We now have added "Informational Posts" which are tidbits of information that may come in handy at some point.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016

May 16, 2017 NCJ 250650

This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals.

It contains 23 indicators of crime and safety at school on topics including victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and crime at postsecondary institutions.

Data sources include the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the School Crime Supplement to the NCVS, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, and the School and Staffing Survey. ..Continued.. by Lauren Musu-Gillette, National Center for Education Statistics, Anlan Zhang, American Institutes for Research, Ke Wang, Jizhi Zhang, American Institutes for Research, Barbara A. Oudekerk, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Saturday Night Live: Amazon Echo Silver

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Saturday Night Live: Amazon Echo Silver

Sex Offenses Reported via NIBRS in 2013


Changing the Definition of RAPE: The FBI partnered with the Office of Violence Against Women to update the definition of rape in the SRS beginning in 2013. For more than 80 years, rape had been defined in the SRS as a female victim of a male offender. This definition served as an indicator of sexual violence, but over time, the public recognized the need for an accounting of each sex offense type and further understanding of the characteristics of its victims. ..Continued.. (Several other important charts are displayed, worth reviewing)

Amazon enables free calls and messages on all Echo devices with Alexa Calling


Amazon may have flopped with the Fire Phone, but don’t count it out of the telephony game just yet. Alongside Amazon unveiling its newest Echo device earlier today — the Echo Show with a seven-inch video screen — the company also announced Alexa Calling, free voice calls and messaging services that you use through all Echo devices (not just the Show), as well as for users of the Alexa app for smartphones.

The feature is marked as “coming soon” on the Alexa Calling product page, but we have been told by an Amazon spokesperson that, in fact, it’s coming online later today. In other words, well ahead of the newest Echo shipping.

When Home Buyers Want to Know if People Died in the House

May 2017:

It’s been years since I’ve been asked the question and I thought I’d never hear it again.

But sure enough, just a couple of weeks ago, I was asked, “Do you know if anyone has died in this house?” It was not too long ago that another buyer client refused to enter a house because it was diagonally across the street from an old cemetery, even though she had liked the listing tremendously online.

In real estate, such concerns fall under the category of stigmatized properties that, by loose definition, can be the site of a murder or suicide, criminal activity or even a rumored ghost.

I don’t know why I was initially surprised by these situations, considering my own case history. My wife and I purchased our first home from a friend in Brooklyn Heights, across the river from lower Manhattan. It featured a rental duplex and our upstairs tenants were a wonderful, cultivated couple, he a designer for The New York Times and she a filmmaker. Her official introduction to me the day we moved in was to ask whether the former owner told us that the house was haunted. I simply laughed. Within a short time, I was not laughing about the matter, with clear evidence that paranormal activity was taking place on the premises. (That’s grist for another story.)