Trigger-happy David Medina, San Diegans on Death Row, computer hacker confab

Kids at play in Sabre Springs, a block away from the van Dam home - Image by Joe Klein

Kids at play in Sabre Springs, a block away from the van Dam home

Trigger Happy or Just Plain Happy? Who is David Medina?

Dressed neatly in a white oxford cloth shirt with a blue pullover sweater, David Medina, a.k.a. “Happy,” pursed his lips and appeared to listen closely as Judge John Thompson handed down Medina’s sentence — nine consecutive life terms plus 156 years. It was August 1, 2001. Medina was 24 years old.

By Justin Wolff, Jan. 17, 2002 | Read full article

7-Eleven on H Street. When Cruz walked out of the store, Medina and Bury told him to shut up before he got “capped.”

What Made Them Kill

Our local contribution to death row.

When Judge William Mudd sentenced David Westerfield to death on January 3 of this year, Westerfield joined a special subset of San Diegans. Of the 616 inmates on California’s death row, 31, including Westerfield, were convicted and sentenced in America’s Finest City. A Linda Vista man murdered the pretty young mother of two tiny boys, cut off her head and hands, and dumped her body near Pine Valley in 1979. A Chula Vista couple, the only husband and wife currently on death row, tortured their four-year-old niece in 1995, then burned her to death in a bathtub full of scalding water.

By Leslie Ryland, Feb. 20, 2003 | Read full article

Frank Sexton: “Chief Justice Rose Bird said that I hadn’t proven intent to kill. He only cut her head off. I suppose she could have throbbed around for a while.”

Photo by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.

“Hackers are not going to tolerate somebody else’s chip in their computer.”

H is for Hacker

Chilling smiles at the Bristol Hotel.

Like many hackers, David Nakamura Hulton goes by more than one name. His other

Verizon, T-Mobile launch home Internet services powered by 4G LTE networks in rural San Diego County

New 5G networks were supposed to be the battleground where wireless carriers began competing with cable and fiber providers in the home Internet market.

But with ultra-fast 5G not widely available yet, both Verizon and T-Mobile have recently rolled out home Internet services powered by their 4G LTE cellular networks.

These 4G broadband offerings aren’t promising blazing-fast speeds. But they are relatively inexpensive and target more rural areas where sluggish DSL Internet service is common.

Last week, Verizon rolled out LTE Home Internet in rural communities in 48 states. It promises download speeds of 25 megabits per second on average, with upload links at 3 to 5 megabits. It’s unlimited, meaning there are no data usage caps.

Verizon’s LTE Home costs $40 per month for people who are current Verizon Wireless customers, and $60 per month for people who aren’t. Subscribers also need to buy a $240 router, which can be purchased in monthly installments over two years.

“We built this product off of our existing 4G LTE network, and we are offering it in places where we have capacity in our network to support this kind of experience while maintaining the mobile experience that we have,” said Brian Danfield, vice president of Verizon 5G commercialization.

Verizon Wireless is offering home Internet service through its 4G LTE network.

FILE – This June 4, 2014, file photo shows signage at a Verizon Wireless retail store at Downtown Crossing in Boston. Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless provider, reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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LTE Home is available in areas where Verizon doesn’t offer its fiber-optic FiOS Internet service or its millimeter-wave 5G Home product. The company provided a list of zip codes where the service is available, including San Diego County backcountry communities such as Julian, Dulzura, Pala, Valley Center and Warner Springs.


Renders for Google’s San Jose Campus Actually Look Kinda Neat

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Google isn’t exactly a name you associate with urban planning, but newly released renders for its San Jose campus are… pleasantly surprising. Unlike the typical closed-off tech campuses, the Downtown West project looks like an open plan neighborhood that’s actually part of the city itself.

In a roughly 40-minute video presentation, Google explained that it wasn’t interested in building a cookie-cutter campus that centered around a single building. Instead, it says it wants the roughly 80-acre campus to include residential spaces, amenities for the public, lots of open green space, and utilize existing historic buildings in the area. This is counter to some major campuses—like the Apple campus which is a feat of architecture hidden from public view by tall walls, or the campuses of HP or Microsoft, which are relatively remote despite being close to major population areas.

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In its announcement blog, Google highlighted some early-stage illustrations for a few of the key concept areas. For example, “The Gateway” (which is the top photo for this blog) is meant to be a 0.75-acre open space that integrates the San Jose Water Company Building and surrounding residential neighborhoods. The idea is for it to be a “flexible plaza for temporary pop-up programming and events,” and include amenities like an amphitheater that’s also open for public use.

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There’s also “The Meander,” a 1.56-acre urban promenade that will house a lawn for events, screenings, and performances, as well as outdoor seating. Google says it envisions this area to be an arts and culture center that is “an inviting place to spend time with friends and family”, and that the area will be closed to cars.

The last specific area Google outlined is “The Creekside Walk,” which is meant

San Antonio’s Metro Health says state overcounted school coronavirus cases; state pulls data from website

Within a day of releasing numbers of coronavirus cases for school district across Texas, a first since the pandemic began, the state health department pulled the data from its website after discovering “issues.”

Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger said Friday that the city of San Antonio is relying on its own verified data to understand the virus’s grip on area schools.

The Metropolitan Health District on Thursday reported 52 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Bexar County schools — roughly 35 percent fewer cases than the Texas Department of State Health Services listed before pulling the numbers.

“We just make sure that we know for a fact that this student did get a positive lab test result and that they are in the school so that what we are reporting is what we are most worried about,” Bridger said.

The case numbers reported on the state website were supposed to be reported directly to the Texas Education Agency by school districts. The state health department did not return a request for comment about the discrepancies Friday evening.

In a statement on its website, it said that “issues were identified” with the school district data and that a new file would be posted once the problems were fixed. The statement did not say what the problems were.

On Texas reports 6,300 COVID-19 cases in public schools since July

Bridger said the discrepancy is similar to differences between the state and local death counts: As of Friday, the state was reporting 1,271 deaths in Bexar County, while Metro Health had a total of just 1,073.

San Antonio officials have said the state overestimates the death count because death certificates can sometimes include an address for where the person died, not the county in which they lived, and sometimes lists