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Pop!Tech ’08: Pardon the Interrupters

Gary Slutkin is an epidemiologist who applies the lessons of disease prevention to the plague of inner-city gun violence. His organization,...


Gary Slutkin is an epidemiologist who applies the lessons of disease prevention to the plague of inner-city gun violence. His organization, CeaseFire Chicago, trains former gang members, who know Chicago's gang culture inside and out, as "Violence Interrupters."If gun violence is a contagious disease, these "Interrupters" are the Purell, preventing transmission. They jump in during high-risk conflicts to defuse things and make sure no one gets shot. Brave work. And they're the only ones who can do it; an outsider would have zero credibility and no sense of the context of a conflict.More about the "Interrupters" here. Gary's work was written up in the NYT in May.
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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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