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Hacker gets slapped with 7-year prison sentence

BY CSA STAFF

Boston A federal judge in Boston has sentenced a Florida man to seven years in prison for playing a key role in one of the largest theft of credit- and debit-card numbers in U.S. history.

Christopher Scott of Miami was also sentenced Monday to three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in September 2008 to conspiracy, unauthorized access to computer systems, access device fraud and identity theft.

Scott’s expertise was hacking wireless networks. His sentencing came four days after Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for leading a scheme that cost companies, banks and insurers nearly $200 million.

He pleaded guilty last year to breaking into the computer networks of major retailers, including TJX Cos., BJ’s Wholesale Club and Dave & Buster’s.

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Churchill China introduces Jamie Oliver collection

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NEW YORK Churchill China unveiled a new tabletop line from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver at the International Home and Housewares show last week, according to reports.

The collection features dinnerware designed for easy use by the home cook, reports indicate. Items in the collection are reported to be multi-functional, easy to store and durable.

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Easter costs (a little) more this year

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Target’s Easter circular this year featured virtually all of the same categories and weighed in at 36 pages, but prices were increased in select areas including bags of Easter candy featured on the cover at $2.69 versus $1.99 last year. Candy may cost more, but the price of small bamboo baskets (75 cents), Easter grass (25 cents), 12-count unfilled plastic eggs (65 cents) and Peeps ($1.49) stayed the same.

Price increases were evident on asparagus, $1.99 versus $1.49 last year, Sutton Dodge bone-in roast, $6.99 versus $5.99 last year, Market Pantry frozen turkey at 99 cents versus 78 cents last year and Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup at 75 cents compared to 66 cents.

Prices on other directly comparable advertised food items that were featured both years remained constant and included strawberries ($1.99), Philadelphia Cream Cheese (99 cents), Archer Farms bread ($2.99) and a complete Easter feast ($59.99). Prices declined in a few cases, including whole pineapple at $2.50 this year versus $2.99 last year and Kraft jet-puffed marshmallows at 96 cents this year versus 99 cents last year.

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