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Cheat Sheet: April 23, 2013

CISPA legislation passes house, halts in Senate

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA, a bill aimed at fending off foreign cyber hackers, earned a positive vote in the House of Representatives last Thursday. However, the bill is now in limbo due to the other issues piling up in the Senate, like immigration and gun control. CISPA is widely supported by industry groups who claim that businesses are having difficulty fending off sophisticated hackers in China and Europe. The bill would allow businesses and the government to share data without violating anti-trust laws. However, many civil liberties groups oppose the bill, saying it would make American citizens’ private online records available to the government. (Source)

Man with sagging pants robs VB bank

An investigation is underway into the robbery of a Virginia Beach Wells Fargo yesterday afternoon. Allegedly, a man with a handgun entered the bank and demanded money from the tellers. The suspect, a black male in his early 20s standing about 5’8”, made off with an undisclosed amount of money. The robbery was called in around 5 p.m. yesterday at the Wells Fargo on Providence Road. The robber was last seen in a dark jacket and dark pants with gray shorts underneath. Anyone with information pertaining to the crime is encouraged to call the Crime Line. (Source)

Town center gas leak causes evacuations, road closures

A gas leak in Town Center caused the evacuation of several buildings this afternoon, including those that house Saffron restaurant, Verizon and BB&T. All roads in and out of Town Center have been blocked off since 4 p.m. According to Chief Tim Riley of the Virginia Beach Fire Department, the leak was reported at the intersection of Town Center Drive and Columbus Street at 3 p.m. Virginia Natural Gas has been working to secure the leak, but until then the streets will remain blocked off. There have not been injuries, but the strong winds are reportedly blowing the smell of gas toward I-264. (Source)

France legalizes gay marriage

After a long season of protests and debate, France legalized gay marriage today. In a measure that passed the National Assembly, 331-225, France became the 14th country to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said that legal same-sex weddings would be allowed starting in June. In recent weeks leading up to the vote, attacks against gays and threats against legislators have spiked. National Assembly President Claude Bartolone received a gunpowder filled letter yesterday warning him to put off today’s vote. (Source)

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