Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:44

BAD IMPERSONATIONS

Have you ever wanted to be a police officer? Would you like to serve` your community, keep people safe and carry a badge? Being part of the police force is a noble profession but impersonating an officer can get you into a lot of trouble. Now pretending to be a police officer doesn't mean that you can't dress up like one and pretend to catch bad guys with your friends. Impersonating an officer is when you use the power or authority that an officer has to make another person do something. For example, a man in Prescott Valley put lights on his car to look like a police vehicle and used them to pull people over. The lights made people think that this man had the authority to pull them over because they thought he was a police officer. He has been arrested by the real authorities and is being charged with a felony. Head to our laws section to learn more.
Friday, 08 November 2019 09:08

NONYA INSTA BUSINESS

If you are on social media then you know about Instagram, the app that "bring[s] you closer to the people and things you love." In fact, you are likely one of the 1 billion people to have an account. But if you're one of the many teenagers who have decided to get an Instagram business profile you may be giving the world more than you intended. The business profile gives account owners access to Instagram Analytics which shows detailed metrics about their posts; which can be fun, entertaining and insightful to young users. However, it also gives people direct access to your contact information like email address and phone number. If you are a real business, this is great information for your followers to have; but, if your just curious about your stats chances are you don't want to give this info out. I mean you wouldn't just give your number to just anyone, right? Luckily, in October Instagram made it possible for business users to hide their contact information, but you need to update your profile to do so. So, if you have a business profile, have fun; but, if you don't want some to contact you remember to hide your info.
Friday, 01 November 2019 19:18

LASER STRIKE

Lasers are used in a variety of ways today, most commonly for entertainment; they pump up a party and add energy to concerts. Even the little hand held laser pointers have an instant fun quality that just can't be explained. Maybe it is the way the light cuts through the darkness or the way it seems to go on forever. Maybe it's because that little light never seems to stop moving no matter how hard you try. Whatever the reason, it's just plain fun and unlike what has been said about them for years laser pointers are relatively harmless even if you do shine it in someones eyes. According to Scientific American, most laser pointers aren't strong enough to cause retinal damage. Now you still shouldn't do it and is still extremely obnoxious when it is done to you but it is not illegal and won't hurt you. However, not all the stories you heard about laser pointers were a lie. In fact, if you heard that you can't point a laser at at a plane that's true. Pointing a laser at a plane or helicopter is called a laser strike and can be very dangerous for pilots. Under A.R.S. 13-1213 it is illegal and can be a class one misdemeanor or an assault. So, have fun but be mindful next time you point your laser in the sky and keep it away from flying aircraft.      
Thursday, 24 October 2019 10:15

THE TRUTH HURTS, SOMETIMES

If you were lucky enough to see Lizzo last night at the Van Buren than you got to hear her Billboard chart topper "Truth Hurts". Lizzo's song has been number one on Billboard's Hot 100 meaning everyone has heard it; including three men who claim that they deserve some of the royalties for its signature line "I just took a DNA test...". Melissa Jefferson, better known as Lizzo, isn't standing for it and is asking the United States District Court in Los Angeles for a declaratory judgment. A declaratory judgment is a statement by the court defining the legal relationship of the parties, and is often the first step towards a lawsuit. In this case Lizzo is asking, "the Court to rule that they have no right to co-own the work or share in its profits." Now it is up to the Court to decide. Lizzo has stated that she was inspired by a meme that was rooted in a tweet from Mina Lioness, and has now agreed to give Lioness credit and a share of the songs royalties. Why would she do that? Find out by reading "Copyright".    
Friday, 18 October 2019 10:16

TIKTOK TROUBLE

TikTok, formerly Musical.ly, may be in trouble with the law again. TikTok is an app that allows users to create short videos with special effects, filters, music. etcetera and then upload them to their app for the public to view. Recently, TikTok settled a case for $5.7 million in response to allegations that they violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Now, they could be in trouble for copyright theft according to the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA). According to Music Business Worldwide, the NMPA president sent a letter to Sen. Marco Rubio; in it he stated,“We hope that if Congress looks further into matters relating to TikTok that copyright theft is included in the scope of its examination." TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, which is why the NMPA needs Congress to intervene in the situation.  A spokesperson from TikTok responded to the allegations stating, "TikTok has broad licensing coverage across the music publishing industry covering many thousands of publishers and songwriters and millions of copyrights, and has paid royalties since its inception." If you want to know more about copyright law, how it effects you and why its important read "Copyright" or you can read a real case in "Copyright Law and the Fair Use Doctrine" (Don't worry its not as dry as it sounds.)
Thursday, 10 October 2019 13:35

DRIVERLESS DRIVING

If you're 16 right now, you may already have your driver license; but chances are the generation after you may never need one. In the past, learning the laws in the drivers manual and getting your driver license was an important step that was craved by teenagers for the freedom and autonomy driving provided. It allowed you to get from point A to point B without having to rely on someone else; hop in the car, turn the key (another thing that has gone by the wayside) and off you went. However, technology, has changed that by providing us apps like Uber and Lyft that allow you the ability to summon a driver on a whim and now it has gone another step further with Waymo and Tesla leading the way in automated self driving technology. Waymo announced in an email to its Phoenix Metro users that they soon, "may experience one of it's driverless rides!" Tesla also recently launched its "Smart Summon" technology which allows the vehicle to drive without a driver up to 200 feet on private property. Thanks to Executive Order 2018-04, Arizona is allowed to have driverless vehicles as long as they are in, "full compliance with all the applicable traffic and motor vehicle safety...laws and regulations of both the Federal Government and the State of Arizona". It is estimated that by 2021 this type of artificial intelligence (AI) will make driving yourself a thing of the past. Find out more about AI and its possibilities in Artificial Intelligence: Will it be a Boon for Mankind or a Disaster?
Thursday, 03 October 2019 15:00

SRO SAVES SOCCER

One school is thanking its School Resource Officer (SRO) for making a difference for their favorite part of the day, recess! Tolleson School Officer Chris Medaglia noticed during recess check out that there was not enough equipment for kids to play with at his school. Kids would come up to check out equipment only to be turned away without items like soccer balls and basketballs. According to KTAR, "After Medaglia told his department about the shortage, a commander came up with the idea for an equipment drive." Thanks to the Officer Medagalia speaking up and his department's outstanding effort Tolleson now has a few dozen new sport balls to give out at recess and there are no more empty hands at equipment checkout! Thank you to all School Resource Officers and all the valuable work they do. 
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 10:31

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR DAY

Governor Ducey proclaimed September 25th to be Sandra Day O'Connor Day. It was on this day in 1981, 38 years ago, that Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court where she served for 24 years. During that time she made key decisions in many cases; including landmark cases like: Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington, Grutter v. Bollinger and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. She also paved the way for the other woman justices to join the bench first with Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993, followed by Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, and Elena Kagan in 2010. Gov. Ducey called Sandra Day O'Connor, "A role model, trailblazer and Arizonan through and through, she has been a tireless advocate for justice, while inspiring countless generations around the world,” and it is for this reason we celebrate her and her achievements. Happy Sandra Day O'Connor Day!  
Monday, 16 September 2019 13:44

AZ ED STUDENT ADVISERS

The Arizona Department of Education is creating its first ever Student Advisory Council and you could be on it! "The purpose of the Student Advisory Council is to support Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman’s work to improve K-12 education in the state. Fifteen students will be chosen for the panel, and members will serve from October this year through July 2020. All meetings will take place in Phoenix, but students across the state can participate in the meetings via phone or video chat." Student must be between 5-12 years old and email 1-2 letters of recommendation from their peers to the Arizona Department of Educations. For more details about the program visit:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcF6-bZ4Uw3-kAqks0hiSzCRqemt__jA2z-sWl6OV8tkPgtA/closedform.  
Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:56

FLAVOR BAN

Six people have died from vaping and 380 people have been diagnosed with a mysterious lung disease; many of them young people. According to the Washington Post, "Many victims have ended up with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening condition in which fluid builds up in the lungs and prevents the oxygen people’s bodies need to function from circulating in the bloodstream." The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has even labeled vaping as an epidemic. Now the country may be facing new federal legislation. The President and his Administration is creating a policy through the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to ban most flavored vaping products in the hopes that this action will deter youth from taking up the habit. Once the FDA completes the policy it will become active after 30 days and only FDA approved vape flavors will be legal.    
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