UHP praises man for returning bag of cash that fell from truck

SALT LAKE CITY — Dan Kennedy was driving to work Tuesday morning when he saw a large orange bag spill onto the roadway from a truck in front of him.

Not wanting the bag to become a traffic hazard, Kennedy pulled over on the westbound I-80 off-ramp leading to Wright Brothers Drive, near Salt Lake City International Airport, and ran to retrieve the bag.

"I thought it was going to be light. I reached down to grab it, and I couldn’t move it,” Kennedy said.

He quickly discovered that what almost literally fell into his lap was an enormous bag of cash belonging to Brink's, a company that specializes in armored cash transportation.

Kennedy was praised by the Utah Highway Patrol on Wednesday for thinking only of returning the money after making what a trooper describes as an exceptionally rare find.

"It was clear for everyone to see that it was just wads and wads of very cleanly stacked ... $50s, $100s and so on,” said trooper Brady Zaugg, who was one of the officers on scene after Kennedy called them from his workplace. "It was not a bag of nickels, that’s for sure."

It’s unclear exactly how much money was in the bag, which was about 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide and weighed 75 pounds. The bag was full to the brim with smaller, roughly “steak-size” plastic bags, and one of the individual bags looked like it had about $22,000 inside, according to Kennedy.

Never in all my years have I heard of a bag of money bouncing out of the back of an armored truck. That's something that happens in the spy movies.–Trooper Brady Zaugg, UHP

He tried and failed to chase down the armored Brink's truck after discovering the bag’s contents, and then pulled into his parking lot at work, where he called police.

Three UHP troopers came to the scene and examined the cash, which Kennedy had thrown into the back of his car.

"That sack of money was sitting there, and they all just kind of just looked at it stunned for a minute,” Kennedy said. "They all stepped back and watched."

"Never in all my years have I heard of a bag of money bouncing out of the back of an armored truck,” Zaugg said with a wry smile. “That’s something that happens in the spy movies.”

Zaugg said he was grateful Kennedy’s first instinct was to promptly return the cash.

“Seals (of the individual bags) were still intact. He hadn’t disturbed it at all, so he obviously did the right thing for the right reason. … It’s not like he had to sit and have that moral dilemma. … He didn’t sit and dither on it. He immediately did the right thing,” Zaugg said.

The Brink's workers in the truck consisted of a driver and a second person whose responsibility was to guard the cash. They told police they went over a bad bump on the I-80 off-ramp, but didn’t notice the back latch opening or a bag falling out.

Dan Kennedy was driving to work Tuesday, March 31, 2015, when he saw a large orange bag spill onto the roadway from a truck in front of him. He quickly discovered it was an enormous bag of cash belonging to the Brink's cash transportation company and called police to return it. (Photo: Utah Department of Public Safety)

“(Brink's employees) were quick to respond. They had several individuals come out to resolve the issue (and) make sure everything was accounted for,” Zaugg said.

Kennedy said he noticed the bag had fallen from the Brink’s truck, but never imagined the bag would be filled with money.

"They asked me a couple times if there was another bag, and I didn’t think there was. I didn’t see one,” Kennedy said. “They’re probably trying to figure out what’s going on and make sure they get the count right. … A big bag of money like that probably takes a long time to count.”

The legal ramifications would have been very complex if the bag had been hit and the money spilled all over the road, Zaugg said. The cash would have been considered discarded material, and difficult to trace to its owners depending on the condition of the bag, he said.

"It would have been difficult to prove that guilty mindset,” he said. “That’s something we would have really had to explore very carefully.”

Kennedy said it never occurred to him to make away with the money, adding he believes most people would have done the same thing.

"I didn’t really think about anything else” besides returning it, he said.

Kennedy hasn’t been approached about any sort of reward for saving the day, but that hasn’t slowed down his excitement over a bizarre discovery.

"I really couldn’t get off that yesterday. I was just jazzed all day long." 

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What Do Lawyers And Celebrities Have In Common?

Besides their good looks and fame, they’re also increasing their focus on data security. In the wake of “Celebgate,” the Sony Pictures hack, and nearly daily data breaches targeting massive corporations to individuals, law firms are finally recognizing the importance of bringing their cybersecurity policies up to speed.

During the 2014 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting, delegates overwhelmingly voted in favor of a cybersecurity policy for law firms. The policy encourages lawyers to develop, implement, and maintain an appropriate cybersecurity program that complies with applicable (and emerging) ethical and legal obligations. The cybersecurity program should also be tailored to the nature and scope of the organization and the data and systems to be protected.

A program for cybersecurity is desperately needed in law firms. In the ABA’s 2014 Technology Survey, 13% of law firms had suffered a security breach in their IT, and another 25% could not tell if they had a breach. Close to 45% of firms had computers infected with spyware. Law firms have become easy targets for computer hackers due to lax investment in technology and IT personnel, poor understanding of security best practices, and fragmented self-regulation.

Clients are noticing that their confidential information may not be safe with law firms. In the “2014 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey” by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 59% of respondents said they were more concerned about cybersecurity this year than in the past. Recently, big banks have begun subjecting outside law firms to security audits before entrusting case files to them. This was after the superintendent of New York state’s Department of Financial Services sent a letter to dozens of banks requesting information on security risks relating to law firms and other third parties. Law firms working for these banks now have to invest in technology and software upgrades, document compliance procedures, and hire staff to maintain systems and train lawyers and employees on minimizing risks.

For large law firms and celebrities alike, cybersecurity compliance is now a business necessity.

Boutique law firms will also be feeling the need for cybersecurity compliance soon.

Regulations are starting to impose duties relating to the storage and processing of private information on many industries, with lawyers being caught up in these new rules. For example, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulates the uses and disclosures of protected health information maintained and transmitted by covered entities. Law firms that have protected health information in their case files, due to working with a covered entity, must use “appropriate safeguards” for the protected information as a contracted business associate. If you are a lawyer handling personal injury cases, worker’s compensation claims, veteran’s affairs claims, and Social Security disability claims, the electronic medical records in your case files have become a cybersecurity vulnerability.

Real estate law is another practice area having to adjust to new cybersecurity compliance regulations. The Consumer Finance Protection Board issued Bulletin 2012-03, requiring “supervised banks and nonbanks to have an effective process for managing the risks of service provider relationships.” This means that mortgage lenders must now monitor their third party vendors’ compliance with federal consumer financial laws. In response to this regulation, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) created a system of best practices that it advises real estate closing lawyers and title companies to implement. The ALTA Best Practices document recommends that firms adopt and maintain a written privacy and information security program to protect non-public personal Information as required by local, state, and federal law. If you are a law firm handling housing escrow funds or a title company that does the same, you may now have a cybersecurity compliance burden if you want to work with lending banks.

In addition to industry regulations, states are beginning to enact data privacy laws. California continues to lead the nation with an expansive data breach law, protections for the personal data of K-12 students, and a new law giving minors a limited “right to be forgotten” in the online realm. For law firms that operate in California or process its residents’ personal information, keeping compliance with California’s growing body of privacy law is a necessity.

With this growing body of statutes and regulation, a lawyer’s duty of confidentiality is now extending beyond an ethical obligation enforced by bar associations. Protection of client data now has many enforcers and potential pitfalls abound.

Law firms should begin looking at their activities surrounding their data and the technology that they use to access it. Each firm should undertake a data audit to identify and close vulnerabilities and enact policies to prevent new ones from emerging.

Such policies include:

  • Maintaining up to date technology and software;
  • Utilizing logging tools and reviewing them frequently;
  • Undertake employee training on two-factor authentication, clean desk standards, and strong passwords; and
  • Quarterly resets on passwords and technology authorizations.

Such policies are a necessity for law firms as more data becomes stored and passed electronically. Cybersecurity is now a requirement for legal work.

Law firms wanting to learn more about practices for protecting their email threads, client data, and “confidential” pictures are welcome to join the seminar, Cybersecurity for Law Firms, where these policies, NIST cybersecurity standards, and issues of cybersecurity insurance will be discussed.

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Pac-Man invades Google Maps (VIDEO)

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Turn your neighborhood into a Pac-Man game with this early April Fools joke from Google.

By Karis Hustad, Correspondent MARCH 31, 2015About video ads

You can already get your Google Maps directions in bicycle routes, walking paths, or public transportation.

Now your route comes in Pac-Man.

Just in time for April Fools' Day, Google created a “Pac-Man” viewing option on Google Maps that turns your maps and routes into a version of the arcade game, complete with point pellets and ghosts in hot pursuit. This time, however, they’re racing down your neighborhood’s streets.

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When you open Google Maps, you’ll see a small Pac Man screen shot in the lower left hand corner. Click on that, and your view will be transformed into the arcade cult classic. One caveat: there needs to be enough roads to play. Pac-Man doesn’t dive into the ocean. But otherwise, you can go pretty much everywhere. If you get sick of playing on your town’s streets, hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button and it will take you and Pac-Man to places all around the world. Even the Taj Mahal, one Wired reporter found.

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On the support page, Google offers a few more clues of famous places where Pac-Man may pop up:

  • Head to the valley of the sun and earn your grade in the art of the game.
  • How well can you navigate the radiating streets of the distrito federal?
  • Victory is like gothic glockenspiel musikto our ears.
  • PAC-MAN and Ms. PAC-MAN can't agree on which side is prettier: the American or the Canadian. Which side do you fall on,eh?
  • Whether they're flashing blue or sporting their natural colors, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are always kakkoii. Even Vogue agrees they're living in the trendiest of neighborhoods.
  • After a chat with the Sphinx, PAC-MAN sounds more like "Dokki Dokki".
  • Pause game play to admire Chagall's stained glass windows and have a bit of chocolate.

Plus, they tease that more clues are on the way.

This isn’t the first time Google has brought Pac-Man to its main pages. In 2010, Google dedicated one of its Doodle’s to the game, letting Googlers play Pac-Man on a "GOOGLE" shaped maze.

No word yet on whether this April Fools fun will last beyond April 1. But until then, Pac-Man is on the loose. 

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Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

The proverbial advice to eat an apple a day first appeared in print in 1866. Nearly 150 years later, a medical journal has used the excuse of April Fool's Day to publish a study that asks - seriously - whether this wisdom really does keep the doctor away.
The daily apple eaters in the study were more likely to successfully avoid prescription medication use than people who did not eat apples.

The study tells us that the "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" aphorism was coined in 1913 but was based on the original form with a different rhyme, some 149 years ago in Wales: "Eat an apple on going to bed and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread," went the proverb in Pembrokeshire.

The University of Michigan School of Nursing researchers in Ann Arbor believe giving such medical proverbs an empirical evaluation "may allow us to profit from the wisdom of our predecessors."

For the study's measure of keeping the doctor away, Matthew Davis, PhD, and co-authors evaluated an outcome of no more than one visit a year to the doctor as a means of investigating the proverb's success in daily apple eaters compared with non-apple eaters.

So did a daily apple succeed in keeping the doctor away? No, it did not. There was no statistically meaningful difference in visits to the doctor for daily apple eaters in the analysis. But the study did find that an apple a day kept the pharmacist away.

'Avoiding the use of health care services'

When socio-demographic and health-related characteristics such as education and smoking were taken into account, daily apple eating was not associated with successfully keeping to a maximum of one self-reported doctor visit a year.

Of the 8,399 participants who answered a questionnaire to recall their dietary intakes, 9% (753) were apple eaters and the remainder, 7,646, were non-apple eaters.

The apple eaters showed higher educational attainment, were more likely to be from a racial or ethnic minority, and were less likely to smoke. The data for the analysis came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted during 2007-08 and 2009-10.

"While the direction of the associations we observed supports the superiority of apple eaters over non-apple eaters at avoiding the use of health care services, these differences largely lacked statistical significance," say the authors after accounting for the differences in apple-eaters that - beyond the effects of the apple-eating itself - could have explained why they used health care services less.

An apple a day means one of at least 7 cm diameter

To analyze apple-eating against visits to the doctor, the researchers compared daily apple eaters with non-apple eaters. An apple a day counted if the participants answered that they had at least 149 g of raw apple.

Eating less than this amount counted as no daily apple-eating, and apple consumption based purely on juices or sauces was also excluded. The study also looked for any response to increasing the amount of daily apple-eating by comparing doctor visits from people who ate no apples with those who ate one small apple, one medium apple or one large apple daily.

The analysis shows no relationship between apple "dose" and the likelihood of keeping the doctor away in terms of "avoiding health care services." Except, found the authors, for avoidance of prescription medications.

The study found that apple eaters were more likely to keep the doctor away, but this was before adjusting for the socio-demographic and health characteristics of the survey respondents - 39.0% of apple-eaters avoided more than one yearly doctor visit, compared with 33.9% of non-apple eaters.

The daily apple eaters were also more likely to successfully avoid prescription medication use (47.7% versus 41.8%) - and this difference survived statistical analysis.

The association between eating an apple a day and keeping the pharmacist away, then, was a statistically significant finding, whereas keeping the doctor away failed to hold true.

Nor did the proverb show any effect in an analysis of overnight hospital stays or mental health visits - there was no difference for apple eaters in the likelihood of keeping either of these two away.

The overall conclusion of this study was that only one finding supported the long-standing wisdom. Apple eaters "were somewhat more likely to avoid prescription medication use than non-apple eaters."

The authors say in their final analysis that promotion of apple consumption may have only "limited benefit" in reducing national health care spending, adding:

"In the age of evidence-based assertions, however, there may be merit to saying, 'An apple a day keeps the pharmacist away.'"

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Can coffee help undo the damage of alcohol?

Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of cancer in heavy drinkers, research has found.

A new study shows the hot drink can protect against liver cancer, which is often associated with alcohol abuse.

For each cup consumed a day, there is about a 14 per cent decreased risk of liver cancer, found the study by the World Cancer Research Fund. 

But although the research found strong evidence that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of the disease, the report did not recommend the amount that should be drunk.

 

The report comes after research published by the same team in 2013 found drinking coffee reduces the risk of womb cancer.

And a study by the American Cancer Society found drinking four cups of coffee a day almost halves the risk of deadly mouth cancer.

The popular drink has already been linked with reducing the chances of getting bowel cancer, stroke and Alzheimer's disease.

However, drinking too much may increase heart rate and blood pressure and pregnant women are advised to limit their intake because of concerns that excess coffee may increase their chances of having small babies.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) report warned that while coffee might protect against the effects of alcohol abuse, just three alcoholic drinks a day can be enough to cause liver cancer.

 

 

The increase in risk per 10g of alcohol consumed – around one alcoholic drink – is about 4 per cent, says the World Cancer Research Fund.

As a result three or more drinks pose a significant cancer risk.

The review also found a strong association between obesity and liver cancer and that physical activity and fish consumption may also decrease the risk of liver cancer, although more research is needed before any firm conclusions can be reached.

The WCRF's continuous update project reviewed global research into the relationship between diet, weight and physical activity, and liver cancer.

In all, 34 studies were analysed covering 8.2million people of whom more than 24,500 had liver cancer.

Previous research by the project has shown alcohol to be strongly linked with a range of cancers, including liver.

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Risk: Previous research has shown alcohol to be strongly linked with a range of cancers, including liver

The WCRF recommends women should try to limit their alcohol intake to one drink per day and men to two.

Amanda McLean, director of WCRF UK, said: 'Around three or more drinks per day can be enough to cause liver cancer. Until now we were uncertain about the amount of alcohol likely to lead to liver cancer. But the research reviewed in this report is strong enough to be more specific.'

Globally, liver cancer was one of the five most common sites of cancer diagnosed in men in 2012, according to World Health Organisation figures.

The disease caused 745 000 deaths worldwide in the same year, it warned. 

SHOULD WE DRINK MORE COFFEE? 

To prevent weight gain, if you want to have a coffee, it’s wise to choose unsweetened versions with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.

But when it comes to liver cancer risk, although there’s strong evidence that coffee may be beneficial, it's not clear why, says the charity.

We all drink coffee in different ways and it could be how much you drink, how regularly, the type of coffee or what you add to it that has an effect.

The report estimates that nearly a quarter of cases could be prevented if people kept a healthy weight and did not drink.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, said: 'The findings from this study further demonstrate the urgent need for mandatory health warnings on alcohol products.'

Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser for alcohol education charity Drinkaware, said the research revealed a worrying link with obesity, but some people had a 'blind spot' when it comes to the calories in alcohol.

She added: 'To help reduce the risk of getting alcohol-related liver cancer, it is best to drink within the lower-risk guidelines of 2-3 units a day for women, that's a 175ml glass of 13 per cent wine, or 3-4 units a day for men, a pint and a half of 4 per cent beer.'

Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton professor of the public understanding of risk, University of Cambridge, said that while the increase in risk of liver cancer per 10g of alcohol consumed was about 4 per cent, that level of alcohol was 'extremely unlikely to cause cancer', especially as the report says the increase in risk only starts at levels above 5.5 units a day.

He added: 'Liver cancer is rare: about one in 100 men and one in 200 women get it. So if you already drink a lot, and then drink even more, your risk goes up a small amount.' 

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