

The B.C. teen had been the target of a sexual extortionist for nearly two years after she flashed a crowd by webcam while on a live streaming chat site.

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Utility Company Declares War on Solar! Someone Think of Our Profits!

Utility, Solar Companies Battle over Rooftop Panels in Arizona

Arizona is in the midst of what seems like an intense election-year campaign: millions of dollars in spending, a barrage of negative TV ads and large amounts of outside money. The issue, however, has nothing to do with taxes, a hot-button policy or anything on the ballot.

It is about the future of rooftop solar power in a state known for its abundant sunshine and at a time when the industry is booming.

The state's largest utility, Arizona Public Service, has spent more than $3.7 million to convince the public that homeowners using solar panels are costing other customers money, and it wants utility regulators to OK a proposal it says would make the system more fair.

The solar industry, on the other hand, has spent at least $370,000 on its own ads, arguing that the utility's proposal would increase rates for those who use rooftop solar power and decrease competition.

Dozens of Arizona residents packed a meeting room and spoke out about the issue to the Arizona Corporation Commission on Wednesday. The crowd was overwhelmingly pro-solar, with many in the audience working in Arizona's solar industry. Some received applause as they extolled the virtue of solar power.

"If you decide to vote on the side of the utility company, then we are going over to the dark side," said Glendale resident Sophia Ross, a homeowner with a rooftop solar system.
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