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March Networks Announces Addition of ME8 Series IP Cameras to Growing Line of AI-Enabled Products

New cameras feature built-in video intelligence for accurate and rapid detection of security incidents and 4K resolution for crystal-clear images

OTTAWA, ON, June 14, 2022 -- March Networks®, a global video surveillance and video-based business intelligence leader, is pleased to announce the addition of the ME8 Series IP Cameras to its line of products powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Incorporating advanced system-on-chip (SoC) technology from California-based company Ambarella®, the ME8 Series IP Cameras use Deep Neural Network processing power to accurately detect both people and vehicles. This built-in intelligence is combined with next-generation security analytics and 4K ultra high-definition (HD) resolution for the most detailed video and accurate, real-time detection of events. 4K ultra HD (8MP) produces extremely sharp images, with four times the resolution of a standard 2MP camera.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Grocery Stores in the Crosshairs of America's Gun Violence Epidemic
How collaboration can help grocers combat the threat of store violence

Food retailers can strengthen knowledge-sharing with community groups, local law enforcement and other industries to bolster safety efforts, sources say.

In the wake of recent mass shootings, including a racist attack at a Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 Black people dead, finding ways to deal with the ever-present threat of violence in the U.S. is taking on added urgency for the grocery industry.

Similar to when the mass shooting that killed 10 people at a King Soopers in Colorado last spring prompted increased safety discussions within the industry, the Tops shooting has resurfaced a painful and yet paramount discussion for grocers: how to keep workers and customers safe at their locations.

The grocery industry already has numerous resources to explore to help prevent and mitigate violence, including active assailant training, security guards, emergency preparedness guides from trade groups and various technology, such as cameras and alert tools. But grocers still have more areas to explore to increase their security measures, the Food Industry Association (FMI) stressed in a recent online webinar held with security expert William Flynn.

During the event and in subsequent phone interviews with Grocery Dive, Flynn and Doug Baker, vice president of industry relations for the trade group, urged grocers to collaborate inside and outside their companies and outlined additional safety efforts worth consideration. They emphasized that the industry can accelerate knowledge-sharing with other industries, local organizations and internally with employees to become better prepared for potential violence.

The call by Flynn and Baker for grocers to keep seeking new and improved safety opportunities comes at a time when the grocery industry continues to see violent incidents happen across the country - from a deadly robbery in California to a supermarket employee allegedly stabbing a co-worker in New Jersey to repeated attacks on a grocery store worker in Maryland.

While the physical and verbal assaults inside grocery stores and in their parking lots don't often garner the same national attention as mass shootings, FMI's recent "Asset Protection in Food Retail" report found that in-store violence may be more common than grocers realize. In a November survey of 18 companies representing more than 12,000 stores, 61% said they have experienced an active shooter incident, with 17% saying it's happened more than once. Meanwhile, 96% said they have encountered civil unrest, with 94% dealing with it more than once.

What collaboration can look like | Scouting more safety measures: grocerydive.com

Shoplifter Violence & Conflicts on the Rise
San Jose Safeway shooting spurs fears of more conflicts with shoplifters
A week ago Sunday, at 3:35 a.m., after a confrontation with a thief in the liquor aisle, Huizar was shot dead - a tragedy that comes amid a fraught time and fierce debate over crime in America's cities.

Frustration over highly-publicized, brazen thefts at supermarkets, pharmacies and retail stores is filling social media. There's a growing sense that the thieves are becoming more emboldened - and that nobody is taking responsibility.

"People are getting so sick and tired of this behavior happening over and over and over again," said Rachel Michelin, CEO and president of the California Retailers Association that has lobbied for stiffer consequences. "Everyday citizens are going to start taking the law into their own hands. My fear is that we're going to see many more of these types of situations happening across the state."

Over recent months, accounts of shoplifting at Walgreens and CVS and other retail outlets have placed a spotlight on California's Prop 47, a voter-approved measure that in 2015 began lowering the penalty for thefts of less than $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor. Critics say look no further than Google for "shoplifting in California" - one of the most frequent related searches that pops up is "How much can you steal in California without getting in trouble?"

The year after Prop 47 became law, crime statistics showed a 9% jump in larceny - including a notable increase in shoplifting and vehicle break-ins - but that returned to previous levels the following year. Michelin from the Retailers Association says the true scope of the problem doesn't show up in crime data.

"It's this merry-go-round where retailers say, 'Well, we're not going to report them because when we have called, the police don't show up,'" she said. "The police don't show up because they say the district attorneys won't prosecute. The district attorneys say they don't prosecute because the police aren't bringing in the cases. The police say we're not bringing the cases because the retailers aren't reporting them."

The retail association isn't advocating the repeal of Prop 47, she said, just fixing it. For instance, she said, the misdemeanor could be raised to a felony after multiple thefts by the same person total more than $950. It's time, she said, "for our elected leaders to take this seriously." mercurynews.com

Big Cities Bolster Security & Active-Shooter Training
Mass Shootings, Weekend Violence Prompt U.S. Cities to Step Up Safety Measures

In Phoenix, Milwaukee and other cities, police review active-shooter training, use curfews and social-media monitoring to fight increase in crime

Police chiefs and mayors are working to bolster public safety amid rising gun violence and a spate of other crimes across much of the U.S.

Following last month's fatal shooting of 10 Black people in a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket and the killing of 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. cities on recent weekends experienced more than 20 shootings in which at least four people were shot, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group that tracks mass shootings.

Police departments across the country, stretched thin by retirements and difficulties recruiting, are being asked to do more with fewer officers. Some police and city leaders are refreshing training, enforcing curfews and lending their voices to debates over gun laws and bail policies.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said her department has contacted schools in the city to tighten coordination in the event of an attack and plans over the summer to offer active-shooter training for churches, businesses and other institutions. She recirculated an e-training course on active shooters to all of her officers shortly after the shooting in Uvalde.

Other officials redoubled efforts to monitor disputes that could spill into violence on social media and continued to work with community and anti-violence groups to foster better ways to resolve disputes, Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said.

Gun homicides in 2020 surged to their highest levels in 26 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increase continued in 2021, based on preliminary data, CDC officials have said. wsj.com

Cop Shortage Comes at the Worst Possible Time
Philadelphia may rehire officers & civilian employees to fill vacancies
Philadelphia officials are considering adopting a proposal that would allow the city and its police department to rehire retired police officers and civilian employees in an effort to fill staff vacancies.

Council Majority Leader Cherelle Parker proposed the legislation as a way to address police staffing shortages amid rising gun violence in the city. The bill would not only impact the police department but other city departments as well. Retired employees would be eligible for rehiring and would receive their retirement pension in addition to a full-time salary.

Speaking to the city council, Parker referred to the police department's struggle to recruit and retain officers, as well as the shortages in adjacent departments like the Department of Prisons and the Department of Licenses and Inspections, both of which are experiencing a dwindling of manpower.

If adopted, the legislation would require the mayor to declare that extraordinary circumstances exist that threaten the "public health, safety and welfare of the city" (referring to crime and building safety risks) and to thus allow departments to rehire retired employees without suspending their pension benefits.

Indeed, the bill states that rehired employees can receive a full salary in addition to their pension benefits for up to a period of three years. Parker, who could run for mayor in 2023, described the move as a "short-term solution" to fill the police ranks as crime spikes in the city.

Currently, the department lacks over 500 officers due to vacancies and injury claims. It is authorized to maintain 6,380 officers. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Mental Health is Not the #1 Driver of Shootings
Does Psychosis Play a Role in Most Mass Shootings?

New research rules out mental illness as a major factor in mass shootings.

A recent study published in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law examined the mental health histories of 176 mass shooters since 1966. A team of researchers led by Jillian Petersen of Hamline University's Department of Criminal Justice used data taken from the Violence Project Database of Mass Shootings in the United States.

The results showed that the actual role of psychosis in mass shootings has been relatively stable over time, even as the number of mass shootings has risen sharply in the past few years. All told, psychosis does not appear to have played a role in 69 percent of all shootings since 1966. When examined more closely, psychosis was deemed to have played a major role in 11 percent of shootings, a moderate role in 9 percent of cases, and only a minor role in 11 percent of cases.

These figures compare closely with most other research looking at violent crimes and the mentally ill. About the only real difference found appears to be that psychotic shooters tend to be more educated than non-psychotic mass shooters. Also, while approximately 60 percent of all mass shooters do have some mental health history, psychiatric medication usage was on par with what can be found in the general population. psychologytoday.com

'Enough is enough': Thousands demand new gun safety laws
Thousands of people rallied on the National Mall this weekend and across the rest of America in a renewed push for gun control measures after recent deadly mass shootings

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COVID Update

591.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 87.4M Cases - 1M Dead - 83.2M Recovered
Worldwide: 541.1M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 516.4M Recovered

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Cases & Deaths on the Rise
US COVID-19 cases tick up after week of decline
The nation's seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases increased this week after falling slightly last week for the first time since late March, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published June 10.

As of June 8, the nation's seven-day case average was 109,032, an 8 percent increase from the previous week's average. The jump comes after the CDC reported an 8.5 percent drop in cases in its weekly COVID-19 report published June 3.

The seven-day hospitalization average for June 1-7 was 4,127, an 8 percent increase from the previous week's average. The current seven-day death average is 306, up 18.6 percent from the previous week's average. Some historical deaths have been excluded from these counts, the CDC said. beckershospitalreview.com

COVID Caused 15,000 Skipped Inspections of Formula Manufacturers
The baby formula manufacturers of Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber had zero health inspections in 2020, federal records show: AP

The FDA told the AP it skipped 15,000 inspections due to COVID-19 and is working through a backlog.

US food safety regulators did not inspect any of the three largest baby-formula manufacturers in 2020, an Associated Press review of federal records found.

Two of the three firms - Abbott, the maker of Similac, and Reckitt, which makes Enfamil - accounted for nearly 80% of the $4 billion baby-formula market in 2021. However, apparently neither they nor Gerber were on the Food and Drug Administration's list of "mission critical" inspections during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, per the AP.

"The FDA would have had more chances to catch these issues if they'd been inspecting during the pandemic," food safety specialist Sarah Sorscher told the AP.

Current law only requires inspections of baby formula facilities every three to five years, but the FDA had been conducting at least once-a-year visits until 2019. New legislation would require twice-yearly inspections.

The ongoing national shortage of baby formula began after one Abbott Nutrition plant in Michigan was shut down after four children got sick after consuming the company's powdered Similac. businessinsider.com

The COVID Era's Great Debate Over Remote Work
Elon Musk's 'antiquated' views on working from home threatens to rob Tesla of top talent, experts say
Experts say the world's richest man is wrong to say that logging on from home during the pandemic "tricked" people into thinking they don't need to work hard. Nick Gallimore, director of innovation at Advanced People Management, told Insider that Musk would need "something of a miracle if he expects people to even stick with him ... let alone be more productive."

"Musk's comments - that remote work simply can't be as effective or as productive as working from a physical location - put him in a small minority of business owners who are betting the future of their organizations on the organization design principles of the past," he said.

Gallimore, who consults on HR issues, added: "The odds are stacked against him: with many different pieces of research suggesting that as few as 10% of people actually want to work from the office full-time." businessinsider.com

COVID Funds Running Out as America Sees Another Surge
How America continues to embarrass itself in its attempts to handle Covid
Congressional Republicans have effectively obstructed President Joe Biden's $22.5 billion request for more Covid relief funds by demanding a full accounting of how previous Covid appropriations have been spent. In doing so, they're implying the appropriations haven't been spent appropriately.

A White House official said in a statement last week that the administration will have to "cut corners" and make "unacceptable trade-offs" that include diverting $10 billion budgeted for personal protective equipment and at-home Covid tests to the purchase of new vaccines and treatments. Meanwhile, the number of Covid cases and the number of Covid deaths in the United States rise. The U.S. continues to average hundreds of Covid deaths every day. msnbc.com

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Retailers Among 12 Most Dangerous Companies
The 12 Most Dangerous Companies of 2022: Amazon, Dollar General & Starbucks Make List of Most Dangerous Companies of 2022

National COSH is back with an all-new list of companies for its annual compilation of the Dirty Dozen.

After shelving its annual compilation of the country's "Dirty Dozen" employers last year during the pandemic, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is back with an all-new list of companies who, according to National COSH, "put workers, families and communities at risk." Actually, the list isn't quite all-new, as Amazon has now appeared on it three times.

"The Dirty Dozen are companies that needlessly expose workers to preventable hazards, leading to preventable illnesses, injuries and fatalities," explains Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH.


Retail giant Amazon frequently appears on the "Dirty Dozen" list, having previously been so designated in 2019 and 2020. Two Amazon warehouse workers died on the job in November 2021 at a Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse, and six workers have died there overall since the warehouse opened in 2020.

Dollar General

Dollar General, said to be one of the nation's fastest-growing retailers (and a frequent target for unionization efforts), made the list largely due to the $3.6 million in OSHA fines and citations the company has received over the past five years for safety violations.


Union organizing efforts are intensely focusing on Starbucks. The NLRB has been filing worker complaints that the coffee retailer has been mistreating and firing workers involved in the organizing campaigns. ehstoday.com

Dollar General Hit with $4M+ OSHA Penalities Since 2016
Two Dollar General stores cited by OSHA for padlocking emergency exits shut

The agency proposed $580,000 in fines across the two stores, located in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Two Dollar General stores have been cited by a US federal agency for padlocking their emergency exits. Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also reported other violations, including obstructed access to a fire extinguisher. OSHA has previously cited other Dollar General stores for similar violations.

OSHA inspected a store in Baldwin, Wisconsin in December 2021 in response to a referral from local fire officials and found the emergency exit doors were closed and padlocked on the inside "with a bike lock and a board," meaning people would have required a key to leave. The exit was also blocked by boxes of merchandise, OSHA said.

These conditions would have prevented workers and customers from using the exits in the case of an emergency, according to OSHA, a division of the Department of Labor. In addition, the store's portable fire extinguisher had been blocked with containers of items, OSHA said. OSHA issued four willful citations against the store and proposed combined penalties of $435,081.

Another Dollar General store in Seville, Ohio had placed barrel locks on a double-door emergency exit, OSHA found in an inspection in January. The store was cited for one willful violation and OSHA proposed $145,027 in penalties.

Since 2016, OSHA has proposed more than $4 million in penalties at Dollar General stores nationwide, with many of the citations related to obstructed access to emergency exits. One store in Missouri was cited in 2016 after inspectors found a "five-foot high, 15-foot long pile of trash" blocking an emergency exit. businessinsider.com

Will the Retail Union Push Fizzle Out?
U.S. workers gained power during Covid. Volatile economy will put that to the test
The pandemic shone a spotlight on the vast disparities in benefits and rights among America's workforce and helped fuel a movement to unionize more workers. And with today's tight labor market, workers continue to have the upper hand - there are almost two job openings for every unemployed person - creating an environment that's even more favorable to labor union activity.

In the last year, unions have been formed at big corporations such as Starbucks, Amazon, and Alphabet; union election petitions filed with the National Labor Relations Board from October 2021 through March 2022 were up 57% from the same period a year before; and a September Gallup poll found that 68% of Americans surveyed were in favor of labor unions -- the highest level of approval since 1965.

But as the war in Ukraine, record gas prices and spiraling inflation continue to put pressure on the US economy, what remains to be seen is whether the newly robust labor movement could weather higher unemployment and an eventual economic downturn.

The extraordinary conditions that created this more pro-worker market won't last forever, said Heidi Shierholz, president of the Economic Policy Institute and former chief economist for the US Department of Labor under President Barack Obama. cnn.com

FYI For LP & AP Executives
DHS News Release: New Digital Indoor Mapping Capability Now Available for First Responders
Release Date: June 14, 2022: WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funded the development of a cloud-based capability that enables first responders to review and analyze indoor floor plans in real-time when responding to incidents. Mappedin Response was developed in collaboration with Mappedin Inc. of Waterloo, Ontario, and is available to first responders and local governments as a licensed cloud-based service.

For more information about S&T's innovation programs and tools, visit https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/business-opportunities. dhs.gov

Biggest retail lease since 2015 boosts Mag Mile
Aritzia is opening a big store in the former Gap building on Michigan Avenue, a major vote of confidence in a shopping district that desperately needs one.

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This Iconic Clothing Chain Is Closing 40 Locations This Year

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Boosting Cybersecurity By Ditching Passwords?
Apple Wants to End Passwords for Everything. Here's How It Would Work.

Goodbye, complex, hard-to-remember passwords. Hello, logging in with your face and fingerprints.

When Apple's latest software updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs arrive this fall, they will include a way for users to log into various online accounts without entering passwords or relying on password managers to save and fill in credentials. The technology generates unique passkeys for each app or browser-based service in the place of characters. Those passkeys, a new type of identity authentication, prompt a scan of your face or fingerprints to log you in.

Passwords have been the longtime standard for securing online accounts, but they pose security risks. Despite expert advice to create complex, unique passwords for every account, people often use the same password, get tricked into signing into fake websites that log their information, or have their account details leaked in data breaches. Password managers beef up security, but if someone gets your master password, they can access all your logins.

Apple's passkeys-and similar efforts from other technology giants-want to address those problems and replace passwords entirely. They aim to be easier and more secure than passwords of old, Darin Adler, Apple's vice president of internet technologies, said last week at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Each passkey is unique, so there's no re-use of passwords. Passkeys can be used on non-Apple devices, and for both new and old accounts. Your private keys are stored on your devices-not on the servers of Apple or the app or website developers-so hackers gaining access to those servers wouldn't find any passkeys to steal. They are also resistant to phishing since there's no password to share.

"Passkeys are heavily obfuscated by the operating system," said Ondrej Krehel, head of digital forensics and incident response at cybersecurity monitoring platform SecurityScorecard. "This will deter most cybercriminals, because attackers wouldn't get anything usable." wsj.com
Chinese Hacking Group Targeting Growing Number of Industries
Researchers ID new RAT developed by Chinese hacking group with
growing target list
An established Chinese hacking group known for targeting telecommunications, finance and government organizations around the world has developed a "new, difficult-to-detect" remote access trojan it is using as part of its espionage activities, researchers with Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 said in research published Monday.

AdvertisementThe researchers spotted the malware as part of their ongoing monitoring of a hacking group known as Gallium, a Chinese state-sponsored group active since at least 2012 according to Mitre, a nonprofit research organization funded by private grants and the U.S. government.

Gallium has extended its targeting beyond telecommunications over the last year, the Unit 42 researchers wrote, to include financial institutions and government entities.

The remote access trojan (RAT), dubbed "PingPull" by the researchers, can make it more difficult to detect its command and control communications in part by leveraging the ICMP protocol, typically used by devices on a network to diagnose communication issues and send error reports. The use of ICMP is not a novel technique, but PingPull makes detection harder "as few organizations implement inspection of ICMP traffic on their networks," the researchers wrote.

t's not clear in how many of the observed campaigns PingPull was used, but the researchers observed the group hitting targets in Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Malaysia, Mozambique, the Philippines, Russia and Vietnam, they said. cyberscoop.com

New Cybersecurity Innovation Center
MorganFranklin launches cybersecurity innovation center

MorganFranklin provides consulting in accounting and risk advisory, strategic transformation and program execution, supply chain and retail management, technology enablement, and cybersecurity.

The custom, interactive lab environment will allow clients to gain insight into how security tools would function in their environment and how cyberattacks would impact their systems.

"As ever-increasing and more sophisticated attacks combine with rapid digital transformation, cybersecurity preparation has never been more challenging or more important," said John Fung, a director in MorganFranklin's cybersecurity operations practice area. "The MorganFranklin Cybersecurity Innovation Center is a powerful new way to help our clients answer essential questions that improve their security operations, upskill their teams, and address their most pressing threats."

Prior to deployment, clients can replicate their live systems and troubleshoot countermeasures to the latest attack vectors. Clients can also examine how security tools from various providers perform alone and together to optimize program spend. consulting.us

Is Your Internet Browser Safe?
CISA Recommends Organizations Update to the Latest Version of Google Chrome

Google last week reported seven vulnerabilities in the browser, four of which it rated as high severity.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Friday urged users and administrators to update to a new version of Chrome that Google released last week to fix a total of seven vulnerabilities in its browser.

In an advisory, Google described four of the flaws - three of which were reported to the company by external researchers - as presenting a high risk for organizations. The company said it had decided to restrict access to bug details until most users have updated to the new version of Chrome (102.0.5005.115).

One of the vulnerabilities is a so-called use after free issue in the WebGPU application programming interface for functions such as computation and rendering on a Graphics Processing Unit. The bug (CVE-2022-2007) is remotely exploitable and can have an impact on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of affected systems, according to a description of the flaw on vulnerability database VulDB. "No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction," VulDB noted. darkreading.com

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Amazon's Union War Heats Up
'It's war.' Tensions remain high at first Amazon warehouse in US to unionize
In the two months since workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, voted to form the company's first US labor union, the organizers have been on a victory lap.

But inside the Staten Island facility, known as JFK8, tensions remain high between the union and Amazon. Several worker-organizers at the facility have been fired, sparking heated responses from the union. Amazon has yet to sit down at the bargaining table with the union, prompting Sen. Sanders and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday to urge Amazon's CEO to recognize the union rather than fight it. And Amazon is currently attempting to have the election results thrown out after filing more than two dozen objections, not only concerning alleged behavior of union leaders but also that of the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board, which oversaw the election. The agency has denied Amazon's charges against it.

A hearing on the objections kicked off Monday at an NLRB regional office in Phoenix, Arizona, given the accusations alleged in Amazon's objections against the local regional office in New York. Amazon pushed to keep the hearing closed to the public, but the federal labor agency ruled against it in a recent filing. "The Board's hearings are not secret. Accordingly, preventing the public from viewing its important processes is not an option," the filing stated. The ALU, meanwhile, has indicated plans to travel to Phoenix to rally for recognition.

The ongoing saga at the facility shows how the surprise victory for the underdog Amazon Labor Union is far from the end of a long battle for collective bargaining between some warehouse workers and one of the country's largest employers. It also points to a playbook Amazon could use with other warehouses, at a time when the pandemic has heightened concerns among some employees about working conditions at the e-commerce giant. At Amazon, only a few other US locations have held a union election and, so far, they've failed to successfully unionize. cnn.com

Another Lawsuit Hits Amazon
Amazon is being sued by Prime members for getting rid of free Whole Foods delivery

Recent lawsuits allege Amazon misled Prime customers in making the change.

Amazon Prime members aren't happy their free Whole Foods delivery perk was eliminated, and now some are taking their frustration to the courts. Several Prime members have filed lawsuits against Amazon for its decision to stop offering free delivery from Whole Foods stores.

In 2018, Amazon announced it would offer Prime members free two-hour delivery on Whole Foods groceries for orders totaling $35 or more. In October 2021, the company ended the perk, slapping a $9.95 fee on all Prime members' Whole Foods orders.

In one proposed class-action lawsuit filed in late May, two plaintiffs allege Amazon "engaged in unfair business practices, breached its duty of good faith, and deprived Prime members of the benefit of their bargain" by making the change. They say Amazon should have reduced the cost of a Prime membership accordingly, or else offered members a refund, after eliminating the perk. businessinsider.com

Amazon went offline yesterday
More than 11,000 Amazon.com outage incidents were reported yesterday starting around 1:00 p.m. ET, according to Downdetector.com. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

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Albuquerque, NM: Accused serial shoplifter will be held behind bars until trial
An accused serial shoplifter who police say is getting violent will be held behind bars until trial. Marvin Alderete and Ashley Roybal are accused of stealing form about 28 different stores, getting away with around $20,000 worth of items. In one case, Alderete is accused of pointing a gun at an employee as the couple escaped. In another case, he is accused of beating up a store employee. The state argued that Alderete had a gun while shoplifting and threatened violence against employees who tried to stop him and no conditions of release would keep the community safe. The defense argued Alderete is not violent and that there is not enough evidence to tie him to the crimes. Judge Bruce Fox sided with the state. "The willingness of the defended to use force to accomplish his goals of shoplifting was sufficiently presented. So, I do believe the defendant poses a threat to the safety of others if released pending trial," said Judge Fox during the detention hearing. krqe.com

Albuquerque, NM: People try to shoplift from Target before taking BCSO on chase
New video shows Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies tracking a trio trying to steal from the Target at I-25 and Paseo. When deputies go in for the arrest, the one suspect takes off, leading them on a wild chase. On a Tuesday night in late May, Stacy Gallegos and who she says are her new friends, couple Shyla Mcewan and Francisco Garcia, go to the Target on Paseo to shoplift. After about a half-hour in the store, removing tags and stuffing clothes in her purse, Mcewan and Garcia walk out where they're met by deputies. Meanwhile, Gallegos picks out a vacuum and a cart full of items before hitting self-checkout. She spends nearly 10 minutes here, pretending to pay and even having an employee come over twice to help. Then, Gallegos tries to make a run for it. A deputy walks right by her outside the store, before noticing it's Gallegos. She runs in her car and backs into a deputy's unit before taking off. She takes deputies on a chase, speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. The nearly 10-minute chase comes to an end when Gallegos crashes into a wall at a parking lot near the Walmart off Carlisle. She tries to run but doesn't get far. She is arrested and admits to the police that she was planning on stealing. krqe.com

Greenville, NY: Police: 2 kids stole $8k in electronics from Target
The Glenville Police Department responded around 4:30 a.m. Sunday to the Target in Glenville after hearing of a robbery. When they got there, police say the front window of the store was broken out, and around $8,000 in electronics had been stolen. Glenville Police Chief Stephen Janik says there was also about $3,500 in damages done to the window. The amount of electronics stolen and damages done will likely amount to felony charges. The two suspects accused of robbing the Target, both juveniles, were found later Sunday morning by Glenville Police at a nearby Panera. According to police, the juveniles were sitting at a table inside the restaurant looking over the electronics they had stolen. news10.com

Whitman County, WA: Two men allegedly stole nearly $2,000 worth of items from local Walmarts

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Monroe County, PA: Stroud Area Police seeking 4 Walgreens thieves targeting over $2000 of teeth whiteners and muscle massagers

Cumberland County, NY: Crossville Woman facing felony charges after stealing over $2000 of merchandise from Walmart

Franklin, TN: Cash reward offered for Walmart shoplifter

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Shootings & Deaths

Louisville, KY: Man killed at downtown Louisville gas station, Security Guard arrested
Louisville Metro Police Department's First Division is investigating a shooting that left one man dead at a gas station downtown. Shortly after 10 p.m., First Division officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 100 block of West Broadway at the Thorntons gas station. According to LMPD, when officers arrived on scene of the shooting they discovered that two people had been inside the gas station when an altercation ensued. It was during this time that the victim suffered a fatal gunshot wound, police said. Police stated that the victim was pronounced dead on scene, and that the shooter also remained on scene. LMPD said Tavon Parrish was arrested and charged with one count of murder. According to the arrest slip, Parrish was an armed security guard at the gas station and had confronted the victim for allegedly stealing beer. Parrish told police he believed the victim wanted to fight him. wlky.com

Scottsdale, AZ: Red Robin employee murdered during robbery attempt at Scottsdale Pavilions
Detectives say the body found by Salt River Police inside a Red Robin Sunday was an employee of the restaurant who they believe was murdered. They say it likely happened during a robbery. Officers said they received a call from a worker who said one of the doors to the restaurant on Talking Stick Way just east of Pima Road had been broken. When police arrived around 9:30 a.m., they said they called out to see if there was someone inside who would respond. When no one answered, they entered the restaurant and found a body inside. On Monday, police said the victim was killed during a robbery. Investigators have not said if the employee who called them is the same person found dead by officers. kold.com

Miami, FL: Man Shot and Killed During Argument at Grocery Store in SW Miami-Dade
A man was killed after an argument at a grocery store in southwest Miami-Dade escalated to a shooting Monday, police said. The incident happened at the A-1 grocery store at 24735 South Dixie Highway in Princeton. Miami-Dade Police said two men had a verbal argument at the store earlier in the day, and one of the men left but later returned. The argument escalated again and the man who came back was shot and killed by the other man, police said. The shooter was taken into custody. Neither man's identity was released. nbcmiami.com

Newark, NJ: Man sentenced to life for murder of East Orange store manager
Roberto Ubiera, 59, of Newark, has been sentenced to life in New Jersey State Prison for the murder of Tarlok Singh, 55, of East Orange, according to a June 10 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. In the early morning hours of Aug. 16, 2018, Singh was fatally stabbed by Ubiera, a former employee who came to the neighborhood grocery store and attacked Singh. At trial the state presented evidence showing Ubiera handcuffed the victim behind his back and isolated him in an employee bathroom in the rear of the store, where he later stabbed Singh twice in the back non-fatally before cutting Singh's throat twice with a knife and leaving him to bleed to death on the floor of the small bathroom with his hands still cuffed behind his back.  essexnewsdaily.com

Montgomery County, MD: Man charged with attempted murder in shooting at 7-Eleven in Aspen Hill
A man has been charged with shooting and injuring a man at a 7-Eleven in Aspen Hill on Sunday, according to Montgomery County police. Zekale Long, 41, of Silver Spring, has been charged with attempted murder after police say he shot at a man who was dating Long's ex-girlfriend. Officers were called to the 7-Eleven at 14101 Georgia Ave. around 3:18 a.m. for the report of a shooting, according to charging documents. Officers found two employees, a male and a female, in the store when they got to the scene. Police said the two employees started dating two weeks ago and that the female employee was previously in a relationship with Long, according to charging documents. bethesdamagazine.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Nashville, TN: Accused Walmart shoplifter tries to grab MNPD officer's gun
A suspected shoplifter accused of grabbing a Metro Nashville police officer's gun was charged Monday afternoon. According to MNPD documents, it happened at a Nashville Walmart. Loss prevention and the officer reportedly went to the bathroom where they found Artie McDuffie, 25, in a stall with several store items. Officials said McDuffie was told to show his hands, but instead, he put them in his pockets. An officer then allegedly reached for his firearm, which is when police said McDuffie lunged at the officer and tried to take the gun away from him. Mcduffie was then held down until backup arrived. He was charged with felony aggravated assault of a first responder. wkrn.com

Stamford, CT: Man punched, pulled a knife on security trying to stop a shoplifting
A city man allegedly punched then pulled knife on a store security guard during what police said was a shoplifting incident gone awry. Capt. Richard Conklin said police responded to a report of a shoplifting at a store inside the Stamford Town Center, 151 Broad St., around 5 p.m. on June 4. Conklin said security had spotted a man walking out of the store apparently without paying for multiple items of clothing. When security gave chase, the man allegedly struck one of the security guards and then pulled out a small knife, police said. Although the man fled the scene before police arrived, officers located a fanny pack that the man apparently lost in the struggle with security guards, Conklin said. Inside the bag, police found a crack pipe and a New York citation issued to Edwin Morales Salguero, a 38-year-old Stamford resident, Conklin said. stamfordadvocate.com

Indianapolis, IN: Man pulls rifle on Taco Bell workers, forces them to open register
A man is accused of pointing a rifle at employees during an armed robbery at an Indianapolis Taco Bell. Police say a man dressed in a black puffy jacket, black t-shirt and black ripped jeans robbed the Taco Bell at 6990 E. 10th Street around 6:30 p.m. on May 29. . The suspect pulled a black rifle on Taco Bell workers and forced them to open the registers, according to a Crime Stoppers release. cbs4indy.com

Swampscott, MA: Coyote bites man at Swampscott shopping plaza



Troy, MI: Authorities: Somerset Collection fire started at The Capital Grille
Authorities have confirmed that there was a fire at Somerset Collection on the mall's north side Monday evening. Somerset Collection made a statement saying that the fire started at The Capital Grille, a restaurant located on the north side of the mall near Macy's, Zara, Vera Bradley and Blue Nile. The mall's security and Troy fire department responded to the fire quickly and mitigated the flames and smoke. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Currently, there are no reported injuries. clickondetroit.com

Honolulu, HI: Fire that damaged Waikiki Zippy's Restaurant intentionally set
Investigators say a fire in a shopping cart that caused extensive damage to a Zippy's Restaurant in Waikiki on June 9 was intentionally set. Honolulu firefighters responded to the initial call about a fire outside of the Zippy's Restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue, around 11:30 p.m. on June 9. According to investigators, the fire originated from a shopping cart on the sidewalk outside that then spread to the building. Investigators eventually classified the fire as incendiary and intentionally set. Damage to the Zippy's Restaurant is estimated at $185,000 to the building and about $15,000 to the contents inside. No injuries or fatalities were reported. kitv.com


Cargo Theft

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico: Thieves make off with 20 freight containers at Mexican port
Thieves broke into a freight storage area at the Pacific coast seaport of Manzanillo and stole 20 freight containers loaded with partly refined gold and silver ore and television sets, the Mexican Employers Federation said Monday. nhregister.com



Auto - Crawford County, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Pelham, NH - Robbery
C-Store - Rutland, VT - Robbery
C-Store - Austin, MN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lima, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fargo, ND - Burglary
C-Store - Tyler, TX - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Iselin, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Centreville, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Wadsworth, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Denver, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Portage, MI - Robbery
Motel - Rocky Mount, NC - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Scottsdale, AZ - Armed Robbery / Employee shot and killed
Restaurant - Indianapolis, IN - Armed Robbery (Taco Bell)
Restaurant - Washington DC - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Anne Arundel County , MD - Armed Robbery (Starbucks)
Restaurant - Anne Arundel County , MD - Armed Robbery (KFC)
Restaurant - Anne Arundel County , MD - Armed Robbery (Arby's)
Restaurant - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Binghamton, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Colonial Heights, VA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Hillsboro, IL - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - East Stroudsburg, PA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Manchester, NH - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Anne Arundel County, MD - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 24 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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