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- ABC News at Beyond The Headline3 mths ago
While the housing market is turning around, the federal government is having a hard time selling some its own unused properties. But the problem isn’t just finding a buyer, it’s getting through bureaucratic red tape.
Of the over 400,000 buildings owned by the federal government more than 75,000 of them are unused and many are up for sale. And even though some of the properties have been sitting vacant for several years collecting dust instead of revenue, buyers are having a hard time taking over the properties.
For example there’s a courthouse in Miami, Fl that hasn’t been used in nearly five years but still costs over a million dollars a year in tax revenue to maintain. There’s a neighboring college would like to buy it but federal red tape is preventing them being able to purchase the building.
The White House acknowledges the problem, admitting that it’s taking too long to sell unused federal buildings.
- ABC News at ABC News8 mths ago
A Minneapolis-St. Paul airport baggage handler was busted this week after prosecutors say he was caught on tape stealing valuables from the bags of passengers.
David Vang, 23, allegedly walked away with $84,000 worth of passengers' belongings over an eight month period.Guns, jewelry and watches were among the items prosecutors say he stuffed into his backpack.
Vang faces 11 felony counts of theft.
Brad Garrett, a former FBI special agent and ABC News analyst, said it would be difficult to stop something like this from happening again.
Bill Gekas loves taking pictures of his daughter - but these aren't your average dad's snaps. Beginning in 2010, the Australian photographer has created a series of portraits inspired by classic paintings, like Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.
What originally was intended to be a few classical-style portraits eventually became an ongoing project after his peers and others took notice of their appeal. "Although the photos aren't recreations of any particular painting," says Gekas, "I try to recreate the overall aesthetic the old masters' works were known for."
And just for fun - his daughter as the Joker.
Bill Gekas is an award-winning and self-taught, fine-art portrait photographer. He was born and lives in Melbourne, Australia.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 or IV is coming, that much seems all but certain. But after a tweet from mobile-review.com's editor-in-chief Eldar Murtazin yesterday told us to watch for a "big announcement" on March 14, it seems we may now have a date.
Save the date for a big announcement - March 14 :) And keep silence ;) HTC will miss HTC One sales again :( Like it was in 2012.
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) February 18, 2013
When Riley Nicolay's girlfriend of nearly three years, Deidre Sechi, was diagnosed with cancer in January, he vowed that he would fight the disease along with her.
So last weekend, as Sechi's hair began to fall out after her first rounds of chemotherapy, the couple, both 18 and high school sweethearts from Overland Park, Kansas, decided to shave their heads together.
"She's shaving her head and I don't really care about my hair so I'm shaving it with her," Nicolay, a freshman at Iowa State University, told ABCNews.com. "It wasn't an option for me."
The couple decided to have fun with what could have been a sobering process, giving themselves a Mohawk, for him, and a mullet and a buzz cut, for her, throughout the weekend-long event.
"The mullet was a bit much but with the buzz cut, she looked really good," Nicolay said of Sechi, who had to quit her studies at Iowa State last semester after doctors diagnosed the baseball-size tumor in her stomach as a desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a rare form of sarcoma.
App Name: FaceWash
Available Platforms: Desktop (Beta)
What does it do? When three computer science majors from Kent State University drove out to the University of Pennsylvania together for a hackathon last weekend, they dreamed up an idea for an app that would clean up unwanted Facebook posts.
"We wanted to give [Facebook] users a choice to control what potential employers might see," David Steinberg told ABC News. Steinberg is one of the app's developers and acknowledges that many college graduates may be entering the professional world for the first time and will want to make, well, a clean impression.
Over the course of the weekend, Steinberg, alongside collaborators Daniel Gur and Camden Fullmer, programmed an app that searches text on Facebook allowing users to find and delete posts, captions and links from their profiles that could appear unprofessional.
"On Saturday evening, we were ready to throw the project away," said Fullmer. "But by Sunday, we were excited to see the positive feedback."
After viewing a preview clip from the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, "jOBS," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said the filmmakers got it all wrong.
"What I saw was just so far from anything that really happened or said in those days," Wozniak told "Good Morning America."
The 62-year-old Wozniak, who is portrayed in the film by actor Josh Gad, formed Apple Computer with Jobs in 1976. The film attempts to portray the defining years of Steve Jobs' life. Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011. He was 56.
In the clip, Jobs and Wozniak are arguing over the merits of building a personal computer for home use. Wozniak said the first thing that struck him as inaccurate were the personalities.
A fan of the glasses said he spotted Google co-founder Sergey Brin riding the New York City subway this weekend wearing the futuristic glasses, which are promised to overlay digital information on the physical world.
Brin, who runs "Google X" projects, was wearing - or presumably testing - the glasses, which are billed as searching the Internet and showing you anything you need, right in front of your eyes, from maps of where you are to the weather forecast if you look up. You can connect the glasses to a phone via Bluetooth and use the phone's 3G or 4G connection. There's also a camera on the front that can take photos of whatever you are seeing; you can share the photos instantly.
Noah Zerkin, a self-proclaimed "wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast," said he was the first to spot Brin.
Maybe the Pentagon's legendary $600 toilet seat was a bargain.
The personal bathroom used by the secretary of the Interior is so swanky that its renovation cost $222,000. No detail was overlooked: It has a $3,500 sub-zero refrigerator (hey, if you're going to have a fridge in the bathroom, it might as well be a good one) and a $689 faucet. At least the "vintage tissue holder" was cheap: just $65 bucks.
The renovation was done in 2007 under President George W. Bush's Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, but is only now coming to light, thanks to the dogged reporting by ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, which first filed a Freedom of Information Act request on the renovation four years ago.
The renovations were the subject of an internal audit by the General Services Administration, which has responsibility for most federal government properties.
In a classic bureaucratic understatement, the audit report noted, "A number of the items incorporated into the renovation project call into question the need for luxurious materials."
- ABC News at ABC News Blogs11 mths ago
A new collection of White House photos includes an image of the moment on Dec. 14 when President Obama heard about details of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
A grim-looking Obama leans on a couch as his Homeland Security adviser tells him of the shooting.
"The President reacts as John Brennan briefs him on the details of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.," according to the caption provided by White House photographer Pete Souza. "The President later said during a TV interview that this was the worst day of his Presidency."
Later that day Obama made televised remarks from the briefing room at the White House.
"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old," the president said of the 26 victims, pausing to collect himself. "They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."