CYBER CORNER FOR MONDAY, APRIL 21

Posted 5 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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IN THE NEWS: POLICE SAY MAN SUFFOCATED SON SO HE COULD KEEP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — It’s one of those stories that make you just shake your head and wonder. Authorities in Florida say a man is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect after he allegedly suffocated his crying 16-month-old son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV. The man, Cody Wygant, age 24, is being held without bail. Wygant says he was frustrated because the child wouldn’t stop crying while he was playing his games. He covered the boys nose and mouth for three or four minutes until the boy became lethargic, then put him in a playpen and left him there for five hours. Investigators say little Daymeon Wygant wasn’t breathing when emergency crews arrived Thursday morning — and the child was pronounced dead at a hospital.

IN THE NEWS: SEX CHARGE STAY FOR EDUCATOR WHOSE EX STUDENT PUT CLAIM ON YOUTUBE

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A judge in California has refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against an educator who was confronted with the allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student — who then posted the conversation on YouTube. Former assistant principal Andrea Cardosa was charged in February with 16 felony counts, including five of aggravated assault on a child. Police say Cardosa, who is now 40, abused the former student, now 28, from 1997 to 2001 — starting when the child was 12. Another former student came forward after seeing the video and Cardosa was charged with abusing her, also. In the video posted online in January, the former student telephones Alhambra High School, where Cardosa was working, and a receptionist connects her to a woman who identifies herself as Cardosa.

ON THE WEB: NO SELFIES WITH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DURING GRADUATION

CYBERSPACE (AP) — If the president can be protected from having selfies taken with him, why can’t the president of Bryant University in Rhode Island? The school has asked students not to take selfies with the school president at graduation ceremonies next month. Ronald Machtley says he gladly takes selfies with students as he moves around campus. But he says, having more hundreds of students take photos with him when they get their diplomas will slow down an already hours-long ceremony. After Boston Red Sox slugger took a selfie with President Barack Obama and Samsung used it in a promotion, the White House has asked some visiting athletes to keep their cameras in their pockets when near the president.

IN STORES: AMAZON SMARTPHONE?

NEW YORK (AP) — Is Amazon about to shoehorn its way into the already crowded smartphone field? There was a report in The Wall Street Journal that the online retailer was doing so — though Amazon itself hasn’t confirmed such plans. Still that isn’t stopping people from speculating what the device would be like. Some unconfirmed reports say the phone could have a 3D interface and multiple front-facing cameras. Whether that will be enough to get a foothold in a marketplace that is already dominated by Apple and Samsung — we won’t know until Amazon confirms those plans and the product becomes available.

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