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Before being named Security Director for Jushi Holdings Inc., Anthony served as Director of Loss Prevention & Security for Urbn Leaf. Prior to that, he spent nearly a year and a half with Mattress Firm as Senior Manager, Corporate Security. Earlier in his career, he spent five years as Director of LP, Safety & Risk Management for Hill Country Holdings LLC, d.b.a. Ashley Furniture HomeStore. He has also held positions with Sears, Fiesta Mart, Ross Stores and Office Depot. Congratulations, Anthony!

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Violence & Protests

Rising Crime is the New Pandemic
As Battle Against Virus Wanes, Mayors Confront a New Challenge: Crime

Most city leaders, eager to rejuvenate downtown economies, have lifted coronavirus restrictions. But rising violent crime has kept both residents and tourists at home.

Mayors of American cities have yearned for the moment they could usher in a return to normalcy, casting away coronavirus restrictions on bars, restaurants, parties and public gatherings. Yet now, even with reopenings underway across the United States as the pandemic recedes, city leaders must contend with another crisis: a crime wave with no signs of ending.

They are cheerleading the return of office workers to downtowns and encouraging tourists to visit, eager to rejuvenate the economy and build public confidence. But they are also frantically trying to quell a surge of homicides, assaults and carjackings that began during the pandemic and has cast a chill over the recovery.

Some city officials have touted progressive strategies focused on community policing in neighborhoods where trust between police officers and residents has frayed. Others have deployed more traditional tactics like increasing surveillance cameras in troubled areas and enforcing curfews in city parks to clear out crowds, as the police did in Washington Square Park in Manhattan in recent days.

In Chicago, which fully reopened on Friday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot made clear that her focus was on reducing violence over the summer, and that her administration would focus resources on 15 high-crime pockets of the city as part of that effort.

Other cities, like Miami, are nearly free of pandemic restrictions and booming with tourists. This month, the top prosecutor in Miami-Dade County and local police leaders turned to the issue of public safety, announcing Operation Summer Heat, an initiative to combat a wave of shootings. Homicides in Miami are 30 percent higher this year than the same period in 2020, according to data from the medical examiner's office.

The efforts include additional streetlights and surveillance cameras, prosecutors assigned to "hot spot" areas and a code enforcement crackdown on illegal party venues. Business owners who are eager to see tourism return have been especially anxious by the persistent violence.

Homicide rates in large cities were up more than 30 percent on average last year, and up another 24 percent for the beginning of this year, according to criminologists.  nytimes.com

2021 On Pace to Be the Deadliest in Decades
2020 was the deadliest gun violence year in decades. So far, 2021 is worse.
Gun violence this year has cut through celebrations and funerals, places of work and houses of worship. It has taken lives at a grocery store and in a fast-food drive-through lane. And most of all, it has unfolded on city streets and in family homes, away from the cameras and far from the national spotlight.

By almost every measure, 2021 has already been a terrible year for gun violence. Many fear it will get worse. Last weekend alone, more than 120 people died in shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive, with three especially dangerous incidents in Austin, Chicago and Savannah, Ga., leaving two dead and at least 30 injured.

Through the first five months of 2021, gunfire killed more than 8,100 people in the United States, about 54 lives lost per day, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research organization. That's 14 more deaths per day than the average toll during the same period of the previous six years.

This year, the number of casualties, along with the overall number of shootings that have killed or injured at least one person, exceeds those of the first five months of 2020, which finished as the deadliest year of gun violence in at least two decades.

Experts have attributed the increase to a variety of new and long-standing issues - including entrenched inequality, soaring gun ownership, and fraying relations between police and the communities they serve - all intensified during the coronavirus pandemic and widespread uprisings for racial justice. The violence, its causes and its solutions have sparked wide-ranging and fierce policy debates.

The Post's analysis found an increase in shootings during summers, especially last year, echoing a trend that law enforcement officials and gun violence researchers have warned about for years. With the weather warming, school letting out and virus-related restrictions falling away, leaders are worrying about a deadlier season than usual. washingtonpost.com

Ex-NYPD Commissioner Says the U.S. Crime Epidemic Could Get Even Worse
Bill Bratton warns 'we're in for a very long, dangerous summer'
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton warned of a potentially deadly summer ahead, as homicide rates surge once again across the country.

"Unlike the last crime epidemic that took decades to build up to the early '90s, this one has occurred, literally, overnight, it's like the virus, literally, out of nowhere, and so solutions are not immediately apparent," he said.

Homicide rates in large cities were up more than 30% on average last year, and up another 24% during the beginning of 2021, according to a report from the New York Times, citing criminologists.

Bratton told "The News with Shepard Smith" that the crime landscape could become even bleaker, depending on the Supreme Court's ruling in a key gun control case that could make it easier to obtain and carry a firearm.

The U.S. has already seen 274 mass shootings in 2021, about 40% more than this time last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The nonprofit defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are injured or killed, not including the shooter. cnbc.com

Family of Mass Shooting Victim Blames 'Defund' Movement

Brother of Austin Mass Shooting Victim Blames Defund Police Movement
The brother of a man who died on Sunday from injuries suffered during a mass shooting in Austin, Texas, spoke out about the death on social media. Nick Kantor, brother of the late Doug Kantor, placed part of the blame for the killing on the "defund the police" movement. He also criticized President Joe Biden's administration.

Hours after his brother passed away on early Sunday afternoon, Nick Kantor posted a message on Facebook. He called the two shooters responsible for the early Saturday morning violence "cowards" and said a "lack of resources" caused police to not be able to "properly patrol/take preventative measures to prevent this Tragedy."

Doug Kantor, 25, died from his injures on Sunday at around noon. His death is the only fatality so far of the 14 people injured during Saturday's mass shooting in downtown Austin.

While running for president, Joe Biden said he did not support defunding the police. He did say, however, that he supported making federal aid to police departments conditional.

Last summer, the Austin City Council voted to decrease the city's police department budget by $150 million. However, in January, Adler stated that Austin paid more per capita for its police than any other major city in Texas. newsweek.com

Boston Police Facing Lawsuit Over 'Excessive Force' at Protests

Four demonstrators sue Boston police for alleged excessive force after George Floyd protest in 2020
Four demonstrators injured after a George Floyd protest in Boston last May filed a federal lawsuit against the city and three Boston police officers on Monday for allegedly using unnecessary force against them.

The demonstrators accuse the officers of carrying out unprovoked attacks as police were attempting to clear the protest, which had been largely peaceful before devolving into violence and looting.

After the rally on Boston Common on May 31, 2020, crowds pelted police with bottles and cans, torched a police cruiser, damaged vehicles, and looted stores throughout Downtown Crossing and the Back Bay. Seven police officers were taken to the hospital, and 40 people were arrested.

Howard Friedman, a civil rights attorney who is representing the demonstrators, said police were unprepared for the aftermath of the protest and interfered with nonviolent activists who were only trying to go home.

Friedman said he hopes the lawsuit will put pressure on the police department "to develop proper policies for handling protests, and particularly for handling protests at Boston Common." bostonglobe.com

Shootings during the pandemic are up 31% in Cincinnati compared to before

Mayor Quinton Lucas urges KC police to focus on tackling violent crime

Teen Who Filmed Police Killing Of George Floyd Awarded Pulitzer Prize


COVID Update

310.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.3M Cases - 615.2K Dead - 28.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 177M Cases - 3.8M Dead - 161.2M Recovered

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Businesses Push Back at California's Vaccine Verification Rules
California COVID restrictions ending, but mask-wearing to remain a reality
Although the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Monday the virus is still active, and mask-wearing will continue to be a reality for non-vaccinated residents, at businesses that require them or for people who simply feel safer wearing them.

Newsom also said he is prepared to issue an executive order later this week to immediately implement work-site mask-wearing regulations, if the state's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approves them on Thursday.

Cal-OSHA officials on Friday released the proposed new workplace rules, which largely align with state mask-wearing guidance for the general public. The rules would require businesses to verify workers' vaccination status and make masks available to unvaccinated workers. Vaccinated workers would not be required to wear masks in the workplace under the proposed rules.

Some business owners and associations have pushed back at the idea of employers being required to verify workers' vaccination status.

With the statewide lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, questions have persisted about requirements for mask-wearing. Newsom on Monday warned that the move away from economic restrictions does not mean mask-wearing will go away, nor will the pandemic. 10news.com

The Key Question as Workplaces Return to Normalcy
How will companies manage a staff of vaccinated and unvaccinated workers?

As employers reopen offices, some are asking returning employees for proof they have received their COVID-19 vaccines.

Some private employers have gone so far as to require vaccinations for employees to return to their jobs. The Journal reports that some companies have begun asking workers to voluntarily register their vaccination status, while others are requiring employees to disclose that information. Many are requiring unvaccinated workers to wear masks inside of buildings even as the vaccinated conduct business without the same precautions.

Non-vaccinated workers may not like the feeling of being pushed to get shots, but recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance says employers have the legal right to require employees to be vaccinated against the virus. Exceptions to this rule include workers with certain medical conditions or religious beliefs. Those seeking to opt-out of being vaccinated may be able to get an exception to workplace rules by asking "to use masks, social distancing, schedule changes, or reassignment to stay safe at work," according to the EEOC.

The issue of what to do with returning workers takes place at a time when some states are approaching or passing the 70 percent vaccination goal set by the Biden administration for adults, moving the U.S. towards a level that would create herd immunity. Many localities and states, however, have failed to even reach 50 percent largely due to the related politics, which follow previous splits over the seriousness of the virus itself and public health measures to prevent its spread. retailwire.com

Scrambling to Get Retail Workers Vaccinated

Restaurants offer $50 (and cheap beer!) to workers who get COVID vaccine
For restaurant and retail workers, the Rare Bird in Traverse City was offering a pretty good deal last Monday: come get your COVID vaccine, and not only are you protected from the virus that's killed some 3.8 million globally, they'll throw in a $50 Visa gift card, plus $1 draft beers and $3 cocktails.

The Traverse City event is just one of several vaccine clinics Michigan's restaurant and hospitality employers have been holding the last few weeks, including ones in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and another scheduled for Tuesday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. (In Ann Arbor, Zingerman's offered the first 100 industry workers a $50 Visa gift card, and a free sandwich.) So far, about 300 workers have come out.

The events come as the industry is finally back to full capacity and desperate to take advantage of pent-up demand. And while staffing shortages are their biggest concern, low vaccination rates among the predominantly younger workers means greater risk of staff outbreaks.

"I think this industry skews younger than pretty much any other industry, and it has been a little bit harder to get those who are younger to get the vaccine," Winslow said. "So anything we can do to help incentivize that side of the population, that's great for the public. And I think that's safer for them as well." michiganradio.org

America is Returning to Restaurants
Diners seated via Yelp surge above pre-pandemic levels
Over 3.7 million diners were seated via Yelp in May 2021-the highest number ever, surpassing pre-pandemic highs, according to the crowdsourced reviews hub. The number of diners seated via Yelp was up 48% in May 2021 compared with May 2019. Looking at party size, smaller groups of two to three patrons did begin to rebound sooner, but larger parties quickly followed and bounced back even stronger-by more than 50% compared to May 2019 and more than 1,000% compared to March 2020.

There were nearly 16,500 restaurant and food business reopenings in April 2021-the highest since April 2020. And nearly 6,600 new restaurant and food businesses opened in May 2021, a 42% increase from May 2020 and down by only 21% from May 2019. fortune.com

4th Vaccine Emerges
Novavax says its Covid vaccine is 90% effective
Biotech firm Novavax said Monday its Covid-19 vaccine was shown to be safe and 90.4% effective overall in a phase three clinical trial of nearly 30,000 participants across the United States and Mexico.

Additionally, it said the two-dose vaccine was found to be 100% effective in preventing moderate and severe disease and 93% effective against some variants. The company said it plans to file for authorization with the Food and Drug Administration in the third quarter. npr.org

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Ikea Slapped with Fine for its 'System of Espionage'
Ikea fined $1.2 million for spying on workers in France, reviewing their bank-account records

The company's 'spying tactics' begani in the early 2000s

A French court on Tuesday ordered Ikea to pay a 1 million euro ($1.2 million) fine for spying on its French staff, after the world's biggest furniture retailer was found guilty of improperly gathering and storing data on its employees.

The French branch of Ingka Group, which owns most Ikea stores worldwide, was accused of snooping on its workers and some clients over several years.

The flatpack furniture group, which has recognized there were some improper practices, was accused of breaching employees' privacy by reviewing records of their bank accounts and sometimes using fake employees to write up reports on staff.

The allegations centered on the 2009-2012 period, although prosecutors said the spying tactics began in the early 2000s.

Worker representatives said the information was used to target union leaders in some cases, or used to Ikea's advantage in disputes with customers, after the firm trawled data on people's finances and even what cars they drove. It was also found to have paid for access to police files.

Prosecutors had been pushing for a two million euro fine. Lawyers for France's CGT union and several individuals seeking compensation said the final amount was not hefty, but welcomed the outcome.

The company said it was reviewing the court decision to see if further measures were needed, after it took steps to stamp out the surveillance tactics.

"Ikea Retail France has strongly condemned the practices, apologized and implemented a major action plan to prevent this from happening again," the Ingka group said. businessinsider.com nytimes.com

Retailers Urge Biden to Tackle Global Shipping Crisis
NRF Calls on White House to Address Port Congestion Challenges
The National Retail Federation today delivered a letter to the White House asking to meet with President Biden and other top administration officials regarding the challenges retailers are facing from continued supply chain disruptions that are leading to congestion at U.S. ports.

The letter from NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay states, "The supply chain disruption issues, especially the congestion affecting our key maritime ports, are causing significant challenges for America's retailers. The congestion issues have not only added days and weeks to our supply chains but have led to inventory shortages impacting our ability to serve our customers. In addition, these delays have added significant transportation and warehousing costs for retailers."

As the nation's largest private-sector employer, retailers depend on U.S. ports and other transportation infrastructure to deliver billions of dollars' worth of goods and products to consumers every day. Last week, NRF revised its annual retail sales forecast to grow between 10.5 percent and 13.5 percent to more than $4.44 trillion in 2021 as the economic recovery accelerates.

Although consumer demand continues to grow, evidenced by imports during the busiest April on record at the largest U.S. retail container ports, the supply chain challenges remain significant. In a recent survey of NRF member companies on the congestion situation, over 97 percent of retailers surveyed say they have been impacted by port and shipping delays.

"In many instances retailers will absorb these costs and not pass them along to consumers. However, many smaller retailers may have no choice but to pass along these costs, especially as they face other challenges with reopening their businesses," Shay said. cnn.com

Stimulus Impact Fades
Retail sales fell 1.3 percent in May, a sign of a bumpy economic recovery
Retail sales fell slightly last month, the Commerce Department reported on Tuesday, as consumers spent less on goods and more on activities like travel, an industry that had been hobbled by the pandemic.

The 1.3 percent decline in May follows months of ups and downs in consumer spending, driven by the persistence of the coronavirus that had kept many people away from airports and restaurants. The data from April was revised to show an increase of 0.9 percent.

But with a growing portion of the country's population vaccinated and infection rates falling, Americans are venturing out and spending more on lodging and entertainment, rather than on the home improvement projects and grocery hoarding that characterized the earlier, more homebound months of the pandemic.

"Consumer spending growth is shifting from goods to services as the economy reopens," said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. nytimes.com

Ranking States by Shopping Centers
27% of U.S. shopping centers are found in California, Texas, and Florida
There are 115,049 shopping centers in the United States and 27% of them can be found in its three most populous states: California, Texas, and Florida.

California has the most with 15,285, followed by Texas's 12,834 and Florida's 10,843, according to CoStar data presented in the International Council of Shopping Center's annual State Statistics report.

The next most populous states, New York and Pennsylvania, are not counted among the next four most-retailed states of Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina. All four of those states contain more than four thousand malls, power centers, strip malls, neighborhood centers, and mixed-use properties.

At the bottom of the list, with fewer than 200 centers each, were Alaska (133), Montana (129), South Dakota (113), Vermont (105), North Dakota (100), District of Columbia (72), and Wyoming (71). chainstoreage.com

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Cyberattacks Now Considered an Act of War?

NATO: Series of cyberattacks could be seen as the same threat as armed attack

The age of ransomware raises questions over NATO's policies on state-sponsored cyberattacks and ransomware.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - the 30-nation military alliance between North America and Europe - issued a new communique at this week's Brussels summit outlining how it should respond to national security threats. One of them is cyberattacks, as spotted by The Register.

The new policy stance follows high-profile attacks on US fuel distribution network Colonial Pipeline - which paid $4 million to ransomware attackers, half of which was later seized by the FBI - and US meat packer JBS, which paid $11 million to ransomware attackers.

The tech world is also still reeling from the SolarWinds hack, which compromised the West's top cybersecurity firms, and was attributed to the Russian government. And not so long ago, Russia was blamed for the massive NotPetya ransomware outbreak, while North Korea was blamed for 2017's WannaCry ransomware attack.

In the wake of such attacks, NATO has endorsed its "Comprehensive Cyber Defence Policy", which will see the alliance treat cyberattacks on a "case-by-case basis" and may consider them the same as an armed attack.

"To face this evolving challenge, we have today endorsed NATO's Comprehensive Cyber Defence Policy, which will support NATO's three core tasks and overall deterrence and defence posture, and further enhance our resilience," the communique reads.

"We reaffirm that a decision as to when a cyber attack would lead to the invocation of Article 5 would be taken by the North Atlantic Council on a case-by-case basis. Allies recognise that the impact of significant malicious cumulative cyber activities might, in certain circumstances, be considered as amounting to an armed attack." NATO first updated its policies so that a cyberattack could lead to the invocation of Article 5, the collective defence rule, back in 2014 - as revealed by ZDNet at the time. zdnet.com

The Cybersecurity Impact of Digital Vaccine Passports
Vaccine passports challenged by data privacy and security implications
With the ongoing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the globe and the broader U.S. economy preparing to reopen, the question of international travel has become a topic of debate. Managing a safe return to travel has been top of mind for many, and as a result, apps that aim to verify travelers' vaccination status are quickly rolling out-and have already been adopted by some airlines.

These apps, coined "vaccination passports," refer to mobile apps used to confirm whether or not someone has received the COVID-19 vaccine. While White House officials have already stated there will be no federal mandate enforcing the use of vaccination passports, many private companies and state-run initiatives have emerged offering hundreds of vaccine apps for people to use.

While some think vaccine apps could be the key to lifting travel restrictions, challenges have arisen regarding data privacy and security implications. We surveyed 3,000 Americans to learn more about how they feel about vaccine passport apps and what they mean for the security of their data.

55.9% don't trust vaccine passports with their health data

We first asked participants if they would be comfortable with the security of their health data if it were required to be used to obtain a COVID vaccine passport. 55.9% of respondents reported they would not be comfortable with their data security, while 44.1% said they would.

While some people aren't concerned about the security of their data, the majority of people are. Questions about the type of information digital vaccine passports would collect are important to examine, especially considering the major uptick in cyberattacks that came about amid the pandemic-we saw ransomware groups increasingly targeting medical billing companies, COVID relief organizations, pharmaceutical companies and government institutions in April of 2020.

More importantly, when it comes to your personal information, medical records are some of the most private personal records you have. Based on our survey results, we can clearly see the hesitancy many Americans have to make those records accessible to private companies, airlines and other corporations. helpnetsecurity.com

Phishing is Top Consumer Cyber Safety Threat
Report reveals top threats to consumer cyber safety
Norton Labs revealed the top cybersecurity trends from January to March 2021. Phishing campaigns remained the number one threat to consumer cyber safety, with top scams relating to the pandemic, including vaccine-oriented, financial relief, and tech support scams.

"Our renowned Norton Labs group is at the forefront of identifying and analyzing the latest trends in cybercrime, and it's clear through their analysis that cybercriminals continue to find new ways to capitalize off of the pandemic," says Darren Shou, head of technology, NortonLifeLock.

"Over the next three months, we can expect scammers to tap into the gradual shift to a post-COVID state as people start to return to work, travel and engage in social activities."

Between January 2021 and March 2021, 49.6 million phishing attempts, 46.3 million file-based malware, 686,000 mobile-malware files and 536,137 ransomware detections were reported. During this time, the majority of scams were designed to trick consumers into sharing their personal and financial information in an attempt to steal their money. helpnetsecurity.com

Attacks Soar in the Remote Work Era
VPN attacks up nearly 2000% as companies embrace a hybrid workplace
"As companies return to a hybrid workplace, it's crucial that they are aware of the evolving threat landscape," said Craig Robinson, Program Director, Security Services at IDC. "The data highlighted in this threat report by Nuspire and Recorded Future shows that security leaders need to stay vigilant as threat actors see opportunity in the continued era of remote access."

Increase in VPN attacks

In Q1 2021, there was a 1,916% increase in attacks against Fortinet's SSL-VPN and a 1,527% increase in Pulse Connect Secure VPN. These vulnerabilities allow a threat actor to gain access to a network. Once they are in, they can exfiltrate information and deploy ransomware.

"2020 was the era of remote work and as the workforce adjusted, information technology professionals scrambled to support this level of remote activity by enabling a wide variety of remote connectivity methods," said J.R. Cunningham, CSO at Nuspire. "This added multiple new attack vectors that enabled threat actors to prey on organizations, which is what we started to see in Q1 and are continuing to see today."

Because of the significant increase in VPN and RDP vulnerabilities, the report discovers malware, botnet and exploitation activity are down compared to Q4, but threat actors are still on the prowl. helpnetsecurity.com

Cyber Analytics Database Exposed 5 Billion Records Online

In an ironic twist, Cognyte's data alerts customers to third-party data exposures.

A researcher recently discovered online an unsecured database operated by cybersecurity analytics firm Cognyte that left some 5 billion records collected from a range of data incidents exposed online - and accessible without authentication.

The stored data is part of Cognyte's cyber intelligence service, which is used to alert customers to third-party data exposures.

"Ironically, the database used to cross-check that personal information with known breaches was itself exposed. The information included names, passwords, email addresses, and the original source of the leak," Comparitech wrote in a report. darkreading.com

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How to Use Sound Recognition on iPhone

Sound Recognition (first introduced in iOS 14) allows iPhone users with hearing loss to receive visual alerts when the iPhone detects certain sounds like smoke alarms, sirens, door knocks, a baby crying, and dogs barking, through onboard intelligence, so no network connection is required. Follow these steps to enable this functionality:

First, open "Settings" on your iPhone. In Settings, tap "Accessibility." In Accessibility, navigate to the "Hearing" section and tap "Sound Recognition," and then tap the switch beside "Sound Recognition" to turn it on. Then tap "Sounds" below that to choose which sounds to recognize. The next screen will have a long list of switches that correspond to different types of sound your iPhone can recognize, such as sirens and water running, etc. Tap the switch next each sound that you'd like for your iPhone to recognize. You can choose any combination of sounds, including all of them. After you're done, press "Back" once, then exit Settings.




Amazon Under Investigation for Unsafe Products

US regulators reviewing some AmazonBasics electronics over safety concerns

Customers have reported that some AmazonBasics items are prone to catching fire, exploding, or melting.

A US regulator is investigating the safety of several Amazon-branded products, CNN reported Monday.

At least eight AmazonBasics products - including a battery charger, surge protectors, phone charging cords, a patio heater, and a voice-controlled microwave - are being reviewed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the outlet said, citing interviews and public records.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment. A representative for the CPSC declined to confirm the existence of the investigation or say how many products are under review, telling Insider the agency cannot comment on investigations.

A September 2020 CNN investigation found that more than 70 AmazonBasics products had hundreds of reviews stating that they had caught fire, melted, began smoking, or exploded. Many of those products were still available to purchase at the time of CNN's report, despite the numerous reports that could pose a safety hazard.

In one incident, fire marshals determined that a 2017 housefire was sparked by an AmazonBasics USB cord. One customer told CNN that his surge protector began spewing flames and started a fire in his home in 2018. Amazon paid out a $1,500 settlement to cover the damages, but continued selling the product for nearly two years, despite other customers reporting that it was a fire hazard.

In response to the September report, US lawmakers called on Amazon to recall any potentially dangerous products. businessinsider.com

Worker Safety Robots Hit Amazon Warehouses

Amazon details new warehouse robots, 'Ernie' and 'Bert'

Amazon shared details on four of its new warehouse robots it's testing to improve worker safety.

Amazon warehouse workers could soon be joined by a couple new co-workers: Ernie and Bert. Those are the names of the new robots Amazon is testing with the goal of reducing strenuous movements for workers.

While the introduction of robots to the workplace often raises questions about whether human jobs will be replaced, Amazon argues they simply allow workers to focus on tasks that most need their attention while minimizing their potential for injury. Amazon said it's added over a million jobs around the world since it began using robotics in its facilities in 2012.

In May, Amazon announced a goal of reducing recordable incident rates by 50% by 2025. It plans to invest over $300 million into safety projects this year.

Amazon described in a blog post Sunday four robots it's testing to move items across its fulfillment centers and closer to workers.

Ernie helps remove items from a robotic shelf so employees don't have to. The process doesn't save time, Amazon said in the post, but testing has so far indicated it could make work safer for employees.

Bert is one of Amazon's first Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), made to navigate facilities independently, even while workers are moving around. Unlike other robots, Bert would not need to remain in a restricted space, meaning workers could ask it to take items across a facility. Amazon said Bert could eventually move heavier items.

Scooter and Kermit are two other AMRs under development that transport carts. Amazon said these types of robots could take over workers' tasks of moving empty packages across facilities so they can focus on activities requiring critical thinking skills and reduce physically strenuous work. cnbc.com

Pandemic-Fueled E-Commerce Growth Created A Need For Warehouse Space







San Francisco, CA: Guy on a bicycle robbing Walgreens and security guard filming the Robbery
Cell phone video taken Monday shows some of the brazen crime that has been driving retailers out of San Francisco. The video shows that three people used their cellphones to record a man filling a garbage bag with items in a San Francisco Walgreens. But the recordings didn't discourage the theft, nor did the security guard's attempt at grabbing the bag. The man got away with everything on a Lyft bike that he rode down the aisle and out the front door. "Seventeen Walgreens over the last five years, almost every Gap retail outlet is gone, CVS is under assault," said San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai. Last month, Safai held a hearing on organized retail theft and says the DA and police department need a much more coordinated response. Safai says San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and SFPD have until mid-July to respond to his letter of inquiry on organized retail theft. abc7.com

Suffolk County, NY: Security Guard Injured During Altercation with 4 would-be Shoplifters at Walmart
Four women are facing charges on Long Island after allegedly attempting to steal groceries from Walmart and assaulting a security guard who attempted to intervene, police said. Four women were caught at the Walmart Grocery Express Self-Checkout on Green Acres Road shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 in Valley Stream allegedly improperly scanning their merchandise. Police said that a security guard approached the four women, who proceeded to pack up their merchandise and exit the store without making an attempt to pay for their merchandise.

As they attempted to leave without paying, police said that a security guard approached them, at which point the four women "became enraged refusing to comply." It is alleged that two of the women then punched the security guard in the face before fleeing the store. Police said the 51-year-old security guard was transported to a local hospital for treatment after suffering pain and swelling. Brooklyn residents Sada Stricklin, 25, Fantasia Hall, 23, Michelle Freeman, 28, and Shariel Stith, 27, were all charged with second-degree robbery. Stricklin and Hall were also charged with third-degree assault. Following their arrests, police said that all four women were scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Mineola on Monday, June 14. dailyvoice.com

North Las Vegas, NV: Man accused of stealing copper from 5 Lowe's stores
A North Las Vegas man was arrested after authorities accused him of repeatedly stealing copper products from Lowe's stores in the valley, then pawning the goods at area recycling centers. Jeremy Allen Jones, 25, was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on five counts of burglary of a business and a single count of participating in a retail theft ring. An arrest report for Jones states that he was arrested after a man repeatedly stole copper items from Lowe's stores from April 30 until June 7. Lowe's locations targeted were outlets on West Washington Avenue, West Charleston Boulevard, South Boulder Highway, East Craig Road and West Craig Road. Police said that on four occasions a man walked into the stores, filled his cart with copper-related products and walked out without paying for them.

On a fifth occasion the same man walked into Lowe's, grabbed a trash can for sale and filled it with copper items but only paid for the trash can before fleeing when questioned by a store employee. Police said they also were investigating two other similar thefts from Lowe's stores in North Las Vegas. Police said in Jones' arrest report that they could prove that Jones pawned all of the stolen copper goods, valued at more than $12,000, at recycling centers in Henderson, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas for pennies on the dollar. reviewjournal.com

UK: London: Shocking moment masked raiders smash into celeb optician Tom Davies' Sloane Square shop and steal hundreds of frames worth $700,000
Masked thieves have been caught on camera smashing into a Sloane Square optician owned by celebrity eyewear designer Tom Davies and stealing £500,000 worth of frames. The thieves even stole glasses designed for the new Disney movie Cruella from the high-end eyewear store in west London. CCTV footage shows the thieves using a concrete block to smash their way into the store before helping themselves to hundreds of frames. With the burglar alarm blaring away, the pair unceremoniously sweep hundreds of pairs of frames into a shopping bag and managed to seize six bespoke frames made especially for Cruella. Despite dropping several pairs of glasses on the floor, they were in and out within 50 seconds and scarpered before police were able to respond. Mr Davies, 46, intended to auction the frames for charity before discovering they were missing after the 2am raid last week. dailymail.co.uk

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Shootings & Deaths

DeKalb County, GA: Argument over mask at supermarket ends in fatal shooting
An argument over a mask at a Georgia supermarket Monday ended with a suspect opening fire inside the shop, killing a cashier and wounding a sheriff's deputy, authorities said. The suspect, Victor Lee Tucker, 30, will likely face murder charges, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox told reporters. The officer and cashier were not immediately identified. A second grocery store employee who was grazed by a bullet also was not identified.

The shooting occurred at the Big Bear Supermarket in DeKalb County, southeast of Atlanta, around 1 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Tucker was checking out when the argument occurred, the statement said. He left without making his purchase, then immediately returned with a handgun and allegedly shot the cashier, the agency said. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The deputy, a 30-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department and a reserve officer with sheriff's office who was working at the supermarket, then fired at Tucker, Maddox said. Tucker allegedly returned fire, striking the deputy twice, Maddox said. The officer was in stable condition at a local hospital. Two responding officers arrested Tucker while attempting to crawl out of the supermarket's front door, the agency said. He was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. nbcnews.com

Phoenix, AZ: Man pointing gun at Shoplifters before being shot by off-duty
Phoenix officer dies
A man who was pointing a gun at shoplifters moments before being shot by an off-duty Phoenix police officer nearly two weeks ago has died. He was identified as 39-year-old William Brookins, Phoenix police spokesperson Sgt. Andy Williams confirmed for The Arizona Republic on Monday. Phoenix police initially said Brookins was in stable condition and expected to survive after being shot by an off-duty Phoenix police officer on the evening of June 3 near 15th Avenue and Camelback Road.

The officer, who while in full uniform was directing traffic in the area, observed Brookins pointing a gun at two other people and intervened, Phoenix police previously said. He commanded Brookins to drop the gun multiple times, however, police said Brookins ignored those commands. The officer then shot Brookins, according to police. Brookins was taken to a hospital but died on June 8, Williams told The Republic on Monday. Phoenix police previously stated that once Brookins was released from the hospital he would face multiple criminal charges, however, did not provide specifics.

Phoenix police said the incident appeared to have stemmed from a shoplifting that occurred at a business in the area. They later said Brookins was pointing a gun at individuals believed to have shoplifted from the business. Police also noted that Brookins was not an employee of the business nor was the business a victim of a robbery. No one else was injured during the shooting. The officer who shot Brookins has only been identified by Phoenix police as having been with the department for about four years. azcentral.com

Gulfport, MS: Suspect surrenders after fatal shooting at O'Reilly's Auto
Gulfport man accused in the shooting death of a man after an argument outside an auto parts store in Orange Grove surrendered Monday night, police said. Demonte Levell Williams, of Gulfport, is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of Brent Mandel Jones Jr., 27, of Gulfport. Williams' bond has been set at $1 million, his attorney Michael Crosby said. Gulfport police began investigating after responding to a call shortly before 9 a.m. about a man, since identified as Jones, shot to death in the parking lot of O'Reilly's Auto Parts on Dedeaux Road. Jones died of multiple gunshot wounds in the driver's side seat of his white SUV. An autopsy is pending, Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer said. Gulfport Deputy Chief Craig Peterson told the Sun Herald the shooting happened after Williams and Jones got into an argument outside the store. The shooting happened around 9 a.m. Monday. The two men knew one another, police said. sunherald.com

Springfield, MA: Police investigating One Stop Plaza fatal shooting, 2nd in a year
Developing news Monday evening, one person is dead after a shooting in a convenience store in Springfield earlier Monday morning. Western Mass News is now digging deeper into the location of the murder. This was not the first shooting to happen at One Stop Plaza on Central Street. Police said one man was killed earlier Monday morning, and Western Mass News has learned just last year in the same plaza, another man was also killed. westernmassnews.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Knoxville, TN: Two arrested at O'Reilly's after employee wouldn't accept return
Knoxville Police arrested two people after officers responded to a situation at the O'Reilly Auto Parts on Clinton Highway. According to a police report Ryan Evans went to the store to return some items on Sunday. He reportedly became agitated with employees when he couldn't make those returns. That's when he allegedly went to his vehicle and came back. At some point. according to employees, Evans had his hand on a 9mm handgun. They told officers they feared for their lives. Evans was charged with aggravated assault, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and simple possession. Jarius Smith, another person who was at the store at the time, faces drug charges. Smith also had an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor theft. A third person was cited for simple possession. wate.com

Manhattan, NY: Manager of NYC Shake Shack falsely accused of spiking cops' milkshakes with bleach files defamation lawsuit
The manager of a downtown Manhattan Shake Shack falsely accused of serving three NYPD cops poison milkshakes has filed a federal defamation lawsuit against the city, several cops and two police unions. Marcus Gilliam, 28, the manager of the Fulton Center Shake Shack, alleges he was falsely arrested and grilled for hours while leaders of the police and detectives' unions claimed on social media that three cops were fed bleach-dosed milkshakes on June 15, 2020. The NYPD announced the next day the fast food joint had done nothing criminal, and a police source told the Daily News the milkshake machine simply hadn't been thoroughly cleaned. Before that, however, NYPD investigators and the two unions subjected Gilliam and his staff to a string of false accusations about what happened, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan Federal Court. nydailynews.com

Convicted felon's armed purse theft at mall costs him more than 8 years in jail
According to information presented in court, on Sep. 24, Beaumont police officers responded to a call regarding a theft and aggravated assault at Parkdale Mall in Beaumont. Derionte Chrishaun Thomas, aka, Shug, 25, pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced Monday to 100 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael J. Truncale. panews.com

Chicago , IL: Police warn South Side Business Owners of Rock Throwing Burglars
22nd District Chicago Police are alerting businesses in the South Side Washington Heights and Roseland communities of recent commercial burglaries. All the burglaries occurred during the overnight hours. patch.com

Wilkes-Barre Township, PA: Officer injured when attacked inside Walmart Supercenter

Philadelphia, PA: Police arrest serial burglar accused of breaking into 20 c-stores

Ocala, FL: 30 years in prison for man found guilty of robbing Dollar General in Marion Oaks




C-Store - Fredericksburg, VA - Burglary
C-Store - Pueblo, CO - Burglary
CVS - Santa Clarita, CA - Robbery
Check Cashing - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Dollar General - Hopkinsville, KY - Burglary
Electronics - Waldorf, MD - Robbery
Gas Station - Kennewick, WA - Robbery
Gas Station - Greenfield, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Restaurant - Zillah, WA - Burglary
Restaurant - Tampa, FL - Burglary
Walgreens - San Francisco, CA - Robbery
Walmart - Long Island, NY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Concord, NC - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 7 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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