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Intruder Made It Through White House Doors, Secret Service Says

Steve Kenny, The New York Times:

A Texas man who scaled the White House fence made it through the North Portico doors on Friday night before being apprehended, the Secret Service said.

The intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, was arrested just inside the doors and taken to George Washington University Hospital after complaining of chest pains, said Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman.

None of the Obamas were home when the security breach occurred about 7:20 p.m., …

Oh dear.

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Bay Area nudist resort accused of stealing 280,000 gallons of water

Veronica Rocha, the Los Angeles Times:

A nudist resort in Los Gatos struggling to stay afloat during California’s drought has been accused of stealing more than 280,000 gallons of water from a local creek, which authorities say sustains area wildlife.

But Lupin Lodge owners say they have a historic right to the water, which they said they have used since a drought in the 1970s and maintain to support fire suppression efforts.

Truly a crisis of the modern age.

Water rights are a serious deal during a drought, though.

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ISIS or ISIL? The debate over what to call Iraq's terror group

Ishaan Tharoor on The Washington Post's WorldViews blog:

If you’re following the ongoing crisis in Iraq, you’ve probably encountered the conflicting acronyms used for the jihadist group storming through the country. The Washington Post has been referring to the organization as ISIS, shorthand for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This is how most news organizations that operate in English began identifying the outfit when it emerged as a dangerous fighting force two years ago, launching terror strikes and carving out territory amid the Syrian civil war.

But the acronym that’s now deployed by many agencies as well as the United Nations and the U.S. State Department — and President Obama — is ISIL, for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Etymology is always welcome here on Nullary Sources.

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Hawks owner to sell after 'offensive' email

ESPN.com on the second NBA owner this year to lose his team due to doing some racist stuff:

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling interest in the team, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Sunday.

In July, Levenson self-reported an email he wrote to the team’s co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry in August 2012 that he called “inappropriate and offensive.” The league commenced an independent investigation after being made aware of the comments.

Levenson writes in a statement that the racially offensive comments came as he pondered ways to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide and increase fan attendance at Hawks’ games.

"In trying to address those issues, I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive," he said. "I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans."

I guess this one is going a lot more smoothly than the Donald Sterling fiasco though.

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Your cheat sheet to the Scotland independence vote

Sarah McHaney on PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog:

On September 18, Scotland’s citizens will go to the polls to answer a really big question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

This question, of course, raises lots of other questions about what a yes vote might mean for the future of Scotland, England and the United Kingdom. Here are some basic answers to some basic questions about the upcoming vote.

As an ignorant Yank who vaguely knows the history but is otherwise blissfully ignorant of just about every aspect of Scottish independence, I found this pretty nice. She even has a list of news sources to follow for future updates.

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Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed With Cancer

Anime News Network back in July:

62-year-old world-renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is completely suspending his musical performances, so he can devote himself to the treatment of mesopharyngeal carcinoma in New York. His record company Avex made the announcement on Thursday.

The New York resident began feeling something unusual in his throat and underwent an examination in early June. He was diagnosed with mesopharyngeal carcinoma in early July.

I only just heard about this now. It doesn’t look like there have been any updates on his status since this was published.

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Ecuador Heralds Digital Currency Plans

Gonzalo Solano, AP:

Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world’s first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country’s existing currency, the U.S. dollar.

The electronic money, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in December, does not have a name and officials would not disclose technical details, though they said it would not be a crypto-currency like Bitcoin. The amount of the new currency created would depend on demand.

Deputy director Gustavo Solorzano said it is to exist in tandem with the greenback and, by law, be backed by “liquid assets.”

[insert bitcoin joke here]

This is an interesting national experiment though, hopefully it won’t end in disaster.

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Hi Score Girl Halts Serialization After SNK's Copyright Charges

Anime News Network:

The editor-in-chief of Square Enix’s Monthly Big Gangan posted a message to its readers announcing that the magazine will temporarily halt serialization of Rensuke Oshikiri’s Hi Score Girl in light of alleged copyright violations. SNK Playmore had filed a complaint, asserting that the manga features over 100 instances of characters from The King of Fighters, Samurai Spirits (Samurai Shodown), and other fighting games owned by SNK. Police searched the publisher’s headquarters last Tuesday.

An SNK Playmore representative told ITmedia News that there were “absolutely no” requests or discussions by Square Enix to obtain consent to use SNK characters. The manga also uses characters from CAPCOM’s Street Fighter II, Sega’s Virtua Fighter, Namco’s Genpei Tōma Den, and other games. ITmedia News contacted CAPCOM, Sega, and Bandai Namco Games, and each one said that it gave formal consent for the manga to use its games’ characters.

That they properly licensed the other characters but not SNK’s is probably the most bizarre part of this story.

(In case you weren’t aware, Square Enix has a manga publishing division inherited from Enix, and they actually publish a lot.)

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Does a Company Own Its Facebook Likes?

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg Businessweek:

The story (of the legal dispute, not the television show) begins in 2008, when Stacey Mattocks started a fan page for The Game. Soon thereafter, the show went off the air, but the Facebook page lived on. When BET decided to revive The Game in 2010, the network reached out to Mattocks, offering to give her part-time work maintaining her page as the show’s official fan page. BET wasn’t eager to start from scratch: Mattocks had already gathered about 2 million “likes,” according to court documents.

Mattocks and BET signed a deal giving the company administrative access to the page; each agreed not to lock the other out. BET employees and Mattocks worked together, quickly amassing 4 million additional “likes.” But Mattocks wanted a full-time job, and she decided to play hardball to get it. She revoked BET’s administrative access, saying she’d give it back when they agreed to pay her an acceptable salary. The company responded by starting its own page. It also asked Facebook to shut down Mattocks’s page—it contained copyrighted material—and have all the “likes” transferred to its own page. Facebook obliged and Mattocks sued, arguing that she should have the right to capitalize on the business opportunity she had created by getting a lot of people to approve of her page.

Where was the futurist who predicted mundane shit like this? Flying cars my butt.