Alford Homes offers new residence in University Park

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The Dallas Builders Association’s Home of the Week is Alford Homes’ newest modern residence with Southern influences at 3700 Bryn Mawr Drive in University Park.

Currently under construction on a 70-by-160-foot lot, this luxury custom home has approximately 6,279 square feet of living space, two stories, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. It will be held open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Steel front doors, wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern finishes and a self-contained wine room. The first-floor primary bedroom suite includes dual closets with built-ins.

A steel front door opens to a two-story entry with a wrought-iron staircase. Amenities include wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern finishes and a self-contained wine room. The spacious family room has a reclaimed wood timber ceiling and a sliding door that opens to the backyard.

The first floor also offers a study with an office nook, a “white and bright” kitchen with an island and commercial-grade appliances and a utility room with access to the primary bedroom closet.

The second floor provides four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a utility room, a loft, a large exercise room, a game room and an attic with storage space. The backyard features a large covered outdoor living area with built-in heaters and motorized retractable screens. There is also a two-car garage.

This residence is priced at $3,925,000 and should be available this fall, said a company spokesperson.

Alford Homes also builds luxury custom designs in Highland Park, Preston Hollow and Old Preston Hollow. A time-honored custom builder with over 39 years of experience, Alford Homes is a Dallas Builders Association ARC award winner and has been named a D Magazine “Best Builder” for 15 years in a row and Living Magazine’s “Best Builder” for the Park Cities. Builder Greg Alford is a member of


Air Zoo museum in Portage offers virtual science education labs for children

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PORTAGE, MI — The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum is deploying virtual learning programs through its museum in Portage and across the country in an effort to expose kids and their parents to science education, the museum announced in a news release.

The Air Zoo’s virtual programs are for children age 3 and up, and designed up to immerse kids in hands-on science education courses. Financial aid and scholarships are offered to help both individuals and groups that meet requirements and cover the cost of most of their educational programs, Air Zoo said in the release.

“As we build on the outstanding success of our new, immersive and engaging virtual summer camp programs, that reached children and families across the country, and even into Mexico, the dedicated team here at the Air Zoo is so proud to announce that it has just launched a new and exciting arsenal of science programs, we refer to them as our Virtual Learning Labs,” Air Zoo President and CEO Troy Thrash said in the release.

The Virtual Learning Labs include [email protected] and Virtual [email protected] programs for classrooms as well as newly developed programs for Girl Scouts, Scouts BSA, Cub Scouts, libraries and other organizations.

“As the year progresses, the Air Zoo commits to exploring even more ways to encourage, engage, and ignite our future technical workforce, support our dedicated educators and inspire our community leaders,” the Air Zoo said in the release.

Air Zoo’s [email protected] programs are geared toward families that are not only homeschooling their children, but also those with children in virtual or hybrid classrooms, learning from home. The 75-minute programs are segmented by age and offered once per month, now through May 2021, the release said.

The cost for registration is $6 per child, plus shipping for those with


Our endorsements: The Sun offers its choices for regents, state Board of Education, Clark County Commission and Clark County School Board races

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Las Vegas Sun

The Clark County Government Center is seen Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

Editor’s note: Candidates receiving the Sun’s endorsements are listed in bold type.


The Sun will preface our endorsements here by saying the most important vote regarding the Board of Regents will be on Ballot Question 1 — the measure that would pave the way for reform of the higher-education system by removing the regents from the state constitution.

We’ll write far more about this issue, but the upshot is that it’s time for the regents and the system’s administrative overlords to be brought under control. As is, the way the regents were written into the Nevada Constitution has created confusion over the years about the extent of the board’s authority, with the regents at times claiming it makes the higher-ed system a separate, fourth branch of government that is not accountable to the executive and legislative branches.

Question 1 would allow lawmakers to restructure the board and the system, and make it accountable.

Certainly, the state’s higher-ed overseers act as if they don’t answer to anyone but themselves. Their history is deeply stained with corruption, abuses of authority, dysfunction and a refusal to operate transparently. The board also has become a political backwater that routinely draws unqualified candidates.

Cumulatively, these problems are keeping Nevada’s universities and colleges from meeting their potential.

Again, we’ll have much more about this later, but we strongly urge voters to approve Question 1. It’s a far more critical issue than the board member elections this year, considering that it could result in major changes that could reduce the size of the board or limit the members’ powers.

That said, here are our recommendations on the board positions.

District 2



‘Unacceptable’ Offers Juicy Details On The Largest College Admissions Scandal : NPR

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A new book tells the story behind Operation Varsity Blues, the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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A new book tells the story behind Operation Varsity Blues, the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The college admissions process has long been sold as a system of merit: Do well in school, write a killer essay, score well on the SAT, and you’ll get in. Yet the recent nationwide scandal, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, laid bare just how much money, instead of aptitude, often drives admissions at elite colleges.

In March of 2019, federal prosecutors charged 50 people with participating in a scheme to cheat the college admissions system at select colleges nationwide. The investigation into widespread cheating and corruption included Hollywood celebrities, Division I college coaches and wealthy parents who conspired to cheat the process. At its center was a college counselor named Rick Singer, who made millions by bribing coaches at major universities to admit his clients’ children as athletes for sports they often didn’t play, and by rigging SAT and ACT test scores.

In the new book Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit, & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal journalists Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz , who covered Operation Varsity Blues for the Wall Street Journal, give life to the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The interview was edited for brevity.

What did you find most interesting about Operation Varsity Blues?

Melissa Korn: I found the complexity of the scheme to be the most interesting part. This wasn’t just one corrupt guy helping a crooked parent. Each prong of the operation, both testing and bribery/fake athletes, involved multiple players


This ‘Hacker University’ Offers Dark Web Cybercrime Degrees For $125

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A newly published report into the new economy of the dark web from cybersecurity-as-a-service specialist Armor’s Threat Resistance Unit (TRU), contains much of what you might expect. The relatively cheap trade-in loan applications, business ‘fullz’ comprising a complete business attack dossier, and even SMS text bombing rental services. One discovery, however, stood out from the others as far as this somewhat jaded cyber-writer is concerned: a hacker university selling cybercrime courses to dark web degree students.

The people behind HackTown, the hacker university in question, describe it as somewhere designed to teach people how to become professional cybercriminals. The welcome page states that every course is geared towards “hacking for profit and committing fraud,” aiming at those with little or no coding experience. “By taking the courses offered,” the HackTown operators say, “you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to hack an individual or company successfully.”

Using a handful of free courses to tempt the would-be cybercrime mastermind, HackTown has an enrollment fee of $125 (£97), opening the doors to all other courses. The free courses themselves cover everything from operational security to network attacks, Wi-Fi hacking and carding. The latter being the trade in stolen credit and debit cards, along with the theft of this data and money laundering aspects for good measure. Once enrolled, HackTown offers courses in accessing router admin panels, discovering targets inside a compromised network, brute force attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks and so on.

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Delving a little deeper, the Armor TRU researchers found that this hacker university claims to provide all the tools required to “fast track your cybercriminal hacker career,” as well as “excellent