Police are warning of so-called porch-pirates this week, as Amazon Prime Day wraps up. They say there's typically an uptick in package thefts this time of year, as thieves take advantage of all the online shoppers looking to score a deal. The Rankin County Sheriff's office says thieves often scope out neighborhoods, looking for unattended packages. They say things like doorbell cameras and surveillance systems can help deter would-be thieves. They also suggest having packages sent to a secure location, like a neighbor's house or an Amazon Locker.
A candidate for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors is apologizing for misogynistic comments he made earlier this year in a radio interview. In February, Malcolm Johnson told WOAD that a supervisor is a man's job. He had been responding to reports that the sister of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba was considering running for supervisor. But yesterday, Johnson clarified his comments, saying he was only referring to Lumumba's sister, and not all women in general. The mayor responded to Johnson's comments by calling them repulsive, and saying they represent a patriarchal ideology that does not benefit our community, city, or society at large.
A candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives is dead following a murder-suicide yesterday in Marshall County. The sheriff's department says Carl Robinson entered a medical clinic in the town of Potts Camp and shot his wife, who worked as a receptionist. He then turned the gun on himself. Thompson was flown to a hospital, where she later died. Investigators say the shooting may have been over an impending divorce. Robinson was running for the District Five seat as a Democrat, and is on the ballot for the August 6th primary.
Elon Musk wants to hook your brain up to a computer. The tech billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX spoke about his ideas Tuesday night at a science presentation in San Francisco. Musk said the plan is to create human symbiosis with artificial intelligence through implanted neural devices that interface directly with computers. A prototype could be implanted in a person by next year. Musk has been a critic of artificial intelligence calling it a threat to humanity and says this is a way for humans to stay ahead of the game, so to speak.
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