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Child, 4, among 1,300 British students found carrying weapons in school: report

The knife crime “epidemic” plaguing England and Wales has infiltrated the classroom, where more than 1,300 students – including a 4-year-old child – have been caught carrying weapons at school.

New figures, obtained by the Press Association during a Freedom of Information request, showed that 1,383 students across England and Wales were found carrying some form of a weapon between April 2018 and August 2019.

The weapons included knuckledusters, a hammer, a machete, a bayonet, a Taser, a gun and even in one case, a teenager armed with a sword, Sky News reported.

In one case, a Cambridgeshire student was caught with a fidget spinner fitted with a spike.

FLASHBACK: UK KNIFE CRIME RISES BY 8 PERCENT TO RECORD HIGH AS LONDON MAYOR BLAMS ‘AUSTERITY’ FOR SHARP INCREASE

School leaders said that the figures – which are probably higher – were “grim but unsurprising.”

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The figures showed that some 1,072 instances of children caught carrying weapons into schools were declared by 29 police forces in the two countries over the last fiscal year, up from 831 in the previous 12 months. Pictured is the HQ of London’s Metropolitan Police

“[They] reflect a growing problem over the prevalence of weapons in wider society,” said Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. “Schools are doing their best to tackle these problems, but they cannot possibly solve this issue on their own. They need more back-up in the form of well-resourced community support services and more investment in policing.”

The figures showed some 1,072 instances of children caught carrying weapons into schools were declared by 29 police forces across England and Wales over the last fiscal year, up from 831 in the previous 12 months.

Between April and August 2019, there were another 311 incidents, with 49 of those involving children below the age of 10, which is the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales.

“Serious violence is a growing problem amongst young people and we continue to work closely with partners to address this,” Chief Constable Olivia Pinkey of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, told Sky News.

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According to the figures, on average, five weapons were seized every day of the English school year.

These staggering figures come amid a growing epidemic of knife and weapons violence in England and Wales.

In July, police said knife crime had reached a record high in 2018-19, with such offenses increasing by at least 8 percent.

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The data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were 43,516 police-recorded offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument, the highest figure since such records began in 2011.

This data doesn’t take into account the crimes recorded by Scottish authorities and the Greater Manchester Police, which patrols parts of the 9th largest city in Britain.

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Piranha teeth stun researchers after amazing discovery

Piranhas are notorious for their razor-sharp teeth, but a new study of the dangerous fish has surprised researchers, revealing just how remarkable their teeth actually are.

The research notes that the fearsome fish, which are omnivores, are able to regenerate rows of teeth simultaneously. The teeth are also interlocked, which makes them act as a single unit, researchers discovered.

“The teeth form a solid battery that is locked together, and they are all lost at once on one side of the face,” said one of the study’s co-authors, Adam Summers, in a statement. “The new teeth wear the old ones as ‘hats’ until they are ready to erupt. So, piranhas are never toothless even though they are constantly replacing dull teeth with brand new sharp ones.”

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1 / 1A CT-scanned image of the piranha Serrasalmus medinai. Note the ingested fish fins in its stomach. (University of Washington)

FLESH-EATING PIRANHA-LIKE FISH’S 150-MILLION-YEAR-OLD REMAINS DISCOVERED IN GERMANY

“I think in a sense we found a solution to a problem that’s obvious, but no one had articulated before,” Summers added, referring to the issue of how piranahas regenerate teeth.

Piranhas regenerate their teeth multiple times throughout their lives.

The researchers used a CT to scan different piranhas to make the observation that it becomes hard to replace a single tooth, a discovery that the study’s lead author, Matthew Kolmann, likened to “a missing link in an assembly line.”

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A CT-scanned image of the piranha Serrasalmus medinai. Note the ingested fish fins in its stomach. Credit: University of Washington

“With interlocking teeth, the fish go from having one sharp tooth that can crack a nut or cut through flesh to a whole battery of teeth,” said another co-author, Karly Cohen, in the statement. “Among piranhas and pacus there’s a lot of diversity in how the teeth lock together, and it seems to relate to how the teeth are being used.”

The study has been published in the scientific journal Evolution & Development.

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No breakout moment in debate for Castro, but long-shot vows to ‘keep fighting’

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – If anyone needed a big night at the fourth round Democratic presidential nomination debate – it was Julian Castro.

Barely registering the polls and with less than $700,000 of campaign cash on hand, the former San Antonio, Texas mayor who later served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama is facing the possibility that his appearance at the debate at Otterbein University in suburban Columbus, Ohio may well be the last time he makes the stage.

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Castro grabbed only 8.2 minutes of speaking time at the debate – the third least amount among the record-setting 12 candidates on the stage – and didn’t score a breakout moment.

But in an interview with Fox News in the spin room following the debate, Castro vowed that he’ll fight on even if fails to make November’s cut and optimistically said he’ll qualify for the next debate.

“I’m going to keep fighting on. I believe that with hard work, we can make the next debate in Atlanta. We have about three and a half weeks to do that. So I’m going to keep working hard to get there,” he said.

Castro’s comments stand in contrast to his dire warning to supporters in a fundraising email late last week.

“I don’t say this lightly: If I don’t make the next debate stage, it will be the end of my campaign,” Castro emphasized.

FOX NEWS’ BRETT BAIER ON DEBATE WINNERS AND LOSERS

To date, eight candidates say they’ve qualified: They are – in alphabetical order – are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, businessman and progressive and environmental advocate Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

After the debate, it was hard to find a political pundit who praised Castro’s performance.

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Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro speaks with reporters in the spin room following the fourth round Democratic primary debate in Westerville, Ohio on Oct. 15, 2019

But asked by Fox News if his debate performance helped him in his goal to make the next debate stage, the candidate said, “I think so. It’s always a scramble for time with 12 people up there but I made the best use of the time that I did get. I was very sharp on issues that people care about and I think that will make a difference.”

And he touted on Twitter that “donations are coming in from all around the country.”

Castro also took aim at the media hosts for the debate  – CNN and the New York Times – telling reporters in the spin room and highlighting on Twitter that there were “three hours and no questions tonight about climate, housing, or immigration. Climate change is an existential threat. America has a housing crisis. Children are still in cages at our border.”

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Cuba Gooding Jr. compared to Joe Biden by his lawyer in alleged groping case

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s attorney tried to defend the actor from groping allegations Tuesday — by comparing the charges to complaints leveled at Joe Biden for getting too handsy with a female politician.

“This indictment constitutes a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent common-place gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive as exemplified by the incredible condemnation of former Vice President Joseph Biden, who innocently touched a woman’s shoulder,” said defense lawyer Mark Jay Heller in Manhattan Supreme Court.

CUBA GOODING JR. PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO NEW SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES, COULD FACE UP TO 12 ACCUSERS

Heller gave the eyebrow-raising defense after the Oscar-winning actor was arraigned on four misdemeanor counts of sex abuse and forcible touching. He’s accused of squeezing a woman’s breast June 9 at a Midtown hotel bar and pinching another woman’s butt Oct. 24, 2018, at lower Manhattan nightclub TAO.

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Police are investigating Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately at a New York City nightclub in June 2019. (Getty)

Biden landed in hot water in March after former Nevada politician Lucy Flores penned an op-ed for New York magazine, saying the former vice president and current presidential candidate made her feel “gross” when he grabbed her by the shoulders from behind and kissed her hair during a Las Vegas campaign event.

CUBA GOODING JR. FACING NEW CHARGE AS TRIAL IS DELAYED AGAIN

Three other women came forward and said that Biden had touched them inappropriately — including by giving one an Eskimo kiss and placing his hand on another’s thigh. Biden, however, was never accused of groping a woman’s breast or buttocks.

Heller called the Manhattan DA’s case against Gooding “incredibly weak.” Assistant DA Jenna Long said at the hearing that prosecutors would try to introduce evidence at trial from 12 other accusers to prove a pattern of abuse — although he is not charged for those alleged crimes.

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A judge will ultimately decide whether the 12 additional accusers’ claims will be admitted at trial.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Houston Astros fan accused of slapping man rooting for New York Yankees

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There’s no crying in baseball and there’s definitely no fighting in the stands while watching a playoff game.

A Houston Astros fan was arrested for allegedly slapping a New York Yankees fan as the two watched their respective teams in the second game of the American League Championship Series on Sunday.

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James Dinkins, 73, was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after police said he slapped the Yankees fan in the back of the head at Minute Maid Park. The unidentified Yankees fan was just cheering for his team at one point during the game, police said.

Dinkins, a former justice of the peace in Montgomery County, was released from jail on a $100 bond.

COLE, ASTROS STIFLE YANKEES TO TAKE 2-1 ALCS LEAD

Harris County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor Nathan Beedle said the allegations against Dinkins were “troubling.” He said Houston prides itself on “hospitality, sportsmanship, and welcoming anyone from anywhere.”

The Astros won the game Sunday to tie the series.

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The team then took a 2-1 series lead over the Yankees with a win on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LeBron James should ‘stay the course’ when it comes to ‘human liberty,’ Muhammad Ali’s ex-wife says

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Muhammad Ali’s ex-wife slammed LeBron James in wake of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s comment that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was misinformed when he tweeted in support of pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters.

Khalilah Ali, who was married to the late boxing great from 1967 to 1976 and during the time he refused to fight in the Vietnam War, told TMZ Sports on Tuesday that she will support people “who are standing up for their rights.”

LEBRON JAMES RESPONDS TO NBA-CHINA FALLOUT, SAYS EVERY ISSUE SHOULDN’T ‘BE EVERYBODY’S PROBLEM’

While Hong Kong protesters burned James’ jersey in the streets in response to the All-Star’s comments on Morey, Ali said that would have never happened to Muhammad Ali, adding that the boxer-turned-civil-rights activist was a “man of the world.”

“They would not take Muhammad Ali’s shorts and burn them anywhere, it would never happen,” she said.

Ali added: “I love LeBron James. I think he’s the greatest. But, when it comes to people and society and companies, we have to put that aside. Respect it, but you have to stay the course when it comes to human respect and human fight, human liberty.”

HONG KONG PROTESTERS SLAM LEBRON JAMES’ CRITICISM OF DARYL MOREY TWEET: ‘PEOPLE ARE ANGRY’

James first broke his silence on the issue Monday.

“I’m not here to judge how the league handled the situation,” he said. “I just think that, when you’re misinformed or you’re not educated about something – and I’m just talking about the tweet itself – you never know the ramifications that can happen. We all see what that did, not only did for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well. Sometimes you have to think through the things that you say that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people. I think that’s just a prime example of that.”

He received massive criticism and followed up with a tweet: “My team and this league just went through a difficult week.  I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others.  And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”

James doubled down on Tuesday when talking to reporters and said he wasn’t going to speak on the matter again.

“I’d be cheating my teammates by continuing to harp on something that won’t benefit us trying to win a championship because that’s what we’re here for,” James said. “We’re not politicians. I think it’s a huge political thing but we are leaders and we can step up at times. But … you don’t feel like you should speak upon things you shouldn’t have to.”

He added that he should be focused more on social justice issues in the U.S. than geopolitical issues thousands of miles away.

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“There’s things that happen in my own community, trying to help my kids graduate high school and go off to college, what’s been my main concern over the last couple years and my school,” he said. “Trying to make sure the inner city kids that grew up in my hometown can have a brighter future and look at me as inspiration to get out of the hellhole of the inner city. And we don’t talk about those stories enough.”

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Army shapes long-term war vision with new infantry vehicle

While the particular state of the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition may seem somewhat tangled and uncertain, there does appear to be an unambiguous, aggressive Army intention to field a new infantry fighting vehicle that breaks new ground — when it comes to lethality, protection, deployability, speed, firepower and AI-enabled sensing. Of equal significance, the Army seeks a vehicle “soon,” which can be upgraded effectively.

Some are raising the question as to whether the clarity or focus of this vision could be impaired by the apparent disqualification of the Raytheon-Rheinmetall Lynx vehicle. If, according to reports, the Army disqualified the Lynx for missing the delivery deadline, then only General Dynamics Land Systems remains as the sole bidder. Some are raising the question about having just one vendor initially bidding and submitting early prototypes for the program will compromise its success. This criticism, however valid, merits further exploration given the significance of the program for Army modernization.

Initially, there are several pressing or self-evident elements to this. First, competition for the program will not disappear. The Army plans a full and open production competition for 2023, so no vendors will be discouraged or limited when it comes to evolving, testing and maturing a vehicle. Secondly, the Army asked industry to invest, innovate and engage in dialogue — something which may have been done to varying degrees. It introduces a pertinent question: should Army or industry progress be stalled or complicated in some way when there might not be full clarity regarding vendor participation may change?

Furthermore, timing on the program, per Army strategy, is very significant; remember, this program was initially envisioned as an effort to deliver vehicles as far away as the early 2030s. However, the speed and danger of emerging threats inspired the Army to move up the timeframe for operational status by as much as a decade. Executing this accelerated vision of course hinges upon leveraging promising new innovations and commercial off-the-shelf available technologies — in the near term.

The strategy, as refined by the Army, seeks to both introduce unprecedented combat capability while also bringing many “available now” and “ready to be produced” technologies. With this in mind, many vendors such as General Dynamics and Raytheon-Rheinmetall have “dug deep” to leverage innovations. For instance, General Dynamics innovators, engineers and weapons developers have been spending recent years building prototype Griffin vehicles and other combat subsystems to engage in dialogue with the Army about what they would most like to see. Much of this GD strategy was aimed a soliciting and incorporating the Army’s vision for the new platform. The service has conducted a clear and open competition, and, for their offering, GD developers sought to emphasize the key priorities outlined by the Army, to include 3rd-gen FLIR, Lethality, Optics, Growth Potential, Protection and Transportability.

There are many merits to an approach of this kind, not the least of which are the efforts to demo, test and refine promising near-term technologies. Secondly, a nearer term, produceable vehicle such as the offering General Dynamics and R&R have evolved makes a lot of sense for several reasons. Essentially, many of the most impactful and yet-to-exist combat vehicle technologies are already here in some respects…. and, of even greater relevance, many of the anticipated future breakthroughs such as new AI-empowered algorithms, advanced sensors, autonomy, EW and cyber weapons developments and other weapons adaptations – “can” be added quickly as part of an evolving modernization trajectory for vehicle that is built “now.”

Many of the more immediate technological breakthroughs are expected to come in the form of algorithms, software, networking and sensing – not to mention EW and cyber. This means the best and soonest upgrades may not be hardware intensive, something which enables an existing platform to be brought to paradigm-changing levels of combat capability quickly without huge amounts of “bending” new metal. This bears upon GDs recent experience of prototyping, testing and demonstrating state-of-the-art and emerging combat vehicle weapons technologies. Any vehicle built now, in short, could become almost entirely new in some respects with new weapons and hardened networking creating a combat-web of nodes connecting with drones, helicopters, tanks, dismounted soldiers and even ships and aircraft in multi-domain operations.

Fast-progressing AI-enabled autonomy will likely enable the vehicle to simultaneously control a small fleet of attack-sensor drones increasingly capable of performing key functions independently. This is a combat multiplier as it will ease the “cognitive” burden upon crews while also bringing new weapons and hardware. Information itself is expected to become a larger “weapon of war,” further reinforcing the merits of a GD strategy aimed at moving quickly and refining the most cutting edge technologies on demo vehicles over the course of several years.

GD has much experience with this, as one need only to look at its 1980s era Abrams tank. Today’s Abrams, by even the most cursory examination, is not your tank of the 80s. Upgrades and adaptations have made it an entirely new vehicle. For instance, over the years the Army and GD have added – 3rd-Gen FLIR, Active Protection, Auxiliary Power Units, Multi-Purpose 120mm rounds, digital ammunition loading, ammunition data links, additional underbelly armor protections, massive amounts of electronics, thermal imaging, targeting sensors, computing and C4ISR systems – to cite a few.

Interestingly, while the Abrams naturally has ultimate size, weight, power and mobility limits, much of the current thinking is that — with continued modernization — it may not go anywhere soon. Although unable to deploy easily or travel over some bridges, the protection, power and combat effectiveness of the Abrams is, according to many … “here to stay” for a while.

Finally, many kinds of promising lightweight composites are already being engineered into new vehicles and showing great progress; AI-enabled drone autonomy is not only already here but easily upgradeable on current systems; new sensors can integrate quickly into existing chassis’; and advanced “networking” technologies between air, ground and maritime assets are fast emerging and able to integrate. While some elements or infrastructure of a vehicle chassis built now or over the next few years may not easily be removed, it will still be possible to integrate effective lightweight composites in future years. They could be added as extra protection or blended with new weapons systems. In effect, there is also hardware which can continue to upgrade.

The Army will benefit from staying on course with its current path, regardless of which vendors continue – as it is an auspicious and much needed one.

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Kim Komando with 5 ways thieves are coming after your credit cards

Despite credit card issuers pushing new security measures every year, credit card theft is still a rampant crime. In fact, Federal Trade Commission reports show a significant spike in credit card fraud from the first quarter to the second quarter this year, with about 110,000 reports.

Fraud, scams and data leaks are all on the rise. Not surprisingly, 2019 is on track to be the worst year yet for your privacy, online and otherwise. What do you need to watch out for? Click or tap here for 6 of the biggest scams fooling even the savviest internet users right now.

How can you stay safe in a digital world with hackers lurking around every corner? It starts with strong passwords to protect your accounts, and creating effective ones is about more than tossing in a capital letter and a number. Click or tap here for 5 rules you need to follow every time you create a new password.

Keeping your finances safe also requires diligence. Here’s what you need to know about five threats facing you and your card accounts. Let’s start with those sneak credit card skimmers, because they can be hard to spot.

1. Sneaky skimmers

Credit card skimmers sit directly on top of ordinary credit card slots and are designed to not interfere with their normal function. You can use what seems like a normal card reader and never know your data is being swiped by a scammer.

The most common locations for credit card skimmers are gas pumps and ATMs. After hours, they’re often left unmonitored, which makes it easy for criminals to install and attach a skimmer.

So how can you spot them? “Off-colored” plastic, irregular lights or awkwardly shaped readers can be a red flag, but many skimmers are so small and covert they’re tricky to spot. There are a number of different styles, all with their own tells, and I can help you identify them. Click or tap to see what money-stealing card skimmers look like.

How can you avoid these devious devices? Paying a cashier at the gas station is a great way to stay clear of skimmers at a high-risk location. When choosing an ATM, try to stick to machines attached to your bank instead of generic units and fine those locked behind doors at night.

2. Malicious merchants

Paying a cashier directly doesn’t rule out the dangers of merchant or point-of-sale fraud. Credit card skimmers or skimming software can easily be hooked up to a register, and reports of sketchy stores doing this are not uncommon.

One of the strongest options to fight retail fraud might be in your wallet right now: the EVP chip on your credit or debit card. Not every card uses a chip, but those that do are much harder to extract data from. Most skimmers scan the magnetic strip to extract your data, so your chip card can’t be copied in the same way.

You could also just opt to use cash over a card, but make sure to carry only a little more than you need. Having lots of loose bills on your person makes you more vulnerable to robberies and theft.

Don’t get taken advantage of. Your private information is for your eyes only. Click or tap for 4 essential steps to safer online shopping and banking to protect yourself from would-be scammers.

3. Horrible hacks at popular places

Establishments like fast food restaurants are becoming higher priority targets for hackers due to the sheer volume of money that passes through their doors each day.

Carrying cash is the safest method to avoid fraud, but another strategy is to use your credit card when you’re eating out or shopping instead of your debit card. Credit card limits can put a cap on how much a thief can steal at once. If a thief has access to your bank account, it’s possible for them to take you all the way to zero.

RELATED: Scammers aren’t the only ones with clever hacks. I’ve compiled 10 pro tips to help you speed up your Wi-Fi, spice up your Netflix queue, extend the life of your laptop and more. Tap or click for 10 essential digital life hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.

Strong consumer protection laws for fraudulent credit card charges mean you’d be on the hook for $50, at most. The laws against debit card theft, though, aren’t as powerful. You can challenge transactions made with your stolen card, but be prepared to wait to get your money back. And you don’t alert you bank in time, you may take the entire loss on the nose.

Thieves will do whatever it takes to get your information but you don’t have to be a victim. Don’t sit by passively and let them steal your info. Fight back and shop smart.

4. Fear the free Wi-Fi

Everyone needs to use the internet when traveling, and hotel or coffee shop Wi-Fi is usually the default choice. When the Wi-Fi is free, that’s even better, right? Well, not so much.

As we’ve discussed before, free Wi-Fi has a host of its own security issues. It’s easy for network owners to monitor your activity, and even easier for outsiders and hackers to target the computer you use on the network. This goes double if you use free public Wi-Fi to shop or make purchases. Our advice? Wait to shop or bank until you’re on a secure network.

If you can’t wait, you mask your network activity with a VPN to hide your identity, protect your devices through encryption and keep hackers out. Click or tap for an in-depth guide on how VPNs work and how to set one up on a Windows PC or Mac.

5. Evil emails infiltrating your inbox

We can’t cover scams or hacks without talking about phishing — the most annoying and prolific cybercrime on the web. It’s so popular because it’s easy to do and requires the victim to “let the hacker in” on their own merits. It’s a classic bait-and-switch for credit card and identity info.

Most commonly, phishing schemes are found in your email inbox or on a social media platform like Facebook Messenger. Sometimes, the messages look like official government forms or corporate communications. One thing they all have in common? They link to another website to trick you into entering personal information.

Regardless of what the message or website claims, never enter any personal info online unless you’re certain the website is legitimate. You can usually tell by glancing at the address bar. If the url is long, complicated and doesn’t contain a familiar “.com” you know and love, it might be a fake.

And remember, be wary when opening an email or message from anyone you don’t know, and never follow suspicious external links or download unknown files. A sharp eye and natural skepticism is the best way to stay safe — both on and offline. Your wallet will thank you.

BONUS: 8 ways you’re ruining your Windows computer

We all use computers in one capacity or another, but that doesn’t mean we’re all adept at taking care of them. There are things we do time and time again that make it difficult to keep our machines in tip-top shape — like not running virus protection software or leaving tons of tabs open online so your performance is eventually dragged down.

There are a number of things you may be doing right now to ensure you’re fast-tracking your way to certain doom, in terms of your computer, anyway. We’ve assembled some useful tips to keep you from continually committing these eight Windows faux pas.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

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San Francisco resident blocks alleyway known for homelessness with plywood wall

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A San Francisco resident recently blocked an alleyway known to be used for drug deals and defecation by the homeless with a plywood wall in the latest effort to combat the growing homelessness crisis in the city, according to reports.

“This walkway has been a burden on city resources for some time now,” the neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told KGO-TV in a statement. “The walkway requires multiple trips a week for power washing and city records confirm that over 100 calls were received for emergency services.”

SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS STATS SOAR: CITY BLAMES BIG BUSINESS, RESIDENTS BLAME OFFICIALS

City records show the neighbor had permission from the San Francisco Public Works to build the wall, The San Francisco Examiner reported.

“They come in here, they pee there, they poo there. Every day,” Tom Pan, who owns a nail salon, told The Examiner. “The police cannot do anything, it’s dirty and disgusting. In the summertime on a hot day, I can’t even open my window because of the smell.”

After a few days, the blockade to what’s known as the “Ingleside Path” was removed after several complaints.

Neighbors plan to meet Wednesday to discuss putting up a gate, KGO reported.

Residents in the Clinton Park area of the city have also installed sidewalk boulders meant to keep the homeless from erecting tents.

In May, city officials braced themselves when a preliminary homeless count was released. They expected the numbers to rise and they were right. Initial data showed that it had jumped 17 percent from 2017. The double-digit growth was bad enough but then it got a whole lot worse.

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When the final report was released a couple of months later, it showed the street count increase would have been 30 percent if the city had stuck to the same definition of homelessness as they had in the past. This year, San Francisco opted to use the federal definition instead of the one they wrote themselves.

Fox News’  Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report. 

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San Francisco resident blocks alleyway known for homelessness with plywood wall

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A San Francisco resident recently blocked an alleyway known to be used for drug deals and defecation by the homeless with a plywood wall in the latest effort to combat the growing homelessness crisis in the city, according to reports.

“This walkway has been a burden on city resources for some time now,” the neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told KGO-TV in a statement. “The walkway requires multiple trips a week for power washing and city records confirm that over 100 calls were received for emergency services.”

SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS STATS SOAR: CITY BLAMES BIG BUSINESS, RESIDENTS BLAME OFFICIALS

City records show the neighbor had permission from the San Francisco Public Works to build the wall, The San Francisco Examiner reported.

“They come in here, they pee there, they poo there. Every day,” Tom Pan, who owns a nail salon, told The Examiner. “The police cannot do anything, it’s dirty and disgusting. In the summertime on a hot day, I can’t even open my window because of the smell.”

After a few days, the blockade to what’s known as the “Ingleside Path” was removed after several complaints.

Neighbors plan to meet Wednesday to discuss putting up a gate, KGO reported.

Residents in the Clinton Park area of the city have also installed sidewalk boulders meant to keep the homeless from erecting tents.

In May, city officials braced themselves when a preliminary homeless count was released. They expected the numbers to rise and they were right. Initial data showed that it had jumped 17 percent from 2017. The double-digit growth was bad enough but then it got a whole lot worse.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

When the final report was released a couple of months later, it showed the street count increase would have been 30 percent if the city had stuck to the same definition of homelessness as they had in the past. This year, San Francisco opted to use the federal definition instead of the one they wrote themselves.

Fox News’  Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report. 

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