Crimes & Criminals

Santa Monica College library workers' 'diversion' saved lives

When a gunman entered the campus library, the aides moved into a closet and blocked the doors, drawing his attention away from dozens of students cramming for finals.

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National Archives' treasures targeted by thieves

 Crooks are stealing pieces of American history -- like conman Barry Landau who committed the largest archival theft in the U.S. Bob Simon reports. See full piece here.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #241

As aggravated circumstances have continued longer than expected, the engineer also took on duty as acting producer this week since we continue to be short-handed.

The professionalization of library theft

The indication that an ordinary string of rare book thefts has evolved into a terrifying string of rare book thefts often comes down to this: the presence of a man whose sole job it is to get rid of library ownership marks. No other single trait indicates as certainly that a theft ring has moved from the amateur to the professional ranks. So while it seems encouraging that five people involved in the Girolamini Library thefts have been sentenced for their crimes, it had better only be the beginning of people being prosecuted. One of the men charged two months ago with playing a part in the scheme was a Bologna bookbinder whose job was to scrub books of their marks — and his presence, like that of a single cockroach, signals a much larger problem.

Library director owes us over $10,000 for personal expenses and leave, university tells state attorney

<p>The University of South Florida, a public university in Tampa with over 41,000 students, <a href="http://usf.wtsp.com/news/news/215642-librarian-steals-thousands-usf">has asked the state attorney to investigate a former library director</a>.</p><p>An audit <a href="http://www.wtsp.com/assetpool/documents/130328070158_USF%20Investigation.pdf">alleges</a> that Beverly Shattuck, formerly director of the medical library at USF, sold her Tampa-area house and moved to Virginia Beach, VA, using university funds to purchase a MacBook Air

Miami Public Library's Statue stolen...again

The bronze statue of a young boy dreamily gazing into the sky as he reads from a book in his lap was discovered missing on Thursday morning.

The statue has been stolen before and recovered.

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On the Media - Aaron Swartz

On January 11, 26-year-old hacker, programmer, and activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide. He had a history of depression and faced federal prosecution for downloading millions of articles from the online academic article repository JSTOR. Brooke talks to Gawker's Adrian Chen, who wrote about Swartz's legal troubles this week. Download MP3 of piece here.

Law Profs Look at the Aaron Swartz Case

Chris Meadows at TeleRead referred to the recent suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz as a gross miscarriage of justice. Law professor Orin Kerr digs into the basis of the charges that were filed against Swartz while law professor Ann Althouse questions the end result of the situation while noting that something does not add up.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #228

This week's program deals with Wikipedia hoaxing, an Internet icon, and a miscellany of brief items.

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