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Wednesday
Jun132012

Teen Flirting App Linked to Rapes

Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Skout, a popular mobile flirting application, has suspended its service for teenagers after it was linked to three sexual assaults in recent weeks, causing developers to re-evaluate its security measures.

The separate sexual assaults involved two girls, ages 12 and 15, and a 13-year-old boy. All were allegedly victimized by adults posing as teens.

"For now, we believe that there's only one thing we can do: until we can design better protections, we are temporarily shutting down the under-18 community," founder and CEO Christian Wiklund said in a statement posted on the company's blog.

The mobile networking app, which was originally intended for adults, launched an offshoot for teens last year after developers realized teens were using the adult version.

Despite the additional security measures the teen version touted, the application has shown it needs more safety controlls, Wiklund said, adding that he takes the assaults very seriously.

His team is "working around the clock to build better safeguards," including an age verification system, he said.

"We will not compromise the safety of our community, and right now, our concerns are too significant to simply stand by and do nothing," Wiklund said in his blog post.

The social networking app, which works on iPhones and Android devices, claims it is one of the largest mobile networks for meeting new people.

In April of 2012, Skout secured $22 million in funding from the powerhouse tech venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, whose clients include Foursquare and Air BnB.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May072012

New Hampshire Man Writes Letter a Day to Mom for 30 Years

Eileen Bach/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- There’s no doubt that Mike Geraci loves his mother. He’s been showing her how much by writing her a letter a day — and sending it by snail mail — for the last 30 years.

Eleven thousand letters later, the software engineer from Portsmouth, N.H., has no plans to slow down.

“You should appreciate the ones you love and show your appreciation because you never know. One day they might not be there,” Geraci said in an interview with ABC’s New Hampshire affiliate, WMUR.

His mother, Gloria Britt, is appreciative, but says, “I could never do that, sit down and write every day. He’s lucky to get a letter from me once a year.”

Geraci told WMUR that he started the practice in 1981. He was 19-years-old, and was just starting out in his career in California when he got word that his mother had been in a horrible car accident. He couldn’t be by her side, so he wrote to her every day through her recovery and rehabilitation and just never stopped.

Every 1,000th letter is either framed or in the form of a plaque. Geraci said he once considered writing his mom on email, but decided to continue his daily communication the old-fashioned way.

“I have no plans of stopping, ever. I’m here to stay. The letter-writing will continue on,” he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Feb152012

Couple Arrested Over Valentine's Day Role Play

Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- One couples’ bondage role play on Valentine’s Day ended in handcuffs.

Portland, Ore. police received a call Tuesday afternoon that a naked woman was tied up in the back of a Subaru last seen leaving a supermarket parking lot. Police deployed “at least nine cars” to look for the SUV and even alerted authorities in Washington in case the car crossed the state line.

Twenty minutes later, the Subaru was seen pulling into the driveway of the registered owner’s address. Nikolas Harbar, 31, who was the driver, told police that he and his girlfriend were “doing some Valentine’s Day role playing.”

Once police confirmed with Stephanie Pelzner, 26, that she was voluntarily nude and tied up, they slapped a pair of cuffs on the couple and booked them on one charge of disorderly conduct in the second degree.

“Role-play all you want,” Sgt. Pete Simpson told ABC affiliate KATU. “But when you do something that is going to generate a 911 call, you should probably do it at home.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Feb112012

Teenage Sweethearts to Reunite 70 Years Later

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Despite the passing of decades, the emergence of other loves and thousands of miles between them, Betty Hove, 85, and John Grosch, 87, never forgot each other.

The teenage sweethearts, who lost track of each other after Grosch enlisted in the Navy during World War II, will meet again Sunday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“I never got over this guy. He was always tucked away in the corner of my heart,” Hove told ABC affiliate KXLY-TV in Sacramento, Calif.

The two met when Grosch was working at a California grocery store.

But World War II cut their romance short. All Hove had was a name, no address. She didn’t even know if Grosch survived the war.

She was married twice and widowed a few years ago. And through the years, she never forgot her first love.

A friend searched online for Hove’s sweetheart and found him living in Georgia.

Hove sent him a Christmas card. He called her on New Year’s Day and the two arranged to meet in Georgia.

“How am I going to get close enough to hug and kiss her?” Grosch said. “It’s impossible to believe it, but I know I am!”

Even though many years have passed, the two love birds are looking forward to revving up their romance once again.

“He was just so sweet,” Hove said. “They don’t make them like him anymore.”

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