Friday, March 24, 2017

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What Can You Do?
If you or someone you know may have been poisoned, call the toll-free Poison Help line right away at 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center. If the person is not breathing, call 911. Do not wait for signs of a poisoning before calling the Poison Help line. Use this emergency checklist to guide you on what information to tell the poison expert on the phone:

  • Do not panic. Not all medicines, chemicals, or household products are poisonous. Not all contact with poison results in poisoning.
  • If the person inhaled poison, get to fresh air right away.
  • If the person has poison on the skin, take off any clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • If the person has poison in the eyes, rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Follow the advice you receive from your poison center. Your poison center can give you other first-aid advice and may save you from a visit to the emergency room.

Help Prevent Poisonings:

  • Learn how to poison proof your home and reduce the risk of poisonings.
  • Talk about poisons so others know what to do, too.
  • Follow these simple tips on how to prevent poisonings throughout the year and throughout a lifetime.
  • Prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Poison Center Help
Every day of the year, 24 hours a day, the nation’s 55 poison centers help with poisoning emergencies and provide information to help prevent poisonings. Specially trained poison experts at these centers – nurses, pharmacists, and doctors – can be reached by calling the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local center. Poison centers provide:

  • Help with a poisoning emergency, which can often be solved over the phone rather than calling 911 or visiting the emergency room
  • Advice to health care professionals and the general public
  • Poison prevention and treatment educational materials, including information on National Poison Prevention Week
  • Real-time data collection that aids in detecting public health emergencies
  • Free and confidential help, with interpretation services available in 161 languages. Service is available throughout the entire United States and many territories.
  • The nation’s poison centers are locally operated and funded through a combination of state and private sources, as well as congressionally mandated federal funds.

To find a Poison Centers nationwide, click here.


March 23, 2017 (Illinois)
Massive Tunnel Project Will Help Flood-Weary North Side Residents
CHICAGO -- Relief is on the way for some Chicago residents who have had their homes damaged by major flooding over the last decade. The city is currently building a huge tunnel 150 feet below the Albany Park neighborhood to divert storm water. The problem area is along the North Branch of the Chicago River near Foster Ave where major flooding has damaged homes, specifically with major flooding in 2008 and 2013. Construction is underway. To build the tunnel 150-feet under Foster that will divert storm water away from the Chicago River to the North Shore Channel. Crews already blasted a hole 35 feet in diameter to send construction parts down one by one. It will take about three weeks to build the boring machine underground and then it will start production running for two 10 hour shifts a day. It will bore out a 5800 foot tunnel underground for five months. The city says when the project is done, they’ll be able to lift sandbags and barricades because residents won’t have to worry about flooding anymore. The whole project is expected to be done in May 2018.  

March 2017 (Illinois)
Important Customer Advisory Regarding Email Phishing Scam
The Illinois Tollway is advising I-PASS customers to disregard erroneous invoice emails being sent from “Collections Manager.” I-PASS customers should delete any email with the subject line “Notice to Appear – Past Due I-Pass Tolls” and includes I-PASS logo. The Tollway has been informed that this is a phishing scam using the I-PASS logo and claiming that recipients owe money for unpaid tolls. No I-PASS accounts have been compromised as a result of this scam. Customers with further questions can call 1-800-UC-IPASS (1-800-824-7277). If you receive a phishing email, please file a complaint at That is a site dedicated to sharing information on Internet crimes across law enforcement agencies.    

March 24, 2017 (National)
Senate Votes To Kill Privacy Rules Guarding Your Online Info
NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses. Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required internet providers to ask your permission before sharing your personal information. That's a much stronger privacy-protection weapon than letting them use your data until you tell them to stop. As anyone who has ever tried to stop getting targeted ads on the internet knows, opting out is hard. Without those protections, consumer advocates fear that broadband providers will be able to do what they like with people's data. "Advertisers and marketers are lining up to get access to all the information that's now available about us," said Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, which advocates for tougher internet privacy measures.

March 24, 2017 (National) 
WikiLeaks Reveal CIA Capabilities to Break into Apple Products
New revelations from WikiLeaks has shown capabilities to break into Apple products. Among the new cache are revelations on the CIA spying programs and capabilities to infect Apple Mac Computer firmware. The new documents, named "Dark Matter", explain the techniques used by the CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware. The concept of Sonic Screwdriver, which follows the Doctor Who naming theme of "Weeping Angel" from the first release on 7 March, allows an attacker to execute code on peripheral devices while a Mac device is booting, even when a firmware password is enabled. The DerStake1.4 manual dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0. 

March 23, 2017 (International)
Study: Coffee Shops, ATMs May Be Ideal Locations For AEDs
Community coffee shops and automated teller machines, or ATMs, might be ideal locations for public access to automated external defibrillators, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Placement of AEDs in communities is an ongoing effort to provide access to these lifesaving devices to bystanders, so they can help people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. To determine where best to place AEDs in the community, researchers studied different businesses and municipal locations in Toronto, Canada. They ranked the businesses and other locations according to how many cardiac arrests occurred within 100 meters of the locations and when they were open. “We found that coffee shops and ATMs ranked highly across several related metrics, and that those rankings were stable over the years,” said Timothy C.Y. Chan, Ph.D., study author and Canada Research Chair in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health, University of Toronto in Canada.

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