Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Lenox man and wife plead to illegal firearms deal

<Printable Couponsp>A retired U.S. Army major and former civilian employee of the Tank Automotive Command in Warren pled guilty Wednesday to receiving illegal compensation while working for the military and unlawfully shipping firearms to South Africa, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dennis Haag, 58, of Lenox Township, entered the plea during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Sean Cox.

Haag admitted that between late 2011 and early 2012 he and his wife, Judi Haag, received about $40,000 to represent a South African firm called V.R. Laser that had an interest in obtaining military contracts, according to a news release. Federal prosecutors said there was no evidence V.R. Laser obtained any contract as a result of the payment.

At the time, Haag was employed at TACOM as a product manager for the Army's light tactical vehicles.

Haag also was a federally licensed firearms dealer and admitted that on multiple occasions between 2008 and 2012 he had unlawfully exported sports rifles and rifle parts to a South African acquaintance who worked with V.R. Laser.

Judi Haag, 52, pled guilty to assisting her husband receiving the unlawful pay, the release stated.

"It is disturbing when a military employee receives money from an outside source in a foreign country and illegally ships firearms overseas without a license," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement.

William Hayes, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said U.S. export controls have been put in place to prohibit the unrestricted trade of weapons as part of a broad effort to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Dennis Haag faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.2 million when he is sentenced. He also will lose his federal firearms license and could be debarred from participating in future contract work involving the federal government.

Judi Haag faces a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. She also is a candidate for debarment. Continued...

Both husband and wife remain free on a $10,000 personal bond. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

A retired U.S. Army major and former civilian employee of the Tank Automotive Command in Warren pled guilty Wednesday to receiving illegal compensation while working for the military and unlawfully shipping firearms to South Africa, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dennis Haag, 58, of Lenox Township, entered the plea during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Sean Cox.

Haag admitted that between late 2011 and early 2012 he and his wife, Judi Haag, received about $40,000 to represent a South African firm called V.R. Laser that had an interest in obtaining military contracts, according to a news release. Federal prosecutors said there was no evidence V.R. Laser obtained any contract as a result of the payment.

At the time, Haag was employed at TACOM as a product manager for the Army's light tactical vehicles.

Haag also was a federally licensed firearms dealer and admitted that on multiple occasions between 2008 and 2012 he had unlawfully exported sports rifles and rifle parts to a South African acquaintance who worked with V.R. Laser.

Judi Haag, 52, pled guilty to assisting her husband receiving the unlawful pay, the release stated.

"It is disturbing when a military employee receives money from an outside source in a foreign country and illegally ships firearms overseas without a license," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement.

William Hayes, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said U.S. export controls have been put in place to prohibit the unrestricted trade of weapons as part of a broad effort to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Dennis Haag faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.2 million when he is sentenced. He also will lose his federal firearms license and could be debarred from participating in future contract work involving the federal government.

Judi Haag faces a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. She also is a candidate for debarment.

Both husband and wife remain free on a $10,000 personal bond. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Razer&#039;s Student Discount Shaves 20 Percent Off 2013 Blade Gaming Laptops

A sweet deal for students

Razer gave thin and light gaming a major kick in the pants when it introduced its Blade laptop last year. It earned a 9 verdict (and our respect) in our review of the $2,000 model, which offered up impressive gaming performance in a package measuring just 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches by 0.66 inches (that's 0.05 inches thinner than a dime when you stand it up) and weighing 4.1 pounds. This year's refresh upgrades the 14-inch QHD+ territory (3200x1800), so what do you do with 'old' models? Apparently you try offloading them on students for a 20 percent Promotional Code.

For a limited time, K-12 and higher education students can receive a discount code good for 20 percent off the purchase of one Razer Blade 2013 laptop. The code doesn't apply to the Pro model, nor does it work with the 2014 model Razer Blades.

Last year's Razer Blade laptops start at $1,800 and include a 14-inch display with a 1600x900 resolution, Intel Core i7 4702HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics, 128GB hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, built-in stereo speakers, backlit anti-ghosting keyboard, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, Killer Wireless-N 1202 (802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0), 70Wh battery, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.

There's also a $2,000 model with a 256GB SSD and a $2,300 SKU with a 512GB SSD. The 20 percent discount should work with any of the three configurations.

If you're interested, you can register for your discount code on Razer's website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New developments in case of injured League of Legends player

Cheon "Promise" Min-ki, a Korean League of Legends player who attempted suicide by leaping out of a 12th story window, was moved to a general ward yesterday after a remarkable recovery. This is according to a report from the Twitter user @insideKLoL, who was one of the very first people to report the incident:

According to his friend ReSEt, Promise moved to a general ward as his condition had improved considerably.

- insideKLoL (@insideKLoL) March 17, 2014

Min-ki was admitted to the hospital on March 12 with multiple fractures and internal bleeding after he landed in a recycling bin. He remained in critical condition until recently. A charity event was started by Inven, a Korean e-sports association. The League of Legends community raised over $20,000 for Min-ki's medical bills in its first day (check out our coverage of that here).

Min-ki left a suicide note that outlined an elaborate scam orchestrated by his team's manager, Noh Dae Chul. Chul allegedly bet against his team and forced Min-ki and his teammates to intentionally lose professional League of Legends matches. Min-ki also alleges that Chul stole prize money, sold off the team's computers and evicted them ( here is our detailed report of the initial incident).

This prompted an investigation by KeSPA, Korea's state-run e-sports association. KeSPA released its findings yesterday. The original report can be found here and a full translation can be found on reddit league of legends.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/20m5c0/kespa_has_released_the_ahq_incidents/">Reddit.

The report backs up most of Min-ki's allegations. KeSPA interviewed Casper, Hoon, Trace, and Actscene (Min-ki's teammates' League of Legends code names), and they vouched for Min-ki.

The report translation notes that Chul told his players "OGN (OnGameNet, Korea's e-sports television network) has a tradition of receiving money from big company teams that join the league as an "Advertisement fee. However, because our company is from Taiwan, the company couldn't understand and refused to pay. When I told OGN that AHQ (the team's Taiwanese sponsor) does not want to pay, OGN said if you cannot pay the fee, you must lose the game against the big company teams."

Various details of the thrown games are shared in the statement.

The only two parts of Min-ki's account that KeSPA deemed inaccurate were as follows:

  • Min-ki stated that his team had given up first blood (the first kill for either side in a League of Legends match) in each thrown game. Review of the OnGameNet footage showed that this wasn't true.
  • Min-ki indicated that Actscene was also participating in the throwing of games, but KeSPA found that, while Actscene had agreed to the fix before the matches, he didn't actually go through with it in the games.

A spokesman for KeSPA said that the organization has filed a lawsuit against Chul, and the findings of this report will be used as evidence in the case against him. No criminal charges have been filed at this point, but the lawsuit could have a serious impact on whether or not criminal charges are filed at a later date. Chul has not been found yet.

The spokesman also mentioned that KeSPA will be monitoring its teams more closely to make sure that something like this doesn't happen again.

To donate to the fundraiser for Min-ki, go here.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The TouchArcade Show - 147 - A Quick GDC Wrap Up

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As we mentioned last week, things were going to be a little weird with this week's episode of the podcast. Jared and I actually recorded this in our hotel room. The audio quality isn't great, but we figured you guys needed something in your podcast feeds. We chat about our favorite games of the week, what we're looking forward to, why Seabeard is so awesome, and my personal highlight: Meeting Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, even if they don't make it into the podcast. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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We'll be back with a full episode next week, so be sure to stick around for that.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Edwin Edwards poll, Palestine and Poverty Point, and more: Capitol Digest

Capitol Digest provides an inside look at what happened in state politics this week. These quick reports offer insight into campaigns, committee meetings and other goings-on and give an overview of the coming week's events.
POLL: EDWARDS MAKES RUNOFF, LOSES ELECTION

Results of the first poll conducted after Gov. Edwin Edwards officially jumped into the 6th District race this week have been released, and they have politicos talking.

The poll shows Edwards leading all other candidates in a hypothetical blanket primary election with 43 percent of the vote. State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, comes in at a distant second with just more than 20 percent of the vote.

But when it comes to a one-on-one battle against either Claitor or Garret Graves, Gov. Bobby Jindal's former coastal adviser who jumped into the race last month, Edwards falls short of an overall win.

The results aren't surprising, as Edwards' 60 years in Louisiana politics lends him name recognition that could easily propel him into a runoff. But, this might not be enough to help the Democrat win a head-to-head contest in the 6th, which is strongly Republican by all accounts.

Lauren McGaughy and Julia O'Donoghue

Staff writers

Commenting on the poll Friday, Edwards told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, "I am very pleased and thank those who voted for me -- I'll be working hard to get the other 7 percent so I can serve the folks of the 6th district."

The 6th Congressional District seat will become vacant this year when U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, challenges Louisiana's senior U.S. Senator and last statewide elected Democratic official, Mary Landrieu.

The poll was conducted by southern political operative Darrell Glascock and funded by three unnamed lobbyists, according to LaPolitics.com. The survey polled 718 registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. African-American voters, who skew Democratic in the district, were underrepresented in the sample compared to the actual district's demographics by more than 4 percent.

American involvement in the Middle East conflict could affect the Poverty Point Historic Site's chances of landing on the prestigious World Heritage List. Poverty Point, located about an hour northeast of Monroe, was a hub for trading and commercial activity in prehistoric times.

Last year, the United States lost voting privileges in Unesco, the organization that ultimately makes the World Heritage designation, after choosing to nominate Palestine for membership. The recommendation angered Israel and led to the U.S. decision to quit paying dues to the organization.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who oversees tourism for the state, said he hopes Poverty Point's status as a World Heritage site won't be threatened by the United States' dispute with Unesco. "There are no questions on the merits of the Poverty Point application," said Dardenne.


RICK PERRY JOINS RLC LINE-UP

If included, Poverty Point would join such famous sites as the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon on the World Heritage List. It's nomination is ahead of the Alamo for consideration.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed on to speak at this year's annual Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. The conference, a veritable who's who of conservative politicians, has become a stomping ground for potential White House candidates in recent years.


PAR SUGGESTS ETHICS REFORMS
  • Recusal law: PAR recommends appointed board and commission members be required to first verbally, and then in writing, disclose potential conflicts of interest that lead to that member recusing themselves from a vote or discussion. Current law allows members to recuse themselves, but without explanation.
  • Gift Giving: PAR urges lawmakers to vote against proposed legislation that would allow elected officials and public employees to receive single gifts of up to $25, and $75 per year, from one source. Currently, these individuals cannot receive gifts of any monetary value, except certain Deal Today items.
  • Ethics exemptions: PAR thinks it would be dangerous to exempt one kind of profession from the ethics code, a perennial issue facing lawmakers. Businesses that contract often with state government complain of onerous ethics rules, but PAR instead recommends a more stringent definition of "government function" could be adopted to address business's concerns without compromising current rules.
  • Other issues: PAR also recommends lawmakers take another look at state contracting laws. The brief specifically mentions Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Jay Guillot, who entered into a contract with the labor department before he was elected to BESE. The contract was allowed to continue.
    Campaign finance law should be another focus of lawmakers, PAR says, especially when it comes to political action committee (PAC) contributions. Currently, a politician who runs for office can use PAC contributions from previous campaigns. This isn't allowed in some other states, and PAR recommends PAC contributions not used during the election cycle should be refunded or given to charity.

BATON ROUGE SHERIFF TO HEAD COMMISSION

Jindal signed on to speak at the conference last month. Joining him will be former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesotta Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Col. Alan West.

The annual event is perhaps best known for its presidential straw poll. Ron Paul won the RLC's 2011 poll, garnering more than 200 votes over second place finisher former Utah Gov. John Huntsman. This year's RLC will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on May 29-31.

The Public Affairs Research Council, an independent, nonprofit policy organization, has recommended lawmakers consider a series of changes to Louisiana's ethics rules. These recommendations can be found below.


INSURANCE HEAD: SHOP AROUND WITH SMALLER COMPANIES

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux was elected chair of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice this week, according to a release sent Friday. The 55-member commission is charged with improving Louisiana's system of criminal justice, providing for public safety and striving for "progressive leadership and coordination."

Gautreaux, who ran for the position unopposed, became embroiled in controversy last summer after it was revealed his office used an unconstitutional anti-sodomy laws still on the books in Louisiana to set up sting operations in local parks that led to the arrest of several gay men. Gautreaux said the ops were not meant to ensnare members of the gay community, but ended up apologizing for the incidents.


EARLY VOTING BEGINS SATURDAY

Gautreux will replace Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, who served as chair for the past six years. The commission is made up of lawmakers, judges, law enforcement agency members, district attorneys and laypeople. One of Jindal's 26 appointees to the board is Tony Perkins, head of the Washington, DC-based conservative Christian group the Family Research Council.

A full list of members can be found by clicking here.

Louisiana residents may have more luck finding affordable homeowners insurance if they look at smaller regional companies rather than national corporations, said the state's Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.

LEGISLATORS ASK: WHAT'S A FOX PEN HUNT?

Homeowners insurance is going up 4.5 percent to 5 percent every year in Louisiana. But if the two largest insurers -- State Farm and All State -- were removed from the market, it would only going up around 2.5 percent, Donelon.

The commissioner said he switched to a regional insurer to protect his own home and added Louisiana has many options for homeowners insurance, in spite of hurricanes that caused widespread property damage.

"Our market is more competitive today than the day before Katrina hit," said Donelon.

Legislative committee meetings for the week of March 24 can be found here.

Early voting for the April 5, 2014 elections begins Saturday, March 22 and continues through Saturday, March 29, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State. Polls will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except for Sunday, March 23, when polls will be closed.

Early voting polling places can be found by clicking here.

Residents of 34 parishes will be voting. A number of propositions are on the April 5 ballot for residents of East Baton Rouge Parish, while in Central, voters will be choosing a mayor, chief of police and council members.

  • Tuesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. -- Franklin Parish Courthouse (Police Jury meeting room, 6558 Main St., Winnsboro)
  • Tuesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. -- Caldwell Parish Courthouse (Police Jury meeting room, 201 Main St., Suite 5, Columbia)
  • Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. -- Haynesville City Hall (Council room, 1711 Main St., Haynesville)
  • Thursday, March 27, at 2:00 p.m. -- Minden City Hall Courtroom (520 Broadway St., Minden)

Elections are taking place in the following 34 parishes: Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, Richland, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll and Winn.

The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs gave approval to a bill this week that would add fox pen hunting to the larger pantheon of Louisiana folklife heritage. Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, brought the legislation.

There was no opposition to the bill, though several Committee members didn't know exactly what fox pen hunting was. Jacques Berry, communications director for Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, had to come to the table to explain what a fox pen hunt is.

"They fence in hundreds and hundreds of acres so the foxes can't get out," Berry told the committee. Dogs are also use to track the animals, though the foxes are released once the hunt is over.

Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. -- U.S. Rep. and candidate for U.S. Senate Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, will host a "Geaux Bill Women's Luncheon" featuring his wife Dr. Laura Cassidy and former Mitt Romney Deputy Campaign Manager Katie Packer Gage (Bourbeau Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge)

Monday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. -- LSU AgCenter Economist John Westra will address the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Louisiana's agricultural economy. Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. (Iberville Room, Belle of Baton Rouge, 102 France St., Baton Rouge)

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will host the following town hall meetings across his district this week:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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