Imposter Facebook Profiles Can Fake Out Your Real Friends – Better Business Bureau

The Political Agitator response: I have experienced this. When the faker started to post certain words I immediately knew it was a scam. I then immediately reported and deleted conversation. It used to be Friend Request but the latest episodes were in my Inbox and it is hard to tell until they say certain words. This can be very, very trickery. 

I got a Friend request on Facebook the other day from someone I have known for more than ten years. The profile photo was a darling one of her holding her new granddaughter. It looked very familiar to me…because she and I are already Friends on Facebook. What’s going on here? We did a little digging here at BBB and found out there are two potential options: either she accidentally defriended me and was correcting her mistake, or it’s an imposter. Turns out is was the latter.

There are large numbers of reports regarding fraudulent Facebook accounts where third parties use someone else’s name, photos, or other information, for improper purposes. The imposter may have a growing network of Friends on the fake account, which was accessed using the victim’s own Friends list. To the unsuspecting individual who gets the Friend Request, this account looks like your friend and has the same Friends. But why? (Source: Read more)

Hoops tourney schedules frozen – Wilson Times

Due to an extremely early press deadline because of Monday night’s winter storm, Wednesday’s edition of The Wilson Times will not include any coverage of or results from events from Tuesday evening.

Monday night’s blast of ice and snow predictably forced postponement of all high school basketball tournaments, many of which are in danger of being canceled outright.

The 3-A Big East Conference and 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tourneys have been pushed back to Wednesday starts but with likely little change in the road conditions Tuesday, the probability of schools being in session in slim. (Source: Read more)

Magic Johnson gives $10 million to jobs for at risk youth in Chicago – Chicago Sun Times

The Political Agitator response: Now this is what up! Brother has ties to Edgecombe County aunts, sister and other family members live here in Edgecombe County.

A targeted jobs program with a proven track record for keeping at-risk youth safe from summer violence is in line for a dramatic expansion, thanks to a $10 million gift from a former NBA great.

Hall-of-Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, along with Mark and Kimbra Walter, are partners in Inner City Youth Empowerment LLC.

Their two-year, $10 million gift to the city will triple the size of the program known as “One Summer Chicago Plus” — and provide 5,000 summer jobs for young people at risk of being exposed to violence. The city will contribute $6 million during the same period.

One Summer Chicago Plus is a costly but effective summer jobs program whose 16- to 19-year-old participants are drawn from high schools in high-crime areas. (Source: Read more)

Evidence suggests suspects in old cases of lynching and racial violence are still alive – Daily Kos

US authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings.

FBI agents have questioned a man in Georgia about the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946, the man told the Guardian. The man was among several in their 80s and 90s named in connection with the incident on a list given to the US Department of Justice by civil rights activists. (Source: Read more)

Oklahoma House Panel Votes To Eliminate AP US History Course – TPM

An Oklahoma House committee on Monday approved a bill taking aim at the new AP U.S. History framework, which conservatives have decried as unpatriotic and negative, the Tulsa World reported.

State Rep. Dan Fisher (R) introduced a bill at the beginning of the month that keeps the state from funding AP U.S. History unless the College Board changes the curriculum. The bill also orders the state Department of Education to establish a U.S. History program that would replace the AP course.

Since the College Board released a new course framework for U.S. history in October 2012, conservative backlash against the course has grown significantly. The Republican National Committee condemned the course and its “consistently negative view of American history” in August. Numerous states and school districts have now taken action to denounce the exam. (Source: Read more)

From Slaves to British Loyalists; ‘The Book of Negroes’ Revealed – NBC News

As Black History Month celebrates the African-American cultural narrative this February, rarely is it considered that America’s neighbor to the north has a thriving community of Afro-Canadians, descendants of American slaves. Their story is meticulously recorded in “The Inspection Rolls of Negroes,” which is housed in the National Archives in Washington D.C.

When conservator Steven Loew first disassembled the giant pamphlet-like tome, revealing the neat shavings of a quill pen, he was astounded. The delicate ledger was penned by a clerk whose calligraphic writing filled two volumes with thousands of names, ages, physical description and status (either enslaved or free) for each passenger, along with remarks of these new, freed settlers.

“That’s when in your daily work you get that little piece of history that chokes you up. It’s like, ‘Wow, this is amazing’!” said Loew, the Senior Conservator at the National Archives. (Source: Read more)