Northern California county to pay $10 million after shooting, paralyzing Silicon Valley software engineer

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO  — A Northern California county has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Placer County agreed to pay Samuel Kolb, 50, and his family $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit the family filed after a deputy shot him twice on Jan. 14, 2018, inside a North Lake Tahoe rental cabin where Kolb and his teenage son were vacationing, Kolb said.

“There’s a measure of relief in not having to go through this and not having to put my family through any more legal challenges. But I would trade all the money plus interest to have my old life back, to not have gone through this and put my family through this, to have

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Henrico County endorses billion-dollar ‘eco-district’ development with 17,000 seat arena

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) – Henrico County officials are endorsing a developer’s vision for GreenCity, a $2.3 billion private, mixed-use “eco-district” development that would promote economic development and environmental sustainability as well as include a 17,000-seat arena for major concerts, sporting events and other entertainment.

The development would integrate extensive parks, trails and open spaces among about 2 million square feet of office space, 280,000 square feet of retail space, 2,400 housing units, two hotels and a $250 million arena.

Officials with Henrico and GreenCity LLC announced plans for development Tuesday at the county-owned former headquarters of Best Products, which is northeast of East Parham Road’s interchange with Interstate 95 and where the 250-acre community would extend north to Interstate 295.

“GreenCity will be a community that preserves, embraces and showcases open space, and it will drive economic development and tourism in new and exciting ways while remaining respectful to

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Monterey County cop placed on leave after alleged lewd and disparaging social media posts against Black Lives Matter

PACIFIC GROVE — A Pacific Grove police officer has been placed on leave after he allegedly made a social media posting using offensive language about the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s the same officer who in May reportedly placed stickers on his private vehicle with anti-LGBTQ language as well as supporting a right-wing militia group.

At a Sunday press conference, PG Police Chief Cathy Madalone said she put an unidentified officer on administrative after it was discovered Saturday that lewd and disparaging remarks about the civil rights movement had been posted to his social media account.

“Yesterday it was brought to our attention that one of our officers posted ‘F-dot-dot-dot Black Lives Matter’ on social media,” Madalone said. “He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.”

She did not name the officer, citing a “personnel matter,” but did confirm that it is the same officer

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Audit found ‘significant risks’ in Baltimore County schools’ computer network

State auditors found “significant risks” within Baltimore County public schools’ computer network, according to a report released Tuesday, the day before a ransomware attack shut down the school system.



a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Jim Corns, Baltimore County Schools' Executive Director of Information Technology, speaks at a press conference to update the public on Wednesday's ransomware attack, as the school system's board chair Kathleen Causey looks on from the side. 11-25-2020


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Jim Corns, Baltimore County Schools’ Executive Director of Information Technology, speaks at a press conference to update the public on Wednesday’s ransomware attack, as the school system’s board chair Kathleen Causey looks on from the side. 11-25-2020

The network was not adequately secured, and sensitive personal information was not properly safeguarded, among other issues, the Office of Legislative Audits found.

County police are investigating the attack, which school IT personnel say they identified late Tuesday night. They’ve declined to release details of the probe. It’s unclear what role the weaknesses described in the audit may have played in the ransomware incident.

The cyber attack has halted school for 115,000 students, with no timeline

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Delaware County computer network disrupted; officials investigating criminal activity

Delaware County officials are investigating a “disruption” to the county’s computer system, and have convened a criminal investigation into the cyber attack, a county spokesperson said Tuesday.



a large stone statue in front of a building: The computer network used by Delaware County employees at the government center and courthouse in Media was "disrupted," officials said Tuesday.


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The computer network used by Delaware County employees at the government center and courthouse in Media was “disrupted,” officials said Tuesday.

Details about the disruption and the damage that it caused were scare, but members of county council stressed that the Board of Elections and Department of Emergency Services were not affected — both use separate networks.

“The investigation is ongoing and we are working with computer forensic specialists to understand the full nature and scope of the event and confirm accurate information before sharing the details,” county council said in a statement. “County employees have been notified and provided with information and instructions.”

A spokesperson for District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer did not immediately return a request for

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Housing development guidelines approved by county council

HURON COUNTY – Residential development proposals will soon have a comprehensive document to ensure that housing developers understand the community’s goals and expectations.

Andrea Sinclair, urban designer for MHBC Planning Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, presented the final Residential Intensification Guidelines (RIGS) to Huron County council on Nov. 4.

The motion was approved to accept the guidelines, and staff will distribute copies to local municipalities for information.

These guidelines will help when evaluating development proposals and provide the community with more housing choices.

The document mainly focuses on multi-unit development and will apply to all residential intensification projects in the county. The guidelines also address residential conversions and Additional Residential Units (ARUs).

The RIGS are intended to be used by the builder and development community to guide residential developments. The guidelines address a full range of design considerations, including site layout, building design, parking, and landscaping.

The guidelines, not meant

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San Diego County approves Otay Ranch development, activists threaten lawsuits

Despite objections from the state Attorney General and various environmental activists, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a large development in a fire-prone area northeast of Chula Vista.

The Board relied on the testimony of Cal Fire San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham, who said the Otay Ranch Village 13 development, “of all the projects that we’ve brought before the board, is probably the safest from a fire protection standpoint.”

The proposed development, dubbed Otay Ranch Resort Village, features 1,938 homes, a resort hotel, elementary school, fire station, more than 3 miles of trails, 40,000 square feet of commercial space, and 1,107 acres of nature preserves.

It would be located just northeast of Eastlake and south of Otay Village 14, another large development approved by the Board of Supervisors in June.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra and environmental activists from the Sierra Club said approving such a large development

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Solar-powered trailers help fill internet dead zones in Sherman County

Ryan LeBlanc installs an antenna on a solar-powered trailer in Moro, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Sherman County is using the trailers to help fill internet dead zones.

Ryan LeBlanc installs an antenna on a solar-powered trailer in Moro, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Sherman County is using the trailers to help fill internet dead zones.

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Sherman County is turning to tiny, shiny, sun-powered trailers to fill gaps in high-speed internet coverage in Oregon’s windswept wheat country.

The coronavirus brought a new sense of urgency to the long-standing issue of bringing rural communities online.

As distance learning, remote work and telemedicine took root this spring, some Sherman County residents were still relying on satellite internet or even dial-up, seeing download speeds of 1 or 2 MB per second (Mbps). That’s far below the federal minimum standard of 25 Mbps and hardly capable of supporting a Zoom meeting.

Though Sherman County has worked for years to upgrade its internet system, the pandemic laid bare an issue plaguing rural communities everywhere.

“There’s places that just

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Georgetown County nears giving a controversial development in Pawleys Island final approval | News

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown County Council is one vote away from approving development plans that would bring 10 new dwellings onto a 3.28 acre parcel in the Pawleys Island area. 

The controversial project has taken months to get to this point with dozens of citizens speaking out against it over traffic, flooding and density concerns along the lower Waccamaw Neck. 

As a whole, the project seeks to build 10 townhomes on the corner of Waverly Road and Kings River Road in the Pawleys Island area of unincorporated Georgetown County. Bruce Watts is acting as the representative of the developers to defend the proposal on behalf of Calvin Gilmore. 

In terms of what county council is voting on, the council is considering two individual items dealing with the same project. The first is a rezoning request to change the property from the One-half Acre Residential code to a Flexible Design District.

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