Residents in the rural New Jersey community of Vineland are used to seeing wild turkey, the occasional deer and once in a great while, even a bear. But reports that a black panther has been roaming the woods have some people worried.
Residents over the weekend reported seeing a large black animal with a long tail walking through the fields and woods. And from the look of it, they don’t think the feline is a well-fed pet, but a panther.
“I knew by the size that it was not a house cat. It wasn’t a tiny dog. It looked like some kind of wild cat,” said Zoe Paraskevas, who lives on Old Farm Drive in the Cumberland County city where the cat was spotted. She said she saw the animal in the field behind her house on Saturday and quickly snapped a picture of it.
“I just got chills. I said ‘Oh, my God!’ I just couldn’t believe what I saw,” said Paraskevas, who said the animal walked through the field for about 30 seconds before she lost sight of it in the woods.
Since then, Paraskevas, who said she first saw the animal in March, said she’s seen the black furry animal a few more times, as have some of her neighbors.
Felicia Fiocchi said she spotted something in the field behind their house on Sunday about a quarter-mile to a half-mile away.
“I can’t tell you if it was a panther, but I can tell you that it wasn’t a domesticated house cat,” said Fiocchi, who lives on the street with her husband and four children.
She’s worried about the possibility of a dangerous cat roaming the woods and fields where her four children sometimes play.
Authorities, however, have not spotted the mysterious visitor.
A conservation officer from the Division of Fish and Wildlife visited the area three times over the weekend and found nothing to indicate a panther was in the area, said Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
“There was absolutely no evidence to indicate that there was a panther out there,” Yuhas said.
Paraskevas said she was told by the conservation officer that the ground was too dry for the animal to leave paw prints.
Lt. Steve Cleveland from the Vineland police department said the idea of a black panther in the area was so unheard of that when the department first received the report, they thought someone was talking about the Black Panther Party – a political organization.
Despite that, he said the department is not taking the concerns lightly. An animal control officer has warned residents to keep a close eye on their children, and residents are advised to call authorities immediately if they see any large animal in the area.
This is not the first time a panther has been reported in Vineland, said Frank De Maio, president and founder of the Friends of Historic Vineland organization. He said Panther Road, which is a few miles from Old Farm Drive, got its name after a panther was sighted in the area decades ago. Local residents even erected a statue of a panther near where the sighting occurred, but the statue has long since been destroyed.
“They were pretty convinced that it was true,” De Maio said.
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Between 5 PM and 10 PM on Wednesday, 2 May 2007, participating Baskin-Robbins outlets will be offering scoops of their premium ice cream for just $0.31 each. The event is being held in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters’ Foundation (NFFF), who will receive a $100,000 donation from Baskin-Robbins. In addition to the free scoops, local firefighters have been invited to Baskin-Robbins outlets to collect donations.
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Apparently, Digg pulled a post that had the HD-DVD key which is (09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0).
HD-DVD is one of Digg’s sponsors, so they obviously weren’t pleased.
The mass of users has spoken, and Digg has gave in.
According to Engadget, a DRM hacker named “arnezami” has found the “processing key” that can decrypt all HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc films. This is huge. Previously, there were ways of recovering the keys that controlled the individual disc, but you had to have a different key for each title. Now, one tool, with this key embedded in it, will be able to decrypt every disc that’s been produced to date.
This kind of thing just shows the futility of DRM as a solution for protecting copyrighted works. At 20Gb per movie and $25 for a blank disc, there’s no imminent threat, but it’s a portent of things to come.
The technology is designed so that processing keys can be revoked, so this will only work for movies out now discs made with that key. Discs going forward will undoubtedly have a new processing key. They’ll also make it harder to find the key, but it’s only a matter of time until the next exploit becomes available. The individual title keys can’t be revoked, so even though they’re more trouble, they work forever.
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