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 January 15 - NYPD looks to GPS bottles to combat pill bandits
 Article: Miscellaneous

The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips. Police pharmacies to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves.

The New York Police Department believes the so-called "bait bottles" could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is expected to unveil the plan Tuesday at a La Quinta, Calif., conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton's foundation.

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 January 17 - Ecumenism: A Network of Friendship
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins this Friday and ends a week later, on the Jan. 25 feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Every year on this occasion, ecumenical activities are carried out in Rome, as well as in dioceses, parishes, movements, schools and seminaries, or wherever Christians are open to dialogue and coming together for prayer. ZENIT talked with its prefect, Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, who is also in charge of the dialogue with Judaism.

ZENIT: And what response has the Catholic Church's push for a New Evangelization received from the other groups?

Cardinal Koch: The New Evangelization must have an ecumenical dimension, because it's obvious that in Jesus' priestly prayer He prayed that all would be one, so that the world would believe. The credibility of the proclamation of the Gospel depends on the unity of the Church. I have many ecumenical counterparts who are happy with this initiative, however, there are still some who aren't. It's very important to encourage all ecumenical counterparts to reflect further on the challenge of the New Evangelization.

ZENIT: And who are the most enthusiastic?

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 January 11 - Minority Report has arrived: Maryland and Pennsylvania using computers to predict future crimes
 Article: Miscellaneous

When police in Minority Report predicted who would commit crimes and stopped them before they did it, it was considered so futuristic, the film was set in 2054. Now, however, law enforcers in two American states are using crime-prediction software to predict which freed prisoners are most likely to commit murder, and supervising them accordingly.

Instead of relying on parole officers to decide how much supervision inmates will need on the outside by looking at their records, the new system uses a computer algorithm to decide for them. The Minority Report-style software is already being used in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict future murderers, and will be extended to Washington D.C. soon.

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 January 17 - Archaeological discovery supports Biblical account of Shiloh's destruction
 Article: Biblical Archeology

The discovery of a broken clay pitcher in a bed of ashes near Shiloh, the ancient capital of Israel, suggests the city was burned to the ground, according to an article in yesterday's Huffington Post.

Two Old Testament books Jeremiah and I Samuel describe a devastating defeat of the Israelites by the Philistines near Shiloh.

Huffington Post cited the Tazpit News Agency reports as its basis for the story which states the Book Samuel writes of the battle between the Israelites and the Phillistines, but has never explained exactly how the city was destroyed.

The dating of the pitcher, 1050 B.C.E. combined with the ashes found around it suggests the city was destroyed by fire following the fierce battle.

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 January 18 - No relief in sight for drought-stricken Plains
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Dry weather should continue through at least the end of January in the drought-stricken U.S. Plains and a blast of Arctic cold air in the Midwest early next week poses a threat to unprotected livestock and possibly some wheat, an agricultural meteorologist said on Friday.

"The hard red winter wheat belt in the Plains looks quiet, dry and cooler next week, but there shouldn't be a cold air threat in the Plains," said John Dee, meteorologist for Global Weather Monitoring. Dee said temperatures would fall to zero degrees or below early next week in the northern Midwest, roughly north of Interstate 80. Coldest readings will be in the northern states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

"There's not a lot of snow cover so there is the potential for some damage. Zero readings could reach as far west as Nebraska," he said.

"Drought relief will be limited," said Joel Widenor, CWG meteorologist.

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 January 17 - London warns of 'perfect Mideast storm,' calls for intense peace push
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

The British foreign secretary warned of the dire consequences of letting the current turmoil in the Middle East continue unabated Thursday, calling on the US to lead a renewed drive for peace of the type not seen in decades.

"2013 will be a crucial year in the Middle East," William Hague said at the Menzies Research Centre in Sydney, where he delivered the John Howard lecture. "We could see a perfect storm of crises converging if the conflict in Syria continues, the Middle East peace process remains stalled, and if Iran will not enter into meaningful negotiations over its nuclear program."

Hague said US President Barack Obama should take charge and launch an intense drive for peace matching that of the last major Israeli Palestinian breakthrough in 1993.

"Before long, a two-state solution could be made impossible by facts on the ground," Hague said. "We recognize the immense obstacles to the peace process, not least of all the role of Hamas in Gaza. But still, we believe that it must be a priority for President Obama's re-elected administration to launch a new effort to start the peace process, greater in intensity than anything seen since the Oslo Accords."

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 January 19 - Newsweek: Obama is 'The Second Coming'
 Article: Miscellaneous

How did the rest of the media miss this? According to the new issue of Newsweek online, President Obama, who this weekend begins his second term--the third president in a row to do so--is "The Second Coming."

With flattering photographs, the magazine edited by Obama fan Tina Brown holds out hope that in his second Inaugural Address, Obama can inspire and show that he can also lead.

The conservative media watch dog, Media Research Center, first noticed the God-like cover.

"Conservatives have long joked that the national press corps see Barack Obama as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Today, Newsweek - at least what's left of it, an online product for tablets and e-readers - made it official," said Center Vice President Brent Baker.

"Next to a side shot of Obama's head, the 'Inauguration 2013' cover story pronounces: 'The Second Coming.'"

Baker notes that the author, long-time Newsweek veteran Evan Thomas, gave Obama God-like qualities during his first year in office, saying on MSNBC, "In a way, Obama's standing above the country, above -- above the world. He's sort of God. He's going to bring all different sides together."

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 January 17 - Biometric Access Control for Seniors: A Sign of the Times?
 Article: Miscellaneous

To some extent, security integrators make their livelihood built on fear. Homeowners and business owners must have at least a smidgen of fear that their property or lives are vulnerable to bad guys. But how bad is society when a senior housing complex is compelled to install a sophisticated, expensive access control system based on a biometric facial recognition system? In the past, these types of high-level security systems were reserved for sensitive government, pharmaceutical or other commercial establishments, not a retirement home.

But that's the solution installed at the Pasadena Interfaith Manor Apartments in Pasadena, Texas. Community manager Mike Garcia put his trust in the SafeRise biometric solution from FST21, a privately held Israeli manufacturer with offices in Burlington, Mass. The system was installed ion247 based in Birmingham, Ala.

The system, called the In Motion Identification system, employs state-of-the-art technologies that quickly identify anyone at the door and allow approved users access through a fusion of biometric recognition, face, behavioral, voice and license plate recognition. There are no keys, cards or access codes needed. SafeRise can make an informed decision whether to allow entrance, verify guests or transfer them to a monitoring station representative for assistance.

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