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by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-10-22 11:45:02
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True Fit software to help you find denim jeans that fit

The Holy Grail of fashion – finding jeans that fit you juuuuust right – might be a little bit easier now. Macy’s has an online helper at Macys.com/denimfinder called True Fit where you create a profile, identify a few “go-to” items from your own closet and then plug in some info about your body and – presto, change – the software personalizes an entire catalogue of denim choices for you. In addition to online, the technology is also available in mobile phones, tablets and in-store kiosks. After employing a bunch of algorithms – math was not my thing – you will get a “T-Score” next to each product suggested indicating how each item will fit (5 point scale where 5T’s is a perfect fit).


Wrong phone call leads to woman's drug arrest

When a woman called a Hinds County deputy asking him if he wanted to buy painkillers, the deputy thought he was being prank-called. So he ignored the call, Hinds County Sheriff's Department's spokesman Jeff Scott said. But the woman kept calling, and the deputy continued to ignore the calls, Scott said. Then the woman started text-messaging him. Eventually, investigators arranged to meet her and wound up arresting Judy Weible, 61, of Pearl with 30 hydrocodone pills, Scott said.

Weible is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia. "I cannot recall a situation where someone has called a narcotics officer and offered to sell them narcotics," Scott said, adding that usually the narcotics agents are the ones who initiate contact. Weible apparently dialled a wrong number Tuesday night to sell the drugs, and got an investigator with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department's Street Crimes Task Force, Scott said.

"We all thought it was a big joke, but then she got frustrated with him not responding to her calls and she started to send text messages," said one of the investigators involved in Weible's arrest. The investigator who, for security reasons, cannot be identified by name said Weible told his colleague she wanted to sell 30 pills for "$60 and some green." "She followed our directions to the T. At that point we approached her and talked to her, and she basically said, 'Well, I've got it right here,' “the investigator said.


Former D.C. tax examiner admits refund fraud

A former tax examiner for the D.C. government admitted in federal court Thursday that she stole more than $400,000 in fraudulent tax refunds during a four-year span. In pleading guilty to a wire fraud, Mary Ayers-Zander, 47, faces up to 63 months in prison under federal guidelines when sentenced on Feb. 2 in the District’s federal court.

Federal prosecutors said that Ayers-Zander orchestrated her scheme from 2007 through early this year. As a tax examiner, Ayers-Zander accessed taxpayer accounts of four people and then credited them with fraudulent withholding adjustments, prosecutors said.

In court, Ayers-Zander admitted she then made sure those credits — worth $365,281 — were routed to two personal accounts that she controlled, according to prosecutors.  She also admitted that she accessed the accounts of five other people and ensured they also received withholding adjustments. Those people collected more than $45,000 in fraudulent refunds, prosecutors said.

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