Courtesy of Darren Decker/Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf has “mixed feelings” about the arrest of former classmate Jared James Abrahams, who confessed to federal investigators on Thursday to blackmailing and extorting the reigning Miss Teen USA. Wolf appeared on NBC’s Today on Friday, Sept. 27, where she opened up about how it felt to have someone break into her computer, remotely turn on her webcam and watch her most intimate moments. “My computer light never came on, so I wasn’t aware. This person had been taking pictures of me in my room, changing clothes from putting on outfits, walking back and forth from the shower,” Wolf recalled. “I received an anonymous email from an anonymous person [who] basically was extorting me and blackmailing me. I saw that he had attached nude photos of me that he had taken in my bedroom.” Wolf alerted the authorities, who subsequently launched an investigation. Abrahamsa 19-year-old college student studying computer sciencewas formally charged on Thursday, Sept. 26. Investigators found evidence of hacking software as well of images and videos of the victim. He is out on $50,000 bail and has been placed on house arrest; he can only leave to attend church, school, doctor’s appointments and meetings with his lawyer. “This happened to me when I was a normal girl in high school and it can happen to anybody,” said Wolf.
OpenGate Capital Completes Acquisition of PennySaver USA
27, 2013, 8:00 a.m. EDT OpenGate Capital Completes Acquisition of PennySaver USA PennySaver USA is OpenGate Capital’s First California-Based Acquisition and Strengthens a Portfolio of Other Media and Publishing Businesses LOS ANGELES, Sep 27, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — OpenGate Capital, a global private buyout firm, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of PennySaver USA comprised of the Shoppers and PennySaver assets from Harte-Hanks, Inc., /quotes/zigman/133185/quotes/nls/hhs HHS +0.45% just one week after announcing it had signed an agreement to acquire the business. PennySaver USA, headquartered in Brea, California, represents the first California-based acquisition for OpenGate Capital, and it joins a portfolio of 12 other leading enterprises with operations throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. PennySaver USA provides print and digital, hyper-local marketing and advertising services to California-based and nationwide customers. PennySaver USA is one of the largest and most well-recognized weekly local advertising publications in North America and is the number one Hispanic marketing publication in the US. The business serves more than nine thousand unique advertising customers, distributes 85 million inserts, and reaches more than nine million households. The digital division of PennySaver USA provides marketing products and services via online and mobile applications. The online classifieds, coupons and business directory website, PennySaverUSA.com, hosts nearly 4.4 million listings nationwide and offers several advertising options. The digital division also supports small and medium sized businesses by providing digital marketing services including PowerSites and PowerClicks. PowerSites provides full-service website hosting, creation, and maintenance solutions. PowerClicks offers qualified lead generation via search engine marketing and online display advertising. Andrew Nikou, OpenGate Capital’s founder, Managing Partner and CEO, stated, “PennySaver USA is a powerful business given it is profitable and very stable, has tremendous brand recognition, and provides advertising products and services to its clients with incredible reach and frequency. We’re excited to leverage all of these strengths and create even more value for both the readers and advertisers. As proven by our success with TV Guide Magazine, we are really enthusiastic about media, publishing and advertising businesses in the US and know that there is a lot of hidden potential inside PennySaver USA.” OpenGate Capital acquired TV Guide Magazine in 2008 and within 18 months turned the business around making it more profitable, stable and diverse.
USA community meets Sheri Noren Everts, second presidential candidate (photos)
Listening is vitally important to me, she said, along with the value of collective thinking in addressing problems. Doug Marshall, president of USAs Faculty Senate and a member of the presidential search committee, started the question-and-answer session by asking Everts about her vision for the university over the next five to 10 years. The vision needs to flow from the strategic plan, she said. It will evolve and grow, given the changes and issues important to the university, and will enable us to capitalize on opportunities. Marshall also asked Everts to discuss a typical faculty members workday in the future. Increasingly, faculty members will expand the options for online learning, Everts said. There are some disciplines that have tremendous growth in online learning, and I expect that to continue, she said. Its also important for faculty members to be involved in the community and to do volunteer work, she said. Another question focused on interaction between USAs health care and university divisions. More integration of the educational goals of each is very important for enhancing the learning of all our students, Everts said. Dr. William Richard, professor and chairman of the USA Department of Surgery, asked Everts about her go-to news sources. She listed The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chicago Tribune, but also said she made an effort to look for publications outside of my regular sphere. One such subscription, she said, is Entrepreneur Magazine, which focuses on small businesses. Elliott Kimble, a graduate student and the universitys community director for fraternity and sorority housing, asked Everts about the challenges of transitioning from a commuter campus to a residential campus, and improving the retention rate.